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  • Leon Panetta: US to deploy 60% of navy fleet to Pacific

    06/02/2012 3:40:54 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 39 replies
    BBC ^ | 06/02/12
    2 June 2012 Last updated at 03:54 GMT Leon Panetta: US to deploy 60% of navy fleet to Pacific The US is planning to move the majority of its warships to the Asia-Pacific region by 2020, Defence Secretary Leon Panetta has revealed. He said that by 2020 about 60% of the US fleet would be deployed there, in the clearest indication yet of the new US strategy in Asia. Mr Panetta told a regional security meeting in Singapore that the shift was not aiming to contain Chinese power. Beijing has indicated it is unhappy with the US boosting its presence....
  • Navy looks to gamers for ideas to end oil dependence

    05/29/2012 8:32:31 AM PDT · by mbarker12474 · 35 replies
    U.S. Department of Defense, Stars & Stripes, Navy websites ^ | 23 May 2012 | U.S. Navy, DOD, Stars & Stripes
    YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — The Navy is hoping that online game playing will yield new ideas as the service seeks to reduce its exposure to the uncertainties of the global oil market. The Energy MMOWGLI — short for Massive Multiplayer Online Wargame Leveraging the Internet — calls on players to respond to a range of future scenarios where the Navy’s ability to respond to disasters and security threats is blunted by fuel shortage. The competition, which runs this week and is open to the public, comes out just as the Navy’s long-term plan for using alternative fuels has been...
  • City Official Consults Ouija Board Before Vote

    05/24/2012 11:06:15 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 18 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | May 23, 2012 | San Francisco Chronicle
    City official consults Ouija board before vote SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A San Francisco supervisor says he consulted a Ouija board before city leaders voted on whether to recommend naming a Navy ship after slain gay rights activist Harvey Milk. Supervisor John Avalos tells the San Francisco Chronicle ( ) that he believes he made contact with Milk's spirit and that Milk spelled out letters indicating: "Good riddance to don't ask, don't tell." The Board of Supervisors approved the non-binding resolution Tuesday on a 9-2 vote. Milk was a city supervisor and former naval officer. He was fatally shot in...
  • Law of the Sea would usurp U.S. Navy’s authority

    05/23/2012 11:18:07 AM PDT · by mojito · 7 replies
    Politico ^ | 5/22/2012 | SEN. JIM INHOFE , SEN. ROGER WICKER and SEN. JEFF SESSIONS
    The U.S. Navy has been the master of the seven seas since World War II, the pre-eminent maritime force. It seems odd, then, that Navy leadership has long pressed for what amounts to a redundant international hall pass. A steady stream of admirals and service chiefs over many years have advocated for the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea, or the Law of the Sea Treaty — an accord rejected by President Ronald Reagan in 1982. Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, for example, said this treaty “codifies navigational rights and freedoms essential for...
  • USS America, (PCU) LHA-6, nears completion at Pascagula, Mississippi

    05/23/2012 10:56:53 AM PDT · by Jeff Head · 65 replies
    WORLD-WIDE AIRRCRAFT CARRIERS ^ | May 23, 2012 | Jeff Head
    The USS America, (PCU), LHA-6, the United States Navy's newest Amphibious/Air Assault and Sea Control Carrier nears completion in Mississippi. USS AMERICA, (PCU) LHA-6 She's 45,000 tons of US Navy fighting machine. Can carry up to two thousand Marines and the vehicles and wepaonry to support them, including transport helos, attack helos, and air support Harriers or later, F-35B Joint Strike Fighters. She can also be outfitted for pure sea control duties and operate as a modern "Jeep" Carrier, with 24 or so Strike Fighters, and support helicopters.
  • (Operation Neptune Spear) Osama Bin Laden Compound Model on Display at Pentagon

    05/16/2012 3:02:02 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 12 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 16, 2012 | Luis Martinez
    Osama Bin Laden Compound Model on Display at Pentagon Turning a lot of heads today in a Pentagon hallway is the once-classified scale model of Osama bin Laden’s compound used to plan last year’s Special Operations raid. It marks the first public display of what was once America’s most secret scale model. Hundreds of civilian and military employees at the Pentagon have spent time today gawking at a temporary display that includes the tabletop model of the compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan that bin Laden used as his hideout for five years. The compound itself no longer exists as the Pakistani...
  • Civil War shipwreck creates hurdle for government's $653M plan

