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  • No 350-Ship Navy From This Trump Budget

    05/22/2017 6:52:40 AM PDT · by RitchieAprile · 15 replies
    Breaking Defense ^ | 19 May 2017 | Sydney J. Freedberg Jr.
    WASHINGTON: All hands, brace for disappointment. The president’s promised naval buildup won’t begin in the 2018 budget out next week — or maybe ever. Sure, before the election, candidate Donald Trump promised a 350-ship Navy. Sure, just this morning, House Speaker Paul Ryan repeated the 350 figure. Sure, this week the Chief of Naval Operations emphasized the buildup should and could be fast. US shipyards could deliver 29 additional ships over the next seven years, said the CNO, Adm. John Richardson. That averages to 4.1 additional ships per year, although the first years would probably be lower because the shipyards...
  • Capitals win Game 3 against Penguins in overtime

    05/02/2017 7:06:56 AM PDT · by RitchieAprile · 11 replies
    NHL.com ^ | May 1st, 2017 | Wes Crosby
    PITTSBURGH -- Kevin Shattenkirk knew he could improve and showed it Monday. Shattenkirk scored a power-play goal 3:13 into overtime to give the Washington Capitals a 3-2 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Second Round at PPG Paints Arena. After Trevor Daley was called for holding Marcus Johansson at 2:40 of overtime, Shattenkirk beat Marc-Andre Fleury with a wrist shot from below the circles for his first goal of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Penguins lead the best-of-7 series, 2-1. Game 4 is here on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports). Pittsburgh...
  • Hampton Roads ship-repair industry is bracing for more than 1,000 new layoffs

    04/25/2017 7:31:23 AM PDT · by RitchieAprile · 2 replies
    The Virginian Pilot ^ | 4/25/2017 | Robert McCabe
    “Mayday, mayday.” That’s the message that Hampton Roads’ ship-repair industry is sending to Congress as it gets back to work this week. A minimum of 1,000 layoffs are projected in the region’s ship-repair yards in the weeks and months ahead, some of which have already begun to unfold. They’re largely the result of a stopgap spending measure the government has been operating under for roughly seven months and the failure to approve a new national budget with adequate funding to maintain Navy ships, said Bill Crow, president of the Virginia Ship Repair Association, a regional trade group. The meter on...
  • Destroyer USS Porter Returns to Homeport Following Tomahawk Strike

    04/12/2017 7:25:02 AM PDT · by RitchieAprile · 9 replies
    USNI ^ | 11 Apr 2017 | Sam LaGrone
    One of the U.S. destroyers tasked with launching a Tomahawk Land Attack Missile on a Syrian airfield last week has returned to its homeport in Spain, the service announced on Tuesday. USS Porter (DDG-78) returned to Naval Station Rota making the completion of a five-month European patrol in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea. “During the patrol, Porter conducted port visits in Valencia, Spain; Venice, Italy; Souda Bay, Greece; and Constanta, Romania,” read a statement from U.S. 6th Fleet. Last week, 59 TLAMS from Porter and USS Ross (DDG-78) struck targets at the al-Shayrat air base in Syria destroying Su-22...
  • Greatest Damage from OPM Breach was to Government’s Reputation

    04/11/2017 2:08:10 PM PDT · by RitchieAprile · 2 replies
    NextGov ^ | 10 Apr 2017 | Joseph Marks
    The greatest damage caused by the massive Office of Personnel Management data breach wasn’t the loss of the documents themselves—it was the damage to the U.S. government’s reputation, current and former officials said Monday. “It’s a big deal in the sense that we need to renew the faith of the American public that we can protect that information,” said Charles Phalen, director of the National Background Investigations Bureau, the successor agency to OPM’s background check service the Obama administration stood up after the breach. “It’s less of a big deal holistically in terms of danger to people,” Phalen said during...
  • Russia Sends More Warships Toward Syria Following U.S. Tomahawk Strikes

    04/11/2017 1:28:36 PM PDT · by RitchieAprile · 15 replies
    USNI ^ | 10 Apr 2017 | Sam LaGrone
    A Russian Navy surface action group is headed to the Eastern Mediterranean departing shortly after a U.S. Tomahawk missile strike on a Syrian airfield, a U.S. defense official told USNI News on Monday. Two Steregushchiy-class corvettes, an ocean tug and a fleet oiler departed from the naval base in the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad on Saturday bound for the Eastern Mediterranean and likely Syria, the official told USNI News. The ships from the Russian Navy’s Baltic Fleet are set to arrive in the next several days off the coast of Syria. The Russian SAG will join the guided missile frigate...
  • The US Is About to Stop Buying Tomahawk Missiles, Like the Ones That Hit Syria

