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More than 100 World War II Veterans Arrive in Honolulu on Honor Flight
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Past and present met today when Sailors from Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam greeted more than 100 World War II veterans, including Pearl Harbor survivors, when they arrived at the Honolulu International Airport for the upcoming 75th Pearl Harbor commemoration events throughout the island of Oahu. [...]
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Norway To Buy 5 P-8A Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft
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A P-8A Poseidon aircraft assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 45 is parked on the flight line of Naval Air Station Keflavik, Iceland. US Navy Photo Norway plans to buy five Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft to help monitor its extensive territorial waters amid a growing Russian submarine presence. Norwegian Defence Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide said in a statement that the five P-8s will replace the nation’s current six P-3 Orion and three DA-20 Jet Falcon surveillance planes. “P-8A Poseidon is a formidable platform for monitoring our oceans, and will provide both Norwegian and allied civil and military authorities with a sound basis for decisions,” according to an English translation of the Norwegian press release. “To continue an MPA (maritime patrol aircraft) and ISR (intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) capability that can meet current and future challenges, the Government has submitted a proposal for acquiring five P-8A Poseidon for the Armed Forces. Beside the actual aircraft, the contract also includes modern sensors, surveillance systems, new anti submarine weapons and support systems.” Norwegian Ministry of Defence spokesman Lars Gjemble told USNI News that the acquisition would need final approval from the Parliament, which is expected to vote in favor of the purchase in December. The press release notes that the P-8 acquisition falls in line with a Parliament-supported long-term defense plan. Once lawmakers approve the sale and a contrac [...]
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Navy Says LCS Shock Trials Had Positive Results; Pentagon Still Has Concerns
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USS Jackson (LCS 6) successfully completed the first of three scheduled full ship shock trials June 10. US Navy photo. WASHINGTON, D.C. — Full ship shock trials on both variants of the Littoral Combat Ship proved the ships are survivable and will only need “relatively minor modifications,” according to Navy written testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee, but the Pentagon’s top operational tester warned in his written testimony that the shocks were performed at reduced severity due to concerns about excessive damage to the ships. The Navy performed its three-shot FSST on Independence-variant USS Jackson (LCS-6) in June and July and conducted two of three shots on USS Milwaukee (LCS-5) in August and September. But in their testimony to SASC for a hearing on the LCS program, Navy acquisition chief Sean Stackley and the Pentagon’s Director of Operational Test and Evaluation J. Michael Gilmore had very different messages about the success of the test event. Stackley, along with commander, Naval Surface Forces Vice Adm. Tom Rowden, wrote that “the LCS Program Office accomplished all FSST test objectives within budget, for both ship variants, demonstrating that the ships and ships’ systems are able to survive the degrading effects of an underwater shock event.” Full test results will be available in the third quarter of Fiscal Year 2017 after all the data is analyzed, they wrote, but design changes resulting from the data would be minor. “In the Indep [...]
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YOKOSUKA, Japan (Dec. 02, 2016)
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Sailors retire the national ensign during evening colors on the flight deck of the U.S. Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). The ship completed a scheduled three-month patrol in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region during which it participated in exercises Valiant Shield, Invincible Spirit and Keen Sword. The crew also completed its Unit Level Training Assessment-Sustainment and Maintenance and Material Management Assessment. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class (SW/AW) Kenneth Abbate (Released) 161202-N-OY799-074 [...]
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PACIFIC OCEAN (Dec. 1, 2016)
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An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Black Aces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 41 lands on USS John C. Stennis' (CVN 74) flight deck during flight operations. The equipment in the foreground is used to secure aircraft to the deck when not in use. John C. Stennis is underway to conduct routine training and participate in National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day events in Hawaii. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Cole C. Pielop (Released) 161201-N-BR087-079 [...]
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Senators Worried Quick Transition From LCS to Frigate Leaves Little Room for Oversight
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The future USS Detroit (LCS 7) conducts acceptance trials on July 14, 2016. Lockheed Martin Photo WASHINGTON, D.C. — Members of the Senate Armed Services Committee today questioned the Navy’s ability to ensure a smooth transition from the Littoral Combat Ship to the frigate program, given that current plans would force the Navy to award something akin to a block buy contract for 12 ships even before the first frigate is built and tested. During the opening statements of what would become a heated hearing, Government Accountability Office Managing Director of Acquisition And Sourcing Management Paul Francis suggested that lawmakers would lose much of their oversight ability for the frigate program if they signed off on the Navy’s request for a block buy of frigates, expected to be included in the service’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget request. “[The frigate program] is not going to have milestone decisions. It’s not going to be a separate program. There won’t be a milestone B. You’re not going to have Nunn-McCurdy protections for the frigate itself. You won’t have a selected acquisition report for the frigate itself. And some of the key performance parameters, as they relate to the mission modules, have been downgraded to key system attributes, which means the Navy and not the [Joint Requirements Oversight Council] will make decisions on what is acceptable,” he warned the lawmakers. “So let me wrap up by saying, the ball’s not in your court. In a few mon [...]
