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  • Navy Hopes for Commonality – Or at Least Interoperability – With Frigates in Australia, Canada, U.K.

    07/13/2018 8:15:51 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    USNI News ^ | July 12, 2018 | Megan Eckstein
    Top: Artist’s concept of Royal Australian Navy Hunter-class guided-missile frigate. Bottom: (left to right) U.K. Royal Navy Arrowhead Type 31e design, Austal USA FFG(X) design and Lockheed Martin FFG(X) design CAPITOL HILL – The U.S. Navy is in talks with Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom in the hopes that all four navies will design and field frigates with common combat systems – or at least interoperable ones – the deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for ships told USNI News. Jay Stefany said the four navies have quadrilateral talks every six months, and a recent focus of those talks...
  • 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...
  • U.S. Navy Sub To Fire Harpoon Anti-Ship Missile Years After They Left The Force

    07/12/2018 7:16:11 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    The Drive ^ | JULY 11, 2018 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    As part of the many unique evolutions during the Navy's giant, biannual, multi-national naval exercise known as Rim Of The Pacific or RIMPAC, a U.S. Navy nuclear fast attack submarine will be fire a live UGM-84 Harpoon anti-ship missile at a target in the waters off of Hawaii. What's interesting is that Harpoon missiles were stripped from American submarines over 20 years ago, but the standoff range and flexibility that anti-ship missiles provide are once again becoming in-demand capability for America's submarine force and its surface fleet as well. The U.S. Navy posted shots of a UGM-84 being loaded onto...
  • We toured the heavily-armed and stealthy warship that may be the US Navy's next frigate

    06/12/2018 8:04:04 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 42 replies
    Business Insider ^ | JUN 13, 2018 | Daniel Brown
    Fincantieri The US Navy announced in February that five types of warships would compete for a bid to supply the branch with 20 next-generation guided-missile frigates. And last week, we got to tour one of those five frigates: Fincantieri's FREMM Alpino, a ship outfitted with anti-submarine systems. "The world has changed certainly in the last two years when you take look at what Russia is doing and what China is doing," retired Admiral Rick Hunt, who now works for Fincantieri, told Business Insider on the ship's bridge. "And frankly, I think that means we got to up the game of...
  • What Supersonic Anti-Ship Missile Did China Hack From The U.S. Navy?

    06/08/2018 7:48:38 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    China's relentless cyber espionage campaign against the Pentagon has been one of the central reasons why that country's technological warfighting capabilities have aggressively matured over a relatively short period of time. In fact, we now see the fruits of their hacking operations on a daily basis via advanced 'indigenous' weapon systems, some which are now entering into operational service. But a previously unreported intrusion into a Navy contractor's computer network has provided the Chinese military with information on the service's electronic warfare and threat library, cryptographic radio systems used on submarines, specific sensor data, and detailed information on a previously...
  • USNI News Video: U.S. Navy, French Aviators Train for Middle East Deployments

    06/03/2018 9:15:56 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    USNI News ^ | June 3, 2018 | Ben Werner
    U.S. and French fighter pilots have spent nearly two months training alongside each other, exchanging tactics and comparing notes on what their Dassault Rafale and Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet jets can accomplish. During training at Naval Air Station Oceana and aboard USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77), the most note-worthing finding is how similar the two navies’ flight operations procedures aboard the carrier are, said both French and U.S. pilots. Still, each airframe comes with unique attributes, which made for some interesting mission training exercises. USNI News Graphic “The Rafale is a rocket,” Lt. Brandon Rodgers from the Golden Warriors of...
  • The Navy’s Potential New Frigate Connects Crew, Lots of Space for Commandos

    06/01/2018 6:38:19 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    Breaking Defense ^ | May 31, 2018 | PAUL MCLEARY
    BALTIMORE HARBOR: The U.S. Navy is in the market for a new frigate, and the ship of the future might be sitting pierside in Manhattan. The Italian frigate ITS Alpino steamed out of Baltimore harbor Wednesday evening to spend a few days in New York and Boston, the final leg of an East Coast tour that also saw it conduct training operations with the USS Gonzalez off the Virginia coast. For Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri — and its Marinette, Wisc.-based subsidiary, Fincantieri Marine Group, — the tour is a prime opportunity to show off the capabilities of the ship that is...
  • VIDEO: USS Milwaukee Launches Hellfires in LCS Surface-to-Surface Missile Module Test

