Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Airbus Military C295 MPA Launches Marte Missile

Airbus Military and MBDA have successfully demonstrated the release of an instrumented Marte MK2/S anti-ship inert missile installed under the wing of the C295 maritime patrol aircraft. This flight was the last of a series of trials performed in a joint Airbus Military – MBDA collaboration to validate the aerodynamic integration of Marte on C295, its handling qualities and performance tests.
The installation of weapons under the wings provides new operational capabilities to the C295 MPA allowing the aircraft to perform new missions demanded by customers. In the anti-submarine warfare (ASW) role, the C295 is already in-service carrying the MK46 torpedo.
This successful trial provides further proof of the operational versatility of the Marte missile and clearly establishes it as the benchmark weapon in the medium weight anti-ship missile sector.
The Marte Mk2/S is already integrated on the AW-101 and the NFH (Naval NH90) helicopters in service with the Italian Navy and integration activities for the Marte ER on the Eurofighter Typhoon are currently underway.
The MBDA Marte MK2/S missile is a fire-and-forget, all-weather, medium-range sea-skimming anti-ship weapon system, equipped with inertial mid-course guidance and radar homing terminal guidance, and capable of destroying small vessels and heavily damaging major vessels. The missile has a weight of 310 Kg and is 3.85 m long.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Combined Maritime Forces operation concludes after seizing 500kg of drugs

Warships operating as part of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) have successfully conducted an operation aimed at disrupting illicit activity in the Indian ocean.
Combined Task Force 150 (CTF150), conducted counter-terrorism Focused Operation Southern Sweep between Monday, 25 March 2013 and Monday, 01 April 2013. Key units involved in the operation included HMAS Toowoomba and HMCS Toronto.
HMAS Toowoomba's boarding party, supported by their Sea Hawk helicopter, approaches a dhow for boarding.
HMAS Toowoomba’s boarding party, supported by their Sea Hawk helicopter, approaches a dhow for boarding.
During the Focused Operation Toronto successfully disrupted a massive heroin shipment.
The crew of the Canadian warship searched a suspect vessel in the Indian Ocean off Zanzibar Island, Tanzania and found almost 500kg of heroin stowed in hidden compartments.
500 Kg of heroin seized by HMCS Toronto during Focussed Operation Southern Sweep.
500 Kg of heroin seized by HMCS Toronto during Focussed Operation Southern Sweep.
The Commander of CTF150, Commodore Charles McHardie Royal Australian Navy, said that the Focused Operation provided a valuable opportunity for engaging with regional authorities in the southern part of the area of operations.
“Focused Operation Southern Sweep has brought the resources of the Combined Maritime Forces and partner agencies into the southern reaches of the area of operations,” Commodore McHardie said.
“The breadth of the area of operations means that it is vital that CMF maintains close working relationships with our regional partners.
“Our common goal of maritime security and stability can only be achieved by continued cooperation and information sharing between our forces.”
During Southern Sweep the warships Toronto and Toowoomba interacted with personnel of the Kenyan and Tanzanian navies and the Seychelles Coast Guard.
HMCS Toronto positions herself during the boarding of the suspect dhow, later found to be carrying 500 Kg of heroin.
HMCS Toronto positions herself during the boarding of the suspect dhow, later found to be carrying 500 Kg of heroin.
A Seychellois officer embarked in Toronto during the operation, providing valuable local knowledge and insight to their operations.
Commodore Simon Ancona Royal Navy, Deputy Commander of CMF, dais: “Focused operations like this are a lynchpin of our efforts to provide maritime security and stability across our operating area.
“By combining accurate intelligence, careful observation and monitoring, and the experience and expertise of our operational units, Focused Operation Southern Sweep has been a great success and the teams involved can be justifiably proud of what they have achieved.
CTF150, a combined Australian and Canadian staff, forms part of CMF and works with other agencies to coordinate maritime security operations across their area of operations
The CMF mission is to promote security, stability and prosperity across the Arabian Gulf, the Gulf of Oman, the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean. The area encompasses some of the world’s most important shipping lanes.
During Focused Operation Southern Sweep CTF150 targeted the region’s historical maritime smuggling routes, working alongside both regional authorities and warships from Australia, Canada, France and the United States.
The smuggling of narcotics in the region is a recognised funding source for terrorist organisations. By interrupting the narcotics trade CTF150 is able to deny financial resources to extremist groups.

E-6 Mercury fleet expands, upgrades bandwidth capabilities

The E-6B Mercury's capability to support U.S. leaders continues to expand with the latest internet protocol expansion. The upgrades to the aircraft's secure local area computer network now allow the onboard battle staff members to operate virtually. (U.S. Navy photo.)

An internet bandwidth upgrade being rolled out on the E-6B Mercury aircraft, the nation’s airborne strategic command platform, is expanding the jet’s capability to support the nation’s leaders in a crisis.
The Internet Protocol Bandwidth Expansion (IPBE) upgrade was recently installed during a service life extension program (SLEP) overhaul on aircraft 410, which was delivered to the Navy on March 14.
Aircraft 410, part of Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron (VQ) 4 at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., is the third fleet E-6B airborne command post aircraft to receive this upgrade.
The upgrade brings a more robust network capability while saving space and weight, said Curt Rosenbery, IPBE team lead for the E-6 Airborne Strategic Command, Control and Communications Program Office (PMA-271).
 “The IPBE upgrade is an expanded secure local area computer network for the aircraft currently consisting of two live feeds — an ultra-high frequency line of sight digital data feed used while operating over the U.S. and a commercial Inmarsat satellite feed for use when operating outside the U.S.,” Rosenbery said.
To date, four aircraft have been outfitted with IPBE, one test aircraft located at Pax River and three fleet aircraft belonging to VQ-4. Twelve more E-6Bs are scheduled to get the IPBE upgrade with the last installation scheduled for completion in mid-fiscal 2019, Rosenbery added.
“The biggest benefit IPBE brings to the fleet is providing faster, more reliable internet access to information, both classified and unclassified, to the battle staff onboard the aircraft,” said Capt. Dana Dewey, PMA-271’s program manager. “Now, the general officers and the battle staff have almost the same level of operational capability as if they were working in their regular offices.”
Another benefit of the upgrade was the removal of more than 5,000 pounds of backup equipment from the aircraft. “We replaced that equipment with multiple racks of the IPBE servers and routers like those that run military computer networks,” Dewey said.
“A fully integrated system with no requirement for carry-on equipment is our ultimate goal for the operational crews,” he said.
The E-6B is a dual-mission aircraft that provides survivable, reliable and endurable airborne command, control and communications between the National Command Authority and U.S. strategic and nonstrategic forces and airborne strategic command post mission. The aircraft is equipped with an airborne launch control system.

