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Navy’s $125B Columbia-Class Submarine Program Gets Milestone B Approval From Pentagon
Defense Department acquisition chief Frank Kendall has granted Milestone B approval to the U.S. Navy’s potential $125 billion Columbia-class nuclear missile submarine program, Breaking Defense reported Wednesday.
Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. writes the Milestone B decision will pave the way for the Navy to use the $773 million in funds that Congress passed in December through a continuing resolution to begin detailed design and engineering work on the program.
The service branch plans to purchase up to 12 submarines for a total procurement cost of $96 billion in 2017 dollars and at $8 billion per vessel, Freedberg reports.
A DoD official said that Kendall also designated the Columbia-class submarine program as a major defense acquisition initiative through an acquisition decision memorandum signed Wednesday, according to a report by Megan Eckstein for USNI News.
Rep. Joe Courtney (D-Connecticut) told USNI News that he expects the “anomaly” funds in the CR to head toward General Dynamics Electric Boat and some other contractors in the next few days through the National Sea Based Deterrence Fund.
“On Monday the Treasury deposited the anomaly funds that were in the CR, the $773 million, into the NSBDF – so that (fund) has now been activated officially with real deposits and withdrawals,” Courtney said.
Lawmakers in December included an anomaly in the stopgap spending measure in order to keep the development of the Columbia-class program on schedule, the report added.
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Gabrielle Giffords, Little Rock, Omaha, Sioux City LCS
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AAG Program Successfully Completes First Aircraft Arrestment
“The first aircraft arrestment marks a major milestone in demonstrating AAG performance and capability,” stated Scott Forney, President of GA-EMS. “This also represents the culmination of many man-hours of design and development efforts, and a definitive step toward bringing this transformational technology into the next phase of testing and optimization.”
“More than 1,200 successful dead load arrestments have been completed at the Jet Car Test Site in Lakehurst, New Jersey,” stated Dean Key, Director, Launch and Recovery Production Programs and AAG Design and Development. “Now, with the arrestment of aircraft, we take an important step in verifying the dynamic controls and system performance as a whole. We’re extremely proud of this accomplishment, and are excited to continue down this path of success as the AAG system undergoes additional aircraft arrestment testing, and demonstration activity.”
AAG is installed aboard Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), and is scheduled for installation on the future John F. Kennedy (CVN 79), which is currently under construction. The company’s Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS), which uses electromagnetic technology to launch aircraft from the deck of naval aircraft carriers, is also installed and undergoing dead load testing on CVN 78. In addition to AAG, EMALS is scheduled for installation on CVN 79.
Mil’s Finest: U.S. Navy Commissions Newest Littoral Combat Ship
MILWAUKEE, Wis., Nov. 21, 2015 – The U.S. Navy commissioned the nation’s fifth Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) – USS Milwaukee (LCS 5) – in Milwaukee today, officially placing the ship designed and constructed by a Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT)-led industry team into active service.
Milwaukee, the third Freedom-variant in the LCS class, successfully passed Acceptance Trials in September and was delivered to the U.S. Navy on October 16.
“The USS Milwaukee is a warship with capabilities unlike any others,” said Stephanie C. Hill, vice president of Ship & Aviation Systems for Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training business. “The entire Lockheed Martin-led LCS industry team is proud to deliver USS Milwaukee to the crew who will bring this great ship to life to participate in the defense of our great nation.”
The fifth U.S. Navy vessel bearing the name, Milwaukee will transit to its homeport in San Diego, California, where it will be integrated into the fleet and the industry-Navy team will conduct additional program testing and crew training.
The Lockheed Martin-led industry team, which includes shipbuilder Fincantieri Marinette Marine and naval architect Gibbs & Cox, has already delivered two Freedom-variant littoral combat ships to the U.S. Navy. USS Freedom conducted a successful deployment to Southeast Asia in 2013 and is currently operating out of her homeport in San Diego. USS Fort Worth is currently deployed in Southeast Asia, serving in the U.S. 7th Fleet.
Detroit (LCS 7) is scheduled to be delivered in early 2016. Sioux City (LCS 11), Wichita (LCS 13), Billings (LCS 15), and Indianapolis (LCS 17) are in construction. St. Louis (LCS 19) and Minneapolis/St. Paul (LCS 21) are in long-lead material procurement.
The commissioning is the final act that marks entrance of a ship into the naval forces of her nation. It is the final of three events that bring a ship to life: keel laying, launching and christening, and commissioning.