    05/16/2018 3:52:24 PM PDT · by Eddie01 · 7 replies
    USNI News ^ | May 16, 2018 | Megan Eckstein
    The Freedom-variant littoral combat ship USS Milwaukee (LCS 5) conducted a live-fire missile exercise off the coast of Virginia May 11, firing four longbow hellfire missiles that successfully struck fast inshore attack craft targets. US Navy photo. The Navy completed the first phase of its Surface-to-Surface Missile Module (SSMM) developmental testing for the Littoral Combat Ship program, with a May 11 live-fire test of the missile off USS Milwaukee (LCS-5). Milwaukee fired four AGM-114L Longbow Hellfire missiles that successfully struck fast inshore attack craft (FIAC) targets in a complex warfighting environment, according to a Navy news release. The SSMM consists...
  • Former Navy SEAL: Waterboarding, Sleep Deprivation: Just Another Day at the Office

    05/12/2018 8:03:14 AM PDT · by rktman · 30 replies ^ | 5/12/2018 | Eli Crane
    The recent attacks on the president’s nominee, Gina Haspel, for the top spot in the CIA due to her involvement in the use of enhanced interrogation techniques by our DOD after 9/11 have me confused. As a member of the U.S. military, I myself had to endure many of these same techniques. For the record, I am far from the only one. This is a very controversial topic. Many senators, like former prisoner of war Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), stand in opposition to Haspel’s nomination, stating that “Her refusal to acknowledge torture’s immorality is disqualifying.” Democrats like Kamala Harris were...
  • US Navy reactivates its Atlantic 2nd Fleet

    05/05/2018 9:11:21 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 50 replies
    AFP via Yahoo ^ | 05/06/18
    Washington (AFP) - A top US navy admiral announces the re-establishment of the US 2nd Fleet -- a Cold War command disbanded in 2011 -- to patrol the North Atlantic and face a resurgent threat from Russia. The chief of US Naval Operations, Admiral John Richardson, made the announcement during a change of command ceremony Friday in the Atlantic naval port of Norfolk, Virginia. "Our National Defense Strategy makes clear that we're back in an era of great power competition as the security environment continues to grow more challenging and complex," said Richardson, according to a navy statement. "That's...
  • Italian Ship Alpino Begins Naval Campaign in North America

    05/03/2018 8:42:01 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 24 replies
    Italian Navy ^ | May 02, 2018
    The Italian Navy has sent a Fremm frigate, ITS Alpino, on a two-month cruise of North America intended to promote the ship’s design as a leading candidate in the US Navy’s FF(X) future frigate competition. (IT Navy photo) Today, the Italian Navy’s European multi-mission frigate (FREMM) ITS Alpino sailed from the Mar Grande naval base in Taranto for a naval campaign that will take it to North America for the next two months. ITS Alpino is the fifth FREMM ship delivered to the Italian Navy on 30 September 2016, the fourth in the "anti-submarine" version and fitted out with state-of-the-art...
  • NSA Mole Took Codes Targeting US Cyber Enemies (Harold Thomas Martin)

    10/07/2016 4:35:38 PM PDT · by drewh · 19 replies
    Debkfiles ^ | October 7, 2016, ast
    Harold Thomas Martin, a 51-year-old US National Security Agency contractor from Maryland, may be remembered as the second Edward Snowden, although there are many differences between the two cases. Martin, a former US Navy officer with top secret national security clearance, was arrested on Aug. 27 by the FBI and charged with the unauthorized removal and retention for many years of highly-sensitive classified documents. The purloined materials found in raids of his home and his car, which were described by as capable of causing “exceptionally grave damage” to US national security. Like Snowden, Martin worked for Booz Allen Hamilton, which...
  • The Navy's Stealthy Glide Bomb Is About To Get Way More Capable

    04/27/2018 7:42:37 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    The Drive ^ | April 27, 2018 | JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    Just recently, Raytheon announced that it had finished the work necessary to integrate its AGM-154 Joint Stand-Off Weapon glide bomb, or JSOW, into the internal weapons bays on the U.S. Navy’s F-35C Joint Strike Fighter. It’s an important development, especially given that the service is also developing a powered version with quadruple the range, but half the cost of other available air-launched cruise missiles. Earlier in April 2018, the Massachusetts-headquartered defense contractor declared that the F-35C was fully capable of carrying the AGM-154 internally and that the pairing would now move on to operational testing. The goal is for the...
  • The US Navy appears to have fooled Russia and Syria with a warship ruse before the strike

