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  • The Return of the Zumwalt Guided-Missile Destroyers

    10/03/2011 11:33:47 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | October 3, 2011 | Mackenzie Eaglen
    The Return of the Zumwalt Guided-Missile Destroyers Mackenzie Eaglen October 3, 2011 at 12:25 pm Artist rendering of the Zumwalt class destroyer The U.S. Navy has approved contracts to finish building the hulls of the second and third ships of the Zumwalt class of guided-missile destroyers being constructed at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works in Maine. The $1.8 billion contract will also fund systems integration of the DDG-1001 Michael Monsoor and DDG-1002. The second ship of the class is named after the late Navy SEAL Michael A. Monsoor, who received the Medal of Honor for sacrificing his life for his...
  • Raytheon passes major Navy destroyer radar milestone

    09/19/2011 9:00:05 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    CNET News ^ | September 19, 2011 | Daniel Terdiman
    Raytheon passes major Navy destroyer radar milestone Daniel Terdiman September 19, 2011 Raytheon said today that its Gallium Nitride-based radar technology passed a major milestone in its bid to win a multi-billion dollar Navy contract. (Credit: Raytheon) Raytheon this morning said that it has passed a major milestone in its bid to win a multi-billion dollar U.S. Navy radar contract. The Tewksbury, Massachusetts military contract is currently competing against Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman for the lucrative contract to provide next-generation Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) technology for the Navy's Arleigh Burke-class destroyers. As part of its efforts to...
  • American aircraft carriers remain essential to commanding the seas

    09/16/2011 11:50:01 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 35 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 09/16/2011 | Robert O'Brien
    American aircraft carriers remain essential to commanding the seas By Robert O'Brien 1:09 PM 09/16/2011 Last month, the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis rendezvoused in the Pacific with Carrier Strike Group-3, which is composed of the guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay and the USS Pinckney, USS Kidd, USS Dewey and USS Wayne Meyer. Carrier Strike Group-3 will soon take up station in the Arabian Sea to support American combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. En route, the carrier and its escorts have shown the flag in the Philippines and Malaysia and sailed boldly through the South China Sea, which...
  • Save the Lightning (F-35)

    09/06/2011 9:56:30 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | September 6, 2011 | Thomas Donnelly
    Save the Lightning Why we need the F-35 By Thomas Donnelly The Weekly Standard Tuesday, September 6, 2011 Thanks to the provisions of the Budget Control Act and the subsequent directions of President Obama's budget director, Jack Lew, the Department of Defense is figuring out how to trim $1 trillion from its current and planned budgets. Perhaps the principal target in the sights is the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program (aka the Lightning II)—a fact that neatly encapsulates the Pentagon's severe budgetary, programmatic, operational, and strategic problems. It's only modest hyperbole to conclude that as fares the Lightning, so fares...
  • Chilean Stealth Sub Visiting San Diego

    09/02/2011 8:56:18 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies · 1+ views
    San Diego Reader ^ | September 2, 2011 | Matt Potter
    Chilean Stealth Sub Visiting San Diego By Matt Potter | Posted September 2, 2011, 3:56 p.m. The Chilean navy's Carrera, a diesel-electric submarine, has arrived for a training mission with the 3rd Fleet in San Diego, Navy Times reports. The latest generation of diesel-electric subs, with their unusual stealthiness and relatively low price have become troublesome for U.S. defense planners. As smaller countries acquire more of them, safe access for U.S. ships to world coastal areas and the high seas could be jeopardized, the Pentagon argues. "Once they have powered up their batteries, the submarines can sail to the bottom...
  • "Stealth" Boat Could Revolutionize Naval Warfare

    08/31/2011 6:06:34 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 70 replies
    NBC Chicago ^ | Aug 30, 2011 | Greg Wilson
    "Stealth" Boat Could Revolutionize Naval Warfare Designer is working with defense contractor on 150-foot model By Greg Wilson A stealth boat that moves through water at high speeds and with near invisibility could revolutionize the Navy's ability to carry out special operations on water. The craft, called The Ghost, moves by generating a layer of gas around submerged surfaces, greatly reducing friction. It's unique design makes it ideal for special operations, according to DiscoveryNews. The ship can reach speeds of 60 miles per hour and has a shape designed to reduce its visibility to radar, similar to the Navy's "Sea...
  • Pirates, check. Fireballs, check. Living his dream? Check.