About Lockheed Martin
Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that – with the addition of Sikorsky – employs approximately 126,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.
About Fincantieri Marinette Marine
Founded in 1942, Fincantieri Marinette Marine (FMM) is located on the Menominee River flowage into Green Bay. The largest shipyard in Wisconsin and the Midwest, FMM has delivered more than 1,300 vessels for the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, and commercial customers, including the technologically advanced Littoral Combat Ship Freedom class for the U.S. Navy. In 2008, FMM along with several sister shipyards also based in the Great Lakes region, became part of FINCANTIERI, the largest shipbuilder in the western Hemisphere and the fourth largest in the world. FINCANTIERI operates in the United States through its subsidiary Fincantieri Marine Group, serving both civilian and government customers. Over the past five years, FINCANTIERI invested more than $100 million in both capital infrastructure and its resources to support FMM’s transformation into what is now one of the best shipyards in the United States. Employing approximately 1,500 employees, today FMM is a state-of-the-art, full service new construction shipyard.
About Gibbs & Cox
Gibbs & Cox, the nation’s leading independent maritime solutions firm specializing in naval architecture, marine engineering and design, is headquartered in Arlington, Virginia. The company, founded in 1929, has provided designs for nearly 80 percent of the current U.S. Navy surface combatant fleet; approaching 7,000 naval and commercial ships have been built to Gibbs & Cox designs.
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CVN 78 begins dead load testing of EMALS
Navy Decides to Buy V-22 Ospreys for Carrier Delivery
on January 13, 2015 at 11:13 AM
The Navy will buy V-22 Osprey tiltrotors to replace its aging C-2A Greyhound turboprop aircraft in flying carrier on board delivery (COD) missions. Breaking Defense obtained a Jan. 5 memo, signed by Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert, and Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Joseph Dunford. It stipulates that the Navy will buy four V-22s each year from fiscal 2018 to 2020.
The MOU marks a major triumph for the Naval Air Systems Command V-22 program office, the Marine Corps and other Osprey advocates, who have argued for years that the Navy should replace its aging conventional take off C-2As with vertical take off and landing V-22s.
“The Navy is responsible for modifying these V-22s into an HV-22 configuration for the COD mission,” the MOU states. “The parties agree that subsequent documents will provide details on the concept of operations and milestones. A memorandum of agreement will detail reimbursable Marine Corps support for the Navy’s HV-22 transition, which includes training and potential deployment of Marine MV-22 aircraft and personnel to support COD requirements.”
The Navy-Marine Corps agreement must be ratified in the next defense budget and by Congress. It also depends in part on a prospective third V-22 multiyear procurement contract that would begin in fiscal year 2018. C-2A maker Northrop Grumman has proposed building a modernized version incorporating features of the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye tactical early warning aircraft.
The twin-engine turboprop C-2As carry cargo, mail and passengers between aircraft carriers and shore — a mission called COD for “carrier on-board delivery.” The first Greyhound prototypes flew in 1964.The Osprey, built in a 50-50 partnership by Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. and Boeing Co. and in service with the Marine Corps since 2007 and the Air Force since 2009, tilts two large wingtip rotors up to take off and land vertically and forward to fly like a turboprop airplane, giving it far greater speed and range than conventional helicopters.
The MOU signed by Mabus, Greenert and Dunford marks a milestone in the history of the revolutionary V-22, which began in the early 1980s at the behest of Navy Secretary John Lehman but took a quarter century to get into service. The Navy was originally supposed to buy as many as 380 Ospreys for search and rescue and antisubmarine warfare missions, but after Lehman left office, the service cut its paper requirement for V-22s to 48. The Marines are acquiring 360 Ospreys and the Air Force Special Operations Command another 50. As of March, the program office reported that 257 of a planned 460 Ospreys, including two for research, development, test and evaluation, had been acquired. Under the latest multiyear contract, which ends in fiscal 2017, the “flyaway cost” for each Osprey is about $68 million.
Until the past couple of years, Navy leaders had shown little interest in actually buying their planned 48 Ospreys. But in 2011, the Marine Corps began qualifying its MV-22s for carrier landings, and a six-day “military utility assessment” conducted last summer off the coast of Florida, in which V-22s carried passengers and cargo to and from the USS Harry S Truman (CVN 75), found that: “The V-22 demonstrated an effective, flexible, and safe capability to conduct the COD mission with no modifications and no adverse impact to cyclic flight operations.”
