‘The sea ‘Giraffes’ in the Navy and hunt down the enemy threats
Defense Specialist Allison Barrie gives us an insight into how the Saab Sea Giraffe can be used as a “sea base” for the Navy of the United States.
‘Giraffes’ to protect the U.S. Naval vessels – and also a new, powerful military base that can float anywhere in the world, the support of special operations and other missions.
On board of warships, the Sea Giraffe radar systems are constantly performing surveillance around the ship, scanning the sky and water – looking for a possible threat, big or small. The floating base Giraffe can even detect small, fast threats, such as enemy missiles, rockets and much more.
If a threat is, in the direction of a U.S. Naval ship, these Sea Giraffe place the beginning, giving the ship the maximum amount of time to respond to the threat. Every fraction of a second counts in reducing the risk.
In response, the ship can defend itself, the launch of measures to avoid that effect. The threat data may also be transferred to other nearby assets, such as fighter jets, that can help in the interception of the threat.
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This talented group of giraffes has not yet been recruited from the zoo. They are state-of-the-art devices made by Saab. Sea Giraffe is a multi-mode surveillance radar, which already plays an important role on several AMERICAN ships for the national defence.
The Navy has announced that the Sea Giraffe AMB Multi-Mode Radar will now also be at the Marine Expeditionary Sea Base (ESB) class ship USS Hershel “Woody” Williams, ESB 4.
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Sea Based Missions
The Navy’s new warships, ESBs, floating sea bases that can be used to improve the control of the power. In fact, the ESB used to be known as the “Afloat Forward Staging Base” that is an apt description, but describes only one aspect of the great flexibility and the possibilities that it can offer.
The AMERICAN army can put platforms as an ESB “water lily” access to just about anywhere in the interior. Given the Earth is about 71 percent water, which is phenomenal and access. These floating bases sidle up to shore and handle littoral environments, such as the get of a Navy SEAL team closer to the rivers areas, which they can use to travel covertly in a hostile country.
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For SOF (Special Operations Forces), there is a lot of the potential of the sea-to-shore teams in small boats, aviation assault squadron and more. They can also be of vital importance as a place for special operations teams to safely resupply and rest in between missions, while helicopters and boats for maintenance and refueling.
For counter-terrorism, Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team (FAST) platoons can also make use of the ESBs.
Other tasks might include the fight against piracy, the launch of surveillance drones, Airborne Mine Counter-Measures, maritime security and crisis management.
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ESBs could prove vital for the support of traffic safety at sea for the U.S. military. For example, they can support, wide water areas for mines for an invasion of the troops. Mine countermeasures in advance would certainly reduce risk and save lives before a “storming the beaches” scenario.
An ESB can potentially lead to much more opportunities for aircraft to refuel. Rather than fly a long distance, say about a country across the border to an ally where there is an established base, the aircraft could only be in the direction of the water and refuel right offshore, so there is less time to go back and form an important support from the air and evacuation of victims.
If there are no significant medical facilities in the area, then an ESB can be hugely useful to a floating medical center for war zone evacuations. It can also potentially save countless lives if used in support of disaster relief missions and provide humanitarian assistance.
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What is an Expeditionary Sea Base?
The ESBs are based on the Alaska-class crude oil carrier built by General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO).
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One of the most obvious changes is the cockpit, with space for four helicopters and tilt rotor aircraft is added on the top. There is also a hangar and a huge mission bay, complete with valves and equipment for a small boat and unmanned vehicle operations.
The ESBs 785-feet long with a 164-foot beam and can reach speeds of 15 knots with a range of 9,500 nautical miles. Fully loaded their displacement is 90,000 tons.
The floating bases are currently designed around providing four key capabilities: aviation, berthing personnel, support equipment staging and what is necessary for command and control. Their Expeditionary Transfer Dock (ESD), brothers and sisters to focus more on the vehicle staging areas and vehicle transfer from the sea to the coast.
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The warship bears 34 Military Sealift Command personnel and can carry 250 soldiers on missions.
Now the compact, low weight, Sea Giraffe AMB to be on board. This ultra-advanced surveillance radar is resistant to enemy attempts to jam it is and will remain accurate, even in the littoral environment.
How does it work so well in the tough maritime environment? Saab describes the BMR as 3D, electronically scanned phased array radar providing high radiated power, selectable waveforms, and the modern processing of the signal.
USS Lewis B. Puller (ESB 3) was the first Expeditionary Sea Base provided with Hershel “Woody” Williams (ESB, 4), and Miguel Keith (ESB 5) still under construction.
OTHER NAVAL VESSELS
Giraffes protect the different classes of the national defense vessels.
In addition to the ESB, Saab Sea Giraffe AMB radar, (aka AN/SPS-77), currently deployed on the U.S. Navy’s Independence-class Littoral Combat Ship.
U. S. Naval Air Systems Command has a version, the AN/SPN-50, for air traffic control.
The Navy, ESB announcement comes on the heels of the Navy buying more Giraffes for the U. S. Coast Guard. In 2017, the Sea Giraffe MMR for the first time, was selected for the U. S. Coast Guard’s newest class of ship, the Offshore Patrol Cutter.
Allison Barrie is a defense specialist with experience in more than 70 countries, who recommends the highest level of defence and national security, a lawyer with four postgraduate degrees, and author of the definitive guide, Future Weapons: Access Granted, to purchase, in 30 countries. Barrie hosts the new hit podcast “Tactical Talk”, where she gives listeners a direct access to the most fascinating of the Special Operations warriors each week and to learn more about the FOX Firepower host and columnist, click here or follow her on Twitter @allison_barrie and Instagram @allisonbarriehq.