Category Archives: Surface Forces

AUVSI 2013: UCLASS Requirements Modified Due to Budget Pressure

AUVSI 2013: UCLASS Requirements Modified Due to Budget Pressure

 An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator launches from the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77). US Navy Photo

An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator launches from the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77). US Navy Photo

The reduction in strike capability of the Navy’s next generation carrier-based unmanned aerial vehicle was born of fiscal realities, said Dyke Weatherington, the Pentagon’s director of unmanned warfare and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR), at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International Unmanned Systems 2013 conference in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday.

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Opinion: U.S. Coast Guard needs a Reinvention

Opinion: U.S. Coast Guard needs a Reinvention

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cutter_reinventToday, America’s Coast Guard is in drastic need of reinvention.

For generations, the service has struggled to field adequate manpower and the cutters, boats and aircraft needed to perform all of its mandated missions, all while wrestling with increasing responsibilities. Read More

Japanese ‘Helicopter Destroyer’ Stirs Regional Tensions

Japanese ‘Helicopter Destroyer’ Stirs Regional Tensions

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On Aug. 9, the Japanese Ministry of Defense held a naming ceremony for the Izumo, the latest ship to join the Maritime Self-Defense Forces. Officially a “helicopter carrier-type escort/destroyer,” Izumo was built at the Japan Marine United shipyards at Yokohama. Although publicly touted as an anti-submarine warfare platform, the ship is capable of filling a critical role in the defense of disputed Japanese territory. The launch has been reported with alarm in East Asia as resurgent territorial claims—exacerbated by nationalism and longstanding historical differences—have generated regional tension not seen for decades. Read More

Inside Aegis Ashore

Inside Aegis Ashore

The deckhouse for the Aegis Ashore system bound for Romania at the Lockheed Martin Aegis facility. Missile Defense Agency Photo

The deckhouse for the Aegis Ashore system bound for Romania at the Lockheed Martin Aegis facility. Missile Defense Agency Photo

From the outside, the so-called deckhouse of the Aegis Ashore anti-missile system looks nothing like its seagoing counterpart installed on American warships. The multi-story modular building might seem more at home in an industrial park.

Just like the shipboard version, however, the shore-side deckhouse provides the power, space and cooling to accommodate the servers, consoles and pipes needed to operate an SPY-1D(V) Aegis radar system, along with the command-and-control equipment needed to launch interceptors or to dispatch ballistic missiles. Read More

Navy’s Steel Deckhouse Decision for Final Zumwalt is a Blow to HII

Navy’s Steel Deckhouse Decision for Final Zumwalt is a Blow to HII

The 1,000-ton deckhouse of the future destroyer USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) is craned toward the deck of the ship to be integrated with the ship's hull at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works on Dec. 14, 2012. US Navy Photo

The 1,000-ton deckhouse of the future destroyer USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) is craned toward the deck of the ship to be integrated with the ship’s hull at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works on Dec. 14, 2012. US Navy Photo

The future of Huntington Ingalls Industries’ composite manufacturing facility in Gulfport, Miss. is in question following a decision by the U.S. Navy to build the deckhouse for the third Zumwalt-class destroyer (DDG-1000) from steel instead of composites. Read More

NAVSEA: USS Anchorage Completes Final Contractor Trials

NAVSEA: USS Anchorage Completes Final Contractor Trials

USS Anchorage (LPD 23) moored at the Port of Anchorage, Alaska on May 3, 2013.

USS Anchorage (LPD-23) moored at the Port of Anchorage, Alaska on May 3, 2013.

The latest San Antonio-class amphibious warship (LPD-17) has completed its final round of contractor trials, Naval Sea Systems Command announced last week.

USS Anchorage (LPD-23) completed its final contractor trial in July, overseen by the U.S. Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV). The most recent test of the ship’s systems are the last review while the ship is still under warranty from shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries. Read More

Opinion: Seapower is An American Priority

Opinion: Seapower is An American Priority

Sailors watch as the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) departs Naval Station Norfolk for Newport News Shipbuilding in June 2013. US Navy Photo

Sailors watch as the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) departs Naval Station Norfolk for Newport News Shipbuilding in June 2013. US Navy Photo

In September 1960, the carrier Enterprise was christened at Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock. Adm. Arleigh Burke, then chief of naval operations, spoke to the large crowd, saying, “Whenever the Enterprise roams in the traditional freedom of the seas, she is the sovereign of the United States, a mighty symbol of our determination to preserve liberty and justice and a clear sign of our nation’s ability to do so.” Read More

China Critical of U.S. Senate South China Sea Resolution

China Critical of U.S. Senate South China Sea Resolution

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Chinese officials ‘strongly’ oppose a Monday U.S. Senate action that “condemns the use of coercion, threats, or force by naval, maritime security, or fishing vessels and military or civilian aircraft,” in the South and East China Sea, according to a Thursday report from the Xinhua news agency. Read More

Two Options for Pentagon's Future

Two Options for Pentagon’s Future

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel answers reporters' questions during a Pentagon press briefing on July 31, 2013. Department of Defense Photo

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel answers reporters’ questions during a Pentagon press briefing on July 31, 2013. Department of Defense Photo

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said the Pentagon has to choose between a small high tech force or a larger one with antiquated equipment if the services are forced to live in a budgetary world dictated by the mandatory budget cuts known as sequestration, he told reporters in a Pentagon briefing on Wednesday. Read More

Navy Officials Single Out Freedom Generator Woes

Navy Officials Single Out Freedom Generator Woes

Cmdr. Joe Femino, commanding officer of USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) watches USS Freedom (LCS 1) through a pair of binoculars on June 20. US Navy Photo

Cmdr. Joe Femino, commanding officer of USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) watches USS Freedom (LCS 1) through a pair of binoculars on June 20. US Navy Photo

The generator problem that sidelined USS Freedom (LCS-1) earlier this month is “the most significant design deficiency that we’re dealing with today,” the Navy’s top acquisition official told a congressional panel on Thursday.

Speaking before the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection forces, assistant secretary of the Navy for Research, Development & Acquisition, Sean Stackley singled out the widely publicized July 20 generator failure as the largest design challenge faced in the class of Littoral Combat Ships. Read More