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  • The Missed Opportunity Of The The Air-Capable Spruance

    11/20/2015 12:29:25 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    THE DAILY CALLER ^ | 11/17/2015 | Harold Hutchison
    Shortly after George W. Bush won re-election, the destroyer USS Hayler (DD 997) took its last voyage to a location somewhere in the Atlantic. She carried out one last act of service for the United States Navy, serving as a target for a SINKEX – in essence, a live-fire exercise – for the Expeditionary Strike Group centered on USS Saipan (LHA 2). USS Hayler represents an interesting might-have been. In fact, had Congress had its way, she would have been the lead ship of a new class of destroyers, often called the air-capable Spruance. In many ways, the air-capable Spruance...
  • Analyst: Doomsday Nuclear Torpedo Leak Gives Insight to Russian Strategic Mindset

    11/14/2015 5:13:44 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    USNI News ^ | November 13, 2015 | Sam LaGrone
    A proposed Russian submarine launched doomsday weapon — the existence of which was almost certainly leaked by the Kremlin — gives clues to the Russian mindset for the development of new strategic weapons in the face of the West’s increasing ballistic missile defense capability and Russia’s shrinking national assets, a naval analyst told USNI News on Thursday. The Status-6 weapon was revealed on Wednesday during a Russian broadcast of a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and military leaders in Sochi and a screengrab of the weapon was widely circulated following the broadcast. The weapon is allegedly a “robotic mini-submarine”...
  • Report: US Spied on Israel, Prepared to Destroy Israeli Bombers to Protect Iran

    10/23/2015 6:49:04 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 51 replies
    In an explosive report we learn that ever since 2012, the United States has been spying on Israel in order to prevent the Jewish State from attacking suspected Iranian nuclear sites, according to Fridays Wall Street Journal. The White House had sent an additional aircraft carrier to the region after learning that Israeli aircraft had flown into Iranian airspace in what U.S. officials feared was a test run for an attack on Irans Fordow plant. The carriers had attack aircraft on board prepared to respond to any Israeli attack on Iran.
  • Chinese Warships To Visit Florida As U.S. Sailors Get A Tour Of China's Carrier

    10/23/2015 6:04:26 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | October 22, 2015 | Tyler Rogoway
    A trio of Chinese Navy vessels that are making an around-the-world trip will be visiting Mayport, Florida on November 3rd through the 7th. This visit comes as tensions are increasing between U.S. and China over the South China Sea, with the Navy ready to sail within Chinas man-made islands claim on disputed territorial waters. The three ships involved with the visit include the Type 052C Luyang II class guided-missile destroyer named Jinan. The 052C Luyang II class is roughly analogous to an Australian Hobart Class destroyer, not necessarily in raw capability but in general configuration. The Hobart Class is roughly...
  • Saudi Arabia Is Buying The Littoral Combat Ship The U.S. Navy Desperately Needs

    10/21/2015 8:53:30 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 22 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | October 21, 2015 | Tyler Rogoway
    It was announced yesterday that Saudi Arabia wants to purchase four extremely up-gunned Freedom-class Littoral Combat Ships (LCS). The deal will be worth $11.25 billion including weapons and support. This will also be the first export sale for the troubled LCS program, and these Saudi ships will be far more capable than any version of the LCS the Navy plans on procuring. This fact may present an incredible opportunity for the Navy to get the version of the Littoral Combat Ship they really need, and possibly at an awesome price. Saudi Arabias highly upgraded variants of the Freedom-class Littoral Combat...
  • U.S. Navy Considering Adding Anti-Ship Missiles Back to Submarine Force

    10/21/2015 8:49:09 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    USNI News ^ | October 21, 2015 | Sam LaGrone
    The Navy is investigating adding an anti-ship missile to its submarine force bringing it inline with the majority of the world naval submarines, the director of Naval Reactors said on Wednesday. In response to a question from the audience at the 2015 Naval Submarine League Symposium, Adm. Frank Caldwell said the Navy was exploring adding the capability to the fleet. For this audience, Ill tell you we are considering that and we are taking some some steps to delivering that kind of capability to our submarine force and I cant really say anymore than that, he said. The U.S....
  • U.S. quietly given tour of China's sole aircraft carrier

