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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Review: Pacific Needs More Navy Presence

The Pentagon, in its strategic Quadrennial Defense Review, supports an increased Navy presence in the Pacific but gave few details on how this vision might take shape. The Pentagon has indicated that the decision would not be made until after release and evaluation of the Quadrennial Defense Review. Guam and Hawaii are being considered as possible locations for Navy carriers. It’s been reported that the estimated cost of basing an aircraft carrier on Guam is $5 billion, compared to $2.2 billion for Hawaii. The Pentagon report offers no details about carrier basing, noting only that the Navy plans to have at least six operationally available and sustainable carriers in the region.

Iran Interception of Cargo Ship Appears 'Provocative' -Pentagon

The Pentagon on Tuesday said Iran's interception of a Marshall Islands-flagged cargo vessel appeared to be a "provocative" act, but U.S. officials did not have all the facts surrounding the incident. Colonel Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, said the decision by Iranian naval forces to fire warning shots over the bow of the ship was "inappropriate." He said a U.S. Navy destroyer was headed in that direction to monitor the situation. A U.S. Navy maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft was also dispatched. It was not clear what the U.S. defense obligation was to the Pacific island nation. "At first appearance it does seem to be provocative behavior, but again we don't have all the facts yet," Warren told a Pentagon news briefing.

Iran Warships 'Linked Up' with Yemen-bound Cargo Ship

The Pentagon said on Tuesday that two Iranian warships had linked up with a cargo ship that Iran says is carrying humanitarian aid to Yemen, adding it was monitoring the ships "every step of the way."   "We're not overly concerned at this point. It's a single ship that we've got very good accountability of," Pentagon spokesman Colonel Steve Warren told a news briefing.   Warren said the two warships "linked up" with the cargo ship when it passed an area where they had been conducting, according to Tehran, counter-piracy operations. Another Pentagon spokesman said this happened on Monday.     (Reporting by Phil Stewart; Editing by Will Dunham)  

US Navy Stops Accompanying Ships through Strait of Hormuz

The U.S. Navy has stopped accompanying commercial ships through the Strait of Hormuz, a mission it began last week in the wake of Iran's seizure of a cargo ship, the Pentagon said on Wednesday.   Colonel Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, said the decision was taken after several days of accompanying U.S. and British commercial ships without incident. He stressed that U.S. Navy ships in the area would still conduct routine maritime security operations.     (Reporting by Phil Stewart; Editing by Doina Chiacu)

US, Marshall Islands Discuss Way Ahead After Iran Detains Ship

Officials from the United States and the Marshall Islands are discussing "the way ahead" after Iranian patrol boats forcibly diverted a cargo ship flying a Marshall Islands flag into an anchorage in Iranian waters, the Pentagon said on Wednesday. A U.S. Navy destroyer, the Farragut, and three coastal patrol ships, the Thunderbolt, Firebolt and Typhoon, were operating in the vicinity of the Strait of Hormuz conducting maritime security operations following the detention of the cargo ship, the MV Maersk Tigris, the Pentagon said. Army Colonel Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, said U.S. forces also had reconnaissance aircraft in the area to monitor developments with the Maersk Tigris…

Chinese Ships Spotted off Alaska

Image: Xinhua

Five Chinese Navy ships are sailing in international waters in the Bering Sea off Alaska coast, coinciding with President Barack Obama’s visit to the the U.S. state. US defence officials have spotted three Chinese combat ships, a supply vessel and an amphibious ship moving toward the Aleutian Islands which is split between Russian and US control, according to the Wall Street Journal. Its for the first time the U.S. military has seen them in the area. The U.S. has been tracking the flotilla – made up of three combat ships, a resupply ship and an amphibious ship – for days.

Newport News Takeover Far From Being Finalized

The U.S. Defense Department wants more data from rivals for the $2.1 billion takeover of Newport News Shipbuilding Inc. and may still be weeks or months away from recommending which offer if either to allow, a top Pentagon official said on Wednesday. General Dynamics Corp. and Northrop Grumman Corp. said last week that they had agreed with the departments of defense and justice to delay any effort to close their competing bids until at least August 20. Under U.S. anti-trust law, the Justice Department has 10 business days to reach a final decision on a proposed all-cash acquisition after the would-be acquirer turns over all merger-related information sought by regulators.

Ship Honors Victims and Heroes of 9/11

In a traditional U.S. Navy ceremony on Dec. 18, the keel of the U.S. Navy's eighth amphibious transport dock ship, Arlington (LPD 24), built by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC), was authenticated as more than 100 guests looked on. Named for the county in which the Pentagon is located, Arlington (LPD 24) is one of three ships NGSB-Gulf Coast is building to honor the heroes and victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. On that day, 184 people were killed in the Pentagon.

