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Domestic Defense Bill Introduced

Senator Clinton (D-NY) introduced the Domestic Defense Fund Act of 2004 (S. 2021) to provide for a domestic defense fund to improve the Nation's homeland defense, and for other purposes. If enacted, the bill would, among other things, authorize $4 billion annually for distribution to states for various homeland security projects, including port security. (Source: HK Law)


House: Give Extra Billion to the Navy

It appears that the considerable, unrelenting lobbying effort of shipbuilders and Navy leaders has finally worked. According to a wire reports, a House of Representatives panel on Tuesday, April 30, voted to spend $3.2 billion more on military hardware than the President asked for, a sum which includes an additional $1 billion for Navy Ships. Reuters reported that the House Armed Services procurement subcommittee approved a plan to provide $73


Sen. Landrieu Backs Larger Naval Fleet

Lousiana Senator Mary Landrieu introduced legislation last week aimed to increase the number of naval ships. The Landrieu bill makes it the policy of the United States to return to a Navy of a least 375 ships, the amount recommended by the Chief of Naval Operations. In addition to increasing port security this bill would help protect important jobs at shipyards throughout the country. "With a current force structure well below Department of Defense requirements


U.S. Sues Shipbuilder For Alleged Overcharges

The United States has filed suit against Newport News Shipbuilding Inc. alleging that the company knowingly mischarged the U.S. Navy on costs it incurred for work under commercial contracts from 1994 to 1999, the Justice Department announced today. The lawsuit alleges that the Newport News, Virginia-based company charged the Navy for independent research and development (IR&D) costs for double-hulled tankers that Newport News was building for commercial customers under existing contracts


U.S. Coast Guard to Reinstate Tuition Assistance

The U.S. Coast Guard joins the Department of Defense in reinstating tuition assistance in response to an amendment that was inserted into the General Provisions of the 2013 Appropriations Bill. The amendment to the Appropriations Bill submitted by U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), directs the U.S. Coast Guard, a component of Department of Homeland Security, placed under the category of "other departments or agencies" to restore funding for Tuition Assistance set aside under


Defense Appropriations Bill Includes $1 Bln for US Icebreaker

USCG photo by Rob Rothway

The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee’s FY2017 Defense Appropriations Bill has included $1 billion in funding to accelerate construction of a new polar icebreaker for the U.S. Coast Guard, reported Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.).   Cochran, who chairs the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, said the bill recommends $1 billion in Navy shipbuilding funds to procure the first U.S. Coast Guard-operated icebreaker in more than 25 years


Bill to Reform Deepwater Acquisition Passes Committee

The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure passed the Deepwater Integrated Program Reform Act, H.R. 2722, authored by Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation. The Committee also passed the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2007, H.R. 2830, authored by the Chairman of the full Transportation Committee, James Oberstar (D-MN) and by Congressman Cummings. Both bills passed on voice votes.


MN 100: VT Halter Marine, Inc.

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900 Bayou Casotte Parkway Pascagoula, Mississippi 39581 Telephone: 228 696 6888 E-mail: sales@vthm.com Website: www.vthaltermarine.com CEO: William (Bill) E. Skinner COO: Paul J. Albert The Company: VT Halter Marine is based in Pascagoula, home to the company’s corporate headquarters, engineering, fabrication and a foreign trade zone. Its yard there produces Panamax-sized vessels up to 50,000 DWT and features a newly expanded 600’ tilt-beam launch system


Navy Sets Up Base in Romania

Naval Support Facility Deveselu, the first Navy base to be established since Naval Station Everett, which was established more than 20 years ago, will be part of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) System. (U.S. Navy

  Commander, Navy Region Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia (CNREURAFSWA) established Naval Support Facility (NSF) Deveselu Friday, Oct. 10, during an establishment and assumption of command ceremony on base. NSF Deveselu, formerly a disused Romanian airfield, is the first Navy base to be established since Naval Station (NS) Everett in Washington, whose official groundbreaking ceremony was held Nov. 9, 1987. The installation, scheduled to be operational in 2015


Austal Supporting Innovation in Western Australia

Austal Limited has attended the first forum hosted by the Government of Western Australia’s new Innovation Minister, The Hon. Bill Marmion MLA, in preparation for the State’s first Innovation Summit, to be held in Perth on July 28, 2016.   As a WA-based builder of defense and commercial vessels, Austal participated in the forum and said it intends to play a proactive, leadership role in the Innovation Summit to help drive innovation development and investment in Western


Skilled Workers Needed to Build Trump's Navy Vision

File Image: AdobeStock CREDIT Bogdan Vasilescu

U.S. President Donald Trump says he wants to build dozens of new warships in one of the biggest peace-time expansions of the U.S. Navy. But interviews with ship-builders, unions and a review of public and internal documents show major obstacles to that plan.  