    05/05/2012 6:24:33 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 5, 2012 | AP
    Before government engineers can deepen one of the nation's busiest seaports to accommodate future trade, they first need to remove a $14 million obstacle from the past -- a Confederate warship rotting on the Savannah River bottom for nearly 150 years. Confederate troops scuttled the ironclad CSS Georgia to prevent its capture by Gen. William T. Sherman when his Union troops took Savannah in December 1864. It's been on the river bottom ever since. Now, the Civil War shipwreck sits in the way of a government agency's $653 million plan to deepen the waterway that links the nation's fourth-busiest container...
  • GDEB Delivers USS Mississippi to US Navy 363 Days Ahead

    05/05/2012 11:56:47 AM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 12 replies
    Naval Today ^ | May 3, 2012 | Naval Today Staff
    General Dynamics Electric Boat yesterday delivered the nuclear-powered attack submarine Mississippi (SSN-782) to the U.S. Navy 363 days ahead of contract schedule and more than $60 million below target cost. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics . John Holmander, vice president and Virginia program manager for General Dynamics Electric Boat, noted that Mississippi was at the most combat-ready state of any Virginia-class submarine at delivery. He credited the Navy, the shipbuilders and the supplier base for achieving significant shipbuilding benchmarks with the delivery of Mississippi. Mississippi is the ninth ship of the Virginia Class, the most...
  • U.S. Navy Joins India's Light Naval Combat Aircraft Project

    05/04/2012 10:27:31 AM PDT · by MBT ARJUN
    The U.S. Navy has agreed to come on board India’s much delayed Naval Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) program and will audit tests and provide feedbacks to the Indian team. The U.S. will join the Russians and the Europeans who were earlier roped in to realize the LCA project which has been delayed by over 15 years. The U.S Navy Carrier Suitability Test Team is the latest of three foreign consultants to join team LCA. Among the many problems the LCA program is faced with, one is the weight of the prototype which is heavier by 500 kgs over the requirement...
  • BizPac Review sails into Port Everglades on USS Dallas submarine

    04/28/2012 9:23:02 AM PDT · by T.O.K. · 7 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | April 27, 2012 | Michele Kirk
    The USS Dallas rolled out the red carpet for BizPac Review in a special prelude to the upcoming Fleet Week events taking place in Fort Lauderdale, April 25-May 1. More than 1,000 men and women of the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard are in town to celebrate and educate the community on the talents and duties of our maritime soldiers.
  • Iran Announces Blockade Of Strait Of Hormuz And Claims U.S. Is Complying

    04/24/2012 7:04:50 AM PDT · by Fennie · 25 replies
    World Tribune ^ | April 22, 2012
    NICOSIA -- In the first such claim, Iran said it was imposing a blockade on unauthorized ships in the Strait of Hormuz. A senior commander for Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps said all ships, including those from the U.S. Navy, must undergo inspection before proceeding through the strait. "The alien vessels which enter the Persian Gulf via the Strait of Hormuz always provide the needed answers and information to the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps units," IRGC deputy navy commander Rear Adm. Alireza Tangsiri said.
  • US Aircraft Carriers Not Allowed To Stop In Areas Designated By Iran - AF Commander

    04/20/2012 6:40:12 AM PDT · by Fennie · 42 replies
    Trend ^ | April 19, 2012
    The commander of the Iranian Armed Forces said on Wednesday that Iran has notified the two U.S. aircraft carriers deployed in the Persian Gulf that they are not allowed to stop in certain areas of the Persian Gulf designated by Iranian naval forces, MNA reported. "We had previously notified them that they must not stop in the areas of the Persian Gulf which are considered areas of threat for us, and they heeded the warning," Major General Ataollah Salehi said in an interview with the Persian service of the Fars News Agency published on Wednesday.
  • The Navy Kicks off the Search for Its Next Fighter

    04/17/2012 8:20:04 AM PDT · by Josh Painter · 16 replies
    Defense Tech ^ | 04/16/2012 | Staff
    Speaking of F/A-XX, the Navy’s planned 6th generation fighter that will replace the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, below you’ll find the Navy’s brand new Request for Information on the aircraft. By Brand new, I mean it just dropped on Friday. Whatever jet is selected will hopefully replace the Super Hornets around 2030, said Rear Adm. Donald Gaddis this afternoon at the Navy League’s annual Sea, Air, Space conference in National Harbor, Md. Before the Navy can settle on the final capabilities such a plane will have, it needs to know what types of technology the defense industry can bring to the...
  • My visit to US Naval Base Coronado - April 8-9, 2012

