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SECNAV Emphasizes Timely, Skilled Ship Maintenance

"We will continue to utilize our shipyards-both public and private-to maintain our ships in a readiness position," the Honorable Gordon R. England, Secretary of the Navy said in an interview recently in Norfolk. England noted that some vessels might not return from deployment on schedule, particularly in wartime, disrupting planned repairs. In a related area, he said, "We are fully funding our maintenance accounts, so we have our money for the first time in quite a few years." This funding, he added should keep public and private yards busy. "If you look at our workload for the next 4 or 5 years, we have a lot of work in our shipyards, and that's about the longest horizon you ever get." Secretary England pointed out the Navy has a peak repair workload scheduled, particularly on submarines, along with work on carriers. "Of course," he said, "we're now doing a lot of sailing, as so we have a lot of hours that we're putting on our vessels." "The U.S. Navy can reduce costs while effectively increasing its size by reducing the time its vessels are repaired in shipyards, and by returning them to sea more quickly," said Secretary England. He said that his prior visit to Norfolk Naval Shipyard in October, gave him a "great appreciation" for the work done by the shipyard and the good work being done by shipyard personnel. During this visit he saw waterfront repair facilities and visited the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), which is


New Hand at Helm of Norfolk Naval

The Daily Press has reported that Capt. Richard Berkey will lead the Portsmouth, Va., yard as Capt. Joseph Campbell heads to the Pentagon. Navy Capt. Richard D. Berkey assumed command of Norfolk Naval Shipyard on Friday, taking the helm from Capt. Joseph F. Campbell. The nuclear-capable shipyard, based in Portsmouth, performs maintenance jobs on both aircraft carriers and submarines. With about 7,700 employees, it is the second-largest shipyard in Hampton Roads behind Northrop Grumman


Alaska Scheduled to Change Homeports

USS Alaska (SSBN 732), a fleet ballistic submarine assigned to Submarine Group 10, is scheduled to change homeports to Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga. Alaska was previously assigned to Submarine Group 9 in Bangor, Wash., for 20 years and has been undergoing a 26 month refueling overhaul at Norfolk Naval Shipyard. Ballistic missile submarines conduct a major overhaul near the mid-point of the submarine's service life, approximately 20 years


Duratek Awarded Additional Scope On Contract

Duratek, Inc. announced that it was awarded a $1.36 million contract modification by Norfolk Naval Shipyard to provide processing and disposal of radioactively contaminated glovebox containments from Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program facilities over the next year. Duratek's government customer base includes U.S. Naval Shipyards, Department of Energy facilities, and other Department of Defense facilities. Robert E. Prince, President and CEO said


NNSY's Surge Main Stands Up

A group of 12 reserve Sailors became plank owners on Aug. 25 for initiating the Surge Main concept at Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY), where they performed a number of deckplate repair functions - seamlessly and professionally - during their annual active duty training. “We were able to hit the ground running by drawing on lessons learned from related programs at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard (and Intermediate Maintenance Facility)


Earl Industries Awarded $165.2M Navy Contract

Portsmouth, Va.- based Earl Industries,is being awarded a five year Multi-Ship Multi-Option (MSMO) cost-plus-award-fee contract with a total evaluated cost of $165.2M. An initial award amount of $39,106 is for the accomplishment of pre-production planning and procurement of long lead time material for repairs to the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) fiscal 2007 Planned Incremental Availability. This contract covers work on four CVN-68 Class Aircraft Carriers


Navy Stern Flap Installations for Fuel Savings

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The U.S. Navy began installing stern flaps in April on amphibious ships in an effort make ships more fuel efficient and save up to $450,000 in fuel costs per ship annually. USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41), the first dock landing ship to receive stern flaps, began the installation process mid-April during a scheduled maintenance availability in Norfolk, Va. The ship is expected to head back to sea in late November. "A stern flap, located on the aft end of a ship


Rear Admiral Dwyer Takes Helm of PEO Carriers

By JOC David Nagle, Naval Sea Systems Command Public Affairs Rear Adm. Dennis Dwyer relieved Rear Adm. Roland Knapp as Program Executive Officer (PEO) for Aircraft Carriers during a Change of Command ceremony on July 26 at the Washington Navy Yard. Dwyer, a Philadelphia native, leads the team responsible for the acquisition and development of aircraft carriers and air platforms of the future, as well as modernizing and upgrading the present carrier fleet to support the Chief of Naval


USS Charlotte Achieves Milestone During Under-Ice Transit

By Lt. j.g. Dave Ozeck, Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet Public Affairs The improved-Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Charlotte (SSN 766) arrived in Norfolk, Va., Nov. 29, following an historic transit that began in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and took the boat under the arctic ice cap. During the transit, Charlotte surfaced at the North Pole, ascending through 61 inches of ice - a record for a Los Angeles-class submarine.


Navy Contracts for Sub Conversion

The Navy awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat (GDEB) a cost reimbursement modification, valued at $162,359,000 for the conversion of the USS Georgia from an Ohio Class ballistic missile submarine (SSBN 729) to Ohio Class guided missile submarine (SSGN 729). "This contract modification represents the final contractual step in transforming the first four Ohio Class SSBNs into the most capable strike and Special Forces platform in the Navy," said Capt


NASSCO Opens Bremerton Repair Facility

Dave Carver, Annetta Knight , Mayor Patty Lent, Jeff Brooks, Congressman Derek Kilmer, Kevin Terry, Robert Gelder, John Powers

General Dynamics NASSCO celebrated the grand opening of its new location in Bremerton, Wash., yesterday. The facility will support the company’s recently-awarded contract to repair and maintain U.S. Navy aircraft carriers home-ported in and visiting Bremerton and Everett, Wash.