    04/16/2018 11:29:10 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 52 replies
    BI (Business Inciter) ^ | April 16, 2018 | Alex Lockie
    When President Donald Trump threatened to send missiles at Syria — despite Russia's promises to counter-attack— all eyes turned towards the US Navy's sole destroyer in the region. But that may have been a trick. Pundits openly scoffed at Trump's announcement of the strike days in advance, especially considering his criticism of Barack Obama for similar talk, but the actual strike appeared to go down well. In April 2017, two US Navy destroyers in the eastern Mediterranean steamed into the region, let off 59 cruise missiles in response to suspected gas attacks by the Syrian government, and left unpunished and...
  • 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 Little Rock Departs Montreal After 3 Months Stuck in Ice

    04/03/2018 6:11:29 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 24 replies
    gCaptain ^ | April 2, 2018 | gCaptain
    One of the U.S. Navy’s newest littoral combat ship is finally underway to her homeport in Mayport, Florida after spending the winter stuck in ice in Montreal.
  • The Dynamite Cruiser Was Nearly as Dangerous to Her Crew as the Enemy

    03/15/2018 5:58:26 AM PDT · by C19fan · 20 replies
    War is Boring ^ | March 15, 2018 | Robert Beckhusen
    On June 13, 1898, the cruiser USS Vesuvius crept within one-mile of the Cuban coastline and began launching explosives from her monstrous compressed-air cannons — quietly, as far as the Spanish soldiers ashore in their fort knew until the shells landed. The nighttime shore bombardment targeting Santiago was Vesuvius’ first combat mission. She still remains one of the strangest warships of the modern era. A custom-built “dynamite gun cruiser,” Vesuvius had a unique arrangement of three 15-inch pneumatic cannons capable of launching 550 or 200-pound shells with a jolt of compressed air. Fascinating from an engineering perspective, Vesuvius’ cannons penetrated...
  • USS Lexington: Lost WW2 aircraft carrier found after 76 years

    03/06/2018 6:11:05 AM PST · by George - the Other · 58 replies
    BBC News ^ | March 6, 2018 | BBC News
    The wreck of a US aircraft carrier that was sunk during World War Two has been found off the coast of Australia. The USS Lexington was found 3km (2 miles) underwater in the Coral Sea, about 800km off Australia's east coast. The ship was lost in the Battle of the Coral Sea, fought with Japan from 4-8 May 1942. More than 200 crew members died in the fighting. The US Navy confirmed the ship had been discovered by a search team led by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.
  • Navy's newest ship, the future USNS Burlington, christened at Mobile shipyard

    02/26/2018 9:40:53 PM PST · by BBell · 28 replies ^ | 2/24/18 | Erin Edgemon
    The U.S. Navy's newest vessel was christened at Austal's state-of-the-art shipbuilding facility in Mobile on Saturday morning. The future USNS Burlington is the 10th of the 12 Expeditionary Fast Transport vessels that Austal has under contract with the Navy. They have a combined value of more than $1.9 billion. "Austal is excited to get Burlington one step closer to joining the fleet" said Austal USA President Craig Perciavalle. "The efficiency at which this complex ship has come together is truly remarkable and a testament to the incredible talent of our shipbuilding professionals here at Austal USA."Nine Spearhead-class EPFs have been...
  • One Of These Five Ships Will Become The U.S. Navy's Next Frigate

    02/19/2018 6:03:55 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    The Drive ^ | FEBRUARY 17, 2018 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    The Navy has moved forward with funding five potential designs that could fulfill its future guided missile frigate FFG(X) requirement. At least 20 of these vessels will be built, and as we have discussed in detail before, the project is among the Navy's most important initiatives. Fielding a highly capable surface combatant that can pick up many missions currently being conducted by over-tasked and far more expensive destroyers will be essential to providing a more flexible and sustainable fleet in the decades to come. The $15M contracts were awarded to General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, Fincantieri Marine, Huntington Ingalls, Austal...