    04/16/2012 10:24:25 AM PDT · by Jeff Head · 58 replies
    JEFFHEAD.COM ^ | April 15, 2012 | Jeff Head
    Over the weekend begininng Saturday, April 7th, 2012, myself and my wife were down in southern California, in San Diego. We were there for my daughter's wedding on Monday, April 9th, in Coronado, California on the beach at the Hotel del Coronado. Beautiful setting, but also the home of the Naval Base Coranado and a lot of the Amphibios Warfare Command on the West Coast. Across the strait was the anchorage for many of the vessels. We took some time to visit and photograph the vessesl we could see, and there were a lot of them, a real delight...
  • US Navy deploys 2nd aircraft carrier to Gulf

    04/09/2012 10:41:46 AM PDT · by FreeAtlanta · 118 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 4/08/2012 | Associated Press
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The U.S. Navy said Monday it has deployed a second aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf region amid rising tensions with Iran over its disputed nuclear program. The deployment of the nuclear-powered USS Enterprise along with the Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group marks one of the few times the Navy has had two aircraft carriers operating in waters near the Persian Gulf, said Cmdr. Amy Derrick-Frost of the Bahrain-based 5th Fleet. The two carriers will support the American military operations in Afghanistan and anti-piracy efforts off Somalia's coast and in the Gulf of Aden,...
  • Order given for Gatling guns

    04/08/2012 10:08:22 PM PDT · by U-238 · 25 replies
    Security Industry ^ | 3/8/2012 | Security Industry
    General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products said it will produce additional 20mm gun systems for use on U.S. Navy F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft. The order for the weapons came under a contract modification from the Naval Air Systems Command worth $7.8 million, the company said. "General Dynamics has successfully produced the weapon system for the F/A-18 for more than 25 years," said Steve Elgin, vice president and general manager of armament systems for General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products. "The M61A2 F/A-18 gun system continues to be relevant, affordable and extremely effective." The M61A2 gun system is a six-barrel Gatling...
  • Navy Readies F-35 Training Squadron

    04/07/2012 9:16:40 PM PDT · by U-238 · 4 replies ^ | 3/5/2012 | Ensign Elizabeth Allen
    Navy personnel are busy preparing to teach the next generation of Sailors how to work with and fly the newest military aircraft, the F-35C Lightening II Joint Strike Fighter, as Strike Fighter Squadron 101 (VFA-101) readies for their stand-up ceremony May 1 on Eglin Air Force Base. The F-35 is a single seat, multi-role fighter aircraft with the capability to perform ground attack, reconnaissance, and air defense missions. The aircraft is in full production at the Lockheed-Martin plant in Fort Worth, Texas. The F-35 is designed to eventually replace the F/A-18 Hornet and AV-8B Harrier tactical fighter aircraft and was...
  • Jet crash in Virginia Beach fiery, not deadly

    04/07/2012 9:37:33 AM PDT · by Drew68 · 19 replies
    AP via Fox ^ | 07 Apr 2012
    Zooming along at 170 mph in a fighter jet carrying thousands of pounds of volatile fuel, two Navy pilots faced nothing but bad choices when their aircraft malfunctioned over Virginia's most populated city. "Catastrophic engine system failure right after takeoff, which is always the most critical phase of flying, leaves very, very few options," said aviation safety expert and decorated pilot J.F. Joseph. "You literally run out of altitude, air speed and ideas all at the same time," he said. Somehow, however, the student pilot and his instructor and everyone on the ground survived Friday when the men ejected from...
  • Marines Push Quietly, But Hard, For Navy to Replace C-2s With V-22s

    04/07/2012 1:48:58 AM PDT · by U-238 · 29 replies
    AOL Defense ^ | 3/7/2012 | Richard Whittle
    Landing a V-22 Osprey helicopter-style on the sprawling flight deck of the nuclear aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush was a snap, says Marine Corps test pilot Capt. Dan McKinney. With Lt. Col. David Weinstein, McKinney did it a dozen times on March 20 – six landings in daylight, six at night. After their first two touchdowns, sailors perched in the carrier's superstructure to watch the helicopter-airplane hybrid Osprey's first-ever carrier qualification landings, conducted off the coast of North Carolina, started giving the pilots "a lot of thumbs-up." Marine leaders hope the Osprey's "carrier quals," scheduled to continue in May...
  • Spain Will Port US Ships to Support NATO Missile Defense

