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Le Secrétaire à la Navy Mabus défend le programme LCS en commission devant les parlementaires

Le Secrétaire à la Navy Mabus défend le programme LCS en commission devant les parlementaires | International Navies | Scoop.it

With the USS Freedom (LCS-1) due to arrive in Singapore this week, the Littoral Combat Ship program’s cost received close scrutiny—as well as some sharp questions about the vessel’s survivability—during a  House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee hearing on 7 May.

Despite New Jersey Republican Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen’s opening statement that the LCS and many others in the shipbuilding plan “to our way of thinking are support ships” rather than “classic combatants” such as large cruisers or submarines, and Virginia Democrat Jim Moran’s comments near the end of the two-and-a-half-hour session that “no other ship requires contractors throughout the deployment,” Navy Secretary Ray Mabus defended the LCS as “one of our best performing programs.”

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert said the ship was built to a Level 3 standard of survivability and is testing at that level. That means “it takes a hit and returns to base.” He added, “We don’t send ships out alone” and that would increase its survivability.

Secretary Mabus said while it was true the first ship in the class cost about $440 million—about twice what the Navy originally projected—things have changed. “This is a technical term, he said in describing the program when he took office: “It was a mess.”

“The last ship will cost $349 million.” Mabus added that its modular construction allows technology insertions to be made more easily and at less cost than in other ships.

Mabus, who is heading to Singapore this week, with Greenert to follow, said LCS is “absolutely essential for the Pacific.” Greenert stressed its capabilities in areas such as antisubmarine and electronic warfare—strike and cyber—in allowing the Navy, with partners such as India and Japan, to conduct more sophisticated exercises and build capacity of other navies in the region in protecting critical waterways.

Mabus said the LCS is the “perfect ship to operate” in the Malacca Strait. Among the reasons he is going to Singapore is to discuss how the ships will be used.

The Navy plans to deploy four shallow-draft LCSs  in Singapore by 2016. The idea is to keep the ships there and rotate their crews....


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Multimedia Release -- Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) Aircraft Carrier's Primary Hull ... - Stockhouse

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USS Somerset coming to Philadelphia for commissioning ceremony - Daily American Online

USS Somerset coming to Philadelphia for commissioning ceremony - Daily American Online | International Navies | Scoop.it
USS Somerset coming to Philadelphia for commissioning ceremony Daily American Online "Somerset is an important ship for the Navy and our nation and commissioning her in the Port of Philadelphia will make the event even more meaningful," Navy...
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Australia's HMAS Canberra & HMAS Adelaide LHD Navy Ships ...

Australia's HMAS Canberra & HMAS Adelaide LHD Navy Ships ... | International Navies | Scoop.it
Published on Mar 16, 2013. One of Australia's largest cranes had to be constructed on Nelson Pier to undertake the heavy lifts for the LHD project. Block 811 was transported along the hull of the first Landing Helicopter Dock, ...
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Brazilian Inace Shipyard Holds Keel Laying ... - Naval Today

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Expected to be ready in about 18 months, the vessel construction contract was signed by the Navy of Brazil and Inace Shipyard on 5th of December last year. Once built, the ship remains in Manaus, State of Amazonas.
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SURFACE FORCES : Bespoke French Frigates For Malaysia - Strategy Page

SURFACE FORCES : Bespoke French Frigates For Malaysia - Strategy Page | International Navies | Scoop.it
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Inde : première divergence du réacteur nucléaire du sous-marin INS Arihant dans 2 à 3 semaines

Inde : première divergence du  réacteur nucléaire du sous-marin INS Arihant dans 2 à 3 semaines | International Navies | Scoop.it

