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Surface Navy Association 2018

HASC Chair Thornberry To SecDef Mattis: Share Readiness Info

Posted by Colin Clark on


WASHINGTON: The Pentagon was urged today by one of its best friends on Capitol Hill to share more information about how ready American forces are for war, after Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Chief of Naval Operations John Richardson urged more restraint in releasing information. “I think we need to talk more,” House Armed Services Committee Chairman… Keep reading →

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Top Gun For Warships: SWATT

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


SURFACE NAVY ASSOCIATION: As the overstressed surface fleet struggles to rebuild its readiness for great power war, it’s adding a whole new type of training exercise called SWATT. Modeled on the Top Gun program for naval aviators — itself created to rebuild dogfighting skills after heavy losses in Vietnam — Surface Warfare Advanced Tactical Training… Keep reading →

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Navy Says It Can Buy Frigate For Under $800M: Acquisition Reform Testbed

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


SURFACE NAVY ASSOCIATION: The Navy’s frigate program is pioneering new procurement processes to get ships faster and cheaper. For the frigate, that means the cost should come in below the current target of $800 million, the program executive officer for small ships said here. (The maximum allowable cost per ship is $950 million). For the… Keep reading →

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LCS Grows Teeth, At Last…

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


SURFACE NAVY ASSOCIATION: The Littoral Combat Ship is finally about to get the capabilities envisioned for it at the start, 15 years ago, Navy leaders told the annual conference here. The four much-criticized ships now in service have boast little firepower: a 57 millimeter deck gun; two 30mm autocannon, and a MH-60 helicopter (with varying… Keep reading →

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New Icebreaker Will Have Space, Power For Weapons: Coast Guard

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


SURFACE NAVY ASSOCIATION: The Coast Guard’s new heavy icebreaker will have space, weight, and electrical power set aside to carry offensive weapons, Commandant Paul Zukunft said here today. While Adm. Zukunft has publicly advocated making the icebreaker capable of carrying cruise missiles, this is the first confirmation we’ve seen that design work is indeed underway.… Keep reading →

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Raytheon Touts Cross Domain Solutions For Navy [Sponsored]

Posted by Otto Kreisher [Sponsored by Raytheon] on


As the surface Navy intensively strives to achieve the cross domain capabilities so essential to warfighting success against a near-peer competitor, Raytheon is using its wide spectrum of defense technologies to support those efforts. Modern warfare increasingly requires operations across all of the five domains of land air, surface, subsurface, space and cyberspace. A key… Keep reading →

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Navy — Don’t Classify It! Tell America ‘The Story Of Seapower’: Rep. Gallagher

Posted by Colin Clark on


CRYSTAL CITY: When the Chief of Naval Operations told the Navy in March to close its mouth about readiness issues he was heading in the wrong direction, a Marine and member of the House Armed Services Committee told the Surface Navy Association this morning. Rep. Mike Gallagher, who served two tours in Anbar Province before… Keep reading →

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Navy In Midst Of High-End War ‘Renaissance:’ Vice Adm. Rowden

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


UPDATED: Adds CNO Vision CRYSTAL CITY: Despite collisions this summer that killed 17 sailors and called into question basic seamanship skills, the Navy is undergoing a ‘renaissance’ in high-end warfighting capabilities, the commander of Naval Surface Forces says. New weapons, improved training, and a growing cadre of surface warfare specialists — veritable “Jedis” — are making… Keep reading →

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