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Not Enough Carriers

The aircraft carriers USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) and USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) conduct a vertical replenishment. George H.W. Bush is undergoing its first underway replenishment with another aircraft carrier. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Cmdr. J.T. Schofield/Released)

In era of tight budgets, how many aircraft carriers are enough? With 11 carriers, the Navy can maintain an average of 3.5 carriers deployed, according to retired Vice Adm. Peter Daly, who commanded a carrier strike group. The average is higher than three because when one carrier is relieving another in an area of operations, […]

Add an ‘F’ to that Drone?

131109-N-SB233-218 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Nov. 9, 2013) The experimental X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstrator (UCAS-D) is secured by support staff in the hangar bay aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Theodore Roosevelt is the third carrier to test the tailless, unmanned autonomous aircraft's ability to integrate with the carrier environment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman John M. Drew/Released)

Navy’s UCLASS Could Be Air to Air Fighter [US Navy director of air warfare Rear Adm. Mike] Manazir Manazir contemplated the possibility that that the UCLASS, which is primarily being designed for the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) and strike roles, could be used as a flying missile magazine which could supplement the firepower of […]

Night Osprey

ARABIAN SEA (Jan. 28, 2014) An MV-22 Osprey takes off from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). Boxer is the flagship for the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (13th MEU), is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenan O'Connor/Released)

ARABIAN SEA (Jan. 28, 2014) An MV-22 Osprey takes off from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). Boxer is the flagship for the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (13th MEU), is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation […]

DDG 1000 USS Zumwalt

The DDG 1000 takes to the water in Bath, Maine. (General Dynamics Photo/US Navy)

Getting close: This isn’t making Murdoc feel better though: Looks more like an IT department at a naval supplier, not a nerve center on a front line warship. Maybe that’s just Murdoc being stodgy. More info from Raytheon on the DDG 1000 USS Zumwalt.

CIWS Opens Up

ARABIAN GULF (Jan. 19, 2014) The guided-missile cruiser USS San Jacinto (CG 56) fires a close-in weapons system (CIWS) during a live-fire exercise. San Jacinto is deployed as part of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Preston Paglinawan/Released) Block 1B

ARABIAN GULF (Jan. 19, 2014) The guided-missile cruiser USS San Jacinto (CG 56) fires a close-in weapons system (CIWS) during a live-fire exercise. San Jacinto is deployed as part of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. […]

Forrestal headed to Brownsville

Former USS Forrestal (CV-59) headed to Brownsville, TX, to be scrapped

The first supercarrier is the first one to head to the scrap yard: Scrapped for a penny: USS Forrestal, Navy’s first supercarrier, begins final voyage The Navy could find no takers for the ship as a museum. She might be finished and her make-up might be running, but she still looks a lady: As a […]

Chinese Navy Continues to Modernize. Quickly.

Type 052D VLS Luyang III DDG PLAN Chinese destroyer

Office of Naval Intelligence: China’s Fleet Advancing Faster Than US Expected The Chinese navy has 77 surface combatants, more than 60 submarines, 55 amphibious ships and about 85 missile-equipped small ships, according to the report first published by the U.S. Naval Institute. The report explains that more than 50 naval ships were “laid down, launched […]

USS Washington escapes the axe for now

PHILIPPINE SEA (Nov. 15, 2013) The aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) receives a pallet from an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter from the Island Knights of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 during a vertical replenishment with the Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE 10) in support of Operation Damayan. The George Washington Carrier Strike Group supports the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade to assist the Philippine government in response to the aftermath of the super typhoon Haiyan. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brian H. Abel/Released)

Pentagon Drops Plan to Mothball USS George Washington Aircraft Carrier The military had proposed an early retirement of the USS George Washington, reducing the U.S. carrier fleet to 10, as part of plan to deal with cost cuts imposed by Congress. That touched a nerve among a bipartisan group of lawmakers, who called on Defense […]

USS Lake Champlain (CV-39)

The U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Lake Champlain (CVS-39) at sea in 1960 with various aircraft of Carrier Anti-Submarine Air Group 54 (CVSG-54) on deck. Visible are four Douglas AD-5W Skyraider AEW-aircraft of VAW-12 Det. 34 Bats, several Sikorsky HSS Seabat helicopters of HS-5 Nightdippers and numerous Grumman S2F Tracker anti-submarine aircraft of VS-22 Checkmates and VS-32 Norsemen. Date 28 June 1960. Source Official US Navy photo NH 97437

Was browsing around, ended up reading about the Essex-class carrier USS Lake Champlain (CV-39), and found out a couple of interesting things about her that I didn’t know. First, she got the updated island superstructure and jet-handling upgrades of the SCB-27 program, but she never got the angled flight deck: Also, during Operation Magic Carpet […]