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NASSCO Lays Keel of Sixth T-AKE Ship

General Dynamics NASSCO, a wholly-owned subsidiary of General Dynamics held a keel-laying ceremony for the sixth ship in the U.S. Navy's T-AKE program. The Navy announced yesterday (May 29) that the ship will be named USNS Amelia Earhart, in honor of the first woman to fly solo, non-stop across the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. A keel-laying ceremony is a shipbuilding tradition that signifies an important milestone as full-scale production begins. In recognition of that milestone, event honoree, Darlene Costello, welded her initials into the keel. Costello is the deputy director for Naval Warfare in the office of under secretary of defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics. The Amelia Earhart is scheduled to be delivered to the Navy's Military Sealift Command (MSC) in the fall of 2008. The ship will be 689-feet long and displace about 41,000 metric tons when fully loaded. Amelia Earhart's primary mission will be to deliver food, ammunition, fuel and other provisions to combat ships at sea.


This Day in Naval History – Feb. 4

1779 - John Paul Jones takes command of Bonhomme Richard 1959 - Keel laying of USS Enterprise, first nuclear powered aircraft carrier, Newport News, VA (Source: Navy News Service)


Austal Marks Start LCS Construction

The AP has reported that Austal USA marked the start of a warship project with a keel-laying ceremony at its Mobile shipyard. A massive aluminum keel — the spine on which the ship will be built — was already in place when guests including government officials and most of Austal's 430 employees arrived. Austal is the shipbuilder for a team led by Maine-based Bath Iron Works, a subsidiary of General Dynamics Corp., which in October won the $223 million contract to build a version of the


Keel-Laying Ceremony Held for Green Bay LPD 20

Northrop Grumman Corporation and the U.S. Navy today commemorated the keel-laying for Green Bay (LPD 20), the fourth of 12 ships being built by Northrop Grumman Ship Systems. The ceremony took place at the sector's Avondale Operations in New Orleans, La. Former secretary of the Navy Richard Danzig assigned the name Green Bay to honor the nation's Midwest "city by the bay." Danzig stated in 2000 that, "Green Bay is well known for its commitment to


This Day in U.S. Naval History – February 4

1779 - John Paul Jones takes command of Bonhomme Richard 1959 - Keel laying of USS Enterprise, first nuclear powered aircraft carrier, Newport News, VA (Source: Navy News Service)  


LNG-powered Cruise Ferry Keel Laid

Image credit Viking Line

Keel-laying at STX Finland Yard for Viking Lines New 'Viking Grace'  The RoRo cruise ferry M/S Viking Grace vaunted to be the most environmentally friendly large cruise ferry ever, will be fuelled by liquefied natural gas (LNG),  and incorporates a host of environmentally friendly features in the design. Delivery is scheduled for early next year.


Albwardy Awarded Tug Contract

Nakilat-SvitzerWijsmuller (the joint venture company set-up by SvitzerWijsmuller and Qatar Gas Transport Company - Nakilat), has awarded UAE's Albwardy Marine Engineering a contract to build five tugboats. A keel-laying ceremony for the building of the five boats was held at the Dubai Ship Dockyard in Al Jaddaf. Source: AMEinfo


VT Halter Celebrates Keel Laying

VT Halter Marine Inc., a subsidiary of Vision Technologies Systems Inc., held a keel laying ceremony today for the double-ended ferry that it is building for the Woods Hole, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket Steamship Authority (SSA). SSA representatives were present for the traditional celebration, which is symbolic of laying down the foundation - the backbone and strength of a ship. The keel laying ceremony officially commences the construction of ‘Island Home’ a 254-ft.


This Day in Naval History - Sept. 26

From the Navy News Service 1781 - French fleet defeats British at Yorktown, Va. 1910 - First recorded reference to provision for aviation in Navy Department organization. 1918 - USS Tampa lost with 118. 1931 - Keel laying at Newport News, Va., of USS Ranger (CV 4), first ship designed and constructed as an aircraft carrier. 1963 - First steam-eject launch of Polaris missile at sea off Cape Canaveral, Fla., (now Cape Kennedy) from USS Observation Island (EAG 154)


Grandweld, New Shipbuilding Contracts

According to a June 23 report from Seatrade, Grandweld recently held keel laying ceremonies for two 118 ft utility vessels and one 134.5 ft crewboat for repeat customer Humaid Badir Marine Shipping Est., a UAE based fleet operator. The three vessel order is said to signal a strong 2009/10 order book for the Dubai based shipbuilding, ship repair and conversion yard, part of GMMOS Group. (Source: Seatrade)


New Requirements for Fire-Fighters’ Outfits

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The 2014 amendments to SOLAS and the Fire Safety Systems (FSS) Code* will enter into force on 1 July, 2014, introducing revised and new requirements for fire-fighter’s outfit breathing apparatus and two-way portable radiotelephone apparatuses, as follows: Breathing apparatus


