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  • The Navy Is Changing Its Plans for its Dumbed-Down Zumwalts and Their Ammoless Guns

    12/06/2017 7:30:02 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 77 replies
    The Drive ^ | DECEMBER 5, 2017 | JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    The future USS Michael Monsoor, set to become the U.S. Navy’s second stealthy Zumwalt-class destroyer, is underway for the first time for sea trials. The milestone comes as the service continues to reformulate the role of the ships, now saying they will be focused on attacking surface targets at sea, as well as on land, while the vessels' future seems as uncertain as ever in the face of continuing budget shortfalls and personnel problems. The second Zumwalt-class ship, also known as DDG-1001, sailed down the Kennebec River in Maine, on its way to the Altantic Ocean from Bath Iron Works...
  • Aircraft with 11 heading to USS Ronald Reagan crashes, rescue operation underway

    11/22/2017 12:39:04 AM PST · by csvset · 44 replies
    WAVY TV ^ | 22 NOV 2017 | Wire
    TOKYO (AP) — An aircraft carrying 11 crew and passengers crashed into the Pacific Ocean Wednesday while on the way to the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, the Navy said. The Japan-based 7th Fleet said in a statement that the search and rescue operation was launched from the carrier. “Personnel recovery is underway and their condition will be evaluated by USS Ronald Reagan medical staff,” the statement said. It said the ship was operating in the Philippine Sea, which is east of the Philippines, when the crash occurred at 2:45 p.m. Japan time. The names of the crew and passengers...
  • Scathing report blames crew errors for deadly Navy collisions [USS McCain and USS Fitzgerald]

    11/02/2017 7:14:15 AM PDT · by Enchante · 43 replies
    ABC News via Yahoo ^ | November 1, 2017 | Luis Martinez
    Poor decisions and lax standards made by the crews of the USS Fitzgerald and the USS John S. McCain contributed to the deadly collisions last summer that killed 17 sailors, according to a new Navy investigation. "The collisions were avoidable," said Adm. John Richardson, the chief of naval operations, in the executive summary to the report. "Both of these accidents were preventable and the respective investigations found multiple failures by watchstanders that contributed to the incidents," he added in a statement accompanying the report's release. "We must do better." On June 17, the guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald collided with a...
  • VIDEO: USS Ashland Rescues Two Mariners, Dogs Adrift for Months in Pacific

    10/26/2017 5:29:59 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 19 replies
    USNI News ^ | 26 Oct 2017 | Ben Werner
    After being adrift and off course for months in the Pacific Ocean, two women and their two dogs were rescued Wednesday by Sasebo-based amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD-48). The women and dogs survived their months at sea thanks to having water purifiers onboard and having brought a year’s worth of food.
  • What will the Navy's future aircraft carriers look like? They could be much smaller.

    10/23/2017 10:58:53 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 52 replies
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | October 22, 2017 | Brock Vergakis
    NORFOLK Congress told the Navy to develop concepts for less expensive aircraft carriers than those being built at Newport News Shipbuilding after the USS Gerald R. Ford, which was commissioned in July as the first of a new class of warships, suffered repeated cost overruns and delays. The federally funded Rand Corp. came up with four alternatives , released this week in an unclassified report. Two designs call for nuclear-powered carriers, while two call for much smaller, conventionally powered ships that could only launch aircraft capable of taking off and landing vertically. The Navy sent copies of Rand’s report to...
  • A Russian Ghost Submarine, Its U.S. Pursuers and a Deadly New Cold War

    10/20/2017 9:13:20 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 24 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Oct. 20, 2017 | Julian E. Barnes
    The Krasnodar, a Russian attack submarine, left the coast of Libya in late May, headed east across the Mediterranean, then slipped undersea, quiet as a mouse. Then, it fired a volley of cruise missiles into Syria. In the days that followed, the diesel-electric sub was pursued by the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush, its five accompanying warships, MH-60R Seahawk helicopters and P-8 Poseidon anti-sub jets flying out of Italy. The U.S. and its allies had set out to track the Krasnodar as it moved to its new home in the Black Sea. The missile attack upended what had been...
  • The Navy Is Set to Retire Half of Its Biggest Surface Combatants—With No Replacement in Sight

    10/10/2017 11:28:17 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 77 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | Oct 9, 2017 | Kyle Mizokami
    A full half of the U.S. Navy's largest surface warships are set to retire in three years, with nothing available to take their place. Eleven Ticonderoga-class cruisers, each with more than a hundred vertical missile silos, are scheduled to retire starting in 2020. The retirement of these ships will leave a bog hole in the Navy arsenal. The U.S. Navy's Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruisers were introduced in the 1980s. Weighing nearly 10,000 tons and measuring 567 feet long, the ships were designed primarily for the air defense roles. Equipped with the Aegis Combat System, the Ticonderogas were designed to protect...
  • I was a U.S. 'Hornet Admiral'—and I'm worried about Canada's air force capability

