According to its chief of staff, the US Navy cannot engage on two major fronts simultaneously

To say that the US Navy's shipbuilding planning has been chaotic over the past 20 years would be an understatement. Between the aborted or more than disappointing programs such as the Zumwalt destroyers and the Littoral Combat Ship, a low budget increase, and in the face of an extraordinary Chinese effort of efficiency and the revival of Russian naval construction, it is true that the supremacy naval force, considered a few years ago as irremovable, is now facing unprecedented challenges since the end of the Second World War. In addition, the American shipyards themselves…

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12 aircraft carriers, 50 frigates: the US Navy returns to its fundamentals

To say that US Navy planning has been chaotic for the past 30 years would be an understatement. Between calamitous and chronically overcost programs such as the Zumwalt destroyers, the Littoral Combat Ship corvettes, or the Seawolf submarines, significant technical difficulties such as for the Ford-class aircraft carriers, and objectives marked by political considerations and economic, and not by operational needs, the prospects and options of the world's leading naval force have been irremediably darkened, while at the same time, the naval powers of its main competitors such as Russia and especially China, have developed with rigor…

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The US Navy is still struggling to define solid planning to counter China

Defense industrial planning is one of the most delicate exercises, which must reconcile the anticipation of operational needs and the replacement of obsolete equipment, the means of industrial production available, and budgetary issues. Very often there is also a strong constraint in terms of industrial activity and the economic and social repercussions of the investment, making the exercise even more difficult. But when it must intervene after two decades of under-investment, of credit-consuming programs without concrete operational application, and in the face of a potential adversary who, for his part, demonstrates remarkable mastery and an equally effective anticipation in the field, the exercise turns into a nightmare, and resembles…

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The US Navy Coastal Combat Ship Mine Warfare module has been validated

The concept that led Secretary of the Navy Gordon R. England (Bush Jr administration from 2001 to 2003) to give birth to the Littoral Combat Ships in the early 2000s was innovative to say the least: rather than having to build several ships specializing in different types of mission, it was sufficient to rely on a modular structure allowing the dynamic integration of the capabilities required on demand, in the form of complementary modules integrating the technology and equipment required for the mission. In fact, the LCS had to be able, by changing modules, to carry out alternately and effectively anti-submarine warfare missions, countermeasures…

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The US Navy wants to quickly arm and specialize its Littoral Combat Ship

At the end of the 90s, two officers of the US Navy, Vice-Admiral Art Cebrowski and Commander Wayne Hughes, developed the concept of "Streetfighter", a light combat ship (1000 tons), well armed, maneuverable and economical. (less than $100m per unit), to advantageously replace part of the OH Perry frigate fleet and even certain destroyers in the inventory of the US fleet. These ships compensated for their low tonnage by their number, and should make it possible to meet the deployment needs of the US Navy, particularly in low and medium intensity zones. This concept quickly evolved into the definition of a new type of ship, the Littorals…

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US Navy Validates Many Aspects of Drone Cooperation During Exercise UxS IBP

The US Navy expected a lot from the exercise Pacific Fleet Unmanned Systems Integrated Battle Problem 21, or UxS IBP, which was the first full-scale experiment concerning the use of drones and manned ships and aircraft in the naval field. We now know more about the nature of the exercises that have been carried out, and about the results, which seem very promising, obtained, and this in various fields ranging from the firing of anti-ship missiles beyond the horizon to the deployment from a swarm of anti-ship drones, to a simulation of submarine hunting. The results obtained will allow Admiral Gilday, Chief of Naval Operations of the US…

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The US Navy is experimenting on a large scale with cooperation between ships and autonomous systems

According to Admiral Gilday, Chief of Naval Operations for the US Navy, the exercise involving the heavy destroyer USS Michael Monsoor (Zumwalt-class), 4 Burke-class destroyers, 2 Littoral Combat Ship, the submarine USS USS Hampton and the LPD USS Anchorage, as well as the two robotic ships Sea Hunter and Seahawk (in illustration of reception with the USS Monsoor in the background), off the coast of California, represent a decisive step in the implementation of cooperation between automated systems and piloted systems for the US Navy, and will profoundly influence the very conception of the evolution of the US fleet in the years to come. Named Pacific Fleet's Unmanned…

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Hypersonic missiles, laser: American destroyers Zumwalt will (finally) reveal their capabilities

The Zumwalt-class heavy destroyers were to represent the future spearhead of the US Navy's surface fleet in the early 90s. 32 units of this 14.000 ton and 185 m vessel were to be ordered. But, as was the case several times with post-Cold War American defense programs, delirious technological ambitions and disastrous management made this class one of the biggest budgetary fiascos for the American armies in the last 30 years. In the end, only 3 ships of the class will be built, while the program will have exceeded the…

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The US Navy and the Secretary of the Navy are in favor of the return of Commander Crozier to the command of the USS Theodore Roosevelt.

The decision to relieve Captain Brett Crozier, commanding the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, of his command when it had just arrived at the dock in Guam following the explosion in the number of Covid19 cases on board , provoked many reactions in the United States, both in public opinion and in the political and military sphere. The Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly, at the origin of this decision, also ends up resigning following remarks made on board the American aircraft carrier. This inglorious episode of the US Navy risks experiencing a final twist since, according to the New York Times, its Chief…

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US Navy requests priority for US defense credits

Traditionally, the US Defense budget is split almost evenly between the US Army, US Air Force, and US Navy combined with the US Marines Corps. But according to Admiral Michael Gilday, Chief of Naval Operations or CNO, at the Pentagon, this division no longer corresponds to the actual needs of the armies, and to the evolution of threats that are looming. In a speech to the Surface Navy Association, Admiral Gilday clearly indicated that it will be necessary to prioritize Appropriations to the US Navy to be able to meet the political ambitions expressed by President Trump. , but also to make…

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