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Bath Iron Works Awarded $72M Navy Contract

The U.S. Navy has awarded Bath Iron Works a $72 million contract for Lead Yard Services associated with the DDG 51-Class AEGIS Destroyer Program. The contract also includes an option for a second year of engineering services for $76 million. Bath Iron Works, lead designer and builder of the DDG 51 AEGIS Destroyer, has a total of 14 DDG 51-Class Destroyers in its backlog, and has delivered 20 of the destroyers to the U.S. Navy to date.


Defense Budget Bodes Well for Bath Iron Works

Plans for construction of the Navy's next-generation destroyer at Bath Iron Works and a Mississippi shipyard remain on track, Pentagon officials said Monday as they sent next year's budget request to Congress. Unlike past years, when the destroyer program and other shipbuilding projects have been targeted for cuts, the fiscal year 2008 budget stays the course for the sleek new ships. The budget requests $3.5 billion to complete construction of the two lead Elmo Zumwalt class destroyers


Royal Navy to Launch 'D' Class Cestoyer

The first of the Royal Navy's new 'D' Class destroyers are set to be launched early next year. HMS Daring, the seventh vessel to carry the name, will be the first of the Royal Navy's batch of Type 45 air defence destroyers. Armed with a new weapon system, Principal Anti-Air Missile System (PAAMS), at around 7,350 tonnes, the ships are the biggest and most powerful vessels of their type ever built for the Royal Navy.


This Day in Naval History – Oct. 6

1884 - Department of the Navy establishes the Naval War College at Newport, RI (General Order 325). 1940 - Fourth group of 8 U.S. destroyers involved in Destroyers for Bases Deal are turned over to British authorities at Halifax, Canada. 1943 - In night Battle of Vella Lavella, 3 U.S. destroyers attack 9 Japanese destroyers to stop evacuation of Japanese troops from Vella Lavella., Solomon Islands 1958 - USS Seawolf (SSN-575) completes record submerged run of 60 days, logging over 13


RAN's Warfare Destroyer Program Being Revamped

Pacific Sentinel

  In a joint press release the Australian Minister for Finance Senator Mathias Cormann and Minister for Defence David Johnston stated. that the shipbuilding expertise will to be inserted into the Air Warfare Destroyer program.  In this regards the release said,"We are taking the next major step to put the $8.5 billion Air Warfare Destroyer program back on track to deliver critical capability for the Royal Australian Navy


Ingalls Awarded $618 Mln to Build DDG 123

Huntington Ingalls Industries' (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division has received a $618 million contract modification to fund construction of the Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) guided missile destroyer DDG 123 for the U.S. Navy. The ship is the fourth of five destroyers the company was awarded in June 2013. Ingalls previously was awarded $55 million in advance procurement for DDG 123, making the full contract $673 million.  


U.S. Navy Awards Ingalls $620 Million Shipbuilding Contract

Ingalls has been awarded a $620 million contract to build two additional DDG 51 Class Aegis guided missile destroyers for the U.S. Navy. The two-ship contract awarded represents the exercise of an option included in a multi-year, multi-ship contract awarded to Ingalls last year. With the award, Ingalls has 21 Aegis destroyers under firm contract; and holds options for four additional ships which will be awarded over the next two years.


Raytheon Selects IBM for Navy Contract

IBM Corp. was selected by defense firm Raytheon Co. to assist in designing an upgraded software system for at least one U.S. Navy Zumwalt destroyer. Waltham, Mass.-based Raytheon received a $3 billion contract from the Navy to design mission systems equipment for two destroyer ships. The equipment acts as the brains of the ship, sensing incoming missiles, sending signals and controlling radar systems. Raytheon will later compete for a separate contract to build mission systems


Navy to Christen Guided Missile Destroyer Dewey

By the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs) The Navy will christen the newest Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyer, Dewey, Saturday, Jan. 26, during a 10 a.m. CST ceremony at Northrop Grumman Ship Systems in Pascagoula, Miss. Designated DDG 105, the new destroyer honors Adm. George Dewey (1837-1917) who commanded the Asiatic Station from the cruiser Olympia. Shortly after the onset of the Spanish-American War


Bath Iron Works Lays Keel of DDG 1000

BIW welder, Carl Pepin, second from left, with members of the Zumwalt family including Ann Phillips, left, James G. Zumwalt and Mouzetta Zumwalt-Weathers, at the keel laying for DDG-1000, the first ship in the planned three-ship Zumwalt class of guided-missile destroyers.

On November 17, 2011, General Dynamics Bath Iron Works celebrated the keel laying of Zumwalt (DDG 1000), the first ship in the planned three-ship Zumwalt class of guided-missile destroyers.  The keel unit is the 4,000-ton, heavily outfitted mid-forebody section of the ship, which was moved from the shipyard’s Ultra Hall construction facility onto the building ways in late October. The ship is named for ADM Elmo Zumwalt (1920-2000), regarded as the father of the modern Navy


This Day In Naval History: July 11

(Official U.S. Navy photo by Joan M. Zopf, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection)

1798 - President John Adams signs an act that reestablishes the Marine Corps under the Constitution. The following day, Maj. William W. Burrows is appointed Commandant of the Marine Corps.   1918 - Henry Ford launches the first of the 100 intended Eagle boats


This Day In Naval History: July 15

Oregon (BB-3) (IUSN photo # NH 42972, courtesy of Allan J. Drugan, copied from Album of Lewis H. Rockey, from the collections of the U.S. Naval Historical Center.)

