Michael Fabey

Michael Fabey
Naval Editor,
Aviation Week Intelligence Network

Michael is a military reporter specializing in U.S. Defense Department contract analysis and naval programs. Prior to working for Aviation Week, he reported on military matters for Defense News and mainstream newspapers from Newport News, Va., to Savannah, Ga.
 
Before focusing on defense issues, he lived in Brazil, and worked for a variety of publications including The Economist and O. Estado de S. Paulo. He has won national, state and regional journalism awards and is a frequent panel speaker for Investigative Reporters & Editors on military investigations.
 
Michael received the 2014 Timothy White Award from ABM, the association of business information and media companies.

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New Zealand Ship Shows Amphib Prowess In Rimpac 

HONOLULU, Hawaii — The Royal New Zealand Ship Canterbury (L421) provided some amphibious punch for Rim of Pacific (Rimpac) exercises this month, marking the first time the Royal New Zealand Navy has sent an amphibious support ship to take part in the world’s largest maritime exercise.

“Rimpac provides an exceptional opportunity for relevant and realistic training which varies from humanitarian assistance/disaster relief (HA/DR) response to maritime security,” says Cmdr. David Turner, Canterbury commanding officer.

Inside China’s First Rimpac Naval Exercise 

The Chinese sailor clipped the red and yellow flag into place and pulled the lines smartly, raising it high to the mast alongside the nation’s own red colors, which snapped and waved in the whipping wind as the country’s newest and most powerful destroyer plowed through the ocean swells during July’s 2014 Rim of Pacific (Rimpac) exercises off the Hawaiian coast.

“That flag means we are the lead,” the Haikou’s communications officer explains.

New Zealand Ship Shows Amphib Prowess In Rimpac 
This year marks the first time the Royal New Zealand Navy has sent an amphibious support ship to take part in the world’s largest maritime exercise.
China Still Puzzling To U.S. Navy Pacific Fleet Commander 
China’s actions during this year’s 2014 Rim of the Pacific (Rimpac) exercises off the Hawaiian coast provide perfect examples of the country’s befuddling Jekyll-and-Hyde behavior.
U.S. Navy Pacific Fleet Cmdr Wants Longer-Range Weaponry 
Service officials say a longer range surface-to-surface strike weapon is needed in the Asia-Pacific.
Norwegian Ship Proves Tropical Use Of Strike Missile 

ABOARD THE HNOMS FRIDTJOF NANSEN and USS INDEPENDENCE — The Norwegian frigate HNOMS Fridtjof Nansen has proved that Norway’s Naval Strike Missile can operate in warm weather as well as it does in the cold, says Cmdr. Per Rostad, the ship’s commanding officer.

That is good news for the U.S. Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) community. The Kongsberg-built Strike Missile is now the leading candidate for the ship’s surface warfare package, says Cmdr. Joseph Gagliano, commanding officer of LCS 2 USS Independence.

U.S. Studies Norwegians For Manning Mindset 

ABOARD THE HNOMS FRIDTJOF NANSEN — By name, the Norwegian ship HNOMS Fridtjof Nansen is a frigate. But with its Aegis combat system, weaponry and size, the vessel is much more powerful and capable than what the U.S. Navy would put in that category.

“This is really a destroyer,” says Cmdr. Per Rostad,  the ship’s commanding officer.

And yet, it’s a destroyer with a crew of only 120, compared to the listed U.S. Navy DDG 51-class Arleigh Burke destroyer crew size of 276.

Navies Promote Small Warship Tech Upgrades 

As the U.S. Navy struggles to define a new variant of its Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), a smaller, better-armed, multi-role warship is in production. Analysts expect 50-60 of these to be built, while the LCS fleet has been cut to 32 from 52 pending approval of the modified version. Unfortunately for the U.S. Navy, the new and smaller vessel is Chinese. 

U.S. Navy Zumwalt Class Takes Shape 

Adm. Harry Harris, U.S. Pacific Fleet commander, can’t wait for the USS Zumwalt, the Navy’s largest destroyer, to join the fleet and embark on its first deployment, to the Asia-Pacific region. 

“If Batman had a ship,” Harris is fond of saying, “it would be the Zumwalt.” 

After years of being a Power Point presentation, the Zumwalt has come together at Bath Iron Works in Maine, where the Navy and contractors are testing systems onboard the ship, christened April 12.

U.S. Studies Norwegians For Manning Mindset
By name, the Norwegian ship HNOMS Fridtjof Nansen is a frigate. But with its Aegis combat system, weaponry and size, the vessel is much more powerful and capable than what the U.S. Navy would put in that category.
LCS Proves Special Operations Mettle 
The LCS 2 USS Independence is participating in the 2014 Rim of Pacific (Rimpac) exercises taking place this month off the coast of Hawaii.
Norwegian Ship Proves Tropical Use Of Strike Missile 
The Strike Missile is now the leading candidate for U.S. Navy's Littoral Combat Ship surface warfare package,
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