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Hampton Roads Boaters Ignore Naval Vessel Protection Zone

December 13, 2008
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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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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.
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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

USS Gonzalez (DDG 66)

December 2, 2008

A rainbow welcomes the US Navy destroyer USS Gonzalez (DDG 66) to Mombasa, Kenya.
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MH-53 Pave Low — 41 Years of Special Operations Action

December 2, 2008

The MH-53J/M Pave Low helicopter was flown by the US Air Force Special Operations Command or AFSOC from 1967 until retirement in 2008. The Pave Low’s mission was low-level, long-range, undetected penetration into denied areas by day or night. It served honorably in Vietnam, Grenada, Panama, the first Gulf War, and the entire gamut of anti-terrorist operations since 9/11.

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DDG — Destroyers

December 2, 2008
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These fast warships provide multi-mission offensive and defensive capabilities, and can operate independently or as part of carrier battle groups, surface action groups, amphibious ready groups, and underway replenishment groups.

 
Features
Guided missile destroyers are multi-mission [Anti-Air Warfare (AAW), Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), and Anti-Surface Warfare (ASUW)] surface combatants. The addition of the Mk-41 Vertical Launch System (VLS) to the destroyer armament has greatly expanded the role of the destroyer in strike warfare.
 
Background
Technological advances have improved the capability of modern destroyers culminating in the Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) class replacing the older Charles F. Adams and Farragut-class guided missile destroyers. Named for the Navy’s most famous destroyer squadron combat commander and three-time Chief of Naval Operations, the USS ARLEIGH BURKE was commissioned July 4, 1991, and was the most powerful surface combatant ever put to sea. Like the larger Ticonderoga-class cruisers, DDG 51’s combat capability centers around the Aegis Weapon System (AWS). AWS is composed of the SPY-1D multi-function phased array radar, advanced AAW and ASW systems, VLS, and the Tomahawk Weapon System. These advances allow the Arleigh Burke-class to continue the revolution at sea.The Arleigh Burke-class employs all-steel construction and is comprised of three separate variants or “flights”; DDG 51-71 represent the original design and are designated Flight I ships, DDG 72-78 are Flight II ships, DDG 79 and Follow ships are built to the Flight IIA design.

Like most modern U.S. surface combatants, DDG 51 utilizes gas turbine propulsion. Employing four General Electric LM 2500 gas turbines to produce 100,000 total shaft horsepower via a dual shaft design, Arleigh Burke-class destroyers are capable of achieving 30 plus knot speeds in open seas.

The Flight IIA design includes the addition of the Kingfisher mine-avoidance capability, a pair of helicopter hangars which provide the ability to deploy with two organic LAMPS Mk III MH-60 helicopters, blast-hardened bulkheads, distributed electrical system and advanced networked systems. Additionally, DDG 91-96 provide accommodations for the A/N WLD-1 Remote Mine-hunting System. The first Flight IIA, USS OSCAR AUSTIN, was commissioned in August 2000.

A DDG Modernization Program is underway to provide a comprehensive mid-life upgrade that will ensure the DDG 51 class will maintain mission relevance and remain an integral part of the Navy’s Sea Power 21 Plan. The goal of the DDG Modernization effort is to reduce manning requirements and increase war fighting capabilities while reducing total ownership cost to the Navy. The DDG Modernization technologies will be integrated during new construction of DDG 111 and 112, then retrofitted into DDG Flight I and II ships during in service overhaul periods.

 
Point Of Contact
Public Affairs Office
Naval Sea Systems Command (OOD)
Washington, DC 20362
 
