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May 7, 2010
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Lessons learned: Small boats patrol around the guided-missile frigate USS Nicholas (FFG 47) while in a Djibouti port.

Special: Gate’s Navy League Speech

Speech by Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates at the Navy League Sea-Air-Space Exposition.

Gates questions long-term need for 11 Navy carriers.

At the Navy’s Annual Convention, A Big Dose of Reality.

Sen. Webb blasts Gates for comments on Navy force.

Gates to the ship industry: Shape up.

BIW agrees with Gates: Ships need to cost less.

Navy secretary seconds Gates on costs.

Gates Signals Tough Budget Season for Sea Services.

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US Navy

Introducing the Sea Avenger UAS for carriers.

USS New Hampshire continues to impress.

Navy and Coast Guard to berth nine ships off Staten Island for Fleet Week.

US may need more ice-breakers for Arctic.

Iran photographed U.S. carrier.

LCS Freedom Heads for 5-Day Dry Dock Repairs.

The New Electric Navy.

General Atomics Builds Killer Electromagnetic Rail Cannon.

US Navy proceeding with Boeing F/A-18 deal.

The hospital ship of the future.

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Warships of the World

Navy Commander Warns China Ready to Dominate the Seas.

Unveiling of the Multi-mission Frigate Aquitaine.

Canadian Navy asks for new ships on 100th birthday.

Canada’s Navy facing tough new challenges.

Canada’s Navy hasn’t adapted to new world.

ADSB plans to launch second Baynunah Corvette this year.

DCNS To Finance OPV for the French Navy.

Indian Ocean Overrun With AIP Boats.

British Submarines had serious safety flaw.

British Labour Party sinks Royal Navy.

Explosive traces found on sunken S.Korea warship.

S.Korea minister vows retaliation over sunk warship.

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New Wars at Sea

Islamists versus the Pirates. More.

EU NAVFOR Warship FS Tonnerre destroys pirate mother ship.

German navy frigate Schleswig-Holstein Joins Operation Atalanta.

Anti-piracy forces off Yemen playing pirates with fishermen.

Russians Free Hijacked Oil Tanker. More. Still More.

EUNAVFOR Greek warship ELLI stops pirate skiff in its tracks.

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From the Navy Vaults

USS Midway hosts 35-year reunion of Vietnamese airlift. (The Sacramento Bee)

HMCS Niobe an ‘expensive toy’ that gave Canada its first naval muscle. (The Chronicle Herald)

Big changes witnessed during ’50s, ’60s for Canada’s Navy. (The Chronicle Herald)

North Atlantic convoy duty ‘Wet! Cold! Uncomfortable!’ (The Chronicle Herald)

Corvette Sackville a WWII throwback. (The Chronicle Herald)

The Battle of Attrition:The Solomons and New Guinea. (War and Game)

The American Tide. (War and Game)

The Pirate Patriot Of Taiwan. (Pauline’s Pirates & Privateers)

The Workhorse Of The 19th Century. (Pauline’s Pirates & Privateers)

 Real story of air war over Korea. (The Washington Times)

Editorial “It’s time to call Canada’s Navy a navy once again“. (The Globe and Mail)

Imperial Japanese Navy “What If” Ships. (Montana Man)

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  1. May 7, 2010 5:03 pm

    We (that is UK plc) should buy FREMM instead of wasting money on the T26 design process. I have held that view for a while; long before the new escort design project got signed off. Heck a bet we could nearly buy one for the cost of the design process. We could save money in lots of ways doing this. For example we never buy any weapons so we won’t have to spend money integrating anything……..

    It is ideal. Even Merlin capable.

  2. D. E. Reddick permalink
    May 7, 2010 4:47 pm

    The investigation into the sinking of ROKS Cheonan has taken a new turn with the identification of the explosive used to sink the corvette: RDX. Then, it is possible that the NorKs used a German manufactured torpedo to confuse matters. Two separate news items follow:

    Probe concludes torpedo sank South Korea ship: report
    SEOUL Thu May 6, 2010 10:19pm EDT

    SEOUL (Reuters) – Investigators probing the deadly sinking of a South Korean navy ship in March near the North have concluded that a torpedo was the source of an explosion that destroyed the vessel, a news report said on Friday.