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SAN DIEGO (Nov. 30, 2016)
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Capt. Craig Clapperton, commanding officer of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), and Command Master Chief Spike Call take a selfie with Petty Officer 3rd Class Labree E. Epps during a frocking ceremony on the flight deck. Theodore Roosevelt is currently moored and homeported in San Diego undergoing a scheduled Planned Maintenance Availability. U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Rachael Treon (Released) 161130-N-SK327-269 [...]
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USS Coronado flexes capabilities, enhances crew training during underway operations
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The littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) sailed from Changi Naval Base in Singapore, Nov. 30, for a routine patrol following a scheduled maintenance period. [...]
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PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 30, 2016)
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A Sailor walks across the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The ship is currently underway conducting Tailored Ship's Training Availability and Final Evaluation Problem (TSTA/FEP), which evaluates the crew on their performance during training drills and real-world scenarios. Once Nimitz completes TSTA/FEP they will begin Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) and Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) in preparation for an upcoming 2017 deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Leon Wong (Released) 161130-N-XL056-083 [...]
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USS Zumwalt Soon to be Underway After Repairs
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Destroyer Zumwalt (DDG-1000) transits the Atlantic Ocean during acceptance trials with the Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV). US Navy Photo CORRECTION: A previous version of this post indicated that guided missile destroyer USS Zumwalt was underway following repairs in Panama. In fact, the ship has completed repairs and shifted berths from former U.S. Naval Station Rodman to Balboa, Panama. THE PENTAGON — USS Zumwalt (DDG-1000) is preparing to leave port following several days of repairs after breaking down in the Panama Canal, service officials told USNI News on Wednesday. The guided missile destroyer left former U.S. Naval Station Rodman on Wednesday morning and shifted berths to Balboa, Panama after the ship suffered an engineering failure on Nov. 21. that locked both the port and starboard shafts that forced the ship to transit the canal maneuvered by tugs. The crew discovered bearings that connect the ship’s Advanced Induction Motors to the drive shafts had been contaminated by seawater leaking from failed lube oil chillers. The ship suffered a similar casualty in September causing the Zumwalt to be sidelined for several days at Naval Station Norfolk, Va. In the September instance, the Navy replaced the affected lube oil coolers using replacements from under-construction Zumwalt-class Lyndon B. Johnson (DDG-1002) and the Navy’s land-based test site for the ship’s electric integrated power system in Philadelphia. It is yet unclear to what t [...]
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Ike's MWR Hosts a Day at the Steel Beach
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Sailors enjoyed a day of barbeque, games and music during a steel beach picnic on the flight deck and in the hangar bay aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69)(Ike), Nov. 28. [...]
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5TH FLEET AREA OF OPERATIONS (Nov. 29, 2
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Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Gendron, center, takes photographs from an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Dusty Dogs of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 7 as it prepares to land on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). The ship and its carrier strike group are deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Cole Keller (Released) 161129-N-RX777-028 [...]
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Compromise NDAA Language Invests In More Troops, Scales Back Procurement Of Ships, Aircraft
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FA-18A++ Hornets with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron(VMFA) 314, forward based at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, are lined up on the flightline at Komatsu Air Base, Japan, during the Komatsu Aviation Training Relocation exercise March 7-18, 2016. US Marine Corps photo. WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Senate and House armed services committees have agreed upon a compromise National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 that prioritizes higher personnel and readiness levels over procurement of ships and aircraft. Senior armed services committee aides told reporters this afternoon that their compromise bill includes $3.2 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) spending aimed at adding 16,000 soldiers, 4,000 airmen and 3,000 Marines to the force. That money covers not only the military personnel costs associated with the higher force but also increased operations and maintenance costs. “One of the things that we were really focused on was getting after the readiness issues,” an aide said. “All that money went to readiness issues, particularly in the area of end strength,” with an eye specifically towards “operations and support for Air Force and Marine Corps aviation readiness shortfalls.” Marine and Navy aviation leaders have said that barriers to rebuilding readiness go beyond just funding for personnel and flight hours and also include a lack of spare parts to keep planes ready, a backlog of planes at depot maintenance facilities and other l [...]