    08/13/2011 5:27:07 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 13 replies
    Portland Press Herald ^ | August 13, 2011 | ELLIE COLE
    A 2006 Bonny Eagle graduate who joined the Navy right out of high school found himself amid a dramatic piracy rescue last month off the coast of Yemen. Hollis native Lucas Alderette, an electronics technician serving aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea, said a pre-dawn alarm led to the rescue of the crew of the Brillante Virtuoso, an oil tanker that had been attacked by pirates in the Gulf of Aden and set ablaze on July 6. "When we showed up, it was of course still very dark out, but the tanker was easily visible because large sections were...
  • Fights Break Out in Afghanistan as NATO Moves to Recover Downed Helicopter

    08/07/2011 4:10:37 PM PDT · by DBCJR · 45 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | Published August 07, 2011
    U.S. soldiers from the 2nd Brigade, 87th Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division, secure the area after existing a Chinoonk helicopter, Helmand Province, southern Afghanistan, in this Sunday, June 18, 2006 file photo. Insurgents apparently shot down a U.S. military helicopter Saturday Aug. 6, 2011 similar to this one shown during fighting in eastern Afghanistan, killing 30 Americans, most of them belonging to the same elite Navy SEALs unit that killed Usama bin Laden, as well as seven Afghan commandos, U.S. officials said. An Afghan official says there is fighting in the area where a U.S. Army Chinook helicopter was apparently...
  • Copter Downed by Taliban Fire; Elite U.S. Unit Among Dead

    08/06/2011 3:36:59 PM PDT · by rdb3 · 35 replies
    New York Times ^ | 6 AUGUST 2011 | RAY RIVERA, ALISSA J. RUBIN and THOM SHANKER
    KABUL, Afghanistan — In the deadliest day for American forces in the nearly decade-long war in Afghanistan, insurgents shot down a Chinook transport helicopter on Saturday, killing 30 Americans, including some Navy Seal commandos from the unit that killed Osama bin Laden, as well as 8 Afghans, American and Afghan officials said.
  • Dozens Killed as NATO Helicopter Shot Down in Afghanistan

    08/06/2011 2:21:16 AM PDT · by BlackVeil · 121 replies · 1+ views
    New York Times ^ | 6 August 2011 | By RAY RIVERA and ALISSA J. RUBIN
    KABUL, Afghanistan — Insurgents shot down a NATO Chinook helicopter during an overnight operation in eastern Afghanistan, killing 37 people on board, a military official said on Saturday.
  • Obama expresses sorrow for 31 US troops killed in Afghan crash

    08/06/2011 9:27:08 AM PDT · by yoe · 128 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 8, 2011 | Alexander Bolton
    President Obama praised the sacrifice of 31 U.S. troops who died early Saturday morning in helicopter crash in Wardak Province, Afghanistan. The Taliban has claimed it shot down the aircraft with a rocket-propelled grenade. Seven Afghan soldiers on board the helicopter also died. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families and loved ones of the Americans who were lost earlier today in Afghanistan,” Obama said in a statement. “Their deaths are a reminder of the extraordinary sacrifices made by the men and women of our military and their families, including all who have served in Afghanistan.” Obama said...
  • Helicopter Crash in Afghanistan Reportedly Kills Members of SEAL Team 6

    08/06/2011 9:37:25 AM PDT · by spiderfern · 396 replies
    FOXNEWS.COM ^ | 8/6/2011 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON -- The Associated Press has learned that more than 20 Navy SEALs from the unit that killed Osama bin Laden were among those lost in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan. Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2011/08/06/afghan-president-31-americans-killed-in-helicopter-crash/#ixzz1UGZcWiEh
  • U.S. official: Killed forces were on Afghanistan rescue mission

