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Northrop Grumman Names Williams Sector VP

Northrop Grumman Corporation has appointed Dave Williams sector vice president of engineering for its Ship Systems sector. Williams joined Northrop Grumman Ship Systems in 1988. He has held positions with increasing levels of responsibility, including section manager of Marine Technical, chief marine engineer, and technical director of DD 21 Gold Team. He served as vice president of Programs and Producibility within the Engineering organization prior to this new assignment. Williams has participated in the design and construction of various ship classes including LHD, SA'AR 5, and DDG. Williams previously served as chief engineer of Lockheed Shipbuilding for the second source design and construction of the Landing Craft Air Cushion. Other positions include chief engineer and general manager of Janoush Marine and design and development engineer for Sperry Vickers Marine Hydraulics. Williams joined then-Ingalls Shipbuilding (now Northrop Grumman Ship Systems) in 1973 after earning a bachelor's degree from Mississippi State University in mechanical engineering. At Ingalls, he participated in the design and construction of the DD963, LHA 1, and CG 47 class ships.


Northrop Grumman Delivers Another Sealift Ship

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.


Northrop Grumman Gulf Coast Shipyards Return to Work

Northrop Grumman Corporation said yesterday that its Ship Systems sector has put out the call to all its shipbuilders who can return to work at its Pascagoula and New Orleans shipyards on Monday, Sept. 12, to do so. Both yards will return to partial ship production and office work beginning Monday, Sept. 12, and clean-up and recovery efforts will continue at all sector facilities. "I doubt there is any other workforce in the world that could


Litton Integrates Marine Ops In New Company

The consolidation of marine industry assets in the United States has taken a rather unique twist, as Litton Industrys – with a strategy of becoming the marine industry's full-service leader – announced the formation of a new company, the Litton Ship Systems Full Service Center (LSS FSC). Litton, which for years has been amassing an impressive arsenal of marine equipment builders and suppliers from around the globe, formed LSS FSC to operate as a stand-alone business within the existing Litton


Navy Honors Engineering Pioneer

A ceremony was held on November 19, 2001, to rename the Naval Ship Systems Engineering Station's (NAVSSES) Surface Ship Systems Engineering Complex, the Richard C. Cunningham Engineering Complex. The building (77H) was renamed to honor Cunningham's pioneering work and engineering innovations in machinery controls and other accomplishments in naval machinery engineering. During the ceremony, Rear Admiral William Cobb, Jr


$35M Expansion for North Grumman

Northrop Grumman Corporation recently broke ground on a $35 million West Bay Expansion Project during a ceremony at its Ship Systems sector's Pascagoula facility. The project is the first phase of a $224 million expansion and modernization planned for the Pascagoula facility as part of its public/private partnership with the state of Mississippi. The West Bay expansion will create more than 400,000 sq. ft. of new ship construction area to support Northrop Grumman's DD(X)Destroyer


Northrop Grumman, U.S. Navy Commemorate Keel Laying For USS New Orleans

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) and the U.S. Navy today commemorated the keel laying for USS New Orleans (LPD 18), the second of 12 ships in the Navy's San Antonio-class of amphibious transport dock ships being built by Northrop Grumman's Ship Systems sector. A photo accompanying this releases is available at: http://media.primezone.com/noc/ The ship was assigned the name New Orleans in recognition of


GAO Affirms Northrop Grumman and Raytheon as DD(X) Gold Team

Northrop Grumman Corporation, leader of the DD(X) Gold Team, and Raytheon company said today that they were delighted by the decision of the General Accounting Office (GAO), which validates that an appropriate evaluation process was used when the U.S. Navy selected the Gold Team to complete the system design for the Navy's 21st century surface combatant, DD(X). "Now that this issue is behind us, we can move ahead on this transformational ship program, which is so critical to the Navy


New Navy Contract

Amee Bay, LLC, Anchorage, Ala., is being awarded a $12,387,339 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the acquisition of engineering services, planning and scheduling, installation services and other support needed to accomplish equipment alterations/modifications shipboard.  The required services will support and accomplish various levels of ship system installation and equipment modification ranging from component level upgrades through system level


New Control Systems Installed on USS Mount Whitney

Credit: Naval Surface Warfare Center

Naval Sea Systems Command completed the installation of new control systems aboard USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20), April 8, which will reduce fuel usage and crew workload.   Engineers from the Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division - Ship Systems Engineering Station SSES installed the new control systems on a number of shipboard engineering components and are specifically designed to improve automation on the optimally manned ships.


IMCA DP Proposal to be Basis for Updating IMO Guidelines

Jane Bugler (Photo: IMCA)

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has agreed to use the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) proposals as the basis for the review of the IMO Guidelines for vessels with dynamic positioning (DP) systems (MSC/Circ.645).


