“Trust cannot be ‘surged.’ Trust is something that must be
built over time. And trust is built through discussions, activities and through exercises, through initiatives that each of us
may undertake and bring others into. It is built on seeking
opportunities to work more closely together.”
Adm. Gary Roughead
Chief of naval operations
On the emphasis in “A Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower” on
establishing closer relationships among the U.S. sea services and building international partnerships.
In remarks during the 18th International Maritime Symposium in Newport, R.I.
“We can talk about what you destroy in war, but what is
equally important is what you build in peace.”
Ohio, based at Naval Base
Kitsap, Wash., began its maiden
deployment in its new configuration on Oct. 14.
Hilarides also said that the
open-architecture systems installed
in the four SSGNs have added to
their capability, enabling the Navy
to give them antisubmarine and
antiship capabilities similar to
those found in attack submarines
(SSNs) not initially planned.
“While nobody was looking, we
turned these four Ohio-class submarines into world-class SSNs as
well,” he said.
Adm. Patrick M. Walsh
Vice chief of naval operations
During a discussion on the new maritime strategy at the Naval War College in
Los Angeles Times
“One of the problems you have cyclically throughout history
is when you get involved in situations with long-term ground
operations, you tend to eat up your budget and tend to lose
focus on your strategic responsibilities. What we need to do
now is sit down with leadership and get their views on their
U.S. Sen. James Webb, D-Va.
On how to balance overarching force structure concerns with Navy fleet size plans.
the service’s ties are clearly with
the Navy and “there will come a
day, not too far away I hope, where
we are back with the Navy in ways
that we simply cannot manage
now because of this significant
commitment in this global war on
First SSGN Reaches
The Navy’s top submarine acquisition official certified that the USS
Ohio — the first of a class of four
submarines (SSGNs) — has
achieved initial operational capability.
Rear Adm. William H. Hilarides,
the Navy’s program executive officer for submarines, signed the certification document in front of an
audience of submarine veterans at
the annual symposium of the
Naval Submarine League Nov. 1 in
The Navy has converted four
Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarines to SSGNs by modifying
them to carry 154 Tomahawk
cruise missiles and 60 special operations personnel and their equipment. Conversion of Ohio, USS
Florida and USS Michigan is complete; USS Georgia is scheduled for
completion this month.
Army Assumes Navy,
Marine UAV Training
The Navy has deactivated its
unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)
training unit as it transfers the role
of training Navy and Marine Corps
UAV operators to the Army.
Training Air Wing Six UAV
Detachment, which operated from
Choctaw Field in Navarre, Fla.,
since 2004, flew the Navy’s last
flight of an RQ- 2 Pioneer UAV Oct.
25. The unit trained 60 Marines and
sailors annually, according to
Ensign Laura K. Stegheer, a spokeswoman for nearby Naval Air Station
Whiting Field in Milton, Fla.
The Navy and Marine Corps
have phased out the Pioneer,
replacing it with the RQ- 7 Shadow
200, which also is operated by the
Army. The Marine Corps now is
operating the Shadow in Iraq. The
Corps fields two UAV squadrons
and is increasing the number to
four, the third in 2008 and the
fourth in 2011.
Training in Shadow operations
will be conducted by a unit of the
Army’s Training and Doctrine
Command at its facility in Fort
Huachuca, Ariz. ■
Reporting by Seapower Correspondent
Megan Scully. Managing Editor Richard
R. Burgess and Associate Editor Matt
Hilburn contributed to this report.