    04/11/2017 6:49:12 AM PDT · by RitchieAprile · 46 replies
    Defense One ^ | 7 Apr 2017 | Marcus Weisgerber
    The venerable Tomahawk cruise missile, used in conflicts big and small since 1991, took center stage once again in an April 7 strike that rained some five dozen of the weapons upon a Syrian airfield believed to have launched a chemical attack. But its end is in sight, if not exactly imminent. The U.S. Navy, which currently has some 4,000 Tomahawks, plans to stop buying the venerable weapon in the next few years. Service leaders haven’t fully articulated their plans to replace it, but they have started talking about the need for a “Next Generation Land Attack Weapon” slated to...
  • USS Antietam Likely Headed to Dry Dock for Repairs, 1,100 Gallons of Hydraulic Oil Still Missing

    02/02/2017 9:22:01 AM PST · by RitchieAprile · 37 replies
    USNI ^ | 2 Feb 2017 | Sam LaGrone
    As the Navy continues to tally up the damage to a U.S. cruiser that ran aground Tuesday in Tokyo Bay, early damage reports indicate USS Antietam (CG-54) will likely undergo an extensive dry dock period to repair the ship, USNI News understands. The Navy and Japanese authorities are also still searching for signs of the 1,100 gallons of hydraulic oil that leaked after the ship grounded, a U.S. Pacific Fleet spokesman told USNI News on Wednesday evening. Antietam was moved pier side to the U.S. naval base in Yokosuka, Japan by tugs following the grounding and now divers are cataloging...
  • With hiring halted, PSNS looks for exemption from freeze

    02/01/2017 7:04:03 AM PST · by RitchieAprile · 11 replies
    Kitsap Sun ^ | 10:00 a.m. PT Jan. 31, 2017
    BREMERTON — Puget Sound Naval Shipyard has suspended all hiring as the result of President Donald Trump's federal freeze. The across-the-board freeze began at noon Jan. 22, with the exception of active-duty military personnel. Other limited exemptions would be allowed to ensure national security or public safety, according to the executive action. The nation's four naval shipyards, unclear whether they meet the "national security" criteria, stopped the flow of new employees. Those furthest along in the hiring process are allowed to continue, the Office of Management and Budget said in initial guidance it provided last week. Workers who had been...
  • U.S. Ranks 23rd Out of 30 Developed Countries for Inequality

    01/17/2017 8:24:44 AM PST · by RitchieAprile · 53 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | January 16, 2017 | Gillian B. White
    The United States is one of the richest countries in the world. It is also one of the most unequal. As a report released today shows, the U.S. ranks 23 out of 30 developed nations in a measure known as the “inclusive development index,” which factors in data on income, health, poverty, and sustainability. The index comes from the World Economic Forum, whose annual summit is taking place in Davos this week. It is a rather comprehensive measure of inequality, and the fact that the U.S. ranks so poorly is a sign of the country’s dramatic wealth concentration. Of all...
  • 92 feared dead as Russian plane with military band crashes en route to Syria

    12/25/2016 2:34:13 PM PST · by RitchieAprile · 36 replies
    RT ^ | Dec 25 2016 | RT
    Rescue helicopters have discovered debris in the Black Sea from a Russian military transport plane which went off radar en route to Syria. Most of the passengers on the Tu-154 were members of the famous Alexandrov Ensemble army choir. According to the latest information, the Tupolev transport plane had 92 people on board, including 84 passengers and eight crew members. It went missing over the Black Sea at 2:40 GMT shortly after refueling at an airport near Sochi. Most of the passengers on board were members of the Alexandrov Ensemble, the official choir of the Russian Armed Forces, the Russian...
  • One person reported shot at Oklahoma City airport, police hunt suspect

    11/15/2016 1:09:22 PM PST · by RitchieAprile · 3 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/15/2016 | Fox News
    DEVELOPING – Police closed off Oklahoma City's Will Rogers World Airport hunting a possible suspect Tuesday after a shooting that wounded at least one person, Fox 25 reported. A man was lying in front of a ticket counter saying he'd been shot, officials told KOCO, which reported that the victim suffered life-threatening injuries. The shooting unfolded in a parking garage just before 1 p.m. local time, a police spokesperson told Fox News, saying there may be a second victim
  • How feds can sign up for new OPM breach coverage

    11/03/2016 12:16:40 PM PDT · by RitchieAprile · 5 replies
    Federal employees impacted by last year’s cyber hack of the Office of Personnel Management have a month to re-enroll for credit and identity monitoring protections offered by the agency. http://www.federaltimes.com/articles/how-feds-can-sign-up-for-new-opm-breach-coverage
  • Navy’s First Operational MQ-4C Triton Squadron Stands Up This Week

    10/27/2016 6:55:42 AM PDT · by RitchieAprile · 4 replies
    USNI News ^ | 26 Oct 2016 | Megan Eckstein
    THE PENTAGON – The Navy will stand up its first unmanned-only aviation squadron this week, as the MQ-4C Triton community establishes its first operational squadron in a ceremony Friday, the Navy’s director of air warfare told USNI News. Unmanned Patrol Squadron (VUP) 19 will operate out of Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla., collocated with manned P-8A Poseidon squadrons. VUP-19 will consist of only unmanned aircraft, a first for the Navy, and will fall under Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 11 with P-8 squadrons, Rear Adm. DeWolfe Miller (OPNAV N98) said Monday. The official formation of the squadron, led by Cmdr. Benjamin...
  • Upgrading Guns with hypervelocity projectiles would shoot down most of a 100 missile barrage

