Thursday, August 31, 2017

Fleet Week 2017 Los Angeles

Figured I should post something a bit more serious after the previous post....

Fleet Week 2017 in Los Angeles kicks off tomorrow, and if you can stand the crowds, and you're in the area, I highly recommend you swing on by.

This year we have the following ships docked next to the Iowa:

USS Dewey (DDG-105) – is one of the Flight IIA ARLEIGH BURKE Class of Aegis guided missile destroyers and the third ship in the Navy named after Admiral George Dewey.  Besides the 62 vessels of this class (comprising 21 of Flight I, 7 of Flight II and 34 of Flight IIA) in service as of 2017, an additional thirteen ships are under contract - including the most recent contract award on June 3, 2013 for nine ships as part of the FY13-17 multi-year procurement contracts with Huntington Ingalls Industries and Bath Iron Works.
Keel laid: October 4, 2006
Launched: January 18, 2008

Commissioned: March 6, 2010 – Seal Beach CA Naval Weapons Station
Builder: Northrop Grumman Ship Systems' Ingalls Operations, Pascagoula, MS
Cost: approx., 1.843 billion dollars.
Propulsion system: 4 General Electric LM 2500 gas turbine engines
Propellers: 2 five-bladed reversible controllable pitch propellers
Power: 3 Allison AG9140 Generators (2,500 kW each, 440 V)
Length: 508,5 feet (155 meters)
Beam: 67 feet (20.4 meters)
Draft: 30,5 feet (9.3 meters)
Displacement: approx. 9,100 tons full load (long tons)
Speed: 32 knots
Weapons: 1 × 5-inch (127 mm) / 62 Mk-45 mod 4 lightweight gun; two Mk-41 Vertical Launch System (VLS) (96 cells - 32 forward and 64 aft) for Standard missiles, ASROC missiles, and Tomahawk ASM/LAM missiles; one 20mm Phalanx CIWS; two Mk-32 triple torpedo tubes for Mk-50 and Mk-46 torpedoes; two Mk-38 Mod 2 25mm M242 Bushmaster machine gun systems
Aircraft: 2 SH-60 (LAMPS 3) helicopters
Electronics: AEGIS Weapons System (AWS) including SPY-1 3D Radar, multiple sensors and processing systems, electronic warfare and decoy systems
Homeport: San Diego, CA
Crew: approx. 320 (20 officers and 300 enlisted)

USS Anchorage (LPD-23) – Landing Platform/Docks (LPD) are used to transport and land Marines, (with their equipment and supplies), by embarked landing craft / augmented by helicopters or vertical take-off and landing aircraft (MV 22 Osprey). These ships support amphibious assaults, special operations or expeditionary warfare missions and can serve as secondary aviation platforms for amphibious ready groups.  There are 10 San Antonio Class warships in service, with an additional 2 ships under construction; LPD 27 and LPD 28.
Keel laid: September 24, 2007
Launched: February 12, 2011
Commissioned: May 4, 2013 at Anchorage, AK
Builder: Northrop Grumman Ship Systems, Avondale, New Orleans, LA
Cost: Their average cost is $1.6 billion
Propulsion system: 4 sequentially turbocharged Marine Colt-Pielstick Diesels - 40,000 hp (30 MW)
Propellers: 2 fixed pitch
Length: 684 feet (208.5 meters)
Beam: 105 feet (31.9 meters)
Draft: 23 feet (7 meters)
Displacement: approx. 24,900 long tons
Speed: 22 knots
Armament: 2 Bushmaster II 30 mm close-in chain guns; 2 RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) (anti-missile missile) launchers; and ten .50 caliber machine guns
Well deck capacity: 2 Landing Craft Air Cushion hovercraft (LCAC) or 1 conventional Landing Craft Utility (LCU) and 14 Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAV).
Aircraft: landing platform for all helicopters and the MV-22 Osprey; maintenance facilities for 1 CH-53E or 2 CH-46s or 1 MV-22 or 3 UH/AH-1s.
Crew: Ship: 28 officers, 332 enlisted
Marine Detachment: 66 officers, 633 enlisted (can be expanded to 800)
Homeport: San Diego, CA

 USS Scout (MCM-8) – is the eighth, (out of 14), AVENGER Class mine countermeasures ships, designed to clear mines from vital waterways.  The Avengers have wooden hulls with an external coating of fiberglass. They are equipped with sophisticated mine hunting and classification sonar systems, as well as remotely operated mine neutralization and disposal systems.

