The USS Milwaukee and crew proved themselves capable of managing a complex warfighting environment as they conducted a live-fire exercise off the coast of Virginia. The May 11 exercise included the downing of fast inshore attack craft targets by four Longbow Hellfire missiles.
The Block IV Tactical Tomahawk missile is being fitted with a system to detect vessels at sea as the Navy seeks to turn the missile into an anti-ship weapon. Raytheon is doing the work and will provide updated test units.
The arrival of the destroyer USS Milius in Asia brings the Navy's 7th Fleet surface fleet back to 11, but that remains short of the 12 that had been planned before a series of damaging collisions. There are no immediate plans to add another ship, meaning the operational effects of the collisions will persist.
Construction has begun on Arleigh Burke-class destroyers at Bath Iron Works in Maine and Huntington Ingalls Industries in Mississippi. The latest ships will be baseline 9 (DDG-124) and baseline 10 (DDG-125) IAMD destroyers boasting the latest defenses against air warfare and ballistic missiles.
Commissioning of the USS Manchester is set for Saturday in Portsmouth, N.H. It will be the second US warship to bear that name; the first entered service in 1946 and operated in the Korean War.
The unique research and secret-mission submarine NR-1 is no longer in service, but the control room of the mini-vessel is being preserved at the US Naval Undersea Museum in Keyport, Wash. The nuclear-powered sub was the brainchild of Adm. Hyman Rickover and was designed with wheels for ocean-floor intelligence missions after the Cold War USS Thresher disaster.
The Pacific Fleet is under new command after a handover ceremony last week at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii. Adm. John Aquilino succeeds Adm. Scott Swift, who said in his parting remarks that "to finish my career here, in the Pacific Fleet, the only fleet I have ever sailed in, headquartered in the city I was born in, in the harbor of my father's first command, doing what I love is something dreams are made of."
Construction has been halted on Virginia's Mountain Valley Pipeline due to erosion problems. A heavy rainstorm washed away soil uncovered as crews cleared land for the structure, leading to the muddy closure of a nearby road.
The rains released by Hurricane Harvey have brought substantial changes to Texas' Trinity River, eroding the river's banks and depositing tons of sand and silt to create underwater hazards. This is decreasing the volume of water in the river, while also affecting life along its banks.
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