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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


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 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.


Mabus Tightens Navy’s Counter-fraud Measures

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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


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


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


Mullen to Relieve Clark as CNO

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Adm. Mike Mullen will relieve Adm. Vern Clark as the 28th Chief of Naval Operations during a change of command ceremony at the U.S. Naval Academy July 22. The ceremony will take place at the academy in Tecumseh Court, beginning at 10 a.m. Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld and Secretary of the Navy Gordon England will deliver remarks. The ceremony will be broadcast worldwide via the Internet on www.navy.mil.


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


Scottish Jobs Boosted by £348-M OPV Shipbuilding Contract

River-class PBs: Photo MOD

The offshore patrol vessels (OPVs), which will be used by the Royal Navy to undertake various tasks in support of UK interests both at home and abroad, will be built at BAE Systems’ shipyards in Glasgow, informs the UK Ministry of Defence.


'MV Cape Ray' Crew: Chemical Weapons Destruction Applauded

MV Cape Ray: Photo Wiki CCL

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) says it is proud to support the international effort to destroy Syrian chemical weapons and agents by providing the M/V CAPE RAY and its all-volunteer U.S. Merchant Marine crew to support this critical mission.


FMC Forum to Address US Port Congestion

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U.S. Port Congestion: Examining Causes, Impact on Stakeholders and Exploring Possible Solutions Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) Chairman Mario Cordero will hold a forum titled, "U.S. Port Congestion: Examining Causes, Impact on Stakeholders and Exploring Possible Solutions" Monday


RN Diving Expert Chris Baldwin Joins IMCA

Chris Baldwin: Photo IMCA

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) Secretariat says that Chris Baldwin has joined its team as a Technical Adviser following a short secondment from the Royal Navy. The association has a strong team of eight Technical Advisers working with Jane Bugler


RN Aircraft Carrier Christened by Queen Elizabeth

Christening ceremony: Photo credit MOD

Her Majesty The Queen has officially named the HMS Queen Elizabeth in front of a crowd that included shipbuilders, the Prime Minister and the Defence Secretary, informs the UK Ministry of Defence. The naming ceremony concluded with the smashing of a bottle of whisky over the bow of the ship


Navy Explains FY-15 30-Year Shipbuilding Plan

Navy explains shipbuilding plan: Photo USN

The US Navy informs that it has delivered to Congress its annual long-range plan for the construction of naval combatant and support vessels for fiscal year 2015 (FY15) in summary as follows: "Commonly referred to as the 30-year shipbuilding plan


US Hearing to Review Arctic Policy

Photo: Kitty Mecklenburg, RUSALCA

The Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, chaired by Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA), will hold a hearing next week to review U.S. policy in the Arctic and how the agencies with the largest presence in the Arctic intend to implement such policy.


Today in U.S. Naval History: July 18

Today in U.S. Naval History - July 18 1775 - Continental Congress resolves that each colony provide armed vessels 1779 - Commodore Abraham Whipple's squadron captures 11 prizes in largest prize value of Revolutionary War. 1792 - John Paul Jones dies in Paris, France


U.S. Naval Academy: New Superintendent

Change of Command ceremony: Photo USNA

The U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) has held a change of command ceremony in Annapolis, Maryland, where Vice Adm. Walter E. "Ted" Carter Jr. relieved Vice Adm. Michael Miller, becoming the 62nd academy superintendent, informs  U.S. Naval Academy Public Affairs.


Today in U.S. Naval History: July 29

Crew members fight a series of fires and explosions on the carrier USS Forrestals after flight deck, in the Gulf of Tonkin, 29 July 1967. The conflagration took place as heavily-armed and fueled aircraft were being prepared for combat missions over North Vietnam. (Official U.S. Navy Photograph.)

Today in U.S. Naval History - July 29 1846 - Sailors and Marines from U.S. sloop Cyane capture San Diego, Calif. 1918 - Assistant Secretary of the Navy Franklin D. Roosevelt visits Queenstown, Ireland 1945 - U.S. warships bombard Hamamatsu, Japan.


Growing American Shipping Bill Introduced by Garamendi

John Garamendi: Photo from official video

Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA-03), Ranking Member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure’s Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee, informs ot the introduction of  H.R. 5270, the 'Growing American Shipping Act', to strengthen the U.S. maritime industry


Bill Promotes US LNG Vessel Transport

Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA-03), Ranking Member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure’s Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee, introduced H.R. 5270, the Growing American Shipping Act, which aims to modernize U.S


Royal Navy Evacuates Britons from Libya

HMS Enterprise helps evacuate British citizens from Libya (U.K. Royal Navy photo)

A Royal Navy patrol ship is helping to bring home British citizens after an upturn in unrest in Libya. HMS Enterprise, which has been on operations in the Mediterranean, arrived at the capital Tripoli yesterday where there has been increased instability and fighting.


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


Oceanographic R/V 'Sally Ride' Christened

Christening Sally Ride: Photo USN

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus named the 'R/V Sally Ride' to honor the memory of Sally Ride, a scientist, innovator and educator. Ride was the first American woman and the youngest person in space. She later served as director of NASA’s Office of Exploration as well as the California Space






 
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