The United States has decided to release an alert to the world that America is not going to sit around and let the world treat us however they want. The actions of Kim Jong-Un has not gone unnoticed, and the President vowed that their nuclear presence will no longer be ignored as well.
North Korea will have to get in line or else, and that will be enforce with the Navy’s latest high powered destroyer.
Via Breaking Defense:
“NATIONAL HARBOR: The long-delayed supercarrier Gerald Ford should set sail for builders’ trials this week, the head of Naval Sea Systems Command said today. If those builders’ trials and subsequent Navy acceptance trials go well, Vice Adm. Thomas Mooretold reporters at the Sea-Air-Space conference here, ‘I think we’ll get the ship delivered in the April-May timeframe and then we can move on with commissioning.’
As America’s first all-new carrier design since the Nimitz in 1976, the Ford class will serve into at least into the 2070s. But many of their escorts will be late-model Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, so-called “Flight III” updates of a 1980s design whose first ship, DDG-51, was commissioned in 1991. That’s why the Navy is brainstorming a next generation Future Surface Combatant, aiming to solicit design proposals from industry around 2020.
‘DDG’s a great class of ship… but we’re never going to build Flight IV, we need to move on,’ Moore said. ‘It’s probably time for us to work from a clean sheet.’
Moore is on a steering committee for the clean-sheet Future Surface Combatant, along with three-star counterparts from the Navy staff (OPNAV) and the operational fleet. The idea is to have warfighters, shipbuilders, and budgeteers working together from the start, instead of one group coming up with unrealistic requirements for a super-ship the others can’t build or can’t afford.
Below the 3-star panel, Moore said, ‘there’ll be a working level group at the one or two-star level that will come back and present us with concepts and a plan of action, and we’ll go back to the CNO (the Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. John Richardson). I’d expect we would formally kick this off at the DoD 5000 (regulation) level — where we have a charter and we start working on an AOA (Analysis of Alternatives) — probably at the end of this summer.’