Family Members of HMCS Protecteur Arrive Safely in Pearl Harbor
United States Ship (USS) Michael Murphy arrived today alongside Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, with family members and civilian contractors transferred off Her Majesty's Canadian Ship (HMCS) Protecteur, five days after a fire onboard Protecteur.
Tue, 4 Mar 2014 07:25:00 -0400
Australian, U.S. Sailors Trade Places During Pacific Bond 2013
The Arleigh-burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG-93) swapped 10 crewmembers with Royal Australian Navy (RAN) guided-missile frigate HMAS Sydney's (FFG 03), in support of Pacific Bond 2013, June 23 to enhance inter-ship operability and foster camaraderie.
Mon, 24 Jun 2013 09:55:00 -0400
Exercise Dogu Akdeniz 2013 Comes to an End
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Stout (DDG 55) returned to Aksaz Naval Base after completing Exercise Dogu Akdeniz 2013, Nov. 14.
Fri, 15 Nov 2013 11:10:00 -0400
NMCP's Annual Diabetes Boot Camp Provides Quality Care
Naval Medical Center Portsmouth staff sponsored their 4th annual Diabetes Boot Camp inside the endocrinology clinic and along the main hallway of the Charette Health Care Center in Portsmouth, Virginia, Nov. 14.
Mon, 17 Nov 2014 11:16:00 -0400
Onlookers Salute 'Old Glory' at Fort McHenry
Visitors and special guests watched as members of the U.S. Army's 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment with the help of War of 1812 re-enactors, hoisted a 15-star, 15-stripe, full-size replica Star-Spangled Banner flag over Fort McHenry here at the "By Dawn's Early Light" flag-raising ceremony.
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:21:00 -0400
7th Fleet Medical Team Trains with Indonesia and Malaysia Doctors On board Blue Ridge
U.S. 7th Fleet's medical staff hosted Malaysian and Indonesian military medical teams underway aboard the flag ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) May 22 - 25, 2014.
Wed, 28 May 2014 08:58:00 -0400
CNO, Titanic Explorer, Nobel Laureate to Headline Naval S&T Expo
The leader of the expedition that discovered the Titanic wreck and a Nobel Prize-winning physicist are among a growing lineup of speakers slated for the Naval Future Force Science and Technology (S&T) Expo Feb. 4-5 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.
Tue, 18 Nov 2014 12:39:00 -0400
2014 Resolutions: Resolve to Protect against Flu
Start off 2014 in a healthful way by resolving to protect you and your family members from the flu.
Tue, 31 Dec 2013 01:44:00 -0400
PACFLT Commander Conducts All Hands Call in Singapore
Adm. Harry Harris Jr., commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet conducted an all hands call at Commander Logistics Group Western Pacific (COMLOG WESTPAC) in Singapore, Dec. 18, during a trip to strengthen maritime partnerships in support of America's rebalance to the Indo-Asia-Pacific.
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 06:38:00 -0400
CNO Visits US Fleet Cyber Command, Presents Navy Unit Commendation Award
Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert visited U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. 10th Fleet (FCC/C10F) headquarters at Fort Meade, Dec. 17.
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:58:00 -0400
 
DDG Modernization
By Capt Ted Zobel Program Manager for Surface Combatant Modernization Operating as integral players in global maritime security while engaging in air, undersea, surface, strike and ballistic missile defense (BMD), […]

By Capt Ted Zobel
Program Manager for Surface Combatant Modernization

Operating as integral players in global maritime security while engaging in air, undersea, surface, strike and ballistic missile defense (BMD), the Navy’s Arleigh Burke class DDG 51 destroyers are the workhorses of the Fleet. With 62 destroyers currently in service and an expected service life of 35 years or greater, the sustained maintenance and modernization of these ships is crucial to their continued role as an essential component of surface warfare.

To date, the Navy has modernized 11 destroyers with hull, mechanical and electrical (HM&E) upgrades and one with combat systems upgrades.  USS Russell (DDG 59) successfully completed its HM&E mid-life upgrade and subsequent sea trials in October 2014.  By the end of the year, two additional ships, USS Barry (DDG 52) and USS Benfold (DDG 65) will complete combat system modernization availabilities.

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sept. 6, 2014) The guided-missile destroyers USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) and USS Mitscher (DDG 57), the guided-missile frigate USS Simpson (FFG 56) and the guided-missile cruiser USS Anzio (CG 96) align in a column behind USS Vicksburg (CG 69), not pictured.

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sept. 6, 2014) The guided-missile destroyers USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) and USS Mitscher (DDG 57), the guided-missile frigate USS Simpson (FFG 56) and the guided-missile cruiser USS Anzio (CG 96) align in a column behind USS Vicksburg (CG 69), not pictured.

 

These efforts are part of Naval Sea Systems Command’s Surface Warfare Directorate (NAVSEA 21) and is a comprehensive lifecycle modernization program for the Navy’s DDG 51 destroyers. The modernization program enhances Fleet capability and ensures Navy’s surface combatant mission-relevance by pacing the  evolving threat.. The destroyer modernization program is fully mature, executing on cost and schedule with two ships projected to complete availabilities in 2015.

