HII hands over 12th Virginia submarine to US Navy
Huntington Ingalls Industries' (HII's) Newport News Shipbuilding division has handed over the US Navy's (USN's) 12th Virginia-class nuclear-powered attack submarine (SSN), officials announced on 25 June.
John Warner (SSN 785) - named after the US senator and former secretary of the navy - was delivered at HII's Newport News, Virginia shipyard. It is the sixth Virginia SSN to be completed by Newport News, which is building the boats in partnership with General Dynamics Electric Boat, under a teaming agreement.
The USN is acquiring a 30-boat class of Virginia SSNs. Eleven boats are in commission.
John Warner is the second of eight Block III Virginias that feature a redesigned bow (with a new Large Aperture Bow array) and two 87-inch Virginia payload tubes that each launch six Tomahawk land-attack cruise missiles.
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________NAVSEA seeks a more robust towed array for US Navy
◙NAVSEA has issued an RfP for a new thin line towed array to replace the legacy TB-29A that equips the navy's attack submarines and SURTASS surface ships
◙The TB-29X towed array project includes options for up to 67 production assemblies over four years
The US Navy's (USN's) submarine community has set out plans to acquire an improved thin line towed array (TLTA) as its primary long-range passive acoustic sensor system.
Introduction of the new TB-29X array is required "to enable the fleet to complete missions without interruptions due to array failures", according to Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA).
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________________________________________________________________________________________________________USN trawls industry for future frigate's long-range missile
The US Navy (USN) is canvassing industry for technology options to fulfil a requirement to equip its future frigates with an over-the-horizon weapon system to defend the ships against military surface craft and vessels.
As part of a Request for Information (RfI) released by the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) in mid-June, the US government is seeking information "for design, development, test and evaluation, and manufacture of an over-the-horizon missile system capability to defeat surface threats"
The system would be fitted on board new frigates to be based upon a modified version of the USN's Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). Current shipbuilding plans indicate that the navy intends to acquire 20 frigates beginning in fiscal year (FY) 2019.