    10/21/2015 4:54:17 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | October 21, 2015
    BEIJING -- China this week hosted a visit to its sole aircraft carrier by senior U.S. Navy officers amid tensions over reported plans by Washington to challenge Beijing's territorial claims in the South China Sea. The delegation of 27 commanders and captains boarded the Liaoning on Monday and held discussions on "exercise management, personnel training, medical protection and strategies in carrier development," the Chinese navy said on its official microblog. That was followed Tuesday morning by a visit to the navy's submarine academy, where further dialogues were held, the navy said. The visits appear to reflect the growing momentum of...
  • 'Shotgun' for Roosevelt - Malabar war games

    10/17/2015 7:50:28 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    The Telegraph, India ^ | Oct 18, 2015 | Sujan Dutta
    On board the USS Theodore Roosevelt in the Bay of Bengal, Oct. 17: An Indian warship played "shotgun" for this US super-carrier during an air defence drill last night, about 150 nautical miles east-southeast of Chennai during the latest edition of the Malabar war games, which also include a Japanese destroyer. "The 'shotgun' role will be shared by the Indians and the Japanese in this exercise," said Captain Craig Clapperton, commanding officer of the carrier. On Sunday, an Indian fleet tanker is expected to pull alongside and feed the carrier in a hostile scenario described as "opposed replenishment at sea"....
  • Navys Future Frigate Will Be Optimized For Lethality, Survivability; Will Not Retain LCSs Speed

    10/15/2015 7:12:16 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    USNI News ^ | October 15, 2015 | Megan Eckstein
    WASHINGTON, D.C. Whereas a high sprint speed was a driving factor in designing the Littoral Combat Ship, the follow-on frigate will instead be optimized for lethality and survivability, the Navys frigate program manager said Thursday. As the LCS program transitions to a multimission frigate, the 40-knot sprint speed requirement will go away to allow for more armor, more weapons, an over-the-horizon missile and full-time anti-torpedo protection, Capt. Dan Brintzinghoffer said at an American Society for Naval Engineers event. This change, he said, is a recognition of simple physics. If we dont change anything [in the hull design] and add...
  • Does the U.S. Navy Need a 21st Century F-14 Tomcat?

    10/13/2015 10:57:54 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 29 replies
    The National Interest ^ | October 13, 2015 | Dave Majumdar
    While the requirement for a carrier-based long-range strike capability is a frequent subject of discussion around Washington, the U.S. Navys need for improved air superiority capabilities is often neglected. The service has not had a dedicated air-to-air combat aircraft since it retired the Grumman F-14 Tomcat in 2006. But even the Tomcat was adapted into a strike aircraft during its last years in service after the Soviet threat evaporated. Now, as new threats to the carrier emerge and adversaries start to field new fighters that can challenge the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and Lockheed Martin F-35C Joint Strike Fighter, attention...
  • Tough Little Ships That Could: Remembering The Perry-Class Frigates

    10/05/2015 7:01:34 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    In September, the Navy decommissioned USS Simpson (FFG 56), the last Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate in service. This ended 38 years of this service from this class of 51 vessels in the United States Navy, but for those 38 years, the Navy got one heck of a ship. Displacing 4,100 tons, the Perry-class frigates were equipped with a Mk 13 missile launcher that held RIM-66B SM-1 surface-to-air missiles and RGM-84 Harpoon anti-ship missiles, the Mk 75 76mm gun, a Mk 15 Phalanx Close-In Weapon System, two banks that held three 324mm anti-submarine torpedoes, and two helicopters (either SH-2 Sea Sprites...
  • USS Simpson decommissioned after 30 years marking end of an era for America's naval fleet

    10/01/2015 5:37:45 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    mail Online ^ | 29 September 2015 | MIA DE GRAAF
    The USS Simpson has been decommissioned, marking the end of an era in America's naval fleet. The 30-year-old vessel was the last modern warship to sink an enemy target during battle. Built in 1984, the Simpson down Iran's Joshan gunboat in the Persian Gulf in 1988 - America's only maritime battle since the Second World War. But now, as the Department of Defense grapples for funds to complete the new zumwalt-class fleet, the Simpson's days have come to an end. It will be towed to a port in Philadelphia and possibly sold to a US ally. The ship was built...
  • Aboard a U.S. nuclear sub, a cat-and-mouse game with phantom foes

