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  • An Update on F-35B and F35-C Testing | SLDInfo
    us the flying qualities of the B and that as an F 18 pilot he has had no difficulty in flying the B What this may then mean is that you shift test time from just operating the aircraft to spending more time on the tactical training on the aircraft or working on the T and R manual Schenk I think that s a fair statement and I think if you looked at the training syllabus that s being developed you will see that SLD This is an important line to cross Schenk As a Harrier pilot the F 35B is a major advance Having grown up as a Harrier pilot and spent many many hours doing takeoffs and landings and having the requirement to do every type of landing at least once every 30 days in the Harrier the F 35B is a big improvement Because of the augmentation and the automation that s in the airplane and the models and the simulators we ll find a lot less time being spent taking off and landing the airplane and spending much more time doing our mission in the airplane and being able to go get out there and take care of business and take care of the guys that are out there We will spend more time on actual missions rather than on re qualifications The F 35 makes the basic flying task easy and so now you have what we would call spare capacity to devote to other things which allows the pilot to focus on the mission and the systems of the airplane The design of the airplane is intended to fuse information within the airplane to make that task of managing the system easier You don t have a radar giving you a piece of data You don t have a FLIR giving you another piece of data You don t have a radar warning giving you yet another piece of data What the F 35 gives you is a fused picture of all of that so you don t have to interpret separate data streams For example my Link 16 is telling me something is here but my radar is saying it s over there and this piece is kind of telling me it s over there and this one said it s a bad guy but that one is showing it as a good guy and on legacy aircraft you have to filter what the various systems are telling you Now the F 35 system is going to do a lot of that processing for you SLD So you have two trajectories for the plane One is it is an easier plane to manage itself and then secondly your ability to focus more on the decisions you re supposed to take for your missions and so on and the man machine relationship Schenk Right That s it SLD And this will create a culture shift for the pilots as well Schenk I think that

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  • The F-35 Pilot | SLDInfo
    care of the guys that are out there We will spend more time on actual missions rather than on re qualifications The F 35 makes the basic flying task easy and so now you have what we would call spare capacity to devote to other things which allows the pilot to focus on the mission and the systems of the airplane The design of the airplane is intended to fuse information within the airplane to make that task of managing the system easier You don t have a radar giving you a piece of data You don t have a FLIR giving you another piece of data You don t have a radar warning giving you yet another piece of data What the F 35 gives you is a fused picture of all of that so you don t have to interpret separate data streams For example my Link 16 is telling me something is here but my radar is saying it s over there and this piece is kind of telling me it s over there and this one said it s a bad guy but that one is showing it as a good guy and on legacy aircraft you have to filter what the various systems are telling you Now the F 35 system is going to do a lot of that processing for you Another USMC test pilot indeed last year s test pilot of the year Squirt Kelly told us what he had learned since our visit last year What I have learned for sure since your last visit is how to do a vertical landing As an F 18 pilot I don t have any background in hovering or operating in that whole STOVL world With probably fewer hours than a guy is going to

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  • The Sea Services Prepare to Prevail in the Extended Battlespace: An Interview with Rear Admiral Manazir | SLDInfo
    robust environment than we are on our current ranges that are geographically constrained and currently do not have the full high end threat replicated LVC will allow us to train to the full capabilities of our platforms across a variety of security environments and do so without exposing our training process to an interested adversary Question What you are talking about is shaping real time combat forensics against an active and dynamic threat Rear Admiral Manazir That is a great way to put it And this capability is crucial going forward We re back into a scenario where lots of threats around the world require us to react to enemy learning Then when they act in accordance to our reaction we react again and so on The enemy morphs to do X We have to react and we now do Y What is not widely realized is that the evolving air wing on the carrier and on the large deck amphibious ships is being