The highly successful DDG 51 modernization program began in 2006 by identifying the most resourceful and effective ways to upgrade Navy destroyers. The program proceeded with upgrades to Flight I and II destroyers (DDGs 51-78) in 2010 with upgrades to USS Arleigh Burke’s (DDG 51) HM&E system. This set of critical upgrades incorporated technology improvements to reduce workload and total ship ownership costs and included a fully integrated bridge, improved machinery and damage control systems, wireless communications and commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) computing equipment.  Since 2010, eleven DDG 51s have received HM&E upgrades and redeployed to the Fleet.

GULF OF THAILAND (Oct. 29, 2014) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG 89) is underway during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Cambodia 2014.

GULF OF THAILAND (Oct. 29, 2014) USS Mustin (DDG 89) is underway during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Cambodia 2014.

In addition to HM&E systems upgrades, ships receive combat systems enhancements including improvements to BMD capability, the gun system, and anti-submarine warfare systems.Arleigh Burke destroyers are equipped with Navy’s Aegis system, the world’s foremost integrated naval combat management system. Upgrades to DDG 51 combat systems began in 2012 with USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) becoming the first destroyer to receive these very important upgrades.  The upgraded combat system network of both on-board and off-board sensors provides ground-breaking defense capability against cruise missiles and other modern threats.Following John Paul Jones, two more DDGs will complete combat systems upgrades by the end of 2014.

Beginning in 2014, the Navy evolved its modernization strategy to provide additional air defense capabilities to the Fleet by increasing the rate of combat systems modernization of DDG Flight IIAs (DDG 79 and later) to align with the date in which these ships were commissioned.  This approach will maximize the Navy’s return on investment (ROI) by modernizing Flight IIA ships at their midlife, increasing overall ship operational availability by combining separate combat systems and HM&E modernization periods into one. Modernization availabilities forFlights I and II will continue as planned, and modernization of Flight IIA destroyers will commence in 2017.

The Flight IIA modernization strategy increases the Navy’s BMD capabilities, and in turn the surface Fleet’s capability by incorporating BMD upgrades across all flights of DDG 51s. Modernized Flight I and II destroyers retain their very stable and operationally-proven Aegis baseline 5.3.9 computer program and receive the upgraded BMD 4.1 system. Newer destroyers, Flight IIA and beyond, will receive the upgraded Aegis weapon system baseline 9 which includes the BMD 5.0 system and the Multi-Mission Signal Processor which together enable simultaneous processing of Anti-Air Warfare and BMD threats.  Not only does the transition to baseline 9 provide significant air defense capabilities to our warfighters, it also simplifies and builds concurrency with the new construction DDG 51 efforts, effectively saving money on both procurement and training costs.

PEARL HARBOR (July 8, 2014) The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Spruance (DDG 111) departs Pearl Harbor for the at-sea phase of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014.

PEARL HARBOR (July 8, 2014) The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Spruance (DDG 111) departs Pearl Harbor for the at-sea phase of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014.

 

In addition to enhanced BMD capabilities, the modernization strategy includes equipping all destroyers with the Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC). The integration of CEC into the DDG 51 enables a wide ranging set of ships and aircraft to link onboard sensors to build a composite operational picture of the entire battle space. To address the underwater warfighting requirement, Navy is installing the SQQ-89A(V)15 Anti-Submarine Undersea Warfare System with Multi-Function Towed Array (MFTA) that includes superior capabilities in underwater fire control, on-board training, a highly-evolved display subsystem and integration with the Light Airborne Multi-Purpose System (LAMPS) helicopter. These improvements effectively and dramatically increase the battle space and provide the Navy with an unparalleled 21st century fighting edge at sea.

The modernization program office plans the modernization availabilities well in advance of arriving at the shipyard so that complex technical modernization efforts are balanced, aligned and ready for installation. This type of preparation improves efficiency and increases the probability that the ship will complete its availability on time and in budget, fully ready to resume its operational commitments.

These major shipboard system upgrades on DDG 51 class ships improve the combat power of the surface Fleet and its ability to execute a wide spectrum of missions. By incorporating smarter technologies, the Navy ensures destroyers are not only more capable but are combat relevant for years to come.

The destroyer modernization program is evidence of the central role NAVSEA 21 performs in the rapid development and delivery of key capabilities required to pace the threat for the life of the ship.  NAVSEA 21 continues to manage and execute critical proven programs enabling the Navy to stay mission-relevant and meet combatant commander requirements in an increasingly complex and challenging budget environment. Through the implementation of modernization programs, the Navy ensures its ships are primed and ready for tasking in the most sustainable, cost efficient manner.