    09/25/2015 7:52:48 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | September 25, 2015 | DAVID S. CLOUD
    America's most advanced nuclear submarine was slicing through the water off Hawaii last month, 400 feet under the surface, when a sonar operator suddenly detected an ominous noise on his headphones. It was a faint thump thump thump the distinctive sound of a spinning, seven-bladed propeller on a Chinese attack submarine called a Shang by the Pentagon and its allies. A neon green stripe on his sonar screen indicated that the Shang was only a few thousand yards off the U.S. sub's bow. "Sonar contact!" he yelled to 15 officers and crew in the dimly lighted control...
  • Chinese Subs Finally Get a Shot at American Carriers

    09/25/2015 5:53:31 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    War is Boring ^ | September 24, 2015 | David Axe
    In 1995 and 1996, Taiwanese politicians signaled greater support for declaring their island country officially independent of China. Beijings response was swift, forceful and ultimately an embarrassment to China. The Chinese army fired several missiles toward small, Taiwanese-held islands. Thats when the United States intervened in a big way, sending two entire aircraft carrier battle groups into the waters around Taiwan and even sailing one carrier through the Taiwan Strait. The Chinese military was powerless against this show of force. Beijing couldnt even reliably track the American warships, and had no forces of its own capable of threatening...
  • Widows Sue Navy Alleging Ship Flaws Contributed to Pilots Deaths

    09/22/2015 5:58:30 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    The widows of two pilots killed when a wave swept their helicopter off a U.S. Navy destroyer filed a lawsuit in San Diego on Monday, alleging the Navy and others knew of design flaws in certain Navy ships and their helicopter landing platforms. The federal lawsuit, filed on behalf of Theresa Jones, Christina Gibson and their children, asks a court to declare the ships in question unreasonably dangerous and order that they be changed to prevent future accidents. On Sept. 22, 2013, Lt. Cmdr. Landon Jones and Chief Warrant Officer Jonathan Gibson lost their lives when the MH-60S helicopter they...
  • Study: More Subs, Fewer Carriers to Combat Chinese Military Growth

    09/21/2015 6:16:56 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Sep 21, 2015 | Wyatt Olson
    Faced with China's growing anti-surface ship capacity, the United States should decrease its emphasis on large aircraft carriers in the Pacific and spend more on submarines, space capabilities and ways to make air bases and aircraft less vulnerable, according to a report released earlier this month by Rand Corp. In the 430-page report, the Santa Monica, Calif.-based think tank analyzed the relative military capabilities of the U.S. and China in certain scenarios based on open-source documents. The analysis makes comparisons using 10 "scorecards" covering air, maritime, space, cyber and nuclear domains. Capabilities were examined at seven-year intervals, beginning in 1996...
  • If Pentagon cancels third Zumwalt destroyer, a lot of work lost at BIW

    09/14/2015 10:37:13 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    Portland Press Herald ^ | September 14, 2015 | WHIT RICHARDSON
    The Pentagon is considering whether to cancel construction of one of the next-generation destroyers being built at Bath Iron Works, a move that would imperil jobs at Maines fifth-largest private employer. Several reports said the Defense Department is trying to decide whether to complete construction of the USS Lyndon B. Johnson, the last of three Zumwalt-class destroyers, even though the vessel already is more than 40 percent complete. Its a topic to be reviewed in the next few weeks by teams formed by the Pentagons independent cost-assessment office, according to a report by Bloomberg News that cited an Aug. 25...
  • The Ultimate Weapon: Combining a Battleship and an Aircraft Carrier?

    09/11/2015 8:33:35 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 26 replies
    THE NATIONAL INTEREST ^ | September 12, 2015 | Kyle Mizokami
    In the early 1980s, the Reagan Administration was looking to fund high visibility defense programs. Reagan had been elected on a platform of rebuilding the armed services after the hollowing out of the early 1970s. One example was the reactivation of four World War II-era Iowa-class battleships, which started in 1982. Each of the four ships, Iowa, Missouri, New Jersey and Wisconsin was refurbished, their sixteen and five-inch guns brought back online. Each battleship was also equipped with sixteen Harpoon anti-ship missiles, thirtytwo Tomahawk land attack cruise missiles and four Phalanx close-in weapon systems (CIWS) for defense. The four battlewagons...
  • Chinese Animators Envision a Future Asia-Pacific Warand Blow Up the Internet

