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July 30, 2010

An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Jolly Rogers of Strike Fighter Squadron 103, performs a high-speed pass alongside the guide-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75).

US Navy

Navy welcomes Advanced Hawkeye, newest eye in the sky.

Sites for Guam carrier wharf reconsidered.

First Lady Michelle Obama christens newest national security cutter.

US aircraft carrier leads drills with South Korea. More. More.

Anti-sub warfare part of S. Korea exercise.

Opinion-USN On a Comfortable Cruise to Nowhere.

USS Freedom Makes Impact during First RIMPAC Appearance.

Austal waiting on ‘game-changer’ LCS contract.

Independent QDR Panel Calls For Increasing Size Of Navy. Critique.

Lawmaker: LPD 20 woes might delay MEU.

Huzzah! For The Humble Yet Effective Logistic Support Vessel (LSV).


Warships of the World

UK Carrier construction begins on the Mersey.

Converteam develops catapult launch system for UK carriers.

Harriers plan puts new carriers at risk.

Indian media reveal details of British submarine operations.

Two Chinese naval warships on a five-day visit to Egypt.

Japan to Beef Up Submarines to Counter Chinese Power.

Bulgarian Navy Set to Discard Submarine Force.

Germany denies talks with Israel over submarine.

Russia considers South Korean helicopter carrier.

French “Tin Cans” or Technology Transfer? Vysotskiy on the Mistral.


New Wars at Sea

French air defence destroyer JEAN BART joins EU NAVFOR.

Explosion damages Japanese tanker in Strait of Hormuz. More.

Somali Pirates Release Turkish Ship.

Indian Ocean Island Nations Plan Joint Naval Force to Fight Somali Piracy.

Indian Ocean islands ask for EU aid against piracy at summit.

Iran says it has 100 vessels for each US warship.

HSwMS CARLSKRONA continues to monitor pirate activity.


From the Navy Vaults

The Return of the U-boat. (American Thinker)

Islamic Conquest – The war at sea. (Cog and Galley)

Early Arab Warships. (Cog and Galley)

Axis Submarine Operations in World War II. (Submersible Boiler to Silent Sea-Wolves)

Allied Submarine Operations in World War II. (Submersible Boiler to Silent Sea-Wolves)

Type XXI – a Marvellous Failure. (Submersible Boiler to Silent Sea-Wolves)

Binge Thinking History Podcast.

Two Giant Seamen. (Pauline’s Pirates & Privateers)

Know Your Articles. (Pauline’s Pirates & Privateers)

Striker-A Network-centric Missile Ship. (Warship 21)

Remember the Forrestal Fire. (Naval History Blog) More.

The fire and fury of the shipyard. (The Telegraph)

Is the Intrepid sailing into trouble? (Next Navy)

The Candor of ‘Strike Group Reagan’. (Raleigh Examiner)

Abandoned 1854 ship found in Arctic. (CBC News)

Centennial of Naval Aviation: Carriers at War. (The Year in Defense)


E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Mike Burleson permalink*
    August 2, 2010 4:15 am

    elgatoso-Hope this link works:

    Most of the time I don’t use high-res because of the longer loading time.

  2. elgatoso permalink
    July 31, 2010 3:59 pm

    Off topic .Can you get a bigger pic?High resolution?I am talking about the guide-missile destroyer

  3. Heretic permalink
    July 30, 2010 4:27 pm

    I’m starting to wonder if the Austal 102 meter Trimaran Ferry wouldn’t form a better base for conversion to a Joint High Speed Vessel for intra-theater lift than the Fortitude class Joint High Speed Vessel (ie. vomit comet) has turned out to be in rough seas. Apparently the trimaran hull form has far better seakeeping in higher sea states than the catamaran hull form does. Considering the dimensions on the two ships are roughly comparable, it makes me wonder if the 102m trimaran ferry might be had for a sub-$200 million price as an evolution of the JHSV concept.