    04/07/2012 1:24:59 AM PDT · by U-238 · 17 replies
    Defense Talk ^ | 10/7/2011 | US Department of Defense
    Spain’s agreement to port U.S. ships at Naval Station Rota on the Atlantic coast will forge a deeper bilateral security relationship between the two nations and support NATO’s missile defense system, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said here today. Late in the afternoon on the first of two days of meetings among NATO defense ministers, Panetta, along with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Spanish President José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero took the stage in Luns Auditorium at the alliance’s headquarters to announce the agreement. “Today the [NATO] security partnership takes a major step in the right direction,” Panetta told...
  • Prayers urgently Requested! F-18 Crashed into Apt Complex in VA Beach

    04/06/2012 9:53:59 AM PDT · by pgkdan · 185 replies
    Vanity | 04/06/12 | pgkdan
    No other details as yet. Just reported as an emergency blurb on local radio. Prayers requested for all affected! A Navy F-18 out of NAS Oceana has crashed into an apartment comp0lex in Virginia Beach VA at the intersection of Birdneck Rd and I 264.
  • Boeing;US Navy Conduct Networked Distributed Targeting Capability Fight Test on Superhornet

    04/05/2012 8:20:33 PM PDT · by U-238 · 1 replies
    Boeing ^ | Boeing
    The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] and the U.S. Navy have successfully completed a flight test of the prototype Distributed Targeting System-Networked (DTS-N) on a Super Hornet. The system is designed to enhance the F/A-18E/F fighter jet’s targeting capabilities. The test took place in late 2011 at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division Advanced Weapons Lab in China Lake, Calif., and was conducted by Air Test and Evaluation Squadron VX-31. DTS-N is based on the Boeing Adaptive Architecture developed by the company’s Phantom Works division. It expands the capabilities of the soon-to-be-operational F/A-18E/F Distributed Targeting System by providing a dramatic...
  • Northrop Grumman to Develop New Atom-Based Magnetic Sensor in Enhanced

    03/28/2012 9:45:04 PM PDT · by U-238 · 10 replies
    Northrup Grumman ^ | 2/28/2012 | Northrup Grumman
    Northrop Grumman has been selected by the Office of Naval Research to develop a new cost-effective atom-based magnetic sensor, or magnetometer, for antisubmarine warfare operations. The highly sensitive magnetometer will be part of a magnetic anomaly detection system mounted on helicopters, unmanned aerial vehicles or submarines. Whether in the air above the ocean or underwater as part of a towed array, the magnetometer will sense disturbances in the earth's magnetic field due to metallic objects in the vicinity, indicating a nearby submarine. Under a three-year $1.75 million contract, Northrop Grumman is being tasked to develop a magnetometer that is smaller,...
  • AF-Navy collaborate to find answers on hypoxia

    03/25/2012 8:24:53 PM PDT · by U-238 · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Dayton Daily News ^ | 3/25/2012 | Barrie Barber
    The Air Force and the Navy have combined research into a perplexing problem that may have vexed both services in the skies. The U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine and the Naval Medical Research Unit, next door to each other at Wright-Patterson, have linked research for hypoxia — incidents that may have caused a lack of oxygen to reach pilots during some flights in the Air Force’s F-22 Raptor stealth fighter and the Navy’s F-18, military leaders said. “We had what we believe was a common issue,” said Capt. Rita Simmons, executive officer of the Naval Medical Research Unit....
  • Aircraft carrier costs will be half what you think, US tells ministers

    03/24/2012 7:35:32 PM PDT · by U-238 · 10 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 3/24/2012 | Thomas Harding
    Converting HMS Prince of Wales so that it can be used by the Joint Strike Fighter will require significantly less than the £2 billion quoted by officials, the assistant secretary of the US Navy, Sean J Stackley, insisted. In a letter seen by The Daily Telegraph, he told Peter Luff, the defence procurement minister, that the necessary equipment would cost £458 million before installation. Defence experts estimate the installation cost at £400  million. The letter was sent to Mr Luff before the Prime Minister met Philip Hammond, the Defence Secretary, at an emergency meeting about the carrier on Monday. The...
  • Navy Expected to Recommend a Force of About 300 Ships