    09/10/2015 6:19:12 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    COUNCIL on FOREIGN RELATIONS ^ | September 3, 2015 | Lauren Dickey
    An enemy surface ship, almost surely part of a U.S. carrier strike group, comes under Chinese attack in a newly released military propaganda film. (Battle to Capture an Island: a Full View of Chinese Military Strength, Tencent and Visions Media, September 3, 2015) Alongside the military spectacle that passed through Tiananmen Square in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, the Chinese media conglomerate Tecent also released a new computer-generated video, Battle to Capture an Island: a Full View of Chinese Military Strength. Available via the social media platform QQ, the five-minute video appears to...
  • Report: Russian Arms Sales Give China a Better Chance in Competing with U.S. Ships

    09/02/2015 10:18:45 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    USNI News ^ | September 2, 2015 | John Grady
    Type 022 Fast Attack Missile Craft Houbei Class of the Peoples Liberation Army Navy (PLA Navy) test fires C-803 antiship missile. PLAN Photo via Global Military Review Improved maritime strike capability has given Chinese warships a much greater chance of competing against their U.S. counterparts and improved naval air defenses allow its warships the ability to operate at increasingly great distances from shoremajor advances in large part speeded by arms, vessels and technology sales from Russia since the end of the Cold War. Those were two observations contained in a new report from the Washington, D.C.-based think tank, the Center...
  • Lockheed Martin's LRASM Anti-Ship Missile Just Got its U.S. Navy Designation: AGM-158C

    08/25/2015 1:50:59 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 24 August 2015
    Contacted by Navy Recognition, a Lockheed Martin spokesperson said "we learned over the weekend that LRASM's official designation will be AGM-158C". AGM-158C is the designation for the air-launched LRASM missile only. There is no surface-launch LRASM program of record yet. The Department of the Navy, Naval Air Warfare Center, gave the official designation. CGI: An AGM-158C LRASM is launched from an F/A-18E Super Hornet We reported last week that the U.S. Navy began initial integration testing of its Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) onto the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet at Patuxent Rivers Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 facility. Based on...
  • US Navy begins certifying new anti-ship missile on Super Hornet

    08/21/2015 10:38:49 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies ^ | 08/22/2015 | JAMES DREW
    The US Navy has begun integrating Lockheed Martins new Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) with its Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and airworthiness flights are due to start next month. The service says its test and evaluation team at Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland conducted the first load and fit checks with the weapon this week using a mass simulator vehicle all in preparation for first phase of airworthiness certification. LRASM has already been integrated with the US Air Forces Boeing B-1B bomber, and now pictures released by the navy show the weight-representative payload attached to a Super Hornets...
  • Willits bypass on Highway 101 to be named in honor of late Navy SEAL

    08/18/2015 4:37:58 PM PDT · by rey · 10 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | 18 July 2015 | GLENDA ANDERSON
    A one-mile elevated section of the bypass under construction on Highway 101 in Mendocino County is to carry the name of a Willits serviceman who died four years ago while in Afghanistan. U.S. Navy SEAL Jesse Pittman, 27, of Willits, was killed when the helicopter he was in was shot down by Taliban insurgents over the Wardack province Aug. 6, 2011. Thirty U.S. servicemen died in the attack. A retired high school librarian who knew him, Mikela Cameron, and Pittmans uncle, Mike Pittman, initiated the effort to immortalize his name on a bridge. The cause gained the support of Caltrans...
  • Modernization of French Strategic Oceanic Force: Le Triomphant SSBN Now Fitted with M51 SLBM

    08/13/2015 4:45:29 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 12 August 2015
    On August 4, 2015, the French Navy (Marine Nationale) took over full responsibility and the effective command of ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) Le Triomphant (S616). This transfer of responsibility is an important milestone following the refit period started in May 2013 for maintenance, repairs, modernization and adaptation to the M51 new generation submarine launched ballistic missile (SLMB). Le Triomphant will now start some trials at sea before returning in the operational cycle. An NH90 NFH Caiman transfers personnel on board French Navy Le Triomphant class SSBN. Picture: V.Guyoton Marine Nationale Le Triomphant, head of the class commissioned in 1997,...
  • Favors? Obama, Clinton Foundation donors sold green fuel to military for $149 per gallon