This Day in Naval History - Sept. 11

1814 - In the Battle of Lake Champlain, Commodore Thomas Macdonough defeats a British Squadron. 1939 - USS Bear (AG 29) is commissioned by the U.S. Navy for Antarctic operations under command of Rear Adm. Richard Byrd. 1941 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt announces order to the Navy to "shoot on sight" vessels threatening U.S. shipping or ships under U.S. escort. 1942 - Pharmacist's Mate 1st Class Wheeler B. Lipes performs emergency appendectomy on Seaman 1st Class Darrell D. Rector, aboard USS Seadragon (SS 194), on patrol in South China Sea. 1943 - Italian Navy surrenders to Allies. 1945 - Operation Magic Carpet, the return of troops to the Unites States, begins.

This Day in Naval History – Sept. 11

1814 - In Battle of Lake Champlain, Commodore Thomas Macdonough defeats a British Squadron. 1939 - Bear (AG-29) is commissioned by the U.S. Navy for Antarctic operations under command of RADM Richard Byrd, USN (Ret.). 1941 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt announces order to the Navy to "shoot on sight" vessels threatening U.S. shipping or ships under U.S. escort. 1942 - Pharmacist's Mate First Class Wheeler B. Lipes, USN, performs emergency appendectomy on Seaman First Class Darrell D. Rector, USNR, on board USS Seadragon on patrol in South China Sea. 1945 - Operation Magic Carpet, the return of troops to the U.S., begins. 2001 - American Flight 77 hijacked by terrorists struck the Pentagon.

Is Navy Mulling New Cuts?

According to a Reuters report, the U.S. Navy has proposed cutting a Lockheed Martin Corp. missile program and a Northrop Grumman Corp. amphibious assault ship in its fiscal 2008 budget, but Pentagon leaders will make the final decision, analysts said. Navy officials declined to comment on its spending proposal for 2008, saying the Pentagon and White House must still review all proposals. The Bush administration is expected to send its massive government-wide budget proposal for fiscal 2008 to Congress in early February 2007. A defense industry publication, Inside the Navy, on Tuesday quoted Lt. Cmdr. Anthony Wright from the office of the Chief of Naval Operations as saying that the Joint Common Missile (JCM) was no longer in the Navy's 2008 budget proposal.

This Day in Naval History - Sept. 11

1814 - In the Battle of Lake Champlain, Commodore Thomas Macdonough defeats a British Squadron. 1939 - USS Bear (AG 29) is commissioned by the U.S. Navy for Antarctic operations under command of Rear Adm. Richard Byrd. 1941 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt announces order to the Navy to "shoot on sight" vessels threatening U.S. shipping or ships under U.S. escort. 1942 - Pharmacist's Mate 1st Class Wheeler B. Lipes performs emergency appendectomy on Seaman 1st Class Darrell D. Rector, aboard USS Seadragon (SS 194), on patrol in South China Sea. 1943 - Italian Navy surrenders to Allies. 1945 - Operation Magic Carpet, the return of troops to the Unites States, begins.

Tamburrino is New NAVSEA Executive Director

Vice Adm. Philip M. Balisle, commander, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), announced the selection of Pat Tamburrino as the organization's new Executive Director - NAVSEA's senior civilian position. "Pat brings experience doing business with and among the Pentagon senior leaders - both Flag and SES," said Balisle. Tamburrino began his executive career at NAVSEA where he served as the Cost Engineering Leader. He later served as deputy for Program Executive Office for Submarines. He is currently the Asst. Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Resources, Requirements & Assessments). Tamburrino will replace Pete Brown who will retire in May. Brown joined NAVSEA in 1981 and has served as Executive Director since 1998.

This Day in Naval History - Sept. 11

1814 - In the Battle of Lake Champlain, Commodore Thomas Macdonough defeats a British Squadron. 1939 - USS Bear (AG 29) is commissioned by the U.S. Navy for Antarctic operations under command of Rear Adm. Richard Byrd. 1941 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt announces order to the Navy to "shoot on sight" vessels threatening U.S. shipping or ships under U.S. escort. 1942 - Pharmacist's Mate 1st Class Wheeler B. Lipes performs emergency appendectomy on Seaman 1st Class Darrell D. Rector, aboard USS Seadragon (SS 194), on patrol in South China Sea. 1943 - Italian Navy surrenders to Allies. 1945 - Operation Magic Carpet, the return of troops to the Unites States, begins.

White House: No Threat from China Navy Ships in Bering Sea

The Pentagon has not detected any threatening activity from the Chinese navy vessels in the Bering Sea, the White House said on Wednesday.   "Based on their analysis they have not detected any sort of threat or threatening activities," said White House spokesman Josh Earnest. "They are monitoring movement of the ships but the intent of this is still unclear."   Five Chinese Navy ships are sailing in international waters in the Bering Sea, off Alaska, the Pentagon said on Wednesday, in an apparent first for China's military that came just as President Barack Obama toured Alaska.     (Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Writing by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Sandra Maler)

U.S. Navy Ship Sails near Island Claimed by China

Sailors aboard Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) fire a M2HB .50-caliber machine gun during a gunnery exercise in the South China Sea. Curtis Wilbur is on patrol in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt.j.g. Jonathan Peterson/Released)

A U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer sailed within 12 nautical miles of an island claimed by China in the South China Sea on Saturday, in an operation the Pentagon said was designed to challenge efforts to restrict freedom of navigation. Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said no ships from China's military were in the vicinity of the USS Curtis Wilbur when it carried out the operation near Triton Island in the Paracel Islands. "This operation challenged attempts by the three claimants - China, Taiwan and Vietnam - to restrict navigation rights and freedoms," Davis said.

