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  • Multiple Destroyers Were Swarmed By Mysterious 'Drones' Off California Over Numerous Nights

    03/23/2021 6:31:58 PM PDT · by ScubaDiver · 36 replies
    The Drive: The War Zone ^ | 03/23/2021 | ADAM KEHOE AND MARC CECOTTI
    The disturbing series of events during the summer of 2019 resulted in an investigation that made its way to the highest echelons of the Navy. In July of 2019, a truly bizarre series of events unfolded around California’s Channel Islands. Over a number of days, groups of unidentified aircraft, which the U.S. Navy simply refers to as ‘drones’ or 'UAVs,' pursued that service's vessels, prompting a high-level investigation.
  • Watch the US Navy stealth destroyer Zumwalt successfully fire off a missile for the first time

    10/24/2020 8:49:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 67 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/24/2020 | David Larter
    The US Navy destroyer USS Zumwalt fired a missile for the first time during a recent weapons test, the Navy announced Monday. The Zumwalt, a first-in-class stealth destroyer, test-fired an SM-2 missile from the ship's launcher last Tuesday at the Naval Air Weapons Center Weapons Division Sea Test Range in Point Mugu, California. The Zumwalt was commissioned in 2016, but it was not delivered to the Navy with a functional combat system until earlier this year. While the Zumwalt program has faced a number of significant setbacks, including cost overruns and major delays, a big issue was the ship's main...
  • A Chinese destroyer fired a weapons-grade laser at a US surveillance aircraft, US Navy says

    02/27/2020 7:17:25 PM PST · by DEPcom · 33 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 2-27-2020 | Ryan Pickrell
    A Chinese destroyer used a weapons-grade laser to target a US Navy P-8A surveillance aircraft flying above the Pacific last week, US Pacific Fleet said Thursday.
  • Navy may arm new destroyer with conventional missile able to hit anywhere on Earth in an hour

    01/15/2020 11:08:45 PM PST · by knighthawk · 30 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 15 2020 | Kris Osborn | Warrior Maven
    ARLINGTON, Va. - The Navy’s newest destroyer may fire a not-yet-to-be fielded Conventional Prompt Strike conventionally-armed missile engineered to hit anywhere on earth within an hour, service program managers said. The weapon, now being considered by Navy weapons developers for the emerging USS Zumwalt, will bring new attack options to the stealthy destroyer being prepared for combat as soon as 2021, Capt. Kevin Smith, Zumwalt-class destroyer Program Manager said Jan. 15 at the Surface Naval Association Annual Symposium. “This would be the perfect platform for Conventional Prompt Strike,” Smith said. The Conventional Prompt Strike weapons program, which emerged [in] the...
  • UPDATED: U.S. Destroyer Rescues 21 Mariners From Stricken Tanker in Gulf of Oman

    06/13/2019 2:57:44 PM PDT · by Steely Tom · 14 replies
    USNI News ^ | 13 June 2019 | Sam LaGrone
    This post has been updated with a statement from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. The crew of a U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer rescued 21 merchant mariners from a tanker that was allegedly attacked in the Gulf of Oman, officials told USNI News on Thursday afternoon. USS Bainbridge (DDG-96) responded to a Thursday morning distress call from the tanker M/V Kokuka Courageous, according to U.S. Central Command spokesman Army Lt. Col. Earl Brown. “U.S. Naval Forces Central Command received the calls from the M/V Front Altair and M/V Kokuka Courageous, who were operating in international waters of the Gulf of Oman,”...
  • China’s new Type 055 destroyer among best in the world: experts

    06/05/2019 7:24:08 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 76 replies
    Global Times ^ | 2019/6/4 | Liu Xuanzun
    Accompanied by marching music and tearing waves, a huge warship with the hull number 101 sailed into view out of heavy fog during the maritime parade on April 23 in Qingdao, East China's Shandong Province to celebrate the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy's 70th anniversary. Those not lucky enough to experience this at the scene and were eagerly waiting to see it on television were disappointed when state broadcaster China Central Television was unable to provide a live feed of the parade, possibly due to the bad weather and sea conditions. But that did not stop them from enjoying...
  • Navy's First Stealthy Zumwalt Class Destroyer Photographed With 30mm Guns Fitted

    02/20/2019 6:54:36 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 34 replies
    The Drive ^ | FEBRUARY 17, 2019 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    USS Zumwalt (DDG-1000) has been undergoing trials and combat systems outfitting in and around her home port of San Diego. The ship's metamorphosis into an operational combat ship is something we have been following closely. Recently, we reported on additions to her stealthy frame that would only hurt the size of radar signature. These included an exposed mast and a number of communications aerials bolted directly onto her deckhouse instead of being integrated into it seamlessly. Now, a new photo shows her fitted with twin 30mm Bushmaster cannons for the very first time. The Zumwalt class, as we know it...
  • The Navy’s newest destroyer, the Michael Monsoor, is as much an experiment as a ship-killer

