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23 mars 2015 1 23 /03 /mars /2015 17:20
Metal Shark's 7m rigid hull inflatable boats (RHIBs). Photo Gravois Aluminium Boats LLC DBA Metal Shark

Metal Shark's 7m rigid hull inflatable boats (RHIBs). Photo Gravois Aluminium Boats LLC DBA Metal Shark

Metal Shark's 7m rigid hull inflatable boats (RHIBs). Photo Gravois Aluminium Boats LLC DBA Metal Shark

 

18 March 2015 naval-technology.com

 

The US Navy has contracted Louisiana-based shipbuilder Metal Shark to build rigid hull inflatable boats (RHIBs), as part of future foreign military sales (FMS) requirements.

 

The $15.3m contract includes options that, if exercised, will bring the total value of the award to $47.4m.

 

Metal Shark president Chris Allard said: "Metal Shark is proud to count the US Navy among its top customers, and with the award of this newest contract, we look forward to continuing and strengthening this relationship for years to come.

 

"Large orders such as this one benefit Metal Shark customers large and small by way of increased production efficiencies and economies of scale that keep our pricing competitive, our workforce stable, and our technology on the leading edge."

 

Metal Shark's new 7m-long RHIBs will be constructed using a flexible baseline configuration to enable quick alterations, which will support specific FMS case requirements of customers across the globe.

 

The boats will be used to support a variety of operations, including personnel and cargo transfer, search and rescue, vessel interdiction and boarding, plus insertion and extraction of force, and open water patrol.

 

The company is also under contract to deliver the US navy's Force Protection Boat - Medium (FPB-M and High Speed Manoeuvrable Surface Target Boat (HSMST), as well as the US Coast Guard's Response Boat - Small (RBS).

 

Metal Shark also produces vessels for state and local law enforcement agencies, pilot associations, port operators, and several other commercial interests.

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23 mars 2015 1 23 /03 /mars /2015 17:20
USS John P Murtha (LPD 26) Photo Huntington Ingalls Industries

USS John P Murtha (LPD 26) Photo Huntington Ingalls Industries

 

20 March 2015 naval-technology.com

 

The US Navy is set to christen the tenth San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship on 21 March at the Huntington Ingalls Industries' (HII) shipbuilding division visitor control centre.

 

The ship is being named in honour of late John P Murtha, who represented Pennsylvania's twelfth congressional district from 1974 to 2010.

 

Having served in the Marine Corps for 37 years, Murtha saw service in the Korean War and in Vietnam, and earned the Bronze Star with Valor device, two Purple Hearts and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry.

 

Launched on 30 October 2014, the LPD 26 is scheduled for delivery to the navy in 2016 and will join the first nine ships of the San Antonio-class.

 

USS Portland (LPD 27), the final ship of the current San Antonio-class, was keel laid in August 2013 and is currently under construction at HII.

 

Designed to serve as a key element of the navy's sea base transformation, the LPDs are being developed to enable deployment of the combat and support elements of marine expeditionary units and brigades.

 

Featuring a flight deck and hangar which can operate CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters and the Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft (MV-22), the LPD 26 will be equipped with a well deck capable of embarking and debarking landing crafts, air cushion, the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV), to deliver marines ashore.

 

The 684ft-long San Antonio-class ships have a displacement capacity of 25,000t and more than 23,000ft2 of vehicle storage, capable of transporting a landing force of up to 800 marines and their equipment.

 

The 11 ships will functionally replace more than 41 ships across four classes, providing the navy and marine corps with modern, sea-based platforms.

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23 mars 2015 1 23 /03 /mars /2015 17:20
USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG-54). Photo  US Navy, chief photographer's Mate Mahlon K Miller.

USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG-54). Photo US Navy, chief photographer's Mate Mahlon K Miller.

 

19 March 2015 naval-technology.com

 

The US Navy's Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) has completed sea trials following a DDG midlife overhaul extended dry dock shipboard repair availability (EDSRA).

 

The 335-day EDSRA is said to be the longest and most extensive DDG overhaul in the history of Forward Deployed Naval Forces (FDNF).

 

The US Naval Ship Repair Facility in Yokosuka, Japan, conducted and led the first ever availability of DDG EDSRA to upgrade the destroyer's systems and weapons, as well as perform other necessary repairs.

