according to a person familiar with plans to be
Panetta will lay out the Pentagon’s $525 billion budget
plan for fiscal 2013 and also may ask Congress for
authority to close domestic military bases, the person
The U.S. Navy’s Virginia-class submarines, built by
General Dynamics Corp. (GD) and Huntington Ingalls
Industries Inc. (HII), will be redesigned to carry out
so-called prompt global strike missions, the person
Panetta also will propose reducing the Army from 562,000
personnel to 490,000 by fiscal 2017 and the Marines from
202,000 to 182,000 by that date, according to the
person, who spoke on condition of anonymity before
Panetta presents his budget outline at the Pentagon.
Air Force aircraft will be reduced to match a reduction
in personnel under a defense plan to be outlined today
by U.S. Panetta, according to the person.
Panetta will propose canceling the C-27J transport plane
made by L-3 Communications Holdings Inc. (LLL), and
Alenia North America, a subsidiary of Italy’s
Finmeccanica SpA (FNC), the person said. Panetta may
also call for retiring some C-5 and C-130 transport
planes, both made by Lockheed Martin Corp. (LMT)
The Pentagon budget will call for reducing the number of
Air Force tactical air squadrons to 43 from 50, while
plans for new bombers and refueling aircraft will go
forward, according to the person.
The Defense Department will say it can find $60 billion
in savings by reducing waste and overhead, increasing
information- technology efficiency, streamlining staff
and inventory management.
To contact the reporters on this story: Roxana Tiron in
Washington at firstname.lastname@example.org; Gopal Ratnam in
DoD plans smaller pay raises, benefits
By Rick Maze - Staff writer
Posted : Thursday Jan 26, 2012 12:12:33 EST
Pay caps, reduced retirement benefits and higher
out-of-pocket costs for retiree health care are in the
military’s future under the Defense Department’s new
strategy that will be announced this afternoon.
For 2013 and 2014, the Defense Department is budgeting
for military raises that fully match the average
increase in private-sector wages, according to
congressional aides who have been briefed on the
Pentagon’s plans. Read
DoD plans smaller pay raises, benefits cuts - Navy News
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Early retirement for some ERB
Jan 23, 2012 06:10 pm | Navy News Service
As announced by NAVADMIN 025/12, released Jan. 20, the
Navy will offer voluntary early retirement to certain
Sailors separating due to the Enlisted Retention Board (ERB).
Read more here
Nations Face Off Beneath The Waves
CHANGING WORLD 2012--Japan and East Asia
By Yomiuri Shimbun, Jan. 24, 2012
The world has been thrust into a period of great change
due to China's emergence and the geopolitical decline of
Western powers. This series of articles deals with the
formation of a new international order, and potential
leadership changes in the United States, China and
Russia this year. This first installment focuses on an
underwater tug-of-war between U.S. and Chinese
submarines in the Pacific Ocean.
An underwater tug-of-war is intensifying among countries
such as China, Russia and the United States in the seas
Vietnamese Defense Minister Phung Quang Thanh, who comes
from Vietnam's army, requested an inspection of a
Maritime Self-Defense Force submarine when he visited
Japan in October.
He visited the Makishio, a main submarine of the MSDF
Submarine Flotilla 1, in the city of Kure, Hiroshima
Prefecture. Made in Japan, the state-of-the-art
submarine boasts a displacement capacity of 2,750 tons
and is 82 meters in length. It can travel underwater
silently and has stealth capabilities.
The Vietnamese defense minister paid close attention to
the Makishio's interior. It was rare for the MSDF to
show the military leader of a non-allied country the
craft's interior, which is full of secrets.
The commander of the Vietnamese Navy also visited Japan
Vietnam's military leaders visited Japan and contacted
the MSDF in succession because the country is now
rapidly trying to build its own submarine fleet. The
first of six Kilo-class Russian-made submarines Vietnam
purchased in 2009 will be delivered in two years.
Because it can travel silently underwater, a submarine
is a strategic weapon. It has the offensive capability
to destroy enemy ships and disrupt their transportation
routes. It also has spying capabilities and can collect
intelligence right under an enemy's nose. The very
existence of a submarine can restrict an enemy's moves.
Vietnam will employ submarines to deal with territorial
disputes with China in the south China Sea. A Vietnamese
source said the nation has begun receiving assistance
from Russia and India to train its submarine crew
"We've already made a request to Japan to help us
operate submarines and train crew members," he said.
When the Vietnamese defense minister visited Japan,
Tokyo and Hanoi confirmed a multilateral cooperation
security policy out of concern for China's ambitions to
increase its influence in the south and East China seas.
The two governments also signed a memorandum to promote
mutual defense exchanges.
