US Ship Force Levels

1886-Present Part 2 of 2

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Operations Evening Light and Eagle Claw, A Sailors tale of his Tour of duty in the U.S. Navy (August 1977 to February 1983)

 

A Sailors tale of his Tour of duty in the U.S. Navy (August 1977 to February 1983) Operation Evening Light and Eagle Claw - 24 April 1980

 

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Operations Evening Light and Eagle Claw (24 April 1980) Iran and Air Arm History (1941 to Present)

 

Operations Evening Light and Eagle Claw (24 April 1980) Iran and Air Arm History (1941 to 1980)

 

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Peace thru Strength

(U. S. Navy Aviation Strengths)

U. S. Navy Ship Force Levels

U. S. Destroyer Squadrons

 

US Ship Force Levels

1886-Present Part 1 of 2

Part 2 of 2

 

 

U. S. Navy Ship Force Levels (October 23, 2012 & July 8, 2016)

 

Description

10/23/12

07/08/16

Increase

Decrease

Navy Personnel

Active Duty

321,053

329,647

8,594

N/A

Officers

52,694

54,861

2,167

N/A

Enlisted

263,892

271,449

7,557

N/A

Midshipmen

4,467

3,337

N/A

1,130

Ready Reserve

108,718 [As of Sep 2012 ]

106,663 [As of May 2016]

N/A

2,055

Selected Reserves

64,715

57,542

N/A

7,153

Individual Ready Reserve

44,003

49,121

N/A

5,118

Reserves currently mobilized

4,535 [As of 16 Oct 2012]

2,894 [As of June 2016]

N/A

1,641

Navy Department Civilian Employees

 

208,887

N/A

N/A

Ships and Submarines

Deployable Battle Force Ships

287

276

N/A

11

Ships Deployed

114 (40%)

43 (16%)

N/A

71

Ships Underway for Local Ops / Training (USFF / 3rd Fleet)

56 (19%)

81 (30%)

25

 

 

N/A

Aircraft Carriers / Amphibious Assault Ships

Aircraft (operational): 3700+

http://www.navy.mil/navydata/nav_legacy.asp?id=146

 

Current Navy Demographics Quarterly Report

 

U. S. Navy Ship Force Levels (July 8, 2016 & 24 October 2019)

 

Description

07/08/16

10/24/19

Increase

Decrease

Navy Personnel

Active Duty

329,647

337,121

7,747

N/A

Officers

54,861

55,232

371

N/A

Enlisted

271,449

277,428

5,979

N/A

Midshipmen

3,337

4,461

1,124

 

Ready Reserve

106,663 [As of May 2016]

101,583 as of July 2019

N/A

5,080

Selected Reserves

57,542

48,196

N/A

9,346

Individual Ready Reserve

49,121

42,362

N/A

6,759

Reserves currently mobilized

2,894 [As of June 2016]

2,952 as of Aug 2019

58

 

Navy Department Civilian Employees

208,887

279,471

N/A

70,584

 

Ships and Submarines

Deployable Battle Force Ships

276

290

13

N/A

Ships Deployed

43 (16%)

59 (20%)

N/A

16

Ships Underway for Local Ops / Training (USFF / 3rd Fleet)

81 (30%)

32 (11%)

51

N/A

Aircraft Carriers / Amphibious Assault Ships

Aircraft (operational): 3700+

http://www.navy.mil/navydata/nav_legacy.asp?id=146

 

The Navy positioned it self to loose 3,000 aviation personnel in October 2012. Recruiting pilots and personnel rather then eliminating personnel in able to be assigned to forward deployed squadrons working in conjunction with no more then two battle groups on station in up to three Theaters of Operations at any given time any where in the world, with four carriers stateside and one refueling and overhaul seems reasonable.

 

More squadrons mean more pilots but thats cheaper then three carriers on station in my view, something I dont like to see unless in peace time conducting training operations.

 

Why?

 

With limited resources, few ship squadrons, air wings and submarines, to engage three Theaters of Operations for any length of time would be tough unless reservists were recalled and the U. S. would have to rely on the U. S. Allies Navies military personnel and assets.

