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  • Originally posted by Albany Rifles View Post

    Originally posted by winton View Post
    very cool looking vessel. Against rogue regimes, its overkill in my opinion. At 3 vessels, its probably too expensive and risky to send into battle.[/
    More fanboy crap.

    When the US goes to war, we use EVERYTHING in the arsenal.

    Hell we used B-2s in Afghanistan for cripes sake.

    NOTHING is too expensive to be placed in the battle line if needed.
    Here in XYZ we make nice, hi-tech toys for the US military and they never use them...

    No such thing as a good tax - Churchill

    To make mistakes is human. To blame someone else for your mistake, is strategic.


    • Off the top of my head, I would think the DDG1000 was meant to be risked in battle. If it wasnt, then there would be nothing to justify its expenditure and existence nor a further 2 ships.

      I mean , the ship itself is meant to operate far off shore and send rounds way over the horizion and on target.

      Also, might be nice to know that any Special Ops etc would have this kind of ship out there on stand by ready to support them in times of need.

      Actually, I think it would make a very nice home for the rail gun project.
      Last edited by Dreadnought; 18 Dec 13,, 17:54.
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      • Raytheon has received a contract from the US Navy to complete the remaining hardware and electronics for first two ships of the Zumwalt-class of multimission destroyers, DDG 1000 and DDG 1001.

        Under the $75m contract, which is an exercised option under a previously awarded US Navy contract, Raytheon will complete outstanding hardware and electronics production and assembly for the first two ships of the class.

        Source and Complete News : Raytheon to further support US Navy


        • Coming to a Destroyer near you:LRASM Scheduled for Vertical Launch Tests in 2014

          By RICHARD R. BURGESS, Managing Editor

          ARLINGTON, Va. — The Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) will demonstrate its ability to launch from a vertical launch cell on a ship in two tests planned for 2014.

          The LRASM, built by Lockheed Martin, is a cruise missile designed to attach ships at long ranges and in environments of degraded sensor and navigation information, such as denied Global Positioning System input. LRASM is a joint project of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the Navy.

          The LRASM is an autonomous, precision-guided anti-ship standoff missile. It is an adaptation of the Air Force’s Joint Air-to-Surface Missile – Expanded Response (JASSM-ER). The surface-launched version retains the JASSM-ER’s stealth shape, but has an extension of the aft section to marry the missile to a Mk114 booster, the same rocket used to fire the Navy’s Vertical-Launch Antisubmarine Rocket. The LRASM has a classified sensor package designed by BAE Systems and a classified range in excess of 500 nautical miles.

          Lockheed Martin recently demonstrated and validated that the LRASM can be launched from the Navy’s Mk41 vertical launching system with only a change to the missile’s software. The company funded a test using the Tactical Tomahawk Weapon Control System with modified software and executed simulated missions with all of the electrical interfaces and data transfers with the missile, the vertical launch system, and the booster.

          Frank St. John, vice president for tactical missiles at Lockheed, said in a Jan. 15 briefing to reporters at the Surface Navy Association convention that the LRASM will be tested this year at the White Sands Missile Range, N.M. The launches to full flight are scheduled for August and October.

          The LRASM already has been launched from an Air Force B-1B bomber and will be integrated on the Navy’s F/A-18E/F Super Hornet strike fighter. Until it withdrew from the JASSM program, the Navy and Lockheed Martin conducted integration testing of the JASSM on the Super Hornet, including captive carry and shipboard handling, and Lockheed Martin will be able to leverage that data to reduce risk in the integration of LRASM on that aircraft.

          St. John said the engineering and manufacturing phase of the program will begin in April or May. An early operational capability is planned for the Air Force’s B-1B in 2018, followed by the F/A-18E/F in 2019.SEAPOWER Magazine Online


          • Originally posted by surfgun View Post
            Coming to a Destroyer near you:LRASM Scheduled for Vertical Launch Tests in 2014
            LRASM... ok, but is it the A or B variant that was funded? I sure hope it's the B variant, but I doubt it is..