Submarines would also help counter Beijing's strategy of
denying the U.S. Navy access to and intervention in seas
close to China.
Beijing possesses more than 70 submarines, including
state-of-the-art Jin-class nuclear submarines that can
launch ballistic missiles. They have reportedly been
deployed to China's Hainan Island, where the nation's
largest submarine base is located.
Hong Kong media have reported that Beijing has an
ambitious project to build 30 new submarines by 2020.
This suggests China, the world's second-largest economic
power, is seriously considering a "private" plan to
divide the Pacific Ocean into two and control one of the
halves. The United States would control the other half,
with Hawaii at its border. A high-ranking officer of the
Chinese Navy revealed the plan's existence to the
commander-in-chief of the U.S. Pacific Command in China
as a "private proposal" in 2007.
This plan, however, is a grave challenge to the United
States and runs counter to the very idea of freedom of
navigation in international waters being part of its
"China's emergence as a regional power has the potential
to affect the U.S. economy and our security in a variety
of ways," according to a defense strategy report
released by U.S. President Barack Obama's administration
on Jan. 5.
It declared the U.S. military will abandon its
conventional strategy to prepare for large-scale wars in
two regions at the same time, and "will of necessity
rebalance [efforts] toward the Asia-Pacific region."
The U.S. submarine fleet, the strongest in the world,
would head toward the west in the Pacific Ocean.
Washington is planning to deploy 60 percent of its
aircraft carriers and submarines in the Asia-Pacific
region. Attack submarines would be deployed forward to
hunt enemies and protect U.S. aircraft carriers from
surprise attacks by Chinese submarines.
According to a report issued by the U.S. Congressional
Research Service, the U.S. Navy has deployed three
attack nuclear-powered submarines in waters near Guam.
The report also says three others of the same type and
two cruise-missile submarines have been deployed in
waters off the U.S. mainland's west coast. A U.S.
nuclear submarine is also planned to visit the western
part of Australia.
A 21st-century version of the "Great Game" has begun
between the United States and China under the western
Pacific. With Vietnam joining the link between the
United States and its allies, a loose but broad
coalition is forming against China. In the northern part
of the Pacific, Russian nuclear submarines, meanwhile,
are observing the United States and China's moves.
New Commanding Officer Of NUWC Keyport
northkitsapherald.com, Jan 21, 2012
KEYPORT — Capt. David K. Kohnke will assume command of
Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division, Keyport in
Kohnke will relieve Capt. Stephen E. Iwanowicz, who
served as the 35th commander of NUWC Keyport since
September 2008. Iwanowicz is retiring after nearly 30
years in the Navy.
Kohnke is engineering and planning officer at Pearl
Harbor Naval Shipyard and Inter-mediate Main-tenance
A native of Indiana, he enlisted in the Navy in 1980.
After completing nuclear training, he served as an
instructor in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and aboard USS
Bremerton (SSN698). He was selected for an NROTC
scholarship and graduated from the University of Arizona
in 1986 with a bachelor of science degree in electrical
engineering. He was commissioned through the Enlisted
Commissioning Program in 1990, and earned a master of
science in electrical engineering from Arizona State
University in 1997.
His career includes service as repair officer of the
Naval Intermediate Maintenance Facility, Bangor, and
combat systems officer aboard USS John C. Stennis
GROTON, Conn. (NNS) -- Former crew members of the
Historic Ship USS Nautilus (SSN 571) offered their
reflections of serving aboard the U.S. Navy's first
nuclear-powered submarine in advance of the 58th
anniversary of its launching Jan. 21.
Former submariner Al Charette served aboard Nautilus in
1957 as a first class sonarman. "Not only the first
nuclear powered submarine in the Navy, it was the
world's first nuclear-powered vessel. It was also the
world's first ship to reach the North Pole," said
Charette. "A lot of earlier exploration ships attempted
it, but didn't achieve the North Pole. A lot of people
visited the North Pole, some by plane, by dog sled, but
our submarine will be remembered as the first ship in
history to reach the North Pole."
Charette said he still possesses the 1978 National
Geographic Magazine detailing the submarine's arrival at
the North Pole. Nautilus is mentioned as one of the
first to pioneer a route across the top of the world as
it passed under the North Pole 1958.
Charette also praised the Submarine Force Museum for
their maintenance and upkeep of their former submarine
since its arrival at the museum.
"When I go down to that ship, any
day, it is in such good condition, you wonder why it
couldn't get underway this afternoon," said Charette. "I
think the condition of the submarine is amazing after
all of these years."
Nautilus was decommissioned from the U.S. Navy in 1980
and towed to Groton, Conn. in 1985 to become part of the
Submarine Force Museum. The museum opened the submarine
for tours to the public in April 1986.
