US Navy to Commission Its 10th Virginia Class Submarine

first_img Industry news View post tag: Commission View post tag: US View post tag: class September 3, 2013 Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy to Commission Its 10th Virginia Class Submarine View post tag: 10th View post tag: Naval US Navy to Commission Its 10th Virginia Class Submarine View post tag: itscenter_img View post tag: Defence View post tag: Virginia View post tag: Navy The Navy is scheduled to commission its 10th Virginia-class attack submarine Sept. 7, during a pierside ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk in Norfolk, Va.During a formal ceremony to be attended by several hundred dignitaries, families and crew members, Pre-Commissioning Unit Minnesota (SSN 783) will officially become USS Minnesota and join the Navy’s active fleet.Minnesota began construction in February 2008 and was built in Newport News, Va., under a teaming arrangement between General Dynamics Electric Boat and Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries.The building team delivered the ship 11 months ahead of schedule in June. It achieved the highest readiness score of any Virginia-class submarine to date during an inspection by the Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey.The leaders and Sailors already assigned to Minnesota have excelled, said Rear Adm. Ken Perry, commander, Submarine Group 2.“Minnesota has done a superb job of readying the ship for service in the fleet as a commissioned warship,” said Perry. “[Commanding Officer] Capt. John Fancher and his team have literally from stem to stern worked the combat systems, nuclear propulsion plant, logistics, and culinary service.”Perry is currently responsible for 25 Los Angeles-class and Virginia-class attack submarines in commission. Minnesota will be the 26th.“Administratively and operationally, the Minnesota is ready to join the fleet,” Perry said.During Saturday’s ceremony, the ship’s sponsor Ellen Roughead, wife of former Chief of Naval Operations retired Adm. Gary Roughead, will take part in a time-honored tradition when crew is called upon to “man the ship.” With the order, Minnesota’s crew will run aboard the vessel and formally place the submarine in commission.“I think it will be one of those defining moments in our careers,” said Senior Chief Machinist’s Mate (SS/DV) Jody Reynolds who reported to Minnesota in 2011. “I remember when I showed up and the boat was an empty shell in a large building with pieces everywhere. I think there will be a lot of reflection on everything we’ve been through to get the boat to this point.”The Virginia class is an improvement in capability for attack submarines. The fly-by-wire ship control system improves ship handling in shallow water. It also features a larger lock-in/lock-out chamber and a reconfigurable torpedo room that can better support Special Operations Forces and their equipment.“There’s a very high demand signal on the attack submarine force from the combatant commanders. They require the key attributes of the attack submarines,” said Perry. “They need that speed, they need the agility, they need the stealth, they need the endurance, and when necessary they need the firepower.”Minnesota is 377 feet in length and has a beam of 34 feet. It displaces 7,800 tons and can operate at more than 25 knots submerged.Its reactor plant is designed to last the entire planned 33-year life of the ship, which helps reduce lifecycle cost while increasing the time the ship is available to perform missions.The new submarine will be the Navy’s third ship to bear the state of Minnesota’s name. The first USS Minnesota, a sailing steam frigate, was commissioned in 1857 and served during the Civil War, remaining in service until her decommissioning in 1898.The second Minnesota was commissioned in 1907. On Dec. 16, 1907 she departed Hampton Roads as one of the 16 battleships of the Great White Fleet sent by then-President Theodore Roosevelt on a voyage around the world. She continued her service through World War I and was decommissioned in 1921.[mappress]Press Release, September 03, 2013 View post tag: submarine View post tag: Defense View post tag: News by topic Share this articlelast_img read more

It’s Time For City Council To Start Challenging The City Deficient Spending Practices

first_imgIt’s Time For City Council To Start Challenging The City Deficient Spending PracticesThe political circus at City Council budget hearings for 2017 have begun.  We enjoy watching Finance Chairman Dan McGinn, President Missy Mosby,  Vice President  Jonathan Weaver and City Controller Russ Lloyd Jr do a “balancing act” with past due bills, advancement on future revenue and proposed tax increases they insist are “negligible”.In the current 2017 budget hearings we are waiting for members of City Council to start challenging the city deficient spending practices and do a better job in questioning the continued waste of our hard earned tax dollars by the Winnecke administration.  We have become more concerned about the City’s finances with each passing City Council meeting,For over a year we suspected that the city finances were in bad shape.  Last week City Council Finance Chairman Dan McGinn disclosed that the city finances are indeed in bad shape.Some Evansville residents are already struggling to hold on to their homes, buy medications, pay ever increasing utility bills, and put food on the table.  Young families are scraping  to save money  for a down payment on a home to put down roots in a city that presently doesn’t have an over abundance of good-paying jobs.We have been saying for many months that the  City of Evansville Employee Health care funding is in trouble and a day of reconvening is near.   City Council is now telling us that Evansville is expected to have more income tax revenue than in previous years, but council leaders want to cut extraneous funding to reflect a sharp increase in Employee Health costs for city employees.  The City’s Employee Health care plan for its employees is changing next year saving the city about $3.6 million. The cost savings to the city will increase the employees’ deductibles and out-of-pocket expense.The Mayor’s office budgeted $301,000 for nonprofits in 2017 and council leadership seemed in agreement.  We are now hearing that City Council President Missy Mosby, D-2nd Ward has alleged that she’s being inundated with calls from  city employees upset with the proposed changes to the 2017 Employee Health care plan. We wonder where in the world Ms Mosby has been for the last several years when she and fellow Council members voted for every spending request the Mayor submitted.Its time that Council make some tough choices in order to balance the budget, like laying some employees off, no pay increases for city council, and city employees together with department heads and  the Mayor’s staff for 2017.  Of course,  delay the expansion on new exhibits for the Zoo,  eliminating the funding of “political pork barrel” projects, make major reduction to city grants given to area not-for-profits, make cuts to sports grants, suspension of capital projects requested by department heads,  put a freeze on hiring new employees for 2017,  cut the proposed 2017 city budget by 2%. across the board and address the Employee Health care funding problems head on.The most important ingredient that we believe has been missing from the discussion about how to stretch the budget is simple; the city administration and the Council needs to adherence to the principle that requires transparency and a willingness to be innovative in order to promote local government efficiencies.Finally, it looks like former City Council member and Chairman of the Budget Committee John Friend CPA warning that major budget problems will be facing Council in 2017 was spot on!FOOTNOTE: The new slogan for City Council is ‘PENGUINS OVER CITY EMPLOYEES HEALTH INSURANCE”? FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more