            • Good luck, from one Capt. Kirk to another.

              That was the message actor William Shatner, best known for playing Capt. James T. Kirk in the “Star Trek” TV series and movies, sent to Capt. James A. Kirk, skipper of the newly-christened destroyer Zumwalt.

              Shatner, unable to attend the April 12 christening in Bath, Maine, sent along his well wishes to Kirk and the crew of the Zumwalt, according to a picture tweeted out by the late Adm. Elmo Zumwalt’s niece, Barbara Zumwalt.

              In a letter addressed to the crew of the Zumwalt, Shatner wished them fair winds and following seas.

              “Know that you are in our thoughts — Mr. and Mrs. Shatner — and that we bless you and hope that you have a safe journey, no matter where your ship takes you,” Shatner wrote.

              The ship hasn’t decided what it’s going to do with the letter and signed photo of the actor, said Naval Sea Systems Command spokesman Chris Johnson.

              As for Zumwalt’s skipper, Kirk has been focusing more on the ship’s namesake than his own. Kirk told the Bangor, Maine, Daily News that he and the crew would strive to uphold the legacy of the former chief of naval operations, whom one president called “the conscience of the Navy.” Zumwalt died in 2000.

              “He put the Navy on the course to a more just institution,” Kirk said, according to the newspaper. “In my mind, he’s a towering figure in the history of our Navy, one who, I think increasingly, history will recognize as a great mind and intellect.”
              Famous Capt. Kirk honors real one at ship christening | Navy Times |


              • I had the pleasure of meeting William Shatner when he was shooting commercials for a company my family was involved in. These were commercials for kerosene heaters and Shatner was a riot off camera. It was sad that he was stereotyped by Star Trek because he could have done much more, a great character actor.


                • Well he was in a twilight zone episode.... ;)

                  He was one of the coolest sci fi actors during the late 1960's well into the 1970's. He not only had the coolest uniform and hair do but he also had the most coolest outter space hot rod ever concieved.

                  Shatner will ALWAYS hold that place in the sci fi bunch of that era.
                  Fortitude.....The strength to persist...The courage to endure.


                  • He played many roles although mostly all in television. But none of the fans of those series could ever match the fervor of Trekkies for Star Trek.


                    • An inside look at the Navy's newest destroyer class
                      27 May 2014 By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jonathan Pankau, Defense Media Activity With 0 comments
                      An ever-present hum, intermittently interrupted by the clanging of Sailors and contractors putting tools, alarms, and diesel engines through their paces, reverberates off the walls enclosing Naval Surface Warfare Center Philadelphia's Land-Based Test Site (LBTS).

                      Sailors and engineers, some decked out head-to-toe in "bee suit" protective gear resembling its namesake, work diligently on the Navy's most advanced electrical powerhouse to date: the Integrated Power System (IPS) for the future USS Zumwalt (DDG-1000).

                      Ed Harvey, the IPS/LBTS test manager aka all-around subject matter expert, said walking in to work every morning and hearing all of the commotion motivates him to teach. Harvey stated a key mission of LBTS is to provide training to the ship's crew so they familiarize themselves with the equipment so they can operate, conduct maintenance, and repair the IPS system underway aboard Zumwalt.

                      "We're here to give them the best hands-on experience that they can get," said Harvey. "I have four children myself so, in a few years they could be part of the crew operating these systems. We keep that in mind, making sure we're sending them off with the right training to be successful."

                      The test site is no mock-up or onslaught of power points and general military training, though there is some to be endured. The propulsion system, generators, and numerous grey boxes filled with breakers, circuits and other essential equipment are scheduled to be installed on the Pre-Commissioning Unit USS Lyndon B. Johnson (DDG-1002).

