Top tweets on naval tech in Q1 2020
1. US Marines’ tweet on late night specialists’ operation in Thailand
US Marines, the official account of the United States Marine Corps, tweeted on marines in a late night operation with the 31stMEU and the Thai marines. The reconnaissance and surveillance insertion training program called the CobraGold 20 was conducted in the Kingdom of Thailand, to advance regional security and effective responses to crises.
Late Night Specialists
Marines with @31stMEU Maritime Raid Force and Royal Thai marines conduct reconnaissance and surveillance insertion training in the Kingdom of Thailand during Exercise #CobraGold 20, advancing regional security and effective responses to crises. pic.twitter.com/eLgbpMHvjA
— U.S. Marines (@USMC) March 12, 2020
Username: U.S. Marines
Twitter handle: @USMC
2. US Navy’s tweet on assessing submarine readiness and operational excellence
U.S. Navy, the official account of the US Navy, tweeted on the US Navy working with their international partners at the ice camp Seadragon to assess submarine readiness and operational excellence. Conducted in the Arctic region during the ICEX2020, alternatively known as Ice Exercise 2020, is a three-week biennial exercise that allows boat crews to stay sharp and demonstrate tactical readiness in the region, which officials regard as increasingly vital to national security.
Working alongside our international partners at Ice Camp Seadragon ❄️ 🐉, the #USNavy continues assessing submarine readiness and gathering operational experience in the Arctic during #ICEX2020. @PacificSubs @COMSUBLANT pic.twitter.com/zki0wb9Lql
— U.S. Navy (@USNavy) March 11, 2020
Username: U.S. Navy
Twitter handle: @USNavy
3. David Larter’s tweet on what the enormous sum diverted to building the border wall amounted to
David Larter, a naval warfare reporter, shared an article on how the Trump administration diverted additional funds worth $7.2bn from the Pentagon to build the border wall. The influencer tweeted that the enormous sum being taken out of military counter drug programs and military construction funding could comprise three guided-missile destroyer (DDGs), two Virginia-class submarines, seven multi-mission guided-missile frigates or FFG(x), 14 littoral combat ships (LCS), and three squadrons of combat aircrafts or F-35s.
7.2 billion is three DDGs, two Virginia-class submarines, 7 FFG(x), 14 LCS, better part of three squadrons of F-35s. It's an enormous sum. https://t.co/ih0YCjRKuu
— David B. Larter (@DavidLarter) January 14, 2020
Username: David B. Larter
Twitter handle: @DavidLarter
4. SpokespersonNavy’s tweet on the deputy chief of naval staff reviewing carrier operations in the Arabian Sea
SpokespersonNavy, a spokesperson of the Indian Navy, tweeted on the deputy chief of naval staff reviewing carrier operations in the Arabian Sea. Vice Admiral, M S Pawar, embarked the INS Vikramaditya, the Navy’s flagship aircraft carrier, to review the operation readiness.
Deputy Chief of Naval Staff (DCNS) reviews #CarrierOperations in the Arabian Sea.
VAdm MS Pawar, DCNS embarked #INSVikramaditya during the week to review #OperationalReadiness.#IndianNavy#MaritimeSecurity#ArabianSea#AircraftCarrier pic.twitter.com/AHXhcnc7PL
— SpokespersonNavy (@indiannavy) January 10, 2020
Twitter handle: @indiannavy
5. Steve Trimble’s tweet on two unmanned EA-18Gs controlled by a manned EA-18G
Steve Trimble, the defense editor for AviationWeek, shared an article on how Boeing and the US Navy successfully flew two autonomously controlled EA-18G Growlers as unmanned air systems using a third Growler controlling the other two. The article noted that the Navy’s Warfare Development Command’s annual fleet experiment (FLEX), helped prove that technology can allow F/A-18 Super Hornet and EA-18G growlers to undertake combat missions with unmanned systems.
The US Navy and Boeing demonstrated that two unmanned EA-18Gs can be controlled by a third, manned EA-18G.
