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JSF STOVL Lift Fan Tests Begin in April 2009

December 18, 2008

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The Joint Strike Fighter program will wait until April to start transitioning the short-take-off, vertical-landing (STOVL) variant of the aircraft in vertical lift mode during tests, when the aircraft will have a fully qualified motor, the program’s deputy executive officer told Inside Defense.

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Lockheed Martin Delivers C-5M Super Galaxy

December 14, 2008
C-141 Starlifter

C-141 Starlifter

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Lockheed Martin delivered the first fully modernized C-5M Super Galaxy to the U.S. Air Force at Warner Robins Air Logistics Center, Robins AFB, Ga on 9 December.

The aircraft is the first of three developmental test C-5M aircraft to be delivered, with the other two to be delivered to Dover AFB, Del., in February 2009. All three aircraft successfully completed developmental testing in August 2008. Current Air Force plans call for Lockheed Martin to deliver 52 modernized C-5Ms.

“The C-5 fleet is now beginning to realize its full operational potential as we begin fielding both Avionics Modernization Program and Reliability Enhancement and Re-engining Program enhanced C-5s for the Air Force,” said Lorraine Martin, vice president of the C-5 Program at Lockheed Martin. “The combined U.S. Air Force and Lockheed Martin team can take great pride in its success, which is keeping this national strategic airlift asset viable for decades to come.”

The C-5M Super Galaxy is the product of a two-phase modernization effort. The Avionics Modernization Program (AMP) provides a state-of-the-art glass cockpit and a digital backbone to support the Reliability Enhancement and Re-engining Program (RERP) modifications. Forty-six C-5 aircraft have completed the AMP modifications. The aircraft already returned to the fleet have logged more than 45,000 hours with the new systems, including many hours flown in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

RERP is the second phase of the modernization effort, which adds new GE CF6-80C2 commercial engines (military designation F108-GE-100) and 70 other enhancements or replacements of major components and subsystems. The additional 10,000 lbs of thrust per propulsion system creates 40,000 lbs of additional thrust across the platform, significantly improving operational performance. This comprehensive modernization program improves the fleet mission-capable rate (aircraft availability) and the overall reliability and maintainability of the aircraft while reducing total ownership costs. C-5 modernization is expected to pay for itself with operational savings.

The C-5 has been the backbone of strategic airlift in every engagement since it entered service. It is the only aircraft capable of carrying 100 percent of certified air-transportable cargo, with a dedicated passenger compartment enabling commanders to have troops and their equipment arrive in an area of operation simultaneously. The C-5 can carry twice the cargo of other strategic airlift systems. With more than 70 percent of its structural service life remaining, Lockheed Martin is committed to sustaining the C-5 fleet throughout its lifecycle. The C-5M Super Galaxy will continue to be a force enabler through 2040.

Heinz: Joint Strike Fighter Program ‘Aggressive,’ but Balanced

December 14, 2008

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Despite a recent report that warns of burgeoning costs in the Joint Strike Fighter program over the next six years, the program’s deputy executive officer argues that the aircraft’s development is supposed to be more aggressive than legacy aircraft and called it a “fundamental fallacy” to rigidly compare the JSF to F/A-18 and F/A-22 aircraft, reports Inside Defense.

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Navy Plans to Reprogram $43 Million For F-35 Carrier Variant

December 13, 2008

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Due to funding cuts, the Navy will ask Congress for permission to reprogram $43 million to the Joint Strike Fighter program to avoid a delay of up to six months in the initial operational capability of the sea service’s carrier variant aircraft, according to Marine Brig. Gen. David Heinz, JSF deputy program executive officer, reports Inside Defense.

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F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program Underfunded

December 13, 2008

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Outgoing Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England has directed the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps to all but disregard a recent assessment by a highly esteemed team of military cost estimators that concludes the Joint Strike Fighter program requires two additional years of testing and development — and a staggering $15 billion more than is currently programmed over the next six years, reports Inside Defense.

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Hampton Roads Boaters Ignore Naval Vessel Protection Zone

December 13, 2008
Naval Calendar 2009
Naval Calendar 2009

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The Coast Guard is encouraging boaters in the Hampton Roads area to familiarize themselves with the federal regulations governing the security zone surrounding all naval vessels more than 100 feet in length.

Recently boaters have been approaching naval vessels too closely within the Port of Hampton Roads. Protecting naval vessels from sabotage and terrorist acts is one of the country’s and the Coast Guard’s highest priorities.  For this reason, Congress mandated a 500-yard Naval Vessel Protection Zone to be established around all U.S. naval vessels more than 100 feet in length.