 

List of current ships of the United States Navy

 

There are more than 430 ships believed to be in active service with the United States Navy, on reserve, or under construction, based on public reports compiled in this list. The U.S. Navy is the largest in the world; its battle fleet tonnage is greater than that of the next 13 largest navies combined. This list available at the free encyclopedia includes both U.S. Navy owned and leased ships; both ships that are formally commissioned and other ships that are used by the U.S. Navy without the ceremony of commissioning. In addition, some planned ships are listed as well.

 

All evidences for the following strengths of the U.S. Navys Aviation related assets are on this web site while every web site address was verified and history presented was reviewed by the EQNEEDF, whom researched, compiled, rewrote and published all authorship presented for public awareness and education.

 

If this work gains the U.S. Navy one ship, one plane, a training aircraft carrier stationed in Florida or more forward deployed Marine and Navy Helicopter and Aircraft Squadrons by giving the American People the facts about the Navys Strength, so they can contact and influence elected officials to give the Navy and her service members hope, I will have honored those who have served, serving and one day will serve.

 

So what are you waiting for, write that letter.

 

The U.S. Navy does not kneel before Kings, as shouted by John Paul Jones in the heat of battle, I have not yet begun to Fight, but the Navy does render hand salutes, canyon ball and rifle fire out of respect for dignitaries and Admirals.

 

John Paul Jones was with the commands of the USS Missouri (BB-63) ("Mighty Mo" or "Big Mo") during World War II, Korea and Vietnam in spirit as sailors embrace tradition, honor and courage serving any where in the world aboard ships and shore commands, operating both ships and aircraft both for war and humanitarian services.

 

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U.S. Destroyer Squadrons

 

Squadrons

Pacific

Atlantic

Middle East

Destroyer Squadron 1

P

 

 

Destroyer Squadron 2

 

A

 

Destroyer Squadron 6

 

A

 

Destroyer Squadron 9

P

 

 

Destroyer Squadron 14

 

A

 

Destroyer Squadron 15

P (7th Flt.)

 

 

Destroyer Squadron 18

P

 

 

Destroyer Squadron 21

P

 

 

Destroyer Squadron 22

 

A

 

Destroyer Squadron 23

P

 

 

Destroyer Squadron 26

 

A

 

Destroyer Squadron 28

 

A

 

Destroyer Squadron 40

 

A (4th Flt.)

 

Destroyer Squadron 50

 

 

Middle East

Battle Force Fifth Fleet (CTF-50)

 

6

7

1

DESRON FIFTEEN is the Navy's only forward deployed Destroyer Squadron and is responsible for the readiness, tactical and administrative responsibilities for seven Arleigh Burke Class Destroyers.

Destroyer Squadron 23 (Pacific) Destroyer Squadron 23 is a flotilla of United States Navy destroyers and frigates based out of San Diego, California(Ref. 685S).

 

List of cruiser-destroyer groups Ref. 937

U.S. Atlantic Fleet

 

 Cruiser-Destroyer Group 2 (former CruDesFlot 2) - Carrier Strike Group Two (formerly CarGru 2) - Two, (CSG-2 or CARSTRKGRU 2) is a U.S. Navy carrier strike group. U.S. Navy carrier strike groups are employed in a variety of roles, all of which involve gaining and maintaining sea control as well as projecting naval airpower ashore. http://www.navy.mil/navydata/ships/carriers/powerhouse/cvbg.asp. The aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) is the strike group's current flagship, and as of 2012, other units assigned to Carrier Strike Group Two include Carrier Air Wing Eight; the guided-missile cruisers USS Vella Gulf (CG-72), USS Monterey (CG-61), and USS Leyte Gulf (CG-55); and the ships of Destroyer Squadron 22:[7] USS Truxtun (DDG-103), USS Nitze (DDG-94), USS Mason (DDG-87), USS McFaul (DDG-74), USS Mahan (DDG-72), USS Cole (DDG-67), and USS Elrod (FFG-55); Naval Station Norfolk.

