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Iran Missile hits own ship in fatal accident
The boat got back on May 9 after an unusually long deployment that saw it supporting operations for U.S. Africa, Central and European Commands, according to a Navy release.
While officials declined to say exactly what Florida was doing during the extensive time it was away, the boat “provided unprecedented strike and special operation mission capabilities, bringing mission flexibility and unparalleled stealth to the fighting force,” the release states.
Such subs are manned by alternating blue and gold crews, which ran the sub for three-month stints at a time.
Off crews returned to Georgia for training and qualifications, according to Submarine Group 10 spokeswoman Lt. Katie Diener.
“Most submarines don’t operate forward deployed like this for this amount of time, especially without a real home base,” the blue crew commander, Capt. Brian Tothero, said in a statement. “So, after being sort of homeless for the past 30 months, it’s nice to be back in Kings Bay.”
After its 1983 commissioning as a ballistic missile sub, Florida was converted into one of four guided-missile submarines in 2003, according to the Navy release.
Guided-missile subs run on longer operational cycles than other boats and can remain forward deployed longer since they use the Ohio-class dual crew concept.
“A 30-month deployment, however, is not typical for a guided-missile submarine,” Diener said.
Florida kept it moving for much of the 800-plus days it was away from home, with two maintenance stints lasting three to four weeks each conducted at Souda Bay, Greece, and Diego Garcia, Diener said.
Crews also made 11 port visits during the deployment, during which time the boat sailed nearly 100,000 nautical miles and pinned 202 new submariners with their dolphins.
Such boats can host up to 66 special operators and feature extra berthing in the missile compartment to accommodate those personnel, according to the Navy.
Two forward missile tubes on guided-missile subs have been converted into “lock-out chambers,” from which special forces can deploy and reenter the sub
Sub Group 10 commander Rear Adm. Mike Bernacchi lauded the Florida’s crews in the Navy release announcing the boat’s homecoming.
“For over 800 days
you have stood the watch,” he
said. “That’s a true testimony to
resiliency, hard work,
perseverance and toughness.”
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Nuclear attack submarines will give India a significant strike and area denial capability in the region.
, ET Bureau|
Last Updated: Feb 21, 2020, 02.19 PM IST
NEW DELHI: India is
taking a crucial step for its
1.2 lakh crore project to produce
future nuclear-powered submarines,
with top levels of the government
processing clearances for the
detailed design phase.
The timing of the critical clearances coincides with the pace of current work at the Ship Building Centre (SBC) in Visakhapatnam, where the Arihant class of nucleararmed submarines are being built. Major structural work on the fourth of the class is nearing completion and the centre would be able to take on work for the next generation of vessels as early as next year, if need be. Though this is unlikely as the developmental phase will take longer.
Sources said the second of the Arihant class — the slightly bigger and better-armed INS Arighat — is expected to be commissioned this year, adding teeth to India’s nuclear deterrence. Two follow-on boats after that are likely to enter service before 2024.
This would leave SBC with adequate space and resources to commence building the next generation of nuclear-attack submarines. While the Arihant project took over two decades to fructify, the next generation submarines are likely to progress at half the given time as adequate experience is now available, both in terms of design and construction of nuclear submarines.
As reported by ET, work on the submarine project gained pace last year with a defense public sector unit working on a special metal alloy for the hull and testing of a scale model as part of the design process. The plan to build six nuclear-powered attack submarines (SSNs) kicked off in 2015 when the NDA government gave a go ahead to a long-pending project for the Indian Navy.
India and Russia have also signed a $3 billion deal to lease an advanced nuclear attack submarine that will be fitted with indigenous communication systems and sensors. This submarine will fill in the gap and will be used for crew training before the indigenous boats are pressed into service.
Nuclear attack submarines — powered by a nuclear reactor but armed with conventional weapons — will give India a significant strike and area denial capability in the region. These vessels can remain underwater for months, making them almost impossible to detect and are a big deterrence for enemy vessels. The US Navy operates over 55 nuclear attack submarines. China has at least 10 in service and is rapidly expanding the fleet, including deployments in the Indian Ocean and several port calls to neighboring nations.
The project will
enter India to a select league of
five nations that have such a
The last country to
enter this club was China in 1974
with its Han class boats. Details
are not known but a new, more
powerful nuclear reactor is being
designed for the programme as well
by the Bhabha Atomic Research
The INS Arihant and Chakra
(on lease from Russia) are the two
currently in service with the
The statement significantly raised the death toll in Sunday’s incident from what was reported just hours earlier, when Iran’s state media said at least one sailor was killed.
The Konarak, a Hendijan-class support ship, which was taking part in the exercise, was too close to a target during an exercise on Sunday when the incident happened, the reports said. The vessel had been putting targets out for other ships to target. The media said the missile struck the vessel accidentally.
The friendly fire incident took place near the port of Jask, some 1,270 kilometers (790 miles) southeast of Tehran, in the Gulf of Oman, state TV said.
A local hospital admitted 12 sailors and treated another three with slight wounds, the state-run IRNA news agency reported.
media said the Konarak had been
overhauled in 2018 and was able to
launch sea and anti-ship missiles.