shaped for a dynamic learning process The F 35s will play a key role in this evolving process but we are already underway with this process as you mentioned with regard to Fallon With regard to the air war where it s either air to ground missions or air to air missions we can share that information and bring in more people into the discussion with our long range information and communication systems That kind of capability is foundational to the evolving air wing We re also working on the capability to bring in national technical means into a cockpit where the synapses that are required to do that are significant to be able to have something with a relatively low latency Imagine an off board sensor that gives you a piece of information in the battle space that you can get into the cockpit and adds to the information you already have It s about closing down the information deltas that we have traditionally considered as a strategic national asset with a tactical naval asset And we re closing down the connection lines between where we get that information and conveying to the warfighter There is a constant effort to enhance the ability to get intel to the warfighter so he can act on it Question What you are describing is the fighter wing as sortieing of information and not only weapons Rear Admiral Manazir That is a good way to put it We are doing what Bayesian theory talks about namely we are providing more and more information to get closer to the truth in targeting or combat situation One can reduce that fog of war by increased understanding of what actual truth is you re going to have better effects This is why the technology that the F 35 brings to the fight is so crucial You have decision makers in the cockpit managing all of this information CF 2 Flight 158 with Mr Dan Canin and CF 1 Flight 189 with LT Chris Tabert on 18 January 2013 First dual refueling of F 35C on KC 130 tanker Credit Photo Lockheed Martin With Block 3F software in the airplane we will have data fusion where you transform data information to knowledge enabling greater wisdom about the combat situation The processing machines in the F 35 provide enough of the fusion so that the pilot can now add his piece to the effort This enables the ships to enhance their ability to operate in the networks and to engage with the air fleet in dynamic targeting at much greater distance It is about reach not range for the honeycomb enabled expeditionary strike group The F 35 is a key enabler of this shift but it is part of an overall effort to operate in the expanded battlespace Question Visits to the USS America to CVN 78 and to the Queen Elizabeth all highlighted the importance of building ships which can provide what one might call 21st century infrastructure of combat air How do you look at the Ford for example through this lens Rear Admiral Manazir It is a 21st century naval infrastructure asset which lives off and further enables the transformation of the air wing It s a facilitator for all the things you re going to do off the flight deck The electrical generation capacity on the Ford is three times what the Nimitz s is It gives you the ability to put greater electronic systems on to the ship The ability to have high power requirements with high cooling requirements for your data servers is enabled by the ship It has the capacity to be able to support those things and in conjunction with the high end air wing we re building you re going to be able to do the missions we discussed earlier more effectively in the expanded battlespace The Ford s infrastructure will be partnered with the airplanes that come on and off the flight deck Question What you are describing is a shift from thinking about the carrier as the deck which can fly X number of aircraft to thinking of the carrier as a moving epicenter of an extended strike enterprise that can work with the USAF and coalition partners and live off of their combat capabilities in the expanded battlespace Is that what you are arguing Rear Admiral Manazir Absolutely The focus is upon the carrier as a moving epicenter for a netted capability with the joint and coalition force It is not about counting the number of airplanes on the deck or projecting the future existence of paper airplanes It is about the air wing we are building and how it will operate with the transformed joint and coalition forces we are collectively modernizing The approach is to have force structure flexibility with an interconnected extended battlespace You can operate as a separate force package or as a federated force when you are connected but can plug and unplug you can be interoperable

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  • The Sea Services Transform Their Reach, Punch and Impact in the Extended Battlespace | SLDInfo
