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U.S. Navy Takes Delivery of ASDS

The U.S. Special Operations Command's (USSOCOM) Advanced SEAL Delivery System (ASDS), developed by Northrop Grumman Corporation, has been turned over to the U.S. Navy. In ceremonies held today in Annapolis, Md., Capt. Joe Fallone, program manager (PMS395), Deep Submergence Systems Program and the ASDS program manager for Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), signed the DD250, the official document that delivers the ASDS into the hands of the Navy. "This first-of-its-kind system provides a new level of operational capability to SEAL forces in high-threat areas," said Capt. Fallone. "The delivery of ASDS marks a major milestone in ensuring that our Naval forces have the most technologically advanced equipment for today's critical missions." The ASDS is a combat submersible intended to clandestinely carry Navy SEALS and their combat gear to and from hostile shores, enabling a number of special operations missions. The boat was designed and developed by a team composed of Northrop Grumman's Oceanic & Naval Systems business unit, NAVSEA, USSOCOM and Naval Special Warfare Command. "The men and women of Northrop Grumman are proud to be involved in the development of such an innovative and important program," said Mr. Bob Iorizzo, president of Northrop Grumman's Electronic Systems sector. "The teamwork on this program was exemplary. From design through finished product, ASDS Team 1 has paved the way for a new generation of war fighting capability."


Sullivan Named VP-Ops, N&MSD, NOC

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Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has named Paul F. Sullivan vice president of operations for its Naval and Marine Systems Division (N&MSD) at the company's Electronic Systems sector, effective immediately. In his new position, Sullivan will have executive responsibility for all phases of the division's Department of Defense and Homeland Security programs, along with division responsibility for strategy development, customer engagement, and Navy-related program execution


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


Navies to Address Maritime Skill Decline

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However reintegration of capabilities is presenting new challenges in the design, manufacture and integration of sub-sea and surface systems for maritime Special Forces. James Fisher Defencehas stated that navies around the world are now seriously addressing the need to re-develop their skills in the use of maritime warfare, specifically in relation to maritime Special Forces and strategies for operations and intelligence gathering


USS Ohio Successfully Completes Sea Trials

The USS Ohio (SSGN 726), the Navy's first modern guided missile submarine, took a significant step towards rejoining the fleet on Dec. 19, when it arrived at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility, Bremerton, Wash., with a broom atop its sail to signify a clean sweep of its initial sea trials. The Ohio's Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Michael Cockey, expressed satisfaction with the ship's performance and noted its great potential. "It's great to be


Simplan Shaft Seals Selected for Liberty

B+V Industrietechnik have developed the face-seal for water-lubricated sterntubes, for shaft diameters from 60-240mm. Over 40,000 hours of testbed operation, four years of field-testing and the strictest quality control standards have ensured the highest quality, best priced product on the market. The constant shaft-wear and damage caused by stuffing boxes and similar sealing systems, along with high general maintenance requirements have always been a problem


Boeing, Fugro, Oceaneering Enter Partnership

Dutch engineering consultancy Fugro NV said that, together with Boeing Co. and Oceaneering International, it had sealed a partnership to provide underwater survey services. The venture combines the marine experience of Houston-based Oceaneering, an advanced applied technology company, Fugro and the unmanned vehicle and autonomous guidance technology of Boeing, the world's largest aerospace company. The underwater services


Troll A Tie In Success for Pipeline Specialist STATS Group

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Specialist engineering company, STATS Group, has completed an 18 month design, manufacturing and installation project to enable the tie-in of a fifth pipeline on Statoil’s Troll A Platform. Statoil’s Troll A platform, located off the west coast of Norway, utilises a system of seal tubes to tie-in risers which are run down the inside of a dry concrete leg. The seal tubes were concreted in place at the base of the riser leg on the gravity base structure in 1991


Stern Tube Sealing: Hydrex Use 'Mobdocks'

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Hydrex flexible Mobdocks (mobile mini-drydock) enables underwater repairs that keep vessels out of drydock. Hydrex has carried out repairs and replacements on all types of seals on site, and in most cases underwater, for a number of years now. This helps owners to extend their vessel’s drydock interval and eliminates the loss of time and production brought about by drydocking. Using the new generation of Hydrex flexible mobdocks


Kongsberg Delivers HOSS Camera to the US Navy

The new high resolution camera is a drop in replacement for the previous generation HOSS camera and features a 10x optical zoom lens, sealed nitrogen purged aluminium housing and thermostatically controlled window heater.

