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USS Miami Fire Damage Extent Not Clear Yet

 Portsmouth Naval Shipyard workers have pumped fresh air into the fire-damaged sub, allowing Navy investigators to begin the first damage assessment The fire aboard Miami damaged the torpedo room, crew quarters and command and control areas in the fore part of the submarine, but the nuclear propulsion components in the after part of the sub were not harmed. Vice Adm. Kevin M. McCoy, commander of the Naval Sea Systems Command, told Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, that he’s hopeful that the ship can be repaired. He said that many vital components escaped damage because they had been removed for the 20-month overhaul and that salvage parts are available from previously decommissioned Los Angeles-class subs. The intensity of the fire, the lack of lighting, the thick smoke and the metal hull that turned the submarine into an oven all contributed to a difficult blaze for firefighters to extinguish.  


Navy Plans Call for 51 New Ships by 2011

A draft of the Navy's five-year construction program calls for the continued building of one Virginia-class submarine a year, despite pressure from Connecticut's congressional delegation to boost production to at least two subs annually. The draft report calls for an overall $69 billion construction budget for the Navy through fiscal year 2011, including nearly $16 billion for five new subs, which are being jointly built by the Groton-based Electric Boat shipyard and the Northrop Grumman


Navy Names Fourth Virginia Class Sub

Secretary of the Navy Richard Danzig announced his decision today to name the fourth submarine of the VIRGINIA Class for the state of North Carolina. "More than half a century has elapsed since a U.S. Navy ship has borne the name, "North Carolina," said Danzig. "With over 2,000 of North Carolina's sons and daughters having joined the Navy and Marine Corps this year, and more than 45,000 Sailors and Marines currently serving in the state


VT Halter Launches Ferry

VT Halter Marine Inc., a subsidiary of Vision Technologies Systems Inc., launched a 95-foot sea-going ferry from its Mississippi-based Pascagoula Operations. Christened the Caribeña, the all-aluminum vessel was designed and built by VT Halter Marine for the Puerto Rico Port Authority. Capable of carrying 272 passengers, the Caribeña will provide inter- island transportation for the Fajardo-Vieques-Culebra Ferry Line. It will be U.S. Coast Guard classed sub-chapter “K” and U.S. flagged


Navy Awards $14b for 8 Virginia-Class Subs

On Dec. 22, the U.S. Navy reaffirmed the strategic need for a robust, adaptable submarine force by awarding General Dynamics Electric Boat a contract valued at $14b for the construction of eight Virginia-class submarines. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE:GD). The multi-year contract allows Electric Boat and its teammate, Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding, to proceed with the construction of one ship per year in 2009 and 2010


Russia Soon to Float Out New Nuclear Submarine

Russian Sub Alexander Nevsky: Photo credit Sevmash Shipyard

Russia’s Sevmash shipyard will float out a third 'Borey-class' strategic nuclear submarine, the 'Vladimir Monomakh' at year's end. The Borey class submarines are expected to form the core of Russia's strategic submarine fleet, replacing the aging Project 941 (NATO Typhoon class) and Project 667 class (Delta-3 and Delta-4) boats. Russia plans to build eight Borey and Borey-A class subs by 2020, reports Ria Novosti.


LR's Gavin Addresses Substandard Shipping

"The loss of the Erika has focused the legislators, politicians, classification societies, owners, charterers and the media on the responsibilities of the individuals involved with the operation of ships and those that perform the inspections to maintain safety", said Alan Gavin, Marine Director, Lloyd's Register (LR), speaking at the Tanker Safety Conference, London, recently. "The classification surveyor plays a significant role in helping to ensure safety at sea within the scope of class


Inquiry into Russian Sub Tragedy

According to a report from the Associated Press, Russian officials reported that the Russian Akula-class submarine was undergoing sea trials Saturday with 208 people aboard when its fire-extinguishing system activated in error, spewing Freon gas that suffocated the victims and injured 21 others. With little official information emerging yet about the precise cause, experts said overcrowding and human errors may have contributed to the accident and the casualty toll aboard the Nerpa on Nov


UK Warships in Multinational Gulf of Oman Exercises

HMS Westminster in background: Photo credit MOD

Royal Navy duo in multinational anti-sub exercise Two British warships joined those from the USA, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan - including an old Royal Navy favourite - for the war games in the Gulf of Oman.

 In the seemingly ever-present haze of the Gulf region, a Trafalgar Class submarine (T-boat) and an approximate American counterpart, USS Pittsburgh, led a seven-strong naval task group as the exercise drew to a close.


