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Rolls-Royce Stealth System to Start Tests on New Navy Ship

The US Navy's Office of Naval Research unveiled its new advanced electric-ship demonstrator ship, SEA JET, for the first time. The ship will test Rolls-Royce patented AWJ-21(TM) waterjet technology over the next six months on Lake Pend Oreille at the Navy's Acoustic Research Department in Bayview, Idaho. The AWJ-21 is designed to increase ship speed, making hulls sleeker by working without rudders, shafts and propeller struts. Unlike conventional waterjets, the system works completely underwater, reducing noise and surface wake and improving stealth. The lightweight and compact AWJ-21 allows ships to operate in shallow waters. Its integrated steering and reversing system improves maneuverability at low speeds. Pat Marolda, Rolls-Royce President -- Naval, said: "This is a significant milestone in our development of an advanced waterjet technology which offers new parameters in performance, bringing real benefits to the US Navy."


Editor's Note

Port and maritime security matters continue to dominate the agenda list of marine companies and organizations. While an unprecedented international effort to thwart terrorist attacks has seemingly had some positive impact, the heightened awareness has exposed fissures in the system. At a meeting of the IMO Maritime Safety Committee's Intersessional Working Group on Maritime Security (ISWG), the group fast-forwarded a number of topical matters


New Lighterage System Revolutionizes Ship-to-Shore Transport

By Naval Facilities Engineering Command Public Affairs The U.S. Navy is currently testing a new and improved lighterage system that can be assembled into causeways, docks, or ferries, providing the Navy and Marine Corps with a safer, more versatile way to deliver vehicles and critical supplies from ship to shore during war or peacetime operations. “The new system will enhance the Navy’s Logistics Over the Shore capabilities and replace the Navy’s existing lighterage system


CAE's Marine Division Signs $19M in Deals

CAE signed new contracts to provide integrated bridge systems (IBSs) for the United Arab Emirates' Baynunah-class corvettes, and a land-based test facility for the German navy's F-124-class frigates. CAE also signed a contract amendment for the Indian navy's landing ship program and finalized the contract for the German navy's K130 corvette program. In total, the new agreements and contract amendment are worth about C$19 million


Newest Navy Ship Visit

USS Stockdale (DDG 106), the Navy's newest Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyer, will be arriving at Naval Base Ventura County Port Hueneme on Tuesday, April 14th at approximately 10:00 a.m. and will be Commissioned during a formal ceremony on April 18 at 11:00 featuring Admiral Keating as the Keynote Speaker and H. Ross Perot as the Honorary Chair for the event. An estimated 100 Vietnam Veterans and former Prisoners of War


Imtech’s $37.6M in Contracts for Naval Ships

Imtech has received new orders for new and existing ships from the Royal Netherlands and Belgian navies worth over $37.6m. Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (Vlissingen, the Netherlands), builder of the new logistic support ship Karel Doorman of the Royal Netherlands Navy, granted Imtech the contract for the design, production, delivery and implementation of various technological solutions on board this Joint Support Ship (JSS)


OSI Secures Contracts

Offshore Systems International Ltd. has won new contracts for more than $341,467to immediately additional Royal Danish Navy ships with electronic chart navigation systems. OSI won its first open international win and major NATO contract outside of Canada in August 2001 with the Royal Danish Navy. In each year since the initial contract, OSI has received follow-on orders for additional services, upgrades or new equipment from the Navy.


Shipbuilders, Suppliers Head to Capitol Hill

U.S. shipbuilders and their suppliers are descending on Capitol Hill this month, as lawmakers debate how the U.S. can afford new Navy vessels. Aircraft-carrier suppliers assembled for a congressional breakfast on March 30, following a similar event for submarine suppliers on March 16. Also, executives from shipbuilding titans General Dynamics Corp. (GD) and Northrop Grumman Corp. (NOC) have been summoned to testify before congressional panels mulling next year's budget


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


Russian Navy Expands Rescue Fleet

The Russian Navy will receive 10 advanced search and rescue vessels by the end of the year to boost its sea rescue capabilities, a Navy official said Wednesday. According to the Navy, its Baltic fleet will receive four of the new vessels while three will be commissioned in the Black Sea. The new ships are said to enhance the Russian Navy’s capability to rescue submarines and ships in distress. The Russian Navy has expanded its deepsea rescue fleet since the Kursk nuclear submarine


Iranian Flotilla a Factor in US Warship Deployment off Yemen

U.S. Navy photo by Anna Van Nuys

The Pentagon said on Tuesday the presence of a large convoy of Iranian cargo ships in the Arabian Sea was one factor in the U.S. decision to deploy additional warships in the waters off war-torn Yemen but was not the primary reason for the move.  


