Computer Sciences Corporation has won a task order from the U.S. Navy to continue its support of the Navy's Strategic Sealift program, including support for the completion and delivery of two new Large Medium-Speed Roll-On/Roll-Off (LMSR) supply ships. The task order, awarded under a contract CSC initially won with the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) in 1991, is valued at $25 million if all options are exercised over a three-year period. The company will provide engineering and design facilities as well as professional and engineering services to support the culmination of the decade-long acquisition program for Strategic Sealift supply ships. Services performed under the new agreement will include program, financial, engineering, logististics and technical library management as well as ship conversion studies and post-shakedown repair and maintenance management. Since 1992, CSC has supported the acquisition of 18 of the 20 Strategic Sealift LMSR ships planned. First envisioned after the Gulf War, the LMSR ships provide a faster, more robust supply line to expeditionary U.S. forces by offering roll-on/roll-off access ramps instead of traditional crane- operated loading and unloading. "CSC's Advanced Marine Center of Excellence is proud to support the U.S. Navy's global mission," said Maurice Gauthier, CSC's vice president overseeing the center
USNS Brittin (T-AKR 305), the sixth of seven Bob Hope-class strategic sealift ships being built by Northrop Grumman Corporation's Ship Systems sector, was delivered to the U.S. Navy at the company's Avondale Operations in New Orleans. Participating in the delivery were representatives of the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), the supervisor of shipbuilding, conversion and repair, New Orleans, and Ship Systems officials.
Maersk Line, Limited, Norfolk, Va., is being awarded a $25,900,821 firm-fixed-price contract with reimbursables subject to the availability of fiscal year 2006 funds. The contract is for the operation and maintenance of eight fast sealift ships. These ships move cargo primarily in support of deployed U.S. military forces worldwide. This contract includes four one-year options, which, if exercised, would bring the total value of the contract to $134,796,176. The ships
The seventh and final Bob Hope-class Strategic Sealift ship, Benavidez (T-AKR 306), built by Northrop Grumman Corporation's Ship Systems sector, is underway in the Gulf of Mexico on predelivery sea trials. The 950-ft. cargo ship, built at Ship Systems' Avondale Operations in New Orleans, is undergoing at-sea testing of all equipment and systems, en route to Ship Systems' Ingalls Operations in Pascagoula, Miss., for additional dockside testing
By David Tinsley, Technical Editor While catamaran and multi-hull vessel technology is increasingly being explored for its potential in high-speed military and logistical support applications, Rolls-Royce has unveiled a proposal for a fast naval sealift ship based on a monohull RoPax ferry design. The impulse for developing a vessel type with that rare combination of exceptional speed and relatively high payload capacity originates from the changing emphasis in military support
1814 - British bombardment of Fort McHenry inspires the Star Spangled Banner. 1847 - Marine Brigade leads U.S. forces that storm Chapultepec Castle near Mexico City, inspiring one line of the Marine Hymn 1906 - Sailors and Marines from USS Denver land in Havana at the request of the Cuban government to preserve order during a revolution. 1939 - Navy suspends transfers to the Fleet Reserve after 20 years service and retains men on active duty.
A large ship arrives off a port devastated by natural or military forces. The ship contains badly needed supplies but the port infrastructure has been destroyed. This and other scenarios can stall the best-planned sealift logistics, but now an innovative new program has designed, and is building, the solution. A description of Joint Modular Lighter System (JMLS) as published on the Home Page at the Seabee Logistics Center (formerly CESO) explains the requirements: "The Joint Modular
Northrop Grumman Corporation's Ship Systems sector delivered USNS Benavidez (T-AKR 306) to the U.S. Navy on September 10, 2003, successfully completing nearly a decade of construction of the Bob Hope-class ships. Benavidez is the final ship of seven of these LMSR (large, medium-speed, roll-on, roll-off) vessels built by Ship Systems' Avondale Operations in New Orleans, La. The ship conducted successful sea trials this summer and recorded an excellent rating by the Navy.
