A Chinese ship maneuvered close to a US destroyer near the Spratly Islands last September, but the US won't let such actions keep it from asserting freedom of navigation in the South China Sea, say Vice Adm. Phillip Sawyer, commander of the 7th Fleet, and Capt. Eric Anduze, commander of the USS Blue Ridge, which recently anchored at Manila Bay after sailing through the disputed waters.
The US Navy and the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Mounts Bay plan to conduct a two-week experiment out of Norfolk, Va., that will put new mine warfare methods to the test in preparation for potential future missions. "We will have the opportunity to advance and refine our performance as ... [a mine countermeasures] task group since MCM is not built around a single platform or sensor; we combine the right sailors and tools to accomplish the mission," Cmdr. Jon Haase said.
During the years it faced the Cold War threat of hundreds of Soviet submarines hunting for US aircraft carriers, the US Navy assigned anti-submarine measures a high priority. One of the principal systems is the surface-launched anti-sub torpedo, which is pneumatically ejected from deck-based tubes to carry a light but lethal warhead to its target.
Ultra Electronics Ocean Systems will develop Next Generation Surface Search Radar qualification systems for US Navy surface warships under a $28 million contract with options that could raise its value by $6.6 million. The company will seek a replacement for obsolete radar systems.
Northrup Grumman will provide engineering support for mission modules aboard the Navy's littoral combat ships under a $45.5 million contract modification. The work will include installation, design and system support.
Huntington Ingalls has reached the halfway mark of its four-year overhaul of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington with recent installation of its mast. Work is expected to wrap up by August 2021.
The Navy is looking to scale up its unmanned surface vehicles with larger ships than the ones currently deployed. It is allocating $400 million for research and development activities in pursuit of corvette-size unmanned vessels for its Ghost Fleet, which would be packed with sensors and possibly vertical launch systems.
China General Nuclear Power Group is seeking bids to build a 30,000-metric-ton experimental nuclear-propelled surface vessel that is drawing comparisons to Russia's Taymyr-class icebreaker. Details on how the ship would be used are not known.
Mr. Dale Lumme (CAPT USN, Retired) is a graduate of the US Naval Academy, a career naval aviator, who served as former Chief of Staff to the Chief of Naval Operations and Staff Director of the Navy's Congressional Liaison Office. After serving in the Navy, Mr. Lumme went on to have a successful career in both industry and non-profits. Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Mr. Lumme in his new role as ASNE’s Executive Director.
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