SCA Stresses US Shipyards' Role to National Security

Photo by John Whalen (Huntington Ingalls Industries)

The Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA), a national trade association representing the nation’s shipbuilding and repair industry is hosting a fly-in beginning today. More than 85 members of SCA will participate to share the strength of America’s shipbuilding and repair industry


NASSCO Bags $24 mi Award for Littoral Combat Ships Sustainment

Littoral Combat Ships Courtesy Wikipedia

  General Dynamics NASSCO has been awarded a $24.1 million contract by the U.S. Navy for Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) sustainment execution in support of LCS' home-ported in or visiting San Diego. General Dynamics NASSCO is a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).


VT Halter Powers Ahead

“The secret of VTHM’s success is our ability to harness existing commercial and defense-related project ‘know-how’ and integrate it with emerging technologies.  Our ability to do government and commercial work in one facility is one of the things that makes VT Halter a little different.”  Bill Skinner, CEO,  VT Halter Marine

If you drive just south of I-10 in Pascagoula, Miss., within 10 minutes you find yourself on the doorstep of VT Halter Marine, arguably one of the more diverse and active shipyards in the U.S. The company, which is a subsidiary of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc


China Constructing Sea Outposts, US Warns

South China Sea claims. Map by Murphy on Piracy

 The U.S. military commander for Asia warned that, China could eventually deploy radar and missile systems on outposts it is building in the South China Sea that could be used to enforce an exclusion zone over the disputed territory, according to a report in Reuters.  


Navy Officer Pleads Guilty to Bribery

U.S. Navy officer pleads guilty to selling classified ship schedules as part of expanding Navy bribery probe   A lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy pleaded guilty to bribery charges in federal court, admitting that he accepted cash


'Amazingly Intact' WWII-era Aircraft Carrier Surveyed

Features on a photo of USS Independence CVL 22 are captured in a 3D low-resolution sonar image of the shipwreck in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. The Coda Octopus Echoscope 3D sonar, integrated on the Boeing AUV Echo Ranger, imaged the shipwreck during the first maritime archaeological survey. The sonar image with oranges color tones (lower) shows an outline of a possible airplane in the forward aircraft elevator hatch opening. (Credit: NOAA, Boeing, and Coda Octopus)

NOAA, working with private industry partners and the U.S. Navy, has confirmed the location and condition of the USS Independence, the lead ship of its class of light aircraft carriers that were critical during the American naval offensive in the Pacific during World War II.  


Chinese Submarine to Pakistan: Raising Nuclear Tensions in South Asia

Agosta 90 B submarine sits at Pakistans Navy Dockyard in Karachi. Pic by Global Security

 Pakistan, a country plagued by economic and political insecurity, to conclude the deal of eight conventional submarines during Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to Islamabad on Monday (April 20), reports Bloomberg.   This will help Pakistan gain the ability to fire nuclear weapons


USN Names Littoral Combat Ship

Freedom-variant littoral combat ship

  Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced today that the next Freedom-variant littoral combat ship (LCS) will be named USS St. Louis. The future USS St. Louis, designated LCS 19, will be the seventh ship to bear the name. The first St. Louis, a sloop of war, was launched in 1828


EGS Names RV ‘Geo Resolution’

Geo Resolution pictured prior to her departure from the Shipyard. Courtesy: EGS

 The EGS management has gathered in Singapore to conduct the christening and blessing ceremony of the RV Geo Resolution, the latest addition to EGS’ fleet of deep water capable hydrographic and geophysical survey vessels, said a press release from the company.  


ABS Appoints New Chief Technology Officer

Howard Fireman (Photo: ABS)

ABS named Howard Fireman as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) effective April 20 in a move that strengthens alignment and generates further synergies across all of ABS' technical programs, ABS announced.   Fireman, who will report to ABS Chairman and CEO Christopher J


Hull Inspection Systems Delivered to the US Navy

EOD HULS MK19 Systems 4 and 5 vehicles (Photo courtesy of Bluefin Robotics)

Bluefin Robotics has delivered new vehicles to the U.S. Navy that aim to increase the Navy's capability to remotely search and investigate ship hulls, harbor sea floors and other underwater infrastructure for limpet mines, Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and other objects of interest.  


U.S. Navy Warship Steams Toward Yemen

A Navy SH-60 Seahawk helicopter flies over the bow of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt. Photo Courtesy: U.S. Navy.

 The United States Navy is prepared to intercept Iranian ships in Yemeni waters using the USS Theodore Roosevelt and other ships, reports the AP.   According to this report, the Iranian ships are believed to be transporting weapons to the Houthi rebel group in Yemen. There are nine U.S


GE Contracted to Service Australian Navy Frigates

LM2500 (Image: GE)

GE has signed an in-service support contract with the Australian Defense Materiel Organization’s Maritime Cross-Platform Systems Program Office.  Under the contract, GE will provide maintenance and logistic support services for the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) GE LM2500


Coatings Quietly Helping to Control Noise

Mascoat 1.jpg

U.S. Navy’s AGOR Research Vessels are built to be as operationally quiet as possible. That’s where Mascoat’s Sound Control-dB coatings come in. When the U.S. Navy began its design and build program for its newest generation of research vessels






 
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