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President Donald J. Trump commissioned the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) at a commissioning ceremony July 22.

A commissioning is a day of celebration, and honors the dedication, team work, and collaboration of Sailors, legislators, shipbuilders, program managers, and the ship's sponsor in delivering the ship to the fleet.

Trump landed on the flight deck in Marine One and was greeted by Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Acting Secretary of the Navy Sean Stackley, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson, and USS Gerald R. Ford Commanding Officer Capt. Rick McCormack.Over 10,000 friends and family members attended the event, watching the festivities from the hangar bay, the pier and USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69).

Published in World
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 06:00

ARLEIGH BURKE CLASS DESTROYER

Additional Info

  • Length
    • Flight I and II: 153.8 meters.
    • Flight IIA: 155.3 meters.
  • Beam
    • 20.4 meters.
  • Draft
    • 9.3 meters.
  • Displacement
    • Flight I: 8,315 tons.
    • Flight II: 8,400 tons.
    • Flight IIA: 9,200 tons.
    • Flight III: 9,800 tons.
  • Propulsion
    • 4 GE LM-2500 gas turbine with 100.000 HP
    • 2 propeller with CRP (Controllable Reversible Pitch)
  • Speed
    • 31 knots.
  • Range
    • 4,400 NM at 20 kn
  • Complement
    • Flight I: 323.
    • Flight IIA: 380.
  • Sensors
    • Multifunction radar: 3D AN/SPY-1D.
    • Surface radar: AN/SPS-67(V)5.
    • Navigation radar: AN/SPS-64(V)9
    • Hull sonar: AN/SQS-53C(V)
    • Towed Array Sonar: AN/SQR-19 TACTAS (only Flight I)
    • TACAN AN/URN-25
  • ESM/ECM
    • AN/SLQ-32(V)3
  • Countermeasures
    • 6 SRBOC Mk-36 Infrared flares and chaff launcher.
    • SLQ-25A Nixie torpedo countermeasure.
  • Systems
    • Combat system: Mk-7 Mod. 3 AEGIS
    • AN/SWG-3A TOMAHAWK Weapon Control System(TWCS)
    • AN/SWG-IA(V) Harpoon Ship Command-Launch Control System (HSCLCS)
    • MK 116 Anti-Submarine Weapon Control System (ASWCS)
    • Data Link-11/16/4A
    • AN/SRQ-4 ship-to-helicopter datalink.
    • Communications UHF SATCOM, SHF SATCOM, INMARSAT, UHF, HF, VHF
  • Weapons
    • 2 Mk-41 VLS with 90 cells (in Flight II and IIA 96 cells) for Standard SM-2MR, Tomahawk y ESSM RIM 162B
    • 1 Mk-45 Mod. 2 5/54 inch (DDG-51 to DDG-80).
    • 1 Mk-45 Mod. 4 5/62 inch (DDG-81 onwards).
    • 2 Mk-32 triple torpedo tubes (Mk-46 or Mk-50 torpedoes
    • 2 CIWS Mk-15 Mod. 12 of 20 mm. Phalanx (DDG-51 - DDG-84)
    • 1 CIWS Mk-15 Mod. 12 of 20 mm. Phalanx (DDG-85 onwaards)
    • 8 AGM-84 Harpoon.
  • Aircraft carried
    • Flight I: and II: Only flight deck.
    • Flight IIA onwards: 2 MH-60R Seahawk LAMPS III helicopters
Published in United States
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 06:00