Moving towards completing its nuclear triad, India will activate the atomic reactor on-board the indigenous nuclear submarineINS Arihant in the "next two to three weeks" paving way for its operational deployment by the Navy soon.
"The nuclear reactor on-board the INS Arihant would be made critical (activated) in next two to three weeks," DRDO chief V K Saraswat told PTI in New Delhi on Saturday.
Nuclear triad is the ability to fire nuclear-tipped missiles from land, air and sea.
He said after the nuclear reactor is activated, the agencies concerned can work towards readying the warship for operational deployments soon.
INS Arihant has been undergoing trials at Navy's key submarine base in Vishakhapatnam and would be launched for sea trials after the nuclear reactor goes critical.
The DRDO has also readied a medium-range nuclear missile BO-5 for being deployed on the Arihant and its last developmental trial was held on January 27 off the coast of Vishakhapatnam.
The nuclear submarine will help India achieve the capability of going into high seas without the need to surface the vessel for long durations.
Conventional diesel-electric submarines have to come up on surface at regular intervals for charging the cells of the vessel.


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Le fait d'atteindre seulement maintenant l'étape de la première divergence pour le réacteur du premier sous-marin nucléaire conçu et construit entièrement par l'Inde, peut être analysé comme un sérieux retard dans ce programme. Pour autant, le programme avance lentement...mais il avance ! Et il s'agit tout de même d'une étape majeure pour ce pays.

 

On a du mal à croire que tout soit prêt cependant pour un premier départ à la mer comme celà était annoncé dans la presse indienne il y a un mois :

http://www.scoop.it/t/newsletter-navale/p/3999573941/l-ins-arihant-1er-sous-marin-nucleaire-de-conception-indienne-aux-essais-a-la-mer-le-mois-prochain

 

On est habitué à un certain nombre de reports par rapport aux annonces...ainsi, il y a quelques mois, une annonce l'envoyait au essais à la mer en fin décembre 2012 :

http://www.scoop.it/t/newsletter-navale/p/3799270950/inde-debut-en-fin-decembre-des-essais-a-la-mer-du-sous-marin-nucleaire-ins-arihant

 

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Arrivée prochaine en Inde du 1er avion de patrouille maritime Boeing P-8I

Arrivée prochaine en Inde du 1er avion de patrouille maritime Boeing P-8I | International Navies | Scoop.it

With China demonstrating its blue water ambition, the Indian Navy is all set to acquire its first US-made long-range surveillance aircraft, which can be used to keep an eye on the Chinese movements.
The first of the aircraft, known as P8I Poseidon, is expected to land in India around May 15, said a navy official. The US-origin aircraft will be based in INS Rajali, a naval base on the Tamil Nadu coast.
With a range of 8600 km and an endurance of 10 hours, P8I Poseidon can fly non-stop up to Australia – much beyond India’s neighbouring maritime zones – and augment Navy’s surveillance capability by leaps and bounds.
India is buying eight P8I, manufactured by Boeing, at a cost of $2.1 billion. These aircraft will replace the Russian Tu-142, inducted 25 years ago. The Navy will receive the first three in 2013 and the remaining five will arrive by 2015. India is the first customer of P8I, outside the USA.
New Delhi is negotiating with Washington to buy four additional P8Is from Boeing for further expanding its maritime footprint.
Acquisition of 12 P8I will complete the first phase of the Navy’s requirement of 24 long range maritime reconnaissance aircraft.
“The Russian-origin surveillance aircraft IL-38, which were later fitted with Sea Dragon suite for improved performance, would continue to fly for at least one more decade,” said Rear Admiral D M Sudan, assistant chief of naval staff in charge of air operations at Navy headquarters.
The Navy has also received a new bunch of fighters – MiG 29K – to operate from the decks of aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, which is scheduled to be inducted by December, 2013.
The first squadron of MiG 29K will be commissioned at Goa on May 11. The second squadron, for which aircraft have begun flying in from Russia, will be stationed in Visakhapatnam. Besides INS Vikramaditya, these Russian fighters will also fly from Indigenous Aircraft Carrier in 2018, as indigenous naval fighter – light combat aircraft (Navy) – is still a far cry.
“Carrier compatibility test for LCA (Navy) is expected by the end of 2013,” Sudan said on Friday. The test is intended to check if the indigenous fighter can fly from the decks of a carrier and land with the support of an arrester-hook.  “We currently have 214 aircraft (fixed and helicopters combined) in 19 squadrons, based in eight stations. We plan to double the numbers in a decade and add new naval air bases,” he said.