    08/06/2011 2:31:09 PM PDT · by truthandlife · 109 replies · 1+ views
    CNN ^ | 8/6/11 | David Ariosto and Barbara Starr
    Twenty-five U.S. special forces killed early Saturday in Afghanistan were on a mission to rescue another team of military personnel pinned down by insurgents, a U.S. military official told CNN. The helicopter that went down in eastern Afghanistan carried 30 U.S. military members, including 22 Navy SEALs and three other special forces. They were part of a "quick reaction force" sent in to pick up others engaged in a fierce firefight, the official said. In the single deadliest incident since the start of the decade-long Afghan war, the Army Chinook carrying a team of U.S. special forces and U.S. and...
  • Navy Commemorates 2,000th Tomahawk Shot

    08/03/2011 9:45:46 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    The Baynet.com ^ | 8/3/2011
    Navy Commemorates 2,000th Tomahawk Shot 8/3/2011 The Navy is scheduled to hold a commemorative ceremony aboard the guided missile destroyer USS Barry (DDG 52) for the 2,000th Tomahawk cruise missile combat launch Aug. 5 at Naval Station Norfolk, Va. The event will recognize the USS Barry crewmembers for their role in launching the milestone missile March 19, against an air defense target in Libya, during Operation Odyssey Dawn. “It was a great feeling to have taken part in the 2,000th missile launch,” said Fire Controlman 3rd Class (SW) Luizous Houser, aboard USS Barry (DDG 52). “There were a lot of...
  • Cost, quality problems dog Navy's LCS warship

    07/30/2011 8:09:20 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    Sign On San Diego ^ | July 30, 2011
    Cost, quality problems dog Navy's LCS warship The littoral combat ship Freedom (LCS-1) has been undergoing maintenance and upgrades at BAE Ship Repair San Diego. — Earnie Grafton A decade-old, multibillion-dollar attempt by the Navy to develop a radically different family of warships is reeling from cost overruns, structural problems and doubts about the design, staffing, role and survivability of the speedy new vessels. This month, a bipartisan group of seven U.S. senators demanded that the Pentagon explain why Freedom, the first of the new littoral combat ships, suffered a small but worrisome crack in its hull and had to...
  • Top architect proposes new type of frigate for the Navy

    07/27/2011 9:30:14 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 21 replies
    Sign On San Diego ^ | July 27, 2011 | Gary Robbins
    Top architect proposes new type of frigate for the Navy The nation’s leading independent naval architectural firm has been quietly gauging whether senior Navy officials are interested in a new class of frigate that would be smaller and lighter replacement for the aging ships now being phased out of service. The new 3,500-ton "light frigates" would be more heavily armed than previous models and be capable of carrying out a variety of missions over a wide area of the world’s oceans. Gibbs & Cox of Arlington, Va., says it has produced concept drawings for a roughly 400-foot steel-hull, twin-propellor, diesel-powered...
  • Boeing, US Navy Mark Harpoon Missile System’s 40th Anniversary

    07/22/2011 5:14:58 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    Boeing ^ | 07/21/2011
    Boeing, US Navy Mark Harpoon Missile System’s 40th Anniversary By NewsDesk Harpoon is the Navy’s all-weather, over-the-horizon, anti-ship missile system. Boeing [NYSE: BA] and the U.S. Navy recognized the 40th anniversary of the Harpoon Missile System today at a ceremony near the company’s St. Charles facility. “After four decades of cooperation with our Navy partners, Boeing’s dedicated and talented Harpoon team continues to find innovative ways to meet the needs of warfighters on today’s ever-changing battlefields,” said Debbie Rub, vice president and general manager for Boeing Missiles and Unmanned Airborne Systems (MUAS). “Throughout the life of this legacy program, Boeing...
  • US fleet may quit troubled Bahrain

    07/20/2011 10:35:59 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    The Australian ^ | July 21, 2011 | Hugh Tomlinson
    US fleet may quit troubled Bahrain Hugh Tomlinson From:The Australian THE US Navy is looking at plans to move its Fifth Fleet away from Bahrain amid fears over violence and continued instability in the Gulf kingdom. Sources in Washington and the Gulf have confirmed a growing consensus around the idea of relocating the fleet after the recent crackdown on anti-government protests that left at least 32 dead. Politicians in Washington are concerned the navy's continued presence a few kilometres from the centre of the capital Manama lends tacit support to Bahrain's suppression of the opposition, amid allegations of systematic human...
  • Sailors of the USS Enterprise are welcomed home after 184 days at sea