SAN ANTONIO CLASS LPD

Additional Info

  • Ships in class
    NAME NUMBER LAUNCHED COMMISSIONED
    USS San Antonio LPD 17 12 July 2003 14 January 2006
    USS New Orleans LPD 18 11 December 2004 10 March 2004
    USS Mesa Verde LPD 19 19 November 2004 15 December 2007
    USS Green Bay LPD 20 11 August 2006 24 January 2009
    USS New York LPD 21 19 December 2007 7 November 2009
    USS San Diego LPD 22 7 May 2010 23 December 2011
    USS Anchorage LPD 23 12 February 2011 4 May 2013
    USS Arlington LPD 24 23 November 2011 8 February 2013
    USS Somerset LPD 25 14 April 2012 1 March 2014
    USS John P. Murtha LPD 26 30 October 2014 8 October 2016
    USS Portland LPD 27 13 February 2016  
      LPD 28    
  • Length
    • 208.5 meters.
  • Beam
    • 31.9 meters.
  • Draft
    • 7 meters.
  • Displacement
    • 25,300 tons.
  • Propulsion
    • 4 diesel Colt-Pielstick PC 2.5 of 41.600 HP.
    • 2 variable pitch propellers.
  • Electric power
    • 5 diesel Caterpillar generators of 2,500 HP each.
  • Speed
    • 22 knots.
  • Complement
    • Crew: 360
    • Landing force:699
  • Sensors
    • Air radar: 3D AN/SPS-48E.
    • Surface search & fire control radar: AN/SPQ-9B
    • Surface radar: 2 AN/SPS-73.
    • Navigation radar AN/SPS-64 (V)9
  • ESM/ECM
    • AN/SLQ-32A(V)2
  • Countermeasures
    • Launches chaff or infrared decoys SRBOC Mk 36.
    • AN/SLQ-25A Nixie
    • MK-53 Nulka
  • Systems
    • Sistema de Combate SSDS Mk-2
    • Command-and-control systemGCCS-M AN/USQ-119E (V) 27
    • AADS AN/KSQ-1.
    • ASDS AN/SPQ-14(V)
    • AN/USG-2 CEC
    • MK-91.
    • NAVSSIAN/SSN-6.
    • AN/WSN-7(V)1
    • UHF SATCOM, SHF SATCOM, INMARSAT, UHF, HF, VHF
  • Weapons
    • 2 guns Mk-46 Mod. 2 of 30 mm.
    • 2 launches Mk-31 RAM
  • Transport
    • Three vehicle decks with 2,229 square meters2.
    • Two general yards and ammunition.
    • 2 LCAC or 1 LCU and 14 EFV/AAV.
  • Aircraft carried
    • Hangar capacity for 1 CH-53 Super Stallion or 2 CH-46 Sea Knight or 1 MV-22 Osprey or 3 UH / AH-1S.
    • Flight deck for 2 CH-53 Super Stallion or 4 CH-46 Sea Knight or 2 MV-22 Osprey or 4 UH / AH-1S.
  • Other
    • Hospital with 2 operating rooms, 24 beds for hospitalization and 2 dentistry rooms.
Published in United States
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 15:52