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L'avion avait déjà été réceptionné en janvier dernier aux Etats-Unis ; son équipage indien était jusqu'alors en entraînement conjoint sur place avec l'US Navy :

http://www.scoop.it/t/newsletter-navale/p/3995093850/l-inde-recoit-l-avion-de-patrouille-maritime-p-8i

 

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Le groupe aéronaval chinois du PA Liaoning se prépare discrètement pour sa première mission

Le groupe aéronaval chinois du PA Liaoning se prépare discrètement pour sa première mission | International Navies | Scoop.it

Taipei, May 4 (CNA) Escort ships for China's first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, are quietly assembling at Qingdao Harbor and the carrier battle group is suspected to be sailing out soon, a Hong Kong-based Chinese-language newspaper said Saturday.

Wen Wei Po said in its online version that the carrier battle group might comprise the Liaoning, four type 052C or 052D destroyers, two type 052B destroyers, two to four type 054A escort ships, one or two type 093 nuclear submarines and one supply ship.

The reports also said the aircraft carrier could carry 22 J-15 fighter planes, four to six Z-18 early warning planes and around 12 Ka-27 anti-submarine helicopters. Judging from the formation, the carrier group could form three lines of anti-air defenses, the first being formed by the Z-18s and J-15s and the second by the Hongqi-9 surface-to-air missiles aboard the 052C/D anti-air destroyers.

The third anti-air line will be formed by the SA-N-12 mid- and close-range anti-aircraft missiles aboard the 052B destroyers and Hongqi-16 mid-and close-range anti-aircraft missiles aboard the four 054A escort ships. The formation could handle 24 attacking targets simultaneously. The reports said anti-submarine work is one of the group's other major missions, with the outer line of defense formed by its 093 nuclear submarines, and its middle line by the 052B destroyers and 054A escort ships. The O54A escort ships are each equipped with eight anti-submarine missiles. The J-15 fighters could be equipped with two anti-ship missiles each. As the Liaoning can mobilize 12 planes in one sortie, 24 anti-ship missiles could be fired in each sortie.

The report also touched on the group's anti-ship capacity. Its 0522 destroyers are each equipped with eight Yingji-62 anti-ship missiles, which have a range of over 300 km. In addition, the 052B and 054A ships are equipped with Yingji-83 missiles with a range of nearly 200 km. The flotilla has 64 Yingji-83 missiles. The nearly 100 anti-ship missiles will form a daunting combat capacity. The report said the Liaoning battle group's capacity could well overwhelm light carrier formations and non-carrier surface ship formations such as Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force. If supported by shore-based large early warning planes, refueling planes and anti-submarine planes, it could even counter a single U.S. carrier battle group. But the report also said that currently, the carrier group still suffers the drawbacks of insufficient capacity of its escort ships, insufficient capacity of its equipped weapons and low capacity of its supply ships. (By Tsai Su-jung and Lilian Wu)


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Navy Ship Can't Meet Mission, Internal US Report Finds - Bloomberg

Navy Ship Can't Meet Mission, Internal US Report Finds - Bloomberg | International Navies | Scoop.it
Channel News Asia Navy Ship Can't Meet Mission, Internal US Report Finds Bloomberg “This review highlights the gap between ship capabilities and the missions the Navy will need LCS to execute,” said the report prepared last year for the Navy by...
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Sea Waves and Sunlight Power This Upgraded Naval Robot - Wired (blog)

Sea Waves and Sunlight Power This Upgraded Naval Robot - Wired (blog) | International Navies | Scoop.it
Sea Waves and Sunlight Power This Upgraded Naval Robot Wired (blog) Sea Waves and Sunlight Power This Upgraded Naval Robot · The ATF Wants 'Massive' Online Database to Find Out Who Your Friends Are · So Russia Has an Upgraded Flamethrower Tank Now...
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Laser Weapon System (LaWS)

