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Navy Secretary: U.S. Needs Cheaper Shipbuilding Alternatives

The U.S. needs a cheaper way to build new ships in small quantities, Navy secretary Donald Winter said on April 4. Winter said the Navy needs to provide more stability for shipyards, while industry needs to improve its balance of long-term planning and short-term, Wall Street-oriented concerns. Industry and the Navy both need to accept that the Pentagon will never again buy new ships by the dozen, Winter told a Navy League conference. Instead, shipbuilders need to streamline operations and invest in new technology to build a handful of high-end vessels. Winter acknowledged that industry will have to make tough decisions. Companies need to pay more attention to current events instead of aiming for business as usual, he said. (Source: MarketWatch)


Wicker Honored With Navy’s Distinguished Public Service Award

Washington D.C. (Feb. 28, 2013) Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus presents the Department of the Navys highest award for civilians, the Navy Distinguished Public Service Medal, to U.S. Senator Roger Wicker.

U.S. Senator Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) yesterday received the Distinguished Public Service Award from the Navy for his service in Congress and as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.  Navy Secretary Ray Mabus presented the award.   “I thank our brave men and women at the Department of the Navy for this tremendous honor,” said Wicker.  “I am proud my home state of Mississippi has played a strong and dynamic role in advancing the Navy’s


Navy Terminates Lockheed Martin LCS Contract

The U.S. Navy Thursday said it was canceling a widely criticized Lockheed Martin Corp. contract to build a next-generation combat ship after negotiations to control cost overruns failed. Lockheed Martin Corporation expressed disappointment over the U.S. Navy's decision to terminate its contract for construction of the second of two new Littoral Combat Ships (LCS.) The Navy announced the action at the expiration of a 90-day stop work order imposed on the second ship in January to allow


Gordon England Sworn in as 73rd Secretary of The Navy

The Honorable Gordon R. England, right, receives the oath of office during a short swearing in ceremony as the 73rd Secretary of the Navy. Administering the oath is Mr. John H. La Raia, Assistant for Administration to the Under Secretary of the Navy. Secretary England becomes only the second person in history to serve twice as the leader of the Navy Marine Corps Team and the first to serve in back to back terms. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Journalist Craig P. Strawser.


US Keen in Maritime Cooperation with India

Malabar 2014 : A Multilateral Naval exercise(Photo: Indian Navy)

 The US is keen in exploring great opportunities for co-operation on maritime issues with India, Admiral Jonathan Greenert, Chief of Naval Operations told members of the House Committee on Appropriations during a hearing, says a report by PTI.   Great opportunity has emerged after the bilateral meetings between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Barack Obama, he said.   Analysts pointed out that Both India and the United States will gain extra leverage against China


Mabus Tightens Navy’s Counter-fraud Measures

Ray Mabus

While the Navy already has one of the strongest counter-fraud efforts in the government, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus today announced new measures to assure contracting integrity and to prevent fraud. Mabus, who briefed the Pentagon press corps this morning, spoke amid a criminal investigation focused on Glenn Defense Marine Asia. The U.S. Department of Justice is prosecuting the case, which alleges the company overcharged the U.S. Navy for husbanding services throughout Asia


Pier Construction Project to Help Djiboutian Village

A pier construction project sponsored by the United States will help bring income to this impoverished village and make access to the area easier for U.S. Navy ships fighting the war on terrorism. The first thing you notice about this village on the north coast of Djibouti is the goats. They're everywhere -- on the porches of the houses, in the streets, blocking the roads. It is a sign of the poverty of this area


Navy Official Warns on Cost Overruns

A senior Navy official is warning that rising costs in key programs such as Lockheed Martin and General Dynamics' next-generation surface combat ships could derail efforts by the department to modernize its fleet and aircraft. The Navy has awarded contracts for four ships that initially were estimated to cost $270 million each under the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program, two to Bethesda, Md.-based Lockheed Martin Corp. and two to Falls Church, Va.-based General Dynamics Corp


Navy Secretary Departs Office

The 74th Secretary of the Navy, Donald C. Winter, resigned his office as planned on March 13. Winter had agreed to remain in office until March 13, to ease the transition of the Department of Defense.   “As I relinquish my duties as Secretary of the Navy, I count myself blessed for having had the opportunity to serve as your Secretary,” Winter said in a message to the Navy and Marine Corps.  “No period in my professional life can compare to the experiences that I


New Navy Acquisition Deputy Appointed

U.S. Congressmen Gene Taylor and Roscoe Bartlett, Chairman and Ranking Member of the Seapower and Expeditionary Forces Subcommittee, issued the following statement in response to the Secretary of Defense nomination of Rear Admiral David Architzel to the grade of Vice Admiral and assignment as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development and Acquisition): "We are pleased to note that the Secretary of Defense has agreed with the position of the Committee on Armed Services


Russia Names Nominee for IMO Secretary General

Vitaly Klyuev (Photo courtesy of IAA PortNews)

