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XavNN

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how you doing? thought you're
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now because I saw your picture in Twitter which was the same as NavyReco in videos from maritime events I had watched before

anyway welcome back
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I am alright. Quitting Navy Recognition, launching Naval News has been quite an adventure, especially the first couple of month, but now it is all good!
 

Jura

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Yes that is me.
I am alright. Quitting Navy Recognition, launching Naval News has been quite an adventure, especially the first couple of month, but now it is all good!
good luck to you, and NavyReco (hope you don't mind I still call you NavyReco) would you please try find any details on

"The arsenal ship, which would provide fire support for ground forces, will be built using South Korean technology. The ship, which will likely be modeled on the locally produced KDX-II destroyer (4,000-5,000 tons), will be loaded with a large number of precision-guided weapons, including ship-to-ground missiles, for hitting ground targets. It’s expected to begin its mission in the late 2020s."

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XavNN

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@Jura that is on my to do list :)... I already sent questions to DAPA / ROK NAvy and HHI about the KDX III Batch II and I am still waiting for answer.

About this arsenal ship; I am most likely to learn more in October, when I cover MADEX naval defense exhibiton
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Yes that is me.
I am alright. Quitting Navy Recognition, launching Naval News has been quite an adventure, especially the first couple of month, but now it is all good!
Welcome back as Naval News, and long live Navy Reco! always nice to have knowledgeable posters to keep the rest of us on the right track!

and congrats on your newest endeavor, I really enjoyed your articles on the New Zealand P-3 upgrades and the Japanese F-35B's, that is one of Jeff Head's most famous predictions, LOL.

Welcome home to SDF!
 

Jura

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Thursday at 7:59 AM
oops,
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The company that has experienced slip-ups in delivering missile tubes to the Navy might leave the business, leaving only a single company who can do the work.
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but who cares here
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US Navy submarine programmes on track despite welding problems
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The US Navy’s Columbia and Virginia-class submarine programmes are on schedule despite fears they would be delayed following welding issues on missile tubes last year.

US Military contractor BWX Technologies, which is carrying out the missile tube upgrade, told Naval Technology that it had not delivered faulty missile tubes to the US Navy, but the company had diagnosed and corrected earlier issues.

BWX Technologies spokesperson Chris Dumond told Naval Technology: “We are in constant contact with both our customer and the Navy to minimise delivery schedule delays.”

Dumond added: “Welding and inspection issues were the same across VPM [Virginia payload module] and CMC [common missile compartment] programmes. That both programmes were affected was disclosed and widely reported a year ago in August 2018.

“There have been no new or newly-disclosed issues with welding or inspection on missile tube products since that time.”

General Dynamics is leading the upgrades, which are intended to dramatically increase the offence capabilities of the Virginia-Class submarines raising their missile capacity from 37 to 65.

The company sub-contracted submarine work to BWX Technologies and BAE Systems, which are sharing work on the construction of missile tubes for the US Navy, with BAE Systems set to build most of the tubes for the Virginia-class submarine.

The ongoing issues have led BWX Technologies to signal it will stop manufacturing missile tubes after their current contracts run out in 2021.

BWX Technologies president and CEO Rev Geveden told analysts in an earnings call: “There is a pathway to stay in the [missile tubes] business if we want to do it. I think the ultimate customer, the Navy and NAVSEA, would want more than one supplier.

“We’re not interested in the future orders unless we do have a way to make money on these orders.”

BWX Technologies in the past paid $27m to cover repairs and replacements after delivering faulty components to the Columbia-class submarine programme.

Delays in either the Virginia or Columbia class submarine programmes will have ramifications for both programmes due to their shared construction schedules. Both programmes receive components from the same suppliers.

The US Navy is set to receive a new block delivery of Virginia-class submarines and is set to build two Virginia-class submarines for each Columbia-class submarine starting in 2021.

The navy’s Columbia-class submarine is set to enter service in 2031 and will replace the ageing Ohio-class ballistic submarine, which has been in service since 1981. The Virginia-class submarine entered service in 2004, with the US Navy so far receiving 17 of a planned 66 vessels.

The Columbia-class submarines will become the main naval carrier of the US nuclear triad.

The Virginia-class submarine has faced repeated delays in upgrades and the building of new boats, in part due to constricted budgets and a push to build three new submarines a year.

BWX also produces nuclear reactors for the US Navy alongside components for commercial nuclear purposes.
 

Jura

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Thursday at 7:30 AM
May 15, 2019whatever:
Navy Issues Draft Request for Proposal for Large Unmanned Surface Vehicle
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the biggest USN leapfrogging since LCSs?
and now, while making puffing (?) sounds, I read similar
Navy Issues Draft Request to Industry for Large USV
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The U.S. Navy has issued a draft Request for Proposals for its planned Large Unmanned Surface Vessel (LUSV), one of the vessels planned for its future surface fleet.

“The LUSV will be a high-endurance, reconfigurable ship able to accommodate various payloads for unmanned missions to augment the Navy’s manned surface force, the Aug. 9 announcement on the FedBizOps website said.

“With a large payload capacity, the LUSV will be designed to conduct a variety of warfare operations independently or in conjunction with manned surface combatants. The LUSV will be capable of semi-autonomous or fully autonomous operation, with operators in-the-loop (controlling remotely) or on-the-loop (enabled through autonomy).”

Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) intends to award multiple contracts for conceptual designs from the defense industry. A final RFP is to be issued in the fourth quarter fiscal 2019.

On July 16, the Navy issued an RFP for the Medium Unmanned Surface Vehicle (MUSV), another vessel planned to be part of its future fleet concept. That RFP calls for “a pier-launched, self-deploying modular, open architecture, surface vessel capable of autonomous safe navigation and mission execution.”

The Navy is expected to field the LUSV and MUSV as adjuncts to its future surface fleet that will include the future surface combatant and the new FFG(X) guided-missile frigate as well as Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers and the Independence- and Freedom-class littoral combat ships.
Apr 9, 2019
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Navy Betting Big on Unmanned Warships Defining Future of the Fleet

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U.S. Marines Demonstrate M142 HIMARS MLRS Capabilities in Amphibious Raid

U.S. Marines with 3rd Marine Division demonstrated the mobility and lethality of the M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System during a simulated amphibious raid, Aug. 14, 2019.

The training provides an opportunity for the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Navy to enhance their interoperability and develop new methods of integrating Marine assets into the naval expeditionary force. During the operation, a HIMARS platoon from 12th Marine Regiment successfully loaded personnel and equipment onto a U.S. Navy landing craft, utility, where it was then transferred to another location and offloaded on shore for follow-on missions.

This capability makes HIMARS a more lethal and extensive asset. “This exercise helps showcase our unit’s mobility and the mobility of the HIMARS in the Indo-Pacific,” said U.S. Marine Cpl. Pablo Villegas, a HIMARS operator who participated in the training. He went on to say that HIMARS are typically driven over land or inserted into an area of operations via aircraft, now that HIMARS are able to be transported via a LCU, there are no limits to where the HIMARS can be.
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Regarding LUSV, we published this last week, with an illustration from Austal: Their proposal for LUSV, based on a EPF...

U.S. Navy Issues Draft RFP for Large USV

The U.S. Navy released a draft request for proposals (RFP) to industry for the development of the Large Unmanned Surface Vehicle (LUSV), on August 9.
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Jura

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Despite record budgets, the US Navy is short hundreds of millions for maintenance
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Delays caused by a green workforce at the public shipyard, which deals with nuclear maintenance (or submarines and aircraft carriers), are also causing delays.
 

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