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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


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


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.


DD-X Decision Possibly Friday

In the coming few days, the U.S. Navy is suposed to award a corporate team to design the DD-X, the lead ship in a new family of smaller U.S.warships. "We still intend to make the down-select decision by the end of April," said Navy spokesman Lt. Bill Speaks, in a published wire report. Some indications point to this Friday for the announcement. The DD-X program, which effectively replaced the scuttled DD-21 program last Fall


Editor's Note

Despite the renewed vigor for military activities due to the prolonged commitment to fighting terrorism at home and abroad, it seems that lawmakers are still reticent — via the proposal of a Navy Budget for Fiscal Years '02 and '03 — to spend adequate levels of money to maintain a strong fleet. According to the American Shipbuilding Association (ASA), The Defense Authorization Bill for FY02, that passed both the House and Senate (S


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


Taiwan Eyes Budget for New Submarines

Photo by Taiwan Ministry of National Defense

 Taiwan’s defense ministry seeks financing to expand the country’s submarine fleet, reports Reuters quoting local media reports.   The government has allocated $92.55 million over four years, beginning next year, to launch a long-awaited program for the island to build its


Australia's New Shipping Laws Threaten Loss of Jobs

Image credit:  Shipping Australia

 The planned changes to Australia’s shipping laws would cause a 93% loss of Australian seafaring jobs a new report says.   More than nine in 10 domestic seafarers will lose their jobs if the Abbott government's plan to relax shipping regulations passes Parliament


Russian Spy Ship near US Nuke Submarine Bases

Photo: MC1 Kimberly Clifford, U.S. Navy

 Fox News and the Washington Free Beacon reported the presence of a  top Russian spy ship off the coast of Kings Bay, Georgia and is capable of cutting undersea cables.   The Pentagon responded to the media reports that it was closely being monitored by defense agencies but


HMS Prince of Wales’ Final Carrier Block Delivered

CB04 will be lifted onto HMS Prince of Wales in four sections. (Photo: Aircraft Carrier Alliance)

The final sections of the second Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier produced by Cammell Laird arrived at Babcock Rosyth Facilities in Fife on Thursday, September 3, following their voyage from Birkenhead.   Center Block 4 is the longest of the upper sections of hull of HMS Prince of


Kobelt Acquires Accu-Steer

Hydraulic Power Steering System

  Manufacturer of quality hydraulic steering actuators will join Kobelt to expand marine system offerings. Kobelt announced today the acquisition of Accu-Steer Inc., a US-based manufacturer of quality Hydraulic Steering Actuators.


Retlif Expands Into North Carolina

Independent compliance and testing organization Retlif Testing Laboratories announced it has expanded with a new location in Concord, North Carolina to answer a growing regional need for testing services.   The new laboratory, established after two years of searching for an ideal location


UK's Newest Submarine Arrives on the Clyde

Artful arriving at HMNB Clyde (Photo: U.K. Ministry of Defense)

Artful, the third of the U.K. Royal Navy’s new Astute Class attack submarines, has arrived at her Scottish base port from where she will carry out sea trials before entering service later this year, the U.K. Ministry of Defense announced.  


Is Russia Militarizing The Arctic ?

Image: Russian Military

 US Army's Foreign Military Studies Office (FMSO) said in its August 2015 report that Moscow is  building up its military presence and moving highly advanced and specially modified air defense systems in the resource-rich Arctic region.   


Is Taiwan in Market for Submarines?

Ma Ying-jeou. Photo by Office of the President, Republic of China (Taiwan)

 A day after the President Ma Ying-jeou said that Taiwan needs diesel-electric submarines rather than nuclear-powered ones and has decided to build the type of craft it requires, the country's Ministry of National Defense reiterated that it has still not given up on the idea of buying


Metalcraft Celebrates its 50th Anniversary

Ernie Ellis (Photo: Metalcraft)

Metalcraft, a designer and manufacturer of fire detection and suppression equipment, is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The company serves a broad range of industries, including marine, auto racing, defense and aerospace, where its extinguishers have flown on numerous NASA missions.  


US Rep. Crenshaw Visits Newport News Shipbuilding

Rep. Ander Crenshaw (second from left) toured Newport News Shipbuilding and was briefed on the construction of Virginia-class submarines (VCS) while visiting the shipyard’s Supplemental Module Outfitting Facility. Also pictured (left to right) are Matt Needy, Newport News’ VCS program director; Scott Whitmore, VCS construction superintendent; and Rob Austin, VCS construction director. (Photo by Chris Oxley/HII)

Shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) hosted Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R-Fla.) Tuesday for a tour of the company's Newport News Shipbuilding division.   Ken Mahler, Newport News' vice president of Navy programs, joined Crenshaw for the visit


Russian-Chinese Naval Drills End

Chinese amphibious warship Changbaishan deploys several ZBD-05 infantry fighting vehicles as part of Joint Sea 2015 on Aug. 25, 2015. Chinese MoD Photo

 The second phase of the Russian-Chinese Joint Sea-2015 naval maneuvers has officially ended outside the port of Vladivostok in Russia’s Far East, says spokesman for the Eastern Military District Roman Martov.   "Today


China Passes New Pollution Law, Will Cap Coal Consumption

  Legislators have approved amendments to China's 15-year-old air pollution law that grant the state new powers to punish offenders and create a legal framework to cap coal consumption, the Asian giant's biggest source of smog. The draft amendments were passed by 154 votes to 4


Oil Exports Could Push US Gasoline Prices Lower

The price of U.S. gasoline could fall if Washington were to allow crude oil exports, an independent government report on Tuesday concluded, adding political firepower for those who want to change the law to expand such trade.   Exports would put more crude on global markets and push down


Chinese Ships Spotted off Alaska

Image: Xinhua

 Five Chinese Navy ships are sailing in international waters in the Bering Sea off Alaska coast, coinciding with President Barack Obama’s visit to the the U.S. state.   US defence officials have spotted three Chinese combat ships






 
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