General Characteristics, Arleigh Burke class
Builder: Bath Iron Works, Northrop Grumman Ship Systems.
SPY-1 Radar and Combat System Integrator: Lockheed Martin
Date Deployed: July 4, 1991 (USS Arleigh Burke)
Propulsion: Four General Electric LM 2500-30 gas turbines; two shafts, 100,000 total shaft horsepower.
Length: Flights I and II (DDG 51-78): 505 feet (153.92 meters)
Flight IIA (DDG 79 AF): 509½ feet (155.29 meters).
Beam: 59 feet (18 meters).
Displacement: DDG 51 through 71: 8,230 L tons (8,362.06 metric tons) full load DDG 72 through 78: 8,637 L tons (8,775.6 metric tons) full load DDG 79 and Follow: 9,496 L tons (9,648.40 metric tons) full load.
Speed: In excess of 30 knots.
Crew: DDG 79-84; 278 (24 officers); DDG 85-102 276 (24 officers)
Armament: Standard Missile (SM-2MR); Vertical Launch ASROC (VLA) missiles; Tomahawk®; six Mk-46 torpedoes (from two triple tube mounts); Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM) (DDG 79 AF)
Aircraft: Two LAMPS Mk III MH-60 B/R helicopters with Penguin/Hellfire missiles and Mk 46/Mk 50 torpedoes.
Ships:
USS ARLEIGH BURKE (DDG 51), Norfolk, VA
USS BARRY (DDG 52), Norfolk, VA
USS JOHN PAUL JONES (DDG 53), San Diego, CA
USS CURTIS WILBUR (DDG 54), Yokosuka, Japan
USS STOUT (DDG 55), Norfolk, VA
USS JOHN S. McCAIN (DDG 56), Yokosuka, Japan
USS MITSCHER (DDG 57), Norfolk, VA
USS LABOON (DDG 58), Norfolk, VA
USS RUSSELL (DDG 59), Pearl Harbor, HI
USS PAUL HAMILTON (DDG 60), Pearl Harbor, HI
USS RAMAGE (DDG 61), Norfolk, VA
USS FITZGERALD (DDG 62), Yokosuka, Japan
USS STETHEM (DDG 63), Yokosuka, Japan
USS CARNEY (DDG 64), Mayport, FL
USS BENFOLD (DDG 65), San Diego, CA
USS GONZALEZ (DDG 66), Norfolk, VA
USS COLE (DDG 67), Norfolk, VA
USS THE SULLIVANS (DDG 68), Mayport, FL
USS MILIUS (DDG 69), San Diego, CA
USS HOPPER (DDG 70), Pearl Harbor, HI
USS ROSS (DDG 71), Norfolk, VA
USS MAHAN (DDG 72), Norfolk, VA
USS DECATUR (DDG 73), San Diego, CA
USS McFAUL (DDG 74), Norfolk, VA
USS DONALD COOK (DDG 75), Norfolk, VA
USS HIGGINS (DDG 76), San Diego, CA
USS O’KANE (DDG 77), Pearl Harbor, HI
USS PORTER (DDG 78), Norfolk, VA
USS OSCAR AUSTIN (DDG 79), Norfolk, VA
USS ROOSEVELT (DDG 80), Mayport, FL
USS WINSTON S. CHURCHILL (DDG 81), Norfolk, VA
USS LASSEN (DDG 82), Yokosuka, Japan
USS HOWARD (DDG 83), San Diego, CA
USS BULKELEY (DDG 84), Norfolk, VA
USS McCAMPBELL (DDG 85), San Diego, CA
USS SHOUP (DDG 86), Everett, WA
USS MASON (DDG 87), Norfolk, VA
USS PREBLE (DDG 88), San Diego, CA
USS MUSTIN (DDG 89), San Diego, CA
USS CHAFEE (DDG 90), Pearl Harbor, HI
USS PINCKNEY (DDG 91), San Diego, CA
USS MOMSEN (DDG 92), San Diego, CA
USS CHUNG-HOON (DDG 93), San Diego, CA
USS NITZE (DDG 94), Norfolk, VA
USS JAMES E. WILLIAMS (DDG 95), Norfolk, VA
USS BAINBRIDGE (DDG 96), Norfolk, VA
USS HALSEY (DDG 97), San Diego, Calif.
USS FORREST SHERMAN (DDG 98), Norfolk, VA
USS FARRAGUT (DDG 99), Mayport, FL
USS KIDD (DDG 100), San Diego, CA
USS GRIDLEY (DDG 101), San Diego, CA.
PCU SAMPSON (DDG 102), San Diego, CA
PCU TRUXTUN (DDG 103), Norfolk, VA
PCU STERETT (DDG 104), San Diego, CA
PCU DEWEY (DDG 105), San Diego, CA
PCU GRAVELY (DDG 107)
PCU WAYNE E. MEYER (DDG 108 )
(Under Contract) (DDG 112)
 

Panavia Tornado GR.4

December 1, 2008

The Panavia Tornado is a family of twin-engine combat aircraft, which was jointly developed by the United Kingdom, Germany and Italy. Shown here is the British Royal Air Force or RAF Tornado GR.4


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V-22 Osprey Excels in Africa and Iraq

November 30, 2008

The CV-22 Osprey has made its operational debut with the US Air Force Special Operations Command AFSOC.  Several CV-22 deployed to Africa in November to participate in the anti-terrorism exercise Flintlock 09. The MV-22 Osprey variant has already served in Iraq with the US Marine Corps USMC.

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SSBN 731 USS Alabama in Puget Sound

November 30, 2008

USS Alabama ( SSBN 731 ) is an Ohio-Class ballistic missile submarine of the US Navy. SSBN 731 is homeported on Puget Sound at Kitsap Naval Base, Bangor, Washington. USS Alabama carries 24 Trident nuclear missiles. Here the submarine is shown in Puget Sound, with snow covered Mount Rainier rising in the background.
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American Destroyers Show the Flag

November 30, 2008


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The US Navy Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyers DDG 85 USS McCampbell, DDG 82 USS Lassen, and DDG 86 USS Shoup steam abreast in the Pacific Ocean during Exercise Valiant Shield 2006.