US Navy’s Newest Submarine Joins Fleet in Norfolk

first_img Industry news The Navy commissioned its eighth Virginia-class submarine, USS California (SSN 781), during a ceremony held at Naval Station Norfolk Oct. 29.More than 1,500 people attended the ceremony at the naval station, while others viewed it live on the Internet.Rep. Buck McKeon of California, House Armed Services Committee chairman and the ceremony’s keynote speaker, welcomed California to the fleet and reminded the crew of the important role they will play in protecting the nation’s security.“Members of the crew: always keep your eyes and your ears open,” said McKeon. “Remember your oath and your creed. This nation depends on you and your stewardship of the California. Remember, you are the quiet warriors. You are the silent sentinels. You are the shield around us. You are the chosen few.”Also on hand for the commissioning was Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert​, who also spoke about the California crew.“What this is all about is the Sailors who volunteer to serve,” said Greenert. “Your actions reflect our proud heritage and tradition. I am proud of you and I’m proud to serve with you.”Greenert also focused his remarks on how today, this event and this submarine reflected his tenets: Warfighting First, Operate Forward and Be Ready. He also pointed out the fiscal judiciousness of the builders.“I challenged them (Huntington Ingalls Industries-Newport News Shipbuilding) at the christening to deliver on time and on budget,” said Greenert. “They did it.”The builders delivered the submarine eight months early and under budget.California, the most modern and sophisticated attack submarine in the world, can operate in both littoral and deep ocean environments and presents combatant commanders with a broad and unique range of operational capabilities.“The Navy and our CNO have been waiting. USS California is the first ship to be commissioned on Admiral Greenert’s watch as our new CNO. You are the first warship indelibly marked with his sailing directions from our very birth. He expects you to maintain our superiority in the undersea domain,” said Commander, Submarine Forces, Vice Adm. John M. Richardson.With the traditional first order, “Man our ship and bring her to life,” the Navy’s wait was over.“Today, I am excited to receive yet another platform of undersea superiority,” said Greenert, “a platform deployable anytime, anywhere, capable of owning the undersea domain.”Greenert is not the only one who has been anticipating California’s official arrival.“Our allies have been waiting. Because they know that you’ll soon be on patrol, in the cold, deep, and quiet waters of the arctic to the shallow, warm, crowded waters of the tropics. And they gain assurance knowing that you are a force for good – keeping the global economy flowing freely over the ocean trade routes,” said Richardson.Richardson added that there are some who have not looked forward to the day California would join the submarine force.“Many have been wishing this day would never come,” he said. “Those who would deny freedom, those who oppose our national interests and our calling to protect the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness – this is a day that will keep them awake at night.”California will directly enable five of the six Navy maritime strategy core capabilities – sea control, power projection, forward presence, maritime security, and deterrence.As the Navy’s newest Virginia-class submarine, California will support these capabilities for years to come.“California has many decades of service ahead,” Richardson said, “but we can’t afford to lose a single moment. We need California on the front lines now.”California is designed to excel in anti-submarine warfare; anti-ship warfare; strike warfare; special operations; intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance; irregular warfare; and mine warfare missions.The submarine is 377 feet long, has a 34-foot beam, will be able to dive to depths greater than 800 feet and will operate at speeds in excess of 25 knots submerged.Construction on California began February 2006; the submarine’s keel was authenticated during a ceremony on May 1, 2009, and she was christened during a ceremony Nov. 6, 2010.Cmdr. Dana Nelson is California’s first commanding officer. Nelson leads a crew of about 134 officers and enlisted personnel. A native of Clinton, Conn., he graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1992, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering.Donna Willard, wife of Commander, U.S. Pacific Command, Adm. Robert F. Willard, serves as the submarine’s sponsor. She broke the traditional champagne bottle against the boat’s sail during the christening ceremony last November. Her initials were welded into a plaque inside the boat during last year’s keel-laying ceremony.California is the seventh Navy ship, and first submarine, to be named in honor of the people of the Golden State. The most recent USS California was a nuclear-powered guided missile cruiser (CGN 36) that was in service from February 1974 to July 1999.[mappress]Source: navy, October 31, 2011 US Navy’s Newest Submarine Joins Fleet in Norfolk October 31, 2011center_img Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy’s Newest Submarine Joins Fleet in Norfolk Share this articlelast_img read more