Pentagon: Cut in LCS Ship Program 'Not an Indictment'

U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work said the Pentagon's plan to truncate the Littoral Combat Ship program at 40 ships instead of 52 reflected budget pressures and was "not an indictment" of the program. Lockheed Martin Corp and Australia's Austal each build different models of the smaller, fast coastal warships. Carter said he wants the Navy to have a competition and pick just one supplier for future ships. Work said the Pentagon decided to buy two of the ships in fiscal 2017, instead of scaling orders back to just one ship as Defense Secretary Ash Carter had ordered in a memo late last year, at the Navy's request. He said the move was meant to help ensure a smooth transition to a future competition by keeping both shipbuilders working for another year.

US Freedom of Navigation Ops Targeted 13 Countries Last Year

The U.S. military carried out freedom of navigation operations against 13 countries last year, including several against China for what it views as excessive claims to maritime and airspace jurisdiction, the Pentagon said in an annual report on Monday. The Defense Department carried out multiple freedom of navigation operations against China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Libya, Malaysia, the Maldives, Oman, the Philippines and Vietnam, the two-page report said. In operations targeting Chinese claims, the Pentagon challenged Chinese jurisdiction in the airspace above its maritime Exclusive Economic Zone as well as restrictions it has attempted to impose on aircraft flying through an Air Defense Identification Zone off the Chinese coast. Beijing has been extremely sensitive about U.S.

Nine Bells Struck on US Navy's Birthday

Nine-bell Ringing: Photo credit USN

A Pentagon Navy staff celebration to commemorate the Navy's 237th birthday was held on 9, October 2012. A Sailor assigned to USS Constitution rings eight bells, a nautical tradition to render honors with eight being the highest amount of bells bestowed, during a Pentagon Navy staff celebration to commemorate the Navy's 237th birthday. The U.S. Navy has a 237-year heritage of defending freedom and projecting and protecting U.S. interests around the globe. In the picture, from left…

Questions Arise on Shipbuilding Payments for Katrina losses

According to the AP a Navy plan to pay Gulf Coast shipbuilders about $1.7 billion for losses related to damages and construction delays from Hurricane Katrina may overstate the actual costs and could dampen efforts to collect insurance payments, according to a Congressional report. The nonpartisan Congressional Research Service said Northrop Grumman may be able to collect insurance claims for future increased costs related to labor and overhead. If the government pays now, the report said, the company will have little incentive to negotiate with insurers for those payments. The researchers said Northrop Grumman may be covered for losses related to disruption of work caused by the hurricane…

House OKs $70b in funding

With Iraq alone costing about $8 billion a month, another infusion of funds will be needed next spring. Opinion polls show the war continues to be unpopular with voters, but even Democratic opponents of the war generally embrace the Pentagon measure, since it provides funding for body armor and other support for U.S. troops overseas. The House passed the Pentagon appropriations bill Tuesday night on a 394-22 vote, and the Senate could clear the bill for President Bush . The House-Senate compromise bill provides $378 billion for core Pentagon programs, about a 5 percent increase, though not quite as much as Bush requested. The $70 billion for Iraq and Afghanistan is a down payment on war costs the White House has estimated will hit $110 billion for the budget year beginning Oct.

Iranian Forces Fire On, Board Cargo Ship in Gulf

An MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter flies by the guided-missile destroyer USS Farragut in 2012 (U.S. Navy photo)

Iranian forces boarded a Marshall Islands-flagged cargo ship in the Gulf on Tuesday after patrol boats fired warning shots across its bow and ordered it deeper into Iranian waters, the Pentagon said. U.S. planes and a destroyer were monitoring the situation after the vessel, the MV Maersk Tigris, made a distress call in the Strait of Hormuz, one of the world's most important oil shipping channels. Iran's Tasnim news agency quoted an unidentified source who sought to play down the incident, saying it was a civil matter with no military or political dimension.

U.S. Asia-Pacific Drills to Increase

The United States plans to increase the number of military and humanitarian drills it conducts in the Asia-Pacific as part of a new strategy to counter China's rapid expansion in the South China Sea, the Philippine military said on Wednesday. Admiral Harry Harris, commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, highlighted key aspects of the Pentagon's freshly drafted Asia Pacific Maritime Security Strategy during talks with his Filipino counterpart, General Hernando Iriberri, during a visit to Manila. Colonel Restituto Padilla, a military spokesman, told journalists that the report outlined Washington's set of actions in the disputed South China Sea and East China Sea, focusing on the protection of "freedom of seas", deterring conflict and coercion, and promoting adherence to international law.

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