120804-N-ZZ999-001 SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Jul. 30, 2012) The Laser Weapon System (LaWS) temporarily installed aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey (DDG 105) in San Diego, Calif., is a technology demonstrator built by the Naval Sea Systems Command from commercial fiber solid state lasers, utilizing combination methods developed at the Naval Research Laboratory. LaWS can be directed onto targets from the radar track obtained from a MK 15 Phalanx Close-In Weapon system or other targeting source. The Office of Naval Research's Solid State Laser (SSL) portfolio includes LaWS development and upgrades providing a quick reaction capability for the fleet with an affordable SSL weapon prototype. This capability provides Navy ships a method for Sailors to easily defeat small boat threats and aerial targets without using bullets. (U.S. Navy video by Office of Naval Research/ Released)


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Taiwan Commissions First of 37 Naval & Coast - MarineLink

Taiwan Commissions First of 37 Naval & Coast
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President Ma Ying-jeou vows to safeguard the nation's sovereignty & fishing rights as he presided over the commissioning of 2 new Coast Guard Administration ships.
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US Littoral Combat-Ship Delays Extended, Navy Reports - Bloomberg

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US Littoral Combat-Ship Delays Extended, Navy Reports
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Senator John McCain questioned the future of the Navy's troubled Littoral Combat Ship as the latest batch of vessels is running as much as a year behind delivery schedules.
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Light Naval Strike: MBDA's FASGW-H / ANL Missile - Defense Industry Daily - Defense Industry Daily

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HII to continue US Navy’s CVN 79 construction preparation work - Naval Technology

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Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) subsidiary Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) has received a follow-on contract for the supply of materials for the construction of the US Navy's second Gerald R Ford-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier,...

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Navy 30 Year Ship Plan Commits to BMD, LCS | USNI News

Navy 30 Year Ship Plan Commits to BMD, LCS | USNI News | International Navies | Scoop.it
The plan – which outlines the construction, delivery and retirement of the Navy's ship and submarine inventory from Fiscal Year 2014 to 2043 – calls for the construction of 66 BMD ships starting in 2016 and 30 of a next ...
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Navy says first manned, unmanned squadron is 'future of naval aviation' - Avionics Intelligence

Navy says first manned, unmanned squadron is 'future of naval aviation' - Avionics Intelligence | International Navies | Scoop.it
WINA AM 1070 Navy says first manned, unmanned squadron is 'future of naval aviation' Avionics Intelligence Military officials launched the effort by reactivating the Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 35, known as the "Magicians," which served for...
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Navy commissions Avondale-built Anchorage in Alaska on Saturday - NOLA.com

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La Marine chinoise admet au service la 14ème frégate Type 054A (Yueyang) pour la Flotte du Sud

La Marine chinoise admet au service la 14ème frégate Type 054A (Yueyang) pour la Flotte du Sud | International Navies | Scoop.it

BEIJING, May 4 (Xinhua) -- A frigate was commissioned for the South China Sea fleet of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy on Friday, the China News Service has reported.
The frigate Yueyang is capable of long-range surveillance, as well as air defense and anti-submarine operations, according to the report.
At a ceremony held in Sanya, a port city in south China's Hainan Province, Jiang Weilie, commander of the South China Sea fleet, endorsed a PLA flag and naming certificate for the naval unit that received the frigate.


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Les fiches de caractéristiques des frégates Type 054A :

http://www.sinodefence.com/navy/surface/type054a-jiangkai-ii.asp

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Type_054A_frigate

 

Ce modèle de frégate était proposé à l'export par la Chine à la Thaïlande, qui a finalement préféré le design DW 3000H sud-coréen de DSME :

http://www.scoop.it/t/newsletter-navale/p/4000331488/la-marine-thailandaise-choisit-le-constructeur-sud-coreen-dsme-pour-construire-sa-future-fregate

 

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Le Livre Blanc australien promet un grand essor de la construction navale...

