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MSI Norfolk Opens New Labs

In January 2003 MarineSafety International's Norfolk Center began training in its new Radar/ARPA and ECDIS Labs. The new facilities include a three station Radar and ARPA lab which was purchased from Buffalo Computer Graphics and an 8 station ECDIS lab comprised of networked PC's which can host any one of several ECDIS programs including ECPINS and TRANSAS, among others. This expansion was undertaken to meet emerging U.S. Navy requirements for advanced radar and electronic navigation training. The lab will enable MSI Norfolk to teach ARPA and ECDIS courses without impacting ship simulator training. Courses offered include MSI's USCG approved 4 day ARPA, 5 day ECDIS, 5 day Original Radar, and Radar Recertification courses as well as combined ARPA and ECDIS courses tailored to U.S. Navy requirements. Shown in the accompanying photo is principal Radar Instructor Chris Wahler with a class of ARPA students from a U.S. Navy ship.


NASSCO, Mobile Landing Platform Ship

General Dynamics NASSCO, a wholly-owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), has been awarded a $3.5m design contract for the U.S. Navy’s Mobile Landing Ship (MLP) program.  Under the contract, NASSCO will develop a preliminary ship design based on Navy requirements.  A contract for the detail design and construction of up to three ships could be awarded next year.  The MLP is a new class of auxiliary ship for the Navy's Maritime Prepositioning Force of the


Bollinger Launches USS Tornado

Bollinger Shipyards, Lockport, La. has launched USS Tornado, the U.S. Navy's newest Patrol Coastal Ship. The 14th of the Cyclone Class constructed by Bollinger, under a sole-source contract with the Navy, the vessel is the first to include design modifications, equipment and armament upgrades as part of the Navy's Pre-Planned Product Improvement Program. Boasting a new, fully integrated bridge command and control system to increase the vessel's capabilities


Alion Awarded $6.3M NAVSEA Contract

U.S. Navy ships and submarines are often subject to extreme environmental conditions and stresses, so effective testing of equipment is essential to the operation of those vessels. To support this need, Alion Science and Technology, an employee-owned technology solutions company, was awarded a three-year, $6.3m contract from the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) to identify potential improvements to shock and environmental test procedures for all Navy surface ship and submarine field


HII Delivers Submarine Ahead of Schedule

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Huntington Ingalls Industries has announced that its Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) division delivered the Virginia-class submarine California (SSN781) to the U.S. Navy yesterday. The delivery came more than eight and a half months early to the contract date and nearly five months faster than NNS' previous delivery of New Mexico. California, the world's most modern and sophisticated nuclear-powered attack submarine, recently returned to NNS following the successful completion of its third


Mexican Navy Contracts Damen for Two Vessels

Rendering of the FCS 5009 (Image courtesy of Damen)

Secretaria de Marina orders seventh patrol vessel and a fast crew supplier In August 2014 the Mexican Navy (Secretaría de Marina) and the Netherlands’ Damen Shipyards Group signed contracts for the delivery of the design, material package, technical assistance and training for two vessels that will be built by the Mexican Navy, using the Damen Technical Cooperation program, which enables customers to build their vessel on the location of their choice.


Funds Flow for New Navy Projects

Six companies are each being awarded a firm-fixed-price contract worth $500,000 for the performance of focused-mission ship concept studies intended to explore a range of approaches in an overall effort to define future ship requirements. These studies will further refine the Navy's requirements and knowledge of technology options for the proposed Littoral Combat Ship and other future ship classes. This is a part of the Naval services tranformation into the 21st


SeaArk Marine Wins $14M Warfare Boats Deal

The cash continue to flow from government sources into the coffers of the U.S. marine business, as SeaArk Marine, Inc. yesterday announced a two-year, $14-million contract from Naval Sea Systems Command for 36 Coastal Warfare Boats. The 34-ft. aluminum boats are powered by Cummins Diesel engines with Twin Disc gears and Konrad stern drives. Designed for coastal patrol and defense, these boats will be deployed to protect military facilities worldwide.


US Navy Seeks to Transform Gas Turbine Technology

Naval Research Laboritory (NRL) scientists study the complex physics of Rotating Detonation Engines (RDE's). With its strong dependence on gas-turbine engines for propulsion, the U.S. Navy is always looking for ways to improve the fuel consumption of these engines. At the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), scientists are studying the complex physics of Rotating Detonation Engines (RDEs) which offer the potential for high dollar savings by way of reduced fuel consumption in gas-turbine engines


Latest U.S. Navy Contracts

The Department of Defense announce, amongst others, Navy contracts for Gravois Aluminum Boats, and Marine Hydraulics International. Gravois Aluminum Boats LLC, Jeanerette, La., is being awarded a $9,634,577 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the construction of command force protection medium harbor security boats, technical data and spare parts.  The harbor security boats provide anti-terrorism/force protection patrols for U.S


Indian Warships Visit Cambodia, Thailand

Welcome ceremony at Thailand. Photo by National Informatics Centre, Govt of India