    08/12/2015 1:04:02 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | 08/12/2015
    Investigative reporting by a Washington, D.C. based publication brings up questions about how ethically the Obama administration has conducted government business.The Washington Free Beacon reported: The CEO and Board of Directors of Solazyme, a company the military paid $149 per gallon for alternative fuel, have donated more than $300,000 to Democratic candidates and committees, according to a Washington Free Beacon analysis.Recipients of significant donations included the Obama Victory Fund and the Democratic National Committee. Additionally, Solazyme donated between $100,000 and $250,000 to the Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation.A Congressional Research Service (CRS) report found that the Department of Defense...
  • Navy: Raytheon Tomahawk Likely to Compete in Next Generation Anti-Ship Missile Contest

    08/06/2015 1:53:00 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    USNI News ^ | August 5, 2015 | Sam LaGrone
    WASHINGTON, D.C. Raytheons Tomahawk Land Attack Missile (TLAM) will be a likely competitor in the Navys search for a next generation anti-ship missile to replace the 1980s era weapons widely in use in the service, the deputy chief of naval operations warfare systems (N9) said Wednesday. Set to start in Fiscal Year 2017, the contest for the Navys Offensive Anti-Surface Warfare (OASuW) Increment II seeks to replace the Navys decades-old inventory of Boeing RGM-84 Harpoons with more technologically sophisticated weapons. OASuW Increment I an ongoing program between DARPA and the Navy is being developed using the Lockheed...
  • New sub Navy's 'most lethal warship' ( USS John Warner )

    08/05/2015 2:44:42 PM PDT · by george76 · 43 replies
    CNN ^ | August 5, 2015 | Brad Lendon
    It's 7,800 tons, 337 feet and $2 billion worth of steel and stealth, with war-fighting controls that look like a big arcade video game. That new-boat smell may have worn off a bit during sea trials, but the man in charge was pumped with pride as the U.S. Navy's newest submarine joined the fleet in a commissioning ceremony at Norfolk Naval Station on Saturday. The shiniest and coolest thing I've ever seen in my military career," Cmdr. Daniel Caldwell, a 22-year Navy veteran and the first captain of the USS John Warner, told CNN. "It's going to make whatever I...
  • Destroyer USS The Sullivans Damaged After Missile Explodes After Launch, No Injuries Reported

    07/23/2015 4:41:18 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies
    USNI News ^ | July 22, 2015 | Sam LaGrone
    The resulting fire on USS The Sullivans (DDG-68) following the explosion of a Raytheon SM-2 Block IIIA guided missile. US Navy Photo obtained by USNI News This post has been updated with additional information from NAVSEA. A Navy guided missile destroyer was damaged after a missile exploded shortly after launch during an exercise off the U.S. Atlantic coast on Saturday, Navy officials have confirmed to USNI News. On July 18 at approximately 9 a.m. (EDT) a Standard Missile-2 (SM-2) test missile exploded after suffering a malfunction as it was fired from the guided-missile destroyer USS The Sullivans (DDG-68) during a...
  • Naval Academy Prepares for 21st Century Flooding

    07/18/2015 9:36:34 AM PDT · by rktman · 47 replies ^ | 7/17/2015 | William Bigelow
    On Friday, congressional Democrats will attend the Naval Academy in Annapolis to discuss how the Academy plans to deal with flooding forecast for the future. Reps. Rep. John Sarbanes (D-MD) and Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) Jr., the top Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, will converse with Vice Adm. Walter E. Ted Carter Jr., who runs the Academy. The conference was triggered by an Army Corps study that estimated the water around Annapolis could rise as much as 3.8 feet by 2100.
  • Delays in Zumwalt Destroyer Program Hamper Production of DDG-51s at Bath Iron Works

    07/16/2015 10:32:51 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    USNI News ^ | July 15, 2015 | Sam LaGrone
    Delays in the construction of the first two of three next-generation Zumwalt-class (DDG-1000) guided missile destroyers at the General Dynamics Bath Iron Works shipyard are partially to blame for slowing work on two Arleigh Burke (DDG-51) destroyers being built at the Maine yard, USNI News has learned. Several sources told USNI News that due to myriad reasons including the size of the yard, the composition of the workforce at BIW and continued setbacks in the delivery of the first two next-generation Zumwalts production of the future Burkes Rafael Peralta (DDG-115) and Thomas Hudner (DDG-116) have been delayed by...
  • UPDATE: Police officer shot at Tennessee RiverPark (Naval Reserve Center Shootings)[4 Marines dead]