 

USS Curtis Wilbur combat systems officer fire controlman 1st class Deffey Moore said: "It is incredibly important right now for the junior sailors to work with senior personnel to learn not just about their new equipment but underway life in general."

 

Built by Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine, USS Curtis Wilbur is the fourth of seven Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers assigned to Destroyer Squadron 15. Curtis was commissioned in Long Beach, California, on 19 March 1994.

 

The destroyer is permanently forward-deployed to Yokosuka in Japan where it supports the security and stability of the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

 

Curtis Wilbur commanding officer, commander Hans De For said: "Curtis Wilbur worked with all of the ships on the waterfront to get our Sailors underway during the avail.

 

"With their help we were able to successfully complete this yard period with enough qualified watch standers to excel during sea trials."

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23 mars 2015 1 23 /03 /mars /2015 08:50
USS Theodore Roosevelt and its accompanying warships - photo US Navy

USS Theodore Roosevelt and its accompanying warships - photo US Navy

 

22 March 2015 from Ministry of Defence and The Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP

 

The 100,000 tonne aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt has anchored off Portsmouth on a round-the-world deployment.

 

The giant aircraft carrier and her escort, the destroyer Winston S Churchill, arrived on Sunday for five days on the first stop of a world wide deployment.

The visit forms part of an ongoing partnership between the US and UK on carrier operations in the run-up to the Royal Navy’s two new 65,000-tonne ships – HMS Queen Elizabeth and Prince of Wales – entering service.

Among the 5,226 crew on board the carrier are six Royal Navy aircraft handlers who are honing their skills ahead of serving on board HMS Queen Elizabeth which is due to arrive in Portsmouth in 2017.

Another crew member is on board the support ship Winston S Churchill, 27 year-old Royal Navy officer Lieutenant Lynsey Sewell is the ship’s navigating officer. The position is always filled by a UK navigator to honour the ship’s British connection.

Senior officers on board both ships will call on senior Royal Navy officers during the visit to discuss recent global operations and get an update on the UK’s carrier programme.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon, said:

The USS Theodore Roosevelt’s visit shows yet again that UK/US relations are as close as ever. Ten days ago, I was the first of his counterparts to meet incoming Defence Secretary Ash Carter.

Having the Roosevelt in Portsmouth today is yet another example of the world’s broadest, deepest and most enduring defence relationship at work. I’m thrilled to be going aboard today to welcome the crew personally.

The Royal Navy’s First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir George Zambellas, said:

It is excellent to see US Navy carrier steel in Portsmouth. And in barely two years we will see UK carrier steel here too.

We warmly welcome the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group - a reflection of the close partnership between our nations and navies, and the value of credible seapower in support of our shared national interests.

Across the spectrum – from Type 45 destroyers providing area air defence for US carriers launching air strikes against ISIL, to generous US support as we regenerate our own carrier strike capability – our common bond has never been richer.

USS Theodore Roosevelt will anchor off Stokes Bay near Gosport on Sunday at 17:00 and the USS Winston S Churchill arrives at Portsmouth Naval Base at approximately 13:30. Both leave Portsmouth on March 27.

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20 mars 2015 5 20 /03 /mars /2015 17:20
photo US Navy

photo US Navy

 

Mar 19, 2015 ASDNews Source : US Navy

 

The amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18) completed a five-day sea trials period March 13 following an eight-month planned maintenance availability period.

During the underway period, New Orleans' crew members tested a number of shipboard systems including damage control systems, navigational equipment and the propulsion plant.

 

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19 mars 2015 4 19 /03 /mars /2015 17:20
Navy Blue Light Special


18.03.2015 source Strategy Page

EAST CHINA SEA (March 13, 2015) Sailors participate in flight operations aboard the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20). Green Bay, part of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group, is conducting a certification exercise. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Edward Guttierrez III)

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19 mars 2015 4 19 /03 /mars /2015 09:20
Le SNA Saphir - photo S. Richard 32F-Marine Nationale

Le SNA Saphir - photo S. Richard 32F-Marine Nationale

 

Mar 05 2015 - By David Cenciotti - theaviationist.com

 

If you thought aircraft carriers were invincible you were wrong.

 

On Mar. 4, the French Ministry of Defense released some interesting details, about the activity conducted by one of its nuclear-powered attack submarine (SNA) in the waters of the North Atlantic Ocean.