 


Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:17:30 +0000
 
ARABIAN GULF (Dec. 15, 2014)

The guided-missile destroyer USS Mitscher (DDG 57) lights up its mast during night delayed landing qualifications with the Desert Hawks of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 26. Mitscher is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, maritime security operations, and theater security cooperation efforts in the region. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Anthony R. Martinez (Released) 141215-N-RB546-368
PACIFIC OCEAN (Dec. 16, 2014)

Sailors aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20) test aqueous film forming foam in the hanger bay during a Navy shipboard inspection survey. Green Bay is making preparations for forward deployment to Sasebo, Japan, early next year. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Elizabeth Merriam (Released) 141216-N-BB534-220
SAN DIEGO (Dec. 16, 2014)

The amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20) approaches the Coronado Bay Bridge while pulling into Naval Base San Diego. Green Bay is making preparations for forward deployment to Sasebo, Japan, early next year. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Elizabeth Merriam (Released) 141216-N-BB534-526
ARABIAN GULF (Dec. 16, 2014)

Holiday greetings from schools in Virginia decorate the mess deck aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Mitscher (DDG 57). Mitscher is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, maritime security operations, and theater security cooperation efforts in the region. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Anthony R. Martinez (Released) 141216-N-RB546-199
 
Commander, US 6th Fleet Conducts All-Hands Calls
NAPLES, Italy (NNS) -- Vice Adm. James Foggo, III, commander, U.S. 6th Fleet conducted all-hands calls aboard Naval Support Activity Naples Capodichino in Naples, Italy, Dec. 16.
USNS Leroy Grumman Completes Deployment in Mediterranean
MEDITERRANEAN SEA (NNS) -- MEDITERRANEAN SEA - The U.S. Navy's duty oiler in the Mediterranean Sea, fleet replenishment oiler USNS Leroy Grumman (T-AO 195), is currently finishing a six-month deployment to the Mediterranean Sea supplying the U.S. Navy and its allies with fuel and supplies at sea, Dec. 11, 2014.
USS Donald Cook Arrives in Israel for Port Visit
HAIFA, Israel (NNS) -- Sailors aboard USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) arrived in Haifa, Israel for a routine port visit, Dec. 7.
USS James E. Willams Departs Port Victoria, Seychelles
PORT VICTORIA, Seychelles (NNS) -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS James E. Williams (DDG 95) returned to sea after a six-day port visit in Port Victoria, Seychelles, Nov. 21.
CNO Visits US Fleet Cyber Command, Presents Navy Unit Commendation Award
FORT MEADE, Md. (NNS) -- Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert visited U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. 10th Fleet (FCC/C10F) headquarters at Fort Meade, Dec. 17.
PACFLT Commander Conducts All Hands Call in Singapore
SINGAPORE (NNS) -- Adm. Harry Harris Jr., commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet conducted an all hands call at Commander Logistics Group Western Pacific (COMLOG WESTPAC) in Singapore, Dec. 18, during a trip to strengthen maritime partnerships in support of America's rebalance to the Indo-Asia-Pacific.
Commander, Navy Reserve Forces Command Visits CPPD
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (NNS) -- Commander, Navy Reserve Forces Command Rear Adm. Eric Young visited the Center for Personal and Professional Development (CPPD) Dec. 12 for an overview of the command's training and education operations.
Naval Air Technical Training Center Recognizes Top Sailors, Instructors
PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) -- Naval Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) recognized its 2014 top instructors and Sailors from its schools during a ceremony at Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola Dec. 12.
International Students Graduate SWOS Courses
NEWPORT, R.I. (NNS) -- A graduation ceremony for the International Surface Warfare Officers School (ISWOS) Division Officer and Joint Maritime Tactical Development Courses was held Dec. 4 at Surface Warfare Officers School's Mullen Auditorium in Newport, R.I.
Santa, Motorcyclists Bring Operation Bright Light to NMCP
PORTSMOUTH, Va. (NNS) -- Santa led a contingent of motorcycle clubs to Naval Medical Center (NMC) Portsmouth Dec. 14, for the annual Operation Bright Light, providing holiday cheer and presents to patients and service members' children.
 
PACFLT Commander Conducts All Hands Call in Singapore
Adm. Harry Harris spoke with Sailors at Commander Logistics Group Western Pacific Dec. 18, during a trip to strengthen maritime partnerships in support of America's rebalance to the Indo-Asia-Pacific.
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:53:34 GMT
PACFLT Commander Conducts All Hands Call in Singapore

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:04:08 GMT
Commander of US Pacific Fleet Reaffirms Close Ties with Singapore (Singapore MINDEF)

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:03:27 GMT
U.S. to Continue Push for Stronger Military Ties With China (Wall Street Journal)

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:19:04 GMT
USS Rodney M. Davis to Return from Deployment
The frigate is set to return to Naval Station Everett Dec. 19 following a six-month Indo-Asia-Pacific deployment, the ship's last.
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:47:34 GMT
U.S. Pacific Fleet leader visits Vietnam to boost ties (Tuoi Tre)

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:16:26 GMT
US-UK Navies Build Alliance in the 7th Fleet

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 00:38:47 GMT
Breakthrough Capability Keeps Subs, Ships on Safe Track

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 00:35:44 GMT
USS John C. Stennis Completes Flight Deck Certification

Tue, 16 Dec 2014 18:10:58 GMT
Seabees Complete Projects in Cambodia

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 00:35:02 GMT
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