German Frigate Transits Suez Canal and Red Sea

first_img View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy Last week German Navy frigate, FGS Brandenburg, completed her transit through the Suez Canal and the Red Sea towards the waters of the Gulf of Aden to start counter piracy operations with the EU Naval Force Somalia, Operation Atalanta. Training & Education View post tag: Transits View post tag: Suez View post tag: and View post tag: Naval View post tag: sea View post tag: Redcenter_img Back to overview,Home naval-today German Frigate Transits Suez Canal and Red Sea German Frigate Transits Suez Canal and Red Sea The Suez Canal, which is 162 kilometres in length is an extremely busy shipping lane, that requires a high degree of navigation expertise.The tension on the warship’s bridge increased as the frigate approached Port Said, the northern entrance to the Suez Channel. At its narrowest point the channel is only 150 metres wide and a high level of concentration is required by all the crew.“When in convoy through the channel, you have to keep a set distance from the vessel in front. You have to stay in the centre of the channel, as it is shallow on both sides and that’s why the Suez Channel is one way traffic, you can only sail in one direction.” the Bridge Watch Officer commented.During FGS Brandenburg’s transit, a US Carrier Strike Group of warships appeared over the horizon. Besides two ‘cruisers’ of the Ticonderoga class, two Arleigh Burke class destroyers, a supply ship, and the nuclear-powered Aircraft Carrier, the presence of the USNS Harry S. Truman ” was the absolute highlight for the German Navy sailors. All the crew on the upper deck took the opportunity to get out their cameras to capture this unique and impressive Aircraft Carrier.When the warships passed each other, a traditional navy saluting ceremony was carried out. All the servicemen and women not on watch lined up on the Upper Deck and came to attention and saluted each ship as a ceremonial ‘piping’ was carried out.FGS Brandenburg will be part of Operation Atalanta for 4 months. She will take over as the EU Naval Force flagship on Sunday 6 April.[mappress]Press Release, April 4, 2014; Image: EU NAVFOR View post tag: Canal April 4, 2014 View post tag: Frigate View post tag: German Share this articlelast_img read more

Two Norfolk-Based Aircraft Carriers Switch Places

first_img View post tag: two View post tag: change View post tag: Carriers Follow @navaltoday October 7, 2014 View post tag: americas View post tag: Defence View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Aircraft Authorities USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), will replace USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) in upcoming training, operational, and maintenance schedules. Eisenhower, in turn, will shift into the training, operational, and maintenance schedule that had been planned for Truman. The commanding officers of the two ships notified the crews.As USFF implements the Optimized Fleet Response Plan (O-FRP), a careful analysis of fleet maintenance, training and operational schedules determined that changing Truman and Eisenhower’s longterm schedules would better enable the Navy to provide ready forces for national security taskings.O-FRP offers more stability and predictability for Sailors and families by aligning carrier strike group assets to a 36-month training and deployment cycle. While changing Truman and Eisenhower’s schedules impacts the ships’ Sailors and families, the change ultimately provides better predictability Navy-wide.As part of this change, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 10 staff members, who previously embarked aboard Truman, will now embark aboard Eisenhower. Conversely, CSG 8 staff members, who previously embarked aboard Eisenhower, will now embark aboard Truman. This schedule change does not affect any other ship, squadron, or staff schedules.[mappress]Press Release, October 07, 2014; Image: US Navy View post tag: Navy View post tag: Norfolk Back to overview,Home naval-today Two Norfolk-Based Aircraft Carriers Switch Places View post tag: Naval Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces (USFF) announced a decision to change the future schedules of two Norfolk-based aircraft carriers. View post tag: schedules Two Norfolk-Based Aircraft Carriers Switch Places View post tag: based View post tag: future Share this articlelast_img read more

