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Coast Guard Reflects on 60th Anniversary of D-Day Participation

“Going into the beach it looked like the beach was covered with driftwood—when we got close we realized the beach was covered with bodies,” noted U.S. Coast Guard Radioman 3rd Class Leroy C. Bowen, Jr., crewman aboard LCI 83 that landed Allied forces and extracted wounded from French beaches 60 years ago Sunday. Bowen’s landing craft was one of many Coast Guard-manned ships that participated in the D-Day landings June 6, 1944—a day that would prove to be one of the bloodiest in the Coast Guard’s long history. According to Coast Guard Historian Scott Price, of the 99 Coast Guard-manned warships that participated during D-Day missions, six were lost and many others seriously damaged; 18 Coast Guardsmen died and 38 others wounded. VADM James D. Hull, the Coast Guard’s Atlantic Area Commander is in Normandy and will represent the service during D-Day commemorations there Sunday. Elsewhere, Coast Guard units around the world will take a moment to reflect on this significant moment in its service’s history before returning its focus on securing the nation against terrorist attacks. Coast Guardsmen manned transport ships that carried soldiers from England to French shores; manned landing craft that delivered soldiers to French beaches and extracted wounded under heavy German small arms and artillery fire; and manned patrol craft that escorted U.S. and British landing craft to and from beach landings and plucked wounded sailors and soldiers from the churning, bloody surf


Companies Team on Ship-to-Shore Connector

Textron Marine & Land Systems, an operating unit of Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has teamed with L-3 Communications (NYSE: LLL) to pursue the Navy’s next generation landing-craft, the Ship-to-Shore Connector (SSC), and to further develop the Navy’s contract design using its proven detailed design-to-prototype build practices. The SSC program, estimated by the Navy to have a value of $4b


Northrop Grumman-built Amphibious Dock Ship

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The Northrop Grumman Corporation-built amphibious transport dock ship (LPD 20) completed builder's trials last week, a collaborative effort between the company's Shipbuilding sector and the U.S. Navy.   Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding, the newly-formed sector of  Northrop Grumman Corporation, is made up of the former Northrop Grumman Ship Systems and shipbuilding sectors.  Rigorous testing was performed on the ship's main propulsion, communications, steering, navigational


Kvichak Contract for Navy MPF Utility Boats

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Kvichak Marine Industries, Inc., of Seattle, Wa., was recently awarded a contract by the United States Navy for the construction of five each MPF utility boats following the successful delivery of 21 utility boats since February 2006.  The 40 ft high-speed landing craft are replacing the Navy’s existing LCM-8 craft as part of the Improved Navy Lighterage System in support of pre-positioned Marine Amphibious assault missions.


Make Over for Landing Craft

Illustration and photo courtesy of South East Asia Shipyard

By Alan Haig-Brown The iconic 4-wheel-drive World War II Jeep has undergone decades of upgrades to become the modern SUV. Now the craft that landed on the beaches of Normandy and the islands of the Pacific has been similarly upgraded at the South East Asia Shipyard in Vietnam.   The most important factor in the design, by France’s Piriou Ingénierie, is the provision for the landing craft to carry up to nine TEU of containers on trailers as well as regular cargos


Navy Conducting Final Alternative Fuel demo

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Navy to conduct final alternative fuel demonstration of the year with Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC).   WHAT: The U.S. Navy is conducting its final alternative fuel demonstration for the year with a maritime alternative fuel test in a Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) stationed at Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD), Panama City, Fla., Dec. 9. WHEN: Media availability will be held Dec. 9, 9 a.m. (CST).  


USS Bonhomme Richard Off-Loads 13th MEU

Marines assigned to the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) offload a Landing Craft Utility (LCU) after disembarking USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) The LCU is assigned to Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 1 Det Delta. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Cale Bentley By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW/AW) Ryan Tabios, U.S. 5th Fleet Public Affairs The USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) (BHR) off-loaded the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) here May 25-28.


Kvichak Constructing Four MPF Boats

Photo credit: Bill Sutton Kvichak Marine Industries is currently constructing four each MPF utility boats for the United States Navy. The 40-ft. high-speed landing craft replace the Navy’s existing LCM-8 craft as part of the Improved Navy Lighterage System in support of pre-positioned Marine Amphibious assault missions. These four craft were ordered after the successful completion and delivery of 10 MPF utility boats to the Navy in early 2007.


Eye on the Navy

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April 1, 2009, a landing craft air cushion from Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 5 leaves a beach during an exercise near Camp Lemonier, Djibouti. ACU-5 is currently assigned to the USS Boxer Expeditionary Strike Group supporting Combined Task Force-151 (CTF-151), a multinational task force conducting counter-piracy operations to detect and deter piracy in and around the Gulf of Aden, Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean and Red Sea.