Thales Reactivates Minehunters for Lithuanian Navy

Following an extensive Thales UK-led refurbishment and reactivation program, the Lithuanian Navy has formally accepted and commissioned two former Royal Navy minehunters into its fleet.   In a ceremony at the Klaipeda naval base, LNS Skalvis and LNS Kuršis were commissioned into the fleet. Formerly the Royal Navy Hunt-class ships Dulverton and Cottesmore, the two warships are now fitted with a world-class minehunting capability from Thales, including new sonar


It's Official: Sweden Boosts Submarine Fleet

Kockums A26 - picture by SAAB AB

 Sweden has given a long-awaited green light to the planned procurement of two new-generation A26 submarines from Saab Kockums.   Sweden's official announcement ordering two new submarines to boost its armed forces, months after a futile hunt for a suspected Russian mini-sub in the


3D-Simulator Generates Training, Expertise on Subs

Sailors train on a new diesel generator simulator during a project review at Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division in Orlando, Fla. The simulator, which uses high-fidelity 3D software. Pic by USN

  A new diesel generator simulator has been delivered to Pearl Harbor naval facilities by the TechSolutions program at the Office of Naval Research (ONR), officials at ONR announced March 18. High-fidelity 3D software will allow Sailors to use 50-inch touch screens to see and access all


Submerged Politics in Aussie's $39 bln Submarine Plan

Landing Helicopter Dock NUSHIP Canberra: Royal Australian Navy

 Australian government plans to spend 50 billion Australian dollars (US$39.39 billion) on powerful new submarines, has become a political football at home, reports Reuters.   The opposition said it wanted to invite Sweden to join Germany


Thailand Eyes Submarine Fleet

Photo: Naval Secretariat Department, Royal Thai Navy

 Royal Thai Navy (RTN)'s plan to buy submarines is on again with strong backing from Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwon who wants Thailand’s fleet to be on par with neighbouring countries.    Defence minister Prawit Wongsuwon was quoted as saying by Bangkok Post on Wednesday


ClassNK Releases Improved "e-Application"

  ClassNK announced the release of an improved "e-Application" system. This improvement was planned based on requests from the users. Therefore, firstly we would like to show our appreciation to the kind feedback from our customers.


Construction Begins on Royal Caribbean’s Fourth Oasis Ship

A ceremony was held at the STX France shipyard in Saint-Nazaire to mark the beginning of construction for Royal Caribbean’s fourth Oasis class cruise liner. (Photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean)

Today marked the steel cutting for a Royal Caribbean’s new Oasis class cruise ship. Scheduled to be delivered in 2018, the new vessel will join Oasis of the Seas, Allure of the Seas and the third Oasis-class ship as Royal Caribbean’s fourth in the Oasis class


Cargo Ship Runs Aground Off Guimaras

Cargo ship MT King Andrew ran aground in Siete Picados, Guimaras, February 4 when strong winds and currents southwest off the Light Station forced the vessel off course, the Philippines Coastguard reported.   The ship master said MT King Andrew departed Lapuz Wharf in Iloilo around 11 p.m


Scepticism, Confusion over Australia Submarine Tender

Officials in Australia and Japan on Monday expressed scepticism and confusion over a pledge by Prime Minister Tony Abbott to give an Australian state-owned shipbuilder the option to tender for a major submarine contract, heightening the uncertainty around the project.


LVDT Position Sensors for Offshore Drilling

ULULC and ATEX Approved LVDT Position Sensors for Worldwide Operation

  UL/ULC and ATEX Approved LVDT Position Sensors for Worldwide Operation in Offshore Drilling Markets. Macro Sensors offers the HLR 750 Series of UL/ULC listed and ATEX-approved LVDT Linear Position Sensors for use in the high temperature and high vibration environments such as offshore


Eastern Debuts ‘Thunderbolt’ Towboat

THUNDERBOLT combines Twin Electric V-Pod Propulsion and Diesel-Electric Technology offering it to the US Inland Waterway’s Market

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. introduced its new 120-foot, 4,200-horsepower Inland Towboat design, THUNDERBOLT, combining twin electric V-Pod propulsion and diesel-electric technology for what the builder calls its “vision of the future for the U.S. inland waterways.”  


Hempel Opens its First Factory in Africa

From left to right: Kim Junge Andersen (Group Executive Vice President and CFO) and Johann Geldenhuis (TCMCs General Manager) shaking hands after the deal was signed. (Photo: Hempel)

Hempel has opened its first factory in Africa, its 26th worldwide, to manufacture coatings for the marine as well as decorative and protective industries to serve customers in Sub-Saharan Africa.    Further boosting its growth plans, Hempel acquired its South African toll manufacturer


Canadian Submarines Ready to Hit the Sea

Photo credit: Royal Canadian Navy

 For the first time since they were purchased in 1998, the Royal Canadian Navy has reached a stage where three of its four diesel-electric submarines are now shipshape and available for operations.   Canada's Navy is marking what it calls a milestone for its controversy-plagued


Russia Builds Nuclear Submarine "Arkhangelsk"

Image by Sevmash shipyard

 Russia’s Sevmash shipyard will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for its next generation Project fifth Yasen-M multirole nuclear submarine, the Arkhangelsk, on March 19.   The Yasen-class subs are touted as the most advanced nuclear-powered multipurpose underwater craft in the


Austal Delivers Fifth Cape Class Patrol Boat

Cape Class Patrol Boat - Cape Jervis (Photo: Austal)

Austal Limited has delivered Cape Jervis, the fifth of eight 58-meter aluminum monohull Cape Class Patrol Boats for the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service under a $330 million design, build and in-service support contract.  


Shipbuilding for the Arctic

(The following excerpt by Authors: S Navaneetha Krishnan & Antony Prince) The Arctic region has a huge potential in terms of unexploited natural wealth and resources, though it accounts for a small area on the earth’s surface. Many countries






 
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