Following extensive product development and factory and sea trials, Kongsberg Maritime have successfully delivered the first of its new generation of innovative ultra low light cameras to the US Navy, via Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), for use within the existing Kongsberg supplied Helicopter Operations Surveillance System (HOSS) for amphibious class ships. The new high resolution camera is a drop-in replacement for the previous generation HOSS camera


Fuel Slick Washes Up On Canary Islands After Ship Sinks

Around 120 kilos of shipping fuel has been scraped up off the Spanish Gran Canaria tourist beaches Veneguera, Tasarte and Taurito, the government said on Thursday, after a Russian fuel-laden ship sank off the coast last week.   The situation on the beaches would worsen over the next few days


FMC Chairman Addresses PEMA Ports Program

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U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) Chairman Mario Cordero addressed the Professional Environmental Management Association (PEMA) at its Annual Ports Program held in Seal Beach, California. The Chairman spoke on the subject of congestion at U.S


Hull Inspection Systems Delivered to the US Navy

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Bluefin Robotics has delivered new vehicles to the U.S. Navy that aim to increase the Navy's capability to remotely search and investigate ship hulls, harbor sea floors and other underwater infrastructure for limpet mines, Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and other objects of interest.  


Kongsberg Simulators to Enhance GoM Offshore Training

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‘Fideicomiso de Formación y Capacitación para el Personal de la Marina Mercante Nacional’ (FIDENA), on behalf of Mexico’s Secretariat of Communications and Transportation (SCT) has selected Kongsberg Maritime offshore simulators for the Marine Education Center in


Aker, Fjords Join Forces

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  Aker Solutions and Fjords Processing have formed an alliance to develop technology and capabilities for advanced, cost-effective wellstream separation and treatment solutions for the subsea and topside oil and gas industry. The WellSep alliance will apply Aker Solutions' subsea


Rolls-Royce Delivers Far Sleipner

Rolls-Royce Congratulates Farstad Shipping With The Delivery Of Far Sleipner

  Rolls-Royce would like to congratulate Farstad Shipping ASA for their recently named highly advanced subsea and construction vessel Far Sleipner. The event also marks the first delivery of a vessel equipped with the latest generation dynamic positioning system DP3 from Rolls-Royce


UASC Streamlines Fuel Purchasing

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United Arab Shipping Company (UASC), a global shipping company based in the Middle East, has implemented Shiptech, an end-to-end fuel management system developed by global cloud software company Inatech.   Shiptech provides the company with an automated, cloud-based


Cyber-defense Capable TACLANE-10G Encryptor

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General Dynamics Mission Systems' new TACLANE®-10G (KG-175X) in-line network encryptor is now certified by the National Security Agency (NSA) to secure information at the Top Secret level and below. The NSA certification authorizes U.S. government organizations to order the new 10G encryptor


U.S. Navy Issues Modification To Lockheed Martin Contract

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The U.S. Navy has issued a Lockheed Martin-led industry team a contract modification for one fully funded 2015 Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) valued at $362 million, along with $79 million in advanced procurement funding for a second ship. The balance of the second ship will be funded by Dec. 31, 2015


General Dynamics Wins $610 milion Naval Order

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The U.S. Navy has awarded funding for the construction of DDG 122, the Fiscal Year 2015 Arleigh Burke-class destroyer under contract at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works.   This $610.4 million contract modification fully funds this ship which was awarded in 2013 as part of a multi-ship


US Navy: Future USS John Finn (DDG 113) Launched

Laura Stavridis (right) and Bob Merchent (second from right) mark their initials on the keel plate for the destroyerJohn Finn (DDG 113) on Monday, Nov. 4, 2013. Stavridis is the ship’s sponsor; Merchent is Ingalls’ vice president of U.S. Coast Guard and surface combatant programs. Also pictured are (left to right) George Nungesser, Ingalls’ DDG 51 program manager, and Ingalls Shipbuilding President Irwin F. Edenzon. Photo by Lance Davis

The future USS John Finn (DDG 113) was launched at the Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) shipyard March 28.  During launch the drydock was flooded allowing the 637-foot floating dock to slowly submerge until the ship was afloat. Once the drydock was fully submerged


KVH Outlines Ship-to-Shore Connectivity

Brent Bruun, Executive VP of Mobile Broadband at KVH, speaks at CMA 2015 (Image courtesy of KVH)

The next generation of connectivity between ship and shore will be dominated by the development of applications to help ship owners and managers reduce costs by enhancing operational efficiency, automating processes, and avoiding expensive repairs


Advanced Drillships a Burden for Owners as Business Slows

Not so long ago, advanced drillships costing more than half a billion dollars each and capable of operating in ever-deeper waters practically guaranteed big profits for oil-rig operators.   Now, with oil prices down by half since June


US-built Survey Vessel Delivered to Fugro

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Newbuild shallow draft survey vessel Fugro Americas was delivered to Fugro on March 18, 2015. Built by Thoma-Sea Marine Constructors in Louisiana, with supervision by Fugro Marine Services Custom, the new vessel is designed to Fugro’s specifications


Damen Yichang Shipyard Broadens its Shipbuilding Portfolio

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Damen Yichang Shipyard in China, a joint venture between Damen Shipyards Group and Sinotrans CSC, is rolling out a larger portfolio of vessels to a wider market audience.   The yard on the Yangtze River is already building a number of specialized pontoons






 
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