General Dynamics Is Awarded $10 Million for Submarine Maintenance and Modernization Work

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GROTON - The U.S Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $9.5 million contract modification to plan and perform maintenance and modernization work on USS Hartford (SSN-768), a Los Angeles-class attack submarine.  Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (GD).
Under the contract, Electric Boat will perform a dry-docking selected restricted availability at the company's shipyard in Groton.  Work is expected to be completed by September 2013.  More than 400 employees will be involved in the work at its peak.
The contract being modified was initially awarded in April 2012 and has a potential value of $67 million.

Newport News Shipbuilding Completes Flight Deck on Aircraft Carrier Gerald R. Ford

The flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) was completed April 9 with the addition of the upper bow. The bow weighs 787 metric tons and brings Ford to 96 percent structural completion. Newport News HII photo.
NEWPORT NEWS, Va., April 15, 2013 - Huntington Ingalls Industries announced today that the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford is complete following the addition of the ship's upper bow section on April 9 at Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS). The upper bow extends the overall length of the carrier to its full size, which is 1,106 feet—equal to a 75-story building lying on its side.

Weighing 787 metric tons and comprising 19 steel sections, the addition of the upper bow brings Ford to 96 percent structural completion. The carrier construction team began construction on the upper bow unit in December 2011. Ford has been under construction since November 2009.
"Placement of the upper bow gives our entire shipbuilding team a great sense of accomplishment," said Rolf Bartschi, NNS' vice president, CVN 78 carrier construction. "We have now structurally erected the flight deck to its full length."
Gerald R. Ford is being built using modular construction, a process where smaller sections of the ship are welded together to form large structural units, equipment is installed, and the large units are lifted into the dry dock. The upper bow unit is the 475th unit erected out of 496 used to build the carrier. It also is the 160th superlift to erect out of the 162 scheduled. It joins the lower bow section that was set into place on May 24, 2012, in the dry dock. The lifts are accomplished using the shipyard's 1,050-metric ton gantry crane, one of the largest in the Western Hemisphere.
Gerald R. Ford represents the next-generation class of aircraft carriers. The first-in-class ship features a new nuclear power plant, a redesigned island, electromagnetic catapults, improved weapons movement, an enhanced flight deck capable of increased aircraft sortie rates, growth margin for future technologies and $4 billion reduced total ownership cost compared to a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier. The ship is scheduled to launch later this year.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Secretary of the Navy Names Multiple Ships

The U.S. Navy’s newest amphibious ship, pre commissioning unit San Antonio (LPD 17), underway in the Gulf of Mexico for the first time during her initial at-sea testing.

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced today the names of seven ships: three joint high speed vessels (JHSV), the USNS Trenton, the USNS Brunswick and the USNS Carson City; an amphibious transport dock ship (LPD), the USS Portland; two littoral combat ships (LCS), the USS Wichita and the USS Manchester; and an ocean-class auxiliary general oceanographic research (AGOR) ship, the R/V Sally Ride. 
            "As secretary of the Navy, I have the great privilege of naming ships that will represent America with distinction as part of the fleet for many decades to come," Mabus said.  "These ships were all named to recognize the hard working people from cities all around our country who have contributed in so many ways to our Navy and Marine Corps team." 
            Joint high speed vessels are named for small American cities and counties that embody American values.  The future USNS Trenton (JHSV 5), named in honor of New Jersey's capital city, will be the fourth ship to bear this name.  Similarly, the USNS Carson City (JHSV 7) is the second naval vessel to be named in honor of Nevada's capital city.  The USNS Brunswick (JHSV 6) is the fourth naval vessel named for the seaport city in Georgia and recognizes its longstanding relationship with the Navy.  
            Military commanders will have the flexibility to use the JHSV in a variety of roles to include supporting overseas contingency operations, conducting humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, supporting special operations forces and supporting emerging joint sea-basing concepts. 
            The 338 foot-long aluminum catamarans are being constructed at Austal USA in Mobile, Ala., and are designed to transport 600 short tons 1,200 nautical miles at an average speed of 35 knots.  These vessels can operate in shallow-draft ports and waterways, providing U.S. forces added mobility and flexibility.  JHSVs are equipped with an aviation flight deck to support day and night air vehicle launch and recovery operations.  JHSVs have berthing space for up to 104 personnel and airline-style seating for up to 312.   
            Amphibious transport dock ships are named for major American cities.  Mabus named the future USS Portland (LPD 27) in honor of Oregon's most highly populated city.  LPD 27 will be the third ship to bear this name. 
            The principal mission of Portland will be to deploy combat and support elements of Marine expeditionary units and brigades.  With the capability of transporting and debarking air cushion (LCAC) or conventional landing craft and augmented by helicopters or vertical take-off and landing aircraft (MV-22), these ships support amphibious assault, special operations, and expeditionary warfare missions.  The USS Portland will provide improved warfighting capabilities including an advanced command-and-control suite, increased lift capability in vehicle and cargo-carrying capacity and advanced ship survivability features. 
            Portland will be a San Antonio-class (LPD 17) amphibious transport dock ship, built by Huntington Ingalls Industries in Pascagoula, Miss.  The ship will be 684 feet in length, have an overall beam of 105 feet, a navigational draft of 23 feet, displace about 24,900 tons and capable of embarking a landing force of about 800 Marines.  LPD 27 will be capable of reaching sustained speeds in excess of 22 knots. 
            Littoral combat ships are named after great American communities.  
            The littoral combat ships named for Wichita and Manchester recognize regionally beneficial cities that are also within the top five highly populated communities in their states.  The USS Wichita (LCS 13) is named in honor of Kansas' largest city and will be the third ship to bear the name.  The USS Manchester (LCS 14) will be the second ship named for one of New Hampshire's industrial centers. 
            Wichita and Manchester will be outfitted with reconfigurable payloads, called mission packages, which can be changed out quickly as combat needs demand.  These mission packages are supported by special detachments that will deploy manned and unmanned vehicles and sensors in support of mine, undersea and surface warfare missions. 
            These ships are designed to defeat growing littoral threats and provide access and dominance in the coastal waters.  A fast, agile surface combatant, the LCS provides the required war fighting capabilities and operational flexibility to execute focused missions close to the shore such as mine warfare, anti-submarine warfare and surface warfare. 
            Lockheed Martin with Marinette Marine in Marinette, Wis., will build the Freedom-variant, USS Wichita (LCS 13), which will be 388 feet in length, have a waterline beam of 58 feet, displace approximately 3,400 tons, and make speed in excess of 40 knots.  Austal USA in Mobile, Ala., will build the Independence-variant, USS Manchester (LCS 14), which will be 419 feet in length, have a waterline beam of 103 feet, displace approximately 3,100 tons, and make speed in excess of 40 knots. 
            Mabus named the future R/V Sally Ride (AGOR 28), which will be a Neil Armstrong-class AGOR ship, to honor the memory of Sally Ride, a professor, scientist and an innovator at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego.  Ride was the first woman and also the youngest person in space.  She later served as director of NASA's Office of Exploration. 
            Traditionally, AGORs are named for nationally recognized leaders in exploration and science.  The R/V Sally Ride is the first academic research ship to be named in honor of a woman. 
            "Sally Ride's career was one of firsts and will inspire generations to come," said Mabus.  "I named R/V Sally Ride to honor a great researcher, but also to encourage generations of students to continue exploring, discovering and reaching for the stars." 
            The ship will be a well-equipped modern oceanographic research platform that includes acoustic equipment capable of mapping the deepest parts of the oceans, and modular onboard laboratories providing the flexibility to meet a wide variety of oceanographic research challenges.  These make them capable of supporting a wide range of oceanographic research activities conducted by academic institutions and national laboratories.  The research vessel will be outfitted with multi-drive low-voltage diesel electric propulsion systems.  This upgraded system will help maintain efficiency while lowering maintenance and fuel costs.   
            The Neil Armstrong-class AGOR ship will be 238 feet in length, have a beam length of 50 feet, and can operate at more than 12 knots.  AGOR 28 will be built by Dakota Creek Industries, Inc. in Anacortes, Wash. 