HMS Argyll deploys to Asia

first_img View post tag: Royal Navy Share this article View post tag: HMS Argyll Photo: Photo: Royal Navy Type 23 frigate HMS Argyll became the third Royal Navy ship to deploy to Asia as she got underway from her Devonport Naval base on June 18.The frigate will be spending the next nine-months in Asia, sailing as far as Japan as part of a national push to strengthen military and diplomatic ties in the region.Argyll will also visit Australia and New Zealand.Two other Plymouth ships, HMS Sutherland and HMS Albion, are now deployed to the East Asia region. HMS Argyll is due to arrive later this summer and depart early next year.The deployment follows Prime Minister Theresa May’s visit to Tokyo last year when she and her Japanese counterpart discussed defense, security co-operation and open access to the oceans. The ship will also undertake military exercises with the Japanese Defence Force.A highlight of the deployment will be Exercise Bersama Lima, a joint naval exercise between the UK, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand as part of the Five Powers Defence Arrangement.Before reaching the Far East, the ship will patrol in the Red Sea and the Gulf, protecting civilian shipping from piracy and terrorist activity.These operations are part of an on-going effort by the Royal Navy and the British Government to support international efforts promoting stability and security in the Middle East.HMS Argyll, with 230 crew members, will be the first Royal Navy warship to deploy with Sea Ceptor, a supersonic missile defense system developed for the Royal Navy by MBDA Missile Systems, a partnership between BAE Systems, EADS and Finmeccanica.“This deployment, sharing the Royal Navy’s expertise and experience with our partners and allies right across the world, emphasises the UK’s commitment to promoting international security and stability,” Commander Toby Shaughnessy, commanding officer of HMS Argyll, said.last_img read more

Australian frigate lands CMF’s first drug seizure of 2019

first_img View post tag: CMF Share this article Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Ballarat seized over 3.1 tons of hashish in the Arabian Sea during an operation that took place on January 8 and 9.The seized drugs are worth an estimated $155 million and are the first narcotics seized by a Combined Maritime Forces member in 2019.The fishing vessel, known as a dhow, was believed to be engaged in illegal activity when Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150) of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) directed Ballarat to board the vessel and conduct a flag verification check.Ballarat’s boarding team searched the dhow and seized the hashish. The drugs were transferred to Ballarat for disposal.Commanding officer of HMAS Ballarat, Commander Paul Johnson, said the boarding team conducted the night-time boarding professionally. He said the team found the drugs hidden in voids around the vessel.“The seizure is a reflection of the continued trade in illegal narcotics which has the potential to fund terrorist groups across the region,” Commander Johnson said.“HMAS Ballarat is contributing to the Australian government’s mission to ensure Middle East regional maritime security. Ballarat and her crew remain ready to continue that mission during our deployment on Operation Manitou.”Commander CTF 150, Commodore Darren Garnier of the Royal Canadian Navy, said the seizure would disrupt revenue supplies to terrorist organisations and was a good start to the new year.“As CTF 150 marks its sixth seizure in six weeks, our successes demonstrate the value of the coordinated efforts of the CMF international naval partnerships,” Commodore Garnier said.“As a team, we are actively disrupting the use of the high seas by terrorist organisations and denying them freedom of action in order to promote maritime stability and prosperity in the region.”This is the third interdiction of narcotics by Ballarat since arriving in the Middle East in November last year on operation Manitou.Ballarat seized more than 900kgs of heroin worth more than $279 million after boarding two vessels on 21 and 23 December 2018.Operation Manitou is Australia’s contribution to Combined Maritime Forces operations, a 33-navy partnership which promotes maritime security, stability and prosperity in the Middle East region. View post tag: HMAS Ballarat View post tag: Counter-Narcotics Photo: Photo: Royal Australian Navy View post tag: Royal Australian Navylast_img read more

Japan launches, names new attack submarine

first_img View post tag: Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Authorities Japan’s 12th Soryu-class sub hits the water View post tag: Taigei-class View post tag: submarine Scheduled to be commissioned in March 2022, Taigei will be reportedly followed by at least two sister units. As explained, the literal meaning of Taigei is “big whale”. Related Article Photo: JMSDF Taigei, a first unit in the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force’s (JMSDF) new class of attack submarines, has been launched and named in Japan. Posted: about 1 year ago The Taigei-class is the successor of the JMSDF’s Soryu-class diesel-electric submarine. Almost a year ago, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, another Japanese shipbuilder, launched the 12th Soryu-class unit, Toryu (SS-512). Toryu is planned to be handed over to the navy in 2021.center_img View post tag: MHI Posted: about 1 year ago Categories: The launching and naming ceremony for Taigei (SS-513) took place at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ Kobe Shipyard & Machinery Works on 14 October 2020, the navy said. View post tag: JMSDF The 3000-ton submarine features a length of 84 meters and a width of 9.1 meters and can accommodate about 70 people. It has a diesel-electric propulsion. The Taigei submarine is equipped with a sonar system with improved detection capability. What is more, it has an advanced, stealth-like design and a lithium battery system that ensure quiet operation and longer endurance. Photo: JMSDF Share this articlelast_img read more