Naval News – The USS Jimmy Carter is widely regarded as the most secretive submarine in the U.S. Navy. It is especially equipped for Seabed Warfare, unreported missions deep below the waves. Now a new seabed warfare submarine, using a Virginia Class hull, is planned.
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Navy long-range plan shows minimal growth in many warship programs
Defense News – The U.S. Navy’s fleet would never reach the statutorily required 355 ships under two of the three scenarios outlined in the service’s latest long-range shipbuilding plan.
Fighting DMO Part 7: The Future of the Aircraft Carrier in Distributed Warfighting
CIMSEC – The aircraft carrier has been the main striking arm of the U.S. Navy for decades, but distributed warfighting demands something new. Anti-ship missile firepower is proliferating across the force structure of both friendly and competitor forces, creating larger demands for the tactical information required to leverage these long-range weapons. Massed fires heavily depend on information to work, and air superiority is a powerful enabler of information superiority. By focusing on a set of critical information functions and fleet air defense, the aircraft carrier can serve as a powerful enabler and force multiplier for distributed fleets and massed fires. These roles foreshadow how nations who engage in naval salvo warfare without naval aviation will be at a sore disadvantage.
US Navy, Marines push to make virtual training more real
Defense News – U.S. Navy and Marine Corps leaders are pushing to make Live, Virtual and Constructive training environments more realistic because, they say, lives are at stake.
US Navy aims to field manned-unmanned fleet within 10 years
Defense News – The U.S. Navy plans to operate a fleet of crewed and unmanned platforms within the next 10 years — an ambitious timeline that will require the service to quickly develop and mature autonomous systems, while ensuring confidence in the technology.
How the US Navy prioritized readiness, and got more ships too
Defense News – What happens when the chief of naval operations wants more money for readiness — maintenance, spare parts, munitions and training time — to create a more prepared fleet, but lawmakers prefer to buy more ships? In this case, they both get their way.
Fighting DMO Part 6: Naval Platform Advantages and Combined Arms Roles
CIMSEC – Massed fires and naval warfighting are greatly enhanced when different platform communities form combined arms relationships. Combined force development and shared platform fluency will strengthen integration between communities. Warfighters will better understand their role in the combined arms team and the operational dynamics that govern the behavior of their cross-community partners. While these relationships will not be without friction or challenging tradeoffs, they will create a force that is far more effective than one that struggles to rise above its silos and parochialism.
Seabed Espionage Variant Of Virginia Class Submarine In Development
War Zone – A new variant of the Virginia class nuclear submarine is being developed to execute espionage missions on the seafloor.
US deploys guided-missile submarine amid tensions with Iran
AP – The U.S. Navy has deployed a guided-missile submarine capable of carrying up to 154 Tomahawk missiles to the Middle East, a spokesman said Saturday, in what appeared to be a show of force toward Iran following recent tensions.
Navy’s large undersea drone may resume testing, but future’s unclear for industry competition
Breaking Defense – The Navy plans to resume testing one of its premiere large unmanned undersea vehicles, but the program’s future — including a previously planned competition among industry — remains in murky waters as engineering constraints conflict with lawmaker interests.
Navy Carrier-Based Drones Will Be Able To Be Controlled By The Air Force
War Zone – The future carrier air wings will be 60% unmanned and there is now “unbelievable cooperation” with the Air Force on making that happen.
CMV-22 Ospreys Could Fill In For Navy E-2 Hawkeyes As Communications Nodes
War Zone – In addition to being backups communications platforms, the Navy is exploring new missions for its CMV-22s beyond carrier group logistics.
Navy to Finalize Large Unmanned Surface Vessel Requirements Later This Year
USNI News – The Navy will finish the requirements for its future fleet of Large Unmanned Surface Vessels this year.
US Navy Looks To Drastically Increase Missile Production
Naval News – NAVAIR PEO U&W looks to double LRASM and sextuple Tomahawk production.
