Marine Corps Gazette – James Holmes reminds us that the home team has the advantage
Naval News – Unseenlabs, the European leader in satellite-based radio frequency (RF) geolocation of ships at sea, has successfully deployed BRO-5, the fifth satellite in its fleet.
Barents Observer – As Russia deploys the new 3M22 Tsirkon anti-ship hypersonic missile in the Barents Sea, NATO has decided to send two of its most potent naval weapons to the Norwegian-led Exercise Cold Response, the aircraft carriers “HMS Prince of Wales” and the “USS Harry S Truman”.
Naval News – On January 12, the Philippine Department of National Defense issued a notice of award indicating the government’s approval to procure the BrahMos shore-based anti-ship missile system from India.
Defense News – The U.S. Navy is paying more attention to its battle damage assessment and repair capabilities, as it considers what it needs in order to win a war against a sophisticated adversary.
Associated Press – Taiwan on Friday commissioned new naval minelayers to add to its defenses against rival China.
1945 – James Holmes says that the US Marines are right to downplay fixed facilities and defenses as a warfighting implement.
USNI News – The reluctance across the Navy to be self-critical and a tendency to hide mistakes and minimize flaws have resulted in systemic problems in the service and stalled efforts to improve, Chief of Naval Operations Adm Mike Gilday said on Tuesday.
Naval News – South Korea’s Agency for Defense Development (ADD) proposed a blueprint to deter naval activities of the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) in the West Sea (Yellow Sea) via anti-access/area denial (A2/AD).
Naval News – The Type-055 Renhai Class is in many ways the Chinese Navy’s (PLAN) answer to the U.S. Navy’s AEGIS cruisers. Large and heavily armed, they play a leading role escorting China’s aircraft carriers. New intelligence suggests that another batch of these impressive warships is being built.
Navy News – The Royal Navy’s newest aircraft carrier, HMS Prince of Wales, assumed the command of the NATO Response Force in Portsmouth Naval Base on Tuesday, January 11.
Navy Times – The Navy should be piqued more easily by the things it’s not doing well, according to the commander of U.S. Fleet Forces Command.
Barents Observer – The unique research station will conduct its first expedition this year, the country’s natural resource minster says.
USNI News – The Navy wants its next warship to fire hypersonic missiles and lasers that would be ten times more powerful than the service’s existing laser weapons, according to the most detailed outlook to date of the DDG(X) next generation warship issued by the service.
CIMSEC – The core issues with the current LUSV concept arise from one fundamental problem. It’s trying to perform two separate roles – a small surface combatant and an adjunct missile magazine – which have sharply conflicting requirements and require radically different hulls.
Le360 – Talks are underway between Morocco and Turkey for the purchase of 7 Fast attack craft (FAC) and a corvette from the Turkish Gölcük shipyard. (In French)
(Thanks to Alain)
Defense News – Surface navy leaders are turning to fleet commanders for ideas about how they want to use littoral combat ships, as the U.S. Navy tries to refine its operational concepts for these ships.
Atalayar – The nation plans to procure two MPA – Maritime Patrol Aircraft – which will go directly into service with the Royal Navy.
(Thanks to Alain)
Naval News – In order to cover the “tyranny of distance” problem of hundreds to thousands of miles from the objective(s), attacking nations will require a naval force for amphibious assault. Thus, the USMC is developing Land-based Anti-ship Missile units centered on the 6×6 HIMARS, the Tactical Maritime Tomahawk missile, and the 4×4 JLTV.
CIMSEC – CIMSEC had the opportunity to discuss the evolution of the Surface Navy’s tactical development with Rear Admiral Christopher Alexander, commander of Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC). In this discussion, RDML Alexander covers new initiatives on measuring tactical experience, the increasing demand for Surface Warfare Advanced Tactical Training (SWATT) exercises, and how SMWDC is transforming to accelerate tactical skill across the surface fleet.
Defense News – The head of the U.S. Navy’s surface fleet has laid out a plan to prepare his force to deter or defeat a top-notch adversary, calling for specific steps to improve ship maintenance, successfully and rapidly field new weapons, develop high-end tactics, and ensure sailors and officers have high-quality training and mentoring.
Navy Lookout – 2022 will see HMS Prince of Wales begin to get into her stride as an operational warship. Here we report from a ceremony held onboard today to mark the RN taking command of the NATO Response Force Task Group.
Defense News – The U.S. Navy has made noticeable improvements in its ability to maintain surface ships — but hasn’t eliminated the repair period overruns as the chief of naval operations wanted.
USNI News – The Navy and Marine Corps are testing out whether Littoral Combat Ships armed with anti-ship missiles could be key to how the Marines employe their island-hopping strategy in the Pacific.
Defense News – This year, the troubled Freedom-variant littoral combat ship will look to catch up with its Independence-class counterparts, which were fielded faster and expanded their operations more broadly in the last several years.