October 4, 2011:
Centennial Of Naval Aviation 1911-2011
MIRAMAR, Calif. (NNS) -- Marine
Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar opened its gates to
three-quarters of a million members of the local San
Diego community Sept. 30 - Oct. 2 for the facility's
annual air show.
Themed "A Salute to San Diego:
Birthplace of Naval Aviation 1911 - 2011", the show
focused on this year's Centennial of Naval Aviation (CoNA)
by highlighting how far military aviation (specifically
that of the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard) has
advanced during the past century.
Nimitz Moves Out of Dry Dock
BREMERTON, Wash. (NNS) -- USS Nimitz (CVN 68) moved from
Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance
Facility's Dry Dock 6 to Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton's
Pier Delta Sept. 29, after completing required
out-of-the-water maintenance while in dry dock.
After moving to Pier Delta, work aboard Nimitz will
continue as the ship's Docking Planned Incremental
Availability comes to a close.
May 30, 2011 CVN-79 to be named John
F Kennedy. Following closely
behind the decommissioned CV-67 the new Ford class
carrier is to be named John F Kennedy.
February 25, 2011 First Cut Of Steel
for CVN-79: NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS)
-- Advance construction started on the nation's newest
aircraft carrier Feb. 25 with a "first cut of steel"
ceremony at Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding Newport News,
"Today we mark
the beginning of the advance construction of CVN 79,
second of the Gerald R. Ford-class of aircraft
carriers," said Rear Adm. Michael McMahon, Program
Executive Officer (PEO) for Aircraft Carriers. "It's an
important step in continuing carrier construction using
advanced technologies and efficiencies to reduce both
ownership and procurement cost in this new class of
aircraft carriers, while retaining the same hull form as
the Nimitz class, contain several advanced technology
systems including Electromagnetic Aircraft Launching
Systems, advanced arresting gear, dual band radar, a
redesigned smaller island and a new propulsion plant.
The first ship in the class, Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), is
also under construction at Northrop Grumman
Shipbuilding-Newport News and is scheduled to be
delivered to the fleet in September 2015.
January 6, 2011: An Efficient Navy?
In order to achieve efficiencies
savings of more than $35 billion over five years, the
Department of the Navy proposes to:
manpower ashore and reassign 6,000 personnel to
operational missions at sea.
- Use multi-year
procurement to save more than $1.3 billion on the
purchase of new airborne surveillance, jamming, and
- Disestablish several staffs (but
not the associated platforms) to include submarine-,
patrol aircraft-, and destroyer-squadrons plus one
carrier strike group staff.
- Disestablish the
headquarters of U.S. 2nd Fleet at Norfolk, Va.,
transferring responsibility for its mission to the
Navy's Fleet Forces Command, also located in Norfolk,
During the Cold
War, U.S. 2nd Fleet had distinct and significant
operational responsibilities. Disestablishing this
command would affect approximately 160 military
positions. No ships will change homeport as a result of
the disestablishment of 2nd Fleet. The Hampton Roads
area, which includes the cities of Virginia Beach,
Norfolk, Chesapeake, Newport News, Hampton, Portsmouth,
and Suffolk, is the location of the world's largest
naval station. It is homeport to 77 ships, which
includes aircraft carriers, cruisers, destroyers, large
amphibious ships, submarines, and a variety of supply
and logistics ships, as well as 300 aircraft, 35
aircraft squadrons, 356 tenant commands.
Department of the Navy is proposing to use efficiencies
- Accelerate development of a new
generation of electronic jammers to improve the Navy's
ability to fight and survive in an anti-access
- Increase the repair and refurbishment
of Marine equipment used in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Develop a new generation of sea-borne unmanned strike
and surveillance aircraft.
- Purchase more of the
latest model F-18s and extend the service life of 150 of
these aircraft as a hedge against more delays in the
deployment of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF).
Purchase additional ships, including a destroyer, a
littoral combat ship, an ocean surveillance vessel and
June 13th 2012:
USS GEORGE WASHINGTON, At Sea (NNS) -- The
U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier
USS George Washington (CVN 73) celebrated a significant
milestone in the ship's history, June 13.
Washington conducts more daily, flight sorties and recoveries
than any other aircraft carrier in the fleet, allowing the ship
to conduct its 150,000th safe arrested landing since its
commissioning July 4, 1992.