    07/16/2015 8:58:39 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 134 replies
    WRCB ^ | 7-16-2015 | WRCB
    There has been an officer-involved shooting at the U.S. Naval Reserve Center on Amnicola Highway in Chattanooga. The location is near the Tennessee Riverpark. Early reports are that one Chattanooga police officer has been shot, according to Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke's office. There may be other victims

    07/02/2015 1:50:22 PM PDT · by Will88 · 99 replies ^ | July 1, 2015 | Frances Martel
    While President Obama described the embassy as not merely symbolic and a move representing the liberation of the American people from the past in a speech this morning, the Cuban government issued a statement refusing to reestablish full diplomatic relations with the United States until America gifted the territory of Guantnamo Bay to Cuba and ceased broadcasting radio and television news reports into the island, which constitute the only way many Cubans have of receiving trustworthy international news.
  • Farewell, mighty Prowler!

    06/25/2015 6:59:30 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    Whidbey News-Times ^ | 06/25/2015 | DEBRA VAUGHN
    The EA-6B Prowler isnt the fastest aircraft or the sexiest. A refueling probe on its nose and two bulging canopies over the cockpit give the jet the look of an overgrown metallic insect. But the Prowlers ability to deliver a potent crotch kick to the enemys air defense systems made it an indispensable asset to the military for more than four decades. Since the aircraft was introduced at the end of the Vietnam War, its made significant contributions to every major conflict involving the United States. So important is the Prowlers role in protecting other aircraft, ships and troops, no...
  • Shame of a Nation: Marines Forced to Deploy Via Foreign Ships

    06/23/2015 8:02:55 AM PDT · by rktman · 17 replies ^ | 6/23/2015 | Michael Walsh
    Notice how socialism always and everywhere results in shortages, every time its tried. Well, our own socialist chickens have now come home to roost: Faced with a shortage of U.S. Navy ships, the Marine Corps is exploring a plan to deploy its forces aboard foreign vessels to ensure they can respond quickly to global crises around Europe and western Africa. The initiative is a stopgap way to deploy Marines aboard ships overseas until more American vessels are available, said Brig. Gen. Norman Cooling, deputy commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Europe and Africa.
  • Marines May Deploy on Foreign Ships,As U.S. Doesnt Have Enough(Deliberate,Heinous ACT by FUBO)

    06/22/2015 3:43:54 PM PDT · by lbryce · 20 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | June 22, 2015 | Aaron Mclean
    Original title:Marines May Deploy on Foreign Ships, Because U.S.Navy Doesnt Have Enough The initiative is a stopgap way to deploy Marines aboard ships overseas until more American vessels are available, said Brig. Gen. Norman Cooling, deputy commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Europe and Africa. The Marines will be able to respond quickly to evacuate embassies or protect U.S. property and citizens, a need highlighted by the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador. Theres no substitute for U.S. amphibious vessels, Cooling said. Were looking at other options in the meantime, he added. The Marines...
  • Updated: Navy Researching Firing Mach 3 Guided Round from Standard Deck Guns

    06/02/2015 6:32:02 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    USNI News ^ | June 2, 2015 | Sam LaGrone
    CORRECTION: This post has been updated to include a new statement from Naval Sea Systems Command that changes one previously given to USNI News revising the planned speed of hyper velocity projectile fired from a Mk 45 naval gun from Mach 5 to Mach 3. The U.S. Navys deck guns could take on new relevance if ongoing tests to fire a guided round at three times the speed of sound from their muzzles are successful, USNI News has learned. Using rounds initially designed for the services emerging electromagnetic railgun, Naval Sea Systems Command are now in early testing phases of...
  • Essay: Changing the Anti-Ship Cruise Missile Paradigm