 Cruiser-Destroyer Group 4 - had USS Tidewater (AD-31) as flagship from 10 September to 13 November 1970

 Cruiser-Destroyer Group 8 (former CruDesFlot 8)

 Cruiser-Destroyer Group 10 (former CruDesFlot 10). USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) is the strike group's current flagship, and as of 2012, other units assigned to Carrier Strike Group Ten include Carrier Air Wing Three embarked on board the Harry S. Truman, the guided-missile cruiser Antietam, and Destroyer Squadron 26

 Cruiser-Destroyer Group 12 (former CruDesFlot 12, re-designated 30 June 1973)

 Carrier Strike Group Fourteen, designated CSG-14 or CARSTRKGRU 14, is one of five U.S. Navy carrier strike groups currently assigned the United States Fleet Forces Command. Carrier Strike Group Fourteen is currently the only U.S. carrier strike group that does not have an assigned aircraft carrier or carrier air wing.[4] Instead, as of December 2010, it directs the cruisers USS Gettysburg and USS Philippine Sea (CG-58). Carrier Strike Group Fourteen is currently based at Naval Station Mayport. Without a carrier flagship, it does not conduct the typical deployments of other carrier strike groups; instead, its two cruisers making independent voyages. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carrier_Strike_Group_Fourteen

 Carrier Strike Group Four - Became Commander Strike Force Training Atlantic between July 2005 and February 2006

 Carrier Strike Group 6 (formerly CarGru 6) - USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67); CVW-17; Naval Station Mayport, Florida

 Carrier Strike Group Eight (formerly CarGru 8) - USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69); DESRON-28; Carrier Air Wing Seven; Naval Station Norfolk

 Carrier Strike Group Ten (formerly CCDG 2) - USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75); DESRON-26; Carrier Air Wing Three; Naval Station Norfolk

 Carrier Strike Group Twelve (formerly CCDG 8) - USS Enterprise (CVN-65); DESRON-2; Carrier Air Wing One; Naval Station Norfolk

 Carrier Strike Group Fourteen (formerly CCDG 12) - Naval Station Mayport

 

List of cruiser-destroyer groups Ref. 937

 

U.S. Pacific Fleet

 

 Cruiser-Destroyer Group 1 or ComCruDesGru 1 (redesignated Carrier Strike Group Fifteen on 1 October 2004)/USS Constellation Battle Group: USS Lake Erie and USS Chosin)/ USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70); DESRON-1; Carrier Air Wing Seventeen; NAS North Island.

 Cruiser-Destroyer Group 3 or ComCruDesGru 3 (former CruDesFlot 11//USS Abraham Lincoln Battle Group: USS Princeton and USS Chancellorsville)/USS Carl Vinson Battle Group: USS Shiloh, USS California and USS Arkansas) Carrier Strike Group Three (formerly CarGru 3); USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74); DESRON-21; Carrier Air Wing Nine; Naval Base Kitsap.

 Cruiser-Destroyer Group 5 or ComCruDesGru 5 (former CruDesFlot 9/Nimitz, the guided-missile cruiser Princeton, and Destroyer Squadron 23)/USS Kitty Hawk Battle Group: USS Cowpens and USS Antietam). Commander Carrier Group Five/Carrier Strike Group 5, (CSG-5 or CARSTRKGRU 5), is a U.S. Navy carrier strike group assigned to the Pacific Fleet operating with the 7th Fleet forward Deployed. The aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73) is the group's flagship(former /USS Independence Battle Group: USS Bunker Hill and USS Mobile Bay). As of 2012, other group components include Carrier Air Wing Five, USS Shiloh (CG-67), USS Cowpens (CG-63), and the ships of Destroyer Squadron 15.. The group is based at U.S. Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Yokosuka, Japan; a U.S. carrier has been based there since 1973. The group also fulfills the functions of Battle Force, Seventh Fleet (Task Force 70) and Surface Combatant Force, Seventh Fleet (Task Force 75). http://www.ccsg5.navy.mil

 Carrier Strike Group Seven (formerly CarGru 7) - USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76); Destroyer Squadron 7; Carrier Air Wing Fourteen; Naval Air Station North Island

 Carrier Strike Group Nine (formerly Cruiser-Destroyer Group 3 or ComCruDesGru 3 (former CruDesFlot 11//USS Abraham Lincoln Battle Group: USS Princeton and USS Chancellorsville)/USS Carl Vinson Battle Group: USS Shiloh, USS California and USS Arkansas) Carrier Strike Group Three (formerly CarGru 3); USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74); DESRON-21; Carrier Air Wing Nine; Naval Base Kitsap.

