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Navy Awards Fiscal 2014 LCS Contracts

LCS photo credit USN

Contract modifications have been issued to Lockheed Martin Corporation and Austal USA under their respective Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) block buy contracts to add funding for construction of two fiscal year 2014 Littoral Combat Ships each, informs the Program Executive Office, Littoral Combat Ships. These are the seventh and eighth ships fully funded for each contractor under its previously-awarded, fixed-price incentive "block buy" contract for the design and construction of up to ten LCS Flight 0+ ships. The two block buy contracts provide for the acquisition of a total of up to 20 Littoral Combat Ships from fiscal year 2010 through fiscal year 2015, subject to availability of appropriations. 
 The amount of funds added under the block buy contract with Lockheed Martin Corporation for the fiscal year 2014 LCS ships is $699 million. The amount of funds added under the block buy contract with Austal USA for the fiscal year 2014 LCS ships is $684 million. The ships will be built at Fincantieri Marinette Marine Corporation in Marinette, Wis., and Austal USA in Mobile, Ala., respectively. 
 The additional funding obligated is for the 17th - 20th ships in the LCS class. Presently, four LCS ships have been delivered to the Navy. USS Freedom (LCS 1) concluded its first deployment in December 2013 and is currently at its home port in San Diego. USS Independence (LCS 2) is undergoing Mine Countermeasures developmental testing in San Diego


Singapore Allows USN to Deploy up to 4 LCS from its Port

The Singapore military has agreed in-principle to allow the U.S. Navy to deploy up to four littoral combat ships to the city-state on a rotational basis The announcement came after a meeting between Singapore’s Defense Minister Ng En Hen and U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta at the Shangri-La Dialogue, a meeting of regional defense leaders here. The LCS will not be based or homeported in Singapore and U.S. crews will live on board the ships for the duration of their deployment


Northrop Grumman to Integrate Mission Package on LCS

The U.S. Navy has awarded Northrop Grumman a cost plus award fee/award term contract with a potential dollar value of $159 million to integrate mission packages and evaluate future mission systems technologies for the Littoral Combat Ships (LCS). The Fiscal Year 2006 portion of the contract award is approximately $4.5 million. As the Mission Package Integrator (LCS MPI), Northrop Grumman's Integrated Systems sector's Bethpage, New York organization will lead


Austal Names Caccivio VP of Global Defense Programs

Austal USA is pleased to announce the promotion of John Caccivio to Vice President of Global Defense Programs. Mr. Caccivio joined Austal as part of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program in December 2004. After a brief assignment to Austal Ships in Henderson, Western Australia, he was assigned as Program Manager for Littoral Combat Ships at Austal’s Mobile, Alabama facility. He assumed the role of business development manager for Austal USA defense programs in 2006. In his new position, Mr


Austal Awarded Navy LCS Assessment Contract

LCS 4 Christening: Photo credit Austal USA

Austal USA gains additional Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) work contract. The United States Department of Defense has announced that Austal USA has been awarded a US$19.987-million modification to a previously awarded Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) contract. The modification exercises options for class service efforts and special studies, analyses and reviews for the LCS program. Austal USA will assess engineering and production challenges, and evaluate the cost and schedule risks


Next Navy Ship Names Chosen

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus: Photo credit USN

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus has announced the names of the next 3 joint high speed vessels, & 2 littoral combat ships. The next three joint high speed vessels (JHSV) will be named USNS Yuma, USNS Bismarck and USNS Burlington, and two littoral combat ships (LCS) will be named USS Billings and USS Tulsa. 
 "It is my privilege as Secretary of the Navy to name these ships after five great American cities," said Mabus


News: Littoral Combat Ship Takes One Step Closer to Reality

The push for a new class of U.S. Navy ships, vessels able to operate in shallow draft, near to shore environments, has taken a step closer to reality. The Navy is currently reviewing plans from half a dozen teams, and is expected next month to award additional dollars to three teams for further refinement. Current plans call for a fleet of between 50 and 70 vessels — smaller, faster and considerably cheaper than ships built for today’s Navy — ready for production in the next few years.


