Navy

Navy Bids Farewell To Trailblazing USS Los Angeles

While the decommissioning of the Tico made me feel old, somehow the retirement of the class-leading USS Los Angeles makes me feel older:

In his final remarks as Los Angeles commander, (USS Los Angeles commanding officer Cmdr. Steven) Harrison recalled the frontline role played by Los Angeles and other submarines of her class during the Cold War.”The ship served proudly, as well as all the other remaining ships of the class, and contributed to victory in the Cold War in ways the general public will never know about,” said Harrison.

via Navy Bids Farewell To Trailblazing USS Los Angeles.

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Navy

DefenseLink News Article: Riverines Stand Ready to Roll on Iraq’s Waterways

(Editor’s note:  I posted this mostly out of nostalgia — Special Boat Squadron 2, which became Riverine Squadron 2, was my last tour of duty in the Navy.)

Riverines Stand Ready to Roll on Iraq’s Waterways

By Navy 1st Lt. Chris Dunphy

Special to American Forces Press Service

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE BASRA, Iraq, Sept. 22, 2009 – The Navy’s Riverine Squadron 2, a Vietnam-era security patrol brought back after 9/11, is securing Iraq’s waterways here and giving its sailors unique opportunities.

“The training we receive is unlike anything else we do in the Navy,” Navy Cmdr. Ty Britt said. “It’s physically demanding as well as mentally challenging, requiring us to learn small unit tactics and apply them on the water.”

Britt, of Mississippi, commands Riverine Squadron 2 under 17th Fires Brigade tactical control. Known as the “brown-water” Navy because of its association with coastal waters, the squadron has three detachments based in Multinational Division South.

Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Harold M. Crockett, assistant public affairs officer for the squadron’s headquarters and one-time squadron bow gunner, is based here where detachments 2 and 3 are responsible for patrolling the inland waterways of Basra province, to include the Shatt al Arab and Qarmat Ali rivers.

via DefenseLink News Article: Riverines Stand Ready to Roll on Iraq’s Waterways .

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Navy, tech

Temeku Tech gets Navy carrier high-tech “meatball” contract

Temeku Technologies, Inc., a small business in  Herndon, Va., is being awarded an $11,768,797 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the design, fabrication, testing and delivery of a production representative model of a multi-function display (MFD). MFD, a large shipboard display that combines several existing visual landing aid functions into one consolidated presentation, provides a horizon reference display bar, deck status indication and pilot visual cues for the Aircraft Ship Integrated Secure and Traverse System

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Navy, tech

Temeku Tech gets Navy carrier high-tech "meatball" contract

Temeku Technologies, Inc., a small business in  Herndon, Va., is being awarded an $11,768,797 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the design, fabrication, testing and delivery of a production representative model of a multi-function display (MFD). MFD, a large shipboard display that combines several existing visual landing aid functions into one consolidated presentation, provides a horizon reference display bar, deck status indication and pilot visual cues for the Aircraft Ship Integrated Secure and Traverse System

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BAE Systems, Navy

SPAWAR contracts BAE for towed surveillance sonar systems

BAE has been awarded a $7.8 million contract (cost plice incentive fee) to produce up to three “compact low frequency active transmit systems”, replacement sensors for the Navy’s SURTASS towed sonar array systems.  These active sonar are used at low frequency to detect potential threats at long range that might not show up on passive surveillance because they are too quiet.  They can also be used for “ocean mapping”.

SURTASS is the mobile element of the Integrated Undersea Surveillance System, the follow-on to the SOSUS system made famous by Tom Clancy’s The Hunt for Red October . The SURTASS system is long-range sonar surveillance system, towed by T-AGOS ocean surveillance ships (like the one recently harrassed by Chinese sailors).

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Air Force, Contractors & Vendors, Lockheed Martin, Navy, Sensors, weapons systems

Hawker Beechcraft and Lockheed team on USAF light armed recon aircraft bid

The Air Force and Navy have both been investigating the idea of a return to propeller-driven aircraft for “irregular warfare” support — something that can provide both ISR for special forces on the ground with a long on-station time, and quick close air support when the need arises.  The Navy reportedly was looking at the Brazilian-made Super Tucano for that role (though the Super Tucano is not carrier-launch capable).

In July, the Air Force’s Air Combat Command issued a presolictation “capability request” for a Light Attack/Armed Reconnaissance (LAAR) aircraft.  Now Hawker Beechcraft and Lockheed Martin have joined forces to put together a bid based on H/B’s T-6 Navy and Air Force trainer.

The AT-6, a hardened version of the T-6, is in prototype phase — a prototype successfully completed its first test flight on September 10.

From the release:Hawker Beechcraft Corporation

(HBC) and Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] have teamed to compete for the opportunity to

provide a low-cost, low-risk solution to address U.S. Air Force (USAF) needs for a Light

Attack and Armed Reconnaissance (LAAR) aircraft. The USAF is expected to launch an

acquisition program in fiscal year 2010.

HBC, based in Wichita, Kan., will be prime contractor and Lockheed Martin Systems

Integration in Owego, NY, will be the mission systems integrator for the Beechcraft AT-6

LAAR aircraft. The AT-6 will be a product of the combined heritage and expertise of the

two companies, leveraging the existing worldwide fleet of Hawker Beechcraft T-6 aircraft

that recently passed the one million flying hour milestone, with the proven missions

systems integration expertise of Lockheed Martin.


Related links:

Hawker Beechcraft | Military/Trainer

Lockheed/Hawker joint release

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