    03/23/2012 9:08:26 PM PDT · by U-238 · 30 replies
    National Defense Magazine ^ | 3/16/2012 | Sandra Erwin
    A "force structure" review that is about to be completed is likely to recommend that the Navy needs around 300 ships to meet its future demands. The study is not yet finished, but could be presented to Navy Secretary Ray Mabus as early as next week, said Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert. A 300-ship Navy is slightly larger than the current fleet of 285, but it is smaller than previous recommendations. Navy leaders since 2006 have said the fleet should grow to 313 ships. During a breakfast with reporters March 16, Greenert said the review is not...
  • US to Boost Minesweeping in Persian Gulf

    03/17/2012 3:41:41 PM PDT · by gandalftb · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Mar. 15, 2012 | NATHAN HODGE
    The U.S. military is doubling the number of minesweeping ships it keeps in the Persian Gulf, part of a buildup in the region amid tensions with Iran over its nuclear ambitions. The Navy's top officer said the U.S. would send four minesweeping ships along with additional mine-hunting helicopters to bolster U.S. defenses in the region. "We are moving four more mine sweeps to the theater, that'll make eight," Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert said in Senate testimony on Thursday. "We are moving Airborne Mine Countermeasure helicopters—that'll take us to eight in theater."
  • Navy confirms cost overrun on CVN 78

    03/16/2012 7:09:51 PM PDT · by U-238 · 50 replies · 1+ views
    DoD Buzz ^ | 3/15/2012 | Phillip Ewing
    Navy Secretary Ray Mabus confirmed Thursday that the cost overrun for the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford is projected to reach $1 billion, bringing the ship’s total cost to some $12 billion — but said it’s on track to be delivered on schedule. The admission took place under questioning from Arizona Sen. John McCain, the ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, who pointedly asked Mabus “what have you been doing on your watch” to control the costs on the new ship. Mabus said the Navy’s deal with shipbuilder Huntington-Ingalls Industries is such that the government has “recovered...
  • Navy receives Growler aircraft

    03/16/2012 6:54:00 PM PDT · by U-238 · 19 replies
    UPI ^ | 3/16/2012 | UPI
    The U.S. Navy has received from Boeing the first aircraft under a multi-year procurement contract meant to cut purchase costs. The aircraft delivered was an EA-18G Growler, which is based at U.S. Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in Washington state. The Boeing EA-18G Growler delivers full-spectrum airborne electronic attack capability with the targeting and self-defense capabilities derived from the F/A-18E/F Block II Super Hornet. The United States was purchasing 58 of the aircraft under the multi-year contract as well as 66 F/A-18E/Fs. It modified the 2010 contract, however, to acquire 24 more F/A-18s. Through the Multiple-year Procurement III contract, the...
  • Lockheed upgrading Tomahawk system

    03/16/2012 1:00:13 AM PDT · by U-238 · 1+ views
    UPI ^ | 3/14/2012 | UPI
    The control system for U.S. Navy Tomahawk cruise missiles is being upgraded by Lockheed Martin. The company, which didn't announce the monetary value of the modernization effort, said work will focus on the Tactical Tomahawk Weapons Control System, which allows the preparation, control and launch of the missiles. The TTWCS is one of three prime components of the Tomahawk system. "Lockheed Martin is a key industry partner and continues to make significant and positive impacts directly supporting the Tomahawk Weapons System and our fleet sailors," said Navy Capt. Joe Mauser, Tomahawk program manager. "Lockheed Martin remains committed to enhancing the...
  • Navy relieves commander of new ship

    03/14/2012 10:18:08 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 50 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | March 14, 2012 | Matthew M. Burke
    The commanding officer of a new amphibious transport dock was fired Monday before the ship could be commissioned while allegations of “personal misconduct” are investigated, Navy officials said. Cmdr. Jon Haydel had been the commanding officer aboard the Pre-Commissioning Unit San Diego, which will become the USS San Diego after it is commissioned in May. He was relieved by Rear Adm. Gerard Hueber, commander of Expeditionary Strike Group 3, one day before the ship was to leave a Mississippi shipyard for its new homeport in San Diego, according to a Navy news release and local media reports. The Navy did...
  • Cancelled: The Navy's SeaMaster

    03/09/2012 9:11:02 PM PST · by U-238 · 22 replies
    Smithsonian Air and Space Magazine ^ | 3/1/2012 | Mark Wolverton
    In the early days of the cold war, the U.S. Navy was feeling left out. The future was nuclear, and the Air Force’s Strategic Air Command seemed to have a lock on the delivery systems. The Navy’s first bid for a piece of the strategic pie, the supercarrier USS United States, was killed by the Pentagon in favor of the Air Force’s B-36 bomber, so the admirals came up with a plan for a force of nuclear-armed seaplanes. The Seaplane Striking Force would comprise jet-powered flying boats capable of long-range strategic nuclear attack and more mundane tasks such as conventional...
  • A Remarkable Man Has Stepped Into the Clearing; Captain Carroll LeFon USN (Ret.) 1960-2012

