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Jura

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Friday at 8:41 AM
Oct 9, 2019
here's the latest (the CR inside, of course, but who cares here about the inability to sign new contracts):
Electric Boat Building Columbia-Class Subs, Waiting on Block V Virginia Contract
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related:
After a leadership shakeup at General Dynamics, a murky future for submarine building
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didn't know delays could "eek"
 

Jura

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good question
Submarines are poised to take on a major role in strike warfare, but is that a good idea?
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OK I disagree with the last paragraph, anyway I'm glad DefenseNews journos recently (this year I think) have stopped parroting the Pentagon PR stuff and colorful pictures
 

Jura

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Oct 9, 2019
Sep 30, 2019and the latest on the tanker is (dated Oct 8, 2019)
USAF Receives Nine KC-46As In Third Quarter
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now I skimmed over two related stories
KC-46 Won’t Finish Initial Testing Without Working RVS; Cargo Fix Coming Soon
10/28/2019
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and
Boeing’s plan to get the KC-46A tanker back on schedule
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  • 28 October, 2019
 

Jura

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I'm wondering if the USN is on the path of the Russian Navy like a quarter of century ago
Admiral: Navy Can Afford to Field a 310-Ship Fleet, Not 355
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13 minutes ago

Oct 2, 2019now inside
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"According to information from the Navy, here’s the state of play for the Norfolk carrier fleet:
  • USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) – has completed the Basic Phase of the Optimized Fleet Response Plan (OFRP) and is progressing normally through training to be deployable.
  • USS George Washington (CVN 73) – in Maintenance Phase undergoing a Refueling and Complex Overhaul (RCOH) at Newport News Shipbuilding.
  • USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) – at the end of OFRP, supporting operations off the East Coast; slated for RCOH.
  • USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) – in Sustainment Phase; repair efforts for an electrical issue are underway to restore the ship to its full capability in order to deploy the ship and its air wing as soon as possible.
  • USS George HW Bush (CVN 77) – Maintenance Phase.
  • USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) – New construction, undergoing testing."
 

Jura

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Today at 3:21 AM
I'm wondering if the USN is on the path of the Russian Navy like a quarter of century ago
Admiral: Navy Can Afford to Field a 310-Ship Fleet, Not 355
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13 minutes ago
and now inside
Modly: Navy Current Warship Mix Is Not Optimal for Future Fight
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“If you look at what it would take to do that – and we laid this into our 30-year shipbuilding plan – it’s going to be very, very difficult for us to do that, A) based on that force structure, and B) based on the budget and top line. So we’re all sort of coming to this realization now that there’s a math problem that we need to try to solve, and we have to be creative about how we’re going to solve it,” Modly said.
 

Jura

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Jura

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inside
Marines, Navy Considering ‘Alternate’ Amphibs to Supplement Today’s Fleet
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Capt. Brian Metcalf, the San Antonio-class program manager ... “We have defined, unfortunately, the ARG as a combination of one each of those three ships for entirely too long. Now, what if I could describe to you an amphibious readiness group that was an LPD with four [Littoral Combat Ships]? Two of them outfitted with mine packages, two of them with surface-to-surface weapons? Does that sound like an amphibious readiness group?"

no, it doesn't, in fact it sounds like you lost your mind, Captain
 

Anlsvrthng

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For instance, there would have been no need to build a land-based AWE test article had the design of the elevators, as well as where they would go on the ship itself, been mature when construction started. As of July 2019, up to 70 elevator doors and 17 elevator hatches associated with the AWEs simply did not work because of how the ship's structure had grown and changed around them physically over time, adding protrusions that meant they could not open or be accessed properly in some cases,
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"Here are the facts: The USS Ford will be six years delayed in its initial deployment, which causes incredible strain on the carrier fleet," Representative Luria shot back
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. "It is now fall, and no elevators accessing the ammunition storage areas are functioning, which results in a carrier with no combat capability. I have yet to see a detailed plan to fix the multitude of problems with these new technologies."
I think it is a prime example how NOT to design and manage complex machines/projects.

They should teach it on every university as a negative example how to do engineering design and project management.

Of course it is in close race with the F-35 of course : )
 

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