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Stennis Sailors Trot off Thanksgiving Turkey
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More than 100 Sailors participated in a 5K 'Turkey Trot' to celebrate Thanksgiving weekend on the flight deck of USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), Nov. 27. [...]
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PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 28, 2016)
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Petty Officer 2nd Class Mickey Waldron, assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68), stands near the safe shot line as an F/A-18C Hornet, from the Death Rattlers of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323, launches from the ship's flight deck. Nimitz is currently underway conducting Tailored Ship's Training Availability and Final Evaluation Problem (TSTA/FEP), which evaluates the crew on their performance during training drills and real-world scenarios. Once Nimitz completes TSTA/FEP they will begin Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) and Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) in preparation for an upcoming 2017 deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Siobhana R. McEwen (Released) 161128-N-MX772-024 [...]
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PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 27, 2016)
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Two MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopters, from the Eightballers of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 8, fly over the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). HSC 8 is currently underway with the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68), while the ship conducts Tailored Ship's Training Availability and Final Evaluation Problem (TSTA/FEP), which evaluates the crew on their performance during training drills and real-world scenarios. Once Nimitz completes TSTA/FEP they will begin Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) and Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) in preparation for an upcoming 2017 deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Lauren Jennings (Released) 161127-N-EX237-230 [...]
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Iranian Patrol Boat Trained Weapon on U.S. Helo During Carrier Transit
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An undated picture of a Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy patrol craft. An Iranian patrol boat trained a crew-served weapon on a Navy MH-60R Seahawk helicopter as a U.S. carrier strike group transited the Strait of Hormuz on Saturday, two defense officials confirmed to USNI News. During a routine daylight transit of the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group through the strait linking the Persian Gulf to the Gulf of Oman and the Arabian Sea, two Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy fast patrol boats tailed the CSG, the officials said. The CSG launched an MH-60R Seahawk to investigate the vicinity and monitor the boats during the transit of the carrier and its escorts. At about a half mile from the helicopter, the crew of one of the two boats trained their weapon on the helicopter twice before the helicopter returned to USS Eisenhower (CVN-69). The patrol boats did not come close to the carrier itself, the officials said. An MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter of the Swamp Foxes of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 74 on Oct. 9, 2016. US Navy Photo ABC News quoted officials who said the crew of the helicopter felt they weren’t in danger during the encounter. The action by the IRGCN is the latest of more than two-dozen actions in the last year deemed “unprofessional and unsafe,” by the Pentagon, USNI News understands. In late August and September, IRGCN patrol boats harassed U.S. ships operating in the Persian Gulf in several instances in what appeared to one expert asked [...]
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USS Zumwalt Hosts Colombian Navy for Reception
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The Navy's most technologically—advanced warship, guided—missile destroyer USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) held a reception on the ship's flight deck Nov. 18 in Cartagena, Colombia. [...]
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Deployed Sailors on San Jacinto Pin Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialists
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The guided—missile cruiser USS San Jacinto (CG 56) recently held an Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist (ESWS) pinning ceremony on the ship's flight deck while deployed in the Arabian Gulf. [...]
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Baptism by the "Big 6"
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Instead of a carpet—lined chapel, Lt. Cmdr. Christopher Dike, flight deck officer aboard amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), chose the ship's flight deck as the location to have his son's baptism. [...]
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U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF OPERATIONS (Nov.
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An MH-60R Sea Hawk Helicopter assigned to the Swamp Foxes of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 74 prepares to land on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). The Carrier Strike Group are deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nathan T. Beard (Released) 161126-N-QI061-276 [...]
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Security Training
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A group of Misawa Air Base Sailors are getting a crash course in security. [...]
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Updated: USS Zumwalt Sidelined in Panama Following New Engineering Casualty
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Guided-missile destroyer USS Zumwalt (DDG-1000) arrives at Naval Station Newport on Sept. 8, 2016. US Navy Photo This post has been updated with additional information on Zumwalt’s casualty and repair schedule. USS Zumwalt (DDG-1000) is pier side following an engineering casualty the ship suffered transiting the Panama Canal, U.S. Navy officials told USNI News on Monday. The guided missile destroyer will undergo repairs at a former U.S. naval station until its fit to complete its journey to Naval Station San Diego, Calif., U.S. 3rd Fleet spokesman Cmdr. Ryan Perry told USNI News. The ship was in the midst of a southbound transit through the canal when it suffered the casualty, Under orders from U.S. 3rd Fleet commander Vice Adm. Nora Tyson, Zumwalt is now stopped for repairs at the former U.S. Naval Station Rodman, he said. “The timeline for repairs is being determined now, in direct coordination with Naval Sea Systems and Naval Surface Forces,” he said. “The schedule for the ship will remain flexible to enable testing and evaluation in order to ensure the ship’s safe transit to her new homeport in San Diego.” A defense official told USNI News on Tuesday the repairs could take up to ten days. The ship lost propulsion in its port shaft during the transit and the crew saw water intrusion in two of the four bearings that connect to Zumwalt’s port and starboard Advanced Induction Motors (AIMs) to the drive shafts, a defense official told USNI News on T [...]