This Day in U.S. Naval History - March 11

1935 - Birth of Naval Security Group when OP-20G became the Communications Security Group   1941 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs Lend-Lease Act   1942 - In a PT boat, LCDR John Bulkeley leaves the Philippines to take General Douglas MacArthur to Australia   1945 - Use of first Navy landing craft to cross Rhine River at Bad Neuenahr   1965 - Market Time patrols begin off South Vietnam coast  


Today in U.S. Naval History: July 10

USS Houston (CA-30) with President Franklin D. Roosevelt on board. She is flying an admirals four-star flag at her foremast peak, and the Presidential flag at her mainmast peak. (U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph)

Today in U.S. Naval History - July 10 1934 - USS Houston takes Franklin Delano Roosevelt on first visit of U.S. President to South America. 1943 - Naval gunfire help Allied troops land on Sicily. It was first extensive use of LST's and smaller landing craft to deliver heavy equipment over


Australian LCHs Bid Farwell

Photo: Tom Gibson, Australian Navy

The Australian Navy’s three remaining Landing Craft Heavy auxiliary vessels put on a proud display of thanks to the Cairns community, sailing in formation from the city’s harbor this morning. This was the last time HMA Ships Brunei


USNS John Glenn Completes Final Contract Trials

USNS John Glenn (MLP 2)

  USNS John Glenn (MLP 2), successfully completed Final Contract Trials (FCT) off the coast of Manchester, Washington July 31.   During the trials, the Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey along with the ship's crew tested the vessel's various hull, mechanical


HMAS Tobruk Completes Philippines Visit

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Royal Australian Navy ship HMAS Tobruk has departed Manila in the Philippines after a four-day visit. The short break gave the ship’s company an opportunity to continue their association with Filipino colleagues. Tobruk’s Commanding Officer, Commannder Leif Maxfield


Three Rescued from Water near Valdez

The crews of the 36-foot good Samaritan fishing vessel Miss Jana and the 50-foot good Samaritan fishing vessel Equinox rescued three persons out of the water in the vicinity of Valdez Arm after their 36-foot landing craft Belltech 5 began taking on water and sank, Wednesday night.


Textron Choose IBASEt Manufacturing Software

iBASEt, developers of Solumina’s Product Lifecycle Execution (PLE) software suite say that Textron Systems operating unit Textron Marine & Land Systems, has selected Solumina’s Manufacturing Execution System (MES) to streamline manufacturing operations for its work on the U.S


Today in U.S. Naval History: March 7

USS Grayback (U.S. Navy photo)

Today in U.S. Naval History - March 7 1958 - Commissioning of USS Grayback, first submarine built from keel up with guided missile capability, to fire Regulus II missile. 1960 - USS Kearsarge (CVS-33) rescues four Russian soldiers from their landing craft 1,000 miles from Midway Island


Today in U.S. Naval History: March 11

President Franklin D. Roosevelt signing into law the Lend-Lease Act. (Image courtesy of Library of Congress)

Today in U.S. Naval History - March 11 1935 - Birth of Naval Security Group when OP-20G became the Communications Security Group 1941 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs Lend-Lease Act 1942 - In a PT boat, Lt. Cdr. John Bulkeley leaves the Philippines to take General Douglas MacArthur


NASSCO Delivers USNS John Glenn

Photo: General Dynamics NASSCO

General Dynamics NASSCO today delivered the USNS John Glenn (MLP 2), the second ship of the Mobile Landing Platform (MLP) class, to the U.S. Navy. The ship is named after the Honorable John Glenn for his exceptional and decorated service as a U.S. Marine Corps pilot, astronaut and U.S. Senator.


Heavy Cargo Barge 'Prometheus' Launched at Gunderson Yard

Scots Pipers at Launch: Image credit Marcon

Brokers Marcon International were in attendance and inform of the launch of the 300’ x 100’ x 20’ heavy deck cargo barge “Prometheus” (Hull No. 104) built and designed by Gunderson Marine, Portland, Oregon, for Ulysses LLC.


Cool Runnings: R.W. Fernstrum's Engineered Solutions

Big, modern OSVs have been a good source of business for R.W. Fernstrum, both in it traditional gridcooler keel cooler business as well as the WEKA Fernstrum Boxcoolers. Pictured above is Edison Chouest’s Ted Smith, with its Fernstrum Gridcooler Keel Coolers shown directly above. (Photo: Edison Chouest)

A hallmark of the global maritime industry is the proliferation of smaller, family founded and managed businesses. R.W. Fernstrum is one such company: a ubiquitous presence for more than 65 years providing engineered cooling solutions to maritime and offshore markets


US Navy Completes Korea Ferry SAR Mission

U.S. Navy photo by Christian Senyk

With concurrence from South Korean commanders, the U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) is departing waters around Jindo, South Korea April 22 after assisting with search and rescue operations near the site of the Korean passenger ferry Sewol.


Port Launches Emergency Landing Craft

Photo courtesy Port of Long Beach

Port of Long Beach officials welcomed a new addition to their small fleet of boats this week with the delivery of a refurbished and retrofitted landing craft that will strengthen their emergency recovery capabilities. Donated to the Port by the U.S


Virtual D-Day Created Seventy Years On

Virtual D-Day displays: Photo credit Dassault Systèmes

Advanced 3D design and simulation software was used to recreate the technological and engineering innovations of WWII as a part of the seventieth anniversary of D-Day and the Invasion of Normandy, apprise project leaders, France’s Dassault Systèmes


DoD Awards $36-Million LCAC Contracts to L-3 Unidyne

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US Department of Defense informs that L-3 Unidyne Inc., Norfolk, Virginia, is being awarded two contracts for work on air-cushioned (LCAC) craft, as detailed below: First contract: Four LCAC at Camp Pendleton, California Is a $22,231,067 firm-fixed-priced contract for the service life extension






 
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