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    U.S. Navy's Overseas Force Structure Changes Underscore Commitment to the Asia-Pacific

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    PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (NNS) -- The U.S. Navy announced today that the ballistic missile defense (BMD)-capable guided-missile destroyers USS Benfold (DDG 65) and USS Milius (DDG 69) will become part of the Forward Deployed Naval Forces (FDNF) based at Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan.

    As part of the U.S. Navy's long-range plan to put the most advanced and capable units forward, Benfold and Milius will leave their current homeport of San Diego and forward deploy to Yokosuka in the summers of 2015 and 2017, respectively. The move directly supports the announcement made by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel in April of this year that the Navy would commit to sending two additional BMD-capable ships to the defense of Japan by 2017.

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    Destroyers with ballistic missile defense capability heading to Japan

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    The U.S. Navy is forward deploying two Aegis-equipped destroyers to Japan.
    By Richard Tomkins | Oct. 22, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Two U.S. Navy destroyers with ballistic missile defense capabilities are being forward deployed to Japan, the U.S. Navy announced. The ships with Aegis systems are the USS Benfold (DDG 65) and USS Milius (DDG 69), both of which are currently homeported in San Diego, Calif.

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    USS Ft. Worth, LCS-3, readies for 16 month deployment to West Pacific

    [​IMG] SAN DIEGO - The littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) is scheduled to depart its homeport of San Diego Nov. 17 for a 16-month rotational deployment to Singapore in support of the Navy's strategic rebalance to the Pacific.

    Building on the achievements of USS Freedom's (LCS 1) inaugural 10-month deployment to Southeast Asia from March to December 2013, Fort Worth will visit more ports, engage more regional navies during exercises like Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) and expand LCS capabilities, including embarking and utilizing the MQ-8B Fire Scout Vertical Takeoff and Landing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (VTUAV).

    "There is no doubt that LCS brings an enhanced capability to the Asia-Pacific region," said Vice Adm. Kenneth E. Floyd, U.S. 3rd Fleet commander. "We are proud of the crews for the countless hours of hard work in preparation for this inaugural deployment and we're looking forward to Fort Worth building on the successes and lessons learned from Freedom's deployment last year."

    Fort Worth, with embarked LCS crew 104, recently completed its final certifications for its deployment during Task Group Exercise off the coast of Southern California.

    After departing San Diego, Fort Worth will visit ports in Hawaii and Guam before arriving in its maintenance and logistics hub of Singapore. The ship will remain homeported in San Diego and all crew members will live aboard.​
     
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    General characteristics
    Displacement:3450 tons (full load)[1]
    Length:387 ft (118 m)[1]
    Beam:58 ft (17.7 m)[1]
    Draft:13.0 ft (3.9 m)[1]
    Propulsion:2 Rolls-Royce MT30 36 MW gas turbines, 2 Colt-Pielstick diesel engines, 4 Rolls-Royce waterjets
    Speed:45 knots (52 mph; 83 km/h) (sea state 3)
    Range:3,500 nmi (6,500 km) at 18 knots (21 mph; 33 km/h)[5]
    Endurance:21 days (504 hours)
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    craft carried:11 m RHIB, 40 ft (12 m) high-speed boats
    Complement:35 to 50 core crew, 75 mission crew (Rotating crews)
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    Notes:Electrical power is provided by 4 Isotta Fraschini V1708 diesel engines with Hitzinger generator units rated at 800 kW each.
     
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    Would assume would handle a couple F35Bs
     
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    The Navy's Smart New Stealth Anti-Ship Missile Can Plan Its Own Attack



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    America's primary anti-ship missile, the Harpoon, has been in service now for close to 40 years and the Navy has been very reluctant to evolve when it comes to its anti-ship capabilities. Times are changing, with China's Navy on the rise and Russia flexing its muscle, the Cold War staple just won't do. Enter Lockheed's ninja-like Long Range Anti-Ship Missile to save the day. This two-prong next generation anti-ship missile approach saw the development of the LRASM-A, the subsonic, low-flying and stealthy weapon that is still in development today. The other was the LRASM-B, a high-altitude supersonic, ramjet powered anti-ship missile, similar to the Russian Brahmos supersonic anti-ship missile. LRASM-B was cancelled in 2012 under tightening defense budgets, with DARPA focusing on the lower risk and more pressing LRASM-A concept.

    LRASM is a cousin of Lockheed's stealthy JASSM cruise missile and is aiming to replace and expand the mission of both the AGM-84 aircraft-launched and RGM-84 ship-launched Harpoon. The video below depicts generally how LRASM works and some of the capabilities it brings to the table. In it you will see its most prominent feature is that it will "intelligently" sense and avoid hostile threats via an on-board passive radio frequency and threat warning receiver. Additionally, LRASM is equipped with an on-board data-link, advanced artificial intelligence software, low probability of intercept radar, imaging infrared sensor and an inertial navigation system with embedded GPS. All of this is tied to the sneaky missile's autopilot and cutting-edge computing core. Think of the LRASM as the ninja of anti-ship cruise missiles missiles. It relies on stealth, intelligence, guile, avoidance, silent communication and keen observation to win the day, not brute force or high-speed alone. This makes this new stealthy cruise missile ideal for breaking down an enemy's naval-based anti-access capabilities from outside their sensors' ability to detect and engage the LRASM launch platform itself.

    As mentioned earlier, reducing LRASM's warhead size could increase the missile's range to close to 1,000 miles, which could be a very logical move considering China's anti-access technologies,including the DF-21D anti-ship ballistic missile. A single DDG-1000 could ripple off up to 80 land-attack modified LRASMs in a single volley while still remaining outside of China's core threat envelope. Such a capability could do wonders for taking out China's coastal air defenses and over-the-horizon radars used for target ships far out at sea. This scenario also highlights the possibility of a submarine launched ground attack variant of LRASM, as a single Ohio Class SSGN could theoretically volley 154 of these missiles much closer to shore than even the DDG-1000 could manage.​
     
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    USS Carl Vinson flight operations

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    Split Decision on New US Navy Ship

    WASHINGTON — The decision is in, and it’s split right down the middle.

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    US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has accepted the Navy’s recommendation that the design of the small surface combatant (SSC), a more powerful ship to follow the littoral combat ship, will be based on the existing LCS.The decision, laid out in a memo Hagel sent Wednesday to the chief of naval operations (CNO), rules out several choices that included new designs or a version of the Huntington Ingalls patrol frigate.But Hagel — contrary to widespread expectations — did not decide whether the SSC would be based on the Lockheed Martin Freedom class, or Austal USA’s Independence-class ship.​
     
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    PACIFIC OCEAN (Dec. 13, 2014) Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) Airman Ryan Blackwell, foreground, from Chicago, and Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 1st Class David Willsey, background, from Oklahoma City, conduct a flight deck wash down aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5). Peleliu is on its final regularly scheduled Western Pacific deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region before decommissioning early next year. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ryan J. Batchelder/Released)

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    (Dec. 12, 2014) Marines with Golf Company, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), off-load from a CH-53E Super Stallion with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 163 (Reinforced), 11th MEU, aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8), Dec. 12. The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and the embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit are deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photos by Cpl. Demetrius Morgan/Released)

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