The Dutch-made, 47-meter
(155-foot) vessel was in service
since 1988 and had capacity of 40
tons. It usually carries a crew of
Iran towed the Konarak into a nearby naval base after the strike. A photograph released by the Iranian army showed burn marks and some damage to the vessel, though the military did not immediately offer detailed photographs of the site of the missile’s impact.
holds exercises in the region,
which is close to the strategic
Strait of Hormuz, the narrow mouth
of the Persian Gulf through which
20% of the world’s oil passes. The
U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet, which
monitors the region, did not
immediately respond to a request
for Red October: Major US
operation to track deadly Russian
subs lasted for weeks off the East
Coast but found nothing as US Navy warns the waters are no longer a
The U.S. Navy has spent weeks trawling the North Atlantic in the hunt for a deadly Russian submarine that was known to have deployed into the waters off the East Coast of the United States.
The Project 885 Yasen class guided missile submarine Severodvinsk is built from the very latest in Russian technology and was thought to be just a few hundred miles away from the North American coastline in the fall of 2019.
Such was the worry of the U.S. military, the search involved a large number of Navy submarines, ships, and maritime patrol aircraft, all of which proved fruitless after the sub remained undetected throughout, according to The Drive.
The vessel, which can carry up to 40 Kalibr missiles, among other weapons, is known for having an especially low acoustic signature and proves especially difficult to pick up on all manner of sophisticated detection equipment including Sonar.
The worry from Navy commanders was the possible presence of nuclear missiles with a possible range of up to 1,600 miles being so close to the U.S. mainland.
News of the
essentially failed mission comes
as U.S. Sailors have been warned
to be on alert as they sail to and
from ports along the Eastern
seaboard and to no longer assume
the Atlantic Ocean is a 'safe
The homeland is
not a sanctuary. Sailors can
expect to be operating in a
contested space once they leave
Norfolk,' Lewis said during a
maritime security event on Tuesday
at the Washington, D.C.-based
Center for Strategic and
'Real world requirements do not discriminate. The intelligence ship did not care at what phase of training our ships were in or if it had achieved its full certification.'
Anti-submarine warfare, or ASW, is one of a navy’s most difficult missions. Sonars detect submarines with only a fraction of the range and precision possible using radars or visual sensors against ships above the water. Submarines can carry missiles able to hit targets hundreds of miles away, requiring searches to cover potentially vast areas. And the torpedoes that aircraft and surface ships use to sink submarines need to be dropped right on the submarine to have any chance of sinking it.
hese challenges led the Cold War-era U.S. Navy to rely on a sequential approach for tracking enemy submarines. Electronic or visual intelligence sources would report when an opposing sub was leaving port, and it would hopefully get picked up by sound surveillance, or SOSUS — sonar arrays on the sea floor — as it entered chokepoints, like that between Iceland and the United Kingdom.
The U.S. ASW model broke down, however, in the decades following the Cold War as U.S. submarine and patrol aircraft fleets shrank, the Chinese submarine fleet grew, and Russian submarines became quieter. Today, the U.S. Navy devotes enormous effort to tracking each modern Russian submarine in the western Atlantic.
During the 2000s, the strategy of
full-spectrum ASW started an
essential shift in goals, from
being able to sink submarines when
needed to being able to defeat
submarines by preventing them from
accomplishing their mission.
With defense budgets flattening and likely to decrease in a post-COVID-19 environment, the U.S. Navy cannot afford to continue playing “little kid soccer” in ASW, with multiple aircraft or ships converging to track and destroy submarines before they can get within missile range of targets like aircraft carriers or bases ashore.
The Navy should instead increase the use of unmanned systems in ASW across the board, which cost a fraction to buy and operate compared to their manned counterparts. Unmanned aircraft could deploy sonobuoys or stationary sonar arrays, and unmanned undersea or surface vehicles could tow passive sonar arrays. Unmanned surface vehicles could also deploy low-frequency active sonars like those carried by U.S. undersea surveillance ships that can detect or drive off submarines from dozens of miles away.
Although autonomous platforms
will not have the onboard
operators of a destroyer or
patrol aircraft, improved
processing is enabling small
autonomous sensors to rapidly
identify contacts of interest.
Line-of-sight or satellite
communications can connect
unmanned vehicles and sensors
with operators ashore or on
manned ASW platforms
From the very beginning the major guiding factor for our decision has been the assurance that the health of our aging members and their guests would not be compromised. An additional condition that had to be given consideration was our contract with the host hotel and how they would respond if we decided not to hold our convention during the time frame specified in our agreement.
Note: National Convention Chairman Richard “Ozzie” Osentoski has negotiated a final decision date of May 15th with the host hotel. A teleconference of the National
BOD’s and several other convention planning committee members was conducted on Friday April 17th, with the purpose of discussing what criteria would be used
in making a final decision regarding the convention.
The teleconference closed with an agreement that we would comply with the host hotel’s requested deadline date of May 15th to make our final decision. On May 15th, we
will reconvene and make the final decision, which will immediately be communicated to the membership. Folks, you can rest assured that the paramount factor in our
decision will be the
minimization of any potential
exposure that could be damaging to
Let me emphasize: The National BOD’s voting members will be the ones that make this decision and there are reasons this deadline of May 15th must be observed,
specifically complying with the
host hotel’s request.
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