    07/15/2011 4:24:04 PM PDT · by Ready4Freddy · 34 replies
    MSNBC ^ | July 15, 2011 | Robert Hood
    According to the USS Enterprise's website the ship is the eighth to bear this name, and it is the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. It is also the world's largest active warship.
  • Navy Department could face $10 billion in budget cuts

    07/15/2011 12:09:08 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/13/11 | John T. Bennett
    Navy Department could face $10 billion in budget cuts By John T. Bennett - 07/13/11 08:43 PM ET The Navy could be forced to slash its annual budget by $10 billion as the Pentagon pares its spending, defense insiders tell The Hill. White House officials have ordered the Pentagon to begin slashing its budget starting in 2013 to meet President Obama’s goal of $400 billion in national security cuts. Pentagon and Navy Department officials have yet to make final decisions about how much the department (which includes the Navy and Marine Corps) will trim from its annual budget, or about...
  • Testing the next-generation Super Hornet

    07/12/2011 6:48:18 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Flight International ^ | 12/07/11 | Mike Gerzanics
    Testing the next-generation Super Hornet By Mike Gerzanics Nearly 11 years ago, I had the chance to fly a Boeing F/A-18F at NAS Lemoore, in California's central valley. During my familiarisation flight, I was able to sample first-hand the Super Hornet's capabilities. To reduce risk and speed up delivery to the US Navy fleet, the initial (Block I) Super Hornet's avionics suite was the same as that of the then operational F/A-18C/D. The aircraft I flew had a Raytheon APG-73 radar and an inertial navigation system that could be augmented with a GPS receiver. Although not previewed on my flight,...
  • Guest Post: Viewed From the Deckplates

    06/26/2011 11:47:50 AM PDT · by DJ Elliott · 2 replies
    USNI ^ | 26 June 2011 | YN2(SW) H. Lucien Gauthier III
    The Balisle Report recommended that over 6,500 billets be restored to the fleet. Only 2,200 were approved, with another 3,900 slated for FYDP accessions. The fine print never makes the headlines in All Hands, or the Navy Times. At this time we are told to cut the Navy by 9,000 Sailors. We have to cut solid performers who happen to be in overmanned ratings, while we should cut those who don’t meet standards, or are marginal performers at best. Why must we do this? Because personnel costs, and the billions of healthcare dollars those personnel require for readiness and recovery,...
  • Navy enters twilight era of its once famous frigates

    06/09/2011 10:08:29 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    Sign On San Diego ^ | June 8, 2011 | Gary Robbins
    Navy enters twilight era of its once famous frigates By Gary Robbins Originally published 1:22 p.m., June 8, 2011 When it first took to the seas in the late 18th century, the U.S. Navy sailed frigates that became famous for their speed and maneuverability, and for the cunning of their commanders. More than two centuries later, the commanders are just as cunning. But the modern Navy is steadily phasing out the last of its frigates to make room for littoral combat ships, a new type of vessel designed to be faster and more versatile than the ships it will replace....
  • A heavy duty LCS for foreign navies. Maybe.

    05/24/2011 8:45:34 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 21 replies
    DOD Buzz ^ | May 24th, 2011 | Philip Ewing
    A heavy duty LCS for foreign navies. Maybe. Lockheed Martin says its second littoral combat ship, the USS Fort Worth, is 87 percent complete. It’ll start work on its third and fourth ships over the coming year. The U.S. Navy wants at least 55 LCSes. From the defense contractor’s standpoint, Lockheed’s return to shipbuilding looks like a success: It is moving toward steady production of a stable design and will likely be able to book many hundreds of millions of dollars over the life of the program. (Lockheed’s first LCS, the Freedom, didn’t go so smoothly, and it cost much,...
  • Tag-out? What tag-out? (Fire on PCU Spruance after sea trials)

    05/21/2011 4:28:32 PM PDT · by GATOR NAVY · 7 replies
    CDR Salamander ^ | 21 May 11 | Cdr Salamander
    Skipper Westbook is having an interesting day. Via Tim Colton's blog, The future USS Spruance, (DDG 111), recently returned from sea trials, sustained extensive damage yesterday when the engine controls failed during a test and poured fuel into a hot engine. Not an easy business. Seems like everyone is OK though. Good new is - you can't buy training like this! I think we could have a caption contest on this. Mmmm. OK, this is the image that the CHENG saw as he looked up from his crackberry while heading to the ship. The CHENG said, ...... Hat tip Byron.UPDATE:...
  • In solemn ritual, sailors commit fallen to the deep

