Navy strike group in Japanese exercise on way to N. Korea | Video: USS Vella Gulf heads out for 7-month deployment | USS Michigan docking sends a message to N. Korea
April 27, 2017
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Navy strike group in Japanese exercise on way to N. Korea
Navy strike group in Japan exercise on way to N. Korea
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The USS Carl Vinson strike group engaged in drills with Japanese ships off the Philippines as the US ships continued their journey to waters off North Korea. The move as well as measures taken by Japan come in response to recent belligerent actions by the North Korean regime.
Newsweek (4/24) 
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Video: USS Vella Gulf heads out for 7-month deployment
The USS Vella Gulf has headed for the 5th and 6th Fleets area of operation for a seven-month deployment. The ship's last action was a live-fire missile exercise off North Carolina in February.
WAVY-TV (Portsmouth, Va.) (4/23) 
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USS Michigan docking sends a message to N. Korea
USS Michigan sending a message to N. Korea
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The Ohio-class nuclear-powered guided-missile submarine USS Michigan docked in Busan, South Korea, on Tuesday as North Korea celebrated the 85th anniversary of the founding of the Korean People's Army. The visit is part of a strong US signal to Pyongyang, with the strike group of the carrier USS Carl Vinson due to arrive later in the week.
United Press International (4/24) 
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Pilot safe after failed landing on USS Carl Vinson
Officials are investigating the crash of a Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet fighter while the plane was attempting to land Friday on the carrier USS Carl Vinson. The pilot ejected safely during the routine exercise in the Celebes Sea, south of the Philippines.
Fox News/The Associated Press (4/21) 
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Cyber Security & Combat Systems
India test of sea-to-land cruise missile declared a success
India's navy joined those globally with the ability to launch cruise missiles from sea to land with the successful test of its BrahMos supersonic cruise missile. The missile was developed jointly by India and Russia.
Jane's Information Group (4/24),  Business Standard (India) (tiered subscription model)/Press Trust of India (4/21) 
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In-Service Engineering
Organizational changes slash LCS maintenance times
Organizational changes slash LCS maintenance times
Gabrielson (US Navy)
An organizational overhaul for littoral combat ships deployed to the Indo-Asia-Pacific is reducing maintenance turnaround times from 15 days to four. Rear Adm. Don Gabrielson credits the change by the Navy's Commander Logistics Group Western Pacific/Task Force 73 to "a collaborative effort by the entire LCS enterprise, from the maintenance and support process comprised of a mix of Navy, civilian and government contracted personnel along with original equipment manufacturers," Dzirhan Mahadzir writes.
USNI News (4/21) 
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NASSCO awarded option period 2 contract for LCS work
Planned maintenance and administration and engineering services support are included in a nearly $8 million contract awarded to General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding, or NASSCO, for option period two of a sustainment execution contract supporting the Navy's program for littoral combat ships. Work is scheduled for completion next month in San Diego. (4/25) 
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Wind cylinder powers Norsepower CEO to Nor-Shipping honor
A spinning wind-powered cylinder inspired Nor-Shipping to honor Norsepower CEO Tuomas Riski with its Young Entrepreneur Award 2017. The cylinder, known as a Flettner rotor, captures wind energy to propel ships for as much as 20% in fuel savings under ideal wind conditions.
Maritime Journal (U.K.) (4/20) 
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Boats & Craft
Navy receives 8th Expeditionary Fast Transport vessel from Austal
Austal USA has handed over the eighth of 12 planned multi-hull vessels to the Navy. The 338-foot Expeditionary Fast Transport vessel USNS Yuma is designed to operate from austere locations, giving the Navy high-speed intra-theater transport capability with an average speed of 35 knots and a range of 1,200 nautical miles. (4/22) 
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The Leading Edge
GAO justifies recommended delay in LCS contract
One proposal for the Navy's upgraded frigate version of the littoral combat ship suggests a ship with much better armament, meriting a one-year delay before the $9 billion contract is awarded, according to the Government Accountability Office. The reasoning behind the suggested delay adds weight to the recommendation, based on a design that would sharply expand the LCS' range of missions.
Breaking Defense (4/19) 
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Calling all students
The deadline for student poster submissions for MegaRust 2017 is April 29. This competition is open to undergraduate and graduate students alike and is an excellent opportunity to showcase research and network within the naval corrosion community. Student registration is free at MegaRust, to be held June 20-22 in Newport News, Va. Learn more.
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Expeditionary Maneuver Warfare and Combating Terrorism S&T: Did you know?
The Expeditionary Maneuver Warfare and Combating Terrorism Science & Technology (S&T) Department (ONR 30) plans, executes and manages an integrated portfolio of basic research, applied research and advanced technology development to enable warfighting capabilities for the future Marine Corps, Navy Special Warfare (NSW) and the Naval Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC). ONR 30 advances state-of-the-art technology and scientific knowledge, expands warfighting capabilities through development and transfer of mission relevant S&T and scientific knowledge and informs both new operational concepts and requirements development. Coordination among the operating forces, scientists and engineers is critical to ensure S&T addresses warfighter needs. ONR 30 will introduce and discuss its S&T Priority Areas at the Expo.
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