News: LCS Competition Pared to Three Teams

Competition to build the next generation of small, fast combat craft, known as the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), recently took a big step forward with the awarding of contracts to three teams to proceed further with their design initiative. The multi-billion contract, which could be for as many as 60 vessels, is expected to be awarded in about seven months. The three teams left standing include: Each of the three was awarded a contract for the performance of flight littoral combat ship


Irving Shipbuilding Wins Lion's Share of Historic Contract

Halifax's Irving Shipbuilding is getting the $25 billion contract to build 21 Canadian combat ships and Vancouver's Seaspan Marine has been awarded an $8 billion contract for 7 non-combat vessels, the federal government announced, which is the manifestation of the Canadian government's National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS), designed to envigorate the country's shipbuilding industrial base and manufacture a fleet of vessels to protect the country vital interests in the quickly


Singapore Dignitary Visits Innovative US Navy Ship

(July 12, 2013) Capt. Timothy Wilke, commanding officer of the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1), explains the ships systems and capabilities to Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore Mr. Teo Chee Hean during his visit to the ship. Freedom is in Singapore as part of an overseas deployment to Southeast Asia. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Karolina A. Oseguera/Released)

Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean visited USS Freedom, July 12, while the ship was moored at Changi Naval Base.   Mr. Teo, a former Republic of Singapore Chief of Navy, visited the U.S. Navy's first-of-class littoral combat ship as she prepares to participate in Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Singapore next week - an annual bilateral exercise with the Republic of Singapore Navy in its 19th year. Mr


US Navy Ships Exit AirAsia Search

Littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth, guided missile destroyer USS Sampson and MH-60R Seahawk from Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 35 operate together in the Java Sea while supporting the Indonesian-led search effort for AirAsia flight QZ8501. (U.S. Navy photo Brett Cote)

USS Sampson (DDG 102) and USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) concluded their assistance efforts January 15 after contributing more than 650 search hours to the Indonesian-led search effort for AirAsia flight QZ8501, The U.S. Navy reported.   Working in coordination with the Government of Indonesia


Irving Celebrates Canadian AOPS Build Contract

Photo: Irving Shipbuilding

Government of Canada & Irving Shipbuilding mark signing of $2.3 billion AOPS build contract; 3,600 Jobs across Canada generated from Irving’s NSPS commitments to gate    The Government of Canada joined Irving Shipbuilding and its employees today marked the signing of the $2


Naval Air Forces Holds Change of Command

The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, conduct a fly over during the Commander, Naval Air Forces change of command and retirement ceremony aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) at

  Commander, Naval Air Forces (CNAF) held a change of command ceremony aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) at Naval Air Station North Island Jan. 22. During the ceremony, Vice Adm. Mike Shoemaker relieved Vice Adm. David H. Buss as CNAF.


IntelliJet: Cleantech Propulsion for High Speed Applicatios

The littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1). (Photo courtesy of IntelliJet)

IntelliJet Marine, Inc. will present a paper on propulsion and computer simulation for sustainable high speed boats and ships at ASNE Day 2015.   Jeff Jordan of IntelliJet Marine will present a paper on propulsion and computer simulation for sustainable high speed boats and ships at the


USS Fort Worth Arrives in US 7th Fleet

The littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) provides a sea-going platform for a UH-60A Black Hawk helicopter from U.S. Army 25th Combat Aviation Brigade to conduct deck landing qualifications off the coast of Hawaii. Fo

Littoral combat ship (LCS) USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) arrived in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations Dec. 4, marking a key initial milestone in its 16-month rotational deployment in support of the Indo-Asia-Pacific rebalance. Building on USS Freedom's (LCS 1) inaugural 10-month deployment from


US Navy Deploys Shipboard Laser Weapon

The Afloat Forward Staging Base (Interim) USS Ponce (ASB(I) 15) conducts an operational demonstration of the Office of Naval Research (ONR)-sponsored Laser Weapon System (LaWS) while deployed to the Arabian Gulf. (U.S. Navy photo by John F. Williams) Caption

 Officials at the Office of Naval Research (ONR) announced the laser weapon system (LaWS) - a cutting-edge weapon that brings new capabilities to America's Sailors and Marines - was for the first time deployed and operated aboard a naval vessel in the Arabian Gulf.  