When within 500 yards of a naval vessel, all boaters, both commercial and recreational, shall operate at the minimum speed necessary to maintain a safe course.  In addition, boaters must comply with all direction given by the Coast Guard or the naval vessel inside the 500-yard zone.  No vessel or person may approach within 100 yards of the naval vessel unless authorized by the Coast Guard or the naval vessel.
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Massachussetts Declares Freedom Week

December 12, 2008
Old Ironsides

Old Ironsides

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The governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts proclaimed Dec. 2-5 USS Freedom Week in honor of the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) and the U.S. Navy for its dedication to the ideals of democracy and the preservation liberty for all.

Upon Freedom’s morning arrival to Charlestown Navy Ship Yard in Boston Dec. 5, where she moored behind USS Constitution, the Boston Fire Department Commissioner Roderick J. Fraser Jr. presented the proclamation to Freedom’s Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Don Gaberielson, in the pilot house during a tour of the ship’s spaces.

“Being parked here next to USS Constitution for me is a really special moment because I have really strong feelings about our tradition and our legacy in the Navy,” Gaberielson said.

The following day Boatswain’s Mate Seaman Dustin Foster from USS Constitution participated in the presentation of colors with Chief Quartermaster (SW) Stephanie Kotatis, as canons firing from the Constitution sounded morning colors.

“Today’s colors was a celebration of Navy heritage with the oldest commissioned warship doing colors aboard the newest commissioned combat ship,” Foster said. “This a real honor for me to come on board Freedom today and conduct colors with the crew here.”

“It was very interesting to hear a canon go off,” Kotatis said. “I sort of wish now my first duty station when I joined the Navy was aboard the Constitution because you seem to learn more about the culture, history and traditions of the Navy.”

More than half the crew attended colors on the flight deck to witness the traditional routine carried out with a mix of the old and the new.

“It was nice to be on board the ship today, and I’ve been really excited to see what it’s like to be aboard this new ship,” Foster said. “I already know what is like to be aboard an old ship in the Navy.”

Ken Hendrix (NNS)

Virginia-Class Sub Bound for Pearl Harbor

December 8, 2008

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The commander of Submarine Force, U.S Pacific Fleet (SUBPAC) announced Dec. 4 USS Hawaii (SSN 776) will be the first Virginia-class submarine to be homeported at Naval Station Pearl Harbor this summer.

“SUBPAC is thrilled to be welcoming the most technologically advanced submarine in the U.S. inventory to our ohana,” said Rear Adm. Douglas McAneny, commander, Submarine Force U.S. Pacific Fleet

“Virginia-class submarines like USS Hawaii are the first to be designed post-Cold War to excel in the littorals, while maintaining the ability to conduct open-ocean operations, which will directly support my ability to meet and defeat threats to maritime security in the Pacific.”

Commissioned May 5, 2007, Hawaii was the third Virginia-class attack submarine constructed and the first submarine to be named after the island state. Her crew will represent its namesake state, as they continue to build upon already sustained relationships with multinational partners in the Asia-Pacific Region.

Adm. Robert Willard, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, was eager to take advantage of the capabilities USS Hawaii will bring to the Pacific.

“USS Hawaii represents our very newest technologies and advancements in submarine design and capability,” said Willard. “These boats contribute to a great deal of what we do to maritime security, to the employment of our special operations forces and all dimensions of warfare in the Pacific.”

Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle, the submarine’s sponsor, was also pleased with the announcement of USS Hawaii’s new homeport.

“As governor, I am elated the USS Hawaii (SSN 776) will make Pearl Harbor [her] home,” said Lingle.

“This fabulous journey began with the keel laying in 2004, continued with the christening in 2006 and the proud day of commissioning in 2007. As the submarine’s sponsor, watching our submarine be ‘brought to life’ has been an honor and a privilege. Now, to have our namesake submarine call Hawaii home is the culmination of an important and exciting venture. I look forward to welcoming the entire crew and the families to our state.”

Measuring 377-feet long, weighing 7,800 tons when submerged and with a complement of more than 130 crew members, Hawaii is one of the Navy’s newest and most technologically sophisticated submarines.

Hawaii conducted her first operational deployment prior to its post-shakedown availability, demonstrating the Virginia-class program’s capability to immediately support the fleet.

Hawaii’s U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye reflected on the importance of having USS Hawaii in the Aloha State.

