Posts Tagged ‘U.S. Navy’

USS ZUMWALT HITS THE WATER AS LARGEST US NAVY DESTROYER EVER

October 30, 2013

The Washington Times on October 29, 2013, the USS Zumwalt, a massive 610-foot modern-day destroyer with an advanced rocket system, launched into the water off a Maine dock, in a surprisingly quiet ceremony, given the vessel’s record-breaking size and unusual shape. Excerpts below:

It’s the largest destroyer ever built for the U.S. Navy, and it’s notable for its angular profile, The Daily Mail reported.

The ship has a 155 mm “Advanced Gun System,” with rocket-propelled warheads that can shoot 100 miles. And due to its high-technology component, it only requires half the normal amount of sailors to operate.

Bath Iron Works craftsmen will keep working on the ship in the water. Workers hope to christen it this spring, and send it along for some trial sea runs in the fall of 2014. It will then be delivered to the U.S. Navy in 2015.

“The Zumwalt is really in a league of its own,” said defense consultant Eric Wertheim, in The Daily Mail.

IRAN HACKS US NAVY SITE AS OBAMA NEGOTIATES WITH TEHRAN

September 29, 2013

Washington Times on September 28, 2013, reported that Iran is said to have stepped up cyberattacks on the U.S. military. The news comes at a time when President Obama and Iranian President Hasan Rouhani communicated by phone call for the first time since the Carter administration.

Cyberintrusions aimed at an unclassified computer network belonging to the U.S. Navy began the week of Sept. 15, just before a planned upgrade, The Wall Street Journal reported.

“Iran is very active,” said James Lewis, a former State Department official and cybersecurity specialist at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, to The Wall Street Journal. “They’re better than we thought.”

NEW ERA IN WARFARE: U.S. NAVY LAUNCHES BATWING-SHAPED X-47B DRONE FROM CARRIER

May 15, 2013

The Washington Times on May 14, 2013, reported that drone warfare just entered into a new era. For the first time, the combat system has been launched from an aircraft carrier. Excerpts below:

Defensetech.org reports: “The drone was catapulted 11:18 a.m. local time from the deck of the USS George H.W. Bush in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Virginia Beach, Va.”

The successful launch of the X is “an inflection point in history on how we will integrate manned and unmanned aircraft on carrier flight decks in the future,” Rear Adm. Mat Winter wrote on the Navy’s official blog.