USN shipbuilding plan could cut total number of missile VLS cells, CBO says

by Michael Fabey

The 30-year US Navy (USN) shipbuilding plan released in June could reduce the number of missile vertical launch system (VLS) cells, according to a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report, which was released on 16 September.

“The force structure goals expressed in the navy's [fiscal year (FY)] 2022 plan have a significant implication for how the distribution of VLS cells on the navy's surface could evolve,” the report noted.


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Maintenance data helps US Navy guarantee LCS operational availability

by Michael Fabey

USS Charleston (LCS 18) transits the Philippine Sea during routine operations for Destroyer Squadron 7. (US Navy)

The US Navy (USN) is using data analytics to “find and target” specific areas and systems that have previously caused Littoral Combat Ships (LCSs) to lose operational availability, according to Captain Tom Ogden, commodore of Destroyer Squadron 7 in Singapore.


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Netherlands replaces or upgrades FRISCs

by Nicholas Fiorenza

The Netherlands plans to upgrade its FRISCs or replace them with Future Fast Interceptors. (Dutch Ministry of Defence)

The Netherlands is replacing or upgrading its 50 fast raiding, interception and special forces craft (FRISCs), Defence Minister Henk Kamp told the Dutch parliament on 25 October.


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Australia to base second Supply-class oiler in Western Australia

by Ridzwan Rahmat

The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) will base its second Supply-class replenishment vessel HMAS Stalwart (A304) with Fleet Base West's HMAS Stirling in Garden Island, Western Australia, the service announced on 27 October.

The vessel, which was handed over by Spanish shipbuilder Navantia to the Australian Department of Defence in September 2021, will be commissioned in November 2021, the RAN added.

Stalwart is part of an AUD642 million (USD481 million) contract signed with Navantia in May 2016 under the Australian government's SEA 1654 Phase 3 programme.

The project seeks to replace two older oilers, the former HMAS Success


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