    05/26/2015 6:27:18 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    USNI News ^ | May 26, 2015 | Robert Crumplar
    During the Third Taiwan Strait Crisis (199596), United States naval dominance was demonstrated through the deployment of two carrier battle groups as a show of force within 100 miles of the Chinese mainland. Then-Secretary of Defense William Perry could state that while the Chinese are a great military power, the premierthe strongestmilitary power in the Western Pacific is the United States. Since then, there has been a steady encroachment on the U.S. Navys maritime dominance through the development of technologically advanced and increasingly effective anti- ship cruise missiles (ASCM). While American forces have been focused on irregular warfare operations over...
  • The danger of climate denial - It's no laughing matter

    05/22/2015 12:22:59 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 80 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | May 22, 2015 | staff
    It's Memorial Day, and the forecast is for renewed mocking and derision regarding man-made climate change from the know-nothing, science-averse wing of the Republican Party. President Barack Obama's warningissued during his commencement address at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy graduation ceremonies Wednesdaythat climate change represents a national security threat seems certain to provoke that kind of stormy reaction.[SNIP]Among the Republicans running for president, climate change denial is the current mode of thinking for's hard to see anyone in the crowd calling for military preparedness. Mostly, the candidates appear interested in sidestepping the topic (albeit in a disapproving manner)..The result...
  • Son of Star Wars takes out toxic satellite in $30m space hit

    02/22/2008 2:35:57 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 38 replies · 184+ views
    Times of London ^ | 02/22/08 | Michael Evans, Defence Editor and Jane Macartney in Beijing
    February 22, 2008 Son of Star Wars takes out toxic satellite in $30m space hit Michael Evans, Defence Editor and Jane Macartney in Beijing Video need to know: expert opinion on the satellite operation The United States provided dramatic proof of its capability to destroy an object in space when a US navy missile scored a direct hit on an American satellite falling out of control. Missile experts said that the Standard SM-3 weapon, fired from the USS Lake Erie, a Ticonderoga-class cruiser, took about three minutes to reach the satellite 150 miles (240km) up in the sky, flew above...
  • Navy Needs New Servers for Aegis Cruisers and Destroyers After Chinese Purchase of IBM Line

    05/05/2015 4:05:43 PM PDT · by logi_cal869 · 18 replies
    US Naval Institute ^ | 05/05/2015 | Megan Eckstein
    The Navy needs new servers for its upgraded Aegis Combat System after the current IBM line was sold to Chinese computer maker Lenovo. The $2.1 billion sale closed in October and made Lenovo the number three server maker in the world. IBM shedding its server business creates a security concern for the U.S. Navy, which included the companys x86 BladeCenter HT server in its Aegis Technical Insertion (TI) 12. The TI-12 hardware upgrades, along with Advanced Capability Build (ACB) 12 software upgrades, compose the Aegis Baseline 9 combat system upgrade that combines a ballistic missile defense capability with anti-air warfare...
  • The Navy's Most Shadowy Spy Is 450 Feet Long & Named After Jimmy Carter

    04/24/2015 6:28:12 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 42 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 04/23/2015 | Tyler Rogoway
    Submarines are a lot like Batman, they are covered in rubber and are great fighters, but they are gadget toting stealth detectives at their core. Of the Navys sub force, there is no boat more capable at sleuthing under the high seas than the heavily modified Seawolf Class submarine, the USS Jimmy Carter SSN-23. The 12,150 ton displacement USS Jimmy Carter, whose namesake qualified in Submarines during his pre-Presidential naval career, is one of only three Seawolf Class submarines ever built. The Seawolfs are relics of the final stages of the Cold War and are the most lethal fast attack...
  • Iranian Warships Arrive Near Yemen

    04/22/2015 10:09:50 AM PDT · by mulder1 · 103 replies
    Iranian Warships Arrive Near Yemen Comes just days after U.S. announced it would send its own warships A fleet of Iranian warships arrived near the southern coast of Yemen on Wednesday in a move likely to add greater tension in a developing U.S.-Iranian standoff in the region, according Iranian military leaders. Just days after the United States announced it would send its own warships to Yemen in order to prevent Iran from smuggling weapons to terror forces fighting there, a flotilla of Iranian destroyers docked in the same area. Irans military moves are likely to increase tensions between the two...
  • Should the US Help India Defeat China's Navy?