According to French MoD website (that is no longer online, even if you can still find a cached version of the article titled “Le SNA Saphir en entraînement avec l’US Navy au large de la Floride” [or read it on RP Defense website] ), the Saphir submarine has recently taken part in a major exercise with the U.S. Navy off Florida.

The aim of the exercise was joint training with U.S. Carrier Strike Group 12 made by the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt, several Ticonderoga cruisers or Arleigh Burke-class destroyers and a Los Angeles-class submarine, ahead of their operational deployment.

The scenario of the drills saw some imaginary states assaulting American economic and territorial interests; threats faced by a naval force led by USS Theodore Roosevelt.

 

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19 mars 2015 4 19 /03 /mars /2015 08:20
Boeing Working US Navy Laser Weapon

 

Mar 18, 2015 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: Albuquerque Journal; published Mar 17, 2015)

 

Boeing Wins $30 Million Navy-Laser Contract


Boeing Co.’s Directed Energy Systems division in Albuquerque is leading a U.S. Navy effort to build a beam control system that can provide pinpoint accuracy for laser weapons on warships.

The company’s Defense, Space and Security unit, headquartered in St. Louis, Mo., won a $29.5 million contract with the Office of Naval Research to build a precision beam control system for ship-mounted solid-state lasers – building on truck-mounted laser systems developed for the Army.

For naval systems, the laser must be able to withstand harsh conditions at sea, said David DeYoung, director of Boeing’s Directed Energy Systems in Albuquerque, where all of the company’s directed-energy operations are centered.

“We’ll add new pieces to the system for operating in a naval environment, where there’s potential for sea spray and difficult atmospheric conditions” DeYoung said.

“Accuracy and functionality depend on how fine you can get the aim point and hold the beam,” said Boeing spokeswoman Queena Jones.

Boeing won’t build the lasers, just the beam control. (end of excerpt)


Click here for the full story, on the Albuquerque Journal website.

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18 mars 2015 3 18 /03 /mars /2015 17:35
Navy Expands Anti-Submarine Warfare Intel Community


18 mars 2015 US Navy

 

All Hands Update March 18, 2015 #1
Navy Expands Anti-Submarine Warfare Intel Community and USS Albuquerque and Australian Navy Complete Exercise Lungfish 2015

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18 mars 2015 3 18 /03 /mars /2015 17:35
The aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73), right, the George Washington Strike Group and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ships.

The aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73), right, the George Washington Strike Group and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ships.

 

March 18, 2015 todayonline.com

 

NEW YORK — The commander of the US Navy Seventh Fleet called on South-east Asian nations to form a combined maritime force to patrol areas of the South China Sea where territorial tensions flare with China.

Countries could streamline cooperation on maritime security while respecting sovereignty and coastal space, as in the case of counter-piracy efforts in the Gulf of Aden, Vice Admiral Robert Thomas said yesterday (March 17) at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition in Malaysia.

The US has reassured allies in the region it will back them against China’s assertions to about four-fifths of the sea. China has ratcheted up pressure on some Association of South-east Asian Nations (ASEAN) members, and has accelerated reclamation work on reefs in the waters criss-crossed by claims from Vietnam, Taiwan, Brunei, the Philippines and Malaysia.

“Perhaps easier said than done, from both a policy and organisation perspective, such an initiative could help crystallise the operational objectives in the training events that ASEAN navies want to pursue,” Vice Admr Thomas said at a panel session with navy chiefs. “If ASEAN members were to take the lead in organising something along those lines, trust me, the US 7th Fleet would be ready to support.”

 

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18 mars 2015 3 18 /03 /mars /2015 17:20
Unfurlable Mesh Antennas from Harris Successfully Deploy on US Navy's 3rd MUOS Satellite

 

Mar 17, 2015 ASDNews Source : Harris Corporation

 

Two unfurlable mesh antenna reflectors developed by Harris Corporation have successfully deployed onboard the third Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite built by Lockheed Martin. This represents the fifth and sixth successful Harris reflector deployments in the planned 5-satellite MUOS system. The announcement was made during Satellite 2015 being held March 16-19 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

The MUOS satellite constellation operates like a smart phone network in the sky, vastly improving current secure mobile satellite communications for warfighters on the move. Unlike previous systems, MUOS provides users and on-demand, beyond-line-of-sight capability to transmit and receive high-quality, prioritized voice and mission data, on a high-speed IP-based system. Once fully deployed, MUOS will be compatible with, but provide 16-times the capacity of the legacy UHF satellite system.