    03/07/2012 5:38:24 PM PST · by LucyT · 12 replies
    U.S. Naval Institute ^ | March 7, 2012 | Staff
    As the sun’s rays broke over the top of the eastern hills this morning, the military blogging community was coming to grips with the loss of a truly remarkable man. Retired Navy Captain Carroll LeFon, who was known to thousands by his “nom de blog” of Neptunus Lex, died when his Israeli-built F-21 Kfir single-seat fighter aircraft crashed at NAS Fallon at around 0915 yesterday morning. The challenge in writing about such a man is that my command of the language to do justice to him is insufficient for the task, yet his mastery of words gave vivid understanding on...
  • In event of an Iran-Israel showdown, what would US military do?

    03/06/2012 9:08:13 PM PST · by U-238 · 18 replies · 1+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 3/5/2012 | Anna Mulrine
    How would the US military respond if Iran attacked US interests – in retaliation for, say, an Israeli strike on its nuclear facilities? What would a US counterattack look like? Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to Washington Monday to meet with President Obama – which comes in the midst of increasingly vocal warnings from Pentagon officials urging caution on any military action in the region – has brought these questions into sharp focus this week. These questions, too, were at the heart of one of the largest US military war-game exercises in a decade, meant to mirror the conditions...
  • New Navy rules take aim at alcohol abuse, smoking (Breathalyzers on ships)

    03/05/2012 8:49:32 PM PST · by same old song · 44 replies
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | 03/05/2011 | Bill Bartel
    The Navy will take a more aggressive approach to curbing alcohol and drug abuse and continue moving toward a smoke-free force under initiatives announced this afternoon by Navy Secretary Ray Mabus. In response to concerns about alcohol abuse, particularly among younger sailors and Marines, the department this year will install Breathalyzers on every ship so that crew members coming aboard to work will be tested. Crew members already on board will be randomly tested. If a sailor is found to be intoxicated, he or she will be subject to counseling and treatment but not formal reprimand or punishment. The machines...
  • Tactics and Strategy at the Strait of Hormuz

    03/05/2012 1:14:59 AM PST · by U-238 · 9 replies
    The Oil Drum ^ | 3/4/2012 | Luis de Sousa
    Afonso de Albuquerque arrived at the Indian Ocean in 1506 commanding a squadron of five war vessels integrated in Tristão da Cunha's Armada. In the summer of 1507, after the conquest of Socotra, the Armada's main objective, Afonso de Albuquerque departed on his own commanding a fleet of six vessels and 500 marines to take the easternmost island at the entrance of the Persian Gulf, called by local folk Hormuz. Defeating a garrison of 15,000 men with his artillery, Albuquerque took Hormuz and commissioned the construction of a fortress. This island would eventually lend its name to one of the...
  • Faces of Civil War sailors from sunken USS Monitor reconstructed in hopes of identifying them

    03/04/2012 3:58:49 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 29 replies
    AP ^ | Saturday Mar 3, 2012 | Steve Szkotak
    Faces of Civil War sailors from sunken USS Monitor reconstructed in hopes of identifying them Faces of 2 USS Monitor crewmembers reconstructed Recovery: The turret of the Civil War ironclad USS Monitor is lifted out of the ocean off the coast of Hatteras, N.C. on August 5, 2002 RICHMOND, Va. — When the turret of the Civil War ironclad Monitor was raised from the ocean bottom, two skeletons and the tattered remnants of their uniforms were discovered in the rusted hulk of the Union Civil War ironclad, mute and nameless witnesses to the cost of war. A rubber comb was...
  • Navy Drops Helo Drone; Fire Scout Could Fill Some Missions

    03/01/2012 8:25:02 PM PST · by U-238 · 9 replies · 25+ views
    AOL Defense ^ | 3/1/2012 | Carlo Munoz
    Things could get a lot busier for the Navy's fleet of Fire Scout drones with the service's decision to drop plans for a new, medium-range unmanned aircraft. The larger C model version of the MQ-8 Fire Scout might fill some of the requirements left unfilled by the Navy's decision to cancel the Medium-Range Maritime Unmanned Aerial System program earlier this year. The Navy stands to save $200 million in fiscal 2013 and $1.3 billion over the next five years as a result of the MRMUAS cancellation, Naval Air Systems Command spokeswoman Jamie Cosgrove said in an email. The MRMUAS was...
  • U.S. Navy Photo of the Day: A Very Impressive, Very Awesome View of U.S. Military Might

