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HSL to Build Naval Ships

Reports indicate that Hindustan Shipyard Ltd (HSL) of India is set to add naval ships to its order book. The defense ministry is keen to place orders for building naval ships at HSL and a decision is expected by next month, reports said. Mazgaon Docks Ltd, Garden Reach, Kolkata, Goa Shipyard and Cochin Shipyard build most of the naval ships. Among the private firms, ABG Shipyard has built some coast guard ships, while Bharati Shipyard has built some vessels for the Indian Navy. In this context, placing a few orders with HSL will ease the pressure somewhat. It plans to invest in modernizations of the facilities by acquiring more cranes, improving material handling, automation and improved infrastructure, in the next five years. Source: DNA


OSI Geospatial Signs $29m Contract to Deliver W-AIS Systems

OSI Geospatial Inc. (OSI) announced that its international systems business has now signed the prime contract with the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence to deliver Warship Automated Identification Systems (W-AIS). On November 2, 2006, the company announced its selection as the preferred bidder for a contract valued at approximately US$29 million, including all options. The company will begin delivery immediately and will recognize a portion of the revenue from this contract in fiscal 2006


NGA Issues Eastern Mediterranean Sea Warning

The US National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) issued a Memorandum stating, among other things, that Israeli naval ships have established a closure area in the eastern Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Lebanon (between 34-05N and 33-06N and between 034-00E and the coastline). Ships will not be allowed to enter or exit this area. Note: Due to armed conflict in this area, it is recommended that all commercial vessels give this vicinity a wide berth. Source: HK Law


Navy Honors Engineering Pioneer

A ceremony was held on November 19, 2001, to rename the Naval Ship Systems Engineering Station's (NAVSSES) Surface Ship Systems Engineering Complex, the Richard C. Cunningham Engineering Complex. The building (77H) was renamed to honor Cunningham's pioneering work and engineering innovations in machinery controls and other accomplishments in naval machinery engineering. During the ceremony, Rear Admiral William Cobb, Jr


Stranded Cruise Ship Being Evacuated

's coast guard on Monday started evacuating a stranded cruise ship with nearly 1,000 people on board after tugboats failed to pull the luxury liner off an underwater sand bank in the . The 651 passengers, most of them elderly Germans, were being transferred from the Mona Lisa onto two naval ships, which would take them to Ventspils, a port city in northwestern , the coast guard said. The passengers were descending ladders from the liner to the naval ship, it said.


Rolls-Royce Selects Paramarine Ship Design Software

Paramarine software, developed by QinetiQ GRC, has been selected by Rolls-Royce who is broadening its ship design capabilities.   Paramarine will be Rolls-Royce’s marine design software tool of choice in support of their newly formed team dedicated to the development of naval ship designs.   Rolls-Royce has been at the forefront of innovative ship design for nearly 40 years, designing over 800 vessels, used mainly in the commercial sector


Indian Navy Patrol Vessel Sinks

An Indian Navy patrol vessel sank off the coast of Goa after a collision with a merchant carrier, an official release said in New Delhi on Saturday. INS Prahar, a 450 ton vessel, sank just after midnight following a collision with the MV Rajiv Gandhi, a container carrier of the Shipping Corporation of India, 35 km west of Goa, it said. The collision occurred at about 21:45 hours on Friday night, the release said, adding damage to the merchant carrier was minimal and she had been


Two Shipbuilding Initiatives Receive Funding

The Office of Naval Research announced today the selection of two Shipbuilding Initiative projects to receive a combined total of $1 million of Navy funding. Industry will contribute approximately $900,000 in cost share. The two funded projects are as follows: ยท Development of Advanced Steel Fabrication Processes for Naval Ship Construction, which will be performed by: Institute for Manufacturing and Sustainment Technologies (iMAST), Gulf Coast Region Maritime Technology Center


Crew Ordered to Quit Impounded Tall Ship

Libertad: Photo credit Wiki CCL

Argentine President orders evacuation of sail training ship 'Libertad' leaving skeleton crew aboard in Ghanaian port. The sail-training frigate was detained under a court order obtained by NML Capital, an affiliate of US investment firm Elliot Management, on October 2, 2012. The Argentine Foreign Minister is going immediately to UN Headquarters to meet with the Security Council's president and with various committees with an inerest in human rights, reports the Buenos Aires Herald


Rolls-Royce Unveils New Patrol Vessel

Photo: Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce has unveiled a new design of maritime patrol craft at the Defense and Security Event International (DSEI) in London. The first of a protection vessel family of designs, is a new 55-meter craft featuring a range of equipment from Rolls-Royce (stabilizers, thrusters, steering gear, fixed pitch propellers) and MTU (diesels, diesel generators, Callosum IPMS), offering a cost-effective design that can be tailored to mission requirements.