    Trimaran Technology – The Competitive Advantage

    The vessel’s unique trimaran hull form combines the softer roll of monohulls with the low resistance, stability and carrying capacity of catamarans to deliver proven advantages over conventional designs.

    These advantages include greater speed for the same installed power, an ability to operate in higher wave heights and maintain higher speeds in waves, greater resistance to damage and reduced wake which reduces impact on the environment.

    Most importantly, the trimaran’s lower roll speed means lower accelerations experienced by passengers, significantly reducing passenger sea sickness.

    Studies show that motion sickness on the trimaran will be approximately 56 per cent lower than on a 100 metre catamaran operating in head seas. Even larger benefits are realised in other headings.


    Austal is claiming (in another article I read, somewhere) that the premium to be paid (in $$$) for a trimaran hull, as opposed to a monohull, is somewhere in the +5% range.

  4. Juramentado permalink
    July 30, 2010 1:53 pm

    That’s only possible if the LockMart yard “wins” with LCS-1.

    True. But I wouldn’t be putting bets down, other than that LCS gets built, period. :-) Or so sayeth Gates and Roughead…ohmmmmm….

  5. Heretic permalink
    July 30, 2010 11:17 am

    Beyond the potential lawsuit further delaying final award of the 10-hull flight, the Navy will probably use the Build-To-Print option for the 2012 contract, which puts forward the possibility that a losing maker may end up building the other firm’s design.

    That’s only possible if the LockMart yard “wins” with LCS-1. Reason being that LCS-2 is too big to get out of the Great Lakes if the LockMart yard in Wisconsin builds it. And if you thought a frigate sized speedboat was useless on the high seas, wait until you’ve got 33 of them patrolling the Great Lakes because they can’t get out to the Atlantic!

    Build to print of LCS-2 will limit the choice of shipyards to only those on the coasts.

    I support LCS-2 over LCS-1 by a wide margin, btw.

  6. Juramentado permalink
    July 30, 2010 10:26 am

    Beyond the potential lawsuit further delaying final award of the 10-hull flight, the Navy will probably use the Build-To-Print option for the 2012 contract, which puts forward the possibility that a losing maker may end up building the other firm’s design. Do we see problems with this? I do. Given the program’s poor track record with building support equipment from scratch with no standards (applicable to both LM and GD/Austal), I shudder at the fact that someone who was used to building LCS-X now has to take those same questionable plans, turn around and manufacture LCS-Y. If you think the LPD program has QA problems, just wait.

  7. Bill permalink
    July 30, 2010 8:32 am

    “The Austal ship is also lighter, and company officials believe it uses much less fuel than the Lockheed version, although federal officials have said the Austal-built LCS-2, Independence, hasn’t been in operation long enough to corroborate those claims.”

    Oh. My. God. I hope that pull quote isn’t really true or accurate. If there are, in fact, any ‘federal officials’ who actually made such an incredibly stupid statement, they need to quickly become ‘non-federal officials’. If somebody connected to the program office said that, it explains volumes about why the program is sucha frigging disaster. Even the most junior NA still studying at Webb can easily confirm the superior fuel economy of the trimaran.

    Whilst I’m on the subject of the horrible hydrodynamics of LCS-1 as compared to LCS-2, there is another ‘feature’ that really chaps my butt. If I have to see the Lockmart ‘How’ TV commercial showing the gross wake thrown by LCS-1 again, I’m going to throw up. Apparently, nobody at Lockheed nor Navy realize the tremendous efforts and money expended internationally, and here in the US (ask WSF how many millions it cost them, for example) to define the wake energy thrown off by HSVs and find ways to mitigate the wakes and related damage they cause. In particular, dmage including injury and the loss of life!..witness the Stenna HSS debacle where a small fishing vessel miles from the ship’s travel lane was capsized by the vessel’s wake wave.

    I’m rapidly coming to the inescapable conclusion that USN really has lost ALL of its expert HPMV/HSV personnell. Those that left long ago meet with regularly..and pretty soon we’re going to have to rename our society to take ‘naval’ out of the name to avoid being associated with the crap going on today.

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