    foundations for 21 st century operations The USS Ford is a 21st century naval infrastructure asset which lives off and further enables the transformation of the air wing It s a facilitator for all the things you re going to do off the flight deck The electrical generation capacity on the Ford is three times what the Nimitz s is It gives you the ability to put greater electronic systems on to the ship The ability to have high power requirements with high cooling requirements for your data servers is enabled by the ship It has the capacity to be able to support those things and in conjunction with the high end air wing we re building you re going to be able to do the missions we discussed earlier more effectively in the expanded battlespace The Ford s infrastructure will be partnered with the airplanes that come on and off the flight deck In understanding the evolution of the air wing aboard the sea services decks the F 35 is a crucial element but it is about accelerating what those services have been building towards for some time namely the capability to operate force packages across an integrated battlespace For sure the F 35 with its ability to push data across the F 35 coalition as well as to push data back to the ships is an asset for transformation but this transformation is itself part of fundamental change in the way the sea services are and will fight in the extended battlespace Rear Admiral Manazir views the F 35 as a key information force multiplier We are doing what Bayesian theory talks about namely we are providing more and more information to get closer to the truth in targeting or combat situation One can reduce that fog of war by increased understanding of what actual truth is you re going to have better effects This is why the technology that the F 35 brings to the fight is so crucial You have decision makers in the cockpit managing all of this information CF 2 Flight 158 with Mr Dan Canin and CF 1 Flight 189 with LT Chris Tabert on 18 January 2013 First dual refueling of F 35C on KC 130 tanker Credit Photo Lockheed Martin With Block 3F software in the airplane we will have data fusion where you transform data information to knowledge enabling greater wisdom about the combat situation The processing machines in the F 35 provide enough of the fusion so that the pilot can now add his piece to the effort This enables the ships to enhance their ability to operate in the networks and to engage with the air fleet in dynamic targeting at much greater distance It is about reach not range for the honeycomb enabled expeditionary strike group The F 35 is a key enabler of this shift but it is part of an overall effort to operate in the expanded battlespace In other words the sea services are

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  • An RAAF F-22 Pilot Explains the Dramatic Shift to Fifth Generation | SLDInfo
    a step grade it is a leap into a whole new way of doing air combat and combat operations Harper went out of his way to describe the unlearning process that is necessary from operating his Super Hornet to flying the F 22 Buying fourth generation aircraft is not a holding pattern for the future it is being left behind in a different historical epoch It is about as dramatic as doing cavalry charges with horses and Blitzkrieg warfare something that did not work out very well for Poland in 1939 For Harper the systems in the fifth generation aircraft which take a giant leap forward with the F 35 provide the pilot with a decision making role not an overburdened look at your screens and sort out what to do role He summarized the impact that he saw with three key examples First within the first 30 minutes of sitting down in the simulator he grasped that his ability to dominate the air space with the F 22 was clear Second the abilities of the pilots are significantly augmented with fifth generation capabilities He cited a recent example where a USAF pilot with only 350 total flight hours flew in Red Flag and dominated his airspace For Harper this would be virtually impossible to imagine in any other plane Third he cited the experience of a USAF F 15C pilot who told him I have more SA with only 20 hours on the F 22A than I ever had with over 1500 hours on the F 15C The overarching point of the presentation was that the fifth generation experience was about disruptive change not evolution You needed to get into the fifth generation platform to experience the change and learn how to shape tactics and concepts of operations relevant

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  • LCS : Testing A New Distance Sustainment Approach | SLDInfo
    able to talk to an operator or air assets etx all this has been extremely successful from February to the end of April this first year And from this deployment we start to shape standards of performance She was able to do the connectivity essential to distance support she was able to operate in ways that took advantage of a 2 800 ton ship going 40 plus knots As one of our commanders indicated just last week there s this whole psychological power to itself for a 2 800 ton ship to go after a go fast and actually be able to sustain in keep up and take it down which we simply can t do in the current environment with regular navy ships But did I design and build LCS simply to run after a cigarette runner No But does it give me that capability when I need it Yes and as we now understand that capability and that connectivity necessary to do the con ops I think that s exactly what we re moving forward with to shape future ships and operations