U.S. Navy to Test 'Star Wars' Technology at Sea in 2016

USNS Millinocket at the Austal USA vessel completion yard in June 2013 U.S. Navy photo Courtesy Austa)

The U.S. Navy is planning sea trials for a weapon that can fire a low-cost, 23-pound (10-kg) projectile at seven times the speed of sound using electromagnetic energy, a "Star Wars" technology that will make enemies think twice, the Navy's research chief said.


U.S. Navy to Test Electromagnetic Rail Gun at sea in 2016

(U.S. Navy photo by John F. Williams/Released)

The U.S. Navy is planning sea trials for a weapon that can fire a low-cost, 23-pound (10-kg) projectile at seven times the speed of sound using electromagnetic energy, a "Star Wars" technology that will make enemies think twice, the Navy's research chief said.


ThyssenKrupp in Talks to Sell Swedish Shipyard to Saab

A-26 Submarine: Rendering courtesy of Kockums

ThyssenKrupp is in talks to sell its Swedish marine defence unit to Saab after failing to reach a deal with Sweden for a new generation of submarines as the country tries to protect its defence manufacturing sector. The companies said on Monday that negotiations over the sale of ThyssenKrupp's


Maritime Code Accord Could Solve Pacific Conflicts

Naval officers say accord does not directly address problems in disputed waters, but document could be initial step towards guarding against conflict. U.S. has long stood for clearer operational communications with Chinese fleet. Countries embroiled in territorial rows in the East and South


Today in U.S. Naval History: December 2

USS Enterprise (CVN-65). U.S. Navy photo by Photographers Mate Airman Rob Gaston

Today in U.S. Naval History - December 2 1775 - Congress orders first officers commissions printed. 1908 - Rear Admiral William S. Cowles submits report, prepared by Lt. George C. Sweet, recommending purchase of aircraft suitable for operating from naval ships on scouting and observation


HII Acquires Environmental & Nuclear Specialists Stoller Corp

Nuclear-powered Gerald R. Ford: Photo courtesy of HII

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) has acquired The S.M. Stoller Corporation (Stoller), a leading provider of environmental, nuclear, and technical consulting and engineering services to the Department of Energy, Department of Defense and the private sector.


Godfrey Joins Life Cycle Engineering

Edward S. Godfrey

Life Cycle Engineering, Inc. (LCE) has announced that Edward S. Godfrey has joined Life Cycle Engineering as vice president of business development. Godfrey will be responsible for partnering with Department of Defense (DoD) customers and other government organizations to establish engineering and


Navy to Christen Fourth Joint High Speed Vessel

Photo: Austal

The Navy will christen Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV) Fall River on Jan. 11, during a 10 a.m. CST ceremony in Mobile, Ala. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus will deliver the ceremony's principal address. Diane Patrick, the first lady of Massachusetts, will serve as the ship's sponsor.


Top Brass Due at Upcoming SNA Symposium

SNA Symbols

The first big naval professional development event of the year, the Surface Navy Association’s 2014 Symposium,  kicks off in Crystal City, Virginia, with the theme, “Surface Warfare…Warfighting First.”  Leaders in the Navy


Navy to Christen Second Mobile Landing Platform

U.S. Navy photo

The U.S. Navy said it will christen Mobile Landing Platform (MLP) John Glenn Feb. 1, during a 1 a.m. PST ceremony in San Diego, Calif. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert, will deliver the ceremony's principal address. Lyn Glenn, daughter of John Glenn


SMM Conference Returns to Istanbul

SMM Istanbul will open its gates on February 26, welcoming its exhibitors and industry visitors with an entirely new concept. SMM Istanbul The countdown is on; On February 26 and 27, Istanbul will be the global shipping industry's center of attention as SMM Istanbul


America's VSE Corp. Awarded NAVSEA Foreign Navy Contracts

VSE Corporation informs that its International Group has received several delivery orders totaling more than $13.4M to continue work performed under its Foreign Military Sales (FMS) Naval Ship Transfer and Repair (N*STAR) contract through the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) International Fleet


Ousted Libyan PM Flees Country After Tanker Escapes Rebel-Held Port

Libyas now ousted Prime Minister Ali Zeidan (AFP file photo, Mahmud Turkia)

By Ulf Laessing, Reuters Former Libyan prime minister Ali Zeidan has fled to Europe after parliament voted him out of office on Tuesday over his failure to stop rebels exporting oil independently in a brazen challenge to the nation's fragile unity.


BAE Get Funding to Build 3 New UK Offshore Patrol Vessels

OPV rendering & principals: Photo courtesy of BAE Systems

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has signed a £20 million contract to buy equipment for the Royal Navy's 3 new offshore patrol vessels (OPVs). The contract will enable BAE Systems to begin work on the engines & gearboxes, etc. that need to be ordered in advance.


Airbus Expands VSAT Coverage

Ku-band coverage boosted with Seychelles region extension delivering high-speed data. Airbus Defence and Space has expanded its Ku-band VSAT (Very Small Apperture Terminal) coverage in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR), using the Intelsat IS-702 S2 satellite.


 
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