Category Archives: Surface Forces

Largest Ever Australian Warship Enters Fleet

Largest Ever Australian Warship Enters Fleet

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Royal Australian Navy MH60R 'Romeo' Seahawk, flies past HMAS Canberra. RAN Photo

Royal Australian Navy MH60R ‘Romeo’ Seahawk, flies past HMAS Canberra. RAN Photo

The first of two 27,000-ton amphibious warships was commissioned into the Royal Australian Navy on Friday, according to information from the service.

HMAS Canberra (L-02) entered the RAN fleet on Friday during a ceremony at the service’s Fleet Base East in Sydney.

Canberra and sister ship HMAS Adelaide will be the two largest ships in RAN history as part of about a $2.5 billion (USD) shipbuilding program.

The ship’s design is based on a Spanish amphibious assault ship Juan Carlo I and built and designed by Spanish shipbuilder Navantia and BAE Systems Australia.

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The pair will be the first ships since the 1980s capable of operating short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) fighters, but the Australian government said it has no plans to by the STOVL variant of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lighting II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF).

“HMAS Canberra is an exciting addition to the Royal Australian Navy. This very capable ship will serve the nation well for decades to come,” said RAN Chief of Navy Vice Adm. Tim Barrett on Friday during the commissioning ceremony.

The ships will be crewed by about 400 RAN sailors and can transport about 1,000 troops with four landing craft and eight helicopters in an amphibious configuration. The ships can field up to 18 helicopters in an aviation centric configuration.

Next ship in the class, Adelaide, is set to commission in 2016.

Graphic: U.S. Navy Thanksgiving at Sea

Graphic: U.S. Navy Thanksgiving at Sea

A mess management specialist helps prepare Thanksgiving dinner aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70) in 1984.

A mess management specialist helps prepare Thanksgiving dinner aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70) in 1984.

The following is a U.S. Navy infographic outlining the task of feeding the crew of USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) their 2014 Thanksgiving meal. Read More

Document: Report to Congress on U.S. Navy Ship Names

Document: Report to Congress on U.S. Navy Ship Names

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and ship's sponsor, Dr. Jill Biden, watch as Vice President Joe Biden puts on a USS Delaware ball cap at the Pentagon announcing the name the future Virginia-class attack submarine USS Delaware (SSN 791) on Nov. 19, 2012. US Navy Photo

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and ship’s sponsor, Dr. Jill Biden, watch as Vice President Joe Biden puts on a USS Delaware ball cap at the Pentagon announcing the name the future Virginia-class attack submarine USS Delaware (SSN 791) on Nov. 19, 2012. US Navy Photo

The following is the Oct. 22, 2014 Congressional Research Service report, Navy Ship Names: Background for Congress. Read More

Opinion: Russian Show of Surface Force in Asia is Mostly Fizzle

Opinion: Russian Show of Surface Force in Asia is Mostly Fizzle

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Frigate Yaroslav Mudry in the port of Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Frigate Yaroslav Mudry in the port of Colombo, Sri Lanka.

In the lead-up to the recently concluded G-20 summit in Brisbane, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbot had a lot of tough words for Vladimir Putin.

Understandably outraged at the all-but-certain Russian involvement in the July downing of MH-17, a tragedy in which almost 40 Australian citizens were killed, Abbot repeatedly and publicly promised to aggressively confront Putin over his government’s role in fomenting unrest in eastern Ukraine. Read More

Hagel Will Still Make Final Call on LCS Follow On

Hagel Will Still Make Final Call on LCS Follow On

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Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel addresses the crew of the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS-1) in Singapore on June 2, 2013. US Navy Photo

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel addresses the crew of the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS-1) in Singapore on June 2, 2013. US Navy Photo

Despite the announcement of his resignation, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel will continue to, “keep his foot on the pedal and moving forward,” in his current role, Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters on Tuesday.

That includes the selection of the way ahead on the follow-on to the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) — the Small Surface Combatant (SSC), defense officials confirmed to USNI News on Tuesday. Read More

France Again Suspends Mistral Delivery, Russia Pledges to Sue

France Again Suspends Mistral Delivery, Russia Pledges to Sue

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Russian Mistral Vladivostok under construction on April 22, 2014. U.S. Naval Institute Combat Fleets of the World Photo

Russian Mistral Vladivostok under construction on April 22, 2014. U.S. Naval Institute Combat Fleets of the World Photo

The French government is suspending a deal to deliver two Mistral-class warships to the Russian Navy “until further notice” citing the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, according to a Tuesday statement from the office of President François Hollande. Read More

Australian Defense Minister Doesn’t Trust Shipbuilder ASC ‘To Build a Canoe’

Australian Defense Minister Doesn’t Trust Shipbuilder ASC ‘To Build a Canoe’

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Australian Defense Minister David Johnston via Sydney Morning Herald

Australian Defense Minister David Johnston via Sydney Morning Herald

Australian Defense Minister David Johnston blasted state-owned shipbuilder ASC (formerly known as Australian Submarine Corporation) following reported cost overruns of the Royal Australian Navy’s new class of guided missile destroyers on Tuesday, according to local press reports.

“You wonder why I’m worried about ASC and wonder what they’re delivering the Australian taxpayer? You wonder why I wouldn’t trust them to build a canoe?,” Johnston said before the Australian Senate. Read More

What the Navy’s Next Generation Amphibious Ship Could Look Like

What the Navy’s Next Generation Amphibious Ship Could Look Like

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An artist's rendering of Huntington Ingalls Industries' LPD Flight IIA variant of the San Antonio-class ship design. HII Image

An artist’s rendering of Huntington Ingalls Industries’ LPD Flight IIA variant of the San Antonio-class ship design. HII Image

NORFOLK, VA — Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) has revised its plan to use the hull form of the San Antonio-class amphibious warship (LPD-17) as a candidate for the Navy’s next generation amphibious warship— LX(R), company officials outlined to USNI News on Tuesday. Read More