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Unmanned Vehicles / Submarine-Launched Unmanned Aerial System (SLUAS)
« on: December 10, 2020, 01:35:18 AM »
The US Navy wants to find ships to kill using aerial drones launched from submarines

WASHINGTON – The name of the game in the Pacific is stand-off range. But with longer range torpedoes and anti-ship missiles in the arsenal, submariners are looking to a new domain to help them extend their deadly reach: The air.

In an October request for information, Naval Sea Systems Command’s Submarine Combat and Weapons Control Program Office asked industry for input into a “Submarine-Launched Unmanned Aerial System,” or SLUAS, currently in development.

The Navy has been interested in sub-launched drones for some time and has been testing prototypes, but the RFI shows the service is getting serious about the idea as it adds longer-range torpedoes and anti-ship cruise missiles to the arsenal of its attack submarines.

The idea for the SLUAS is an ambitious one.

The drone would launch from a submerged submarine out of a 3-inch ejector tube used for sonobuoys, flares and countermeasures among other things. The battery-operated UAS would then deploy its wings and operate for an hour, well beyond the range visible from just the low-in-the-water periscope.

Additionally, the UAS should have an “electro-optic capability with reliable target solution analysis,” the RFI said, adding that it should be able to “operate at ranges out to the line-of-sight radio horizon, and use a variable bandwidth encrypted datalink with at least 256-bit encryption strength.

United States of America / Re: Fire in the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6)
« on: December 10, 2020, 01:30:42 AM »

A fire is fought into the evening onboard the amphibious assault ship Bonhomme Richard at Naval Base San Diego, Calif., on July 12, 2020. (MC2 Austin Haist/U.S. Navy)

What’s next for the Bonhomme Richard warship?

Flat Tops / Re: France to build new nuclear-powered aircraft carrier
« on: December 10, 2020, 01:27:51 AM »

Macron kicks off French race to build a new nuclear-powered aircraft carrier

The new aircraft carrier is expected to be the biggest warship France has ever built. Florence Parly, the armed forces minister, said in October that the ship, whatever its propulsion, would be designed to deploy the future combat aircraft system (FCAS) and today her ministry confirmed that the vessel would deploy about 30 of these aircraft “which will be bigger than the Rafales.”

The ministry said the ship would be in the 75,000 tonne class (82,673 tons), be around 300 meters long (984 feet) and be able to sail at 27 knots (31 mph), even bigger than the second aircraft carrier that Naval Group was working on in the early 2000s until that program was shelved by the government for lack of money. In comparison, the Charles de Gaulle is 261m (856 feet) long and weighs 42,000 tonnes (46,297 tons) fully loaded. The new ship will have a crew of about 2,000, including the air group.

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It will have two K22 power generators each generating 220 megawatts (hence the 22) derived from the K15 (that generate 150 MW each) that currently power the Charles de Gaulle.

Flat Tops / France to build new nuclear-powered aircraft carrier
« on: December 10, 2020, 01:26:15 AM »

France to build new nuclear-powered aircraft carrier

Speaking at a nuclear facility in the Burgundy town of Le Creusot, he called France’s nuclear weapons and atomic energy industry “the cornerstone of our strategic autonomy,” and said the nuclear sector plays a role in France’s “status as a great power.”

One of his advisers noted that having an aircraft carrier also helps France project its global influence. Only a few countries in the world maintain the huge, costly vessels.

The new French aircraft carrier will be about 70,000 tons and 300 meters long, roughly 1.5 times the size of the Charles de Gaulle, which has been deployed for international military operations in Iraq and Syria in recent years, according to French presidential advisers.

Its catapults will be electro-magnetic, and American-made, and the ship will be designed to accommodate next-generation warplanes and serve until around 2080, the advisers said.

They didn’t provide a price tag but French media estimate it will cost around 7 billion euros ($8.5 billion).

Discussions about all nations and places / Re: Sa’ar 6 class corvettes
« on: December 10, 2020, 01:20:40 AM »

The first of four new Saar 6 ships, left, is docked in Haifa, Israel, on Dec. 2, 2020. Israel’s Navy has welcomed the first of four German-made warships that will be at the vanguard of the country’s efforts to protect its coastline and growing natural gas industry. (Heidi Levine/AP)

Discussions about all nations and places / Re: Sa’ar 6 class corvettes
« on: December 10, 2020, 01:19:41 AM »

Israeli Navy welcomes new generation of German-made warships

HAIFA, Israel — Israel’s Navy on Wednesday welcomed the first of four German-made warships that will be at the vanguard of the country’s efforts to protect its coastline and growing natural gas industry.

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The vessels, commonly known as the Sa’ar 6, will lead Israeli efforts to protect its 200-mile exclusive economic zone. The natural gas industry, seen as a national asset, is at the heart of those efforts.