 Cruiser-Destroyer Group 5 or ComCruDesGru 5 (former CruDesFlot 9/Nimitz, the guided-missile cruiser Princeton, and Destroyer Squadron 23)/USS Kitty Hawk Battle Group: USS Cowpens and USS Antietam). Commander Carrier Group Five/ Carrier Strike Group 5, (CSG-5 or CARSTRKGRU 5), is a U.S. Navy carrier strike group assigned to the Pacific Fleet operating with the 7th Fleet forward Deployed. The aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73) is the group's flagship(former /USS Independence Battle Group: USS Bunker Hill and USS Mobile Bay). As of 2012, other group components include Carrier Air Wing Five, USS Shiloh (CG 67), USS Cowpens (CG 63), and the ships of Destroyer Squadron 15.. The group is based at U.S. Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Yokosuka, Japan; a U.S. carrier has been based there since 1973. The group also fulfills the functions of Battle Force, Seventh Fleet (Task Force 70) and Surface Combatant Force, Seventh Fleet (Task Force 75). http://www.ccsg5.navy.mil

 Carrier Strike Group Eleven (formerly CCDG 5) - USS Nimitz (CVN-68); DESRON-23; Carrier Air Wing Eleven; NAS North Island

 Carrier Strike Group Fifteen (formerly CCDG 1) - USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) - Disestablished 21 March 2005 - Pacific coast

Currently USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) does not have an embarked CSG since the carrier is currently going through its Refueling and Complex Overhaul (RCOH) (Ref. 937 & 937B).

 

Carrier Strike Group Four was redesignated alongside the other groups in 2004, but has since been redesignated Commander Strike Force Training Atlantic. Carrier Strike Group Six was established from Carrier Group Six with USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) at Naval Station Mayport in 2004, but seems to have since been disestablished. Carrier Strike Group Fifteen has been disestablished, and its flagship, the carrier Ronald Reagan, was re-assigned to Carrier Strike Group Seven (Ref. 937).

 

On 1 August 2011, the U.S. Navy announced that Carrier Strike Group Nine will change its permanent duty station from Naval Station Everett to Naval Base San Diego effective 14 December 2012. The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) will be re-assigned as the flagship for Carrier Strike Group Nine following the de-activation of Carrier Strike Group Seven. Abraham Lincoln will shift its homeport from Everett, Washington, to Newport News, Virginia, for its Refueling and Complex Overhaul in August 2012 (Ref. 937 & 937A).

 

The deactivation of Carrier Strike Group Seven effective 30 December 2011 reflects the U.S. Navy's future budgetary reductions and the reduced availability of its operational carrier fleet and carrier air wings (Ref. 937; 937C & 937D).

Several Amphibious ships in addition to those operating presently should be under construction.

 

Amphibious Assault Ships - LHD/LHA(R)

 

The largest of all amphibious warfare ships; resembles a small aircraft carrier; capable of Vertical/Short Take-Off and Landing (V/STOL), Short Take-Off Vertical Landing (STOVL), Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) tilt-rotor and Rotary Wing (RW) aircraft operations; contains a well deck to support use of Landing Craft, Air Cushioned (LCAC) and other watercraft (with exception of the first two LHA(R) class ships, LHA-6 and LHA-7, which have no well deck). LHA-8 will feature a well deck.

 

Features


Modern U.S. Navy Amphibious Assault Ships project power and maintain presence by serving as the cornerstone of the Amphibious Readiness Group (ARG)/Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG). A key element of the Sea Power 21 pillars of Sea Strike and Sea Basing, these ships transport and land elements of the Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) or Marine Expeditionary Brigade (MEB) with a combination of aircraft and landing craft.

The
America-class LHAs and Wasp-class LHDs provide the Marine Corps with a means of ship-to-shore movement by helicopter in addition to movement by landing craft. LHAs (and later LHDs) have been participants in major humanitarian-assistance, occupation and combat operations in which the United States has been involved. Such operations have included participating as launch platforms for Marine Corps expeditionary forces into Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom in 2001 and 2002, Iraq in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003 and humanitarian support after the catastrophic Tsunami in 2004. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, two LHDs served as "Harrier carriers," launching an air group of AV-8B attack aircraft against targets inside Iraq. In 2004, LHDs were used to transport thousands of Marines and their equipment to Iraq and Afghanistan for combat operations. Post Hurricane Katrina support was provided in New Orleans by LHD-7 (Iwo Jima) where thousands of police, fire and rescue personnel were hosted onboard during recovery operations and Iwo Jima operated as the central command and control hub.

