While the Navy and the US mourn the loss of seven sailors who perished when the destroyer USS Fitzgerald and a container ship collided over the weekend off the coast of Japan, the Navy is left to figure out how to handle the temporary loss of a critical asset in the Western Pacific theater. The Fitzgerald, an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer with advanced anti-sub warfare equipment that is capable of performing Ballistic Missile Defense missions, was severely damaged.
South Korea is playing host this week to a live-fire exercise with US and Canadian forces in waters near Jeju Island. The participants will engage in drills focused on interdiction, air defense, anti-submarine operations and ballistic missile detection as well as live-fire training.
The destroyer USS Sterett's visit to the Chinese port of Zhanjiang provides "an exciting opportunity to promote maritime cooperation and reinforce a navy-to-navy relationship with our People's Liberation Army-Navy counterparts," said the ship's commanding officer.
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Raytheon Missile Systems will be providing surface-to-air Standard Missile-2s and spares for the US Navy and allies under a $618 million Defense Department contract. The Standard Missile-2 is the Navy's primary long-range surface-to-air missile and part of the Aegis Combat System.
Marine Hydraulics International has secured the third of three Navy ship-repair contracts. The $12.3 million contract for work on the destroyer Nitze comes after MHI won two previous contracts for the destroyer Mason and the landing ship Whidbey Island.
The Coast Guard is exploring whether commercially available diesel outboard motors for some of its smaller craft would allow it to convert to just one type of fuel for its entire fleet. Possible advantages are seen in fuel contracts, logistics, storage, maintenance and training.
The Navy is laying the groundwork to bring back the well deck for a new America-class Amphibious Assault Ship. The surface attack technology will add a new dimension of amphibious warfare capability to the planned LHA 8 (Bougainville), whose construction is scheduled to begin late next year.
The Defense Department has selected Huntington Ingalls for a $3 billion modification to an existing contract to design and build the America-class Landing Helicopter Assault Replacement Amphibious Assault Ship. The vessel is intended to replace the current Wasp class, bringing with it greater stand-off capabilities.
A mobile software system under development is designed to give aircraft carrier personnel a touchscreen image of a ship's flight deck or hangar bay to track the often perilous movements of aircraft, equipment and personnel. The Deployable Ship Integration Multitouch System is described as a major advance that also has the advantage of being fairly straightforward technologically.
The Navy may be able to purchase a second Littoral Combat Ship after finding $500 million in next year's budget. The bulk of the money reportedly will come from the delay of an aircraft carrier overhaul, as well as moving funds from the Infrared Search and Track program and some smaller programs.
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