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Naval Ships at Baltimore U.S. National Anthem Bi-Centenary

Ensign raised: Photo USN

The U.S. Navy's second joint high-speed vessel, USNS Choctaw County has arrived in Baltimore's Inner Harbor with SECNAV Ray Mabus to join  with other Navy ships to celebrate the Star-Spangled Spectacular, the 200th anniversary of the poem penned by Francis Scott Key that later became the national anthem.
 "The fact that Choctaw County is going to be one of the representatives of the Navy, showing the people of Baltimore and the people of America the new capabilities, showing them just how good our ships and our MSC mariners and our Sailors and Marines are, I think it's going to be wonderful," said Mabus.
 The ship's 20,000-square foot mission bay holds a Riverine Patrol Boat, land-based vehicles, a diving chamber and a variety of other displays from Naval Expeditionary Combat Command, the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Coast Guard. These displays will be open to the public and media Sept. 11-14, noon to 5 p.m. Choctaw County will also host 189 service members and their families, courtesy of the USO, to watch Saturday night's concert and fireworks from the ship.

 About the ship Joint high-speed vessels are fast, flexible and maneuverable, and the planned class of 10 ships is designed to enable rapid intra-theater transport.

 Mission bay spaces can quickly be reconfigured for multiple mission types, from humanitarian aid and disaster relief to safely delivering vehicles and personnel.

Austal Signs Alliance With DSTO

Austal and Defense Science and Technology Organization (DSTO) today signed a five-year Industry Alliance that will strengthen Australia's maritime defenses. The purpose of this Alliance is to formalize and strengthen links between DSTO's maritime research and development activities and Austal's expertise in high speed vessel design, construction and systems integration. Through this alliance DSTO will gain a greater understanding of the long term performance and cost of ownership of high

Minoan Studies Adriatic Market Expansion

Minoan Flying Dolphins (MDF), a subsidiary of ferry operator Minoan Lines, is looking into deploying high-speed ships in the Adriatic market. MDF took out an option for two additional newbuildings with Austal shipyards in Australia, deliverable in 2001. The company already has three high speed vessels on order with Austal.

Austal Unveils HSV-M

Austal Unveils HSV-M Austal Ships has released details of one of its advanced military platforms to the global defence industry. Developed in response to existing naval requirements and incorporating advanced hull and propulsion technology, the Austal High Speed Vessel – Multipurpose (HSV–M) is just one example of the potential effectiveness of high-speed vessels for future naval and other military roles. The surge in military interest in large high speed craft is evidenced by United States

High-speed Craft Operator Fined in NZ

A New Zealand high-speed craft passenger vessel operator has been fined heavily for failure to deal with cases of passenger injuries A high speed vessel operator's failure to investigate and address the causes of a series of serious back injuries to passengers has earned it a conviction, fines and reparation totalling $270,000, following a prosecution by Maritime New Zealand (MNZ). Intercity Group (NZ) Limited, owners of the Paihia-based high speed vessel Excitor III

Austal Contract for JHSV 2 and 3

Image courtesy Austal

The U.S. Navy has exercised contract options funding the construction of two additional Austal Joint High Speed Vessels (JHSV) – as part of an existing 10-vessel, $1.6b program. Austal previously received US Navy funding for long lead-time material, including diesel engines, water jets and reduction gears, for these two vessels in June 2009. The additional work is valued at approximately $208m. Intended as the U.S

Balearia Requests US-Cuba Ferry License

Photo courtesy of Balearia

Balearia has requested a license to operate between the U.S. and Cuba from the U.S. Treasury Department, after both countries' announcement of the reestablishment of diplomatic relations. The shipping company is awaiting an official response from the U.S. government, and the subsequent authorization from the Cuban government. The Spanish maritime transport company has operated in the Caribbean region since late 2011 under the brand Bahamas Express

Austal to Build Circle Line’s First High Speed Vessel

Austal USA has signed a contract with New York operator, Circle Line-Statue of Liberty Ferry, Inc. (Circle Line) for a 143-ft. passenger catamaran which will be the first aluminium high speed vessel for this operator and the third contract Austal USA has secured for the New York area in the last 6 months. When delivered to New York in late June 2003, it will be part of an extraordinary association between New York State and the Austal Group with the 136-ft

