The US Navy aircraft carrier attack groups are spending more time in the eastern Mediterranean, the Black Sea and the Baltic Sea attending the “problem of Russian presence,” chief of naval operations Admiral John Richardson said on Wednesday during his testimony. before the United States Congress.
“We … are spending much more time in the European theater,” Richardson told members of the House Assignment Committee. “The aircraft carrier attack groups, for example, that would simply pass through the Mediterranean at maximum speed to reach the Middle East are spending much more time in the Mediterranean, not only contributing to the Inherent Resolution, but also working on the problem of Russian presence in the Eastern Mediterranean, Black Sea, the Baltic, etc. »
Richardson also noted that a “resurgent” Russia has ensured that its maritime forces, particularly in the field of antisubmarine warfare, remain robust.
“They [the Russians] have never really neglected the development and deployment of their underwater forces, but they have really stepped on the accelerator and both technology and capacity have increased in the amount of time they are spent deployed,” Richardson. He said. “That’s exactly why the investments there are focused on the problem of anti-submarine warfare, improving both our underwater sensors and our infrastructure for our anti-submarine aircraft, the P-8.”
The former submariner added that the Navy was updating the bases in Rota, Spain, as well as in other ports to which the forward of the US Navy deploys. UU Speaking of updates, Richardson said the US Navy firearm program had produced a high-velocity projectile with a variety of applications but noted that many engineering challenges remain before the weapons system can meet with your billing.
“As a benefit of the Railgun program, we have developed a high-velocity projectile that can be used throughout the fleet in a number of different applications, not just in the railgun,” Richardson told members of the Railways Assignment Committee. House of Representatives. “Now we have to do the engineering to get it going and get it at the designated firing rates in the range of 80 to 100 miles.”
Richardson said that engineering improvements still need to be made in the gun barrel itself.