    01/26/2019 1:08:28 PM PST · by jazusamo · 49 replies
    LA Times ^ | January 26, 2019 | Samantha Masunaga
    Photos at link. With slick sides and sharp angles, the Michael Monsoor and its sister ship Zumwalt cut a distinct silhouette along the waters of San Diego. Unlike a nearby aircraft carrier whose radar juts into the air, the Monsoor’s composite material deckhouse is polygonal and covered with material that can absorb radar waves and increase the destroyer’s stealthiness. Its “tumblehome” hull looks like something you’d see on a ship built before World War I. Make no mistake, the Monsoor guided-missile destroyer — named after Navy SEAL Michael A. Monsoor, who grew up in Garden Grove and died in 2006...
  • Stealth Warship Joins Iran's Naval Fleet

    12/01/2018 6:02:59 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    ndtv ^ | December 01, 2018 14:25 IST
    Sahand destroyer -- which can sustain voyages lasting five months without resupply -- joined Iran's regular navy at a base in Bandar Abbas on the Gulf. The Sahand has a flight deck for helicopters, torpedo launchers, anti-aircraft and anti-ship guns, surface-to-surface and surface-to-air missiles and electronic warfare capabilities, state television reported. "This vessel is the result of daring and creative design relying on the local technical knowledge of the Iranian Navy... and has been built with stealth capabilities," Rear-Admiral Alireza Sheikhi, head of the navy shipyards that built the destroyer, told the state news agency IRNA. Iran launched its first...
  • China Launched the Fourteenth Type 052D Destroyer for the PLAN

    07/23/2018 7:35:53 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 22 JULY 2018
    Our colleagues from East Pendulum are reporting that the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy)'s fourteenth Type 052D Destroyer (NATO reporting name Luyang III class) was launched in early July at the Jiangnan-Changxing naval shipyard near Shanghai. Satellite images have shown that this vessel has been modified: Its helicopter deck is slightly longer. The fourteenth Type 052D destroyer for the PLAN. With the much larger and more advanced Type 055 program now in full swing, some may have thought that the Type 052D program would be over. But it is clear that 052D destroyers are still considered key...
  • Destroyers Maxed Out, Navy Looks To New Hulls: Power For Radars & Lasers

    07/12/2018 7:25:06 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    Breaking Defense ^ | July 11, 2018 | SYDNEY J. FREEDBERG JR.
    Navy DDG-51 Flight III modifications. SOURCE: GAO ARLINGTON: The Navy has crammed as much electronics as it can into its new DDG-51 Flight III destroyers now beginning construction, Rear Adm. William Galinis said this morning. That drives the service towards a new Large Surface Combatant that can comfortably accommodate the same high-powered radars, as well as future weapons such as lasers, on either a modified DDG-51 hull or an entirely new design. “It’s going to be more of an evolutionary approach as we migrate from the DDG-51 Flight IIIs to the Large Surface Combatant,” said Galinis, the Navy’s Program Executive...
  • Two Type 055 Destroyers for PLAN Launched Together in China

    07/03/2018 8:53:48 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | July 3, 2018
    China launched today two Type 055 guided-missile destroyers at a Shipyard in Dalian, Liaoning province. The two 13,000 tons vessel, which were launched simultaneously, will join the rapidly growing People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) fleet. China launched simultaneously two Type 055 guided-missile destroyers at a Shipyard in Dalian on July, 3, 2018. The Type 055 is the latest and most potent surface combatant designed and produced in China. It can fulfill a vast array of missions such as area air defence, anti-surface warfare (ASuW), anti-submarine warfare (ASW), electronic warfare (EW), land attack, long-range patrol... In addition to...
  • The £6 billion Royal Navy fleet that hardly ever went to sea... (Warships can't sail in the heat)

    06/17/2018 1:05:50 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 103 replies
    THE DAILY MAIL ^ | June 16, 2018 | LARISA BROWN
    Britain's six Type 45 destroyers, described as the backbone of the Royal Navy, spent 80 per cent of last year in dock. The ships, costing £1billion each, need a multi-million pound refit after repeatedly breaking down in the Persian Gulf. But the work is not due to start until 2020. Two of the cutting-edge warships, HMS Dauntless and HMS Defender, did not go to sea at all during 2017 – which had been hailed by officials and ministers as 'the year of the Navy'. All six warships, which entered service from 2008, were made with an engine system which cuts...
  • All You Need to Know About China's New Stealth Destroyer