    10/26/2016 8:09:36 AM PDT · by RitchieAprile · 12 replies
    Congressional Research Report ^ | Oct 25, 2016 | Brian Wang
    US Defense Department modeling shows that “if we can close the fire support with a controlled solution,” the hypervelocity projectile (HVP) weapons would be able to shoot down most of a 100-missile raid. The Pentagon has shifted emphasis away from the electromagnetic rail gun as a next-generation missile defense platform, sees a new hypervelocity powder gun technology as the key to demonstrating to potential adversaries like China and Russia that U.S. military units on land and sea can neutralize large missile salvos in future conflicts The guided projectile being developed for EMRG (Electromagnetic Railguns) can also be fired from 5-inch...
  • Foxconn reaches 40,000 robots of original 1 million robot automation goal

    10/26/2016 7:24:03 AM PDT · by RitchieAprile · 10 replies
    Digitimes ^ | 13 Oct 2016 | Bran Wang
    In 2011, Foxconn had announced a plan to replace 500,000 mainland Chinese workers with 1 million robots over the next 3-5 years. Foxconn is the company that builds Apple's iPhone and iPad hardware and many of the android smartphones as well. Foxconn, has so far installed 40,000 production robots across China as it looks to minimize the number of people it employs. With the exception of some components like servo motors and speed reducers, the robots are being built entirely in-house, Foxconn's Dai Chia-peng told Taiwan's Central News Agency, as quoted by DigiTimes. It's unclear how many of the so-called...
  • . Navy's Most Advanced Warship, USS Zumwalt Commissions in Baltimore

    10/17/2016 8:54:25 AM PDT · by RitchieAprile · 26 replies
    Navy News Service ^ | 10/15/2016 6:25:00 PM | USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) Public Affairs
    BALTIMORE (NNS) -- The Navy's newest and most technologically advanced warship, USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) was commissioned into active service Saturday, Oct. 15, at North Locust Point in Baltimore. Zumwalt, the lead ship of a class of next-generation multi-mission destroyers, features a state-of-the-art electric propulsion system, wave-piercing tumblehome hull, stealth design, and the latest warfighting technology and weaponry available. Secretary of the Navy, the Hon. Ray Mabus, delivered the ceremony's principal address. The ship's co-sponsors, Ann Zumwalt and Mouzetta Zumwalt-Weathers, are daughters of former Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Elmo R. Zumwalt, Jr., after whom the ship is named. The...
  • LCS Freedom CO fired after engine damages

    10/17/2016 7:00:13 AM PDT · by RitchieAprile · 29 replies
    Navy Times ^ | October 14, 2016 | Sam Fellman
    The head of the surface Navy on Thursday fired the commanding officer of a littoral combat ship that damaged one of its main propulsion diesel engines in July. Vice Adm. Tom Rowden cashiered the CO of Crew 106 of LCS Freedom, Cmdr. Michael Wohnhaas, “due to loss of confidence in his ability to effectively lead and carry out his assigned duties,” Naval Surface Force Pacific said in a Friday release announcing the removal. “The loss of confidence followed an investigation into the facts and circumstances surrounding damage to the ship's number 2 main propulsion diesel engine (#2 MPDE) that occurred...
  • Details emerge about new security clearance organization, processes

    09/20/2016 6:35:38 AM PDT · by RitchieAprile · 29 replies
    Federal News Radio ^ | September 19, 2016 5:30 am | Jason Miller
    In less than two weeks, the Office of Personnel Management is expected to launch the new background investigation service to help fix the mess created by a series of incidents ranging from a lack of contractor oversight to the massive data breach affecting 21.5 million current and former federal employees. Officials promise the National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB) will be a much different organization than its predecessor, the Federal Investigative Services. “It will have a politically appointed director, will be headquartered in D.C. and be a full member of the Performance Accountability Council, so it aligns with customers for increased...
  • Bangor submarine collides in Strait of Juan de Fuca

    08/22/2016 7:24:29 AM PDT · by RitchieAprile · 28 replies
    Kitsap Sun ^ | Aug. 19, 2016 | Ed Friedrich
    BANGOR — The ballistic-missile submarine USS Louisiana and a Navy offshore support vessel collided while conducting routine operations in the Strait of Juan de Fuca on Thursday, according to Submarine Force Pacific. The collision occurred at 6 p.m. There were no injuries. Damages to both vessels is being assessed. Both ships returned to port under their own power, the support vessel to Port Angeles and the Louisiana to Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor. The nuclear-powered Louisiana can be armed with up to 24 nuclear-tipped missiles.