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Eighth (Instead of Planned 12) and final Royal Navy frigate upgraded with Sonar 2087

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Following an extensive refit, HMS Portland has become the final Royal Navy Type 23 frigate to be fitted with Thales UK’s Sonar 2087, a towed array sonar system that enables warships to hunt submarines at considerable distances and locate them beyond the range from which they can launch an attack. Portland has now returned to service, with a re-dedication ceremony on 21st March.
…Sonar 2087 is a very capable ASW system…
The 12-month multi-million pound refit in Rosyth Royal Dockyard of Portland’s sensors, weapons and systems completes a successful joint program between industry and the UK’s Ministry of Defence (MOD) to ensure the upgraded ships are now the most advanced of their kind in service.
The Royal Navy has described how the combination of a Type 23 frigate fitted with Thales’s Sonar 2087 and a Merlin helicopter equipped with the Thales FLASH dipping sonar makes the class the “most potent anti-submarine warfare platform of any navy at sea today”.
Eight of the Royal Navy’s fleet of Type 23 frigates have now been upgraded for use as submarine hunters. The other seven upgraded ships are Westminster, Northumberland, Richmond, Somerset, Sutherland, Kent and St Albans.
Sonar 2087 is a low-frequency sonar with both active and passive sonar arrays. The system is manufactured at Thales sites in the UK (Cheadle Heath in Manchester and Templecombe in Somerset) and France (Brest).
Greg Pugh, Sensors Programme Manager for the MOD’s Defence Equipment & Support headquarters, said: “The T23 frigates are at the heart of the Royal Navy’s frontline fleet, and are proving to be a formidable and highly-effective capability. The Sonar 2087 is a very capable ASW system, giving these platforms a significant capability enhancement.”
Ed Lowe, head of Thales UK’s naval business, said, “We welcome the news that HMS Portland has completed this upgrade. Fitted with Sonar 2087 and FLASH dipping sonar, the Type 23s represent a formidable anti-submarine warfare force. We are proud to be a key sensor supplier to the Royal Navy.”

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

U.S. Navy Cancels Blue Angels 2013 Performances

The Navy has cancelled the remaining 2013 performances of its Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels. 
The squadron will continue to train to maintain flying proficiency until further notice at its home station in Pensacola, Fla.

Recognizing budget realities, current Defense policy states that outreach events can only be supported with local assets at no cost to the government.
This is one of many steps the Navy is taking to ensure resources are in place to support forces operating forward now and those training to relieve them.
The Navy believes there is value in demonstrating the professionalism and capabilities of our Navy and Marine Corps Naval Aviation team, thus inspiring future generations of sailors and Marines. The Navy intends to continue aerial demonstrations in the future as the budget situation permits. 

DOD Releases Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Proposal

President Barack Obama today sent to Congress a proposed defense budget of $526.6 billion in discretionary budget authority to fund defense programs in the base budget for fiscal year (FY) 2014.  
            The budget continues the department's commitment to good stewardship of taxpayer dollars by seeking further consolidation of defense infrastructure, instituting a study of possible efficiencies in military treatment facilities, and terminating and restructuring lower-priority and poorly performing weapons programs.  The budget slows the growth of military pay and benefits while continuing to support the All-Volunteer Force. 
            The proposed FY 2014 budget continues the implementation and deepening of program alignment to the department's strategic guidance released in January 2012, "Sustaining U.S. Global Leadership:  Priorities for 21st Century Defense."  It continues plans to reduce the size of military forces, consistent with the new strategy.  It also seeks to create military forces that are ready and capable across the spectrum of military missions.  
            The budget makes a continued commitment to the department's people, who remain central to DoD's mission.  The proposal requests funding to ensure that U.S. personnel are well-compensated and properly equipped, trained, and led.  We will also continue to invest in critical programs for areas such as transition assistance, wounded warriors, suicide prevention, and sexual assault prevention and response. 
            "Even while restructuring the force to become smaller and leaner and once again targeting overhead savings, this budget made important investments in the president's new strategic guidance -- including rebalancing to the Asia-Pacific region and increasing funding for critical capabilities such as cyber, special operations, and global mobility," said Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. 
            "Most critically, the proposed budget sustains the quality of the All-Volunteer Force and the care we provide our service members and their families.  That underpins everything we do as an organization," Hagel said. 
            Unfortunately, FY 2014 programs will be significantly and adversely affected by sequester budget cuts in FY 2013.  Training cutbacks, civilian furloughs, deferral of equipment and facility maintenance, reductions to energy conservation investments, contract inefficiencies, and curtailed deployments will inevitably have rippling effects into FY 2014.  To address this challenge, the President's Budget includes balanced deficit reduction proposals that are more than sufficient to allow Congress to replace and repeal the sequester-related reductions required by the Budget Control Act of 2011. 
            The FY 2014 request does yet not include a detailed budget for Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO).  Decisions regarding force levels in Afghanistan were delayed until February of this year to provide commanders time to assess wartime needs fully.  A separate OCO request is being prepared and will be submitted to Congress in the coming weeks. 
            Highlights of the proposed DoD budget are outlined at http://www.defense.gov/news/2014budget.pdf .  For more information and to view the entire FY 2014 budget proposal, please visit http://www.budget.mil and download the "FY 2014 Budget Request Overview Book."  Budget-related transcripts will be available later today at http://www.defense.gov/transcripts .