Russia has for the first time put forward a candidate to compete for the post of IMO Secretary General   The Russian Federation has nominated Vitaly Klyuev, Russia’s Deputy Director of the Department of State Policy for Maritime and River Transport


IMO, El Salvador Enter Technical Cooperation

Photo: IMO

A new agreement on supporting the Republic of El Salvador to implement International Maritime Organization (IMO) treaties was signed in San Salvador on Monday, March 23.   IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu, who is on a visit to central America


China Criticizes US over Maritime Patrol Proposal in South China Sea

Vice Adm. Robert Thomas, commander of U.S. 7th Fleet: US Navy Photo

 China asked the United States to take no position on the South China Sea issue after US Navy Officer Robert Thomas promised to back the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in patrolling areas of the waterway.   "We hope the United States will strictly honor its


Navy to Christen Amphibious Ship John P. Murtha

San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship John P. Murtha. Photo  USN

  The Navy will christen the newest amphibious transport dock ship, John P. Murtha (LPD 26), Saturday, March 21 during a 10:00 a.m. CDT ceremony at the Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss.   The ship is named in honor of John P


Has Russian Ship Confronted Canadian Warship?

Image: NATO warship

 NATO disputes Conservative claim that Russians confronted Canadian warship.  The parliamentary defence secretary said Russian warships confronted a Canadian frigate in the Black Sea. Nonsense, say NATO officials.   A report in Ottawa Citizen says that the federal government has


Navy Names Next Destroyer Delbert D. Black

The U.S. Navy’s first Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Delbert D. Black.

  Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced today during a ceremony held at the Navy Memorial that the next Arleigh-Burke class destroyer, DDG-119, will be named Delbert D. Black. The future USS Delbert D. Black was named in honor of the first master chief petty officer of the Navy (MCPON)


US Treasury Secretary Visits Ellicott Dredges

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew (L) and Senator Ben Cardin (R) take a tour of Ellicotts facilities in Baltimore (Photo courtesy of Ellicott Dredges)

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, together with U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin (D- Md.), visited Ellicott Dredges March 9 at the company’s Baltimore plant for a discussion about U.S. export policies, the U.S. Government financing entity Eximbank and infrastructure investment programs.  


Beijing Angry over ASEAN Chief's Comments on South China Sea

South China Sea (International Affairs, Diplomacy and Strategy, London School of Economics)

 China has expressed anger at remarks made by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) secretary general Le Luong Minh on the disputed South China Sea, , rejecting Chinese claims based on the so-called nine-dash line.  


BAE Systems Awarded $385 mln Contract to Design Submarine

A Computer Graphic Image of a Successor class submarine (Photo: BAE Systems)

 British Navy has awarded BAE Systems PLC a £257 million ($385 million) contract to complete design work on the country’s next submarine capable of firing nuclear warhead-equipped ballistic missiles.    Britain plans to replace the Royal Navy’s Vanguard-class


Modi's Indian Ocean Outreach to Keep Chinese Submarines at Bay

Modi outreach Indian Ocean (Pic by Narendra Modis Website)

 As the Indian Ocean theatre becomes an increasing site of global contestation, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi heads to three small neighboring Indian Ocean nations Tuesday to deepen India’s maritime security. Modi is to visit Seychelles, Mauritius and Sri Lanka.   


General Dynamics Hosts Keel-Laying Ceremony for Submarine Colorado

Annie Mabus chalked her initials into the keel of the nuclear submarine Colorado, which were then welded by Electric Boat employee John Alves (Photo courtesy of General Dynamics)

  Continuing a time-honored shipbuilding tradition, Ship Sponsor Annie Mabus laid the keel of the submarine Colorado, on Saturday, March 7, marking the ceremonial start of construction for the 15th ship of the Virginia Class. The event was hosted by General Dynamics Electric Boat at its


Somali Pirates Release Long-held Hostages

Somali pirates have freed four Thai nationals seized from a fishing vessel at sea in 2010, ending the longest-running hostage drama in the Horn of Africa state, the United Nations said on Friday.   At one time Somali pirates made millions of dollars in ransoms from seizing ships but


BAE Systems Gets $1.3b for New UK Warships

Image: BAE Systems

The U.K. Ministry of Defense has signed a $1.3 billion contract with BAE Systems for equipment to build the next generation of warships for the British navy, Prime Minister David Cameron announced today. BAE Systems has been working on plans to provide Britain with 13 new warships since 2010


Retailers to Obama: Bring ILWU, PMA to Washington

Photo: PMA

The National Retail Federation issued the following statement from Vice President for Supply Chain and Customs Policy Jonathan Gold on the ongoing West Coast port contract negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and Pacific Maritime Association (PMA):


West Coast Port Talks Break Without Settlement

Shipping executives and union leaders for dockworkers at West Coast ports ended a third day of contract talks presided over by the U.S. labor secretary late on Thursday without reaching a settlement, but planned to meet again on Friday, a source close to the situation told Reuters.






 
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