More than a decade after finding sizable reserves off its Mediterranean coast, Israel now generates some 60 percent of its electricity from natural gas, according to the national electric company, and has begun to export gas to its Arab neighbors Jordan and Egypt. Israel is also pursuing a project with Greece and Cyprus in hopes of creating an Eastern Mediterranean gas pipeline to Europe.

With so much at stake, Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah group has identified Israeli gas installations as high-priority targets. Israel takes such threats seriously. During a monthlong war in 2006, a Hezbollah cruise missile struck on an Israeli Sa’ar 5 warship, killing four service members.

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The new ships are to be equipped with newer and more powerful radar and other electronic systems, and handle rough seas much better than their predecessors. The 90-meter vessels are equipped with rocket and missile defense systems, anti-aircraft and anti-ship missiles, torpedoes, and an upgraded launching pad for Israel’s newest attack helicopters.


Video: 1st Cape-class patrol boat for Trinidad and Tobago launched
December 7, 2020

Under a A$126 million contract awarded by the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago (GORTT), Austal is constructing two 58-metre boats for the TTCG, scheduled for delivery in the first half of 2021.

The new TTCG Capes are based on the 58-metre aluminium monohull patrol boat, first developed by Austal in Australia for Australian Border Force.

The vessels have a 4,000 nautical mile range and 28-day patrol cycle, with a crew of up to 22. Each Cape is equipped with two high-speed 7.3-metre rigid hull inflatable boats used for intercepting other vessels.

Photo: Austal

Austal Hull 398 - Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard Cape-class Patrol Boat Launch, November 2020
Dec 4, 2020

Video of the launch of the first of two 58 metre Cape-class Patrol Boats under construction at Austal Australia, for the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard; Henderson, Western Australia November 2020.

United States of America / Re: Fire in the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6)
« on: December 10, 2020, 01:12:06 AM »

Navy to Decommission USS Bonhomme Richard
30 November 2020

After thorough consideration, the Navy has decided to decommission USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), a Wasp-class amphibious assault ship, due to the extensive damage sustained during the July fire.

Following the fire, the Navy conducted a comprehensive material assessment that concluded the cost to restore Bonhomme Richard could exceed $3 billion and require between five and seven years to complete.

The Navy also examined rebuilding the ship for alternate purposes and determined the cost could exceed $1 billion, which is as much or more than a new-construction hospital ship, submarine tender, or command-and-control ship.

Although the timeline for towing and dismantlement are still being finalized, the Navy will execute an inactivation availability that will remove systems and components for use in other ships.

Since July, the Navy has taken numerous actions designed to provide immediate fire safety and prevention improvements across the Fleet and shore installations. Working collaboratively, the fleet commanders established a Fire Safety Assessment Program to conduct random assessments of ship’s compliance with Navy fire-safety regulations, with a priority on ships undergoing maintenance availabilities.

Naval Sea Systems Command issued an advisory to all supervising authorities on directed fire prevention requirements and outlined corrective actions to improve fire protection, damage control, and firefighting doctrine, all of which will be executed in close partnerships with industry partners.

United States of America / Re: Fire in the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6)
« on: December 10, 2020, 01:10:09 AM »
See Also: Wasp class LHD



Firefighters fighting the blaze on the USS Bonhomme Richard, July 12, 2020.

Discussions about all nations and places / Re: Sa’ar 6 class corvettes
« on: December 10, 2020, 12:56:25 AM »
Israeli Navy orders MF-Star radars for its Saar-6 corvettes | Janes - 27 February 2019
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) announced on 25 February that its subsidiary Elta has won a contract with the Israeli Navy to supply four ELM-2248 MF-Star radars for its four new Saar-6 corvettes.

Each ship will have four MF-Star conformal antennas attached to its mast, which will be linked to its combat management system so that threats can be effectively engaged by appropriate weapons.

Discussions about all nations and places / Sa’ar 6 class corvettes
« on: December 10, 2020, 12:55:12 AM »

The Sa’ar 6-class of corvettes includes a series of four new warships being built by ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) for the Israeli Navy.

Based on the German MEKO 100 patrol corvette, the Saar-6-class is designed to offer enhanced attack capabilities compared to its predecessor Sa’ar 5 class.

The warships will be used to conduct patrol duties in Israel’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) to protect the country’s gas reserves, shipping lanes and other strategic assets in the Mediterranean.

Sa’ar 6-class development

The Israeli Ministry of Defence placed an order with TKMS for four new patrol vessels in January 2015 and the order was finalised in May 2015.

The cost of construction is estimated at $480m, of which two-thirds will be paid by Israel and the German Government will subsidise the remaining amount with the Dolphin-class submarines.

The steel-cutting ceremony of the first ship was held in February 2018. The hull and superstructures of the ships will be built at TKMS’ shipbuilding facility in Kiel, Germany, while the outfitting of combat systems, sensors and other subsystems will be performed in Israel.

