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Navy to name new ship USS Wichita - Kansas City Star

Navy to name new ship USS Wichita - Kansas City Star | US Navy | Scoop.it
Kansas City Star
Navy to name new ship USS Wichita
Kansas City Star
Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran, all R-Kansas, made the announcement Thursday after receiving phone calls from Navy Secretary Ray Mabus.
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This are really great ships, one of my favorite classes, they look very sleek and coolo. I like the name Witchita, its is a scary name. I dont know any of the other ships of this class but I have high hopes for this one.

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Stealth Jets Return To The Air Following Engine Snafu — For Now

Stealth Jets Return To The Air Following Engine Snafu — For Now | US Navy | Scoop.it
The Pentagon's stealth fighters are back in the air. But the fundamental flaw that grounded the F-35 remains. Finicky motors are an inevitable side effect of the plane's design.

Via The Navy Campaign
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This aircraft should be coming out soon after I graduate college, right when I go into the navy. This may be the plane I fly one day, as of now this frightens me. I cant believe how long they have been working on this aircraft and how many problems they still have. This is insane! I am glad I do not really want to be a fighter pilot (but that decision really up to me). I hope in the next four years they can make this aircraft perfect, just like it should be.

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F-35 Fleet Grounded After Cracked Engine Blade Discovered

F-35 Fleet Grounded After Cracked Engine Blade Discovered | US Navy | Scoop.it

The Pentagon on Friday grounded its fleet of F-35 fighter jets after discovering a cracked engine blade in one plane.

The problem was discovered during what the Pentagon called a routine inspection at Edwards Air Force Base, California, of an F-35A, the US Air Force version of the sleek new plane.

The Navy and the Marine Corps are buying other versions of the F-35, which is intended to replace older fighters like the Air Force F-16 and the Navy F/A-18. Britain is also purchasing the aircraft for the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force.

All versions – a total of 51 planes – were grounded Friday pending a more in-depth evaluation of the problem discovered at Edwards. None of the planes have been fielded for combat operations; all are undergoing testing.

In a brief written statement, the Pentagon said it is too early to know the full impact of the newly discovered problem.

The F-35 is the Pentagon’s most expensive weapons program at a total estimated cost of nearly $400 billion. The Pentagon envisions buying more than 2,400 F-35s, but some members of Congress are balking at the price tag.

Friday’s suspension of flight operations will remain in effect until an investigation of the problem’s root cause is determined.

The Pentagon said the engine in which the problem was discovered is being shipped to a Pratt & Whitney facility for more thorough evaluation.


Via Christian Albrecht
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This is crazy. The F-35 is supposed to be one of the most advanced planes out there. They looks so amazing and they will really add to our military power. But I am not sure what to think now this new problem, I really hope this was just a mistake because at a cost of almost 400 billion that would be a lot of waisted money, especially during times like these. I cant wait to get more information on this.

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China's Buying A Fleet Of Russian Bombers Perfect For Taking On The US Navy

China's Buying A Fleet Of Russian Bombers Perfect For Taking On The US Navy | US Navy | Scoop.it

Chinese websites are again reporting that Russia has agreed to sell Beijing the production line for the Tupolev Tu-22M3 bomber at a cost of $1.5 billion. Once in service with the Chinese Naval Air Forces the Tu-22M3 will be known as the “H-10″.

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Well it doesnt look like I will be out of a job anytime soon. I dont think this is a bad thing and I do not thing the US should be scared/worried about this. We are still much more advanced and have much better training. And China has a right to protect themselves. I see this as another reason why they can not be cutting our budget military budget, atleast by not that much.

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Navy Sequester Cuts Budget - Business Insider

Navy Sequester Cuts Budget - Business Insider | US Navy | Scoop.it
The Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus, released an all-hands message ("ALNAV") detailing the first steps the Navy will take to rectify budget constraints. In total, four Navy Air Wings will remain on the ground and 8 ship ...
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I do not like this. This will make it make it even more difficult to become a pilot. I hope we can fix the budget in the next few years.

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Is Navy laser a game changer? - U-T San Diego

Is Navy laser a game changer? - U-T San Diego | US Navy | Scoop.it
Popular Mechanics
Is Navy laser a game changer?
U-T San Diego
Sending a message about superior technology despite tight purse strings, the U.S. Navy this week unveiled a laser weapon that will go on a warship in the Arabian Sea next year.
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This is the coolest weapon ever! I cant believe a laser is already a reality, how cool! By the time I am in, naval warfare will be changed dramatically I think. I like that it will save so much money and that it doesnt have to kill things, but it can just stun people, making it much safer to use.

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The Navy's sequester blame game

The Navy's sequester blame game | US Navy | Scoop.it

So why that carrier, why two days before it was due to deploy? The Navy could have kept other, less visible ships at home -- like the littoral combat ship Freedom, sailing now to much-threatened Singapore. It could have lowered readiness requirements for other parts of the fleet, or stood down a training cycle.

Rear Adm. John Kirby put it this way: "Could money have been found somewhere, anywhere, to pay for the Truman's deployment? Maybe. But without the ability to transfer money from other accounts, there aren't many places from which we could have taken it without a greater cost to readiness elsewhere."

That is nonsense. The Navy does have the flexibility Adm. Kirby says they lack -- the whole operations account is trade space under sequester. And what cost to readiness where? The Navy doesn't tell us what the cancellation of this deployment allows it to protect.

It seems likely that given overall operating tempo for carriers (one at sea, two in port), deploying two was going to stress the fleet, anyway. And the requirement for two carriers in the Gulf was, and should be, subject to review, sequester or not. So maybe the timing was just serendipitous.


Via littlebytesnews
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It is hard to say the reasoning for keeping the carrier in port. The petty officer who wrote this states that only one carrier was needed in the Gulf anyway and they are just blaming the sequester to get attention. I think the reasoning is a little bit of both, trying to safe money but also taking out things that are not well needed.

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littlebytesnews's curator insight, February 28, 2013 3:50 PM

According to this article and Admiral Kirby, the truth is they were going to go to one carrier anyway, but descided to do it during the sequester debates...for added attention and shock value. More Obama posturing and using our military for political maniplulation.

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The US Navy SEAL Sniper Course: One of The Best in the World

The US Navy SEAL Sniper Course: One of The Best in the World | US Navy | Scoop.it
My friend and Navy SEAL Chris Kyle’s book, American Sniper, is getting a lot of media (as it should) since his book hit shelves yesterday. American Sniper is sure to be a massive best seller.

Via Thumpy Covey
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Of Course they are! I think many people do not realize that U.S. Navy has snipers. I personally did not know that they are usually shooting by themselves, without a spotter though. The people that are able to complete this programs are defiantly top notch, it is very difficult.

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Senate Shoots Down Wayward Navy Pilot's Promotion to Admiral - TIME

Senate Shoots Down Wayward Navy Pilot's Promotion to Admiral - TIME | US Navy | Scoop.it
TIME
Senate Shoots Down Wayward Navy Pilot's Promotion to Admiral
TIME
It appears the Navy's nomination of a one-time F-14 pilot who deliberately shot down a U.S. Air Force plane 25 years ago won't make admiral, as the Navy had recommended.

Via The Navy Campaign
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I do not agree with this author what-so-ever. People make mistakes and if he purposely shot down an allied plane he would have been put in jail. They grossly exagerate his story. There were probably other reasons he didn't make Admiral, many people never make Admiral.

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