    02/27/2012 9:23:02 AM PST · by EnjoyingLife · 53 replies ^ | August 14, 2007 | U.S. Navy MC1 Hana'lei Shimana
    Pacific Ocean, off the coast of Guam, USA: A U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress and fighter jets fly over the USS Nimitz (CVN 68), USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63), and USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) carrier strike groups during Exercise Valiant Shield 2007 on August 14, 2007. Via (medium, large) The Photographer Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (MC1) Hana'lei Shimana, United States Navy  
  • Navy Leaders Want a More Flexible Fleet

    02/26/2012 11:27:34 PM PST · by U-238 · 10 replies · 1+ views
    National Defense Magazine ^ | 3/1/2010 | Eric Beidel
    After fighting two land wars for a decade, the military is putting an emphasis back on the sea and is shifting its focus to the Asia-Pacific region and to a more maritime-weighted mission in the Middle East. A new defense strategy calls for a more agile force that can rapidly deploy and plug in capabilities as needed. The military must have the ability to project power in contested areas and strike quickly from over the horizon, the strategy says. For the Navy, this means investing in directed energy, perfecting an electromagnetic railgun, maintaining the existing number of aircraft carriers and...
  • Boeing Completes F/A-18E/F, EA-18G Multi-Year Procurement

    02/26/2012 10:52:14 PM PST · by U-238 · 1 replies
    Space War ^ | 2/27/2012 | Space War
    Boeing has announced that it has completed delivery of 257 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet strike fighters and EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft to the U.S. Navy. Each aircraft was delivered ahead of schedule and within the contract budget. The aircraft were delivered to the Navy from 2007 through 2011 under a multi-year procurement (MYP) contract awarded to Boeing on Dec. 29, 2003. The Navy purchased the aircraft during fiscal years 2005-2009. Multi-year procurement contracts provide a stable production environment that enables manufacturers and suppliers to reduce cost through bulk purchasing and productivity enhancements. "Super Hornets and Growlers provide unmatched, proven and...
  • Act of Valor Trumps Hollywood’s Asinine Squalor

    02/26/2012 4:00:36 AM PST · by Kaslin · 148 replies · 1+ views ^ | February 26, 2012 | Doug Giles
    Finally, a 21st century movie that doesn’t portray our military as corrupt, stupid, confused torturers who murder innocent babies. Act of Valor, which opened this weekend, features active (and anonymous) Navy SEALs in the re-creation of real events that showcase our crème de la crème rescuing our operatives and crushing our enemies in an OMG type of way. I’ve got two words for the manner in which our boys were depicted in this flick … Sa-lute! If I were a wannabe enemy of the U.S.A. (foreign or domestic) I’d be crapping my cargo pants (or tunic) after viewing Act of...
  • Cost Overruns On USS Gerald Ford Could Top $1 Billion

    02/25/2012 7:20:13 PM PST · by U-238 · 54 replies · 1+ views
    Outside The Beltway ^ | 1/2/2012 | Doug Mataconis
    The first in the Navy’s new class of supercarriers is likely to end up costing a lot more than anticipated: The U.S. Navy has estimated a worst-case cost overrun of as much as $1.1 billion for the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford, the service’s most expensive warship. The carrier is being built by Huntington Ingalls Industries under a cost-plus, incentive-fee contract in which the Navy pays for most of the overruns. Even so, the service’s efforts to control expenses may put the company’s $579.2 million profit at risk, according to the Navy. A review of the carrier’s rising costs...
  • U.S. Bulks Up Iran Defenses

    02/24/2012 10:28:56 PM PST · by U-238 · 28 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2/22/2012 | Fox News
    The Pentagon is beefing up U.S. sea- and land-based defenses in the Persian Gulf to counter any attempt by Iran to close the Strait of Hormuz. The U.S. military has notified Congress of plans to preposition new mine-detection and clearing equipment and expand surveillance capabilities in and around the strait, according to defense officials briefed on the requests, including one submitted earlier this month. The military also wants to quickly modify weapons systems on ships so they could be used against Iranian fast-attack boats, as well as shore-launched cruise missiles, the defense officials said. The readiness push is spearheaded by...
  • Ignore the Haters… ACT OF VALOR is a great piece of film making.