"For most people who visit the Submarine Force Museum,
this will be the only time they ever go onboard a Navy
vessel," said Lt. Cmdr. Robert Sawyer,
officer-in-charge, Historic Ship Nautilus. "The Nautilus
crew works very hard to preserve the submarine and
ensure it is available for generations to come. The crew
also provides a chance for the public to talk to Sailors
about their experiences in the Navy."
is the only nuclear-powered submarine currently on
William Engdall, a former Nautilus commissioning crew
member served on board from 1953 to 1956.
"I served on board Nautilus with an exceptional crew of
officers and enlisted men who were as concerned with
their shipmates' careers as they were their own, and the
camaraderie they displayed, directly influenced my
decision to make the Navy a career," said Engdall. "The
Nautilus was nothing like the two diesel boats that I
had previously served aboard. The boat was unique, and a
true fighting machine."
Engdall added that the Nautilus had all the creature
comforts the crew needed.
"We had a washing machine, a crews' mess that was
transformed into a movie theater, a coin-operated Coke
machine, a juke box, private fiberglass bunks with
individual ventilation and bunk lights," said Engdall.
Engdall also drew cartoons and documented life aboard
Nautilus. So, when the Walt Disney Studios sent the
submarine their concept of what the ship's patch should
look like, it was also the version of the craft depicted
in the movie, "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea."
"The crew thought that a different version would be more
appropriate and asked me to provide a drawing
representing the actual USS Nautilus. The drawing was
sent to Walt Disney Studios and they embellished my
drawing, and it is now recognized as the official ship's
patch," said Engdall.
Engdall is extremely proud to have served on board USS
Nautilus and enjoys taking friends through the boat.
"The Nautilus will always have a place in my heart,"
Navy League Presents Awards to USS
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class
Ronald Gutridge, Commander, Submarine Force, U.S.
Pacific Fleet Public Affairs, Jan 20, 2012
PEARL HARBOR (NNS) -- The Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula
Council of the Navy League presented awards to four
Sailors assigned to the Los Angeles-class submarine, USS
Bremerton (SSN 698), for outstanding achievement
throughout 2011 at the submarine piers on Joint Base
Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Jan. 20.
Dr. Byron Faber of the Bremerton-Olympic
Peninsula Council of the Navy League presented awards to
the following submariners: Machinist's Mate 2nd Class
(SS) Charles Corcoran was awarded the 2011 Engineering
"Go-to-Guy" award for engineering excellence. Culinary
Specialist 2nd Class (SS) Bevon Drummond was awarded the
2011 Supply "Silent Specialist of the Year" for Supply
Department excellence. Electronics Technician 2nd Class
(SS) Christopher Beal was awarded the 2011 "Bowditch
Award" for Navigation excellence and Sonar Technician
(Submarines) 2nd Class (SS) Jerry Verant was awarded the
2011 "Tactical Adonis of the Year" for tactical and
Weapons Department excellence.
"It is a great privilege to present these awards and
recognize what a great job these Sailors are doing,"
said Faber. "This is our way of showing them that the
citizens of Bremerton appreciate all that they do for
The council sponsors USS Bremerton. The organization
provides awards to four Sailors each year serving on USS
Bremerton based on superior performance over the past
year. This initiative was started in 2010 by Faber. He
was also instrumental in the adoption of the submarine
by the city of Bremerton. A ceremony commemorating this
event was held in Bremerton in January 2011.
"Over the past year, Dr. Faber and the Navy League have
provided outstanding support for USS Bremerton working
to recognize superior performance and improve the
quality of life of USS Bremerton Sailors and families,"
said Cmdr. Caleb Kerr, commanding officer, USS
Bremerton. "This camaraderie between the city of
Bremerton, the Navy League and the ship has paid big
dividends in crew morale. It means a great deal to me
that citizens of the fine city of Bremerton and the Navy
League are supporting my Sailors and the ship
particularly while we are deployed."
DARPA Awards 3rd Contract to Develop
Low-Power, Non-Acoustic Anti-Submarine Warfare
Technologies for UAS
UAS Vision, January 19
Anti-submarine warfare (ASW) experts in the US Defense
Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in Arlington,
Virginia, have awarded their third industry contract for
a programme that seeks to develop technologies to help
detect enemy submarines in shallow coastal waters and
harbours without using traditional acoustic
submarine-hunting technologies like sonar.
The DARPA Strategic Technology Office has awarded
Cortana Corp. in Falls Church, Virginia, a $496,500
contract for the Shallow Water Agile Submarine Hunting
(SWASH) programme, which seeks to develop small,
lightweight, low power non-acoustic ASW surveillance and
cued search capability for