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Ingalls Shipbuilding Inks US Navy LPD 17 Support Services Contract

USS San Antonio: Photo credit USN

Huntington Ingalls Industries shipbuilding division awarded engineering & support services contract for 'San Antonio'-class. The $54-million cost-plus-fixed-fee contract is for life-cycle engineering and support services on the U.S. Navy's USS San Antonio (LPD 17) class of amphibious transport docks. Services to be provided in this contract include post-delivery planning and engineering, systems integration and engineering support, research engineering, material support, fleet modernization program planning, supply chain management, maintenance, and training for certain LPD17-class shipboard systems. The LPD 17-class ships are a key element of the Navy's ability to project power ashore. Collectively, they functionally replace more than 41 ships (the LPD 4, LSD 36, LKA 113 and LST 1179 classes of amphibious ships), providing the Navy and Marine Corps with modern, sea-based platforms that are networked, survivable and built to operate with 21st century platforms, such as the MV-22 Osprey. "Our extensive post-delivery support work is vital to the Navy's missions involving these complex amphibious ships," said Doug Lounsberry, Ingalls' LPD 17 vice president. "Our commitment to building quality amphibious ships does not stop at our shipyard. Life-cycle engineering services must also be of the utmost quality to ensure  consistent project of excellence for the men and women of our U.S. Navy and U.S Marine Corps."


Admiral: Navy Task Force Ready for Any Contingency in Lebanon

While U.S. authorities in Cyprus are expecting to evacuate at least 5,000 Americans from Lebanon, they are preparing for any contingency, the commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command said July 18. Vice Adm. Patrick M. Walsh, who also commands the U.S. 5th Fleet, briefed Pentagon reporters from his headquarters in Bahrain. Nine U.S. Navy ships are converging on Lebanon from U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) and from U.S. European Command


$166M Award for LPD 22/23 Advance Procurement

The U.S. Navy has awarded $166 million in additional advance procurement funding to Northrop Grumman Corporation, providing long-lead materials for San Diego (LPD 22) and Anchorage (LPD 23), the sixth and seventh San Antonio class amphibious transport dock ships. The funds will be used to purchase major equipment such as the ships' main engines, diesel generators and other long-lead material like steel plates and shapes, pipe, cable and other major equipment.


U.K. Orders Six RoRo Ferries; Four Amphibious Ships

The British government placed much-anticipated contracts for six RoRo ferries with two going to UK yards, and four going to a German shipyard. Defense Secretary Geoff Hoon also announced he would place orders for four amphibious landing ships, split between the Swan Hunter shipyard in North-East England and the Govan yards in Glasgow. Two of the ferries will be built by Belfast's Harland & Wolff yard, which built the ill-fated Titanic and is owned by Norway's Fred Olsen Energy


Northrop Grumman: $175m Advance Procurement Contract

The U.S. Navy awarded a $175 million cost-plus-fixed fee contract to Northrop Grumman for advance procurement of long-lead materials and performance of engineering/planning efforts for LHA 7, the second in the Navy's newest class of large-deck amphibious assault ships. The first ship, America (LHA 6) is currently 25 percent complete. The funds will be used to purchase long-lead time materials and major equipment, such as the main reduction gears


Report: HII Explores Options for Avondale

According to a Bloomberg report, Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) may keep its Avondale shipyard in Louisiana open beyond 2013 by turning it into a site for other manufacturing. Huntington, with 2010 sales of $6.7 billion, became a separate company in March when Northrop Grumman Corp. (NOC) spun off its shipbuilding unit. Former parent Northrop and Huntington have said the Avondale yard would be shut when work on the Navy’s two amphibious ships there is completed in 2013.


Navy Awards $816.6M New York (LPD 21) Contract to Northrop Grumman

U.S. Navy has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation an $816.6 million contract for construction of New York (LPD 21), the fifth ship in the 12 ship LPD 17 series of San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ships. New York will be built at Northrop Grumman Ship Systems' Avondale Operations in New Orleans, with fabrication support from three other company facilities in Pascagoula and Gulfport, Miss., and Tallulah, La. The ship will be equipped to conduct amphibious warfare missions by


Australian Warship Propulsion Problem

HMAS Choules: Photo credit RAN

Australian Navy amphibious ship 'HMAS Choules' returns to port, cancels exercise, after engine problems HMAS Choules departed Sydney on 13 June 2012 for Queensland where it was scheduled to support Exercise Hamel in the Shoalwater Bay Training Area. The next day a defect occurred on one of the six transformers which form part of the ship’s propulsion system which reduced the ship’s propulsion power by 50 per cent.


US Hospital Ship Aids Vietnam Province

Photo credit USN

'USNS Mercy' anchors in Cua Lo Port to bring humanitarian & civic assistance to Nghe An, Vietnam, Province The hospital ship called at the port as part of the 'Pacific Partnership 2012'. A number of re-planned engagements will be carried out with the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force amphibious ship Oosumi between July 10 and 24. They include two engineering, six medical and dental and four veterinary civil action programs


Cuccias to Succeed Edenzon as Ingalls President

Brian Cuccias

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced today that Irwin F. Edenzon will retire on Dec. 1, 2014. Edenzon is currently corporate vice president and president of Ingalls Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries. Although Edenzon will not officially retire until December 2014, he will step down as president on March 31, 2014, and the HII Board of Directors has elected Brian Cuccias to succeed Edenzon in the position of corporate vice president and president of Ingalls


Installation of Dry Flexible Coupling on USS Essex (LHD 2)

USS Essex (LHD 2)

Posted by Joseph Fonseca Engineers at the Naval Ship Systems Engineering Station (NAVSSES), Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division in Philadelphia recently oversaw the installation of dry flexible couplings on the lube oil service pumps and main feed pumps on USS Essex (LHD 2).  