1862 - While CSS Arkansas makes her way down the Yazoo River, she encounters the Union gunboats USS Carondelet, USS Tyler, and USS Queen of the West. In the ensuing battle, CSS Arkansas damages the first two vessels and makes her way into the Mississippi River


US Navy Tests Latest Aegis Weapon System

Rear Adm. Chris Grady, commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic, greets Minister Pedro Morenes, Spanish Minister of Defense prior to Morenes embarking Spanish Navy Ship Cristobol Colon (F-105) Naval Station Norfolk. PhotoUSN

The U.S. Navy conducted a series of cooperative air defense test exercises with the Spanish navy that culminated in live missile firing events using the latest Aegis Weapon System baseline July 20-21. The event was not only the first interoperability test of the latest Aegis Baseline 9


Hyundai Bags NZ Defence Order

3D Image of Logistics Support Vessel HHI to Build Under New Zealand Defence Force’s MSC Project. Photo: Hyundai Heavy Industries

 Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), the world’s largest shipbuilder, has won an order to build a 23,000 ton class logistics support vessel for New Zealand Defence Force’s Maritime Sustainment Capability (MSC) project.   


Second US Aircraft Carrier Enters Mediterranean

USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) enters the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations on June 8, 2016 (U.S. Navy photo by Anderson W. Branch)

The U.S. aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower entered the Mediterranean late on Monday, the U.S. Navy said, at a time when U.S. officials are raising alarm over Russia's maritime expansion.   The Eisenhower, also known as the "Ike," will relieve the USS Harry S


This Day In Naval History: June 13

Sketch by LCDR. DeLong of Jeannette stuck and sinking in the ice in June 1881. US Navy image

1881 - The bark-rigged wooden steamship Jeannette sinks after she is crushed in an Arctic ice pack during the expedition to reach the North Pole through the Bering Strait. Only 13 of her crew survive out of 33.   1900 - During the Boxer Rebellion


New US Warship Named after Pioneering Navy Nurse

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus signs a graphic representation of the future guided-missile destroyer USS Lenah H. Sutcliffe Higbee (DDG 123) at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial. (U.S. Navy photo by Armando Gonzales)

During a ceremony to honor women who served in the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced an Arleigh-Burke class destroyer, DDG 123, will be named Lenah H. Sutcliffe Higbee.   Higbee, the future ship's namesake, was a pioneering United States Navy chief nurse


US Navy Stealth Destroyer Showcases Furuno Technology

USS Zumwalt  (Photo: Furuno)

The U.S. Navy recently launched USS Zumwalt (DDG-1000), lead ship of the all-new Zumwalt-class of stealth destroyers. Named for Admiral Elmo R. “Bud” Zumwalt, this new vessel was developed under the US Navy’s DD-21 “21st Century Destroyer” program.  


NATO Accelerates Military Buildup in Black Sea

Photo: NATO

 The NATO buildup in the Black Sea is part of the alliance's strategy to expand its military presence along Russia's borders. The move would destabilize the situation in the region, says a report in Sputnik.   Russian state media reported earlier this month that the USS Porter, a U.S


US Says It Will Stay in Black Sea despite Russian Warning

USS Mason (DDG 87) (U.S. Navy photo by Casey J. Hopkins)

The United States will maintain its presence in the Black Sea despite a Russian warning that a U.S. destroyer patrolling there undermined regional security, the U.S. Navy Secretary said.   The USS Porter entered the Black Sea this month, drawing heavy criticism from Moscow


USS Michael Monsoor Christened

Sally Monsoor christens the future USS Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001), which is named in honor of her son, Medal of Honor recipient Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class (SEAL) Michael A. Monsoor. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Bath Iron Works)

The U.S. Navy’s newest guided-missile destroyer, Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001), was christened on Saturday, June 18 at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works shipyard in Bath, Maine.   The second ship of the Zumwalt-class, DDG 1001 is named for Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Monsoor


This Day In Naval History: June 22

Flasher (SSN-613) (left) and Tecumseh (SSBN-628) are seen on the building ways at General Dynamics Electric Boat on 21 June 1963. They would be launched simultaneously on the following day. (Photo courtesy of Valllejo Naval and Historical Museum)

1807 - Frigate USS Chesapeake, commanded by James Barron, is stopped by British frigate HMS Leopard after killing several of her crew and take Royal Navy deserters. Barron is court-martialed for not having his ship prepared to fight.  


This Day In Naval History: July 1

Rear Adm. Samuel L. Gravely Jr. (U.S. Navy photo)

1801 - Commodore Richard Dale's squadron arrives at Gibraltar for the protection of American interests and to strike at the Barbary Pirates in the Mediterranean. Squadron ships were USS President, USS Philadelphia, USS Essex, and USS Enterprise.


China to Hold Military Drill in South China Sea

Islands Disputed in the South China Sea. Sources: Lowy Institute | National Public Radio | Additional Research by Graphiq. As of January, 2016

 China’s maritime safety administration announced China’s military's plans exercises in the disputed South China Sea this week, adding to tensions ahead of an international tribunal’s ruling that is expected to challenge Beijing’s maritime claims in the area.  


This Day In Naval History: July 06

1747 - John Paul Jones is born in Arbigland, Scotland. Originally appointed to the Continental Navy in 1775, he is known for his quote, Ive not yet begun to fight! during the battle between Continental frigate, Bonhomme Richard, and HMS Serapis on Sept. 23, 1779.  






 
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