April 6th 2012:
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (NNS) --
An F/A-18D assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106 crashed
in Virginia Beach, Va. April 6.
Initial reports indicate
that at approximately 12:05 p.m., the jet crashed just after
takeoff at a location just off of the base.
safely ejected from the aircraft.
March 20th 2012:
Carrier Air Wing 14 Deactivation Cancelled
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Navy directed U.S.
Pacific Fleet and Naval Air Forces to stop, and reverse the
deactivation process for carrier air wing (CVW) 14 in a memo
dated March 20.
CVW-14 is based out of
Lemoore, Calif., and is comprised of Marine Fighter Attack
Squadron 323, Strike Fighter Squadron 154, Strike Fighter
Squadron 147, Strike Fighter Squadron 146, Helicopter
Anti-Submarine Squadron 4, Early Warning Squadron 113,
Electronic Attack Squadron 139 and Fleet Logistics Squadron 31,
March 14th, 2012:
USS ENTERPRISE, At Sea (NNS) -- The
aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) departed Norfolk Naval
Station March 11 on the ship's 22nd and final deployment.
For Enterprise, the Navy's first nuclear-powered aircraft
carrier, the deployment represents the culmination of more than
50 years of distinguished service.
Commissioned in 1961,
the Enterprise is both the largest and oldest active combat
vessel in the Navy.
The Enterprise Carrier Strike Group
is comprised of Enterprise, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1, Destroyer
Squadron (DESRON) 2, guided-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG
69), and guided-missile destroyers USS Porter (DDG 78), USS
Nitze (DDG 94), and USS James E. Williams (DDG 95).
is comprised of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 11, Strike Fighter
Squadron (VFA) 211, Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 136, Marine
Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 251, Electronic Attack Squadron
(VAQ) 137, Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 123 and
Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron (HS) 11.
February 28th, 2012 ARLINGTON, Va. (NNS) --
Engineers have fired the Navy's first industry-built
electromagnetic railgun (EM Railgun) prototype launcher at a
test facility, commencing an evaluation that is an important
intermediate step toward a future tactical weapon for ships,
officials announced Feb. 28.
The EM Railgun launcher is a
long-range weapon that fires projectiles using electricity
instead of chemical propellants. Magnetic fields created by high
electrical currents accelerate a sliding metal conductor, or
armature, between two rails to launch projectiles at 4,500 mph
to 5,600 mph.
November 17, 2010: Cyber War Against Iran
The STUXNET virus attack on the Bushehr
computer systems seems to have originated from a sophisticated
state backed organisation. Suspision falls unsurprisingly onto
Cyber warfare is not new as attacks from
various countries such as North Korea and China have been
reported on government systems from around the world.
It remains to be seen how Iran might
eventually react to the attack or if more attacks might be
unleashed in Iran.
September 13 2010: Striking Iran: Weapons I:
One immediately thinks of Cruise, B2 and
Covert and all those weapons or methods would, of course,
be used, but there are other specialised systems that would have
to be employed like
Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP).
will have more than 5,300 pounds
(2.4 tonnes) of explosives, encased in a 20.5 foot hardened
steel casing which makes it capable of penetrating and
destroying deeply buried targets like tunnels, bunkers
or deeply buried targets
like underground nuclear installations. With more than 10 times
the explosive power of its predecessor, the BLU-109, MOP will be
precision-guided by GPS based navigation to target.
require two major modifications, each costing about $1 billion,
to be able to successfully deliver the MOP and this work is
already completed. Next Time: Weapons II
July 15 2010: Is it
Time to Strike Iran?
The option to strike Iran's nuclear
facilities seems to be back on the table since Pres. George W
Bush first posed the question in 2006. At that time it was
thought not feasible given the wildly scattered facilities, many
in urban areas or deep underground.
However, with the present standoff with the
West and urged on by Middle East countries such as UAE and
Saudi, who both fear Iran getting a nuclear weapon, new thought
has gone into how it could be done.
With a right wing Israeli Prime Minister in
power, they have also been encouraged to become part of the plan
since a rogue Israeli strike needs to be avoided. The views of
China and Russia also have to be taken into account, and they
will probably not be too keen on the idea.
Next Issue: What will it take to get it done?