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Portuguese Frigate NRP Álvares Cabral Takes Over Duties As EU Naval Force Flagship


The Portuguese Frigate NRP Álvares Cabral joined the EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Somalia – Operation Atalanta on 6 April 2013, in Djibouti.
During her participation in Operation Atalanta, for the next 4 months, Álvares Cabral will be the EU Naval Force flagship, hosting the Force Commander and his multinational staff on board.
NRP Álvares Cabral is a multipurpose MEKO class frigate, 116 meters in length and 3400 tonnes displacement. Among other missions, she had in the past 2 deployments in the Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 (SNMG1), 5 in the Standing Naval Force North Atlantic (STANAVFORLANT) and 2 in the European Maritime Force (EUROMARFOR).
Speaking about the preparations for joining the Operation, the Commanding Officer, Captain Nuno Sobral Domingues, said: “After a long and demanding period of training and certification, we´re ready to conduct a wide spectrum of naval operations as a national contribution for the stability and security worldwide. The crew is well prepared and all the systems, weapons and sensors, are fully operational and ready to deployment”.
Before joining the EU Naval Force, NRP Álvares Cabral went through an intense training program, including the Portuguese Navy Basic Training, the Operational Sea Training in Plymouth – United Kingdom, and finally the Portuguese Training for Counter-Piracy Deployment.

Lockheed Martin Names Jeff Babione Vice President And Deputy Program Manager For F-35

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company announced that Jeff Babione has been selected to serve as vice president and deputy program manager of the F-35 Lightning II program. Bridget Lauderdale, vice president and general manager of Aeronautics Operations, will lead the F-16/F-22 Integrated Fighter Group (IFG) programs in an acting capacity until a permanent replacement for Babione is named. Both appointments are effective immediately.
"Jeff's experience of managing both the world's first 5th generation fighter program and the F-16, a complex, international multirole fighter program upon which the F-35 is modeled, makes him uniquely prepared to step into this new role and deliver an immediate impact from day one," said Orlando Carvalho, Lockheed Martin executive vice president of Aeronautics.  
"Bridget is a proven leader capable of handling multiple priorities and delivering results. Her past record leading F-16/F-2/T-50 and F-22 Product Development will be invaluable as she takes on the added responsibility of overseeing the IFG until a permanent successor is named in the coming weeks," said Carvalho.
"I believe Jeff brings the perfect blend of leadership and experience to the F-35 team, and I'm excited about working with him to continue to build a team that delivers all of the F-35 capabilities to our customers," said Lorraine Martin, executive vice president and general manager for the F-35 program.
As vice president and general manager of the F-16/F-22 IFG, Babione was responsible for all aspects of the development, manufacture and sustainment of the highly successful F-16 Fighting Falcon multirole fighter and the F-22 Raptor air dominance fighter programs. He joined Lockheed Martin more than 20 years ago after working at Boeing on the initial structural design analysis of the YF-22 prototype. Babione worked his way through the ranks of the Raptor program and from 2006 to 2010 he served as the program's chief engineer. During his tenure as engineering lead, the Raptor Team and Lockheed Martin were awarded the Robert J. Collier Trophy for the most significant achievement in American aerospace. Babione holds a bachelor's degree in Aerospace and Ocean Engineering from Virginia Tech, a master's degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Washington and an MBA from the University of Tennessee.

TRIAXYS Next Wave Sensors selected to support Ocean Observatory Initiative

TRIAXYS Wave Sensors

AXYS Technologies Inc. (AXYS) are pleased to announce a contract award from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution to provide up to 24 TRIAXYS™ Next Wave Directional Wave Sensors  as a component of the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI).

The OOI, a project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and managed and coordinated through the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, is planned as a networked infrastructure of science-driven sensor systems to measure the physical, chemical, geological and biological variables in the ocean and seafloor. As a fully integrated system, OOI will collect and disseminate data on coastal, regional and global scales. Greater knowledge of the ocean’s interrelated systems is vital for increased understanding of their effects on biodiversity, climate change, ocean and coastal ecosystems, environmental health and climate.

The TRIAXYS™ Next Wave is a solid-state sensor comprised of precision accelerometers, rate gyros, a fluxgate compass and the proprietary WatchMan500™ processor, to accurately measure directional waves.

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute has already received the first order for the TRIAXYS™ Next Wave Sensors with planned deployments in mid-2013. 

NOAA receives 2013 Space Achievement Award

April 5, 2013
POES Satellite in orbit.
POES Satellite in orbit. (NOAA)
NOAA received the prestigious 2013 Space Achievement Award today from the Space Foundation “for its use of space-based systems in making life-saving predictions and issuing early warnings of calamitous weather conditions.”
Sandy MacDonald, director of NOAA’s Earth Systems Research Laboratory in Boulder, Colo., accepted the award on behalf of NOAA at the Space Foundation’s 29th National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs.
“For all of the hard-working scientists, researchers and engineers at NOAA, receiving this award is a high honor coming from such a distinguished organization,” MacDonald said. “NOAA will continue to stay true to its mission of protecting lives and property, while helping to increase our understanding of the dynamic changes occurring within Earth's environment.”
Each year, the Space Foundation presents the Space Achievement Award to an individual or organization for significant contributions in advancing the exploration, development or use of space.
“While most people recognize the value of weather predictions, many don’t realize how NOAA uses space assets to determine the severity and risks of approaching weather events,” said Elliot Pulham, CEO of the Space Foundation in a press release to announce the award.
NOAA operates two types of spacecraft – the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES) and Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellites (POES) – that work in tandem to continuously monitor Earth’s air, land and water to track atmospheric conditions that trigger severe weather. NOAA is working with its partner NASA to build the next-generation of advanced geostationary and polar-orbiting satellites, called GOES-R and the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS), respectively.

