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.

Russia Should Ditch Its Cursed Aircraft Carrier And Focus On Its Two New Amphibious Assault Ships

War Zone – While refit work on Russia’s aging aircraft carrier seems to have slowed, its two new amphibious assault ships are set to grow even bigger.

Design Delays on Columbia Sub Program Leading to Construction Delays, Cost Increases

USNI News – The Government Accountability Office released a new report that warns Columbia-class ballistic-missile submarine cost and schedule plans are at risk due to problems with a new digital design tool and cascading effects stemming from the design challenges.

Hypersonics, Unmanned Ship Teaming Ahead for Zumwalt Destroyer

Breaking Defense – Navy officials said this week that the destroyer, which still hasn’t been deployed almost five years after she was christened, might find a place in the fleet after all.

U.S. Navy Ohio Class Submarine Filmed By Iranian Navy While Submerged

Naval News – It seems probable that a US Navy submarine, the USS Georgia (SSGN 729), has been detected by Iranian forces in the vicinity of the Strait of Hormuz. The circumstances are unclear.

Do the earliest Arleigh Burke-class destroyers still have legs? The US Navy thinks so.

Defense News – Between 1991, when the Navy commissioned the USS Arleigh Burke, and 1998, when it commissioned the USS Mahan, the service built the class at a pace of three per year. Now, as those ships are bearing down on their 35-year expected hull life, the Navy wants to grow its fleet, but it lacks the budget and capacity to modernize those first 21 ships to the latest configurations. So while the fleet will try to keep them around as long as possible, it will have to get creative in its problem-solving approach.

For the US Navy, the future of shipbuilding (and warfare) is in the power plant

Defense News – The U.S. Navy wants to buy a next-generation large surface combatant by the end of the 2030s, but its not being built for a new kind of sensor or weapon system. The newly dubbed DDG(X) is being built for power.

SWO boss: ‘Many challenges remain’ in fixing surface fleet’s manning problems

Navy Times – Chronic manning shortfalls aboard U.S. Navy warships were found to have contributed to the fatal 2017 collisions of the Fitzgerald and John S. McCain, disasters that killed 17 sailors and scarred many more of their shipmates for life.While the surface fleet has made improvements in manning its ships in recent years, more remains to be done, the head of Naval Surface Forces said Tuesday.

French Carrier Strike Group To Deploy To Eastern Mediterranean And Indian Ocean

Naval News – The French Navy Carrier Strike Group will soon be back at sea to support France’s fight against Daesh in Iraq and Syria.