US Coast Guardsmen embarked aboard the littoral combat ship USS Freedom conducting a fast rope descent from an MH 60S Sea Hawk helicopter onto the flight deck of the Republic of Singapore Navy stealth multi mission frigate RSS Supreme during RIMPAC 2010 a maritime security exercise Credit Photo Lieutenant Ed Early USN Visual News Service July 9 2010 SLD There is another analogy to the airplane which might be useful to highlight and that is the role of on board sensors to shape the maintenance regime You have a lot of metrics you have a lot of data that allow you to shape the metrics or you re going to get the maintenance protocols right You got to give it some time So I think the analogy the LCS is not a bad one in the sense that you got a lot of sensors lot of data you re certainly going to get metrics right You ll have to play with it you ll have to redesign protocols and metrics to fit the ship as you sort through the data generated from the sensor enabled ship Admiral McManamon I ll have to get back with the actual test points that we have instrumented into LCS My regulation is I can have the availability of about 2 200 right now we monitor about 800 of those The entire interim support plan that I have in terms of managers is exactly doing it It s collecting that data analyzing what it s taking what is it telling us how much does it cost to me to have that kind of support We do have reliability engineers that are associated with the LCS that are watching the data flow We have eight specific systems that we re generating an every six hour report on and then trying to see what does that mean to us and how much had it cost me to keep that kind of level of support That s exactly what we re doing during this test period We as a policy and as a an acquisition strategy believe that the best way to do this is to take that for a two to three cycle because these are new ships like you said they re new I don t have a lot of hard data I have estimates for everything But I don t have a lot of hard data on how these systems put together on LCS operating the way LCS is how much that really cost and what those protocols are So that s exactly what we re doing for the first three years and right now I m conducting the data and the research for the business case and the entire process to go to a permanent support plan as we move forward for maintaining LCS in the future SLD By inheriting the new build and this is not often recognized you have data built into the capability of the ship that you would not have on a classic ship where you re actually building notional data at the beginning beginning metrics on paper and eventually you computerize it This is from the beginning digitally driven Admiral McManamon Right This is from the beginning digitally driven exactly SLD For the USN this is brand new but for the USAF they have been doing it for some time of having digital built in to the new aircraft This is a crucial change that may not be highlighted enough woulden t you think Admiral McManamon It s probably not highlighted There is no reason why I can t do real time monitoring if that makes sense for the resources which I think it does in many areas and that s what we re evaluating e g so that I can actually monitor the gas turbine engines Just like the airplane is flying out there I can start seeing best performance points What is that node I get the engineers to tell me it is time to start looking at the filters and things like that As you can imagine it s hard to prove five years from now what all that cost savings gives me when I m in the middle of actually estimating and doing it right now SLD Well the point is you re going to have the data from which to make the judgment in a classic ship with a 30 year life cycle behind it is almost by definition more expensive The other thing about the distance support that means you re off loading some of the things you ve historically done on the ship itself Presumably because it s a littoral ship and you d be developing relationships globally you ll probably end up with a global business model Admiral McManamon You re absolutely correct there s a lot of discussion and study depending on how far forward we

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  • Admiral “Buz” Buzby on the Military Sealift Command: Providing Global Support for Forward Deployment | SLDInfo
    used to be operated by Blue Jackets And we re getting additional missions all the time On April 16th we will put into commission n interim a forward staging base or AFSB A former Navy LPD the USS PONCE which was about to be decommissioned after 41 years of service a fine asset of the Naval Surface Force Atlantic is being turned over to MSC to operate The ship will still be a USS with a Navy Captain 06 in command but she has 149 Mariners on there doing the vast majority of the work with 49 Navy sailors onboard to do those things that by law only Navy sailors can do such as fire weapons and perform the offensive missions The T AKE ship is a very flexible asset Here it is seen working with a large deck carrier but can work with the whole gamut of U S and allied ships Credit USN SLD Let us return to a discussion of