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Alion Awarded $169.7M Contract

Alion Science and Technology won a contract to support the Navy’s Amphibious Warfare Program Office in their efforts to satisfy both current and future Navy/Marine Corps needs for Amphibious Warfare.  Alion’s efforts include supporting the acquisition and production of the Navy's LHA (R) class and their next generation connector, Ship to Shore Connector (SSC).  Alion will also support the Service Life Extension Program (SLEP) of their current Connector, the Landing Craft, Air Cushion (LCAC). The award, a delivery order under the NAVSEA SeaPort Enhanced (SeaPort-e) contract, has a potential value of $169.7 million over five years. The base year value is approximately $26.1 million. The Navy’s Amphibious Ship’s and connectors are core to meeting the USMC’s mission to embark, land and support Marine expeditionary forces for extended periods of time. The LHA (Replacement), or LHA (R), class will replace the LHA 1 Tarawa class, which is nearing the end of its service life. USS America (LHA 6) will be the first ship of the LHA(R) program.  “The Navy’ s shipbuilding program offices continue their drive toward reducing cost and maintaining production schedules in a very challenging fiscal environment.  Alion continues to innovate across the full spectrum of acquisition services to help the Navy achieve its goals of improved cost and schedule reliability," said Vice Adm. Scott Fry (USN, Ret


This Day in Naval History - Aug. 07

1782 - Badge of Military Merit (Purple Heart) established. 1942 - Navy Amphibious Task Force lands Marines on Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, in first U.S. land offensive of World War II. 1964 - Gulf of Tonkin Resolution passed by Congress. For more information on naval history, visit the Naval Historical Center Web site at www.history.navy.mil.    


Technology Firms Assist Navy Shipbuilding

According to Pascagoula Mississippi Press, while the welders, fitters and engineers at Northrop Grumman work on the ships that will soon form the nucleus of the Navy's updated surface fleet, two companies are providing critical shipbuilding assistance. El Segundo, Calif.,-based Computer Science Corp.'s Advanced Marine Unit in Pascagoula and Gautier-based Omni Engineering are working under contracts with the Navy's Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion and Repair


Litton Awarded $477.7M Contract

Litton Avondale Industries, a division of Litton Industries, has been awarded a $477.7 million contract by the U.S. Navy for the construction of an additional ship in the Navy's newest class of amphibious assault ships. The cost reimbursable contract is for the construction of LPD 20, the fourth ship in a planned 12-ship program. The follow-on eight ships in the LPD 17 San Antonio Class program will be awarded over the next four years.


Litton Awarded $477.7M Contract

Litton Avondale Industries, a division of Litton Industries, has been awarded a $477.7 million contract by the U.S. Navy for the construction of an additional ship in the Navy's newest class of amphibious assault ships. The cost reimbursable contract is for the construction of LPD 20, the fourth ship in a planned 12-ship program. The follow-on eight ships in the LPD 17 San Antonio Class program will be awarded over the next four years.


CNO Drops in on Bold Alligator 2012

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert talks with Sailors aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) during exercise Bold Alligator 2012. Bold Alligator is the largest naval amphibious exercise in the past 10 years and represents the Navy and Marine Corps revitalization of the full range of amphibious operations. The exercise focuses on todays fight with todays forces, while showcasing the advantages of seabasing. The exercise will take place Jan. 30 through Feb. 12,

ATLANTIC OCEAN (NNS) -- Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert visited USS Wasp (LHD 1) to witness, first hand, the on-going Bold Alligator 2012 (BA12) amphibious exercise and to speak with Sailors and Marines, Feb. 4. BA12 is the largest joint and multinational amphibious assault exercise the East Coast has seen in the last 10 years. The exercise is being held to revitalize the partnership of the Navy and Marine Corps while observing amphibious capabilities in the fleet


U.S.-ROK Counterparts Leave Lasting Impressions

U.S. Sailors and Marines expressed heartfelt good-byes to their Republic of Korea (ROK) counterparts who disembarked ships of the Sasebo, Japan-based Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ESXARG) on April 1. The ARG-wide off-load came at the conclusion of Foal Eagle '07, the annual joint/combined exercise meant to improve interoperability and combat readiness between U.S. and ROK forces and build on the long-standing alliance between the United States and the Republic of Korea.


Mesa Verde Completes Trials

The Northrop Grumman-built amphibious transport dock ship Mesa Verde (LPD 19) completed builder's trials last week, in a collaborative effort involving the U.S. Navy and Northrop Grumman. Shipbuilders worked on sea trial preparations weeks before the ship sailed the Gulf of Mexico from Aug. 13 to 16. The ship's compartments were 100 percent complete, and all systems and certifications were completed and tested 100 percent to pre-trial requirements.


GE Marine Starts Engineering For Eighth LHD

GE Marine Engines has received partial funding from Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Miss. to begin the engineering work on equipment to be used on the U.S. Navy's eighth LHD Wasp-class large-deck, multipurpose amphibious assault ship. This LHD project represents several milestones. The ship will be powered by two GE LM2500+ aeroderivative gas turbines, with GE main reduction gearing (two gearboxes). This marks the first military application of GE's LM2500+ gas turbine


Eye on the Navy

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Sept. 16, 200: The Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO 199), left, is alongside the amphibious dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) during a connected replenishment at sea. Fort McHenry is deployed with the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group supporting maritime security operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kristopher Wilson/Released)


NPS Littoral Operations Center to Focus on Global Littorals

USS Freedom (LCS 1) (U.S. Navy photo by Sean Furey)

What does it take to win in the littoral? Start with knowledge. Naval warfare in littoral waters is very different from open ocean operations. The U.S. Navy is dominant in “blue water” scenarios, but less so in the littoral, naval experts say.


