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  • (Democrat Congressman) Filner Calls for Navy to Name Ship for Harvey Milk

    04/25/2012 9:59:49 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 67 replies
    Fox 5 San Diego ^ | April 24, 2012 | Tony Perry
    Filner calls for Navy to name ship for Harvey Milk SAN DIEGO - Rep. Bob Filner has called on the Navy to name a ship after slain gay rights pioneer Harvey Milk, who served as a Navy officer in the early 1950s. In a letter to Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, Filner said naming a ship after Milk "would be a great tribute to Milk's support for equality and in keeping with effort(s) to promote equality in our military after the recent repeal of the 'don't ask, don't tell' policy." Milk served as a diving officer...
  • Navy's sea sick move (Navy Ships drag race at sea)

    03/04/2010 7:42:19 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 135 replies · 3,953+ views
    NY Post ^ | 3/04/2010 | Andy Soltis
    <p>A Navy captain turned the Pacific into the world's strangest drag strip -- ordering two warships to stage a bizarre race that one sailor said nearly ended in tragedy, a high-ranking military official told The Post yesterday.</p> <p>"Multiple witnesses interviewed by the [inspector general] and the commanding officers of both ships all stated that the ships were racing," said Pacific Fleet spokesman Cmdr. Jeff Davis.</p>
  • Moscow yet to clinch deal on French warship

    02/27/2010 4:35:54 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 299+ views ^ | 2/27/2010 |
    Moscow is still continuing talks with Paris on the purchase of a Mistral-class warship. The French government has approved the sale but Russia has not yet made a final decision. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev will visit France on March 1-3 but the deal will not be signed during the visit, a source in the Russian Defense Ministry said Friday. Russia plans to buy one Mistral-class amphibious assault ships, worth 400-500 million euros (around $540-$675 million), and subsequently use their know-how to build three or four vessels of the same class in partnership with the French naval shipbuilder DCNS. "We would...
  • Builders of the Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship Pull Out All the Stops

    02/24/2010 11:11:40 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 722+ views
    National Defense Magazine ^ | 3/1/2010 | Grace V. Jean
    The stakes could not be higher. When the Navy later this year picks a winner to build its littoral combat ship, no matter which contractor is selected, the decision will be seen as a turning point for the troubled program. For the Navy, it will be a chance to prove it can acquire relatively affordable ships. When LCS was first conceived earlier this decade, it was supposed to cost $220 million, but the price tag eventually more than doubled. Now, with a new acquisition strategy, Navy officials are hopeful that they can carry the program through, and procure 66 ships...
  • Navy Shifts Focus To Lower-&#8203;&#8203;end Threats

    02/20/2010 3:44:53 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 244+ views
    DoD Buzz ^ | 2/19/2010 | Greg Grant
    Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead has signed off on the Navy’s “Vision for Confronting Irregular Challenges.” The Navy will buy ships and aircraft that provide “broadened” and “balanced” capabilities to deal with a range of irregular opponents, including pirates, terrorists, criminal organizations, insurgents and other state and non-state actors, the document says. By “balancing shifts in our investments” the service will better address and incorporate “urgent and emerging requirements” to confront the “hybrid nature” of future challenges. It emphasizes buying " ships and aircraft,” oriented to “lower end operations,” such as Littoral Combat Ship mission modules, Riverine squadrons...
  • France defends decision to sell Russia warship

    02/09/2010 3:05:12 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 11 replies · 464+ views
    Reuters ^ | 1/09/2010 | Reuters
    France defended on Monday its decision to sell an advanced warship to Russia, shrugging off concerns that the helicopter carrier could threaten Georgia and arguing that Moscow had to be treated with respect. Russia asked to buy the 21,300-tonne, Mistral class warship to modernise hardware that was exposed as outdated during its five-day war against Georgia in 2008. After months of debate, France finally announced on Monday it would sell the vessel to Russia for an undisclosed sum. President Nicolas Sarkozy defended the decision during a meeting with U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who was paying a flying visit to...
  • The Greatest Generation

    02/01/2010 7:45:51 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 252+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 2/1/2010 | The Stategy Page
    The U.S. Navy has retired the USS Los Angeles (SSN 688). This was the lead ship of the Los Angeles class nuclear attack submarine (SSN). The Los Angeles entered service in 1976. It is one of three classes of SSNs in American service, and was the backbone of the American SSN force during the last years of the Cold War. The mainstay of the American submarine force is still the Los Angeles class. Sixty-two of these submarines were built, 44 of which remain in front-line service, making it probably the largest class of nuclear submarines that will ever be built....
  • United Arab Emirates Navy Orders Two Stealth Vessels

    01/22/2010 9:17:42 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 421+ views ^ | 1/22/2010 |
    --- Fincantieri has gained a further important new order from the United Arab Emirates Navy for the construction of two stealth vessels, “Falaj 2”. The contract includes an option for a further two sister ships for the UAE Navy and technology transfer from the Company to a local shipyard. Two of the four vessels will be built at the Group’s Italian shipyards, with delivery scheduled in the second half of 2012. At 55 metres long and 8.60 metres wide the ships will be able to exceed 20 knots and accommodate a crew of 28. They will feature advanced stealth characteristics...
  • Taiwan plans to buy US frigates despite China thaw

    01/11/2010 8:30:40 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 13 replies · 649+ views
    AFP via Yahoo News ^ | 01/11/2010 | AFP via Yahoo News
    Taiwan plans to buy eight second-hand Perry-class frigates from the United States despite improved ties with once-bitter foe China, a local newspaper reported Monday. The island hopes to arm them with a version of the advanced Aegis Combat System, which uses computers and radar to take out multiple targets, as well as sophisticated missile launch technology, the Taipei-based China Times said. The defence ministry said in a reaction to the report that ageing frigates now serving the navy needed to be phased out, but that it had not yet decided on the type of vessels that would replace them. "The...
  • Threat Matrix: May 2008

    05/01/2008 3:06:29 PM PDT · by nwctwx · 1,314 replies · 4,222+ views
    U.S. Wary Of Small Boat Terrorism As boating season approaches, the Bush administration wants to enlist America's 80 million recreational boaters to help reduce the chances that a small boat could deliver a nuclear or radiological bomb somewhere along the 95,000 miles of U.S. coastline and inland waterways. According to an April 23 intelligence assessment obtained by The Associated Press, "The use of a small boat as a weapon is likely to remain al Qaeda's weapon of choice in the maritime environment, given its ease in arming and deploying, low cost, and record of success." While the United States...