 

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18 mars 2015 3 18 /03 /mars /2015 12:50
NATO Ships Conduct Exercise in The Black Sea


17 mars 2015 US Navy

 

CONSTANTA, Romania (March 13-16, 2015) A Romanian port police escort vehicle pulls out to sea as the guided-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69) arrives in Constanta Harbor. Vicksburg is the flagship for Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2), a multinational integrated force that projects a constant and visible reminder of the Alliance's solidarity and maritime capability for operations and other activities in peacetime and periods of crisis. The other ships involved are HMCS Fredericton (FFH 337), TCG Turgutreis (F 241), FGS Spessart (A 1442), ITS Aliseo (F 574) and ROS Regina Maria (F 222). Later the cruiser leads a formation of ships through the Black Sea, March 16. (NATO video/Released)

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18 mars 2015 3 18 /03 /mars /2015 08:20
Faces of the F-35: Test Pilot Bill Gigliotti


17 mars 2015 Lockheed Martin

 

Hear from test pilot Bill Gigliotti on his experiences as a Naval aviator and as a Lockheed Martin test pilot for the F-35 program.

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18 mars 2015 3 18 /03 /mars /2015 08:20
F-35 Lightning II Program Quality Assurance and Corrective Action Evaluation

 

Mar 14, 2015 defense-aerospace.com/

(Source: DoD Inspector General; issued Mar 13, 2015)



Objective
We inspected the F-35 Lightning II Program (F-35 Program) at Lockheed Martin, Fort Worth, Texas, for conformity to the contractually required Aerospace Standard (AS)9100, “Quality Management Systems – Requirements for Aviation, Space and Defense Organizations.”

We also evaluated corrective actions taken in response to nonconformities, findings, and recommendations identified in DoD Inspector General (IG) Report No. DODIG-2013-140, “Quality Assurance Assessment of the F-35 Lightning II Program,” September 30, 2013, to determine whether the actions taken were appropriate.

Findings
The F-35 Program generally conformed to requirements and showed improvement in quality management system performance since our previous evaluation; however, challenges still remain, as evidenced by 57 nonconformities to the AS9100 standard and 4 opportunities for improvement. The Joint Program Office (JPO) did not:

A. ensure the program made sufficient progress toward full compliance with Public Law 108-136, “National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2004,” Section 802, “Quality control in procurement of aviation Critical Safety Items (CSIs) and related services,” and the Joint Service CSI Instruction (SECNAVINST 4140.2), “Management of Aviation Critical Safety Items,”

B. ensure that all system level requirements and capabilities were realized and verified,

C. create an independent quality assurance organization, establish its roles and responsibilities, and ensure it was adequately staffed to perform effective oversight for the F-35 Program,

D. ensure that Lockheed Martin was taking necessary steps to reduce the assembly defect rate in order to meet the full rate production goals,

F. ensure that Lockheed Martin’s software quality management processes were performed sufficiently to prevent software defects, and G. ensure that Lockheed Martin flows down all contractual requirements to its subcontractors, evaluates deliverables for contract compliance, and allows minor non-conformances to be approved only by the proper authority.

In addition, the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) did not:

E. escalate unresolved Corrective Action Requests (CARs) to the next higher level as appropriate and required by its policy, for effective resolution.
 

Recommendations

We recommend that the Joint Program Office:

A.1. ensure that the F-35 CSI Program is compliant with Public Law 108-136, Section 802, “Quality control in procurement of aviation CSIs and related services,” and the Joint Service CSI Instruction, “Management of Aviation Critical Safety Items”;

A.2. conduct periodic CSI Program evaluations of Lockheed Martin and its suppliers to ensure compliance with public law and the Joint Service CSI Instruction;

B.1. clearly define contractual criteria for the acceptance of all future and fielded aircraft to ensure that aircraft capabilities are verified;

B.2 ensure that all 21 system-level requirements that may not be met, in addition to the risks associated with the failure to meet these requirements, are documented, tracked, and mitigated using the established risk management process;

C. realign the quality assurance organization to report directly to the Program Executive Officer, define the organization’s roles and responsibilities, and staff the organization appropriately;

D.1. ensure that Lockheed Martin implements quality improvement initiatives to reduce the assembly defect rate to meet full rate production goals;

D.2. coordinate with DCMA to implement an effective root cause analysis and corrective action process in order to reduce assembly defect rate;

F. work with Lockheed Martin to ensure software quality management systems are improved; metrics should be reported on a periodic basis (for example, monthly) to evaluate process improvement; and

G.1. ensure that all minor non-conformances are evaluated and approved only by DCMA.

