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This Day in Naval History - June 28

1794 - Joshua Humphreys appointed master builder to build Navy ships at an annual salary of $2,000. 1814 - USS Wasp captures HMS Reindeer. 1865 - CSS Shenandoah captures 11 American whalers in one day. 1970 - USS James Madison (SSBN 627) completes conversion to Poseidon missile capability.


Moody's Ups Newport News

Moody's Investors Service upgraded the senior unsecured debt rating of Newport News Shipbuilding Inc. (NNS) to Ba1 from Ba2 to reflect the company's improving operating and cash flow performance, and its strengthening business outlook and balance sheet. The ratings also incorporate its still-weak balance sheet, notwithstanding the recent gradual improvements. Moody's also said that it maintained its Ba1 ratings on the company's bank facilities


NASNI Builds Navy's First Submarine Firefighting Trainer

Nick Lugue Jr., a welder with Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest, welds a new firefighting trainer into place at Naval Air Station North Island. The trainer is the first of four new trainers the Navy is building that will simulate potential fire hazards aboard submarines. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Todd C. Behrman)

Smoke bellows out the ventilation ducts. The glow of the blazing fire emanates down the passageway. Firefighters move with precision and purpose, pausing to unleash a torrent of water towards the fire as they kneel before it. Such was the scene at the Navy's first submarine firefighting trainer, located at Naval Air Station North Island (NASNI) Oct. 29. Commander, Navy Installation Command (CNIC) approached Kidde Fire Trainers almost one year ago in response to the incident on the USS Miami


Indian Navy To Limit Ship Buys to Domestic Yards

Indian ship building yards are procuring increasing orders from the defense sector

  The Indian Ministry of Defence has directed future warship and submarine building orders be given only to domestic shipyards. The Navy has potential orders worth more than US $50 billion over the next 10 years for ship and submarine builds, said a Defence Ministry source. However, the $12 billion purchase of six conventional submarines with air independent propulsion, for which a request for proposals is being prepared, will still allow foreign participation in the design phase


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, the current downturn is put in perspective. While Navantia is not without challenges, it has the aforementioned experience and a military backlog to lean on. Navantia is engaged in the design and manufacture of Integrated Platform


Mexican Navy Contracts Damen for Two Vessels

Rendering of the FCS 5009 (Image courtesy of Damen)

Secretaria de Marina orders seventh patrol vessel and a fast crew supplier In August 2014 the Mexican Navy (Secretaría de Marina) and the Netherlands’ Damen Shipyards Group signed contracts for the delivery of the design, material package, technical assistance and training for two vessels that will be built by the Mexican Navy, using the Damen Technical Cooperation program, which enables customers to build their vessel on the location of their choice.


This Day in Naval History - March 02

From the Navy News Service:   1859 - The first Navy ship built on the West Coast of the United States, Saginaw, is launched at Mare Island, Calif. 1867 - The Navy Civil Engineering Corps is established. 1899 - An act of Congress creates the rank "Admiral of the Navy" for George Dewey. 1973 - Women begin pilot training in the Navy.   For more information about naval history, visit the Naval Historical Center Web site at www.history.navy.mil


Netherlands Navy Chooses Thordon

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Caption: Composite image of patrol vessel for Royal Netherlands navy to be equipped with Thordon seawater lubricated COMPAC propeller shaft bearings. Schelde Naval Shipbuilding in Vlissingen, Netherlands will fit Thordon seawater lubricated Compac propeller shaft bearings to four Patrol Vessels that will be built for the Royal Netherlands Navy. With a 30 year history of supplying seawater lubricated bearings to many of the world’s navies


A More Powerful Chinese Navy?

According to a report in the Taipei Times, Chinese President Hu Jintao urged the building of a powerful navy that is prepared "at any time" for military struggle, state media reported yesterday. At a meeting of delegates to a Chinese Communist Party navy forum on Wednesday, Hu reportedly said China was a major maritime country whose naval capability must be improved. "We should strive to build a powerful navy that adapts to the needs of our military's historical mission in this new


RAN Diver Training Complex Officially Opens

After two years of construction, the upgraded Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Diving School and the Submarine and Underwater Medicine Unit (SUMU) have been officially opened at a ceremony at HMAS Penguin. Deputy Chief of Navy Rear Admiral Michael van Balen, was joined by current and former members of the Navy diving community at the ribbon cutting.   The buildings are part of a $63.3 million redevelopment which has modernised facilities at HMAS Penguin and the Pittwater Annexe in


US Navy Fires Warning Shots at Iranian Vessels

File photo: USS Mahan in March 2016 (U.S. Bavy Photo: Rafael Martie)

A U.S. Navy destroyer fired three warning shots at four Iranian fast-attack vessels near the Strait of Hormuz after they closed in at high speed and disregarded repeated requests to slow down, U.S. officials said on Monday.   The incident


Chinese Nuclear Sub Spotted at Pakistani Port

Undated photo of a Type 39 Yuan-class submarine Photo Courtesy: U.S.Naval Institute

 A Chinese nuclear-powered submarine was reportedly docked at a port in Pakistan, raising concerns across the border in India that it could have been monitoring the movement of its warships more closely than ever, reported NDTV.  