VIKING LifeCraft Presented at IMO

    The VIKING LifeCraft (Image courtesy of VIKING)

  This week, VIKING Life-Saving Equipment took a step towards gaining approval for the VIKING LifeCraft, its alternative life-saving appliance (LSA) for passenger ships.   The concept was presented to the International Maritime Organization’s Sub-Committee on Ships Systems and


U.S. Navy Issues Modification To Lockheed Martin Contract

Photo credit EagleHerald

The U.S. Navy has issued a Lockheed Martin-led industry team a contract modification for one fully funded 2015 Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) valued at $362 million, along with $79 million in advanced procurement funding for a second ship. The balance of the second ship will be funded by Dec. 31, 2015


Rolls-Royce Delivers Far Sleipner

Rolls-Royce Congratulates Farstad Shipping With The Delivery Of Far Sleipner

  Rolls-Royce would like to congratulate Farstad Shipping ASA for their recently named highly advanced subsea and construction vessel Far Sleipner. The event also marks the first delivery of a vessel equipped with the latest generation dynamic positioning system DP3 from Rolls-Royce


NUWC Newport Dedicates New Research Facility

Cutting the ribbon, from left, Dominic Galluci, P&S Construction; RI Congressman James Langevin; RI Governor Lincoln Chafee; Rear Adm. Michael Jabaley, commander, NUWC; Capt. Todd Cramer, commander, NUWC Division Newport; Mark Rodrigues, head NUWCs Platform and Payload Integration Department; Blair Decker, General Dynamics/Electric Boat; and RI Senator Jack Reed.

The Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division Newport dedicated a new $24.9 million Virginia Payload Tube Facility (VPTF) with a ribbon cutting today, Wednesday, October 15. The ceremony was followed by an opportunity for businesses with an interest in the technology to tour the facility and


GE Helps US Navy Improve Energy Efficiency

GE’s Power Conversion business was chosen by Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) to build a test system for a cleaner and more productive future in full scale testing of shipboard propulsion and electrical distribution systems at its Naval Ship Systems Engineering Station (NAVSSES)


USS Detroit to Be Christened, Launched Oct. 18

Photo: Lockheed Martin

The launch and christening ceremony of LCS 7 (the future USS Detroit) will take place Saturday morning, Oct. 18, at the Marinette Marine Corporation shipyard in Marinette, Wisconsin, where the Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ships are built.


Austal Launches 5th CCP Boat

Cape Class Patrol Boat - Cape Jervis in foreground, Cape Sorell & Cape Nelson in background

  Austal launched yesterday its fifth in-series Cape Class Patrol Boat (CCPB) at the Company’s Australian Defence Facility in Henderson, Western Australia. Cape Jervis is the fifth of eight 58-metre patrol boats that are being delivered to the Australian Customs and Border


US Navy Aircraft Carrier Leaves Drydock

About 500 shipbuilders assisted with the undocking of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) on Monday. Lincoln was moved from a dry dock to an outfitting berth at Newport News Shipbuilding, where its refueling and complex overhaul will be completed. Photo by Ricky Thompson/HII

Newport News Shipbuilding completes drydock work for aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72); refueling and complex overhaul With tugboats guiding it into the James River, the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) was moved from one of Newport News Shipbuilding’s drydocks to


General Dynamics Enhancing US Navy Capabilities

General Dynamics Mission Systems Presents Portfolio of Capabilities to Defend, Protect and Connect the U.S. Navy

  General Dynamics Mission Systems makes its debut as General Dynamics' newest business unit at the Surface Navy Association's (SNA) 27th National Symposium. General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems and General Dynamics C4 Systems combined to form General Dynamics Mission Systems on


$7 Billion Makeover for Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Shipping

A typical bulker plies the St. Lawrence Seaway (image: Chambr of Marine commerce)

A new study released today reveals that $7 billion is being spent on asset renewal and infrastructure improvements in the bi-national Great Lakes-St. Lawrence shipping system.   The investment survey, compiled by maritime trade consultants, Martin Associates, tallies US$ 6


Salvors Reduce Hoegh Osaka’s List

Photo: MCA

Salvage work continues at the site of car carrier Hoegh Osaka, the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said, reporting that salvors have reduced the vessel’s list from its original 52 degrees to 39 degrees on the evening of Monday, January 19.  


Corvus, LR to Present Hybrid Ferry Case Study

Texelstroom Ferry (Image: LR)

Corvus Energy to present hybrid ferry case study with Lloyd’s Register Marine at the Green Ship Technology Conference, March 11 - 12, Copenhagen.  At the 2015 Green Ship Technology Conference, March 11 -12 in Copenhagen, Corvus Energy will join Green Ship Technology professionals in


Inside The New US Maritime Strategy

Photo: United States Navy

  The US Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard have revised America's maritime strategy to add "all domain access" to its traditional sea-based defense functions, a Navy report says.    "This [all domain access] function assures appropriate freedom of action in any


USNS Trenton (JHSV 5) Completes Acceptance Trials

The USNS Trenton in action (photo courtesy of Austal)

  Joint High Speed Vessel USNS Trenton (JHSV 5) successfully completed Acceptance Trials (AT) on March 13, 2015 in the Gulf of Mexico. Austal, the Trenton's shipbuilder, today announced the completion of the trials, which are the last significant milestone before delivery of the ship. 






 
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