Skip to comments.Freeper Jeff Head Announces US NAVY 21: America's 21st Century Navy Site
Posted on 11/04/2009 12:45:45 PM PST by Jeff Head
I created a web site that focuses on the brand new classes of warships that the US Navy is currently building for the 21st century. It includes a lot of specifications, history, and good pictures of each class. The logo and links to the various ship classes are included below. (Picture intesive links)
Just click on each of the Pictures or names of the vessels and they will take you to the page for that vessel at the site : http://www.jeffhead.com/usn21
These vessels are critical to our ability to maintain our unassailable edge in the near to mid-term future. Other nations, some of them likely adversarial in the future, continue to build rapidy and our edge must be maintained if the sea lanes are to remain free.
Other naval oriented web sites I have created regarding this include:
FYI, my latest US Navy site.
I would not want to be conning the USS Gerald Ford in a narrow channel into a busy harbor with the island set that far back.
Any word from your end?
Isn’t it also true that many of these ships operate with a crew of 20-25? Goodbye opportunities for our young men and women to enjoy a career in the Navy. Only a very few will pass the recruitment tests.
The Navy is saying goodbye to America. That’s how I see it.
In the future, the majority of ships in the Navy will be operated by remote control and the Navy will be a completely alien force. I fear for the future of this country.
I thought that was a 3 touchdown lead over Army ;)
No matter where it was located, I would not want to conn one of those monsters down any narrow channel in any case. LOL!
>>In the future, the majority of ships in the Navy will be operated by remote control and the Navy will be a completely alien force. I fear for the future of this country.<<
Theoretically, we haven’t needed human pilots in any aircraft for 20 years. But we still stick people in ‘em anyway.
You might be a little premature in your bleak assessment.
It is true that costs are being reduced...but if you look at each vessels specs you will see the crew requirements. None of them are 25. The smallest, the Littoral Combat Ships will use 100-115. The carrier crew will be reduced by maybe a thousand but will still have a compliment of 4,600. So this assertion is simply not true.
This may be of interest.
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ANyhow, do you notice that all of the destroyers, subs, and LCS are all being outfitted to carry SEALs and Force Recon detachments?
Not just the gators anymore.
Who ever put the island there in those pictures never had to conn a carrier, or any other ship probably. I’m betting that it’ll actually be located much farther forward. Safe navigation will require it, and there is no practical reason that I can think of for locating it that far aft. Other than it looks cool.
Thanks guys! Please spread it around.
I trust these new Navy ships will have a way of scrapping old paint off all by themselves?
Scrapping off old paint and applying a fresh coat of red-lead and then 2-coats of gray paint had to the most hated task we had to do during those tedious between cruise times. The air powered needle guns helped some taking off the old paint, but you were half deaf afterward.
An article on The Navy League talks at length about it.
The island, or superstructure, of the Navy's new CVN 21 aircraft carrier is at the heart of numerous improvements planned for the ship. The new carrier, scheduled for launch in 2014, is to have an improved aircraft sortie rate, a crew that is far smaller than that of the Nimitz-class vessels, and lower life-cycle costs.
The means to achieve those goals began with a smaller, redesigned island that is made partly of composites and moved aft, or further back, on the deck relative to islands of the 10 Nimitz-class carriers. Rear Adm. Dennis M. Dwyer, program executive officer for aircraft carriers, said the redesign of CVN 21's island is "the real transformational part of the 'airport'" operations on board the carrier.
Slimming down the island and moving it about 100 feet aft created space on deck for the creation of a centralized re-arming and re-fueling location the Navy has dubbed the "pit stop," after the similar process in auto racing. It enables the crew to service the aircraft and get them quickly back into the air for another tactical mission. "That is the concept," said Dwyer. At present, "we do a lot of ... pushing planes around the deck and that takes a lot of time. They don't push cars in a NASCAR race. They drive them into the pit and they get out in 14 seconds. We [could be] doing that."
You can read the entire article: HERE
Maybe better, longer lasting paint mixtures...but ultimately someone will have to do the deed.
Very nice Jeff!
I sure hope I’m wrong.
I enjoyed every day of my twenty year career in the U.S. Navy and hope future generations can serve their country in the same manner.
Searching for a gift to give my Dad who served in the Navy during WWII, I discovered this web site.. NAVY CRUISE BOOKS ON CD.
I was able to purchase my Dad's ships cruise book, The USS Mississippi, and it was the same cruise book page by page I remember seeing when I was just a kid, but on CD. That original book fell apart back in the 1960s and was eventually lost or tossed. Sadly my Dad passed away before the CD was delivered so he never did get to see it.
Glad I’m not driving then.
I could and probably will spend hours looking at the various ships. Some dedicated time went into your site and I’m very impressed. One concern I have for our navy is the potential impact of anti ship missiles. Seems there are few measures to protect against them short of taking out the sources.
Thanks for your hard work.
Thanks for the ping!
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Carriers are not intended for social calls or regattas. They pilot them by the comprehensive array of instruments with which they are equipped, not simply by sight.
The “Ford” and “Zumwalt” class huh. Swell just Swell, We R Screwed!
It'll take a while for me to get through this one ... Thanx.
Bump and bookmarked for later
Nicely done Jeff, thanks for the ping!
I was aware of electromag replacing steam cats. Do you know anything about electromag arresting gear or was the above a misprint?
A USN BTT. I sure miss those midnight Mail Buoy Watches...
Thanks Bob. I have worked with the Navy on several occassions in my career. My Dad was a combat vet of the PTO in World War II and then several years a reserve officer after the war. My son-in-law is currently active duty Navy...a submariner.
I’m glad I’m not too.
Actually, the RAM system, the Standard Missiles and AEGIS, and the Phalynx CIWS all have good records of taking out anti-ship missiles in training exercises. All of our capitol ships are armed with multiple stations of two or more of those options.
Actually, I have to say, after reading of Gerald Ford’s exploits and service during the second World War and his heroism in the hell he went through on the one carrier...given his rise to the CINC coupled with that...and despite his lackluster performance as President...I can see why they did it.
Nice job (looks like a LOT of work). I sent your url to a lifelong buddy of mine who was a swabbie for 27 years...he will love it.
But they are also expected to get from point a to point b without running over something or running aground.
They pilot them by the comprehensive array of instruments with which they are equipped, not simply by sight.
None of which are as accurate as a Mark One, Mod One Eyeball when it comes to conning a ship.
In all seriousness, if the point is to make room for a refueling area then it would make more sense to me to push the island forward and make the space behind it rather than move the island back. The French did something similar with the DeGaulle, and their reasoning was that the island provided protection from the elements. In heavy seas with that sponson forward you can take spray over the deck and onto the crews servicing the planes in that open area. The island would provide a block for that. But what do I know?
Smart. I see the use of Marines as base ops security with patrolling and long range 'missions' by SEALS, SAS, etc. operating from coastal/riverine operations. Add air support by Harriers and UAV/Predator air support and you have a mini-MEU raising havoc with our nation's enemies.
Thanks...I hope he does like it and find what we’re doing with these new ships of interest.
You are very welcome.
Thanks for pointing this out.
My point was simply that it was not done to look "cool", a lot of thought was put into it by people who've been there and done that.
I have no doubt that there was a lot of give and take in the reasoning. But...at this point, the Ford is already under construction and I believe the decision is set in.
Apparenlty they are also considering Force Recon Marines operating off of several vessels, like the LCS.
When are you going to update the ChiCom carrier site? Any news?