Navy Sets Ambitious Shipbuilding Goal

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From The Navy Newsstand:

Navy Achieves $50 Million Savings in Weapons Procurement on Amphibs
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WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Program Executive Office (PEO) Integrated Warfare Systems (IWS) announced Aug. 18 that the command has realized a $50 million savings in procuring weapons systems on new construction amphibious ships in fiscal years 2009-2011.
More at http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=62240
 
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From The Sydney Morning Herald:

Meet the 'Ghost' - the stealth ship radar can't see
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A US company has built a high-speed stealth "attack helicopter on the water" that could revolutionise navies and the shipping industry.
More at http://www.smh.com.au/technology/sci-tech/meet-the-ghost--the-stealth-ship-radar-cant-see-20110831-1jldi.html

Comment: An interesting and even promising technology. Whether or not it'll ever translate into useful warships, that is the question!
 
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From The Navy Newsstand:

Spruance Begins Maiden Voyage
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BATH, Maine (NNS) -- The newest Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, the future USS Spruance (DDG 111), sailed away from the Bath Iron Works shipyard in Bath, Maine Sept. 1 on its maiden voyage to her commissioning site in Key West, Fla. before heading to her eventual homeport of San Diego, Calif.
More at http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=62529
 
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From The Navy Times:

Pearl Harbor maintenance leaves ARG shorthanded
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SAN DIEGO – When the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group headed to sea in August for the first of three planned exercises with Marines, it got underway with only two of its three ships.

The dock landing ship Pearl Harbor remained in San Diego while the amphibious transport dock New Orleans and amphibious assault ship Makin Island conducted “blue-green”￾ training ahead of their deployment later this year.
More at http://www.navytimes.com/news/2011/09/navy-pearl-harbor-maintenance-leaves-arg-shorthanded-090411/
 
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From The Navy Times:

Bustling Va. shipyard braces for military cuts
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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – This sprawling shipyard along two miles of James River waterfront is humming.

More than 20,000 employees of Newport News Shipbuilding are building a new nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, rebuilding another one, starting work on another new flattop and working on parts of at least six new nuclear submarines. The yard is constantly making upgrades and improvements, and is working to complete a new submarine construction facility as part of an expansion to build two subs per year.
More at http://www.navytimes.com/news/2011/09/defense-bustling-virginia-shipyard-braces-military-cuts-090711/
 
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From The Navy Newsstand:

Construction Begins on SSN 787, Marking Unprecented Production
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WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Navy began construction of the thirteenth Virginia-class submarine, the as of yet unnamed SSN 787 Sept. 2.

This new construction marks the first time in 22 years that two submarines of the same class have started construction in the same year.
More at http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=62626
 
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From The Navy Times:

Navy struggles to build gator fleet on a budget
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SAN DIEGO – When it comes to sizing the Navy’s amphibious force, there are three numbers: The number the Navy needs, the number it’ll settle for and the number it actually has.

The long-term goal is 38 ships, part of an overall build to a fleet of at least 313.

While Navy and Marine Corps leaders agreed to that figure several years ago, they also conceded that a more realistic number was 33, under what they called a “fiscal constraint.”￾ They said 33 would be sufficient to support two Marine expeditionary brigade-sized forces, with a reserve of three ships.
More at http://www.navytimes.com/news/2011/09/navy-struggles-to-build-gator-fleet-on-a-budget-091011w/

Comment: It's all about trade offs as well as being realistic about what it takes to meet mission requirements. If the government wants the force to be able to do what's being asked of it, then they'll have to face the fact that numbers do matter and always have.

Nobody is blind to the fact that the times have changed and that money is going to be a lot harder to come by, however, either you have those needed numbers to do the job expected or you don't, and the decisions made need to take that into account.
 
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From The Navy Newsstand:

Arlington Crewmembers Visit Namesake City for 10th Anniversary of 9/11
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ARLINGTON, Va. (NNS) -- Twenty-eight Sailors assigned to Pre-commissioning Unit Arlington (LPD 24) spent the weekend of Sept. 10-11 in the national capital region for the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on 9/11.
More at http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=62680
 
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From Defence News:

U.S. Prepares Destroyers for 35-Year Lives
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NORFOLK, Va. - The Arleigh Burke (DDG 51), namesake of all current U.S. destroyers, was berthed earlier this month just opposite one of the newest of the breed, the Jason Dunham (DDG 109). The Burke's smart outward appearance belied its 20-plus years in the fleet, and inside, courtesy of a major modernization, the ship now boasts major upgrades that rival many of the new systems in its 1-year-old fleet mate.
More at http://www.defensenews.com/story.php?i=7723067&c=AME&s=SEA
 
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From The Navy Newsstand:

NAVSUP Collaborates to Align Aircraft Carrier Programs
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WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Experts in naval shipbuilding and logistics met in for the 14th Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP)-organized PEO Carrier Summit in Washington, Sept. 28.

The summit is a recurring forum designed to align programs and plans that support both in-service and future aircraft carriers.
More at http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=63020
 
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From HRMilitary.com:

Newport News shipyard chief sees opportunities in commercial business
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NEWPORT NEWS – Matt Mulherin, the president of Newport News Shipbuilding, sat down with the Daily Press on Sept. 22 for a wide-ranging conversation about the shipyard's first six months as part of Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc., the company created when Northrop Grumman Corp. spun off its shipbuilding business.

Mulherin, whose shipyard builds aircraft carriers and submarines for the U.S. Navy, also talked about future opportunities for the 20,500-employee Newport News operation, including an expansion into commercial enterprises.
Full three page interview begins at http://www.dailypress.com/news/military/dp-nws-huntington-petters-mulherin-qa2-20111001,0,1678633.story