    04/22/2015 11:21:51 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | 04/23/2015 | Franz-Stefan Gady
    A new paper by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace argues that India and the United States should collaborate on building New Delhis next Vikrant-class aircraft carrier, the 65,000 tons nuclear-powered INS Vishal, expected to enter service in the 2020s. Working in concert to develop this vessel would not only substantially bolster Indias naval combat capabilities but would also cement the evolving strategic bond between the United States and India in a truly spectacular fashion for many decades to come, Ashley J. Tellis, the author of the Carnegie study, underlines. In January 2015, both countries announced a joint working group...
  • SAS 2015: DDG51 re-start gathers pace

    04/16/2015 6:29:30 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 22 replies
    Shepherd Media ^ | 04/15/2015 | Tim Fish
    The re-start of the DDG51 Arleigh Burke destroyer production line is moving forward with the launch of the first new Flight IIA vessel John Finn (DDG 113) in March after a five-year gap. Speaking at Sea-Air-Space 2015, Cdr Seth Miller, the production manager of the DDG51 programme said that the launch took place at Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) shipyard on 28 March with the next ship, Ralph Johnson (DDG 114) due to be launched on 6 November. The keels of two more ships will also be laid down this year. Paul Ignatius (DDG 117) will be laid on 10...
  • US to Deploy Unmanned 'Ghost Ships' to Track Submarines

    04/04/2015 1:16:06 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 23 replies
    Marine Link ^ | April 04, 2015, | Aiswarya Lakshmi
    To keep track of increasingly stealthy Russian, Chinese, and Iranian submarines, the U.S. is building a robotic ghost ship - an unmanned, autonomous patrol ship - to follow them around the high seas.
  • Two Saudi fighter pilots eject over Red Sea, rescued with US help

    03/28/2015 12:08:04 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 6 replies ^ | 28 March 2015 | Reuters
    Two Saudi pilots ejected over the Red Sea on Friday after their fighter plane suffered a technical problem and were rescued with US assistance, state media said. "A plane of the F-15S type was stricken by a technical fault yesterday evening over the Red Sea and the two pilots were forced to use their rescue seats," state news agency SPA quoted a defense ministry official saying.
  • Mystery Threat to American Warships Is Likely North Korean

    03/20/2015 11:49:18 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    War is Boring ^ | MARCH 19, 2015 | KYLE MIZOKAMI
    In 2013, the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Fleet hinted at a mysterious and “newly discovered threat” to American warships. Whatever it was, it was serious — and had America’s admirals spooked. We knew the threat was probably a missile, because the Navy’s only mention of it was inside a contracting request for a new electronics countermeasures system designed for surface ships. The Navy awarded a $65-million contract to the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory to develop the system within a “critically short” time frame. Military & Aerospace Electronics, which first noticed the request, suggested that the threat was a radar-guided anti-ship missile from a...
  • X-47B UCAS Stealth and F/A-18 Super Hornet "Operations" "USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71)" HD

    03/14/2015 2:23:16 PM PDT · by BBell · 4 replies ^ | 3/14/15
    X-47B UCAS Stealth and F/A-18 Super Hornet "Operations" "USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71)" HD
  • US supercarrier sunk by French submarine in wargames

    03/05/2015 5:57:38 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 75 replies ^ | MARCH 06, 2015
    Unexpected victor ... The 30-year-old French nucler powered attack submarine Saphir. Source: Wikipedia Source: Supplied WITH a good submarine, a navy can do amazing things. Ask the French. Theyve just managed to sink a nuclear-powered US super carrier and half its battle group. The French Ministry of Defence has revealed one of its attack submarines pulled of an astounding upset during recent war-games in the North Atlantic. The Aviationist blog spotted an article on the French defence forces website quickly withdrawn which told how one of their submarines, the Saphir tackled the might of the United States...
  • A US Navy satellite used to provide real-time weather reports has exploded in space.

    03/02/2015 7:56:18 PM PST · by CMB_polarization · 110 replies
    Sky News ^ | 2 march 2015 | sky news
    The US Air Force confirmed that the 20-year-old Defense Meteorological Satellite Program Flight 13 (DMSP-F13) suffered a "catastrophic event". It shattered into 43 pieces following a sudden temperature spike which triggered the loss of its altitude control. The event happened on 3 February but the incident has only just came to light following questions from website Space News.