your fleet What are your latest acquisitions Admiral Buzby The JHSV or Joint High Speed Vessel is the latest tool in the kit It is primarily built for intra theater lift Think of it as a big fast box or a seaborne C 130 It is a 250 million LCS without guns SLD What is your biggest need right now for fleet modernization Admiral Buzby Without doubt it is tanker replacements I would like a new class of tanker which would be a double hull tanker All my tankers are single hull except for three The first ship in the tanker replacement program is in the Navy POM for FY16 and that would mean that the first ships would arrive no earlier than 2020 or so The design has not been decided nor announced but we would need 15 of the new tankers to replace the current fleet We need about a 20 knot ship that s sized about the same as the class it would replace so we can get into ports pretty easily We don t want to draw more than around 30 35 feet They would be double hulled and would most likely operate with diesel engines SLD Let us discuss your T AKE ships which were prominently featured in Bold Alligator 2012 These seem very capable ships How are they affecting fleet operations Admiral Buzby They are a ship class that s replacing two other ship classes ammunition ships and dry stores ships Although there will be 14 T AKE ships MSC will have 11 and these 11 are replacing those two other classes of ships The T AKEs are our largest program right now but it s just coming to its conclusion The 14th and the last ship will launch on the 5th of May in San Diego which will actually be the last big uncontrolled stern launch that gets done in our country That is the last time because NASSCO and most other Tier 1 yards build in graving docks or on land level facilities So this will be the last big stern sliding launch The other three T AKE ships will go to the Marines SLD What are the Marines going to use the T AKE ships for Admiral Buzby Those ships are destined to be part of the Maritime Prepositioning Force MPF squadrons one for each squadron The idea under the old MPF future construct this was going to be the ship that carried the munitions and a lot of the dry cargo supplies to relieve some of the other MPF shipping They can carry other material and basically have a more open stowage plan on those ships Because the problem with the MPF squadrons is they re administratively loaded So if you want to do breakout the T AKE ship has the space to access the load quickly Currently on an MPF ship if you have the HADR package that s down in the bottom number three hold and you ve got Abrams tanks and two decks of Humvees and everything else on top of them it will be difficult to get to them You just can t reach in and grab And even with RFID tags on it that tells you exactly where it is it is still down there buried under four decks of stuff The Marines have always asked for ships large enough with enough extra space which is expensive so that you can move stuff out of the way and get the things that you need right now And the Marines will add some additional communications gear on their ships to facilitate their operations as well SLD We talked with Captain John Little of the USNS Robert Peary about the Osprey landing on the T AKE ship But the Osprey is too big for the hangers and would need to be tied down on the deck to be part of the operation Admiral Buzby Correct The Hangars are sized for an H 60 or Puma helicopter It would be very unlikely that you would see an Osprey permanently assigned to the ship SLD The T AKE ship does provide for a very flexible capability when paired to a ship like the National Security Cutter Could you provide a sense of the kind of flexibility such a pairing might provide Admiral Buzby The national security cutters have an embarked helicopter some firepower and some good command and control Pair it up with a T AKE and you can have presence and staying power for a regional security mission With the NSC T AKE pairing you have sustainment for the security cutter You ve given it legs because it s got a million gallons of fuel sitting across the way there It s got more supplies than they ll ever use in their world and plus ammo and storage and everything else Plus if you re not carrying a whole hold full of ammo there s three or four decks worth of magazine space up there

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  • A Very Capable Multi-Mission Support Ship in the MSC Fleet: Demand Drives Operational Diversity for the T-AKE Ship | SLDInfo