USS Makin Island (LHD-8) was delivered to the Navy in April 2009 and is the first U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship to be equipped with both gas turbines and an Auxiliary Propulsion System (APS) instead of steam boilers. The APS uses two induction-type Auxiliary Propulsion Motors (APM) powered from the ship's electrical grid rather than relying on main propulsion engines to power the ship's shaft, which are less efficient at lower speeds. Instead of using its gas turbines, which are less efficient at lower speeds, the ship will be able to use its APS for roughly 75 percent of the time the ship is underway. The entire propulsion and electric system is controlled by a comprehensive machinery control system that also controls and monitors damage control, ballasting and de-ballasting, fuel fill and auxiliary machinery. The machinery control system allows the ship to switch from gas turbine to electric propulsion on the fly. It is fully distributed, accessible from multiple locations, and every console provides full system control and monitoring capabilities of the entire engineering plant.

USS America (LHA-6), along with the future USS Tripoli (LHA-7) are LHD variants optimized for aviation capability. The propulsion plant and electrical distribution and auxiliary systems designed and built for USS Makin Island are also used aboard USS America and USS Tripoli, the first ships in the LHA Replacement program. USS America was delivered to the U.S. Navy on April 10, 2014 and USS Tripoli is currently under construction at Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) in Pascagoula, MS and is expected to join the fleet in 2018. LHA-6 and LHA-7, commonly referred to as Flight 0 ships, contain key differences from the LHD class to include: an enlarged hangar deck, enhanced aviation maintenance facilities, increased aviation fuel capacity, additional aviation storerooms, removal of the well deck, and an electronically reconfigurable C4ISR suite. LHA 8, which will be the first Flight I ship, will reincorporate a well deck to increase operational flexibility. The USS America (LHA-6) class ships replace the original five Tarawa-class LHAs, which have all been decommissioned. USS Belleau Wood (LHA-3) was decommissioned in October 2005, followed by USS Saipan (LHA-2) in April 2007, USS Tarawa (LHA-1) in March 2009, USS Nassau (LHA-4) in March 2011 and USS Peleliu (LHA-5) in March 2015.

Amphibious Warfare Ship: Prepared in War or in Peace

 

Background


Amphibious warships are designed to support the Marine Corps tenets of Operational Maneuver From the Sea (OMFTS) and Ship to Objective Maneuver (STOM). They must be capable of sailing in harm's way and enable rapid combat power buildup ashore in the face of opposition. Because of their inherent capabilities, these ships have been and will continue to be called upon to also support humanitarian and other contingency missions on short notice. The United States maintains the largest and most capable amphibious force in the world.

The
Wasp-class LHDs are currently the largest amphibious ships in the world. The lead ship, USS Wasp (LHD-1) was commissioned in July 1989 in Norfolk, Va. The delivery of LHA Replacement or LHA(R) America class ships is the next step in the incremental development of the "Big Deck Amphib." American-class ships are designed to accommodate the Marine Corps' future Air Combat Element (ACE) including F-35B Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) and MV-22 Osprey with additional aviation maintenance capability and increased fuel capacities, while also providing additional cargo stowage capacities and enabling a broader, more flexible Command and Control capability.

 

Program Status


LHDs 1-8 and LHA-6 are in service. The Navy awarded a contract for detail design and construction for LHA-7 (T) to HII on May 31, 2012. The ship started fabrication on July 15, 2013. LHA 8 is programmed as a fiscal year 2017 ship.

 

Point Of Contact


Office of Corporate Communication (SEA 00D)
Naval Sea Systems Command
Washington, D.C. 20376

 

General Characteristics, LHA(R) Class LHA (6)

Builder: Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc., Ingalls Operations, Pascagoula, Miss.

Date Deployed: Delivered to the fleet in on April 10, 2014.

Propulsion: Two marine gas turbines, two shafts, 70,000 total brake horsepower, two 5,000 horsepower auxiliary propulsion motors.

Length: 844 feet (257.3 meters).

Beam: 106 feet (32.3 meters).

Displacement: Approximately 43,745 long tons full load (44,449 metric tons).