Le Livre Blanc australien promet un grand essor de la construction navale... | International Navies | Scoop.it

The air force and navy shipbuilders are the big winners from the government's 2013 Defence White Paper.

The 130-page document does not contain a single dollar figure or schedule, but it promises to deliver what will be more than $30 billion worth of new submarines, $10 billion for fighter jets and billions for new fast-tracked supply ships and patrol boats. Future navy shipbuilding is valued at more than $75 billion.

The White Paper also extends an olive branch to China after the 2009 document virtually labelled the world's emerging super power as a threat to world peace.

"The government does not approach China as an adversary. Rather its policy is aimed at encouraging China's peaceful rise and ensuring that strategic competition in the region does not lead to conflict," the 2013 version says.

It also refocuses Australia's area of interest to the Indo-Pacific region with emphasis on East Timor and the Pacific and recognises the growing strategic importance of India and Indonesia.

Key White Paper spending priorities include;

* 12 Australian designed and built submarines

* 12 Boeing EA-18 G "Growler" fighter planes for $1.5 billion

* 72 Lockheed Martin stealth Joint Strike Fighters

* 2 new Australian built supply ships

* 24 new Australian built patrol boats

* $25 million mental health initiative targeting post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

The Growler jets can block enemy radar and radio signals and will be purchased as soon as possible for $1.5 billion and will operate alongside the Joint Strike Fighter when it enters service from 2020.

Shipyards in Adelaide and Melbourne will get the bulk of the new navy work, saving thousands of jobs at Port Adelaide and Williamstown shipyards.

The document narrows down the options for a new submarine to an evolved Collins Class design or a new Australian designed and built vessel.

The government has ruled out further funding cuts in this month's budget after a $5.5 billion trim last year.

It has pledged to increased defence activity in the nation's northwest and to upgrade air bases across the north.

It won't build a new navy base in Brisbane, but it will upgrade Garden Island in Sydney to house the new helicopter landing ships and Air Warfare Destroyers. Fleet Base West south of Perth will be upgraded to accommodate American ships and submarines.

Both the government and opposition have promised to raise defence spending to 2 per cent of economic activity once conditions allow, but Opposition defence spokesman David Johnston has vowed to rip up the 2013 document and deliver his own within 18 months of taking office.

Senator Johnston also promised to provide detailed costings and schedules for every major project included in the White Paper.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard was joined by three ministers, defence chiefs and dozens of uniformed personnel in a freezing hangar filled with specially flown in "props" for a launch of the document yesterday.

"The White Paper underlines the enormous stake Australia has in managing strategic change in the Indo-Pacific region and managing it peacefully, in particular in a US-China relationship in which competition is minimised and co-operation maximised," Ms Gillard said.

Opposition leader Tony Abbott slammed the document as an unfunded shopping list.

"The reality is this government talks a good game on defence, but defence spending as a proportion of GDP is at the lowest level since 1938," Mr Abbott said.

 


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Irving says ship contract comparisons 'apples and oranges' - CBC.ca

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Quo Vadis? Where Should Naval Innovation Go Now?

Quo Vadis? Where Should Naval Innovation Go Now? | International Navies | Scoop.it
Share By Dr. Lawrence C. Schuette Office of Naval Research, Acting Director of Research Warfighters of the future will experience a Navy that is safer, lighter, faster, stealthier, more affordable,...
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HII Shows Off New BMD Ship Concept at Sea-Air-Space - DefenseNews.com (blog)

HII Shows Off New BMD Ship Concept at Sea-Air-Space - DefenseNews.com (blog) | International Navies | Scoop.it
HII Shows Off New BMD Ship Concept at Sea-Air-Space
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Watch the Navy's New Ship-Mounted Laser Cannon Kill a Drone | Danger Room | Wired.com

Watch the Navy's New Ship-Mounted Laser Cannon Kill a Drone | Danger Room | Wired.com | International Navies | Scoop.it
The Navy just went 12-for-12 in shooting down spy drones and fast boats with a laser aboard a U.S. warship. It's now all-in on making the era of laser weapons a reality.

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