 

We recommend that the DCMA:

E.1. review all unresolved CARs and escalate those that meet the criteria established in DCMA policies and instructions,

E.2. assess all CARs that were not properly elevated and assess any impact on the product, and

G.2. ensure that Lockheed Martin flows down the appropriate technical requirements to its subcontractors and receives and evaluates contract deliverables within the required time frames.

 

Management Comments and Our Response

On January 20, 2015, JPO and DCMA provided comments on our findings and recommendations. The Joint Program Office agreed with six recommendations and partially agreed with three recommendations.

JPO partially agreed with the recommendation to track 21 system-level requirements, which it acknowledged will not be met. However, JPO does not consider the 21 system-level requirements as risks and did not agree to track them in its formal risk management process. We disagree with this approach because a final determination of performance has not been made and failure to track the risks in the formal risk management process prevents an identification of the plans necessary for closure.

JPO partially agreed with the recommendation to work with DCMA to implement an effective root cause analysis and corrective action process to reduce assembly defects to meet full-rate production goals. However, JPO stated that no additional changes to corrective action processes were necessary. We disagree with JPO’s response because additional quality initiatives are required to meet full?rate production goals and DCMA’s involvement is necessary to ensure objectives are met. Our recommendation was for JPO to take actions to identify and correct the cause of the program’s inability to reduce defect rates to support full-rate production.

JPO also partially agreed with our recommendation to ensure all minor non-conformances are evaluated and approved only by DCMA. The actions that JPO is planning to meet the intent of the recommendation.

DCMA agreed with all three of our recommendations. The actions that DCMA is planning to take meet the intent of the recommendations.


Click here for the full report (88 PDF pages), on the DoD IG website.

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17 mars 2015 2 17 /03 /mars /2015 12:45
Sailors of Coastal Riverine Squadron 1 Patrol Waters of East Africa


16 mars 2015 US Navy

 

All Hands Update March 16, 2015 #2


The Sailors of Coastal Riverine Squadron 1 provide security to service members in the Port of Djibouti.

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17 mars 2015 2 17 /03 /mars /2015 12:20
U.S. Navy Releases Revised Maritime Strategy

 

Mar 14, 2015 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: US Navy; issued Mar 13, 2015)


WASHINGTON --- The sea services released a new maritime strategy, March 13, a plan that describes how the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard will design, organize, and employ naval forces in support of national security interests and homeland security objectives.

The new strategy titled, A Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower: Forward, Engaged, Ready, accounts for changes in the global security environment, new strategic guidance, and a changed fiscal environment.

The essential functions of the maritime strategy released in 2007 were adjusted to include a new function called "all domain access" which underscores the challenges forces face in accessing and operating in contested environments.

The new strategy emphasizes operating forward and engaging partners across the globe, especially in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

The strategy calls for increasing the Navy's forward presence to 120 ships by 2020, up from about 97 ships today. This includes forward-basing four ballistic-missile-defense destroyers in Spain and stationing another attack submarine in Guam by the end of 2015.

The Navy is scheduled to increase presence in Middle East from 30 ships today to 40 by 2020.

The strategy reinforces the continued need to strengthen partnerships and alliances by stressing the importance of operating in NATO maritime groups and participating in international training exercises.

Additionally, the strategy outlines plans to maintain readiness by implementing the Navy's Optimized Fleet Response Plan which improves readiness and leads to a predictable cycle for maintaining, training and deploying carrier strike groups and amphibious ships.

The document features four sections: Global Security Environment, Forward Presence and Partnership, Seapower in Support of National Security, and Force Design: Building the Future Force.


Click here for the full document (48 PDF pages) on the US Navy website.

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15 mars 2015 7 15 /03 /mars /2015 12:20
Navy Lays Keel on Future Littoral Combat Ship Omaha

 

Mar 12, 2015 ASDNews Source : US Navy

 

Austal USA shipyard held a keel laying ceremony for the sixth Independence variant littoral combat ship, the future USS Omaha (LCS 12), Feb. 18.

With Austal USA as the shipbuilder, teamed with General Dynamics as the combat systems provider, the future USS Omaha will be approximately 420 feet in length and have a waterline beam of greater than 100 feet.

