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Navy Program Guide: 2014

Navy Program Guide: 2014

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Status updates on all USN programs
"The United States is a maritime nation with vital interests far from its shores. Operating forward around the globe, the U.S. Navy is
always on watch, contributing key capabilities to win our Nation’s wars, deter conflict, respond to crises, provide humanitarian assistance and disaster response, enhance maritime security, and
strengthen partnerships. The Navy Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Program supports the highest priorities of the President’s Defense Strategic Guidance (DSG). We organize, man, train, and equip the Navy by
viewing our decisions through three tenets: Warfighting First, Operate Forward, and Be Ready. The Navy will continue to rebalance
to the Asia-Pacific region, sustain support to our partners in the Middle East and other regions, focus our presence at key strategic
maritime crossroads, and satisfy the highest-priority demands of the geographic combatant commanders.

The standard that guides our FY 2015 President’s Budget submission is the DSG and its objectives for the Joint Force; this guidance is benchmarked to the year 2020. The DSG incorporated the first set of Budget Control Act (BCA)-mandated budget reductions and directed the military to address “the projected security environment” and to “recalibrate its capabilities and make selective additional
investments to succeed in the missions” of the Armed Forces.

The Navy prioritized investments to maintain a credible and modern sea-based strategic deterrent, maximize forward presence using ready deployed forces, preserve the means to defeat or deny adversaries, sustain adequate readiness, continue investing
in asymmetric capabilities, and sustain a relevant industrial base.

The Navy’s FY 2015 Program provides the resources to achieve the President’s strategic guidance, albeit at higher levels of risk for some missions - most notably if the military is confronted with a technologically advanced adversary or is forced to respond to more than one major contingency. In the near term, we face readiness challenges because of sequester-induced shortfalls, limited FY 2015 funding, and the expected demand for U.S. military forces globally. Throughout the long term, we face the risk of uncertainty inherent to the dynamic nature of the security environment. Should funding be adjusted to the BCA reduced discretionary caps, the Navy will not be able to execute the President’s defense
strategy in the near or long term.

The Navy made tough choices to achieve a comprehensive and balanced FY 2015 Program, based on the following strategic
priorities:
• Provide credible, modern and safe strategic deterrent
• Provide global forward presence
• Preserve means to defeat or deny adversaries"
Status updates on all USN programs
"The United States is a maritime nation with vital interests far from its shores. Operating forward around the globe, the U.S. Navy is
always on watch, contributing key capabilities to win our Nation’s wars, deter conflict, respond to crises, provide humanitarian assistance and disaster response, enhance maritime security, and
strengthen partnerships. The Navy Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Program supports the highest priorities of the President’s Defense Strategic Guidance (DSG). We organize, man, train, and equip the Navy by
viewing our decisions through three tenets: Warfighting First, Operate Forward, and Be Ready. The Navy will continue to rebalance
to the Asia-Pacific region, sustain support to our partners in the Middle East and other regions, focus our presence at key strategic
maritime crossroads, and satisfy the highest-priority demands of the geographic combatant commanders.

The standard that guides our FY 2015 President’s Budget submission is the DSG and its objectives for the Joint Force; this guidance is benchmarked to the year 2020. The DSG incorporated the first set of Budget Control Act (BCA)-mandated budget reductions and directed the military to address “the projected security environment” and to “recalibrate its capabilities and make selective additional
investments to succeed in the missions” of the Armed Forces.

The Navy prioritized investments to maintain a credible and modern sea-based strategic deterrent, maximize forward presence using ready deployed forces, preserve the means to defeat or deny adversaries, sustain adequate readiness, continue investing
in asymmetric capabilities, and sustain a relevant industrial base.

The Navy’s FY 2015 Program provides the resources to achieve the President’s strategic guidance, albeit at higher levels of risk for some missions - most notably if the military is confronted with a technologically advanced adversary or is forced to respond to more than one major contingency. In the near term, we face readiness challenges because of sequester-induced shortfalls, limited FY 2015 funding, and the expected demand for U.S. military forces globally. Throughout the long term, we face the risk of uncertainty inherent to the dynamic nature of the security environment. Should funding be adjusted to the BCA reduced discretionary caps, the Navy will not be able to execute the President’s defense
strategy in the near or long term.

The Navy made tough choices to achieve a comprehensive and balanced FY 2015 Program, based on the following strategic
priorities:
• Provide credible, modern and safe strategic deterrent
• Provide global forward presence
• Preserve means to defeat or deny adversaries"

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Description

The LHD 1 Wasp-class comprises eight 40,650-ton (full load),
multi-purpose amphibious assault ships with a primary mission
to provide embarked commanders with command and control
capabilities for sea-based maneuver/assault operations as well as
employing elements of a landing force through a combination
of helicopters and amphibious vehicles. The Wasp class also has
several secondary missions, including power projection and sea
control. LHD 1-class lift characteristics include a flight deck for
helicopters and vertical/short take-off or landing aircraft (AV-8B
Harrier and MV-22 Osprey) and a well deck for air-cushioned and
conventional landing craft. Each ship can embark 1,877 troops
and has 125,000 cubic feet of cargo for stores and ammunition
and 20,900 square feet for vehicles. Medical facilities include six
operating rooms, an intensive-care unit, and a 47-bed ward. LHDs
5 through 7 are modified variants of the class; their design changes
include increased JP-5 fuel capacity, fire-fighting and damage-
control enhancements, and Women-at-Sea accommodations. The
USS Makin Island (LHD 8) incorporates significant design chang-
es including gas turbine propulsion, hybrid-electric drive, diesel
generators, and all-electric auxiliaries. Two gas turbines, provid-
ing 70,000 shaft-horsepower, replace the two steam plants found
on earlier ships in the class while the electric drive propels the ship
when operating at low speeds to increase fuel efficiency. All ships
in the class will be modified to support F-35B Lightning II Joint
Strike Fighter operations.

Status

Eight LHDs have been delivered to the Fleet. The Navy com-
missioned the final ship of the class, Makin Island, on October
24, 2009 in San Diego, California. The USS Wasp will complete
modifications to support F-35B operations in FY 2014. The
LHD mid-life program is scheduled to begin in FY 2016 with the
USS Essex (LHD 2) and will enable LHDs to meet amphibi-
ous mission requirements and achieve 40-year expected service
lives (FY 2029 through FY 2049). The mid-life program is a key
component to achieve LHD 1 Class Wholeness goals for hull,
mechanical, and electrical systems, C5I (command, control,
communications, computers, combat systems, and intelligence)
systems, aviation, and training.

Developers

Huntington Ingalls Industries
Ingalls Shipbuilding

Pascagoula, Mississippi, USA

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