Archive for February, 2006

 Navy Submarines Moving West

Posted by Yankee Sailor on 28Feb06.
 

Another news item that reflects the Navy’s increasing focus on the Pacific.

The Navy will move six more submarines to the Pacific by 2010 while shrinking its Atlantic-based undersea fleet, officials said Monday.

The shift will put 60 percent of the Navy’s submarine fleet in the Pacific and 40 percent in the Atlantic. Currently, the submarines are evenly divided between the two oceans.

China, take note.

Update: more gouge on China’s submarine and overall defense capability

 U.S. to Assist in Malacca Straits

Posted by Yankee Sailor on 27Feb06.
 

From the Jakarta Post:

The United States on Monday pledged to help combat the threat of piracy and terrorism in the Straits of Malacca, one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes.

Details of the cooperation will be planned after Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore sign a pact in April outlining standard operating procedures for maritime security, said Adm. William Fallon, commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, which includesU.S. forces in the Indian Ocean and the Pacific.

No details have been released, or appear to even have been finalized, but I’m doubtful of a sustained U.S. Navy presence in the straits. What will probably result is a set of standard operating procedures and a few exercises to test interoperability, but little more.

Hat tip: EagleSpeak.

 Navy to Stay With 10 Air Wings

Posted by Yankee Sailor on 27Feb06.
 

Despite efforts to cut JFK (read more here and here) from the fleet and slim down from 12 carriers to 11, Big Navy has no plans to cut the number of air wings from 10.

The recently completed 2006 Quadrennial Defense Review calls for reducing the number of carriers from 12 to 11, which Adm. Robert Willard, Vice Chief of Naval Operations says is “adequate.” But “we intend to hold to 10 air wings,” he adds, noting 10 carrier air wings “is a key factor” in meeting Navy goals of maintaining a continuous carrier forward presence while having the ability to dispatch a “surge” of six carriers in emergencies.

 New Navy Hurricane Plan in the Works

Posted by Yankee Sailor on 27Feb06.
 

After its experiences with Katrina and Wilma, the Navy is implementing a new service-wide hurricane plan. From Stars & Stripes:

The Navy is trying to come up with a plan to take care of its own ahead of this year’s hurricane season, said Rear Adm. Donald R. Gintzig.

He said one major lesson from the hurricanes is that the Navy needs a way to reach people quickly to see how they are doing. “When you’re on a ship and someone yells ‘Man overboard!’, in a matter of minutes you can account for where everybody is and find out who’s missing,” Gintzig said. “When you get on shore, you scatter; you don’t have that same mentality.”

This is a good idea and it’s about time. When I was stashed in Millington I was part of the effort to contact Navy families affected by Wilma, and it was not pretty.


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