Keels Laid for Oman’s New Naval Ships

From left to right: Commander Mudhafar Al Riyami, 2IC, Staff Officer 1, Marine Engineer; Captain Abdulhameed Al Sinani, Most Senior, Head of Team; Bernard Gorman, Supervisor - Austal; John Cooper, Program Manager (Acting); Kutub Chowdhury, Principal Surveyor – DNV GL; and Lieutenant Commander Mubarak Al Kasbi, Staff Officer, Marine Engineer. (Photo: Austal)

Austal Australia has completed the keel laying for two 72-meter High Speed Support Vessels (HSSVs) for the Royal Navy of Oman. The occasion was formally recognized at an event held today at Austal’s Australian Shipyard in Henderson, Western Australia.  


USS Sampson Locates Debris of AirAsia

USS Sampson

  USS Sampson (DDG 102) is supporting the ongoing Indonesian-led search and recovery operations for the downed AirAsia flight QZ8501 and assisted in locating the crash debris field yesterday. At the request of the Indonesian government


2nd U.S. Navy Ship Joins Search for AirAsia QZ8501

Boatswains Mate 2nd Class Adam Garnett signals an MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter from Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 35 on the flight deck of the littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3). Fort Worth is currently

  USS Fort Worth joins USS Sampson (DDG 102), which has been on station since Dec. 29. Fort Worth is the littoral combat ship (LCS) on a rotational deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet and brings maneuverability, speed and a shallow draft


Search for Air Asia QZ8501 Continues

Logistics Specialist 3rd Class Norrik Hodge stands watch on the bridge wing of the littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3)

  USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) arrived in the search area on Jan. 3, 2015 and has commenced search efforts for Air Asia flight QZ8501 at the request of the Indonesian government. It is the second US Naval Ship to join in the search. Seen the picture is the Logistics Specialist 3rd Class Norrik


Second US Navy Ship Joins AirAsia Search

Boatswains Mate 2nd Class Adam Garnett signals an MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter from Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 35 on the flight deck of the littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3). Fort Worth is currently on station conducting helicopter search and recovery operations as part of the Indonesian-led efforts to locate missing AirAsia Flight QZ8501. (U.S. Navy photo by Antonio P. Turretto Ramos)

USS Fort Worth joins USS Sampson as second U.S. Navy ship assisting with AirAsia QZ8501 search efforts. USS Sampson has been on station since December 29.   Fort Worth is the littoral combat ship (LCS) on a rotational deployment to the U.S


General Dynamics Enhancing US Navy Capabilities

General Dynamics Mission Systems Presents Portfolio of Capabilities to Defend, Protect and Connect the U.S. Navy

  General Dynamics Mission Systems makes its debut as General Dynamics' newest business unit at the Surface Navy Association's (SNA) 27th National Symposium. General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems and General Dynamics C4 Systems combined to form General Dynamics Mission Systems on


General Dynamics Wins MK46 Systems Contract

Mk-46 30mm gun weapon system aboard USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19)

The Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) awarded General Dynamics Land Systems a $26.2 million contract for the production of MK46 Modification (Mod) 2 Gun Weapon Systems (GWS) for use on Littoral Combat Ships (LCS), and Zumwalt-class (DDG-1000) ships


US Navy Renaming LCS Ships as 'Frigates'

Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy

U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus on Thursday said the Navy would rename the modified Littoral Combat Ships it plans to build in coming years as "frigates," given their enhanced capabilities. "One of the requirements of the Small Surface Combatant Task Force was to have a ship with


US Navy Eyes Next LCS Contracts in Q1

Littoral combat ships USS Independence (LCS 2) and USS Coronado (LCS 4). (U.S. Navy photo by Keith DeVinney)

The U.S. Navy plans to award contracts before the end of the first quarter to Lockheed Martin Corp and Australia's Austal for its next three Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) as well as money to buy materials for a fourth, Navy officials said Thursday.  






 
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