Speed: 20+ knots.

Crew: 1,059 (65 officers)

Load: 1,687 troops (plus 184 surge).

Armament: Two RAM launchers; two NATO Sea Sparrow launchers (with Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM)); two 20mm Phalanx CIWS mounts; seven twin .50 cal. machine guns.

Aircraft: A mix of: F-35B Joint Strike Fighters (JSF) STOVL aircraft; MV-22 Osprey VTOL tiltrotors; CH-53E Sea Stallion helicopters; UH-1Y Huey helicopters; AH-1Z Super Cobra helicopters; MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopters.

Ships:

USS America (LHA-6), San Diego, CA

PCU Tripoli (LHA-7), No homeport, under construction

General Characteristics, Wasp Class

Builder: Northrop Grumman Ship Systems Ingalls Operations, Pascagoula, MS.

Date Deployed: July 29, 1989 (USS Wasp)

Propulsion: (LHDs 17) two boilers, two geared steam turbines, two shafts, 70,000 total brake horsepower; (LHD 8) two gas turbines, two shafts; 70,000 total shaft horsepower, two 5,000 horsepower auxiliary propulsion motors

Length: 844 feet (253.2 meters)

Beam: 106 feet (31.8 meters)

Displacement: LHDs 1-4: 40,650 tons full load (41,302.3 metric tons)
LHDs 5-7: 40,358 tons full load (41,005.6 metric tons)
LHD-8: 41,772 tons full load (42,442.3 metric tons)

Speed: 20+ knots (23.5+ miles per hour)

Crew: Ships Company: 66 officers, 1,004 enlisted
LHD-8: 65 officers, 994 enlisted
Marine Detachment: 1,687 troops (plus 184 surge)

Armament: Two RAM launchers; two NATO Sea Sparrow launchers; three 20mm Phalanx CIWS mounts (two on LHD 5-8); four .50 cal. machine guns; four 25 mm Mk 38 machine guns (LHD 5-8 have three 25 mm Mk 38 machine guns)

Aircraft: 12 CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters; 4 CH-53E Sea Stallion helicopters; 6 AV-8B Harrier attack aircraft; 3 UH-1N Huey helicopters; 4 AH-1W Super Cobra helicopters. (planned capability to embark MV-22 Osprey VTOL tilt-rotors) and F-35B Joint Strike Fighters (JSF) STOVL aircraft)

Landing/Attack Craft: 3 LCACs or 2 LCUs

Ships:

USS Wasp (LH-D1), Norfolk, VA

USS Essex (LHD-2), San Diego, CA.

USS Kearsarge (LHD-3), Norfolk, VA

USS Boxer (LHD-4), San Diego, CA

USS Bataan (LHD-5), Norfolk, VA

USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6), Sasebo, Japan

USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7), Norfolk, VA

USS Makin Island (LHD-8), San Diego, CA

http://www.navy.mil/navydata/fact_display.asp?cid=4200&tid=400&ct=4

Last Update: 13 April 2016

 

Wasp class Multiple Purpose Amphibious Assault Ship (LHD)

 

LHD

 

General Purpose Amphibious Assault Ship (LHA)


LHA

http://www.public.navy.mil/surfor/Pages/AmphibiousAssualtShip.aspx#.V4WUkq3n_3g

 

LHA-1 Tarawa class

http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/systems/ship/lha-1.htm

 

Once our Marines come home from Afghanistan they can join the ranks of MEA/MAGS operating off ships and providing security for forward deployed air fields working in conjunction with Rangers securing the air field any where in the world.

New Amphibious Ship Ordered for Navy, Destroyer To Come

 

WASHINGTON  Gulf shipbuilders gained a new amphibious ship late Friday, and the US Navy has agreed to add a destroyer at a key Maine shipyard. The moves reflect the resolution of a long-standing hull swap agreement involving the ships and the Navys two biggest shipbuilders.

 

Huntington Ingalls Industries received a $200 million not-to-exceed undefinitized contract action (or UCA) to order long-lead time material and perform design work on LPD-28, a yet-to-be-named 12th ship in the LPD-17 San Antonio class of amphibious transport dock ships. The ship, which the Navy did not request, was added by Congress to increase the fleets amphibious fleet and better meet US Marine Corps requirements.

