Navy Sets Ambitious Shipbuilding Goal

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From Business Wire:

BAE Systems Wins U.S. Navy Ship Repair Contract for Six Ticonderoga Class Guided Missile Cruisers
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NORFOLK, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--BAE Systems Ship Repair has been awarded a multi-ship, multi-option (MSMO) dry dock contract by the U.S. Navy to maintain six Ticonderoga class (CG 47) guided missile cruisers, either home-ported in or visiting the Norfolk, Virginia area.
More at http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20110407005829/en
 
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From Defence News.com:

Ship, Sub Building Efforts Back on Track: U. S. Navy Undersecretary
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The U.S. Navy's major shipbuilding and aviation programs are largely setting into stability, but questions are rising about the strategic outlook for the Navy and Marine Corps and the forces they will need in the future, all in the context of a declining defense budget.

Navy Undersecretary Robert Work is in the center of the effort to define the Navy Department's direction and map out its future roles.
Full interview at http://www.defensenews.com/story.php?i=6189440&c=SEA&s=TOP
 
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From The Navy Newsstand:

Portsmouth Construction Increases Dry Dock Capacity
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KITTERY, Maine (NNS) -- Portsmouth Naval Shipyard completed improvements and certification to dry dock #2, April 12, which increased its ability to maintain larger naval ships. With construction complete, the dry dock can now accommodate a ship 592 feet long with a beam of 80 feet 11 inches.
More at http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=59779
 
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From The Navy Newsstand:

Navy's Newest Dry Cargo/Ammunition Ship USNS William McLean Launched
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SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- USNS William McLean, the newest ship in the U.S. Navy's Lewis and Clark-class of dry cargo/ammunition ships, slid into the water for the first time during a nighttime launch and christening ceremony at the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard in San Diego, April 16.
More at http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=59837
 
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From The Navy Times:

Oak Hill rates sparkling INSURV after problems
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JOINT EXPEDITIONARY BASE LITTLE CREEK-FORT STORY, Va. – A year and a half ago, the 14-year-old dock landing ship Oak Hill was in sad shape.

It’s no wonder. Beginning in 2005, the ship made five deployments over five years, and maintenance was on the back burner. On the fourth, one of its four main engines failed. The next time out, only three were working.
More at http://www.navytimes.com/news/2011/05/navy-oak-hill-amphib-insurv-success-050111w/
 
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From The Navy Newsstand:

Navy to Christen Guided-Missile Destroyer Michael Murphy
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WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Navy will christen the newest guided-missile destroyer, Michael Murphy, May 7 during a 10 a.m. EDT ceremony at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine.

The new destroyer honors Navy SEAL (Sea, Air, Land) Lt. Michael P. Murphy who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions during Operation Red Wings in Afghanistan June 28, 2005.
More at http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=60161
 
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From The Navy Times:

Details emerge on cruiser’s INSURV failure
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Metal debris in a main reduction gear. Trouble receiving messages. A deck gun down. Missiles likely to self-destruct after launch.

These were a few of the problems onboard the cruiser Mobile Bay in April that led to its failure by the Board of Inspection and Survey, at a time when fleet leaders are focusing on regaining maintenance footing along the waterfront. It marks the first INSURV failure this year but the third in five months, a sign of continuing stress for a busy fleet.
More at http://www.navytimes.com/news/2011/05/navy-mobile-bay-insurv-details-050911w/

Comment: YIKES!!!! This is a ship which came out of a comprehensive refit only a few months ago???
 
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From The Navy Times:

For Navy, time to say ‘no’?
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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The high pace of operations demanded by combatant commanders in the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and on terrorism is taking its toll on the U.S. military, a top commander said Tuesday.

As budget growth flattens at the Pentagon, the need is becoming stronger to re-examine those demands and, in the meantime, look for ways to dial back on the response.
More at http://www.navytimes.com/news/2011/05/defense-harvey-navy-response-to-demand-051011/

Comment: The fleet is being run into the ground. With the demands up and resources becoming short, I expect this problem is going to get worse.
 
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From The Navy Newsstand:

Navy to Christen Amphibious Transport Dock Ship Anchorage
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WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Navy will christen the newest amphibious transport dock ship, Anchorage, Saturday, May 14, 2011, during a 10 a.m. CDT ceremony at Huntington Ingalls Industries - Avondale Shipyard in Avondale, La.

Anchorage is named in honor of the largest city in Alaska.
More at http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=60293
 
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From The Navy Newsstand:

NAVSEA to Co-Host Third Annual International Frigate Working Group
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WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Deputy Commander for Surface Warfare (SEA 21) and Commander, Naval Surface Force are scheduled to host the third meeting of the International Frigate Working Group May 16-20 in San Diego, Calif.

The meetings, which will be held at Naval Air Station North Island, brings together current operators of the Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigates.
More at http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=60325
 
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From The Navy Times:

Lawmakers react to naming ship for Cesar Chavez
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SAN DIEGO – The Navy’s purported decision to name a new cargo ship after the late civil rights leader and union activist Cesar Chavez on Tuesday drew conflicting reactions from two California lawmakers.
More at http://www.navytimes.com/news/2011/05/navy-duncan-hunter-blasts-ship-name-cesar-chavez-051711w/

Comment: I know that the naming of ships is a sensitive issue, but with the serious fiscal difficulties the government is having, don't they have something more important to deal with than this?