Mexico Returns to the Shipbuilding Industry

Photo: TNG

Mexican shipyard Talleres Navales del Golfo (TNG) announced on May 26 the reactivation of the Mexican shipbuilding industry in the keel laying ceremony of the Azimuth Tugboat C-130 for PEMEX. Present at the event were main authorities such as SEMAR, PEMEX, Bureau Veritas and Astilleros Armon


First Lady Signs-in at Submarine Keel-laying

Welder & First Lady: Navy photo

First Lady Michelle Obama's initials were welded onto a metal plate as Sailors from Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Illinois (SSN 786) looked on during a keel-laying ceremony for the new Virginia-class submarine. The First Lady joined Navy leaders


Hong Kong Requirements for Noise Protection

The IMO Code on Noise Levels On Board Ships (the ‘Noise Code 2012’) enters into force on 1 July, 2014, under new SOLAS regulation II-1/3-12*. Hong Kong flag administration requirements The Hong Kong flag administration has issued Merchant Shipping Information Note 14/2014 regarding


Vigor to Build Three Tugboats for Tidewater

Image courtesy of Vigor Fab

Vigor Fab has been awarded a contract by Tidewater Barge Lines of Vancouver, Wash, to construct 3 new tugboats. Construction of the first tug will start on Jan. 24, 2014, with the keel laying (the formal recognition of the start of a ship’s construction) at Vigor’s facility in


Keel Laid for First LNG Hybrid Barge

3D Illustration of the LNG Hybrid Barge

The keel laying of the world’s first LNG hybrid barge took place at a ceremony held at the SAM Shipbuilding & Machinery shipyard in Komárno, Slovakia. In the presence of representatives of the shipyard, AIDA Cruises, Becker Marine Systems and Hybrid Port Energy (a subsidiary of


Keel Laid for Australian Air Warfare Destroyer

A keel-laying ceremony was held February 3 for Australian Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) HMAS Brisban at Techport Australia, Adelaide. The vessel is the second of the Air Warfare Destroyer program. At the ceremony, Australian Minister for Defense Senator David Johnston said


Today in U.S. Naval History: February 4

Enterprise taking shape in slipway #11, Newport News Shipbuilding. (U.S. Navy photo)

Today in U.S. Naval History: February 4 1779 - John Paul Jones takes command of Bonhomme Richard 1959 - Keel laying of USS Enterprise, first nuclear powered aircraft carrier, Newport News, Va. For more information about naval history


Admiral's Wife Has Initials Set in US Warship's First Steel

Keel-laying ceremony: Photo courtesy of USN

The Navy and Lockheed Martin, with Marinette Marine Corp., have held a keel laying ceremony for the future 'USS Sioux City' (LCS 11), the Navy's 11th littoral combat ship (LCS).

 Ship sponsor Mary Winnefeld, wife of Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff


TUI Cruise Ship Keel Laid at STX Finland

Photo: STX Europe

On 25 February 2014, approximately nine months after the keel laying of TUI Cruises’ first newbuilding Mein Schiff 3, TUI Cruises and STX Finland celebrated the keel laying of Mein Schiff 4 in the Turku shipyard. Following the old shipbuilding tradition


Navy Joint Hi-speed Vessel Keel Laying at Austal Shipyard

Trenton keel authentication: Photo courtesy of Austal

Ms. Virginia A. Kamsky, was chosen to sponsor the ship by Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, and was present at the keel laying ceremony for the fifth Joint High Speed Vessel 'Trenton' (JHSV 5), one of ten Austal-designed 103-meter U.S. Navy Joint High Speed Vessels under contract with the U.S. Navy


Gondán Lays Keel for MS-SC Training Vessel

Photo courtesy Gondán Shipyard

Gondán Shipyard celebrated the keel laying ceremony of the sail training vessel that the yard is building for the British Marine Society & Sea Cadets (MS-SC). In the ceremony, which took place this morning in Figueras Shipyard (Castropol) participated representatives from the British


Damen Lays Keel for Indonesian Naval Frigate

Photo: Damen

In accordance with the agreed planning in the contract for the construction of a Damen SIGMA Frigate for the Indonesian Navy, the keel laying ceremony has taken place on April 16, 2014 at the PT PAL (Persero) Shipyard in Surabaya, Indonesia. The construction of the four modules that are going to


Keel-Laid for Navy's 10th LCS at Austal Yard

A Littoral Combat Ship: USN photo

The Navy and Austal USA held a keel-laying ceremony for the future 'USS Gabrielle Giffords', the Navy's 10th littoral combat ship (LCS), in Mobile, Ala., informs the Program Executive Office Littoral Combat Ships. The ship's sponsor, Roxanna Green, was unable to attend the ceremony


Royal Caribbean Orders Fourth Oasis-Class Vessel

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Richard D. Fain

Announcement Made as STX France Lays Keel for Third Oasis-Class Ship. Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. announced today that it has agreed with STX France to move forward on the order of a fourth Oasis-class ship for delivery in 2018. Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd






 
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