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Austal Graduates Four-Year Apprentices

Austal USA honored 15 graduates of Austal’s cutting-edge four-year apprenticeship program.

Part of Austal’s growing talent pool – 3,000 and counting.   Austal USA honored 15 graduates of Austal’s cutting-edge four-year apprenticeship program yesterday at a ceremony held in the new Office Complex Multi-Use Room. This was recently the same backdrop for a ribbon-cutting ceremony which celebrated the official opening of three new buildings at Austal’s state-of-the-art shipbuilding operation in Mobile, Ala. The graduates received their certificates of completion and designation as Department of Labor Class A Journeymen. The graduating class consisted of 6 electrical journeymen, 4 pipe fitting journeymen, and 5 fabrication journeymen.   Special recognition went to Bill Ray Stroup, Jr., as the class valedictorian, as he was presented with the “Ross Latapie Award of Excellence”. This award was named in memory of Mr. Ross Latapie, a former apprentice who worked tirelessly to increase his knowledge of the electrician trade by completing extra classroom and laboratory assignments from his instructors. He currently holds the record for the highest Austal USA apprenticeship academic GPA of 4.0. Commenting on the continuing success of Austal’s apprenticeship program, Mr. Brian Leathers, Austal USA Interim President / CFO said, “This is a shining moment for these 15 graduates and their families

News: Austal Apprenticeship Program Completes First Year

In June 2002, the fast expanding Austal USA yard, in Mobile, AL, introduced an apprenticeship program to its recruitment efforts. Since then, this program has introduced three classes to its shipbuilding curriculum, which is recognized by the U.S. Labor Board, and has successfully entered into its second year of operation. Shortly after Austal USA opened its new aluminum shipbuilding facility in February 2001, they joined forces with the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce and Bishop State

Gladding-Hearn Co-Founder Dies at 87

Richard C. “Dick” Hearn, who co-founded Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, died July 3rd at his home in Arizona. He was 87. Born in London, Mr. Hearn emigrated to the U.S. with his family at the age of six. They settled in Rhode Island, where Mr. Hearn later studied business administration at Bryant College before serving with the Army-Air Corps in the Pacific Theater during World War II. After the war, he returned to R.I

Austal Honors Future Leaders

On the evening of September 2, 2009, Austal’s US operation in Mobile, Ala., honored the first graduates of its four-year apprenticeship program. The graduates honored at this banquet received their certificates of completion and designation as Department of Labor Class A Journeymen. Austal USA’s President and Chief Operating Officer, Joseph J. Rella, was the key speaker at the celebration. Rella stated, “the apprentice training does more than ensure skill sets that far exceed

Austal Graduates 21 Apprentices

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Austal USA honored the second set of graduates of our four-year apprenticeship program with a banquet in Mobile, Ala. The 21 graduates honored at this banquet received their certificates of completion and designation as Department of Labor Class A Journeymen. President and Chief Operating Officer, Joseph J. Rella, was the key speaker at the celebration. Rella stated, “The apprentice training program at Austal challenges the students both academically and practically

HII Hosts STEM Call-to-Collaboration Conference

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Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) informs that it has hosted a STEM Workforce Call-to-Collaboration conference to help increase the quality of science, technology, engineering and mathematics education and the quantity of STEM-educated graduates for the future workforce. The two-day conference featured insight from HII President and CEO Mike Petters, Newport News Shipbuilding President Matt Mulherin and Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), who provided a keynote address via video.

Austal Gets Government Funds for Skills Training

A Letter of Intent has been signed between the Australian Government, Department of Defence and Austal regarding the Skilling Australia’s Defence Industry Program (SADI). Subject to confirmation of a formal agreement, Austal will conduct the following general activities in order to receive payments of up to $1.1 million over the 2005-06 financial year. · Recruitment Programs including: attraction activities, additional apprentices, dual apprentices and mature age apprenticeships.

DP World London Gateway Launch Apprenticeship Scheme

Prospective Apprentices Tour: Photo credit DP World London Gateway

The hunt is on for six apprentices to undertake a 4-year programme combining study, training, & hands-on work experience in engineering. DP World London Gateway will pay an annual salary for six students to study at college and carry out work experience on-site over a four year period. This will culminate in the award of a Higher National Certificate in engineering. During the launch, Brandon Lewis MP, Minister for Thames Gateway

UK Shipyard Invests in Cornwall Apprentices

The apprentices & trainers: Photo courtesy of A&P

5 new apprentices have started work at A&P Falmouth shipyard, underlining the company’s long-term commitment to Cornwall (in the extreme Southwest of England) and the future of the dockyard there. The apprentices beat off stiff competition from almost 70 applicants to be awarded the opportunity with A&P, one of the biggest commercial ship repair companies in the UK. They are electricians Dave Blizzard, aged 21, from Falmouth and Ben Casley, aged 23

Shipyard Boss Abseils Down Drydock

Peter Child: Photo A&P Falmouth

UK shipyard, A&P managing director, Peter Child tested his nerves when he joined a dozen others to abseil down the largest dry dock on the UK’s south coast to raise money for charities. Mr Child and Adrian Richards, Chief Executive of BF Adventure in Penryn, were the first to test the ropes 50 feet above the huge dry dock at A&P Falmouth, which is 40m wide and 253m long – the size of two Wembley football pitches.