    The team of South Korean and foreign investigators found traces of explosives used in torpedoes on several parts of the sunken ship as well as pieces of composite metal used in such weapons, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency said quoting a senior government official.

    South Korean officials have not officially accused the North but made little secret of their belief Pyongyang deliberately torpedoed the 1,200-tonne corvette Cheonan in March near their disputed border in retaliation of a naval firefight last year.

    The metallic debris and chemical residue appear to be consistent with a type of torpedo made in Germany, indicating the North may have been trying to disguise its involvement by avoiding arms made by allies China and Russia, Yonhap quoted the official as saying.

    North Korea has denied involvement and accused South Korean President Lee Myung-bak’s government of trying to use the incident for political gains ahead of local elections in June.

    (Reporting by Jack Kim; editing by Jon Herskovitz and Sanjeev Miglani)

    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6460FC20100507

    Joong Ang Daily: Cheonan probe finds RDX, alloy used in torpedoes
    Investigators seek source of alloy; U.S.-Korea meeting set for Monday
    May 08, 2010

    Experts investigating the sinking of the Cheonan have identified traces of an explosive in the ship’s wreckage and fragments of an alloy used in torpedoes.

    According to a government official in Seoul, who spoke to reporters on the condition of anonymity, the joint military and civilian investigation team has found traces of RDX, one of the most powerful military explosives.

    “RDX is used in torpedoes, not sea mines,” the official said. “The traces were found in the Cheonan’s chimney and the damaged side of the stern.”

    According to the official, investigators also found three to four pieces of metal near the site of the wreck, and analysis showed the fragments were an alloy of aluminum and magnesium, which is used in torpedo casings.

    Investigators are trying to determine whether the alloy was made in Germany, China or Russia.

    “It’s possible that North Korea may have used a German torpedo to disguise its attack, knowing that South Korea uses German torpedoes,” the official said.

    http://joongangdaily.joins.com/article/view.asp?aid=2920174

  3. D. E. Reddick permalink
    May 7, 2010 3:19 pm

    About the future of the USN submarine fleet: from Combat Fleet Of The World. This is a really long commentary. Author Mike Colombaro is French and so his English isn’t precisely perfect, but his message is really informative.

    Future of U.S.Submarines Fleet : “Doing as much work, but with fewer sub’s”

    US SSN sub’s (Wanting 48 at the minimum when now they have money for 30…)

    SSBN “Forget the 12, be happy if you have 10, do not cry if you have only 8”

    Or a third solution ? Toward a radical revolution: See further toward a hybrid SSN/SSGN/SSBN to meet the New Wars!

    http://combatfleetoftheworld.blogspot.com/2010/05/future-of-ussubmarines-fleet-doing-as.html

  4. Hudson permalink
    May 7, 2010 10:53 am

    Re: Imperial Japanese Navy “What if” Ships (Vaults)

    “Japanese SuperSub,” which recently aired on PBS’s ‘Secrets of the Dead’ series was a ‘what if’ and a ‘what was’ project. The ‘if’ part was what would have happened if the Japanese has been able to deploy the full 40 I-400 boats envisioned by Admiral Yamamoto at the beginning of the war. Only two were built.

    These 400ft stealth subs carried three single engine bombers designed to attack America and spread panic. Later, the mission was changed to attack the Panama Canal, and then American ships in the Pacific. One fell into U.S. hands in 1946 and was taken back to friendly waters by the combined Japanese-American crew. It was eventually sunk to prevent the Russians from examining the novel boat. Some of its components remain classified to this day. Episode gives one an apprefciation of Japanese sub technology–during the war regular Japanese subs were considered easy to sink. You can watch the entire episode online.

    http://www.pbs.org/wnet/secrets/episodes/japanese-supersub-watch-the-full-episode/591/

  5. Heretic permalink
    May 7, 2010 10:13 am

    Oh and what a surprise … the USAF doesn’t want COIN aircraft for CAS after all …

    Schwartz Shoots Down COIN Plane

    Gee … couldn’t have seen that coming … from the service that despises the RFOA-10G …

  6. Heretic permalink
    May 7, 2010 10:10 am

    Here another Railgun link for you, Mike (which you’ve already commented at):

    Rail Gun Pumps Rounds At Swarms

    Remember how I’ve been saying that there are two technologies which will transform the navies of the world? Those two technologies are the Free Electron Laser (FEL) and the Railgun.

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