Navy and Marine Corps commanders of Amphibious Ready Groups carrying Marine Expeditionary Units, meanwhile, have found that using the Osprey to carry passengers and cargo among the standard ARG complement of three vessels enables the ships to conduct separate operations at ranges far greater than possible when CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters were their primary supply aircraft.
Under the Jan. 5 MOU, the first dozen HV-22s would be taken from what would have been the Marine Corps share of V-22s built in fiscal 2018-20 under the prospective third multiyear contract. Those first Navy V-22s will be replaced in the Marine Corps inventory in fiscal years 2021, 2022, and 2023 with a dozen Ospreys “that would have been allocated to the Navy,” the memo provides.
Navy Combatant Force Structure Requirement
Carrier Vessel Nuclear(CVN)
Lange Surface Combatant(LSC)
Small Surface Combatant(SSC)
Littoral Combat Ship(LCS).
Strike Submarine Nuclear(SSN)
Strike Submarine Guided Missiles Nuclear(SSGN)
Strike Submarine Ballistic Missiles Nuclear(SSBN)
Amphibious Warfare Ships(AWS)
Landing Helicopter Assault/Dock LHA/LHD
Landing Platform Dock LPD
Combat Logistics Force(CLF)
T-AKE Supply Ships
Comand and Logistics Support
LCC Comand Ships
USS Forrestal C-130 Hercules Carrier Landing Trials
- Payload: 45,000 lb (20,400 kg)
- Length: 97 ft 9 in (29.8 m)
- Wingspan: 132 ft 7 in (40.4 m)
- Height: 38 ft 3 in (11.6 m)
- Wing area: 1,745 ft² (162.1 m²)
- Empty weight: 75,800 lb (34,400 kg)
- Useful load: 72,000 lb (33,000 kg)
- Max. takeoff weight: 155,000 lb (70,300 kg)
- Powerplant: 4 × Allison T56-A-15 turboprops, 4,590 shp (3,430 kW) each
- Propellers: 4 propellers
- Propeller diameter: 13.5 ft (4.1 m)
- Maximum speed: 320 knots (366 mph, 592 km/h) at 20,000 ft (6,060 m)
- Cruise speed: 292 kts (336 mph, 540 km/h)
- Range: 2,050 nmi (2,360 mi, 3,800 km)
- Service ceiling: 33,000 ft (10,060 m) empty; 23,000 ft (7,077 m) with 42,000 pounds (19,090 kilograms) payload ()
- Rate of climb: 1,830 ft/min (9.3 m/s)
- Takeoff distance: 3,586 ft (1,093 m) at 155,000 lb (70,300 kg) max gross weight; 1,400 ft (427 m) at 80,000 lb (36,300 kg) gross weight
Nuclears Submarine USA
Strike Submarine Nuclear(SSN) Seawolf class 3(3)
Strike Submarine Nuclear(SSN) Los Angeles class 41(62)
Strike Submarine Nuclear(SSN) Virginia-class 11(21)
1. USS Virginia (SSN 774) Block I
1. USS Texas (SSN 775) Block I
2. USS Hawaii (SSN 776) Block I
3. USS North Carolina (SSN 777) Block I
4. USS New Hampshire (SSN 778) 2008 Groton, Connecticut Block II
5. USS New Mexico (SSN 779) Block II
6. USS Missouri (SSN 780) Block II
7. USS California (SSN 781) Block II
8. USS Mississippi (SSN 782) Block II
9. USS Minnesota (SSN 783) 2013 Block II
10. USS North Dakota (SSN 784) built by Newport News(25/10/2014) Block II
1. USS John Warner (SSN 785) (Christening 09/06/14 Newport) Block III (2015)
2. USS Illinois (SSN 786) Block III (2015) christened on 10 October 2015, by First Lady Michelle Obama
3. USS Washington (SSN 787) (Christening 5 March 2016, Newport) Block III (2016)
4. USS Colorado (SSN 788) 07/03/15 North Kingstown Block III (2017)
5. USS Indiana (SSN 789)
6. USS South Dakota (SSN 790)
7. USS Delaware (SSN 791)
8, USS Vermont (SSN 792)
9. USS (SSN 793)
10. USS (SSN 794) (2019)
Strike Submarine Guided Missiles Nuclear(SSGN) Ohio-class 4
USS Ohio (SSGN 726), Bangor, WA
USS Michigan (SSGN 727), Bangor, WA
USS Florida (SSGN 728), Kings Bay, GA
USS Georgia (SSGN 729), Kings Bay, GA
Last Update: 6 December 2013
Strike Submarine Ballistic Missiles Nuclear(SSBN) Ohio-class 14
|USS Henry M. Jackson (SSBN 730), Bangor, WA|
|USS Alabama (SSBN 731), Bangor, WA|
