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US Navy cutting F-35C Buy

F-35C First Arrestment aboard USS Nimitz (CVN-68) on 03 November 2014. CDR Tony Wilson was flying CF-03 and LCDR Ted Dyckman was flying CF-05.

F-35Cs Cut Back As U.S. Navy Invests In Standoff Weapons The U.S. Navy has reduced its planned buys of the Lockheed Martin F-35C Joint Strike Fighter by almost one-third over the fiscal 2016-2020 Future Years Defense Program (FYDP), while committing almost $800 million to new standoff weapon developments and canceling the only missile program that […]

R2-D2 Opens Up

The MK-15 Phalanx close-in weapons system fires a short burst during a pre-aim calibration fire aboard the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chosin (CG 65). Chosin is underway for routine training. (U.S. Navy photo by Fire Controlman 2nd Class Andrew Albin/Released)

The MK-15 Phalanx close-in weapons system fires a short burst during a pre-aim calibration fire aboard the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chosin (CG 65). Chosin is underway for routine training. (U.S. Navy photo by Fire Controlman 2nd Class Andrew Albin/Released)

USS Roanoke CL-145

USS Roanoke CL-145

In Murdoc’s opinion, Worcester-class cruisers were some of the prettiest ships ever built: Laid down in early 1945, only two of ten planned ships in the class were completed. They served until 1958. Classed as ‘light cruisers’ because they mounted 6″ guns, they displaced 18,000 tons fully loaded and were 679 feet long. The twelve […]

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 […]