    fuel from an oil tanker We have two fuel receivers which we use to receive fuel On the recent exercise we refueled three times at the Loch Striven NATO fuel depot And we took a load of fuel from the RFA Wave Knight Question In the refueling role you extend the range of the tanker fleet and presumably can go into some areas more difficult for a larger oil tanker to operate as well Captain We can and do We can take fuel from a tanker then go someplace else to support other ships And then the tanker can go do something else So we multiply the effect from the tanker fleet Question On the exercise which NATO navies did you support beyond the US the Canadians the French and the Polish Captain The Portuguese Navy the Dutch Navy the German Navy and the Royal Navy Question What is the overall reaction to you as an asset for the US and allied navies Captain We are very flexible and capable support ship The ship is very capable It is it is extremely capable of moving dry cargo at sea It a couple of orders of magnitude better than what we ve replaced With the fuel capability we have a million gallons so we re not an oiler An oiler carries about 7 million But we have functioned frequently as an oiler I frequently hear Oh I wish you guys had more fuel I wish you carried more cargo fuel But the the ship was not built as an oiler It s built as a dry cargo ship The ship does carry several times more fuel than the older ships we ve replaced Editor s Note The versatility of the T AKE ship is highlighted in the following story published on November 4 2015 By Grady T Fontana Military Sealift Command Far East LUGANVILLE Republic of Vanuatu NNS The U S Ambassador to Vanuatu Walter E North attended Exercise KOA MOANA 15 3 Vanuatu opening ceremony at the Vanuatu Police Force here Nov 4 The waters of the South Pacific are home to some of the riches areas of marine biodiversity and fishery resources but their vast expanse makes them difficult to patrol and police said Ambassador North who is also U S ambassador to Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands Protecting these waterways for sustainable use and legal use by all parties is not only in the interest of Vanuatu it s in the interest of the United States Military Sealift Command s dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Lewis and Clark T AKE 1 anchored off the coast of Vanuatu and offloaded Marines and equipment yesterday as part of her continuing support of the exercise In Vanuatu the Marines will continue with their military to law enforcement engagements while members of the Navy and Coast Guard will concurrently participate in Oceania Maritime Security Initiative OMSI operations just as they did in Fiji and Kiribati along with their host nation partners As a signal of our enduring commitment to the Pacific this exercise with about 120 U S Marines joining their colleagues from the U S Navy and U S Coast Guard and in partnership with the Vanuatu authorities will conduct operation to help combat transnational crime within Vanuatu s exclusive economic zone said the ambassador The combined teams will look for potential violations and board vessels for further inspection The first portion of the exercise was in the Tahiti in September followed by legs in Fiji and Kiribati in October where Marines conducted theater security cooperation TSC activities with those host nation partners After Vanuatu Lewis and Clark which is also part of Maritime Prepositioning Ships Squadron TWO MPSRON 2 will carry her personnel and cargo to Timor Leste for more TSC events then return to her home port in Diego Garcia early December 82947 random 1 0 5 0 The KOA MOANA exercise is looking at security force relations to expose our Marine Corps Navy and Coast Guard elements in this very interesting environment to see how we might improve our capacity to work together with host nations in natural disasters to combat transnational crime and other illegal activities like unregulated and unreported fishing by bolstering law enforcement programs through on shore training and potential boarding of commercial vessels nearby said North During the OMSI operations in Kiribati the combined Tarawa Maritime Police unit and U S Coast Guard enforcement officers boarded nine fishing vessels Of those nine the Tarawa Maritime Police unit identified five boats with violations Those violations ranged from boats not having proper documentation or licenses to fish in the Kiribati exclusive economic zone to vessels not having seabird or turtle mitigation measures on board OMSI is a secretary of defense program aimed to diminish transnational illegal activity on the high seas and enhance regional security and interoperability with partner nations Exercise KM 15 3 is a four month international exercise with participants from the U S Marine Corps U S Navy U S Coast Guard and host nation participants from various countries in the Pacific Island Nations of Oceania COMPSRON 2 currently embarked in USNS Lewis and Clark and operating in the Southern Eastern Pacific maintains tactical control of the 10 ships that are forward deployed to Diego Garcia and carrying afloat prepositioned U S military cargo for the U S Marine Corps the U S Army and the U S Air Force The squadron s mission is to enable the force from the sea by providing swift and effective transportation of vital equipment and supplies for designated operations MSC operates approximately 115 non combatant civilian crewed ships that replenish U S Navy ships conduct specialized missions strategically preposition combat cargo at sea around the world and move military cargo and supplies used by deployed U S forces and coalition partners According to Naval Technology com the T AKE ship has the following capacities The dry cargo capacity is 6 675t There are two

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