Global Marine Trends 2030 report predicts naval sector growth

Despite an uncertain short term future for the maritime industry, the Global Marine Trends 2030 (GMT 2030) report launched today predicts that long term growth will return. Written and researched jointly by Lloyd’s Register, QinetiQ and Strathclyde University, the report looks at the future shape of the marine industry and specifically how naval power will increase.
Recent reports from UNCTAD and the Rogliano review conclude that the industry is currently going through one of its worst crises for decades. According to these reports, as ship owners continue to increase tonnage from pre-recession orders for ships, seaborne trade growth is failing to grow apace, leading to an excess in supply over demand.
This has led to predictions that the financial future of the industry could lead to some significant casualties with established names being at risk. This is compounded at a time when many advanced navies are suffering from short term Government budget cuts, affecting their ability to invest in capital acquisitions, or maintain fleets at sea.
However, the GMT 2030 report suggests that ‘the marine world in 2030 will be almost unrecognisable owing to the rise of emerging countries, new consumer classes and resource demand’. The report predicts that as trade increases, the size of fleets for advanced navies (US, Russia, Japan, China, UK, India) will continue to fall from 585 major platforms in 2010 to 500 in 2030. However, the naval power exercised by these navies through technology, will almost double from 3,911 in 2010 to 8,526 in 2030, based upon QinetiQ’s Naval Power Index.
Sarah Kenny, Managing Director QinetiQ Maritime commented, “This is an important piece of research which establishes what the future may look like. Having worked with navies from around the world for many years, we have a long heritage of expertise that helps us give a unique insight into the marine and naval industry. With naval platforms having an operational lifespan of at least 25 years, research such as this helps us plan for 2020, 2030 and the next generation of naval capability. Accurate thinking about expected operations will have a substantial impact on the through-life cost of the platform. As international trade continues to grow, the need for naval power will also continue to increase, because the vast majority of trade is moved by sea. We expect the use of that power may change and that systems such as robotics and autonomous systems will dominate thinking.”
The ‘Global Marine Trends 2030’ Report was launched today at events in London and Singapore by the joint team from Lloyd’s Register, QinetiQ and Strathclyde University. The Report is a long term view of trends in the marine world, and will be of particular interest to the most significant economic users of the seas – commercial shipping, navies, and offshore energy producers. It is based on assessing and modelling key global drivers (Population, Economy, Resources and Environment) in order to show their direction and speed and their combined effect on maritime developments.
The GMT 2030 report used three scenarios of international politics to model the future. These scenarios, using three key drivers – population growth, economic development and demand for resources - describe what maritime trade, sea power and the offshore energy sectors could look like in 2030. The three scenarios were:
  • Status Quo – the world will continue its current growth momentum with booms and busts over the next 20 years
  • Global Commons – the world will wake up to dangers such as global warming and diminishing resources. This will lead to governments working together and trading more to provide accelerated economic growth within a framework of sustainable development
  • Competing Nations – states will act in their own national interest. There will be little effort to forge agreement amongst governments for sustainable development and international norms. This is a self-interest and zero-sum world with a likely rise in protectionism and slower economic growth.
The report predicts that Naval power will almost double in all of the three scenarios.
For more information on the report visit www.QinetiQ.com/maritime/GMT2030

QinetiQ Stealth Information & Range Services supports Astute-class submarines entry into service

HMS Astute

QinetiQ Stealth Information & Range Services, a leading provider of naval trials programs to reduce time to platform service in a safe and secure working environment, is supporting the UK Royal Navy in bringing Astute-class submarines into service. A total of seven boats will be constructed by BAE Systems Submarine Solutions.
The first of class, HMS Astute, was launched in 2007. It is the latest class of nuclear-powered fleet submarines in service with the UK Royal Navy and is setting a new standard in terms of weapons load, communication facilities and stealth. As part of the process of bringing the submarines into service, the manufacturer develops a sea trials package to test the performance of the submarines against the defined requirements before they are accepted into service.
QinetiQ has managed many of the independent sea trials on the Astute-class submarines to date. The trials have been carried out on QinetiQ managed ranges in the UK of which it operates 17 core MOD-owned or leased sites for test, evaluation and training support. QinetiQ provide an independent view of the performance of the submarine against the requirements providing advice and feedback to both the trials team and the end user, Royal Navy Command.
“QinetiQ add real value over and above just testing to meet specifications because they have a built up a significant understanding of submarines. Combine this with their many years’ of experience of running complex and successful trials programs, supported by a knowledgeable team, makes them an excellent partner,” said Gary Dunn, Trials Manager for Astute, MoD.
As part of the trials program, QinetiQ provide a range of specialist services including radar cross section, torpedo firing, electronic warfare calibration, target echo strength, de-perming, electromagnetics noise and vibration and acoustics testing and technical support. During complex trials, an understanding of the interactions of all asset dynamics is important to ensure each element is properly controlled and operated safely. QinetiQ are very well placed to deliver this understanding.
“We have been delivering services to the UK Royal Navy to help them in their drive to make their ships and submarines harder to detect and capable of assessing threats for over 30 years. These services are built on a an extensive range of capabilities including radar cross section, noise and vibration, target echo strength, electromagnetics and electronic warfare calibration. The trails we are running on the Astute Class submarines are an excellent example of what we can deliver,” said Phil Metcalfe, Head of Stealth Information & Range Services.

2013 Sea-Air-Space Expo Kicks Off

Visitors examine exhibits at the 2012 Sea-Air-Space Expostiion at the Gaylord National in Washington.

