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https://www.stripes.com/news/pacific/navy-eyes-shipyard-in-philippines-as-repair-and-maintenance-facility-1.587647

 

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“The U.S. Navy is exploring the viability of Subic Bay Hanjin Shipyard for use as a potential repair and maintenance facility,” Cmdr. Nate Christensen, the fleet deputy public affairs officer, said in an email Wednesday.

The shipyard’s owner, Hanjin Philippines, declared bankruptcy earlier this year owing $900 million to South Korean creditors. Since then, a pair of Chinese firms have expressed an interest in buying the facility sparking alarm in some quarters.

 

Sounds like a move to keep China from acquiring the shipyard.

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How big can you make hydrofoils? The largest I’ve found is USS Plainview at 300 tons and 67 meters long. Do the forces involved make larger hydrofoils much more difficult? 

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https://dod.defense.gov/News/Contracts/Contract-View/Article/1909668/

 

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ERAPSCO, Joint Venture of Sparton and USSI, Columbia City, Indiana, is awarded a not-to-exceed $1,041,042,690 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the manufacture and delivery of a maximum quantity of 37,500 AN/SSQ-36B, 685,000 AN/SSQ-53G, 120,000 AN/SSQ-62F, and 90,000 AN/SSQ-101B production sonobuoys for fiscal years 2019-2023. Sonobuoys are air launched expendable, electro-mechanical anti-submarine warfare acoustic sensors designed to relay underwater sounds associated with ships and submarines. Work will be performed in De Leon Spring, Florida (51%); and Columbia City, Indiana (49%), and is expected to be completed in September 2025. No funds will be obligated at the time of award. Funds will be obligated on individual orders as they are issued. This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity (N00019-19-D-0032).

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On 7/16/2019 at 9:02 PM, Lord_James said:

Would counter rotating propellers provide the same benefits on ships as they do on aircraft? 

 

There's no need to worry about supersonic tip speeds on ships (with c0 = 1.5 km/s), but the rest of the aero/hydrodynamics is pretty similar

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Why does the exhaust cause yellow stains all over her superstructure? Burn marks would be understandable, but it looks like the crew uses that area to piss. 

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On 10/2/2019 at 11:38 AM, Lord_James said:

Why does the exhaust cause yellow stains all over her superstructure? Burn marks would be understandable, but it looks like the crew uses that area to piss. 

 

It is the shadow of the smoke.

 

In other news, Naval Strike Missile has the designation of RGM-184A for the USN.

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https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2019/10/05/1957506/army-bolstering-defense-hardware-capabilities

 

Philippines is looking to buy Brahmos.

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“Talks are now ongoing for Philippine Army’s BraHmos missile acquisition project with India,” a senior military official bared, adding that BraHmos supersonic missiles are ideal for the Army’s land-based territorial defense operations.

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“Once these BraHmos are finally procured and delivered, the Army will have the capability of defending the country from foreign aggressors and other territorial threats in the open seas,” a highly placed military source said.

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“We, at the DND, fully support the recent amendment of Japan’s Self-Defense Force Act that would allow the Japanese government and its Ministry of Defense ‘the needed flexibilities’ for the Japanese military force ‘to play a greater role’ in maintaining peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region by exporting quality defense equipment to foreign countries like the Philippines,” declared Defense Undersecretary Cardozo Luna at the inaugural launching of defense industry forum.

 

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45 minutes ago, AssaultPlazma said:

Why do the Queen Elizabeth class carriers carry so few aircraft relative to their size? 

I think that's because of the Highly Mechanised Weapon Handling System (HMWHS) on it, supposed to increase the number of sorties with lesser aircraft.

 

Plus probably there will be an increase in the number of aircraft.

 

I am just happy that they got like double the number of aircraft over their older carriers.

Too bad HMS Ocean was sold, a dedicated helicopter carrier is a must.

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On 10/22/2019 at 10:37 AM, Pascal said:

I think that's because of the Highly Mechanised Weapon Handling System (HMWHS) on it, supposed to increase the number of sorties with lesser aircraft.

 

Plus probably there will be an increase in the number of aircraft.

 

I am just happy that they got like double the number of aircraft over their older carriers.

Too bad HMS Ocean was sold, a dedicated helicopter carrier is a must.

 

Got any links to the HMWHS? Is that what's taking up all the space? 

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The FDI series will be called class Amiral Ronarc'h (first ship in the serie):

 

fdi2.jpg

 

The four following ships will be called Amiral Louzeau, Amiral Castex, Amiral Nomy and Amiral Cabanier (description of the career of each of those man in the article).

 

Armament of the FDI:

 

 

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On 10/23/2019 at 9:37 PM, AssaultPlazma said:

 

Got any links to the HMWHS? Is that what's taking up all the space? 

HMWHS actually helps save space by having less crew, from some 160 people to 16 people with HMWHS.

 

The deck is also big because of the role these carriers will have, carrier strike + helicopter carrier.

 

It has a lot minor details for helicopter operations like that of two towers, five to ten helicopters at once ready for operation on deck, hangars for Chinooks without folding blades, lifts that can accommodate two Chinooks simultaneously with unfolded blades, space for the troops which will be transported by helicopter.

 

It also has four PTBs.

 

A beefed-up helicopter carrier with a taste for Sea Control+.

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