Launched: May 20, 1989
Commissioned: December 15, 1990
Builder: Peterson Shipbuilders, Sturgeon Bay, WI
Cost: 61 million
Propulsion System: 4 Isotta-Fraschini Diesel engines (600 hp (450 kW) ea.) Propellers: 2 with controllable pitch
Length: 224 feet (68.28 meters)
Beam: 39 feet (11.89 meters)
Draft: 15 feet (4.6 meters)
Displacement: 1,312 tons
Speed: 14 knots
Armament: Mine neutralization system, 2 .50 caliber machine guns
Homeport: San Diego, CA
Crew: 8 Officers, 76 Enlisted

USCGC Active (WMEC-618) - is one of 14 active United States Coast Guard medium endurance Reliance Class Cutters.  Active is assigned primarily to law enforcement and search and rescue duties. The law enforcement duties involve counter-narcotic operations, fisheries, and environmental protection.

Launched: July 31, 1965
Commissioned: September 1, 1966
Builder: Christy Corporation (now Bay Shipbuilding Company) Sturgeon Bay, WI
Cost: 3.5 million – mid-life 20 million dollar upgrades to class (1990s)
Propulsion System: 2 V16 2,550 horsepower ALCO diesel engines
Propellers: 2 (assumed)
Length: 210 feet (64.2 meters)
Beam: 34 feet (10 meters)
Draft: 10 feet (3.28 meters)
Displacement: 1,127 long tons
Speed: 18 knots
Armament: 1 Mk 38 25 mm machine gun, 2 M2HB .50 caliber machine guns
Aircraft carried: 1 HH-65 Dolphin helicopter
Homeport: Port Angeles, WA
Crew: 12 officers, 63 enlisted

HMCS Ottawa (FFH-341) - is the twelfth and final ship of the Halifax Class that was built as part of Canada’s Patrol Frigate Project.  The Halifax Class frigates were designed as a general purpose warship with particular focus on anti-submarine capabilities.  Ottawa serves on Maritime Forces Pacific Formation (MARPAC) missions protecting Canada's sovereignty in the Pacific Ocean and enforcing Canadian laws in its territorial sea and Exclusive Economic Zone. Ottawa has also been deployed on missions throughout the Pacific and to the Indian Ocean; specifically the Persian Gulf and Arabian Sea on anti-terrorism operations.

Launched: May 31, 1996
Commissioned: September 28, 1996
Builder: Saint John Shipbuilding Ltd., Saint John, New Brunswick - Canada
Cost: approx., 795 million
Propulsion System: Combined diesel or gas (CODOG) - 2 General Electric LM2500 gas turbines, generating 47,500 shaft horsepower (35,400 kW) and one SEMT Pielstick 20 PA6 V 280 diesel engine, generating 8,800 shaft horsepower (6,600 kW)
Propellers: 2 Escher Wyss controllable pitch propellers
Length: 440 feet (134.2 meters)
Beam: 54 feet (16.5 meters)
Draft: 23 feet (7.1 meters)
Displacement: 4,750 long tons
Speed: 30 knots
Armament: 8 RGM-84 Harpoon surface to surface missiles in two quadruple launch tubes; 24 Honeywell Mk 46 close-in anti-submarine torpedoes launched from twin Mark 32 Mod 9 torpedo tubes; 16 vertically launched Evolved Sea Sparrow anti-air Surface to Air Missiles carried in two Mk 48 Mod 0 eight cell launchers; and 1 20 mm Phalanx CIWS for missile defense
Countermeasures and sensors: 1 AN/SLQ-25A Nixie towed acoustic torpedo decoy; 2 BAE Systems Shield Mark 2 decoy chaff launchers; SLQ-501 Electronic Warfare System; and the SLQ-505 radar jammer - AN/SPS-49(V)5 long-range active air search radar
Aircraft carried: 1 CH-124 Sea King helicopter
Homeport: Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt at the southern tip of Vancouver Island, on the Strait of Juan de Fuca
Crew: 17officers, 198 enlisted / aircrew; 8 officers, 17 enlisted

And there will be live bands most every day and night playing on the mainstage setup on the Iowa's fantail.

The USS Pasadena  SSN-752 will be in the outer harbor, but sorry, no tours!

C'mon down if you can. It's quite the experience!


  1. Lived in the Seattle area for 18 years. Always enjoyed fleet week.

    1. Yeah, it's great time to meet Navy and USMC people and see the hardware they use.

  2. I enjoyed going to some of the "open house" functions the Navy used to have in Norfolk when I was stationed at Lejuene. Fun to drive up there on a weekend, go to the book stores, and visit the ships. The only time I ever served on a warship was the Bainbridge, DLGN-15, for three months in the summer of 1973, but I spent a LOT of time on Gator Navy ships, and Command and Control ships.

    1. A guy I worked with at Boeing was an officer on the Bainbridge.

  3. On the bucket list! Maybe when I get relocated.

  4. Will the Iowa be on the air more than your normal schedule?

    1. It should be on-the-air from 0900 to 1700 Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

      I'm too busy packing up here at home to be on the ship, and plus, I don't do crowds very well these days.

      They're expecting upwards of 200,000 visitors for the four days, and I prefer not to be around crowds that large.


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