The Pentagon will have to live with limits on F-35’s supersonic flights

Defense News – An issue that risks damage to the F-35’s tail section if the aircraft needs to maintain supersonic speeds is not worth fixing and will instead be addressed by changing the operating parameters. The deficiency means that at extremely high altitudes, the U.S. Navy’s and Marine Corps’ versions of the F-35 jet can only fly at supersonic speeds for short bursts of time before there is a risk of structural damage and loss of stealth capability. The problem may make it impossible for the Navy’s F-35C to conduct supersonic intercepts.

Destroyer USS Zumwalt Delivers to Navy After Combat System Activation

USNI News – USS Zumwalt (DDG-1000) was delivered to the fleet after completing its combat system activation and subsequent at-sea trials.

Mission Capable: How More Ready Jets Is Helping the Navy Create Deadlier Pilots

USNI News – The U.S. Navy’s improvement in pilot performance comes as a direct result of a push in 2018 to get more jets to a better state of material readiness.

Mission Capable: How the Navy Harnessed Its Data to Achieve 80% Fighter Readiness

USNI News – By embracing data and developing the Naval Sustainment System and Performance to Plan frameworks for aviation readiness, the Navy had 340 more aircraft flying in March 2020 compared to March 2019, including 90 more Super Hornets.

USNS Comfort to leave New York and head back to Norfolk, Trump says

Virginian Pilot – A Navy hospital ship deployed to New York City to help fight the coronavirus outbreak is no longer needed, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday, expressing confidence that stresses on the hospital system are easing.

How Submarines Regularly ‘Fight To The Death’ Off The Bahamas

War Zone – Just like how Navy planes have vast instrumented ranges for aerial wargames, submarines have one too, and it is arguably even more impressive.

USS America Now Steaming Near South China Sea Standoff

USNI News – USS America (LHA-6) is steaming towards waters in the South China Sea where a Chinese government survey ship and its China Coast Guard escorts are in an international maritime dispute with Malaysia.

Defense Department study calls for cutting 2 of the US Navy’s aircraft carriers

Defense News – An internal Office of the Secretary of Defense assessment calls for the Navy to cut two aircraft carriers from its fleet, freeze the large surface combatant fleet of destroyers and cruisers around current levels and add dozens of unmanned or lightly manned ships to the inventory.

US military researchers call for use of privateers against China

South China Morning Post – The United States should encourage the use of privateers to fight Chinese aggression at sea, according to a pair of articles in magazine produced by the US Naval Institute.

See inside the modified Boeing 737 US Navy patrol plane the government just ordered $1.5 billion more of. Take a look at the P-8 Poseidon

Business Insider – The 737 is Boeing’s best-selling narrow-body aircraft, and the P-8 Poseidon is 60% similar to it. The other 40% can drop torpedoes.

(Thanks to Alain)

Modern Submarine Torpedo Attacks Are Nothing Like What You See In The Movies

War Zone – In this article, we will cover the capabilities of both kinds of submarine-launched torpedoes and how they actually work, which is very different than what you have probably seen in the movies.

Philadelphia shipyard to build new dual-use merchant mariner training ships

Defense News – The vessels could also prove useful in the Navy’s quest to identify a flexible hull that can meet a number of missions as it seeks to replace its aging logistics fleet.

The US Navy is taking extreme measures to preserve its carrier surge

Defense News – With the world’s eyes on the embattled carrier Theodore Roosevelt, the U.S. Navy is taking strong measures to make sure it can surge healthy aircraft carriers if needed. The carrier Harry S Truman, at the tail end of a seven-month deployment, is being held offshore as indefinitely as the Navy aims to keep its surge carrier deployment ready amid a global pandemic.

PRC, Russian Subs May Soon Face UUV-Launched US Sea Mines

Breaking Defense – Unmanned underwater vehicles will scatter anti-submarine mines as a new way to protect US Navy ships at sea, part of a larger push to screen the fleet from increasingly sophisticated Chinese and Russian subs prowling the seas.

US Navy should turn to unmanned systems to track and destroy submarines

Defense News – The U.S. Navy should increase the use of unmanned systems in ASW across the board, which cost a fraction to buy and operate compared to their manned counterparts.

Fully Integrate America’s Naval Force

USNI Proceedings – A truly integrated naval service should have a single headquarters to provide common fiscal, acquisition, and technology policy and support to the operating forces.

Navy Targets Sub-Launched Hypersonic Test By Mid 2020s

Breaking Defense – The Navy plans to test its developmental hypersonic missile from a submarine by the mid-2020s, and is pushing the burgeoning program through a series of static tests this year to demonstrate technologies as it gears up to equipping its Virginia-class submarines with the weapon.

Cooperative Deployments: An Indispensable Tool For Preparing for the High-End Fight

CIMSEC – Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Admiral Gilday’s December 2019 Fragmentary Order (FRAGO), “Design for Maintaining Maritime Superiority,” emphasizes the importance of building alliances and partnerships to enhance U.S. warfighting capability, with a particular focus on “full interoperability at the high end of naval warfare.”…The U.S. Navy’s Cooperative Deployment Program (CDP), a framework for integrating partner nation (PN) navy units into deploying U.S. Navy strike groups, offers a particularly valuable instrument for advancing this goal.

Acting secretary of the Navy has submitted his resignation after calling ousted aircraft carrier captain ‘stupid’

CNN – Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly has submitted his resignation a day after leaked audio revealed he called the ousted commander of the USS Theodore Roosevelt “stupid” in an address to the ship’s crew.