Today in U.S. Naval History: March 26

USS Salt Lake City (CA-25) web during the Battle of the Komandorski Islands (Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.)

Today in U.S. Naval History - March 26 1942 - Adm. King becomes both Chief of Naval Operations and Commander, U.S. Fleet 1943 - Battle of Komandorski Islands, prevents Japanese reinforcements from reaching Attu 1966 - Operation Jackstay in Navy's first amphibious assault in Vietnam's


Ingalls Delivers Amphibious Assault Ship America

George Jones (left), Ingalls Shipbuilding’s LHA 6 program director, welcomes Capt. Robert Hall Jr. aboard the amphibious assault ship America (LHA 6) to sign the DD 250 document officially transferring custody of the ship to the U.S. Navy. Hall, the ship’s prospective commanding officer, will officially take command when the ship is commissioned later this year. Photo by Lance Davis, Huntington Ingalls Industries

Huntington Ingalls Industries' (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division delivered the amphibious assault ship America (LHA 6) to the U.S. Navy today. More than 900 crew members marched through the shipyard for a delivery ceremony on the ship's flight deck


GE Gas Turbines Power USS America

Image courtesy GE Marine

GE Marine reports that the United States Navy’s future USS America (LHA 6) amphibious assault ship recently completed successful acceptance sea trials powered by two GE LM2500+ marine gas turbines. Acceptance sea trials were conducted in the Gulf of Mexico by Huntington Ingalls Industries


US Secretary of the Navy Concludes Official Australia Visit

SECNAV Mabus at Naval Memorial: Photo credit USN

Traveling to both Brisbane and the Australian capital Canberra, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus met with U.S. and Australian government and military officials to reinforce the alliance between the two countries.
 Mabus' visit represents a continuation of the Department of the Navy's focus on


New Warship Arrives in Melbourne Aboard Blue Marlin

Blue Marlin delivery: Photo courtesy of RAN

Minister for Defence David Johnston said the second LHD (to be known as 'HMAS Adelaide' once commissioned) was transported from Spain to Australia by a Heavy Lift Ship, 'Blue Marlin'. Blue Marlin has taken eight weeks to travel the 10,000 nautical miles to Melbourne where it will undergo final


Coast Guard, Navy Partner for Helicopter Training

U.S. Coast Guard photo

Coast Guard helicopters train aboard the Navy’s newest warship The U.S. Navy’s newest amphibious transport dock ship and U.S. Coast Guard medium range recovery helicopters trained together in several ship and helicopter exercises Wednesday, Feb


Today in U.S. Naval History: February 18

Today in U.S. Naval History - February 18 1846 - General order on Port and Starboard 1944 - Amphibious Force under R.Adm. Hill lands troops on Engebi Island, Eniwetok 1955 - First of 14 detonations, Operation Teapot nuclear test For more information about naval history


Somerset Arrives in Philadelphia

Official U.S. Navy file photo of Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Somerset (LPD 25) during sea trials.

By Elena Pierce The Navy's newest amphibious transport dock ship, Pre-commissioning Unit Somerset (LPD 25) arrived at its commissioning site of Philadelphia, Feb. 21 in preparation for its commissioning ceremony, March 1. During the port visit


NSRP Awards $3.3M for Shipbuilding R&D

The Executive Control Board of the National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP) has selected four major research and development projects for award, as part of the program's continuing mission to reduce costs associated with U. S. shipbuilding and ship repair


USS Somerset Commissioned in Philadelphia Ceremony

USS Somerset commissioning: Photo credit USN

Thousands of Navy and Marine Corps supporters attend the commissioning ceremony of the San Antonio class, amphibious transport dock 'USS Somerset', named to honour those who sacrificed their lives when the hijacked United Airlines Flight 93 was brought to the ground on Sept


Today in U.S. Naval History: March 3

Today in U.S. Naval History - March 3 1776 - First amphibious landing operation. Continental naval squadron under Commodore Esek Hopkins lands Sailors and Marines, commanded by Captain Samuel Nicholas, on New Providence Island in the Bahamas, capturing urgently-needed ordnance and gunpowder.


Navy's US$148-Billion FY 2015 Budget: Tough Choices Made

Navy Budget 2015: Image courtesy of USN

Rear Admiral William Lescher, 
Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Budget explains that in a period of fiscal austerity, the Department of the Navy’s $148 billion FY15 budget balances investments in presence, capabilities and readiness to provide sustainable forward naval presence and


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.


Ingalls Shipbuilding Appoint Mike Lipski VP Business Development

Mike Lipski: Photo credit HII

Huntington Ingalls Industries' Ingalls Shipbuilding division inform that Mike Lipski will be the company's vice president of business development, effective April 1, 2014. HII explain that Lipski will be responsible for coordinating capture team efforts for new contracts and managing all


 
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