Technical papers on a wide range of ship design and production topics will be presented during the Society of Naval Architects and Engineers (SNAME) Annual Meeting and Expo, October 21-23 at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, Rhode Island. Early registration discounts of up to $200 are available until September 23. Abstracts of all 2009 technical papers can be viewed at: www.snameexpo.com/2009/conference/SessionPapers.asp
A Department of Defense, Navy, contract has been awarded to BAE Systems, San Francisco, for a regular overhaul & drydocking of 'USNS Carl Brashear'. BAE Systems San Francisco Ship Repair, San Francisco, Calif., is being awarded a $10,772,461 firm-fixed-price contract for a 56-calendar day regular overhaul and dry docking availability of Military Sealift Command dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS Carl Brashear (T-AKE 7).
The U.S. Navy and Japanese authorities are working to refloat a Military Sealift Command vessel after it ran aground Thursday off the coast of Okinawa. The Sgt. Matej Kocak, a Military Sealift Command ship led by a civilian crew, ran aground off the coast of Uruma at 11:30 a.m
International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots Asks: If Keystone is a “Jobs Bill” Why Would Congress Want to Send 400,000 Maritime Jobs in 26 States Overseas? S.1, the Keystone XL Pipeline Act, has been described as a “jobs bill” by the
The Australian Government will gift two recently-decommissioned Landing Craft Heavy vessels, including a package of spare parts, to the Philippines Government, the Minister for Defense Kevin Andrews announced today. Andrews said the former Royal Australian Navy vessels HMAS Tarakan
U.S. and Ghanaian and maritime forces completed Africa Maritime Law Enforcement Partnership (AMLEP) 2015 operations, Feb. 24, 2015. The Military Sealift Command’s joint high-speed vessel USNS Spearhead (JHSV 1) and an embarked combined law enforcement detachment (LEDET)
Detyens Shipyards, Inc.,* Charleston, South Carolina, is being awarded a $14,737,872 firm-fixed-price contract for a 170-day dry-docking and overhaul of USNS Zeus (T-ARC 7). This contract includes nine options, which, if exercised, would bring the total contract value to $17,199,024
The U.S. 6th Fleet command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) departed Batumi, Georgia, Oct. 18 after completing a successful port visit. While in Batumi, Sailors had the opportunity to participate in community relation projects, provide tours of Mount Whitney
Mike Rodriguez, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Alum, was sworn in as Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administration (MARAD). Rodriguez has more than 35 years experience as a maritime industry professional in both the public and private sectors
Military Sealift Command (MSC) received approval Oct. 30 to officially begin geographically consolidating at Naval Station (NS) Norfolk, Virginia, a single headquarters that since 2012 has been physically split between the Washington Navy Yard, D.C., and NS Norfolk
The U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) has extended the Voluntary Intermodal Sealift Agreement (VISA) program until October 1, 2019. The VISA program creates a partnership between the U.S. government and the maritime industry to provide commercial sealift and intermodal shipping services and
The Navy's third Mobile Landing Platform (MLP), Lewis B. Puller successfully completed launch and float-off at the General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Co. (NASSCO) shipyard Nov. 6. Lewis B. Puller is the first afloat forwarding staging base (AFSB) variant of the
The United States Congress this week enacted the strongest statement of support for the Jones Act and the American domestic maritime industry since the Merchant Marine Act of 1936. The measure was included as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (H.R
Military Sealift Command operation and maintenance contracted awarded to Crowley Maritime Crowley Maritime Corp.’s global ship management group has been has been awarded the contract for the operation and maintenance of the T-AGOS/T-AGM fleet for the Military Sealift Command
The Philippines aims to buy two frigates, two helicopters and three gunboats for deployment in the South China Sea where a territorial dispute with China has lent urgency to the need to bolster forces, a Philippine navy officer said on Wednesday.
America is leading the global effort to end the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. And part of the Obama Administration's whole-of-government response has included some recent heavy lifting by two ships from the Maritime Administration's (MARAD) Ready Reserve Force
American Maritime Partnership (AMP) issued a statement opposing Senator John McCain’s recent measure to eliminate the U.S. shipbuilding industry. AMP said U.S. shipbuilding is critical to supporting America’s military power and defense needs employs hundreds of thousands of Americans