    10/06/2017 9:08:18 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    National Post ^ | October 5, 2017 | Admiral Bill Gortney
    When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reopened the competition to select a fighter to replace the CF-18, two questions were raised from that decision, one with long-term implications, and one with immediate consequences. The first: when will the modernization of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) fighter force be complete? The second: what will the RCAF do to mitigate the so-called capability gap (Canada’s current fleet is more than 30 years old, and down from 138 to 77 aircraft) to have a certain number of the most capable fighter jets mission-ready at all times and to ensure the capacity to address...
  • US Needs More Tankers, Transports Since Russia & China Can Shoot Them Down

    09/25/2017 7:16:32 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Breaking Defense ^ | September 21, 2017 | SYDNEY J. FREEDBERG JR.
    Air Force KC-135 tankers lined up on the runway in Kadena, Japan. AFA: The Air Force needs more tankers and transports because a sophisticated enemy like Russia or China can shoot them down, the chief of Air Mobility Command said here. The current fleet size is based on war plans that only considered how much fuel, supplies, equipment, and troops the air fleet needed to move from A to B, Gen. Carlton Everhart told reporters. The assumption was that no enemy could challenge our control of the skies, which made sense against the Taliban or the Islamic State. But now,...
  • MH-60S Can Be Today’s PT Boat

    09/21/2017 8:10:26 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 21 replies
    Proceedings Magazine ^ | September, 2017 | Lieutenant Ben Foster, U.S. Navy
    The Sierras can deliver combat power, just as did multimission World War II patrol torpedo boats. They have no idea what we actually do,” Lieutenant Drew Kollmann lamented while walking out of a typical meeting. “We’re basically a flying PT boat.” This is a perfect analogy—the MH-60S is a modern incarnation of the famed patrol torpedo (PT) boat, and the Navy will be better for using it as such. Like PT crews, those in Navy helicopters can perform the basic functions of maritime logistics, but it is the combat power that sets them apart. Surface warfare, personnel recovery, and support...
  • Navy Secretary Says Perry Class Frigates Could Be Brought Back On The Cheap Without Upgrades

    09/20/2017 8:16:18 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 29 replies
    The Drive ^ | SEPTEMBER 20, 2017 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    On its mission to field a 355 ship fleet, the US Navy has been looking at what it has in storage to help make that goal a reality. Even the carrier USS Kitty Hawk has been put forward as a possible candidate for regeneration, although the reality of what it would take to truly make such an endeavor successful puts it firmly in the unlikely category. But the seven Oliver Hazard Perry class frigates now sitting in mothballs tell another story. Now Secretary of Navy Richard Spencer is saying these ships could be regenerated very cheaply and without any major...
  • First glimmer of explanation on Fitzgerald USN incident that makes sense.

    08/23/2017 10:01:49 AM PDT · by beebuster2000 · 52 replies
    American Greatness ^ | august 23, 2017
    On the bridge of the Fitz, the OOD was in charge. OODs on duty receive exact, timely, information from the ship’s sensors, including Combat Information Center (CIC) about the location, course, speed, and trajectory of all objects on, above, or below the surface. the Fitz’s OOD had precise warning, perhaps 45 minutes before the collision happened, that he was on a collision course. The OOD either removes the problem by changing course by one or two degrees on his own authority, or, notifies the captain who then makes the course adjustment. Surely, this OOD did none of the above. we...
  • How does the chain of command work on a USN Combat Vessel for Emergency Helm Correction?

    08/23/2017 7:05:21 AM PDT · by beebuster2000 · 58 replies
    beebuster News Bureau | August 23, 2017 | beebuster000
    Can a Freeper with experience "weigh" in please? I am beginning to think the common problem in the recent USN accidents is a totally calcified chain of command where no one has the authority to take action in a moment of crisis. someone knows there is a problem but has to ask someone who has to ask someone for permission to act. Isn't there ONE OFFICER on deck with the total and absolute responsibility and authority to alter course in real time to avoid collisions? Or is there no one person until way up the chain who can make a...
  • Navy to Pause Operations, Review Collisions, With 10 Missing

    08/21/2017 11:20:39 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 31 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | August 24,2017 | By Nancy Youssef in Washington and Jake Maxwell Watts in Singapore
    The U.S. Navy announced an “operational pause” and has begun a broad investigation after the destroyer USS John S. McCain collided with a merchant vessel, leaving 10 sailors still missing, the second such incident in as many months. The response by the U.S. military signals the Navy believes it needs to examine whether there may be institutional problems behind the deadly collisions. Navy Adm. John Richardson, the chief of naval operations, made the announcement about the operational pause during a nearly four-minute video message posted on Facebook Monday morning. Adm. Richardson said he also ordered a broader investigation. “I directed...
  • Navy, Raytheon Close to Finalizing Maritime Strike Tomahawk Missile Deal

