The Case for Unmanned Surface Vehicles in Future Maritime Operations

CIMSEC – While it is encouraging to see Navy plans to move quickly to bring initial Medium and Large USVs into the fleet, other unmanned platforms are equally ready for such an approach. Innovation is the key to shaping tomorrow’s Navy, and getting USVs of all shapes and sizes to the fleet for Sailors to try out is the best approach to achieving it.

USS Abraham Lincoln Now in Middle East Heading to the Persian Gulf

USNI News – The Lincoln Carrier Strike Group left the Mediterranean and transited the Suez Canal, officially entering U.S. 5th Fleet and U.S. Central Command.

Autonomous Pickets for Force Protection and Fleet Missile Defense

CIMSEC – As the Navy continues to experiment with new roles and missions for unmanned systems, unmanned force protection and missile defense is an ideal mission.

The Pacific Fleet has drawn a ‘red line’

Defense News – Prior to the accidents, ships in Japan were routinely operating under waivers for lapsed certifications in warfare areas such as damage control, navigation and flight deck operations. In this new model, ships don’t go on missions until they are trained and certified to perform them.

When will the US Navy be able to autonomously seek and destroy mines?

Defense News – The U.S. Navy is racing to field unmanned systems, and while much work remains for distributed, unmanned sensors and missile shooters, one area of unmanned warfare is seeing success: hunting and destroying mines.

U.S. Navy Undersea Rescue Team Rethinking How it Deploys After Argentine Sub Loss

USNI News – Executing a submarine rescue is a race against time to reach a trapped crew before a dwindling oxygen supply runs out, and when the most recent request came for help, the U.S. Navy found mobilizing personnel and equipment took too long.

Unmanned Units Need Tenders for Distributed Operations

CIMSEC – Basing a support and sustainment model for Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs) on 21st century tenders would both fulfill the unique support needs of USVs and help build the ability to fight and deter a war in the Pacific. This analysis will briefly discuss the role tenders played in the Pacific War, why tenders are the ideal model for sustaining USV units, then turn to what modern USV tenders should look like.

MARAD Ready Reserve Force Still Faces Readiness, Manning Challenges

USNI News – The Maritime Administration’s Ready Reserve Force is still as small and perhaps less ready than this time last year, when a top MARAD official said the RRF was “on the ragged edge” of readiness.

Create an Unmanned Experimental Squadron and Learning System

CIMSEC – We call for the Navy to accelerating standing up a dedicated experimental squadron with the purpose of exploring advanced tactics for employing unmanned systems in a series of tactically challenging, objective-based exercises.

The US surface fleet is shaking up how it readies ships for deployment

Defense News – The U.S. Navy’s top surface warfare officer is changing how his crews prepare for deployment with an eye toward more quickly certifying ships and freeing up schedules so ships’ commanders can spend more time participating in customized training.

What’s killing the US Navy’s air wing?

Defense News – The U.S. Navy is on the brink of an explosion in research and development funding for its next-generation fighter program — an effort that could make or break the mainstay of the fleet’s powerful strike arm.

Here’s how the Japan-based 7th Fleet has changed since 17 sailors died in accidents 2 years ago

Defense News – The accidents led to wholesale changes in leadership for the 7th Fleet based in the region, including a new commander, Vice Adm. Phil Sawyer, who was tasked with returning his fleet to a high state of readiness in the world’s most dangerous seas.

New 2nd Fleet To Confront Russia From Day One

Breaking Defense – The Navy has created a new fleet, and is sending it straight into the Baltic Sea to test new ways of doing business.

US sends aircraft carrier and bomber task force to ‘warn Iran’

BBC – The US has deployed an aircraft carrier to the Middle East to send a “clear and unmistakable message” to Iran.

Sustaining the Fight: Resilient Maritime Logistics for a New Era

Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments – Although logistics has traditionally been a U.S. strength, it now risks becoming a major weakness that could cause the United States to lose a war against China or Russia. The U.S. Navy’s logistics force is currently optimized for uncontested operations and is too small and vulnerable to support the current fleet – much less a larger or more distributed one – in a conflict with a peer adversary.

Blockade: An Imperfect Strategy

CIMSEC – Throughout history, maritime nations have used naval blockades to wreck the economies of their adversaries and bend them to their will. However, the impact of blockade in history has been overstated. Throughout history, blockade has been a part of military success, but it has never been the primary key to victory.

Trump administration reverses course on decision to decommission carrier Truman

Defense News – The White House has canceled plans to decommission an aircraft carrier 25 years early as a cost savings measure, a plan that was largely opposed on Capitol Hill.

Navy Adding Fourth Amphib to Japan-Based Fleet for Operational Flexibility; 1 DDG Leaving Japan

USNI News – The Navy is adding a fourth amphibious ship to its forward-deployed fleet in Japan and is bringing home one of the destroyers that has been forward-deployed the longest.

200,000 Tons of Diplomacy: 2 Navy Aircraft Carriers Are Making a Statement in the Mediterranean

National Interest – Russia and others need to take notice.

Navy Black Box Detector Joins in Deep Water Hunt for Missing Japanese F-35A

USNI News – The U.S. Navy is employing tools it used in the search for the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 to help find a Japanese F-35A that crashed earlier this month.

Off the Eastern Seaboard, a US Navy missile test could make big waves

C4ISRNet – A test announced in late March could herald an enormous change in the way the Navy modernizes its ships, while making a once prohibitive cost of maintaining older ships attainable.

Allies Diplomatic Note To Moscow: 2 Carriers, 7 Ships, 1 Ambassador

Breaking Defense – While two carriers attracting most of the attention, a smaller US footprint is being established between the Mediterranean and the Black Sea, where Russia — and Turkey — are raising concerns.

A Bomber For the Navy

CIMSEC – Rather than sending the B-1 Lancer into early retirement, the Department of Defense could transfer it to the Navy for duty as a land-based ship-killer. Considering its speed, range, payload, and flexibility to employ the new Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM), the B-1 is an ideal candidate for rebirth as a Sea Control Bomber.