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  • The US Navy, facing a shortfall, aims to ink an enormous attack sub contract next month

    https://www.defensenews.com/naval/20...ct-next-month/


    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Navy is preparing to sign a contract with General Dynamics Electric Boat and subcontractor Huntington Ingalls Industries for the next tranche of Virginia-class submarines, according to budget documents submitted to Congress this week.


    The 10-ship contract, which will include nine of the 84-foot Virginia Payload Module upgrades, is planned for April, the documents say. The VPM is designed to triple the Tomahawk cruise missile capacity of the Virginia-class subs, a move designed to offset the pending retirement of the Ohio-class guided-missile subs, which have a 154-Tomahawk capacity. Each Virginia Payload Module sub will have a 40-Tomahawk loadout.

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    • These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of March 25, 2019, based on Navy and public data. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the chart reflects the location of the capital ship. Total U.S. Navy Battle …

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      • Keel laid for 25th US Navy littoral combat ship Marinette (LCS 25)


        https://navaltoday.com/2019/03/28/ke...inette-lcs-25/

        Yes the US continues at an alarming rate, to buy a ship designed for asymmetric warfare against forces lacking both a navy or air force.

        Pros: It's a fast ship, with a nice gun. Provides a smile to a handful of congressman at every launch.
        Cons: Low survivability, weak in terms of ASuW, ASW, AA

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        • Navy To Supersize Its Ultra Versatile SM-6 Missile For Even Longer Range And Higher Speed

          https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zon...d-higher-speed

          The SM-6 is getting a way bigger rocket motor that will allow it to reach even farther than before and enemy ships may be its primary target.

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          • Originally posted by merkwurdig View Post
            Navy To Supersize Its Ultra Versatile SM-6 Missile For Even Longer Range And Higher Speed


            https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zon...d-higher-speed
            I don't know why but when I hear of the SM family of missiles I think of success.

            Not that I know all that about the system, but I think it's an example of a good program: ongoing effort with incremental increase in capabilities that does not waste billions. And it's common enough to save money and dedicated enough to actually do its job.

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            • These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of April 1, 2019, based on Navy and public data. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the chart reflects the location of the capital ship. Total U.S. Navy Battle …

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              • These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of April 7, 2019, based on Navy and public data. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the chart reflects the location of the capital ship. Total U.S. Navy Battle …

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                • GD awards HII USD 727m for Block V Virginia-class materials

                  https://navaltoday.com/2019/04/15/gd...ass-materials/

                  Block V submarines will include the Virginia Payload Module (VPM), an added section of the ship containing four large-diameter payload tubes. Extending the hull by 84 feet, the VPM will boost the submarine’s strike capabilities.
                  Each large-diameter payload tube can store and launch up to seven Tomahawk cruise missiles. The VPM offers exceptional flexibility as well for the integration of future payload types, such as unmanned systems or next-generation weapons.

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                  • These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of April 15, 2019, based on Navy and public data. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the chart reflects the location of the capital ship. Total U.S. Navy Battle …

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