Boston Ship Repair Wins Navy Contract

Boston Ship Repair LLC, Boston, Massachusetts, is being awarded a $17,244,435 firm-fixed-price contract for a75-calendar day shipyard availability for the regular overhaul and dry docking of USNS Comfort (T-AH 20). Work will include clean and gas free tanks, voids, cofferdams and spaces


Russia Plans Maritime Drills with Philippines

Russian Federation Navy Ship Admiral Tributs. File photo: Indian Navy

 Russia sent its anti-submarine destroyer and a replenishment oiler to the Philippines in a bid to hold maritime exercises with the latter, according to various media reports.   The two ships — Admiral Tributs, an anti-submarine vessel


OPC: Making Naval History

Winning Design: an early drawing of the USCG-select Vard 7 110 from Vard Marine and an updated version from the U.S. Coast Guard. (Image: Vard Holdings)

In September, 2016, an U.S. shipyard and the Canadian design business of an Italian-owned Norwegian shipyard won the largest vessel procurement contract in U.S. Coast Guard history. Now, Eastern Shipbuilding will build nine — and possibly many more — Vard Marine designs in its Panama


Op/Ed: Opportunities for US Shipyards in 2017 and Beyond

Matthew Paxton (Photo: SCA)

SCA’s Matt Paxton weighs in on the state of domestic shipbuilding – workboat building & everything in between.   As President of the Shipbuilders Council of America, the national trade association representing the U.S. shipyard industrial base


China Confirms Carrier Conducted South China Sea Drills

China's sole aircraft carrier conducted drills in the South China Sea, the navy said, days after neighbouring Taiwan said the carrier and accompanying ships had passed 90 nautical miles south of the island amid renewed tension between the two sides.


USS Rafael Peralta Completes Acceptance Trials

The future USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115) sets sail on October 17, 2016 for the first time to conduct initial at-sea builders trials off the coast of Maine. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

 The future USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115) successfully completed acceptance trials Dec. 16 after spending two days underway off the coast of Maine. The U.S. Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) reviewed the ship and its crew during a series of demonstrations while underway


Navy Accepts Delivery of USS Gabrielle Giffords

Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Gabby Giffords waves to a crowd in front of the littoral combat ship, USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10), named for her. Giffords was on the stage as Dr. Jill Biden christened the ship at Austal USA in Mobile, Ala. The 419-foot ship was built at the Austal shipyard and is the Navys 10th littoral combat ship designed to operate in shallow waters near the coast. It is 16th U.S. naval ship to be named for a woman and only the 13th since 1850 to be named for a living person.

The Navy accepted delivery of the future USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) during a ceremony, Dec. 23. Gabrielle Giffords is the ninth littoral combat ship (LCS) to be delivered to the Navy and the fifth of the Independence variant to join the fleet


Navy Foils Piracy Plot in Malacca

Photo: The Indonesian Navy (TNI-AL)

 Indonesian Navy arrested six alleged pirates attempting to hijack a foreign-operated tanker near the Malacca Strait, one of the world’s busiest trade routes,  reports The Jakarta Post.   Six suspected pirates operating in the Malacca Straits were caught by Western Fleet


Russian Navy to Get Two Subs

Photo: US Naval Institute

 In recent years, Russia has been putting many efforts in building a modern-day nuclear submarine fleet.   The Russian Navy expects to receive the Project 955A nuclear submarine Prince Vladimir and the Project 885M Yasen-M nuclear-powered underwater cruiser Kazan in 2017


Austal delivers Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10)

Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords waves to a crowd in front of the littoral combat ship, USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10), during the ship’s christening ceremony on June 13, 2015. US Navy photo.

Austal delivered the fifth Independence-variant littoral combat ship (LCS), the future USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10), to the U.S. Navy on December 23, exactly six months from the date LCS 8 was handed over, at an official document signing ceremony held aboard the ship.


UK to Create Shipping Jobs through New SMarT+

Photo: UK Chamber of Shipping

 The UK shipping industry will create thousands of jobs for young people if Government increases funding for seafarer training, the UK Chamber of Shipping has said.   The industry trains around 800 new cadets each year, but this could increase to 1200 under a new industry proposal that


Shipbuilding Looks Up in India

Photo: PIB, Govt of India

 Global recession in the shipbuilding industry has affected the financial position of a number of yards especially in the private sector.    Due to market downturn post 2008 and the lack of government policy support, all shipyards other than the defense shipyards are facing


Fourth Submarine in UK’s Astute Class Named

Photo: BAE Systems

The fourth submarine in the Astute class was officially named Audacious during a December 16 ceremony at builder BAE Systems’ Submarines site in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria.   Guests watched as Lady Jones, Audacious' sponsor and wife of Admiral Sir Phillip Jones






 
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