    02/24/2012 8:19:44 AM PST · by jodiluvshoes · 67 replies · 4+ views ^ | 02.24.12 | Kevin McCullough
    The filmmaker’s Q & A following the screening was also very telling. Their primary motivation for making this apolitical movie about the life of Navy Seals was primarily to pay honor and tribute to the sacrifice these extraordinary individuals make in order for all the rest of us to walk around free. The liberals in attendance gave the film the same standing ovation I did, because they were drawn into an intense story line that did not choose partisan sides. That’s not to say that liberals who haven’t seen the film aren’t making a partisan issue of it.
  • 'Act of Valor' star Roselyn Sanchez preferred working with Navy SEALs to Hollywood actors

    02/22/2012 9:53:16 AM PST · by US Navy Vet · 19 replies · 3+ views ^ | February 20, 2012 | By Hollie McKay
    An unprecedented action-adventure film,“Act of Valor” stars a group of active-duty U.S. Navy SEALs in a fictionalized portrayal of real anti-terrorism operations. But for star Roselyn Sanchez, who plays a CIA operative held captive, it wasn’t just the story line that piqued her interest – it was also a welcome change to star alongside real American servicemen as opposed to Hollywood actors. “What surprised me was how unaffected and cool they were," Sanchez told FOX411’s Pop Tarts column of the SEALs. "Here they were doing a Hollywood movie and it wasn’t a big deal, they went along for the ride,...
  • Carrier Disposal Proves Difficult to Navy

    02/20/2012 10:16:12 PM PST · by U-238 · 60 replies
    Naval Open Source INTelligence ^ | 2/20/2012 | Naval Open Source INTelligence
    flight decks that once thundered and boomed with jet aircraft are silent. The passageways and compartments where thousands of sailors worked, ate and slept are empty. The once meticulously swept and kept decks are worn and torn, some covered in bird droppings. The names of the Navy’s seven decommissioned non-nuclear aircraft carriers conjure up well-earned reputations as Cold War bulwarks. And while at least some are the objects of preservation efforts, chances are slim more than one will survive as a museum ship. The rest are taking up valuable pier space, and the only thing the Navy wants now is...
  • Navy ship-naming by Secretary mired in controversy The USS John Murtha?

    02/15/2012 7:54:31 AM PST · by bestintxas · 31 replies
    Am Thinker ^ | 2/15/12 | Rick Moran
    The USS Medgar Evers? The USS John Murtha? The USS Cesar Chavez? Our Navy Secretary, Ray Mabus, has this diversity thing down cold. Each one of those ships was in a class that previous names of their sister ships had nothing to do with civil rights, or corrupt Democratic politicians. Ships are usually named after states, cities, even famous explorers and war heroes. But Mabus has injected partisanship into this tradition, naming another ship for Democrat Gabriel Giffords, who has shown courage in her recovery from an assassination attempt but had expressed little interest in the military during her career...
  • U.S. Navy: Iran prepares suicide bomb boats in Gulf

    02/12/2012 5:57:03 PM PST · by Hunton Peck · 28 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Feb 12, 2012 4:42pm EST | Warda Al-Jawahiry
    Iran has built up its naval forces in the Gulf and prepared boats that could be used in suicide attacks, but the U.S. Navy can prevent it from blocking the Strait of Hormuz, the commander of U.S. naval forces in the region said on Sunday. Iran has made a series of threats in recent weeks to disrupt shipping in the Gulf or strike U.S. forces in retaliation if its oil trade is shut down by sanctions, or if its disputed nuclear program comes under attack. "They have increased the number of submarines ... they increased the number of fast attack...
  • Navy names ship for former congresswoman Giffords

    02/10/2012 2:29:31 PM PST · by stevie_d_64 · 55 replies
    AP ^ | February 10, 2012
    ..WASHINGTON (AP) — The Navy has named a ship for Gabrielle Giffords, the recently retired congresswoman from Arizona who is recovering from a gunshot wound to the head received in January 2011. In a ceremony at the Pentagon, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus unveiled an artist's rendering of the USS Gabrielle Giffords. The littoral combat ship is among the Navy's most versatile and can operate in shallower coastal waters than larger ships. Mabus said: "God bless the USS Gabrielle Giffords and all who sail in her." Mabus also announced that the ship's "sponsor" is Roxanna Green. She's the mother of Christina-Taylor...