NASSCO Opens New Facility for Naval Repair

General Dynamics NASSCO opened a new location yesterday in Bremerton, Wash. to support the company’s recently-awarded contract to repair and maintain U.S. Navy aircraft carriers home-ported in and visiting Bremerton and Everett, Wash.  


MSC Consolidates HQ in Norfolk

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Military Sealift Command (MSC) received approval Oct. 30 to officially begin geographically consolidating at Naval Station (NS) Norfolk, Virginia, a single headquarters that since 2012 has been physically split between the Washington Navy Yard, D.C., and NS Norfolk


Simmons Assumes Command of USS James E. Williams

USS James E. Williams (DDG 95)

  Capt. Anthony L. Simmons relieved Cmdr. Curtis B. Calloway as commanding officer of the guided-missile destroyer USS James E. Williams (DDG 95) at sea on Sept. 16. Simmons arrives from the staff of Commander, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 2 and will remain in command pending the


New Virginia-class Submarine Christened 'John Warner'

John Warner christening: Photo USN/HII by John Whalen

Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) 'John Warner' (SSN 785), will be the first Virginia-class attack submarines to be homported in Naval Station Norfolk, following its christening by Mrs. Jeanne Warner at Newport News Shipbuilding yard, informs the US Navy.


Bay Diesel Wins NSWG Maintenance Deal

Photo courtesy of Bay Diesel

Bay Diesel was awarded a five-year contract with the Naval Special Warfare Group (NSWG). The NSWG has two teams, one based on the U.S. East Coast and the other on the West Coast. Bay Diesel will work with the East Coast team located in Norfolk, Va


US Aircraft Carrier 'Ike' Leaves Drydock

Leaving drydock: Photo USN

The aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike) has left dry dock and moved from Dry Dock 8 to pier 42/43 at Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) in Portsmouth, Va. informs USN. USS Dwight D. Eisenhower  has been in dry dock since September 2013


Today in U.S. Naval History: July 31

USS Intrepid bow view, taken in dry dock, circa the 1870s. Note the torpedo projection device at her forefoot, pattern of her hull plating and the anchor hanging from her port hause pipe. (U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph)

Today in U.S. Naval History - July 31 1815 - Commodore Stephen Decatur concludes agreement with Bey of Tunis to compensate U.S. for seizure of merchant ships during the War of 1812. 1865 - East India Squadron established to operate from Sunda Strait to Japan.


BAE Systems Awarded Two Navy Contract Modifications

USS Gettysburg in Suez Canal: Photo USN

The US Department of Defense informs it has awarded separate contracts to BAE Systems in Jacksonville and in Norfolk for ship repairs and modifications as follows: 1. BAE Systems Southeast Shipyards Mayport, Jacksonville, Florida, is being awarded an $54,698


Admiral Explains 3D Printing is Additive Manufacturing

3D Printed Hydraulic intake: Photo USN manifold

Vice Adm. Phillip Cullom
Chief of Fleet Readiness & Logistics, lead coordinator on the Navy's additive manufacturing efforts, explains for those new to 3D printing why the Navy is interested in this technology, and what it is already contributing. 1. Saving Money and Time


Today in U.S. Naval History: June 17

Today in U.S. Naval History - June 17 1833 - USS Delaware enters drydock at Gosport Navy Yard in Norfolk, Va., the first warship to enter a public drydock in the United States 1870 - USS Mohican burns Mexican pirate ship Forward 1898 - Navy Hospital Corps established


Today in U.S. Naval History: June 4

USS Enterprise (CV-6) steaming at high speed during the Battle of Midway (Official U.S. Navy Photograph, U.S. National Archives.)

Today in U.S. Naval History - June 4 1934 - USS Ranger, first ship designed from the keel up as a carrier, is commissioned at Norfolk, Va. 1942 - Battle of Midway (June 4-6) begins; during battle, the four Japanese carriers which attacked Pearl Harbor are sunk; this decisive U.S


USS Vella Gulf Arrives in Bulgaria

USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) approaches Varna, Bulgaria (U.S. Navy photo by Edward Guttierrez III)

Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) arrived in Varna, Bulgaria, for a scheduled port visit, May 30, the U.S. Navy announced. According to the Navy, Vella Gulf's presence in Bulgaria reaffirms the United States' commitment to strengthening ties with NATO allies and


Virginia Leads US in Shipbuilding Jobs

Alexander Manning pulls a piece of track into position at Newport News Shipbuilding under a transfer car for the submarine John Marner (SSN 785). Photo by Chris Oxley

State maritime industry supports more than 63,000 jobs; worth over $5.5 billion annually to Virginia’s economy The American Maritime Partnership (AMP) today joined with the Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA), Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Congressman Rob Wittman (R-Va


Navy Identifies Deceased Sailor at Norfolk Shooting

An undated file photo of Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Mark A. Mayo. Mayo, 24, was killed during a shooting incident at Naval Station Norfolk Monday, March 24. Mayo was assigned to Naval Security Forces at Naval Station Norfolk. (U.S. Navy photo)

The U.S. Navy identified Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Mark A. Mayo, 24, as the sailor killed during a shooting incident at Naval Station Norfolk March 24. Mayo was assigned to Naval Security Forces, Naval Station Norfolk. A Hagerstown, Md. native






 
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