Textron Awarded $22-M Navy LCAC Contract Modification

LCAC: Photo USN

The US Department of Defense informs that Textron Inc., New Orleans, Louisiana, is being awarded a $21,904,620 modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-12-C-2401) for the construction of Landing Craft, Air Cushion (LCAC) 101 of the ship-to-shore connector (SSC) program.


Navantia Banks on the Future

Navantia has counted on navy business to sustain itself in recent years, building ships such as this LHD.

It is no secret that the Spanish shipbuilding sector has hit on hard times, particularly in the big ship sector where much of the commercial business has evolved to lower cost manufacturers in the Far East. But considering that Navantia has a 300-year history


LHA 6 'America' Maiden Voyage Completes at San Diego

America arrives San Diego: Photo USN

The Navy informs that the soon to-be-commissioned amphibious assault ship 'USS America' (LHA 6) arrived at its homeport of San Diego after completing its two-month maiden transit around the American continent from Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Mississippi.


Admiral's Thoughts on the LCS Program

LCS: Photo credit USN

The Director, Navy Staff, Vice-Adm. Richard W. Hunt, recommends the LCS council continue, looks to program future. In a recent memo to the Chief of Naval Operations , the Director, Navy Staff, Vice Adm. Richard W. Hunt provided an update on the progress of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Council


Engineers Put Next-Generation U.S. Navy Ships to the Test

Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Divisions (NSWCCD) Lawrence Snyder, naval architect; and Ben Ridenour, mechanical engineer; check on the Ship-to-Shore Connector (SSC) model connected underneath Carriage Two between tests in the David Taylor Model Basin, April 22 - May 17. (U.S. Navy photo by Monica McCoy)

Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division (NSWCCD) engineers conducted preliminary Ship to Shore Connector (SSC) seaworthiness model tests in the David Taylor Model Basin, April 22 - May 17. SSC is the replacement for the Navy's existing fleet of Landing Craft, Air Cushion (LCAC) vehicles


Sponsor Bonnie Amos Revisits LPD 27 at Ingalls Shipbuilding

Bonnie Amos & Ingalls shipyard employee: Photo courtesy of HII

Huntington Ingalls Industries' Ingalls Shipbuilding division hosted Gen. James Amos, commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, and ship's sponsor Mrs. Bonnie Amos to meet with shipbuilders on the amphibious transport dock Portland (LPD 27). "Today


Ingalls' Newest Large-Deck Amphibious Ship Returns

Photo: Huntington Ingalls Industries

Huntington Ingalls Industries' (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division's multipurpose amphibious assault ship America (LHA 6) returned Saturday from successful builder's sea trials in the Gulf of Mexico. Ingalls' test and trials team started with dock trials Monday and then spent five days operating


USS George Washington Replaced in Philippine Relief Effort

USS Germantown: Photo USN

Dock landing ships 'USS Ashland' (LSD-48) and 'USS Germantown' (LSD-42) have replaced aircraft carrier 'USS George Washington', in the concerted efforts to extend relief efforts to typhoon victims in the Visayas region of the Philippines.
 Ashland and Germantown have aboard a combined total of


Australian Warship Hull Departs Spain Aboard 'Blue Marlin'

HMAS Adelaide hull: Image credit RAN

The second and last of the Royal Australian Navy’s new amphibious ships has left the builder's yard, Navantia Ferrol shipyard, Vigo, in northern Spain, bound for Melbourne, informs the Australia Defence Force. “The Canberra-Class LHDs are the largest ships ever built for the Navy


Italian Navy To Join the Dots on Shipbuilding Plans

Following an announcement earlier this year by the Italian Navy's chief admiral Giuseppe De Giorgi, the service's head of ship design is preparing to elaborate on plans and partnership potential at the annual Surface Warships conference being held in the UK in January 2014.


Wicker: NDAA Bill Pursues Balanced Naval Force

Roger Wicker

U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., a senior member of the Senate Committee on Armed Services, has voted in favor of the FY2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The legislation authorizes $625.1 billion in funding for America’s national defense.


USS Somerset Commissioned in Philadelphia Ceremony

USS Somerset commissioning: Photo credit USN

Thousands of Navy and Marine Corps supporters attend the commissioning ceremony of the San Antonio class, amphibious transport dock 'USS Somerset', named to honour those who sacrificed their lives when the hijacked United Airlines Flight 93 was brought to the ground on Sept


Ingalls Shipbuilding Awarded Navy LHA 8 Affordability Contract

LHA 6 USS America: Photo USN

Huntington Ingalls Industries' informs that its Ingalls Shipbuilding division has been awarded an affordability design contract for US$23.5 million for early industry involvement to reduce the construction and life-cycle cost for the amphibious assault ship LHA 8.


USNS John Glenn Completes Final Contract Trials

USNS John Glenn (MLP 2)

  USNS John Glenn (MLP 2), successfully completed Final Contract Trials (FCT) off the coast of Manchester, Washington July 31.   During the trials, the Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey along with the ship's crew tested the vessel's various hull, mechanical






 
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