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RUSSIA ACQUIRING NEW MCM VESSELS
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
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Project 12700 Alexander Obukhov

Source: Russia MoD


Project 12700 Alexander Obukhov

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MOSCOW - The Russian Navy is finally replacing its obsolete Project 266 Rubin fleet of minesweepers acquired during the Soviet era. The new Aleksandrit (Alexander)-class-class minesweepers (Project 12700) feature composite hulls. Moscow has approved the construction of eight new vessels.

The new ships will use remotely controlled boats, perhaps provided by a Western firm. ECA Group could provide its Inspector Mk 2 unmanned surface vessel (USV). The Russian Minstry of Defense might opt for a domestic company to build the USVs instead.

Source:  Russia Beyond The Headlines
Associated URL: https://www.rbth.com/defence/2017/07/26/clearing-the-way-new-generation-minesweepers-to-protect-russian-navy_810840
Source Date: July 26, 2017
Posted: 07/26/2017

 
 
GAO: LIMITED STRATEGIC PLANNING EFFORTS POSE RISK FOR FUTURE COAST GUARD ACQUISITIONS
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
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USCG Icebreaker Polar Star (WAGB-10)

Source: US Coast Guard


USCG Icebreaker Polar Star (WAGB-10)

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WASHINGTON - In June 2014, GAO found that the Coast Guard lacked long-term planning to guide the affordability of its acquisition portfolio and recommended the development of a 20-year fleet modernization plan to identify all acquisitions necessary for maintaining at least its current level of service and the fiscal resources necessary to build and modernize its planned surface and aviation assets.

Coast Guard officials stated that they are developing a 20-year Capital Investment Plan (CIP), but the timeframe for completion is unknown. The Coast Guard does, however, submit a 5-year CIP annually to Congress that projects acquisition funding needs for the upcoming 5 years. GAO found the CIPs do not match budget realities in that tradeoffs are not included. In the 20-year CIP, GAO would expect to see all acquisitions needed to maintain current service levels and the fiscal resources to build the identified assets as well as tradeoffs in light of funding constraints.

As GAO reported in June 2016, the Coast Guard’s heavy icebreaker fleet was operating at a reduced capacity with only one heavy polar icebreaker in service, resulting in limited access to both the Arctic and Antarctic regions year-round. The Coast Guard’s only active heavy icebreaker, the Polar Star, is approaching the end of its expected service life, and the Coast Guard plans to implement a limited service life extension to keep it operational until the new icebreaker is available. An official cost estimate has not been completed, but the Coast Guard estimates this extension will cost roughly $75 million.

Consequently, the Coast Guard expedited its acquisition of new heavy icebreakers with delivery of the first polar icebreaker scheduled in 2023. This delivery schedule poses potential risk as the required acquisition documents may not be completed in time to award the contract in 2019, as currently scheduled. Further, in order to meet this accelerated schedule, the first polar icebreaker would need to be fully funded in fiscal year 2019 with a preliminary cost estimate of $1.15 billion, alongside the Offshore Patrol Cutter acquisition. The Coast Guard has not articulated how it will prioritize its acquisition needs given its Offshore Patrol Cutter is expected to absorb half to two-thirds of its annual acquisition funding requests-based on recent funding history-starting in 2018.

Source:  U.S. Government Accountability Office
Associated URL: gao.gov
Source Date: July 25, 2017
Posted: 07/26/2017

 
 
TRUMAN COMPLETES SEA TRIALS
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
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Source: US Navy


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NORFOLK - USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) returned July 25 to its homeport at Naval Station Norfolk for the first time in nearly a year, following the completion of sea trials.

"Sea trials is a five-day underway that pushes the limits of the ship; a true shakedown," said Truman's Executive Officer Capt. Cassidy Norman. "Everything we've done for the past year has been building up to this moment. I'm proud to finally have our ship back out on the waterfront."

Team Truman navigated through the sea trials checklist completing a number of evolutions, including small boat recoveries, testing Aqueous Film-Forming Foam sprinkler systems, high-speed turns, catapult testing and a simulated replenishment-at-sea alongside USNS Medgar Evers (T-AKE 13).

"This is the big leagues now," said ship's boatswain, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Erik Allison. "It's time for our Sailors to showcase and build on their knowledge of these shipboard evolutions. It's time to show that we can drop anchor and we can take care of this ship."

Since the shipyard period, Truman Sailors have also overcome rigorous testing on their ability to perform in various areas such as damage control, deck seamanship and flight deck operations, which are viable, simulated scenarios that can occur while at sea.

"This is our first time back out on the Atlantic since we pulled in to start the maintenance period a little under a year ago," said Logistics Specialist 1st Class Kurt C. Trammell II. "We completed more than 300 hours of shipboard evolutions during the five days at sea. Our ship and her crew were pushed to their limits while we were out there, but we came out on top."

Trammell wasn't the only person excited about the ship's recent performance. Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic Rear Adm. Bruce Lindsey said he was not only impressed with the teamwork displayed by Truman's crew, but also the resiliency the ship showed throughout the rigorous at-sea evolutions.

"Truman's on-time completion of its maintenance availability and its successful performance during sea trials means that this capital warship is one step closer to doing what carriers do: conduct prompt and sustained combat operations from the sea," said Lindsey. "This isn't just a win for Truman. It's a win for our Navy and a win for our country. It means our carrier force, and our fleet as a whole, is more ready to deliver sea control and combat striking power anywhere, anytime our nation requires us to do so."

Truman is currently homeported at Naval Station Norfolk while conducting a work-up cycle in preparation for deployment in spring 2018.

Source:  US Navy
Associated URL: navy.mil
Source Date: July 25, 2017
Author: Seaman Jess Rodriguez 
Posted: 07/26/2017

 

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