 

The total cost of a fully-scoped LPD-28 is expected to be around $2.023 billion, the Navy said last year.

 

As a result of the award, General Dynamics will receive another DDG-51 Arleigh Burke-class destroyer beyond the batch already on order.

 

By creating a 12th LPD-17, the government invoked a hull swap agreement dating back to 2002, when a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the Navy and its shipbuilders transferred the contracts of three LPDs that would have been built at the General Dynamics Bath Iron Works (BIW) yard in Bath, Maine, to what was then Northrop Grummans Ingalls and Avondale yards in Louisiana and Mississippi. Bath, in exchange, received three DDG-51s originally assigned to the Ingalls shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi.

 

Since then, the LPD program was cut from 12 to 10, then back up to 11 ships, ending with LPD-27. Northrop got out of the shipbuilding business and a new entity HII was formed, including Ingalls and the now-closed Avondale shipyards. The DDG 51 program was also scheduled to end at DDG 112, but was subsequently restarted by the Navy, awarding contracts to both Ingalls and BIW. As of now, all destroyer contracts through DDG-126 in fiscal 2017 have been awarded, split between Ingalls and Bath.

The MOU was reaffirmed by the Navy in 2009, when another swap agreement was signed between the Navy, BIW and Ingalls over work on DDG-1000 Zumwalt-class destroyers.

 

But the original MOU included a phrase that would come into effect should a twelfth LPD materialize: A fourth DDG 51-class ship or equivalent workload would be awarded to [BIW] preceding, or concurrent with the award of LPD-28.

 

With Congress action to add long-lead funding for LPD-28, the Navy and the shipbuilders worked to resolve the issue.

 

Consistent with the swap agreement, the Navy will award BIW a corresponding DDG-51 ship, said Capt. Thurraya Kent, spokesperson for the Navys acquisition directorate. This ship would be in addition to the currently contracted multiyear ships, subject to congressional authorization and appropriation.

 

Based on the current 10-ship multiyear buy, which runs through DDG-126, the next ship could wear hull number DDG-127, although that determination is not yet official. Since LPD-28 was not requested by the Navy and added by Congress, the extra destroyer for Bath might also be outside the Navys existing multiyear destroyer buy.

 

Congress, however, still needs to authorize and approve funding for the destroyer, Kent cautioned.

 

Complicating the assignment of a specific hull number for the destroyer is the situation at Bath, where all destroyer building schedules including DDG-51s and three DDG-1000 Zumwalt-class ships are under review. It is not clear where the extra ship could fit into the yards production schedule.

 

General Dynamics declined to comment on the award, but Steve Sloan, Ingalls LPD-28 program manager, was enthusiastic about keeping the LPD-17 production line going and filling a gap until the new LX(R) amphibious ship program comes online in a few years.

 

LPD-28 is a transition ship from LPD to LXR, Sloan said. Well have those shipbuilders rolling off LPD-26 and 27 and into 28 on a hot production line.

 

LPD-26, the John P. Murtha, is 95 percent complete and scheduled to begin sea trials in early 2016. LPD-27, the Portland, is 70 percent complete and will launch in January.

 

About 2,000 employees typically work on an LPD, Sloan said.

 

Compared with previous ships, LPD-28 will have several modifications, Sloan said  most coming from Ingalls proposed LX(R) design. The most visible changes will be elimination of the towering enclosed masts, which had been built of composite material at HIIs now-closed Gulfport, Mississippi, facility.

 

LPD will have an open mast, similar to DDG-51, Sloan said. No more composite enclosures. And we borrowed the platform mast from [the assault ship America design] for the air search radar on the aft mast.

 

The schedule for the ships construction is still being finalized, but Sloan expects the Navy to issue a request for proposal in early 2016.

 

Our intent is to turn that proposal around pretty quickly, he said. We expect a contract award late in 2016, and start-of-fabrication in December 2016.

 

Delivery, he added, would likely come in the second half of 2021.

 

The Ingalls shipyard builds more kinds of ships than any other yard doing major government work. Under construction now are the large amphibious assault ship Tripoli, four DDG-51-class destroyers and three National Security Cutters for the US Coast Guard (Ref. Defense News, By Christopher P. Cavas - Email ccavas@defensenews.com - 7:20 p.m. EST December 4, 2015).

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