I had no idea they were even thinking about doing this. pic.twitter.com/L5rFdUQWMf
— Steve Trimble (@TheDEWLine) February 4, 2020
Username: Steve Trimble
Twitter handle: @TheDEWLine
6. US Central Command’s tweet on the US Navy seizing illegal weapons in the Arabian Sea
U.S. Central Command, the official account of the US Central Command, shared an article on the US Navy seizing illegal weapons including Iranian-manufactured anti-tank guided missiles (ATGM), surface-to-air missiles, thermal imaging weapon scopes, and components for unmanned aerial and surface vessels, as well as other advanced weapons parts, in the Arabian Sea.
The weapons are expected to be identical to the ones seized by the guided-missile destroyer USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98), established to be of Iranian origin and being supplied to Houthis in Yemen.
US Navy seizes illegal weapons in Arabian Sea https://t.co/fcWcwSWRfE
— U.S. Central Command (@CENTCOM) February 13, 2020
Username: U.S. Central Command
Twitter handle: @CENTCOM
7. Flynavy’s tweet on the second operational F-35C squadron
Flynavy, the official account of the US Naval Air Forces, tweeted on the Black Knights of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 314 to have achieved safe for flight in the F-35C, giving naval aviation its second operational squadron, with 10 F-35Cs in each squadron. These F-35Cs fly off of navy carriers just like the F/A-18C Hornets have been doing for years.
BREAKING: The Black Knights of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 314 have achieved Safe for Flight in the F-35C, giving Naval Aviation its 2nd operational squadron. pic.twitter.com/EdBRWP6dxa
— flynavy (@flynavy) March 21, 2020
Twitter handle: @flynavy
8. US Naval Institute’s tweet on deploying global strike hypersonic weapon on the Virginia-class attack submarines
U.S. Naval Institute, an independent forum that offers national defense and security news, shared an article on the US Navy deploying its conventional prompt strike hypersonic weapon on the Virginia-class attack submarines. The weapon was earlier decided to be put on the larger Ohio-class guided-missile submarine (SSGN), according to budgets documented.
The article further noted that the prompt global strike capability would allow the US to hit any target anywhere in the world with precision-guided weapons in less than an hour. The strike capability is being tested to launch from ships, submarines or ground launchers globally.
— U.S. Naval Institute (@NavalInstitute) February 18, 2020
Username: U.S. Naval Institute
Twitter handle: @NavalInstitute
9. Chris Cavas’ tweet on US Navy ships featuring laser weapon systems
Chris Cavas, a naval warfare journalist and commentator, shared an article on how two US Navy ships in San Diego now feature laser weapons; one being the amphibious transport dock USS Portland (LPD 27) which was fitted with a 150-kilowatt solid-state laser technology maturation (SSL-TM) weapon. A similar laser weapon was fitted but in more secrecy aboard the destroyer USS Dewey (DDG 105). Dewey’s optical dazzling interdictor, Navy (ODIN) system is a laser weapon system that allows ships to counter unmanned aerial systems.
The article noted that other laser weapon systems were being developed to provide increased lethality for the fleet, such as the Helios that can destroy unmanned vehicles and small attack craft.
At least 2 US #Navy ships in San Diego now feature #laser weapons – amphib #PORTLAND LPD27 with a Solid-State Laser Technology Maturation (SSL-TM) weapon and #destroyer #DEWEY DDG105 with an #ODIN #dazzler. And more systems are on the way https://t.co/OpagIxXne4 pic.twitter.com/Mk2SeDSWk6
— Chris Cavas (@CavasShips) March 2, 2020
Username: Chris Cavas
Twitter handle: @CavasShips
10. Capt(N)’s tweet on the ultra light-weight helicopter
Capt(N), a retired navy officer, tweeted on the Kamov Ka-56, an ultra light-weight helicopter. The influencer added that the Ka-56 was built for submarines and surface ships. The Ka-56 is expected to be driven for 15 minutes and only one person. Torpedo tubes helped transport the container with a Ka-56.
The Kamov Ka-56,an ultra light-weight helicopter.The Ka-56 was limited for submarines & surface ships.From the transportation to operational status,the Ka-56 should be driven for 15 min. and only 1 person.Transportation of the container with a Ka-56 was possible in torpedo tubes. pic.twitter.com/xG3LsSqeoT
— Capt(N) (@Capt_Navy) March 4, 2020
Twitter handle: @Capt_Navy