“I’m confident we can get it off probation. It doesn’t do the
program any good to be on probation now.”
Gen. James F. Amos
Marine Corps commandant
On the possibility that the service’s short-takeoff/vertical-landing variant of the
F- 35 Lightning II could be removed from its two-year probation period after
shipboard testing later this year.
Defense Daily, July 28
March 9. The frigates will be sold to
foreign governments. The Austin-class amphibious transport dock
ship USS Ponce will be decommissioned on March 30 and placed in
“We are warriors first, but we are happy not to go to war. We
are happy to be a deterrent to conflict.”
Vice Adm. Joseph D. Kernan
Deputy commander, U.S. Southern Command
On the role Special Operations forces can play in countries where “a small footprint”
is preferred over a significant U.S. military presence.
New York Times, Aug. 9
on the Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship
program, to which Senate Armed
Services ranking member John
McCain, R-Ariz., demanded the new
chief devote much of his attention.
McCain and other senators have
expressed concerns about “
aggressive galvanic corrosion” on USS
Independence, which is produced
by Austal USA, as well as a crack in
the hull of USS Freedom, Lockheed
Martin’s version of the shallow-water vessel, which developed during sea trials.
Greenert acknowledged the
necessity of ensuring the program
meets time and schedule targets.
When asked about the
Independence, he said corrosion on ships is
“not a new problem” and that the
Navy can mitigate it on future
ships at a modest cost.
In a spate of confirmations, the
Senate also approved a slate of
other top military officials, including Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey
to be the next chairman of the
Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. James A.
Winnefeld Jr. to be the next vice
chair and Gen. Raymond T.
Odierno to be the Army chief.
Navy Names LCS 9,
Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has
selected the name Little Rock for
the ninth Littoral Combat Ship
(LCS). He made the announcement in a July 15 statement.
Little Rock will be the second U.S.
Navy ship to bear the name of the
capital of Arkansas. The first Little
Rock (CL-92/CLG-4/CG- 4) was built
as a Cleveland-class light cruiser and
later converted to a Galveston-class
guided-missile cruiser. The cruiser,
decommissioned in 1976, is a museum ship in Buffalo, N.Y. Mabus
served as a surface warfare officer
onboard the cruiser when he was on
The new Little Rock will be a
Freedom-class LCS, built in
Marinette, Wis., by a team led by
In other developments, the Navy
announced in a July 15 directive
four ships scheduled for decommissioning in fiscal 2012. Three Oliver
Hazard Perry-class frigates — USS
Boone, Stephen W. Groves and John L.
Hall — will be decommissioned, the
first two on Feb. 24 and the last on
Strike Group Shifts
With Carrier Move
The Navy will shift a carrier strike
group staff to San Diego next year in
conjunction with the move of an aircraft carrier to Virginia to begin its
midlife refueling, according to an
Aug. 1 directive from Adm. Gary
Roughead, chief of naval operations.
Carrier Strike Group Nine, based
in Everett, Wash., with the aircraft
carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, will
move to San Diego on Dec. 14, 2012,
and be assigned the aircraft carrier
USS Ronald Reagan. In August 2012,
Abraham Lincoln will shift homeport
to Newport News, Va., to begin its
Refueling and Comprehensive Overhaul (RCOH) at the Newport News
Shipbuilding division of Huntington
The RCOH will extend the life of
the carrier to 50 years. USS Theodore
Roosevelt will complete its RCOH in
2012 and rejoin the fleet.
The third National Security Cutter
(NSC), Stratton, went though
acceptance trials with the Navy’s
Board of Inspection and Survey in
August as it continues to be on track
for delivery this fall, with commissioning planned for next spring.
“The expertise and experience
gained from production and trial
activities of the first two NSCs
[Bertholf and Waesche] have had a
significant positive impact during
Stratton’s construction process. As
evidenced during builder’s trials,
Stratton is at a much higher level of
fit and finish as delivery approaches than its predecessors,” said Pete
Oittinen, project manager for the
National Security Cutter.