    05/19/2011 10:49:42 PM PDT · by GATOR NAVY · 6 replies · 1+ views
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | 20 May 11 | Meredith Kruse
    ABOARD THE GUNSTON HALL In the middle of a busy day training off the Virginia coast, about two dozen sailors stop what they're doing, change into their dress whites and gather in the well deck - a cavernous space at the rear of their ship that opens to the sea and the sunlit sky. Five small metal containers sit on a table, holding the ashes of four men and a woman. The sailors know nothing about them except their name and rank. They've gathered in response to a simple command: "All hands, bury the dead." Osama bin Laden is perhaps...
  • Next U.S. Navy Ship: USNS Cesar Chavez

    05/18/2011 4:24:46 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 38 replies · 1+ views
    nbcsandiego.com ^ | May 18, 2011 | Lori Preuitt
    The next U.S. Navy cargo ship will be named after civil rights leader Cesar Chavez, the Secretary of the Navy officially announced Wednesday afternoon at a Barrio Logan ceremony. The news was met with pride by members of the Chavez family who were on hand at the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard for the announcement, but it was not without controversy as it drew fire from a Southern California congressman. Navy secretary Ray Mabus stood alongside members of the Chavez family and the current president of the United Farm Workers of America to acknowledge the naming of the USNS Cesar Chavez,...
  • Congressman Prefers Fallen Marine as Name on Navy Cargo Vessel

    05/18/2011 11:26:19 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 39 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 18, 2011 | Stephan Clark
    The Navy's weighing a decision to name a cargo ship now under construction after labor activist Cesar Chavez has drawn sharp criticism from one veteran lawmaker who says that a military war hero should receive the honor instead. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, said he understands the Navy's desire to honor Hispanic leaders, but the Navy may want to skip the politically divisive names and opt for an outstanding service member. "If this decision were about recognizing the Hispanic community's contribution to our nation, many other names come to mind, including Marine Corps Sergeant Rafael...
  • Navy considers naming ship after Cesar Chavez

    05/16/2011 6:28:25 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 110 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 16, 2011
    SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The Navy is considering naming a cargo ship that's being built after farmworker activist Cesar Chavez. James Gill, a spokesman for General Dynamics NASSCO in San Diego, said Monday the company suggested the name to honor its mostly Hispanic work force and the mostly Hispanic neighborhood, Barrio Logan, where the boat builder is located.
  • High ticket F-35 aircraft ready to redefine air warfare for military branches

    05/15/2011 9:24:18 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 63 replies
    Tulsa World ^ | May 14, 2011 | D.R. STEWART
    High ticket F-35 aircraft ready to redefine air warfare for military branches by: D.R. STEWART World Staff Writer Saturday, May 14, 2011 5/14/2011 5:48:30 AM Lockheed Martin Corp.'s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is the Swiss Army knife of combat weapons versatility and lethality. At $65 million to $112.5 million per aircraft at its drive-the-car-off-the-lot cost and $382 billion in total program costs, the F-35 is the Pentagon's most expensive weapons program (see "Figuring F-35 costs" on E2). But at more than twice the price of the newest commercial airliner, the fifth generation fighter may be worth it: more impervious to...
  • Navy halts move to allow gay unions by chaplains

    05/10/2011 9:07:06 PM PDT · by quantim · 21 replies
    AP/WorldMag ^ | May 10, 11:20 PM EDT | LOLITA C. BALDOR
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Under pressure from more than five dozen House lawmakers, the Navy late Tuesday abruptly reversed its decision that would have allowed chaplains to perform same-sex unions if the Pentagon decides to recognize openly gay military service later this year. In a one-sentence memo obtained by The Associated Press, Rear Adm. Mark Tidd, chief of Navy chaplains, said his earlier decision has been "suspended until further notice pending additional legal and policy review and interdepartmental coordination." The Navy said its lawyers wanted to do a more thorough review of the legal decision that allowed Navy chaplains to receive...
  • Raytheon delivers first of ship-defense missiles