The four corvettes were christened INS Magen, INS Oz, INS Independence and INS Victory in April 2018.

The initial sea trials of INS Magen began in March 2020. The vessels are expected to be commissioned by the Israeli Navy between 2020 and 2022. In November 2019, Israel Shipyards received a contract from Israel’s Ministry of Defence and Navy for a floating dock with a ten years’ service agreement for maintenance and repair of Sa’ar 6-class corvettes and submarines.

infographics on the Saar 6. Image taken from

Military History / Re: WWII Veterans recalls time in the service
« on: December 10, 2020, 12:24:20 AM »
98-year-old guerrilla fighter recalls WWII experience
December 7, 2020, 9:36 pm

MANILA – Maj. Max Young, a 98-year-old former guerrilla fighter, on Monday vividly recalled his ordeal in World War II, particularly his daring escape, together with his comrades from their Japanese captors on March 20, 1942.

Young, who hails from Cebu, disclosed his WWII experience during an exclusive interview on the eve of the 79th anniversary of the Japanese invasion of the Philippines on Dec. 8, 1941 that started WWII in the Pacific.

At 98, Young could be the only surviving Filipino war veteran who fought during the Second World War, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War where he was a member of the Philippine Civic Action Group to Vietnam (PHILCAG), not engaged in combat, but civic action work.

Despite his age, Young still remembers all his combat experience, particularly the Korean War where he was a tank commander, who fought almost singlehandedly against highly superior Chinese and North Korean force in the battle of Yultong where he was awarded the Taegeuk Medal, South Korea’s highest military medal for gallantry in combat.

Young still does calisthenics every day doing 1,000 steps, and walks on his own.

Recalling his WWII experience, Young said he was aboard working in a civilian ship, together with 160 soldiers and their families going to Manila from Cebu when we heard "over the radio at 10 in the morning that Pearl Harbor in Hawaii and Clark Air Base in Pampanga were bombed by Japanese warplanes on that fateful day of 8 December 1941”.

Military History / WWII Veterans recalls time in the service
« on: December 10, 2020, 12:22:27 AM »
World War II Veteran Recalls Surviving Encounter in Pacific
By Associated Press, Wire Service Content May 25, 2020, at 11:19 a.m.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Justin Minor had just finished high school when Pearl Harbor was bombed.

The next year, in 1942, he was drafted. And his next three years would take him to two of the major theaters of World War II, including the now-famous Battle of the Bulge.

Minor is one of only about 300,000 World War II veterans who are still alive on this Memorial Day weekend, according to estimates from the Dept. of Veterans Affairs — just a fraction of the more than 16 million Americans who served in the war.

But even though many are now in their upper 90s, some still have vibrant memories of their time overseas.

Minor remembers being a dependable teenager when he joined the Army — his mother could set a clock by what time he would come home, he didn’t hang out on the streets, and he didn’t swear, he says.

General Discussion / Re: US donates P1.38-B worth of defense gear to PHL
« on: December 10, 2020, 12:11:02 AM »

PH gets P1.38B more in donated military equipment from US government / 07:28 PM December 08, 2020

Miller told Lorenzana that the first of two refurbished C-130 heavy-lift aircraft that the Philippine Air Force is acquiring will be delivered on Dec. 17.

The Philippine defense department described the aid package as “a symbol of the Philippines and the United States continued warm alliance.”

With P33 billion worth of ships, planes, small arms and other military equipment donated to the Philippines since 2015, the Philippines is the largest recipient of US military assistance in the Indo-Pacific region.

PH gets P1.38B more in donated military equipment from US government
Dec 8, 2020

The outgoing administration of US President Donald Trump donated an additional P1.38 billion worth of military equipment to the Philippines which Philippine officials said showed the two countries’ “continued warm alliance.” Video from the DEPARTMENT OF NATIONAL DEFENSE

General Discussion / US donates P1.38-B worth of defense gear to PHL
« on: December 10, 2020, 12:06:27 AM »

US donates P1.38-B worth of defense gear to Philippines to secure borders
Published December 8, 2020 6:54pm

The United States defense department has donated P1.39 billion or $29 million worth of defense gear to the Philippine government to boost its efforts in securing borders, its Philippine counterpart said.

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Miller also informed Lorenzana that one C130 military transport aircraft will be delivered to the Armed Forces of the Philippines on December 17.

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The US defense department has also earlier transferred defense equipment to several special mission units of the AFP.

The DND said the new equipment will strengthen the AFP’s joint precision strike, sniper, riverine and counter-improvised explosive device capabilities.

US Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett also earlier handed over to the Philippine Navy a ScanEagle Unmanned Aerial System, while US National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien donated P868 million ($18 million) in supplementary military equipment and training to the AFP. — Ma. Angelica Garcia/BM, GMA News

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