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Marines Say Future High-End Pacific Fight Will Require Larger Force; CSBA Agrees In Preview To Future Fleet Architecture
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MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft return after a long-range raid from Combined Arms Training Center, Camp Fuji, Japan to Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa as part of Blue Chromite 2017, Nov. 4, 2016. The Marines honed their ability to project forces from afar by executing a long-range raid over 1,000 miles via MV-22B Osprey to include an aerial refueling by KC-130J Super Hercules. Blue Chromite is a U.S.-only exercise which strengthens the Navy-Marine Corps expeditionary, amphibious rapid-response capabilities based in Okinawa and the greater Indo-Asia-Pacific region. US Marine Corps photo. The Marine Corps in recent years has grappled with how to remain a “fight-tonight” force without enough ships to take Marines where they need to go – but a Navy effort to redesign its future fleet and an incoming administration dedicated to growing the Navy may bode well for solving this long-standing problem. Three organizations were tasked with conducting a Future Fleet Architecture study to draw up a plan for what kinds of ships in what quantities may best help the Navy carry out missions decades down the road. The Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, one of the three participants, last week unveiled one piece of that future fleet in a report called “Amphibious Operations in an Era of Precision Weapons.” Predominately focused on a high-end fight in the Pacific, the CSBA plan in some ways diverges from what Pacific Marines say they need but gen [...]
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F-35 Helmet: An Advance in Flight Technology
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When the Department of Defense launched the acquisition process for the revolutionary F-35 Lightning II, they envisioned a common platform across three variants that ultimately invigorated the defense industry worldwide, creating an influx of new technologies -- notably the F-35 helmet. [...]
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Iwo Jima Promotes 134 Sailors to Next Paygrade
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The amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) kicked off the Thanksgiving holiday by frocking 134 Sailors to the next paygrade during a ceremony on the ship's flight deck, Nov. 23. [...]
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CHANGI, SINGAPORE (Nov. 22, 2016)
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Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus speaks with Sailors and Marines during an all-hands call on the flight deck aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8). Mabus was aboard Makin Island as part of a visit to the Pacific and Central Command areas of responsibility to meet with Sailors, Marines, and military and government officials. Makin Island, the flagship of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, is operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations with the embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. U.S. Navy photo by Lt. David Gardner (Released) 161121-N-FP535-160 [...]
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Future Gabrielle Giffords (LCS-10) Completes Acceptance Trials; Commissioning In Early 2017
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Aerial view of the future littoral combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) during its launch sequence at the Austal USA shipyard on Feb. 24, 2015. US Navy Photo The Navy’s 10th Littoral Combat Ship successfully completed its acceptance trials ahead of a planning commissioning next year. The future Gabrielle Giffords (LCS-10) wrapped up testing on Nov. 18 after the ship and its crew demonstrated the performance of the propulsion plant, ship handling and auxiliary systems in port and at sea for the Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV), the Navy announced in a news release. The acceptance trials are the last major event ahead of commissioning next year in Galveston, Texas. The crew launched and recovered 11-meter rigid-hull inflatable boats, performed surface and air self-defense detect-to-engage exercises and demonstrated the ship’s speed and maneuverability. “Another thorough trial by INSURV, and another ship with improved scores and at a lower cost than her predecessor,” LCS program manager Capt. Tom Anderson said in the news release. “LCS 10 is an exceptional ship which brings the Navy operational flexibility at an affordable price.” After commissioning, the ship will sail to its homeport in San Diego to join sister ships USS Independence (LCS-2), USS Coronado (LCS-4), USS Jackson (LCS-6) and USS Montgomery (LCS-8), as well as Freedom-variant ships USS Freedom (LCS-1), USS Fort Worth (LCS-3), USS Milwaukee (LCS-5) and USS Detro [...]
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SOUTH CHINA SEA (Nov. 17, 2016)
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Petty Officer 3rd Class Robert McGuire, assigned to the forward-deployed Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG 85), stands by during flight quarters with an MH-60R Seahawk helicopter, assigned to the "warlords" of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 51, during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) 2016. CARAT is a series of annual maritime exercises between the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the armed forces of nine partner nations to include Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Timor-Leste. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Christian Senyk (Released) 161117-N-NT265-028 [...]
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