WASP CLASS LHD

Additional Info

  • Ships in class
    NAME NUMBER LAUNCHED COMMISSIONED
    Wasp LHD 1 4 August 1987 29 July 1989
    Essex LHD 2 23 February 1991 17 October 1992
    Kearsarge LHD 3 16 May 1992 16 October 1993
    Boxer LHD 4 28 August 1993 11 February 1995
    Bataan LHD 5 18 May 1996 20 September 1997
    Bonhomme Richard LHD 6 14 March 1997 15 August 1998
    Iwo Jima LHD 7 25 March 2000 30 June 2001
    Makin Island LHD 8 22 September 2006 24 October 2009
  • Length
    • 257 meters (258 meters. LHD-8)
  • Beam
    • 32.3 meters.
  • Draft
    • 8.10 meters.
  • Displacement
    • 41,302 tons. (LHD 1-4)
    • 41,005 tons. (LHD 5-7)
    • 42,442 tons. (LHD 8)
  • Propulsion
    • 2 boilers with 2 geared steam turbines 70,000 HP (LHD 1-7)
    • 2 GE LM-2500+ geared gas turbines (LHD 8)
    • 2 variable pitch propellers.
  • Electric power
    • 6 diesel generators of 4,000 kW each.(LHD 8)
  • Speed
    • 22 knots (LHD 1-7)
    • 24 knots (LHD 8)
  • Range
    • 9.500 nautical miles at 18 knots.
  • Complement
    • Crew: 1,070 (1,059 - LHD 8)
    • Landing force: 1,687
  • Sensors
    • Air radar 3D: ITT AN/SPS-48E
    • Air radar 2D: Raytheon AN/SPS-49(v)5
    • Surface radar: AN/SPS-67
    • Navigation radar: AN/SPS-73
    • Marshalling air traffic control radar: AN/SPN-43
    • Air Traffic Control Radar: AN/SPN-35B (LHD 1-7) AN/SPN-35C (LHD 8)
    • Surface search & fire control radar: AN/SPQ-9B
    • 2 Missile Directors Mk-95 for NATO Sea Sparrow
    • Target Acquisition System (TAS) Hughes Mk-23
  • ESM/ECM
    • Raytheon AN/SLQ-32(V)3
  • Countermeasures
    • Chaff Buoy Decoy System AN/SLQ-49
    • Launches chaff or infrared decoys SRBOC Mk 36.
    • Towed torpedo decoys SLQ-25A Nixie.
  • Systems
    • Command-and-control system: ACDS Block 1 level 2 (LHD 1 y 7) y Block 0 (LHD 2-6).
    • Command-and-control system: SSDS Mk 2 (LHD 8).
    • Marine Tactical Command and Control: USMC MTACCS (Marine Tactical Command & Control System).
    • Data Link-4A/11/16
    • Communications UHF SATCOM, SHF SATCOM, INMARSAT, UHF, HF, VHF, GMDSS (Global Maritime Distress & Safety System), EHF.
    • Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data System (AFATDS) (LHD 6-8)
    • Integrated Automatic Detection and Tracking (IADT) AN/SYS-2
    • TACAN URN-25.
  • Weapons
    • 2 Mk-29 NATO Sea Sparrow
    • 2 RIM-116 RAM (Rolling Airframe Missile)
    • 3 CIWS Mk-15 Mod. 2 Phalanx. (2 in LHD 5-7)
    • 4 BAE Mk-38 Mod. 2 of 25 mm.(3 in LHD 5-7)
  • Transport
    • A Wasp-class vessel can transport up to 30,800 square feet, and another 20,000 square feet for vehicles.
    • Typical composition: 5 M-1 Abrams battle tanks, 25 AAV´s, 8 M-198 howitzers, 68 trucks and other support vehicles.
  • Aircraft carried
    • Typical composition: 6 AV-8B Harrier II, 4 AH-1W SuperCobre, 12 CH-46 Sea Knight o 4 MV-22 Osprey, 4 CH-53 Sea Stallion, 3 UH-1N Huey
    • Flight deck: 259 x 34 meters.
    • 2 lifts of 34 tns.
    • The flight deck features 9 helicopter take-off spots.
  • Other
    • Floodable well dock: 81 x 15,2 meters for 2 LCU (Landing Craft Utility) or 3 LCAC (Landing Craft Air Cushion) or 6 LCM-8 (Landing Craft Mechanized) or 40 AAV (Amphibious Assault Vehicle)
    • Monorail trains moving at up to 183 m per minute deliver cargo from the storage areas to the well deck
    • Hospital with 64 beds, 4 Un hospital con 64 camas, 4 principal operating rooms, 2 secundary operating rooms, 4 dentistry rooms, Radiology room, blood bank, laboratories.
    • 6 lifts load of 3.6 x 7.6 meters
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The future USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) returned from Builder's Sea Trials to Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia on April 14 after seven days at sea.

During this initial at-sea period, Ford's crew, representatives from Huntington Ingalls Industries-Newport News Shipbuilding, the Navy's CVN 78 Program Office, the Navy's Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion and Repair and various technical subject matter experts demonstrated many of the ship's capabilities including tracking aircraft using the Dual Band Radar, conducting "no load" cycles using the new electromagnetic aircraft launch system (EMALS) and small boat operations.

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The U.S. Missile Defense Agency, the Japan Ministry of Defense and U.S. Navy successfully used a ship-launched Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA to intercept a medium-range ballistic missile target for the first time on Friday night in Hawaii.

In the Feb. 3 test, conducted at about 10:30 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time (3:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, Feb. 4), a target was launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility at Kauai, according to a MDA statement. USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53) detected and tracked the target missile with its AN/SPY-1D(V) radar and Aegis Combat System Baseline 9.C2 system. The ship fired a SM-3 Block IIA – being jointly developed by the U.S. and Japan – and intercepted the target.

 

Source: USNI News

Published in Short
Sunday, 05 February 2017 09:02

Navy Decommissions USS "Enterprise" (CVN 65)

The aircraft carrier, USS Enterprise (CVN 65), was decommissioned during a ceremony held in the ship's hangar bay, Feb. 3.

The ceremony not only marked the end the ship's nearly 55-year career, it also served as the very first decommissioning of a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier.

Capt. Todd Beltz, commanding officer of the Enterprise, addressed the ship's company, former commanding officers and distinguished visitors and spoke of where the true spirit of "The Big E" comes from.

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