                      "We've been doing this for over 100 years," said Capt. Walter A. Coppeans, commanding officer of Naval Ships Systems Engineering Station Philadelphia. "When World War I broke out, we provided trained crews to the destroyer fleets and the Navy because there was no other facility like us that could do that, and it's been going on ever since."

                      Coppeans is a USS Arleigh Burke (DDG-51) plank owner and also saw the Navy's first Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) USS Freedom (LCS-1) through new construction. He attributes his excitement to this career path, saying that the determination to look forward and introduce new technologies and new concepts will carry the Navy into the future.

                      "Technologies are proliferating at an unprecedented pace," said Coppeans. "Investing in those technologies now is going to help us keep pace and stay ahead of our potential adversaries out into the future. We have to have the capability to sail safely into those waters and have confidence that we can impose our will on an adversary."

                      Cmdr. Jeffrey Hickox, Zumwalt's executive officer from Pittsburgh, said that the IPS system is the work horse that will enable Zumwalt to project power at sea and to shore. Future weapons such as the electromagnetic rail gun and the solid state laser need massive amounts of power. The IPS system was built to support those technologies as they exit the experimental stage and roll out to the fleet.

                      "On the legacy ships (guided missile cruisers and destroyers) right now, basically you have 6 MW of power whether you're at 30 knots or 3 knots," said Hickox as he illustrated the differences between the platforms on a white board. "The difference with DDG-1000 is we have 12 MW of power at 30 knots but if we go down to 3 knots, we have almost the full 78MW of power potentially available.

                      The Navy isn't planning to tie Zumwalt to the pier and wait on the rail gun, however. The ship will deploy with an MK-57 Vertical Launching System (VLS) and two 155mm gun systems, sporting the Long Range Land Attack Projectile (LRLAP). The MK-57 VLS provides more protection for the ship's hull, variable missile load outs that can be changed depending on mission requirements.

                      "Unlike what most people are used to when they shoot and once it leaves the barrel, it's just ballistics, physics and Isaac Newton in the driver's seat," said Hickox. "With the LRLAP I now have a little computer brain. So now it basically hits exactly where I want when I want."

                      Hickox expressed that the advanced weaponry, current radars, sensors and the automation capabilities for all areas of the ship will start DDG 1000 out the gate with unparalleled capability.

                      "Zumwalt may end at three ships, but as far as 4,160 volt power and getting higher energy producing systems to support surface combatants, this is the wave of the future," Hickox said as he expounded upon Zumwalt as a test bench for the Navy. "Going from 4,160 volt power to 13,800 volt power we're getting the Navy into thinking in these terms."

                      The majority of the Sailors, when asked about what excited them the most about serving on DDG 1000, did not mention future weapons or IPS. Serving aboard a ship named after Adm. Elmo Zumwalt, a man who used his position as the Navy's 19th Chief of Naval Operations to make drastic reforms, was apparently more exciting than rail guns and automation.

                      "The thing that excites me the most is the history behind Adm. Zumwalt," said Gas Turbine System Technician Mechanical 1st Class Jerome Liverman from Murfreesboro, N.C. "I think he was a great person and just to see this ship grow - the class grow out of his name is very important."

                      Zumwalt's then-visionary reforms in equal opportunity for women and minorities paved the way for modern Navy policies, such as same-sex marriage benefits and women serving aboard submarines. Hickox said that Zumwalt realized Sailors are the backbone of the Navy and his Z-grams led the charge in looking out for Sailors.

                      "As far as ... stuff that we take for granted, like being able to wear civilian clothes when we're out on liberty, a lot of the freedoms that we have now, a lot of it is because of Adm. Zumwalt, and I never would've known that until coming here," said Damage Controlman 1st Class Penny Willis, an Elysia, Ohio native. "[Leadership] is really instilling the legacy in us by making sure we honor our namesake, and I'm just really excited to be a part of this. [Zumwalt] is changing and modernizing the Navy, just like Adm. Zumwalt did and I believe it's a perfect fit for this ship."


