Candidate for future frigate visits US | USS Milwaukee successful in live-fire exercise | Tomahawk to be upgraded for anti-ship duty
May 24, 2018
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Candidate for future frigate visits US
One model the US Navy is considering for its future frigate program is now in US waters. Italy's FREMM-class ITS Alpino, built by Fincantieri, has arrived in Norfolk, Va., and will be available for tours.
Maritime Propulsion (5/22) 
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Cybersecurity & Combat Systems
USS Milwaukee successful in live-fire exercise
The USS Milwaukee and crew proved themselves capable of managing a complex warfighting environment as they conducted a live-fire exercise off the coast of Virginia. The May 11 exercise included the downing of fast inshore attack craft targets by four Longbow Hellfire missiles.
Navy News Service (5/16) 
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Tomahawk to be upgraded for anti-ship duty
The Block IV Tactical Tomahawk missile is being fitted with a system to detect vessels at sea as the Navy seeks to turn the missile into an anti-ship weapon. Raytheon is doing the work and will provide updated test units.
Military & Aerospace Electronics Online (5/18) 
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In-Service Engineering
7th Fleet collisions still consequential as another destroyer arrives
The arrival of the destroyer USS Milius in Asia brings the Navy's 7th Fleet surface fleet back to 11, but that remains short of the 12 that had been planned before a series of damaging collisions. There are no immediate plans to add another ship, meaning the operational effects of the collisions will persist.
Defense News (5/17) 
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Boats & Craft
Huntington Ingalls nears halfway mark on USS Montana construction
Construction of the USS Montana Virginia-class submarine is approaching the halfway mark as Huntington Ingalls prepares to deliver the vessel in 2020.
United Press International (5/18) 
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Work begins on 2 new destroyers
Construction has begun on Arleigh Burke-class destroyers at Bath Iron Works in Maine and Huntington Ingalls Industries in Mississippi. The latest ships will be baseline 9 (DDG-124) and baseline 10 (DDG-125) IAMD destroyers boasting the latest defenses against air warfare and ballistic missiles.
Navy News Service (5/17) 
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The Leading Edge
N.H. commissioning set for USS Manchester
Commissioning of the USS Manchester is set for Saturday in Portsmouth, N.H. It will be the second US warship to bear that name; the first entered service in 1946 and operated in the Korean War.
St. Joseph News-Press (Mo.) (tiered subscription model)/The Associated Press (5/20) 
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Part of unique Cold War sub preserved for posterity
The unique research and secret-mission submarine NR-1 is no longer in service, but the control room of the mini-vessel is being preserved at the US Naval Undersea Museum in Keyport, Wash. The nuclear-powered sub was the brainchild of Adm. Hyman Rickover and was designed with wheels for ocean-floor intelligence missions after the Cold War USS Thresher disaster.
Kitsap Sun (Kitsap Peninsula, Wash.) (free registration) (5/9) 
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New commander relieves Adm. Swift as head of Pacific Fleet
The Pacific Fleet is under new command after a handover ceremony last week at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii. Adm. John Aquilino succeeds Adm. Scott Swift, who said in his parting remarks that "to finish my career here, in the Pacific Fleet, the only fleet I have ever sailed in, headquartered in the city I was born in, in the harbor of my father's first command, doing what I love is something dreams are made of."
Navy News Service (5/18) 
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Going once, going twice, GONE!
Sponsorships for the 2018 Technology, Systems and Ships (TSS) symposium are no longer available. However, don't miss your chance to be part of TSS and exhibit your platforms and technologies by buying a tabletop! For any questions about tabletops, please email:
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2018 Multi-Agency Craft Conference (MACC) agenda is now available online
The Multi-Agency Craft Conference (MACC) has a packed agenda, with keynote speakers RADM Michael Haycock, USCG, and Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger as well as 18 hours of technical presentations. Start planning your MACC experience!
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