The 48th-annual, 2013 Navy League Sea-Air-Space Exposition kicked off at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md. with an official opening ceremony April 8. 
Under the theme, "Maritime Crossroads: Strategies for Action," Sea-Air-Space, the largest maritime exposition in the U.S., showcases demonstrations highlighting the latest maritime-related technologies and solutions and provides an opportunity for Navy policy and operational leadership to interact with industry representatives to discuss and debate common interests and concerns.
"Sea-Air-Space is an absolutely wonderful opportunity for everyone to get together and talk about issues of importance," said Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert. "It's about talking about our challenges, our opportunities and I think most importantly, our solutions. It's where industry can partner with the military, with the Department of Defense to find real, tangible solutions."
During the first day, the sea services strategic rebalancing of the Asia-Pacific region was highlighted during various roundtable discussions and floor presentations.
"The theme of this conference, Maritime Crossroads: Strategies for Action, is perfect," said Greenert. "It leads you into asking where, and the most important place is the Asia-Pacific. That is the number one area for our future and it's really about rebalancing in a host of ways- force structure, capabilities, homeporting, and intellectual capacity. We're moving 60 percent of our ships to the Western Pacific by the end of this decade. It's really about greater partnerships, greater interoperability with our allies and greater exercises- all in the Asia-Pacific."
This year's Sea-Air-Space features over 190 exhibitors, including 15 military commands as well as 12,000 registrants and representatives of 48 different countries. Also present are top officials from the Department of Defense, Homeland Security and Congress.
Sea-Air-Space is open to active duty and reserve military, federal civilian employees, congressional members and staff, retired U.S. military and Navy League Members. There is no charge to attend the three-day exposition and professional seminars.

Monday, April 8, 2013

General Dynamics Completes Successful Critical Design Review for Knifefish Mine Countermeasure Unmanned Undersea Vehicle

FAIRFAX, Va., April 8, 2013 - General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems has successfully completed the critical design review for Knifefish, the surface-mine countermeasure unmanned undersea vehicle (SMCM UUV), one month ahead of schedule. The General Dynamics team will now begin the development of the system hardware and software to integrate the approved design via the fabrication of three engineering development modules. Knifefish is an essential component of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) mine countermeasure (MCM) mission package, providing U.S. Navy commanders and sailors with enhanced mine-hunting capabilities.
Expected to attain initial operational capability in 2017, Knifefish is the first heavyweight-class mainstream mine countermeasure (MCM) UUV that will address the Navy's need to reliably detect and classify mines resting on the seafloor and buried mines in high-clutter environments and areas with potential for mine burial. Knifefish also gathers environmental data to provide intelligence support for other mine warfare systems.
Knifefish will help greatly reduce risk to Navy personnel and ships by operating in minefields as an off-board sensor, while the host ship stays outside the minefield boundaries. The modular, open Knifefish has been designed to integrate with both variants of LCS via the common LCS interface control document.
"Knifefish is designed to be compatible with an open architecture platform, ensuring that the Navy's mission systems will keep pace with technology and continue to evolve to meet current and future mission requirements," said Lou Von Thaer, president of General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems. "The ease of the 'plug and play' integration with ship systems and mission modules allows for platform flexibility and quick reconfiguration of the whole mission package in response to the dynamic requirements the fleet will encounter day to day."
The U.S. Navy's Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) awarded General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems a contract to design and build Knifefish in September 2011. The General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems team on the Knifefish program includes Bluefin Robotics (Quincy, Mass.), Ultra Electronic Ocean Systems (Braintree, Mass.), Oceaneering International, Inc. (Houston, Texas), Metron (Reston, Va.), Applied Research Laboratory at Penn State University (State College, Pa.), 3 Phoenix (Hanover, Md.), General Dynamics Information Technology (Fairfax, Va.) and ASRC Research Technology Solutions (Greenbelt, Md.).

US Navy Awards Boeing High Altitude Anti-Submarine Weapon Contract

Lockheed Martin HAAWC photo

A new precision-guided weapon that Boeing will provide to the U.S. Navy will fundamentally change anti-submarine warfare by incorporating technologies never before used on an anti-submarine weapon.
Through a recently awarded $19.2 million contract, Boeing will design and build the High Altitude Anti-Submarine Warfare Weapon Capability (HAAWC). The system will leverage combat-proven technologies from Boeing’s Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) and Small Diameter Bomb (SDB) so it can be launched from high altitudes and far from targets.
“A new era in anti-submarine warfare is about to begin,” said James Dodd, vice president of Boeing Weapons & Missile Systems. “The capability HAAWC gives U.S. Navy sub-hunters is unparalleled compared with what is available today.”
Adapting current JDAM and SDB technologies will also reduce development risk and cost for the Navy.
“Providing this advanced capability to Navy warfighters as soon as possible is vital to help protect the United States’ maritime interests around the world,” said Scott Wuesthoff, director of Boeing Direct Attack Weapons.

Nations to Gather for IMCMEX 13

Representatives from more than 30 nations will gather May 6-30 in Bahrain and waters of the Gulf region for International Mine Countermeasures Exercise (IMCMEX) 13.
The largest exercise of its kind in the region, IMCMEX 13 will exercise a wide spectrum of defensive operations designed to protect international commerce and trade; mine countermeasures, maritime security operations (MSO) and maritime infrastructure protection (MIP). 
"This multidisciplinary defense exercise is focused on maritime security for commerce and trade from the port of origin to the port of arrival," said Commodore Simon Ancona, deputy commander, Combined Maritime Forces, and commander of this year's International Maritime Exercise Force (IMEF). "Our planners have included events that address more of the security picture than just mines on the high seas."
Hosted by U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT)/U.S. 5th Fleet, IMCMEX 13 will be conducted in three phases: a three-day symposium on maritime infrastructure protection, an afloat operations phase, and a re-integration phase where participants discuss best practices and lessons learned for future exercises.
Similar to last year, participants will exercise the afloat staging base concept aboard USS Ponce (AFSB(I) 15) and RFA Cardigan Bay (L3009), and will cover surface mine countermeasures, mine hunting and airborne mine countermeasures operations, international explosive ordnance disposal training, diving operations, small-boat exercises, unmanned aerial vehicle operations, unmanned underwater vehicle operations and port clearance operations.
New to this year's exercise, MSO will introduce shipping escort, and visit, board, search and seizure operations. Industry representatives will also lead an oil spill response table-top discussion during the exercise.
The MIP portion of the exercise focuses on protecting maritime points of origin and arrival, such as ports or offshore terminals. This portion of the exercise will include shore and harbor security operations; visit, board, search and seizure teams; and specialized aircraft.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Northrop Grumman Awarded U.S. Navy Contract to Upgrade, Enhance NGC2P Tactical Data Link Processor

