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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


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


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


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


US Navy Evaluating SEWIP for LCS

Littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1). U.S. Navy photo by Tim D. Godbee

The U.S. Navy is evaluating a scaled-down version of the Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP) system for potential incorporation on future Littoral Combat Ships (LCS), Naval Sea Systems Command announced, Nov. 20.   SEWIP is an evolutionary development block upgrade


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.  


Austal Delivers Fourth JHSV to the US Navy

Photo courtesy of Austal USA

The U.S. Navy accepted delivery of USNS Fall River (JHSV 4) from Austal USA yesterday, a week shy of six months from the date they took delivery of JHSV 3. This is the fourth Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV) delivered to date for the JHSV Program which totals 10 ships at over $1.6 billion.


Successful MTG Light Off for USS Zumwalt

Photo courtesy of Rolls-Royce

The future USS Zumwalt, the first ship of the DDG 1000 multimission destroyer class, performed a successful Generator Light-Off of its first Main Turbine Generator Set (MTG) this week, Rolls-Royce announced. The ship is now power self-sufficient enabling follow-on systems testing and trials.


Austal Launches Trenton (JHSV 5)

Trenton (JHSV 5). Photo courtesy of Austal USA

Second Joint High Speed Vessel to be launched at Austal in 2014 On September 30, 2014, Austal USA successfully completed the launch process of Trenton (JHSV 5) - the second Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV) launched by Austal in 2014. This 103-meter high-speed catamaran represents the U.S


Austal Expands to San Diego

Left to Right:  David Walden (Austal - Homeport Manager), Annabel Walden, Adm. Jose Betancourt (USN – Ret.), Councilwoman Pamela Bensoussan (City of Chula Vista), Mayor Cheryl Cox (City of Chula Vista), Tim Mahoney (Austal USA – VP Post Delivery Service & Support), Dir. Economic Development Michael Meacham (City of Chula Vista), and Ronald Delaney (Austal - Service Warranty Engineer)

Office to provide local support to LCS and JHSV programs. On October 8th, Austal celebrated the opening of our San Diego, Cal., Operations Office with a ribbon cutting ceremony.  Joining Austal’s representatives at the ceremony were Mayor Cheryl Cox of the City of Chula Vista; City


USS Detroit to Be Christened, Launched Oct. 18

Photo: Lockheed Martin

The launch and christening ceremony of LCS 7 (the future USS Detroit) will take place Saturday morning, Oct. 18, at the Marinette Marine Corporation shipyard in Marinette, Wisconsin, where the Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ships are built.


US Navy to Christen Littoral Combat Ship Detroit

Photo: Lockheed Martin

The Navy will christen littoral combat ship (LCS) Detroit, on Oct. 18 during a ceremony at Marinette Marine Corporation shipyard in Marinette, Wisconsin. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, will deliver the principal address at the ceremony, and Barbara Levin, wife of U.S


Austal Launches 5th CCP Boat

Cape Class Patrol Boat - Cape Jervis in foreground, Cape Sorell & Cape Nelson in background

  Austal launched yesterday its fifth in-series Cape Class Patrol Boat (CCPB) at the Company’s Australian Defence Facility in Henderson, Western Australia. Cape Jervis is the fifth of eight 58-metre patrol boats that are being delivered to the Australian Customs and Border


US Navy Christens Future USS Detroit

Ships sponsor Barbara Levin breaks a bottle of champagne across the bow during the christening ceremony for the littoral combat ship Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Detroit (LCS 7) at Marinette Marine Corp. shipyard in Marinette, Wis. (U.S. Navy photo by Sam Shavers)

The U.S. Navy christened the future USS Detroit (LCS 7), the fourth Littoral Combat Ship of the Freedom variant, in a ceremony at Marinette Marine Shipyard in Marinette, Wisconsin, Oct. 18. The Secretary of the Navy, the Honorable Ray Mabus, delivered the principal address at the ceremony


Capuco is Chief Naval Architect of Gibbs & Cox

Benedict Capuco, Vice President, Platform Solutins Group at Gibbs & Cox.

  Gibbs & Cox, Inc., an independent naval architecture and marine engineering firm, announced the appointment of Mr. Benedict P. Capuco as Chief Naval Architect.  In this role, Capuco will provide corporate leadership to the company's naval architecture and marine engineering


Navy Christens Littoral Combat Ship Montgomery

LCS Montgomery (LCS 8) rolls out of Austal USAs assembly bay in Mobile, Alabama.

  The Navy will christen littoral combat ship (LCS) Montgomery Nov. 8 during a ceremony at the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Alabama.   Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michelle Howard, will deliver the principal address at the ceremony. Mary Sessions, wife of U.S


U.S. Navy Expect Decision on LCS Warship

The trimaran USS Independence

  Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is expected to make a decision soon on how to make a new class of smaller warships more lethal and survivable, the Navy's top admiral said on Saturday. Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan Greenert expected a quick decision based on a recommendation






 
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