    04/26/2011 8:18:50 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | April 26, 2011 | David Wichner
    Raytheon delivers first of ship-defense missiles David Wichner Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star | Posted: Tuesday, April 26, 2011 12:00 am | Comments Tucson-based Raytheon Missile Systems has delivered the first production copy of its next ship-defense missile to the U.S. Navy for final testing. The first Standard Missile-6, a longer-range version of the Standard Missile-2 series of ship-defense weapons, was delivered on time and on budget in March after five years of development, the company said Monday. The first SM-6 was delivered after final assembly at the company's plant in Camden, Ark. The weapon will undergo operational testing...
  • U.S. Navy celebrates 500th Super Hornet, Growler program delivery

    04/21/2011 8:55:21 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    U.S. Navy celebrates 500th Super Hornet, Growler program delivery 14:04 GMT, April 21, 2011 ST. LOUIS, Mo. | The U.S. Navy and its industry partners marked the 500th delivery of the F/A-18 Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler aircraft during a celebration at the Boeing facility here yesterday. “Today is another significant milestone for a program that has by any measure exceeded expectations for cost, schedule and performance. The PMA-265/Hornet Industry Team has consistently delivered capable and reliable aircraft to our fleet customer,” said Capt. Mark Darrah, F/A-18 and EA-18G program manager (PMA-265). Industry partners Northrop Grumman, General Electric Aircraft Engines...
  • Navy Cutting Time To Produce Virginia Subs

    04/07/2011 9:16:28 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    AviationWeek.com ^ | Apr 7, 2011 | Michael Fabey
    Navy Cutting Time To Produce Virginia Subs Apr 7, 2011 By Michael Fabey The U.S. Navy is approaching its 60-month construction goal for its Virginia-class submarines, despite a recent redesign of the bow to accommodate larger and more versatile weapon tubes, according to Capt. Michael Jabaley, Virginia-class program manager. The sub-building contractor team of General Dynamics’ Electric Boat and Huntington Ingalls Industries Newport News Shipbuilding is now producing each sub within about 65 months and should get the next sub pair closer to the 60-month mark, Jabaley told Aviation Week. The sub construction time reduction is ahead of schedule, he...
  • How the Royal Navy changed US naval aviation

    04/04/2011 10:48:53 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 22 replies · 1+ views
    Flight International ^ | 04/04/11 | Stephen Trimble
    How the Royal Navy changed US naval aviation By Stephen Trimble Americans may have invented it, but the British made naval aviation work. Jet-powered flight introduced a new set of challenges for aircraft carriers nearly 40 years after Eugene Ely's famous plunge off the foredeck of the USS Birmingham in November 1910. Adapting the aircraft carrier's floating runway for the jet age meant reconsidering almost everything about carrier-deck design and operations that was known and proven during the crucible of the Second World War. Making that transition would occupy the US Navy and the Royal Navy most of the decade...
  • US naval aviation back on the rise

    04/04/2011 8:15:39 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 48 replies
    Flight Global ^ | 04/04/2011
    US naval aviation back on the rise © Northrop Grumman How Northrop Grumman sees the carrier deck of 2020 Retired Vice Adm Robert Dunn remembers being called to the Secretary of the Navy's office. It was 1989 and the US Navy was still at the peak of its Cold War, 600-ship glory. Defence spending, however, was already in decline and the navy's top civilian, Henry Garrett, had a tough decision to make. As deputy chief of naval operations for aviation, Dunn's portfolio included two projects for a carrier-based, long-range strike aircraft - a re-engined Grumman A-6E Intruder called the A-6F...
  • Gay Calif sailor says he can stay in the Navy

    03/31/2011 11:51:22 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 1, 2011
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A Navy petty officer who was investigated for violating the military's ban on openly gay servicemembers says a review board at his California base has voted against his discharge. Derek Morado said the three-member board voted unanimously after a six-hour hearing at Lemoore Naval Air Station on Thursday to allow him to serve out the remaining three years of his current enlistment.
  • 10 sailors injured in jet fire on carrier Stennis