The U.S. Navy has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation an $80 million contract to upgrade and enhance the Next Generation Command and Control Processor (NGC2P). The NGC2P system is a tactical data link communication processor that provides critical real-time information about friendly and enemy activity during combat operations.
The five-year, indefinite-quantity, indefinite-delivery NGC2P Technology Refresh and Link 22 contract was awarded Jan. 9 by the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR), San Diego. An additional two-year option would bring the total value to $95 million.
Under the contract, Northrop Grumman will provide software and hardware system development, engineering services and technology refresh field change kits for the communications processors aboard naval surface ships. Northrop Grumman will first provide designs addressing obsolescence issues in the current system. These improvements will increase computational capacity and later support system capability enhancements and new capability insertion, such as integration of the Link 22 secure digital radio link.
"Having supported SPAWAR PMW-150 since the early 1990s, Northrop Grumman is proud of our record as a reliable partner able to respond rapidly to customer requirements," said Mike Twyman, vice president and general manager of the Defense Systems division for Northrop Grumman Information Systems. "Our collaboration with the Navy accomplished this critical capability for warfighters, and we will continue to provide innovative and affordable solutions to enhance the system."
Northrop Grumman was first selected to develop NGC2P in 2008.
The Northrop Grumman NGC2P team includes GET Engineering, El Cajon, Calif.; FUSE Integration, Inc., Long Beach, Calif.; and Technology Unlimited Group, San Diego.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Chairman's Awards Recipients Announced - to be honored May 1 at The Security Summit

The Security Network

The Security Network, a facilitator of security technology innovation through business collaboration and high-level relationship building, today announced the recipients of the organization's 2013 Chairman's "Fostering Innovation through Collaboration"® Awards.  Tracy Conroy, Science Advisor, Third Fleet (US Navy), Brian Fennessy, Assistant Fire Chief, San Diego Fire-Rescue Department, Mike Hanning, Vice President Sales & Marketing, TracPlus Global Ltd., and Esri, the world's leading provider of geographic information system (GIS) software and geodatabase management applications, will be recognized on the afternoon of May 1, 2013 during the 10th annual The Security Summit at the Corky McMillin Event Center in San Diego, CA.
The Security Network promotes rapid commercialization of innovative, dual- and multi-usage security technologies from around the world. This is the fifth year The Security Network will honor individuals and organizations that have been exemplary in their on-going efforts to enhance security by "Fostering Innovation through Collaboration". Bruce Roberts, Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Security Network, said: "We are pleased to honor outstanding individuals and organizations that have promoted collaboration and technology innovation on a multilateral basis."
Tracy Conroy - Science Advisor, Third Fleet, U.S. Navy (U.S. - Public Sector, Military) 
Tracy Conroy is the recipient of the U.S. - Public Sector, Military Chairman's Award for 2013. Tracy has participated in events of The Security Network and its sister organization, The Maritime Alliance, for the last three years. He has helped organize panel members and speakers for events of interest to the Navy and provided valuable advice and introductions to The Security Network. Tracy retires from the Office of Naval Research Global in summer 2013 after 30 years of service to his country, first as a naval aviator and the last 25 years in Information Technology, focusing on anti-ship missiles, directed energy, surface ship structure integrity, and undersea warfare. Prior to Third Fleet, Tracy was the Science Advisor to Naval Surface Forces, and his resume includes a number of program and project management positions. The depth and breadth of his experience was evident in the way he approached every task with The Security Network, where he has made a lasting impression.
Brian Fennessy - Assistant Fire Chief, San Diego Fire-Rescue Department (U.S. - Public Sector, First Responder)
Brian Fennessy is the recipient of the U.S. - Public Sector, First Responder Chairman's Award for 2013. Brian has been engaged with The Security Network for more than six years and has been a valuable member representing San Diego Fire-Rescue Department on its Advisory Committee during that period. Brian has actively engaged with technology providers from around the U.S. and the world, identifying technologies of interest for San Diego Fire-Rescue, which has tested many and deployed three such technologies. Brian has consistently involved other members from across SD Fire-Rescue and from other agencies across San Diego and southern California to fill out panels and to see innovative technologies on exhibit. Brian embodies the spirit of collaboration for which the San Diego region is known and he is a testament to why San Diego represents an important virtual Test Bed for the country. 
Esri (U.S. - Private Sector)
Esri is the recipient of the U.S. - Private Sector Chairman's Award for 2013. Esri has been involved with both The Security Network and The Maritime Alliance over the last 3 years. Various individuals have been involved as Esri has been an active partner and collaborator in multiple events raising awareness of the integral role GIS plays in decision-making from economic prosperity to disaster recovery to security. This is the third year that Esri has been a sponsor of The Security Summit, and the second as title sponsor of this event. Esri is represented by Defense C2 Industry Manager Eric Westreich on the Advisory Committee of The Maritime Alliance. Eric will also be coordinating the PlugFest Challenge at The Security Summit this year, an innovative "plug and play" opportunity for technology developers to demonstrate their products and services to decision-makers in a "real life" use case scenario vetted by subject matter experts from defense contractors and government.   
Mike Hanning (VP Sales & Marketing) & TracPlus Global Ltd. (International - Private Sector)
Mike Hanning is the second recipient of the International - Private Sector award. This award is given equally to Mike and TracPlus - the company for its strategic entry into the U.S. market through San Diego and Mike for leading the successful U.S. efforts by leveraging regional assets to mutual benefit. Mike's first event in San Diego was with The Security Network sister organization The Maritime Alliance in November 2010 as one of several New Zealand companies participating in the 2nd annual Blue Tech& Blue Economy Summit. From that initial visit and a successful demo for San Diego Fire-Rescue, Mike has utilized San Diego as a national test bed for TracPlus technology, racking up successes for TracPlus regionally and nationally by promoting collaboration among a broad first responder community.

Navy to Commission Newest Amphib Warship Arlington

The amphibious transport dock ship Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Arlington (LPD 24) is positioned at its berth at its new homeport of Naval Station Norfolk.

