21
Apr
11

ASW: Dwindling Assets, But At Least We’re Talking.

Via DVIDS:

By Petty Officer 2nd Class Daniel Viramontes:

NAPLES, Italy – Staff members of Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa hosted their first Theater Anti-Submarine Warfare Summit on Naval Support Activity, Naples, April 19.

During the summit, senior naval officers focused their efforts on improving the efficiency and effectiveness of Anti-Submarine Warfare in the European Command area of operation.

Understatement of the decade:

“Globally proliferating undersea warfare technologies, particularly submarines, are a national security concern,” said Vice Adm. John M. Richardson, commander, Submarine Forces. “Our undersea superiority and free access to the global commons is at risk if we don’t maintain our edge with the best people, training, and equipment to address this growing threat.”

Gosh, Admiral, really?  Sorry to sound so snarky but with the dwindling ASW resources of our own Navy, the dwindling training time due to increased demand for non-warfighting training like diversity, sexual harassment training, gender-issues, the repeal of DADT, changing missions and ROE dependent upon political polls, it all seems a bit much to think that we’d be able to actually do anything BUT talk about ASW.

Oh, and there’s still no SSBN-X in the works to replace our Trident fleet.

At least read the article. Show the folks writing it that  someone is paying attention.

Related:  US and French Submarine Commanders Meet

From left to right, Rear Adm. David W. Titley, oceanographer and navigator of the Navy, Vice Adm. John M. Richardson, commander, Submarine Forces, Adm. Samuel J. Locklear, III, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa, and Adm. James G. Stavridis, commander, U.S. European Command and NATOs Supreme Allied Commander Europe, speak together during the Theater Anti-Submarine Warfare Summit on Naval Support Activity, Naples. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Daniel Viramontes)

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