“It is indeed fitting that the first Virginia-class submarine to arrive into Pearl Harbor will be the USS Hawaii,” said Inouye.

“I have no doubt that the men and women of the shipyard will ensure that she is fit and remains fit to fight today and in the years to follow. The USS Hawaii will be a national security beacon throughout the Asia-Pacific region. I wish its crew Godspeed and calm seas.”

Hawaii is a state-of-the-art submarine capable of supporting a multitude of missions, including anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface ship warfare, strike, naval special warfare involving special operations forces, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, strike group support, and mine warfare. She will join the force of 15 Los Angeles-class submarines presently homeported in Pearl Harbor.
Luciano Marano (NNS)

American Birds of Prey

December 5, 2008

An F-22 Raptor and an F-15 Eagle fighter jet of the US Air Force patrol the Alaskan coastline along Prince William Sound. Both USAF combat aircraft are assigned to Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska.

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CG – Cruisers

December 3, 2008
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Cruiser: Large combat vessel with multiple target response capability.

 
Features
Modern U.S. Navy guided missile cruisers perform primarily in a Battle Force role. These ships are multi-mission [Air Warfare (AW), Undersea Warfare (USW), Naval Surface Fire Support (NSFS) and Surface Warfare (SUW)] surface combatants capable of supporting carrier battle groups, amphibious forces, or of operating independently and as flagships of surface action groups. Cruisers are equipped with Tomahawk cruise missiles giving them additional long range Strike Warfare (STRW) capability. Some Aegis Cruisers have been outfitted with a Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) capability.
 
Background
Technological advances in the Standard Missile coupled with the Aegis combat system in the Ticonderoga class Cruisers have increased the AAW capability of surface combatants to pinpoint accuracy from wave-top to zenith. The addition of Tomahawk in the CG-47 has vastly complicated unit target planning for any potential enemy and returned an offensive strike role to the surface forces that seemed to have been lost to air power at Pearl Harbor.

The lead ship of the class, USS Ticonderoga (CG 47) through CG-51 have been decommissioned.

 
Point Of Contact
Corporate Communications Office
Naval Sea Systems Command (SEA 00D)
Washington, DC 20376
 
General Characteristics, Ticonderoga Class
Builder: Ingalls Shipbuilding: CG 47-50, CG 52-57, 59, 62, 65-66, 68-69, 71-73
Bath Iron Works: CG 51, 58, 60-61, 63-64, 67, 70.
Date Deployed: 22 January 1983 (USS Ticonderoga)
Unit Cost: About $1 billion each.
Propulsion: 4 General Electric LM 2500 gas turbine engines; 2 shafts, 80,000 shaft horsepower total.
Length: 567 feet.
Beam: 55 feet.
Displacement: 9,600 tons (9,754.06 metric tons) full load.
Speed: 30 plus knots.
Crew: 24 Officers, 340 Enlisted.
Armament: MK41 vertical launching system Standard Missile (MR); Vertical Launch ASROC (VLA) Missile; Tomahawk Cruise Missile; Six MK-46 torpedoes (from two triple mounts); Two MK 45 5-inch/54 caliber lightweight guns; Two Phalanx close-in-weapons systems.
Aircraft: Two SH-60 Seahawk (LAMPS III).
Ships:
USS Bunker Hill (CG 52), San Diego, CA
USS Mobile Bay (CG 53), San Diego, CA
USS Antietam (CG 54), San Diego, CA
USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55), Norfolk, VA
USS San Jacinto (CG 56), Norfolk, VA
USS Lake Champlain (CG 57), San Diego, CA
USS Philippine Sea (CG 58), Mayport, FL
USS Princeton (CG 59), San Diego, CA
USS Normandy (CG 60), Norfolk, VA
USS Monterey (CG 61), Norfolk, VA
USS Chancellorsville (CG 62), San Diego, California
USS Cowpens (CG 63), Yokosuka, Japan
USS Gettysburg (CG 64), Mayport, FL
USS Chosin (CG 65), Pearl Harbor, HI
USS Hue City (CG 66), Mayport, FL
USS Shiloh (CG 67), Yokosuka, Japan
USS Anzio (CG 68), Norfolk, VA
USS Vicksburg (CG 69), Mayport, FL
USS Lake Erie (CG 70), Pearl Harbor, HI
USS Cape St. George (CG 71), San Diego, Calif.
USS Vella Gulf (CG 72), Norfolk, VA
USS Port Royal (CG 73), Pearl Harbor, HI