The Navy will commission the newest San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship, Arlington, during a 12:30 p.m. EDT ceremony Saturday, April 6, at Naval Station Norfolk, Va. 
The ship is named for the county of Arlington and honors the first responders and the 184 victims who died when American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon Sept. 11, 2001. 
"This ship and her proud name symbolize what is exceptional about the United States," said Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus. "For the next several decades, Arlington will take Marines and their equipment wherever they are needed, whether to provide humanitarian assistance or lethal combat capability. But more important, Arlington will carry with her the legacy of valor exhibited by Marines throughout the Corps' history and shown by those who lost their lives on American Airlines Flight 77." 
Gen. James F. Amos, commandant of the Marine Corps, will deliver the ceremony's keynote address. Welcome remarks will be made by Bob F. McDonnell, governor of Virginia, and additional remarks will be given by Rep. E. Scott Rigell of Virginia, Rep. James P. Moran of Virginia, Adm. William E. Gortney, commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, Allison F. Stiller, deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for ship programs, and Irwin F. Edenzon, president, Huntington Ingalls Industries. 
Joyce Rumsfeld, wife of former Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld, is serving as the ship's sponsor. In a time-honored Navy tradition, she will give the order to "man our ship and bring her to life!" 
Two previous ships have carried the name Arlington. The first was a steel-hulled C1-B type cargo ship operating during World War II. The second USS Arlington was a 14,500-ton Vietnam War era, major communications relay ship, which assisted with communications during a June 1969 conference between U.S. President Nixon and Republic of Vietnam President Thieu. 
Designated LPD 24, Arlington is the eighth amphibious transport dock ship in the San Antonio class. As an element of future expeditionary strike groups, the ship will support the Marine Corps "mobility triad," which consists of the landing craft air cushion vehicle, amphibious vehicles and the Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft. 
Arlington will provide improved warfighting capabilities, including an advanced command-and-control suite, increased lift-capability in vehicle and cargo-carrying capacity and advanced ship-survivability features. The ship is capable of embarking a landing force of up to 800 Marines. 
Cmdr. Darren W. Nelson of Rushville, Neb., is the commanding officer and will lead a crew of 360 officers and enlisted Navy personnel and three Marines. The 24,900-ton ship is 684 feet in length, has an overall beam of 105 feet, and a navigational draft of 23 feet. 
This event will be aired live at http://www.livestream.com/usnavy beginning at 12:30 p.m. EDT. 

First Air Warfare Destroyer mast delivered

Dr Kelly said the five-storey high mast, delivered by barge from local company, MG Engineering, further underscored Australia’s shipbuilding credentials.
“This is an exciting day for the AWD project with the arrival of the mast for the first ship, Hobart,” Dr Kelly said.
“The mast is one of the most defining features of the destroyers and will house significant elements of the Aegis weapon system, including the navigation radar and the SPQ-9B, or ‘Spook’ horizon-search radar.
“The equipment incorporated into the mast structure will enable the destroyers to search and track targets immediately above the sea surface, such as low-flying aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles and missiles.”
Dr Kelly said the AWDs would be the most capable asset the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) had operated once assembly was complete.
“Seeing local Port Adelaide company MG Engineering delivering the first of three 25-tonne masts under its $3.25 million contract makes today’s announcement even more significant MG Engineering has hired an additional 12 production staff to undertake the AWD mast work over a two-year period, taking their total staff to 45,” Dr Kelly said.
“The first mast was transported by barge down the Port River in a horizontal position and then unloaded in a logistical effort taking about three hours.
“Further work will now be carried out on the mast by the AWD Alliance at the Common User Facility adjacent to the ASC shipyard, prior to being consolidated onto the first destroyer.”
The AWD Alliance, made up of the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO), lead shipbuilder ASC and mission systems integrator Raytheon Australia, is responsible for delivering the ships to the RAN.
Building the AWDs involves the construction of 90 separate steel blocks – 30 for each ship – as well as three additional sonar blocks.
The ships will provide the Navy with a highly capable asset; a warship able to assume a leading command and control role within the Australian Defence Force and coalition forces.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Leadership of Ex-Guardian Relieved

The commanding officer (CO) of ex-Guardian and three other crewmembers were relieved of their duties on April 3 by commander, Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 7.

The reliefs are the result of an ongoing U.S. Navy investigation into the facts and circumstances of the Jan. 17 grounding in the Sulu Sea of USS Guardian (MCM 5). The initial investigation findings clearly indicate that the CO, Lt. Cmdr. Mark A. Rice; the executive officer (XO)/navigator, Lt. Daniel Tyler; the assistant navigator; and the officer of the deck at the time of the grounding did not adhere to standard U.S. Navy navigation procedures. The U.S. Navy has the highest accountability standards, and all four Sailors were relieved by Rear Adm. Jeffrey Harley due to their role in the grounding and a loss of confidence.

All four Sailors have been temporarily assigned to ESG-7 pending the completion of the investigation.

The salvage and removal of the ex-Guardian from Tubbataha Reef was completed on March 29. USS Warrior (MCM 10) has been forward deployed to Sasebo Japan to replace ex-Guardian.

USS Chung-Hoon Departs Hawaii on Deployment

Sailors man the rails aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) as it departs Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
Sailors man the rails aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) as it departs Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for an independent deployment to the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. The ship and its crew will conduct integrated operations in conjunction with allies and partners. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Diana Quinlan/Released)
Destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) departed Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam April 2 on an independent deployment to the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
The ship's departure, originally planned for Feb. 28, was deferred to better refine sequestration planning and execution.
Commanded by Cmdr. Justin Orlich, the ship and its crew of nearly 280 Sailors will conduct integrated operations in conjunction with allies and partners.
"The crew's really excited to go out," Orlich said. "We've been on hold for a little over a month now while we fought through the battles of sequestration, but now that we're approved and ordered to deploy, we're ready to go. It's a great feeling knowing we're ready to go out and do the good things we've been training to do.
"We train for any contingency, so regardless of where we're going to work, the crew is full trained. No matter what we're faced with, we'll be ready," Orlich added.
The ship's motto is, "Imua e na Koa Kai," which translates to "Go Forward Sea Warriors." As part of Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific and Destroyer Squadron Three One, Chung-Hoon operates forward, maintaining the highest warfighting readiness to preserve the freedom of vital sea lanes.
Chung-Hoon is a guided-missile destroyer that is a multi-mission anti-air warfare, anti-submarine warfare and anti-surface warfare surface combatant - an important component of the Navy's rebalancing of assets and forces to the Pacific.
Chung-Hoon is named in honor of native Hawaiian Rear Adm. Gordon Pai'ea Chung-Hoon, recipient of the Navy Cross and Silver Star in World War II for conspicuous gallantry and extraordinary heroism.
"This deployment is a great opportunity for the men and women of the ship," said Command Master Chief Christian Detje. "We've trained hard for the last 18 months, and we're very excited to go out and do the nation's bidding."