The USS Carl Vinson strike group engaged in drills with Japanese ships off the Philippines as the US ships continued their journey to waters off North Korea. The move as well as measures taken by Japan come in response to recent belligerent actions by the North Korean regime.
The Ohio-class nuclear-powered guided-missile submarine USS Michigan docked in Busan, South Korea, on Tuesday as North Korea celebrated the 85th anniversary of the founding of the Korean People's Army. The visit is part of a strong US signal to Pyongyang, with the strike group of the carrier USS Carl Vinson due to arrive later in the week.
An organizational overhaul for littoral combat ships deployed to the Indo-Asia-Pacific is reducing maintenance turnaround times from 15 days to four. Rear Adm. Don Gabrielson credits the change by the Navy's Commander Logistics Group Western Pacific/Task Force 73 to "a collaborative effort by the entire LCS enterprise, from the maintenance and support process comprised of a mix of Navy, civilian and government contracted personnel along with original equipment manufacturers," Dzirhan Mahadzir writes.
The USS Vella Gulf has headed for the 5th and 6th Fleets area of operation for a seven-month deployment. The ship's last action was a live-fire missile exercise off North Carolina in February.
India's navy joined those globally with the ability to launch cruise missiles from sea to land with the successful test of its BrahMos supersonic cruise missile. The missile was developed jointly by India and Russia.
Officials are investigating the crash of a Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet fighter while the plane was attempting to land Friday on the carrier USS Carl Vinson. The pilot ejected safely during the routine exercise in the Celebes Sea, south of the Philippines.
A spinning wind-powered cylinder inspired Nor-Shipping to honor Norsepower CEO Tuomas Riski with its Young Entrepreneur Award 2017. The cylinder, known as a Flettner rotor, captures wind energy to propel ships for as much as 20% in fuel savings under ideal wind conditions.
Planned maintenance and administration and engineering services support are included in a nearly $8 million contract awarded to General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding, or NASSCO, for option period two of a sustainment execution contract supporting the Navy's program for littoral combat ships. Work is scheduled for completion next month in San Diego.
Austal USA has handed over the eighth of 12 planned multi-hull vessels to the Navy. The 338-foot Expeditionary Fast Transport vessel USNS Yuma is designed to operate from austere locations, giving the Navy high-speed intra-theater transport capability with an average speed of 35 knots and a range of 1,200 nautical miles.
One proposal for the Navy's upgraded frigate version of the littoral combat ship suggests a ship with much better armament, meriting a one-year delay before the $9 billion contract is awarded, according to the Government Accountability Office. The reasoning behind the suggested delay adds weight to the recommendation, based on a design that would sharply expand the LCS' range of missions.
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