Category Archives: Surface Forces

Navy Integrating SeaRAM on Rota-Based DDGs; First Installation Complete In November

Navy Integrating SeaRAM on Rota-Based DDGs; First Installation Complete In November

 The guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) sits moored in Rota, Spain on June 9, 2015. US Navy photo.

The guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) sits moored in Rota, Spain on June 9, 2015. US Navy photo.

The four ballistic missile defense destroyers patrolling 6th Fleet will get a self-protection upgrade beginning this year, as the Navy integrates Raytheon’s Sea Rolling Airframe Missile (SeaRAM) onto its Aegis-equipped Arleigh Burke-class destroyers (DDG-51) for the first time. Read More

Opinion: Get the Ford Carriers to the Fleet

Opinion: Get the Ford Carriers to the Fleet

Ship Chirstening Preparations

The U.S. Navy is struggling with an undersized fleet, and is being pushed to its breaking point. The facts are clear. The carrier force is below the mandate required by law. Our ships are going on deployments of ever increasing lengths, all longer than planned—as long as 10 months. Because of backlogs of ship maintenance, unplanned repairs are popping up with increasing frequency stretching out the ships’ repair periods. Training periods are now being cut by three-fourths of their planned time. Read More

Admirals: Fleet Readiness Plan Could Leave Carrier Gaps, Overwhelm Shipyards

Admirals: Fleet Readiness Plan Could Leave Carrier Gaps, Overwhelm Shipyards

USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) leads a formation of ships from Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 12 during a maneuvering exercise on Sept. 23, 2014. US Navy Photo

USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) leads a formation of ships from Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 12 during a maneuvering exercise on Sept. 23, 2014. US Navy Photo

SAN DIEGO – The Navy is nine months into its new deployment model – the Optimized Fleet Response Plan (OFRP) – designed to keep carrier strike groups from unexpectedly long deployments and allow time for needed ship upkeep.

The plan promises to make life more predictable for sailors and maintainers, but service officials are already running into roadblocks that, if not addressed by Navy leadership and Congress, could exacerbate gaps in overseas carrier presence and further burden the maintenance community. Read More