MSA Welcomes the Strong Focus on Skills in the Maritime Growth Study

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 The Maritime Skills Alliance (MSA) has welcomed the strong focus on skills in the Maritime Growth Study published this week. Nine of the 18 recommendations relate to skills and education, placing far more emphasis on skills than there was in the initial brief.  

MECNW Appoints New CEO


  Terry Weston has been confirmed as Chief Executive of Maritime and Engineering College North West (MECNW) following the retirement of his predecessor, Jim Teasdale, at the end of September.   Jim Teasdale was a founder director and chief executive of Birkenhead-based Maritime and

Cammell Laird to Build Polar Research Ship

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The U.K. Government announced Monday that Cammell Laird in Birkenhead has been selected as the preferred bidder to build the nation’s new £200 million polar research ship.   The decision follows a 12-month competitive tender process that involved bids from companies in the U.K

New Damen Shoalbuster Named

Mr Sithembiso Mthethwa (Director, SMIT Amandla Marine), Mr Sam Montsi (Chairman, Damen Shipyards Cape Town), Mr Paul Maclons (Managing Director, SMIT Amandla Marine), Dr Rob Davies (Minister of Trade & Industry, South Afric

  The naming ceremony for the first of the two Damen Shoalbusters 3009 being built for marine solutions specialist SMIT Amandla Marine at Damen Shipyards Cape Town (DSCT), was held on Thursday, 29 October 2015. Mrs Jenny Coltman, Spouse of the Chairman of De Beers Group Services

A&P Contracted for Navy Tanker Maintenance

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A&P Group, the UK’s largest ship repair firm has bagged a £15 million military contract to complete the fit-out of the Royal Navy support group’s new fleet of tankers.   The Cornish shipbuilder will customize and maintain the Royal Fleet Auxiliary’s four new

Mississippi Governor Visits Ingalls Shipbuilding

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant tried his hand in a crane simulator during a tour of Ingalls Shipbuilding’s Maritime Training Academy. Also pictured is Larry Porter, a master trainer at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, which partners with Ingalls and the State of Mississippi in administering Ingalls’ apprenticeship program. Photo by Andrew Young/HII

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant visited Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding facility, meeting with shipyard officials on workforce development and training initiatives and touring Ingalls' Maritime Training Academy, the company announced.  

Learning & Development Roadmaps Instantly Updatable

Aviation Boatswains Mate (Handling) 3rd Class James Carson, from Ozark, Ala., studies for the upcoming advancement exam aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush

Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) announced Feb. 10 that the Navy's comprehensive enlisted career guides, Learning and Development Roadmaps (LaDR), have transitioned to a Web application that is easily-accessed and instantly updatable.

BAE Systems Gets $1.3b for New UK Warships

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The U.K. Ministry of Defense has signed a $1.3 billion contract with BAE Systems for equipment to build the next generation of warships for the British navy, Prime Minister David Cameron announced today. BAE Systems has been working on plans to provide Britain with 13 new warships since 2010

Apprentices Graduate to Newport News Shipbuilding

(From left) The Apprentice School Director Everett Jordan presented the school’s 10,000th graduate, Sara Ruggles, with a plaque to commemorate the milestone as Newport News Shipbuilding President Matt Mulherin and Newport News Shipbuilding Vice President of Trade Operations Ray Bagley joined other shipyard leadership in applause. Photo by John Whalen/HII

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) hosted commencement exercises Saturday to graduate 157 apprentices from the company's Apprentice School located at Newport News Shipbuilding. The graduation, held at the Liberty Baptist Church Worship Center in Hampton

Austal Graduates 48 4-Yr Apprentices


  Austal USA combined two classes to graduate a total of 48 members of Austal’s cutting-edge four-year apprenticeship program yesterday at a formal ceremony held at the Arthur R. Outlaw Mobile Convention Center. The graduates received their certificates of completion and designation as

BAE Systems Investing in San Diego

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A discussion with Bob Koerber, General Manager, BAE Systems Ship Repair, San Diego, Calif. Bob Koerber, general manager of BAE Systems Ship Repair in San Diego, served on active duty as a surface warfare officer from 1981 to 1987, then continued to serve as a Navy Reservist

Mainstay Marine Looks Ahead Following Rebrand

Stewart Graves, Managing Director of Mainstay Marine Solutions outside the companys build hall on Pembroke Dock (Photo: Mainstay Marine Solutions)

South Wales maritime engineering company Mustang Marine has rebranded as Mainstay Marine Solutions.   The Pembroke Dock based workboat, marine energy device and waterside infrastructure specialist has adopted a new name and corporate image following its first year under new ownership.

SeaKing Bags Mersey Ferries Framework Agreement

Dave Gillam (Photo: SeaKing)

Birkenhead based SeaKing Electrical has been appointed to a four-year framework agreement for Mersey Ferries. The maritime firm, which has supported the ferry fleet for many years, has been formally accepted onto the marine engineering consultants framework for Mersey Ferries until 2019.

Norwegian Cruise Line, Port of Seattle Ink 15-year Lease

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Cruise contract is port’s largest ever, cruise line homeports at Seattle's Pier 66 for 15 years   The Port of Seattle signed a 15-year lease with Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH) parent company of Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Austal Delivers for USN

USS Jackson (LCS 6).

Austal’s U.S. operation consists of more than 4,000 employees supporting the design, construction and sustainment of two U.S. Navy programs, the 127-meter, trimaran Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) and the 103-meter, catamaran high-speed troop and equipment transport known as

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