Marshall Islands Registry is "Number Two"

The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) fleet now stands at 223,262,177 deadweight tons (DWT), making it the second largest registry in the world in terms of DWT. International Registries, Inc. and its affiliates (IRI) have provided administrative and technical support to the RMI Registry since


Gowind 2500: DCNS Creation Passes first Test

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DCNS announced the success of the first sea trials of the first-of-class Gowind 2500 corvette under construction in Lorient, France by DCNS. Ten Gowind 2500 corvettes, aimed at supplementing DCNS surface vessel product range, has been ordered so far by international navies.  


VSTEP, Damen Partner for Bahamas Defence Training

Photo: VSTEP

A recent cooperation agreement between Damen and VSTEP has been established for the delivery of a NAUTIS Full Mission Bridge Simulator with Alphatron Marine equipment to the Royal Bahamas Defense Force. The delivery is part of the Sandy Bottom Project


Keel Laid for USS Frank E. Petersen

Photo: United States Navy

 The keel of future guided-missile destroyer USS Frank E. Petersen, Jr. (DDG 121) was ceremoniously laid Feb. 21 at Huntington Ingalls Industries shipyard.   Although official construction of DDG 121 began April 2016, the keel laying symbolically recognizes the ceremonial beginning of


Rep. Granger Visits Newport News Shipbuilding

Rep. Kay Granger, R-Texas, visited Newport News Shipbuilding on Thursday. Granger serves as chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee’s Defense Subcommittee. (Photo: John Whalen/HII)

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) hosted Rep. Kay Granger, R-Texas, on February 23 for a tour of the company’s Newport News Shipbuilding division.   Newport News Shipbuilding President Matt Mulherin accompanied the congresswoman on the shipyard tour


Trump Seeks 'Historic' Increase in Defense Spending

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President Donald Trump is seeking what he called a "historic" increase in military spending of more than 9 percent, a huge rise even as the United States has wound down major wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and remains the world's strongest military power.  


Speaking at Newport News, Trump Calls for Navy Buildup

Image: Adm. John Richardson, chief of naval operations, Mike Petters, HII president and CEO and President Donald Trump touring Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78)  (CREDIT: HII)

President Donald Trump said on Thursday he wants a U.S. military buildup of more ships and planes to "project American power in distant lands," making his case for a proposed $54 billion increase in defense spending that has U.S. lawmakers squabbling.  


Legislators Call for US-flag LNG Carriers

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New legislation proposed this week would require up to 30 percent of U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports to travel on U.S.-flagged vessels.   The U.S. is expected to continue ramping up its LNG exports in the coming years and become a net exporter by 2020, yet there are currently no U.S


San Diego Shipyards Getting $383mln to Repair Navy Ships

San Diego Ship Repair. Photo: BAE Systems

 Three San Diego shipyards - BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair, Continental Maritime, General Dynamics, and National Steel and Shipbuilding Company - have received a combined $383 million contracts for complex maintenance, repair and modernizations on amphibious ships.  


Vard Bags Norwegian Coast Guard Maintenance Deal

Vard Langsten has delivered newbuildings and conversions for the Norwegian Defense Logistics Organization for many years. The first vessel was delivered in 1993, and the latest in 2015. (Archive photo: Norwegian Armed Forces)

Vard Holdings Limited said it has secured a framework agreement for the maintenance of five Coast Guard vessels for the Norwegian Defense Logistics Organization.  The framework agreement, assigned to Vard Langsten in Norway, includes ship maintenance and corrective maintenance of the


US, Japan to Participate in MultiSail 2017

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 The U.S. Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) are participating in the annual bilateral training exercise MultiSail 2017, March 6-10.   Participants include six U.S. Navy ships, two JMSDF ships, and a number of subsurface and other special units.  


Austal Opens New Patrol Boat Building Facility

Image: Austal

 Austal has opened a new Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement (PPB-R) Shipbuilding Facility in Naval Base, Western Australia.   Australian Defense Industry Minister Christopher Pyne cut the red ribbon at the 10,500m² facility in front of defense industry stakeholders


US Navy, JMSDF Complete MultiSail 17

Photo:  United States Navy

 Commander, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15 and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) completed the annual bilateral training exercise MultiSail 17, March 10.   The six-day exercise consisted of surface action group maneuvers, anti-submarine training


India Lower House Passes the Admiralty Bill 2016

Photo: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Courtesy: PIB, India

 The Admiralty (Jurisdiction and Settlement of Maritime Claims) Bill, 2016 was passed by the Lok Sabha (Lower House of the Parliament of India).   The Bill aims to establish a legal framework to consolidate the existing laws relating to admiralty jurisdiction of courts






 
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