    03/31/2011 8:18:53 AM PDT · by newzjunkey · 4 replies
    UNION-TRIBUNE ^ | WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30, 2011 AT 9:09 P.M | SUSAN SHRODER
    Ten sailors were injured Wednesday when an F/A-18C Hornet suffered a catastrophic engine failure and caught fire as a pilot was preparing to take off from the carrier John C. Stennis about 100 miles off the coast of San Diego, the Navy said. None of the injuries is life-threatening... The pilot, who is with a squadron from Miramar Marine Corps Air Station, was alone in the jet. He was unhurt... The injured sailors were working on the flight deck when the incident occurred about 2:50 p.m. Pilots were training for takeoffs and landings at the time. The sailors who were...
  • Video: US Navy pilots surprise Japanese with food and water

    03/30/2011 10:09:24 AM PDT · by Jake from AZ · 37 replies · 1+ views
    The PJ Tatler ^ | 28 March 2011 | Bryan Preston
    Watch this video news report from a Japanese TV station. It’s a story about US Navy personnel flying supplies to Sendai, Japan. Even though very little of it is in English, I’ll be surprised if it doesn’t bring a tear to your eye as it did mine.
  • Mrs. Rumsfeld christens the Arlington

    03/26/2011 1:59:01 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 33 replies
    fox10tv.com ^ | March 26 2011 | WALA
    Mrs. Donald Rumsfeld joined the first responders from 9/11 to christen the amphibious transport dock ship Arlington (LPD 24) at Northrop Grumman shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi. The ship is named for the city of Arlington, Virginia, honoring the 184 victims in the air and on the ground who lost their lives when American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. The Arlington also honors the military and civilian employees, emergency, fire and rescue personnel of Arlington County and surrounding communities who provided the critical assistance after the attack. Ship sponsor Joyce Rumsfeld, wife of former Secretary...
  • The latest on Navy support to Japan

    03/19/2011 8:31:42 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    The latest on Navy support to Japan 10:20 p.m. Saturday, Tokyo time U.S. 7th Fleet has 12,750 personnel, 20 ships, and 140 aircraft participating in Operation Tomodachi. Seventh Fleet forces have delivered 81 tons of relief supplies to date. USS Tortuga is in the vicinity of Hachinohe where she will serve as an afloat forward service base for helicopter operations. CH-53 Sea Stallion aircraft from attached to Tortuga delivered 13 tons of humanitarian aid cargo on Friday, including 5,000 pounds of water and 5,000 MREs, to Yamada Station, 80 miles south of Misawa. USS Essex, USS Harpers Ferry and USS...
  • Lawmaker concerned that Navy fleet isn’t ready for combat

    03/12/2011 9:35:51 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03/09/11 | John T. Bennett
    Lawmaker concerned that Navy fleet isn’t ready for combat By John T. Bennett - 03/09/11 07:37 PM ET A longtime supporter of the Navy’s new fleet of shallow-water ships is beginning to question whether the vessels are truly fit for combat. The Navy plans to buy 55 Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) vessels, but unless the service can show it can survive in hostilities, “I’m not sure we can justify that,” Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) said Wednesday during a House Appropriations Defense subcommittee hearing. Moran’s sudden concern about the program — he has long been a proponent — was triggered by...
  • Breaking: Japan requests cooperation from U.S. military after quake

    03/11/2011 4:53:59 AM PST · by NowApproachingMidnight · 44 replies
    Kyodo ^ | 3/11/11 | Self
    All I have at the moment, from the Kyodo site: BREAKING NEWS: Japan requests cooperation from U.S. military after quake.
  • Arabian Sea piracy suspects appear in Norfolk court

    03/10/2011 5:58:06 PM PST · by csvset · 22 replies
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | March 10, 2011 | Corinne Reilly
    NORFOLK Thirteen Somalis and one Yemeni captured after four Americans were killed aboard a yacht last month are scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in Norfolk this afternoon on piracy, kidnapping and gun charges. The men were brought into the federal courthouse in downtown Norfolk this morning. The group was turned over to the Justice Department on Wednesday after being held aboard the carrier Enterprise since the Feb. 22 shooting deaths of the Americans. A Navy spokesman said the Somalis were removed from the ship by Department of Justice officials. A federal grand jury indicted 14 suspected pirates, the...
  • USS Bulkeley (DDG 84) frees Japanese merchant ship from pirate control