Navy creating unmanned, AI operations hub within US Southern Command
Defense News – The U.S. Navy will expand its work with unmanned and artificial intelligence tools into U.S. 4th Fleet, following the success of Task Force 59 in the Middle East.
Ingalls Shipbuilding weighs changes to LPD after DoD pauses line
Defense News – Ingalls Shipbuilding, the sole builder of amphibious ships for the U.S. Navy, is considering potential alterations to the San Antonio-class amphib design, amid a Pentagon-led pause of the production line.
Philippines Announce 4 New Locations to Host U.S. Troops
USNI News – The Philippines announced Monday four additional locations that will host visiting American troops under the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA), sites that the country said will boost its disaster response as they would also be used for humanitarian and relief operations during emergencies and natural disasters.
Stinger Missile-Toting Drone Boats Could Protect Navy Logistics Ships
War Zone – The U.S. Navy wants to explore the idea of using small uncrewed surface vessels, or USVs, armed with Stinger missiles as a relatively low-cost additional layer of defense against various threats in the air and on the surface of the water. The service says it is particularly interested in the possibility of using the drone boats to help protect critical, but ever-more-vulnerable logistics vessels, as well as Marine contingents during future expeditionary and distributed operations.
Navy Air-Launched Hypersonic Anti-Ship Cruise Missile Makes Big Move Forward
War Zone – The U.S. Navy has awarded separate contracts to Raytheon and Lockheed Martin to design and build competing prototypes to meet its requirement for an air-launched, air-breathing hypersonic anti-ship cruise missile. The service says this weapon is key to addressing increasingly advanced naval threats in contested environments in future major conflicts, such as a potential one against China in the Pacific, and that it must be in service by 2029.
US Navy prioritizes ‘game-changing’ rearming capability for ships
Defense News – Reloading a vertical launching system, or VLS, is a challenging maneuver, given the crane must hold missile canisters vertically, while slowly lowering the explosives into the system’s small opening in the ship deck. It’s also a maneuver the Navy cannot yet do at sea.
Using 1202 Authorities to Counter China’s Maritime Militia
War on the Rocks – As the People’s Republic of China expands claims within the South China Sea, the United States should work with partners to find a way to deter further expansion while avoiding escalatory actions that could spark conflict. To do so, the United States government should leverage Section 1202 of the National Defense Authorization Act. This section allows for the United States military to create, develop, train, and maintain partner relationships with irregular maritime forces from across the region. By working with partners, the United States empowers regional nations to defend their respective interests against the encroachment of China while reducing the need for American naval forces to be the sole ever-present bulwarks in the region.
This Ugly Dispute Over Amphibious Warships Didn’t Have to Happen
Defense One – Last week, the Chief of Naval Operations and the Commandant of the Marine Corps got into a rare public dispute. The disagreement revolves around the Navy’s decision to drop a planned purchase of a San Antonio-class amphibious warship from its 2024 budget. While this is about a warship, the impasse arises from a major problem: the Pentagon’s political leaders have thus far failed to articulate a workable long-term vision for naval shipbuilding.
Distributed Maritime Operations – A Salvo Equation Analysis
CIMSEC – The first step in this analysis will be to analyze a traditional concentrated force versus another concentrated force using the salvo equations. The second step will be to look at a distributed force that is able to mass fires against a concentrated force. The final step will be to look at a concentrated force that engages part of a distributed force. We will also look at what “firing effectively first” means in practice, and what happens if the enemy force distributes.
US Navy pitches short, readiness-focused budget wish list to Congress
Defense News – The U.S. Navy released a short wish list to Congress that would mostly accelerate efforts to make the fleet more ready and more lethal for high-end combat in a contested environment.
Why the US Navy’s budget plan creates uncertainty for shipbuilders
Defense News – Dualities are emerging in the U.S. Navy’s shipbuilding plans, leaving industry to wonder what to make of the sea service’s near-term spending plans.
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