    06/08/2018 10:52:50 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | June 08, 2018 | Rick Joe
    Approximately one year ago in June 2017, the lead Type 055 large destroyer was launched from Jiangnan shipyard. With the recent launch of the second Type 055 from Jiangnan and two subsequent Type 055s at Dalian shipyard likely to launch in coming months, it is an instructive time for a proper analysis into this class of warship. This piece will examine the general characteristics of the Type 055 destroyer informed by the latest open source information and imagery available, and address some mistakes and incorrect interpretations of the ship that has been reported over the last year. Size One of...
  • Navy Will Extend All DDGs to a 45-Year Service Life; ‘No Destroyer Left Behind’ Officials Say

    04/12/2018 9:11:52 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 21 replies
    USNI News ^ | April 12, 2018 | Megan Eckstein
    USS Preble (DDG-88), USS Halsey (DDG-97) and USS Sampson (DDG-102) were underway behind the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) in March. US Navy Photo This post has been updated to include additional information from the hearing. CAPITOL HILL – The Navy will keep every one of its Arleigh Burke-class destroyers in service for 45 years, extending the life of the entire class. The move allows the Navy to reach a 355-ship fleet by 2036 or 2037, the deputy chief of naval operations for warfare systems said on Thursday. The Navy currently has DDGs in multiple configurations – Flight I,...
  • USS Ralph Johnson commissioned in Charleston before a crowd of thousands

    03/24/2018 8:16:23 PM PDT · by The_Media_never_lie · 37 replies
    The Post and Courier ^ | Mar 24, 2018 | Gregory Yee
    U.S. Sen. Tim Scott stood atop the deck of the massive gray warship docked in Charleston Harbor on Saturday morning and asked members of the crowd to transport themselves back to 1968 — a time of social strife amid the civil rights movement. Out of that period and out of Charleston, a city with its own history of racial issues, comes a singular story: that of Pfc. Ralph Johnson, a Marine who was killed in Vietnam after jumping on a grenade that landed in his fighting hole, Scott said. His actions cost him his life but saved two fellow Marines...
  • USS John McCain’s ‘sudden turn’ led to deadly collision that killed 10 sailors

    03/08/2018 7:26:42 AM PST · by DFG · 86 replies
    Reuters via NY Post ^ | 03/08/2018 | Reuters
    A US guided missile destroyer’s deadly collision with an oil tanker near Singapore in 2017 was caused by “a sudden turn” made by the warship that put it in the path of the commercial vessel, said a report by the Singapore government Thursday. The collision on Aug. 21, which killed 10 sailors and was one of a handful of incidents in the Asia Pacific region involving US Navy warships, raised questions about Navy training and led to the removal of a number of officers. “The collision between the USS John S McCain (JSM) and Alnic MC (AM) as they were...
  • The Curious Case Of Germany's Massive New But Relatively Toothless Type 125 "Frigates"

    12/14/2017 9:06:24 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    The Drive ^ | December 13, 2017 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    Ein Dahmer/wikicommons The German Navy's Baden-Wurttemberg class Type 125 (F125) frigate sure doesn't look like a frigate. The vessel displaces a whopping 7,200 tons, making it more destroyer sized, but its mission and armament are far from that of a top-end surface combatant. Even the ship's crew size, concept of operations, and the way sailors interact with the vessel's systems are unique. And depending on who you ask, the whole idea behind the controversial F125 frigate program is either one of genius based in stark reality or a largely illogical, misguided, and wasteful mess of an endeavor. Four of these...
  • Quentin Tarantino’s New Film Among 11 Features Awarded Latest CA Tax Credits

    11/21/2017 11:45:33 AM PST · by EdnaMode · 11 replies
    Deadline ^ | November 20, 2017 | Dominic Patten
    Thanksgiving and Christmas came a little early today for Quentin Tarantino and Sony Pictures. Picked up by the studio last week, as my colleague Mike Fleming Jr exclusively reported, the director’s next feature is among the 11 films awarded nearly $62.8 million in California tax credits. The Chris Sanders’ helmed adaptation of Jack London’s Call of the Wild, Destroyer, starring Nicole Kidman and directed by the Karyn Kusama, and an untitled Dan Gilroy project starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo were also recipients of the latest round of the hefty incentives made public Monday. The announcement this morning by the...
  • Chinese admiral divulges plans for new mid-sized nuke attack sub, next-gen destroyers

    10/26/2017 9:05:20 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Asia Times ^ | OCTOBER 27, 2017 | ASIA UNHEDGED
    Future modernization plans for China’s Navy have been disclosed in unprecedented detail in a lecture by a former Chinese rear admiral, according to an analysis by the Center for International Maritime Security (CIMSEC). The Washington DC-based think tank says retired Rear Admiral Zhao Dengping of the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) revealed key programs such as a new medium-size nuclear attack submarine; a small nuclear auxiliary engine for conventional submarines; ship-based use of anti-ship ballistic missiles (ASBMs); next-generation destroyer capabilities; and goals for PLAN Air Force modernization. Author Richard D. Fisher, Jr. said collections of PowerPoint slides from Zhao’s lecture...