    03/06/2011 9:26:02 AM PST · by csvset · 21 replies
    gCaptain ^ | 6 March 2011 | Rob
    MANAMA, Bahrain – A request for assistance from a Japanese-owned merchant vessel in the Somali Basin led to Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) warship USS Bulkeley (DDG 84) securing the release of the vessel and its 24 crew members from four suspected pirates, Mar. 6. At approximately 3.00pm local time, Mar. 5, the oil tanker MV Guanabara reported it was under attack when it was 328 nautical miles south east of Duqm, Oman. Bulkeley, assigned to CMF’s counter-piracy mission Combined Task Force (CTF) 151 was directed to intercept Guanabara, supported by the Turkish warship TCG Giresun of NATO’s counter-piracy Task Force...
  • N.C.-based sailor charged with attempted espionage

    03/03/2011 5:04:37 PM PST · by csvset · 21 replies
    Virginian Pilot ^ | March 3, 2011 | Staff and wire reports
    NORFOLK A U.S. Navy sailor serving at Fort Bragg was charged today with attempting to sell classified documents. Petty Officer 2nd Class Bryan Minkyu Martin, of New York, was charged with attempting to forward classified information to a person not authorized to receive such information, a news release from the Navy Region Mid-Atlantic public affairs office said. A court-martial date has not been set. Martin, an intelligence specialist, was arrested in December while he was assigned to the Expeditionary Combat Readiness Center at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek – Fort Story in Virginia Beach. According to a warrant filed in...
  • Baby Boomers Will Upgrade U.S. Sub Fleet

    03/02/2011 7:19:41 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    Aviationweek.com ^ | Mar 2, 2011 | Michael Fabey
    Baby Boomers Will Upgrade U.S. Sub Fleet Mar 2, 2011 By Michael Fabey With its ballistic-missile submarine replacement program anchored by milestone authority and a fiscal 2012 request for about $1.1 billion in R&D funding, the U.S. Navy is set to develop and build SSBN(X) boats without sinking the rest of its shipbuilding plan. While it is apparent the Navy plans to use the Virginia-class attack submarine program as a template for the SSBN(X), there is uncertainty about whether the new boomers will resemble a modified Virginia, improved version of the current SSBN model or a hybrid of both. What...
  • Sailor Shot by Police on Navy Base

    02/26/2011 11:24:22 AM PST · by ColdOne · 16 replies
    nbc.san diego ^ | Feb 26, 2011 | MICHAEL GEHLKEN
    One sailor was shot by Navy police and another was taken into custody uninjured after they allegedly smashed their vehicle into two Navy police units during a chase on the San Diego Naval Base early Saturday morning. The shot sailor was transported to UCSD Medical Condition where he is in stable condition. Between 1 and 1:30 a.m., the Navy confirmed the two sailors, whose names have not been released, arrived at the Naval Base gate where they were stopped due to a "very strong suspicion" for drunk driving.
  • Joint High Speed Vessel: Great Potential, But Questions Remain

    02/15/2011 10:26:26 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    National Defense Magazine ^ | March 2011 | Grace V. Jean
    Joint High Speed Vessel: Great Potential, But Questions Remain March 2011 By Grace V. Jean The Defense Department this decade will build a fleet of new high-speed aluminum ships specifically designed to shuttle hundreds of troops and tons of cargo around a theater of operations. These shallow-draft logistics ships, analysts say, will become valuable vehicles for executing “soft power” missions — responding to natural disasters, providing humanitarian assistance, conducting port visits and training partner military forces, among others. The Defense Department currently accomplishes this role using traditional warships such as the Navy’s “big deck” amphibious vessels. Analysts say the joint...
  • Will The Next Generation Of Top Guns Be Gamer Geeks?

    02/08/2011 6:13:35 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 26 replies
    Fast Company ^ | 2/8/2011 | Kit Eaton
    The next generation of Top Guns may be gamer geeks. That's because the X-47B just took its very first flight, heralding a whole new era of military flying--automatic or remote-piloted, stealthy, deadly combat aircraft. Technically the X-47B is an unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV), but what it really is is an evolution of those Global Hawk and Predator drone aircraft that made the Iraq War look like a computer game when viewed at the military's tech hubs, mixed in with the same kind of stealth technology that makes the B-2 Spirit bomber such a powerful, frightening tool of force projection....