Reestablish First Fleet: Deterrence in the Indo-Pacific

USNI Blog – The U.S. Navy should consider reestablishing First Fleet in Singapore to provide strategic deterrence in the Indo-Pacific and reduce transit time to the area of responsibility (AOR) in the South China Sea.

Ingalls Eyeing LPD Cost Reductions, Capability Increases As Future Fleet Design Evolves

USNI News – As the Navy looks to smaller and cheaper manned and unmanned ships to fill out its future fleet, a larger amphibious warship program is positioning itself to remain in shipbuilding plans by highlighting the ability to continue bringing costs down – including through a potential first-ever multi-ship buy – and adding capability.

Chinese Ships Seen Mapping Strategic Seabed In Indian Ocean

Naval News – Chinese government ships have been carrying out a systematic survey in the eastern Indian ocean. Data gathered may be particularly relevant to submarine warfare.

Japan To Greatly Extend Range Of Type 12 Anti-Ship Missiles, Modify It For F-15J

Naval News – On December 18, 2020, the Japanese government decided to extend the range of Type 12 surface-to-ship missiles (SSM) manufactured by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. What’s more: The missile could be modified into an air-launched variant for the F-15J fighters.

Marine Corps to Stand Up First Marine Littoral Regiment in FY 2022

USNI News – The Marine Corps plans to officially form the new unit designed to execute its island-hopping strategy in the Indo-Pacific next fiscal year.

How President Biden Should Support The U.S.-Japan Alliance

1945 – On this Inauguration Day, we spoke with Dr. Andrew Erickson, a professor of strategy in the U.S. Naval War College (NWC)’s China Maritime Studies Institute (CMSI), to get his take on how President Biden should manage the U.S.-Japan Alliance amid security threats from China and North Korea.

Navy Working on Better Maintainability, Self-Sufficiency for LCS and Rest of Surface Fleet

USNI News – Navy officials in Washington and on the waterfront are trying to help the Littoral Combat Ships grow more reliable and maintainable, amid a surface navy-wide effort to focus on crew-level maintenance as a means of improving operational availability.

How China’s defence law changes pave the way for greater global military influence

South China Morning Post – By providing legal support for future overseas adventurism, the law underlines Beijing’s intent to be a more activist military power and expands the reasons it might project its power abroad – a change that could shake up global politics

China’s 3rd aircraft carrier expected to launch in 2021

Global Times – China’s third aircraft carrier, expected to be very different from the previous two with much larger displacement and featuring electromagnetic catapults, could be launched in 2021 and enter naval service around 2025, media reports predicted based on recent photos of the ship’s construction site.

US Navy halts deliveries of Freedom-class littoral combat ship

Defense News – The U.S. Navy has halted deliveries of Lockheed Martin’s Freedom-class littoral combat ship, citing a design flaw with the ship’s transmission.

Australia Reportedly Looking At An Alternative To Its Costly New French-Designed Submarines

War Zone – Australia’s plans to introduce 12 advanced new Attack class submarines may have hit a new snag. The huge cost of the French-designed conventional submarines, which will likely feature air-independent propulsionand other advanced technologies, means that officials may be examining whether they might instead replace the Royal Australian Navy’s six existing Collins class boats with an updated version of this same design. 

US War Surge Production Too Slow, CSIS Finds

Breaking Defense – The United States could not make enough military equipment fast enough to sustain its military in the event of a major war. While much thought has been given to how a great power conflict might erupt or play out, far less has been written on how the U.S. industrial base could sustain U.S. wartime equipment losses in such a conflict.

Danes Prepare For New Role in A US Strike Group

Defense News – A large Danish frigate was again tucked into a berth at Fells Point in mid-November, an almost common sight. Four of Denmark’s five large frigates and command and support ships have visited this Maryland port in recent years. But this visit of the Peter Willemoes was different. This time, the Danes were in the US to train up with a US Navy carrier strike group and deploy as an integral part of a battle formation.

Lockheed Martin Progressing Towards LRASM Integration On F-35

Naval News – During the Surface Navy Association (SNA) 2021 Virtual Symposium held last week, Lockheed Martin was showcasing a new artist impression showing two LRASM fitted on a F-35 Lightning II.

Navy Integrating Littoral Combat Ships, Expeditionary Sea Base into New Operating Concepts

USNI News – Surface warfare leaders throughout the Navy last week mused about how to employ new classes of ships such as the Littoral Combat Ship and Expeditionary Sea Base, as the fleet transitions to a new type of operations against peer competitors.

Israeli Corvette Emerges With A Double Load Of Iron Dome Missiles As Potential Threats Grow

War Zone – Israel has tested Iron Dome on these ships before, but we’ve never seen two launchers on one of their decks, and the timing is also peculiar.

Russia Prepares To Accept Kh-47M Kinzhal Hypersonic Missile Into Service

Naval News – The Russian Navy is preparing to accept hypersonic air ballistic Kinzhal missile into service. In particular, the naval aviation of the Northern fleet will be armed with it. The missile can hit a target with a high precision in minutes and no country has reliable defense against it.

Off the California coast, the US Navy tests hunting subs with an aerial drone

Defense News – The U.S. Navy and General Atomics in November used sonobuoys dropped from an MQ-9A Block V Reaper to track a simulated submarine target on a U.S. Navy Pacific test range, in what the contractor says is the first time an aerial drone has deployed a self-contained anti-submarine warfare system.

Iran’s Missiles Landing Within 100 Miles Of A U.S. Carrier Is Provocative But Not Much Else

War Zone – Iran sent ballistic missiles 1,000 miles out into the Indian Ocean, but it doesn’t mean they have a long-range anti-ship ballistic missile capability.

Turkish Naval Defense Milestones Expected In 2021

Naval News – Several major Turkish naval programs are expected to reach key milestones this year. From the commissioning of major vessels such as the LHD, to the launch of new classes of frigates and submarines, as well as delivery of new missiles and torpedoes and even MALE UAVs.

Chinese Survey Ship Caught ‘Running Dark’ Give Clues to Underwater Drone Operations

USNI News – A Chinese government survey ship was intercepted “running dark” without broadcasting its position via AIS (Automated Information System by Indonesian officials. The incident is latest twist in an ongoing maritime saga which has also seen Chinese uncrewed underwater vehicles (UUVs) found in Indonesia’s territorial waters.

The Chief Of Naval Operations Has A Navigation Plan For China

1945 – James Holmes writes that haste is a recurring theme in Chief of Naval Operations Mike Gilday’s 2021 “Navigation Plan,” released this week. 

North Korea’s New Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missile Is Its Biggest Yet

War Zone – Right on cue, after declaring the United States its biggest threat and announcing it was preparing for a new round of weapons tests, North Korea presented several examples of an apparently new submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) during a parade in its capital, Pyongyang.

In the wake of tragedy, the US surface fleet is all in on simulators

Defense News – In his address this week at the annual Surface Navy Association symposium, top surface warfare officer Vice Adm. Roy Kitchener told a virtual audience that the surface community is increasingly relying on simulators to give officers and sailors alike the chance to keep their skills sharp, even if they are unable to get underway.