                      • Originally posted by surfgun View Post

                        "On the legacy ships (guided missile cruisers and destroyers) right now, basically you have 6 MW of power whether you're at 30 knots or 3 knots," said Hickox as he illustrated the differences between the platforms on a white board. "The difference with DDG-1000 is we have 12 MW of power at 30 knots but if we go down to 3 knots, we have almost the full 78MW of power potentially available.

                        This part seems to be key. Can they roll out the IPS to future flights of Arleigh Burkes?


                        • It was one of the options for the original Flight III back in the day, so I can only think improved technology would make it even more feasible today.


                          • Originally posted by DonBelt View Post
                            He played many roles although mostly all in television. But none of the fans of those series could ever match the fervor of Trekkies for Star Trek.
                            I just noticed this thread. Well, long before they were Davey Crockett and Mr. Spock, Fess Parker and Leonard Nimoy were vital cogs in the war against "THEM!"


                            • Wise to keep him locked up Doctor.......

                              Originally posted by desertswo View Post
                              I just noticed this thread. Well, long before they were Davey Crockett and Mr. Spock, Fess Parker and Leonard Nimoy were vital cogs in the war against "THEM!"

                              Please lock me up! :matrix:


                              • Posted: July 29, 2014 4:35 PM

                                DDG 1000 Milestones: Bringing the Next-Generation Destroyer to Life

                                TEWKSBURY, Mass. — The DDG 1000 Zumwalt-class destroyer program continues to progress, meeting key program milestones on the path to initial operational capability (IOC), a Raytheon spokeswoman said in a July 29 release.

                                As the prime mission systems integrator for the DDG 1000 ship class, Raytheon provides the multi-mission, integrated combat system capability for the program. Raytheon’s recent program milestones have advanced critical mission systems of the next-generation, multi-mission destroyer, from the radar and combat system, to onboard systems integration and crew training.

                                “Progress on milestones continues for the three ships of the class, in labs, at test facilities and dockside at the shipyard – it's an exciting and rewarding time for the program,” said Kevin Peppe, Raytheon’s vice president of Integrated Defense Systems' Seapower Capability Systems business area. “The collaboration between industry and the Navy has been outstanding, all moving forward with a common goal – to bring this transformational ship class to life.”

                                Recent milestones include:

                                Successful Test Readiness Review of Total Ship Computing Environment (TSCE) software, release 7. The 550,000 software lines of code — developed, integrated, tested, and delivered — build on the TSCE baseline of more than six million lines of code, and represent the first formal delivery to the ship that includes the combat system software as well as hull, mechanical, and electrical ship control functionality.
                                A production AN/SPY-3 Multi-Function Radar successfully tracked air targets for the first time at Wallops Island, Va. The SPY-3 array, receiver/exciter and signal/data processor were controlled by the combat system of the Self Defense Test Ship, exercising various search and track modes, including the new volume search. The radar tracked targets of opportunity and displayed targets and data on the DDG 1000 Common Display System.
                                Completion of the third session of instructor-led ship control systems training with members of the DDG 1000 pre-commissioning crew in Bath, Maine. More than 55 Sailors have been trained on ship control systems to date; 85 sailors have attended TSCE operations training. Crew training continues, most recently with a session at Raytheon’s Portsmouth, R.I., facility, in the company’s Ship Mission Center, a realistic replica of the crew’s command center.
                                Onsite at the shipyard, Raytheon’s Ship Integration and Test team of experts continue to support ongoing installation, integration and test in-line with construction progress to meet Hull Mechanical & Electrical milestones and prepare for ship activation.
                                The first ship, the future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000), is now more than 90 percent complete at the Bath Iron Works shipyard, Bath, Maine, and is supported by Raytheon’s Ship Integration and Test team onsite for ongoing system integration and testing. DDG 1001 and DDG 1002, also under construction at Bath, are now 78 and 8 percent complete respectively.