|USS Alaska (SSBN 732), Kings Bay, GA|
|USS Nevada (SSBN 733), Bangor, WA|
|USS Tennessee (SSBN 734), Kings Bay, GA|
|USS Pennsylvania (SSBN 735), Bangor, WA|
|USS West Virginia (SSBN 736), Portsmouth, VA|
|USS Kentucky (SSBN 737), Bangor, WA|
|USS Maryland (SSBN 738), Kings Bay, GA|
|USS Nebraska (SSBN 739), Bangor, WA|
|USS Rhode Island (SSBN 740), Kings Bay, GA|
|USS Maine (SSBN 741), Bangor, WA|
|USS Wyoming (SSBN 742), Kings Bay, GA|
|USS Louisiana (SSBN 743), Bangor, WA|
В САЩ приеха на въоръжение новите Е-2D
Според плановете се предвижда да бъдат изработени 75 самолета. Може да се приеме, че ще има по 6 за всеки самолетоносач плюс още 15.
Marine Joint Strike Fighter on Track to Meet 2015 Goal
“They’re working on the last test release of Block 2B software capabilities,” Eric Van Camp, Lockheed’s domestic F-35 business development director, told USNI News on May 30. “They anticipate that testing will be complete late this year in November or December.”
The Marine Corps intends to declare the F-35B operational with interim Block 2B capabilities in July 2015. The Block 2B configuration includes basic data-fusion capabilities including data-links and a limited suite of weapons including the Raytheon AIM-120 advanced medium range air-to-air missiles (AMRAAM), 500lbs GBU-12 laser-guided bombs, and 1000lbs GBU-32 Joint Direct Attack Munitions.
Boeing signs contract to produce Super Hornets and Growlers
Boeing has been awarded a contract by the F/A-18 and EA-18G Programme Office (PMA-265) to produce and deliver 44 F/A-18 Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler aircraft over the next two years.
The latest contract will allow the US Navy to acquire the remaining aircraft included in the programme of record by the end of the fiscal year 2016, as well as 12 EA-18Gs for the Royal Australian Air Force, which were requested in July 2013.
PMA-265 programme manager captain Frank Morley said that F/A-18 and EA-18G jets are the predominant tactical force for both the US Navy and Marine Corps.
"The navy's long-range strike fighter procurement strategy is to have a mix of F/A-18E/F Super Hornets and F-35 Lightning IIs by the early-2020s," Morley said.
"We will operate F/A-18 E/F and F-35 aircraft together from our aircraft carriers through the 2030s."
Designed to serve as the US Navy's all-weather premier fighter / attack aircraft, the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet supports air superiority, day / night strikes with precision-guided weapons, fighter escort, close-air support, suppression of enemy air defences, maritime strike, reconnaissance, forward-air control and tanker missions.
Based on the combat-proven two-seat F/A-18 Hornet, EA-18G Growler jets can operate from either an aircraft carrier or land bases.
Developed to replace the navy's ageing EA-6B Prowler aircraft, which entered service in 1971, Growlers can support missions such as electronic attack (EA) and suppression of enemy air defences (SEAD), mainly at the beginning and ongoing early stages of combat.
Първа ескадрила E-2D Advanced Hawkeye в оперативна готовност
Navy FY2017-FY2021 Five-Year Shipbuilding Plan
(Battle force ships- i.e., ships that count against 308-ship goal)
Ohio replacement (SSBNX) ballistic missile submarine
Ford (CVN-78) class aircraft carrier
Virginia (SSN-774) class attack submarine
Arleigh Burke (DDG-51) class destroyer
Littoral Combat Ship (LCS)/Frigate
LHA(R) amphibious assault ship
LX(R) amphibious ship
Fleet towing, salvage, and rescue ship (TATS)
TAO-205 (previously TAO[X]) oiler
Navy Force Structure and Shipbuilding Plans: Background and Issues for Congress
May 15, 2017