    08/16/2017 7:48:50 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    USNI News ^ | August 16, 2017 | Sam LaGrone
    A Tomahawk cruise missile hits a moving maritime target Jan. 27, 2015 after being launched from the USS Kidd (DDG-100) near San Nicolas Island in California. US Navy Photo TUCSON, ARIZ. — The Navy and Raytheon are close to signing a deal to integrate a new sensor into the Tomahawk Land Attack Missile to allow the missile to attack moving targets at sea, the head of the Navy’s Tomahawk program told USNI News on Tuesday. Once the deal is complete, Raytheon will start work to craft and install a sensor to convert a yet-to-be-determined number of Block IV TLAMs into...
  • Two Supercarriers Meet at Sea — One’s Missing Airplanes

    08/11/2017 4:42:36 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 52 replies
    War is Boring ^ | August 8, 2017 | David Axe
    The Royal Navy’s new supercarrier HMS Queen Elizabeth and her battle group met the U.S. Navy’s carrier USS George H.W. Bush in the North Atlantic for an exercise beginning on Aug. 1, 2017. The 10-day exercise Saxon Warrior 2017 “allows both U.S. and U.K. naval forces a chance to hone our interoperability skills,” said Rear Adm. Kenneth Whitesell, commander of Bush‘s Carrier Strike Group 2. “Particularly important is the alignment of U.S. carrier strike groups and the U.K. carrier strike group.” Both navies — and one NATO ally — sent ships and crews to the exercise. But one key component...
  • Search for mysterious diver continues off Norfolk Piers

    07/31/2017 1:50:02 PM PDT · by NorCoGOP · 67 replies
    Navy Times ^ | 7/31/2017 | Mark Faram
    Norfolk, Va. — The Navy’s search for a possible diver who was trespassing in the waters surrounding the piers at Naval Station, Norfolk, will likely continue for some time, a Navy official said. “They are still searching for the possible diver,” said Kelly Wirfel, spokeswoman for Naval Station Norfolk in an email around 2:30 p.m. Monday. “It will most likely take some time until they can clear the entire area,” Wirfel said. Norfolk’s piers and ships were put on lock down Monday morning after reports of a possible diver in the water. “At 9 a.m. this morning a shipboard watch...
  • Up close with a US super carrier and the pilots fresh from combat operations

    07/30/2017 8:08:41 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    Save the Royal Navy ^ | JULY 29, 2017
    The arrival of the USS George HW Bush in British waters to participate in exercise Saxon Warrior with the Royal Navy provided a useful opportunity to meet US naval aviators who have recently completed combat missions against ISIS in the Middle East. Although they are very different, inevitable comparisons will also be made between the Nimitz class CVN and the Queen Elizabeth class CVF, which deserve to be put in perspective. The US Navy’s Carrier Strike Group 2 have been in action in the Middle East for almost 7 months and there was a high tempo of operations with 99...
  • Will the Navy Develop a New Role for the Stealthy Zumwalt?

    07/30/2017 7:29:46 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 26 replies
    The National Interest ^ | 07/30/2018 | Kyle Mizokami
    The three new Zumwalt-class destroyers are in trouble. Originally envisioned as a fleet of more nearly three dozen destroyers, and the weapons that justified them, the Zumwalts have faced delays, cuts and staggering cost increases. As the ships teeter on the verge of white elephant status, could they become relevant again by taking on a new role, that of a stealthy ship killer? The Zumwalt-class destroyers were originally envisioned as a fleet of thirty-two destroyers designed to attack targets far inland with precision-guided howitzer shells. Designed in part to support amphibious landings by the U.S. Marine Corps, the Zumwalts were...
  • Navy Warships Get New Heavy Missile: 2,500-Lb LRASM

    07/26/2017 9:56:51 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    Breaking Defense ^ | July 26, 2017 | SYDNEY J. FREEDBERG JR.
    It’s a big day for the 2,500-pound Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile, LRASM. This morning, contractor Lockheed Martin announced an $86.5 million contract to build the first 23 production missiles – as opposed to test weapons – for use by Navy Super Hornet fighters and Air Force B-1B bombers. Lockheed also announce this afternoon that it had, for the first time, successfully test-fired a modified LRASM from the kind of launchers used on Navy ships. Ship-borne launchers dramatically expand the ways the US military can use the missile. LRASM has come a long way from its origins in the air-to-ground JASSM program...