 

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14 mars 2015 6 14 /03 /mars /2015 12:20
E-2D Advanced Hawkeye - photo US Navy

E-2D Advanced Hawkeye - photo US Navy

 

Mar 13, 2015 ASDNews Source : US Navy

 

Five E-2D Advanced Hawkeyes assigned to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 125 will make their maiden deployment as part of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1 aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71).

 

The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye is set to replace the E-2C Hawkeye in its primary mission to provide airborne early warning and command and control capabilities for all aircraft-carrier battle groups. While the primary mission for the E-2 has not changed, the Advanced Hawkeye is able to gather and process data more precisely and efficiently thanks to state-of-the-art radar and communication equipment.

 

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14 mars 2015 6 14 /03 /mars /2015 12:20
DDG 51 Modernization Program Meets Key Milestones

 

Mar 12, 2015 ASDNews Source : US Navy

 

The Navy's DDG 51 modernization program has met two key milestones Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) announced Dec. 22.

The milestones involve the successful installation and testing of the new Aegis baseline 9 combat system on two DDG 51 destroyers, and a hull, mechanical and electrical (HM&E) modernization to a third. The modernization program ensures Arleigh Burke-class ships keep pace with evolving threats while meeting service life requirements and future operational commitments.

 

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13 mars 2015 5 13 /03 /mars /2015 17:20
Standard Missile-3 Block IB

Standard Missile-3 Block IB

 

Mar 11, 2015 ASDNews Source : Raytheon

 

    Updates Make SM-3 More Lethal Against Advanced Threats

 

For the first time ever, Raytheon has begun enhancing Standard Missile-3 Block IBs with 'threat upgrade' software, giving the weapon's kill vehicle the ability to hunt down more complicated, more lethal targets.

 

Though exact details are classified, the ability to make improvements through software upgrades means combatant commanders can get increased ballistic missile defense capabilities without the time and expense associated with traditional disassembly or hardware replacement.

 

"We're proving it's possible to significantly improve the SM-3 Block IB's capability without having to go through the process of breaking apart the missile and then rebuilding again," Dr. Mitch Stevison, Standard Missile-3 senior program director. "Software updates are inherently less risky and extremely cost effective."

 

The Missile Defense Agency and the U.S. Navy plan to test an SM-3 Block IB enhanced with the new software in 2015.

 

The SM-3 Block IB's software updates were performed in Raytheon's Tucson, Ariz., Space Factory. Final assembly of the SM-3 takes place at Raytheon's Redstone Missile Integration Facility in Huntsville, Ala.

 

About the Standard Missile-3

SM-3s destroy incoming ballistic missile threats in space using nothing more than sheer impact, which is equivalent to a 10-ton truck traveling at 600 mph. The next-generation SM-3 Block IB incorporates an enhanced two-color infrared seeker and the Throttleable Divert and Attitude Control System, a mechanism that propels the missile toward incoming targets.

    More than 200 SM-3s have been delivered to the U.S. and Japan to date.

    SM-3 Block IB will be deployed ashore in 2015 in Romania.

    SM-3 Block IIA, co-developed with Japan, will have larger rocket motors and a bigger, more capable kinetic warhead. It's on track for deployment at sea and ashore in 2018.

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13 mars 2015 5 13 /03 /mars /2015 12:20
Raytheon Awarded $122 M US Navy Contract for Tomahawk Block IV Missiles

 

Mar 10, 2015 ASDNews Source : Raytheon Corporation

 

Raytheon received a contract modification for $122,443,911 to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-14-C-0075) for the procurement of 114 Tomahawk Block IV All Up Round missiles for the U.S. Navy. This completes the Navy's planned purchase of 214 Tomahawk Block IV missiles for fiscal year 2015 and continues to build the inventory to support warfighting requirements.

 

"Employed in every recent conflict, submarine and surface-launched Tomahawk missiles continue to be our nation's weapon of choice to defeat high value threats," said Dave Adams, Raytheon Tomahawk senior program director. "Raytheon continues an acute focus on maintaining affordability and enhancing the impressive capabilities of this sophisticated weapon system."