 In pursuit of India’s ‘Look East’ and ‘Act East’ policy, the Indian Navy’s Eastern Fleet ships under the command of Rear Admiral Ajendra Bahadur Singh, VSM, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet (FOCEF)


China Says Indian Ocean Not Backyard of India

Image: US Navy

 The perception that Indian Ocean is India's "backyard" may result in clashes, Chinese military officials and experts have cautioned.    The Indian Ocean cannot be a backyard of India which navies of other countries could not visit


USN Data Center Hit by Electrical Storm

Michael Martinez, of the Mighty Shrikes of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 94, consults a computerized publication during an inspection on an FA-18C Hornet in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70

   An electrical storm that hit the evening of June 27 affected the data center at Navy Personnel Command (NPC) and BUPERS On-Line (BOL) was offline until 3 p.m. CST on Wednesday. No data has been impacted or compromised and restoration of the data center is ongoing


ASRY Inks UK Royal Navy Support Contract

ASRY chief executive Nils Kristian Berge (right) signs the agreement with Babcock warships managing director Mike Whalley (left). (Photo: ASRY)

ASRY and Babcock have signed a long term support facility agreement to provide ongoing services to the U.K. Royal Navy in Bahrain   ASRY (Arab Shipbuilding & Repair Yard), a shipyard in the Arabian Gulf, has signed a long-term collaborative enabling agreement with U.K


Oz, NZ ships Seize $700 mi in Narcotics

Courtesy Australian Defence

  Maritime security operations by Australian and New Zealand frigates operating in the Middle East region during the past six weeks have seized almost a tonne of narcotics worth an estimated street value of $711 million.   Royal Australian Navy Guided Missile Frigate


Curtiss-Wright Wins $480m Deal for Navy Subs

Image: Curtiss-Wright Corp

 Charlotte-based manufacturer Curtiss-Wright Corp. has won a series of contracts valued at $480 million to supply parts for the U.S. Navy’s Virginia-Class nuclear submarines.   The Navy’s Block IV Virginia Class Submarine Program covers 10 submarines


China to Use Civilian Ships for Military

Photo: China Shipping Line

 The Chinese government has approved a set of technical guidelines that require all civilian shipbuilders to ensure that their new vessels are suitable for military use in an emergency, the China Classification Society has revealed, reports Reuters.  


Caterpillar to Power 16 Korean Patrol Boats

Photo courtesy of Caterpillar

Caterpillar Marine has announced Cat power solutions have been selected to power 16 new build Patrol Boats for the Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN). Each Patrol Boat will be equipped with two Cat C32 main propulsion diesel engines and two Cat C9 ship service diesel generators


Hijacked Tanker Released, Pirates Escape

The hijacked oil tanker Orkim Harmony has been released by pirates, who fled in the ship's rescue boat, Malaysian navy and maritime officials said on Friday.   The Orkim Harmony, hijacked on June 11 off the Malaysian coast by pirates reportedly armed with pistols and machetes


Competition, Quality and Demand Come Together

Silver Ships

Combat, Patrol and Law Enforcement Vessels Meet Multiple Missions with varied business plans. U.S. firms building patrol, combat and law enforcement craft are weathering government budget cuts by strengthening ties with clients and public agencies


China to Retrofit 172,000 Civilian Ships for Military Use

Photo: China Shipping Lines

China set to retrofit 172,000 merchant ships for military purposes so they can be used in the event of a war, reports the Diplomat.   Chinese civilian shipbuilders have to ensure that their vessels can be used by the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) during times of ‘crisis’


US Navy Picks First Female Submariners

Sailors train two female aboard the Ohio-class guided-missile submarine Michigan. Photo: US Navy

 The U.S. Navy has selected more than three dozen female enlisted sailors to qualify to serve aboard a submarine in a historic first for the sea service as part of a plan to more fully integrate women into the undersea force.   The 38 selected female sailors are only the first step in


Indian Navy, Coast Guard Save 14 From Sinking Vessel

Combination photo of rescue of 14 crew members of MV Coastal Guard by Indian Navy and Coast Guard. (Courtsey: Twitter handle of Sitanshu Kar, spokesperson of ministry of defence)

 In a swift response to an SOS from a distressed offshore coastal vessel, the Indian Navy and Indian coast guard rescued 14 people from the crew of the Indian flag cement carrier ship, MV Coastal Pride, that sunk 75 nautical miles off the coast of Daman, on Wednesday morning.   


Submarine John Warner Delivered Ahead of Schedule

The submarine John Warner (SSN 785) delivered on June 19, 2015, two and a half months ahead of schedule. Photo by Chris Oxley/HII

Huntington Ingalls Industries' (HII) Newport News Shipbuilding division delivered the submarine John Warner (SSN 785) to the U.S. Navy today. The Virginia-class submarine, the first to be named for a person, was delivered two and a half months ahead of schedule.  


Thailand Buying 3 Chinese Subs

Image: U.S. Navy

 Thailand plans to buy three Chinese-made submarines for the Royal Thai Navy at a cost of 355 million dollars each.    Three Chinese-made submarines worth 355 million dollars each may be purchased by Thailand for its Royal Navy, the newspaper Bangkok Post reported today (Friday)






 
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