 

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12 mars 2015 4 12 /03 /mars /2015 07:30
photo Marine nationale

photo Marine nationale

 

10 mars 2015 Crédits : Etat-major des armées / Marine nationale

 

Dans le golfe Arabo-Persique, des chasseurs F18 Hornet américains effectuent une série de "touch and go", d’appontages et de catapultages sur le porte-avions Charles de Gaulle pour obtenir leurs qualifications. Le 3 mars dernier, des Rafale Marine du porte-avions Charles de Gaulle avaient obtenu leurs qualifications à bord de l'USS Carl Vinson. Ces qualifications illustrent le haut niveau d’interopérabilité entre les deux marines.

 

Lancée depuis le 19 septembre 214, l’opération Chammal mobilise 3 000 militaires. Elle vise, à la demande du gouvernement irakien et en coordination avec les alliées de la France présents dans la région, à assurer un soutien aérien aux forces irakiennes dans la lutte contre le groupe terroriste autoproclamé Daech. Le dispositif complet est actuellement structuré autour de douze avions de chasse de l’armée de l’Air (six Rafale et six Mirage 2000D), d’un avion ravitailleur C-135 FR, d’un avion de patrouille maritime Atlantique 2, et du groupe aéronaval.

 

Reportage photos

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12 mars 2015 4 12 /03 /mars /2015 00:20
The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) departs Naval Station Norfolk for a scheduled deployment

 

NORFOLK (March 11, 2015) U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Justin Wolpert/Released

 

The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) departs Naval Station Norfolk for a scheduled deployment. The deployment is part of a regular rotation of forces to support maritime security operations, provide crisis response capability, and increase theater security cooperation and forward naval presence in the 5th and 6th Fleet areas of operation.

 

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11 mars 2015 3 11 /03 /mars /2015 17:30
Rafale Leaves Carl Vinson

 

3/10/2015 Strategy Page

 

ARABIAN GULF (March 3, 2015) A French navy Rafale Marine aircraft from Squadron 11F embarked aboard the French navy nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle (R91) launches from the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) during carrier qualifications. Carl Vinson is deployed as part of the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group supporting maritime security operations, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Philip Wagner, Jr.)

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11 mars 2015 3 11 /03 /mars /2015 17:20
DDG 1000 on the Kennebec (20 Feb 2015) - photo General Dynamics Bath Iron Works

DDG 1000 on the Kennebec (20 Feb 2015) - photo General Dynamics Bath Iron Works

 

March 10, 2015 By Christopher P. Cavas – Defense News

 

WASHINGTON — Problems with the complex technology being installed in the new destroyers of the Zumwalt class have forced the Navy and shipbuilder General Dynamics Bath Iron Works to delay delivery of the first two ships, the US Navy said Monday night.

 

The Zumwalt (DDG 1000) had been scheduled to be delivered to the Navy this summer, but that has dropped back to November. Delivery of the second ship, Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001), production of which is about a year behind Zumwalt, has also been pushed back a few months in 2016, to November of that year.

 

Work on the third and last ship in the class, Lyndon B. Johnson (DDG 1002), has not been affected, and that ship is still scheduled for delivery in December 2018.

 

"The schedule delay is due primarily to the challenges encountered with completing installation, integration and testing of the highly unique, leading edge technology designed into this first-of-class warship," Cmdr. Thurraya Kent, spokeswoman for the Navy's acquisition directorate, said in a statement.

 

The three ships are all under construction at GD's shipyard in Bath, Maine. Zumwalt was launched last October and is 94 percent complete, Kent said, and the ship is expected to begin engineering sea trials later this year. Monsoor is scheduled for launch this year as well.

 

Bath also builds Aegis destroyers of the DDG 51 Arleigh Burke class. Completion delays with Zumwalt and Monsoor could affect Aegis destroyer production, Kent indicated.

 

"Navy and General Dynamics Bath Iron Works continue to work together in evaluating schedule impacts for all ships under construction in Bath, Maine, which also includes ships under construction for the Aegis Class Destroyer Program," Kent said in the statement. "Both the Navy and BIW are committed to collectively managing risks and controlling costs to deliver both DDG 1000 and DDG 51-class ships to the fleet in the most efficient manner possible."

 

The DDG 1000 design features an innovative, integrated power system able to switch electrical power between propulsion, sensor and weapon systems, along with a new combat system and numerous technical innovations. The Pentagon's Office of Test and Evaluation did not discuss the DDG 1000 in its latest report on selected acquisition programs, issued in January, and in its report a year earlier did not discuss any major technical problems with the ships' construction.

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