U.S. Navy Buys Hawaii Superferries


Huakai and Alakai Go for $35 Million. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration has transferred two high speed vessels, the Huakai and the Alakai, to the U.S. Navy. The Navy plans to use the vessels to transport troops and equipment to training areas from Okinawa and other locations.  These vessels will help the Navy meet these unique operational requirements without the need to build new vessels

Port Equipment Manufacturers Assoc. Expands

The Port Equipment Manufacturers Association (PEMA) announced the incorporation of two new member companies: crane manufacturer Terex Cranes and container logistics solutions designer Loxystem AB. Terex Cranes has 50 manufacturing facilities worldwide and sales in 170 countries. Terex Cranes division supplies a wide range of high performance mobile cranes to various industry sectors, including the international ports market

This Day In Naval History: September 15

USNS Choctaw County (Photo: U.S. Navy)

1942 - USS Wasp (CV 7) is torpedoed by a Japanese submarine while operating in the Southwestern Pacific in support of forces on Guadalcanal. USS O'Brien (DD 415) and USS North Carolina (BB 55) are also struck by torpedoes from the same submarine.  

Austal Hosts Christening of YUMA (EPF 8)

USNS Yuma Christened Photo Austal

Austal celebrated the christening of the Expeditionary Fast Transport ship USNS Yuma (EPF 8) with a ceremony at its state-of-the-art shipyard here, this morning. The ship’s sponsor, former Secretary of Homeland Security and Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano

Seaward Services Concludes 15-year Westpac Express Work

Seaward Services, an HMS Global Maritime company, recently marked the end of a 15-year working relationship with Austal on the Westpac Express project. Seaward Services was awarded a contract in 2001 to provide operations, maintenance and technical management

Rodman Polyships Delivers Catamaran Fast Ferry

Photo: Rodman Polyships

Over the last several years, Rodman has designed, built and delivered different types of catamarans, not only for passenger transport but also for other purposes such as hydrographic, research or offshore windmill support catamarans.  

USNS Carson City Christened

Susan Asbury Crowell christens USNS Carson City Photo Austal

  Austal celebrated the christening of Expeditionary Fast Transport USNS Carson City (EPF 7) with a ceremony this morning at its state-of-the-art shipyard here. USNS Carson City is the seventh of 10 Expeditionary Fast Transport vessels (EPF), formerly joint high speed vessels (JHSV)

Austal Delivers U.S. Navy Ship

 Signing of Delivery Documents onboard USNS Brunswick (EPF 6).

Austal USA delivered the nation’s sixth Expeditionary Fast Transport vessel, USNS Brunswick (EPF 6), to the U.S. Navy here Jan. 14, 2016. The Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF) program, formerly named the Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV) program

Rescue Ship Idar Ulstein Named in Norway

Gunvor Ulstein (Photo: ULSTEIN)

The search and rescue boat Idar Ulstein was named in Ulsteinvik today, becoming the latest newbuild to join the fleet of the Norwegian Society for Sea Rescue.   RS Idar Ulstein is also the first vessel in the new Ulstein class, named after ULSTEIN’s long-time CEO

USNS Brunswick Completes Acceptance Trials

Photo: Austal

Shipbuilder Austal Limited announced that Expeditionary Fast Transport 6 (EPF 6) USNS Brunswick, formerly known as Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV 6), has completed U.S. Navy acceptance trials.   The trials, representing the last significant milestone before delivery

Austal Delivers for USN

USS Jackson (LCS 6).

Austal’s U.S. operation consists of more than 4,000 employees supporting the design, construction and sustainment of two U.S. Navy programs, the 127-meter, trimaran Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) and the 103-meter, catamaran high-speed troop and equipment transport known as

Austal Delivers Record Profit Increases

Austal recently delivered LCS 6 to the U.S. navy (Photo: Austal)

Shipbuilder Austal Limited announced it has delivered record revenue and record earnings for the year ended June 30, 2015, with Net Profit After Tax (NPAT) of $53.2 million, a 66.8 percent increase on FY2014.   Austal’s best result in its 27-year history was generated from revenue of

Third Austal-built LCS Delivered to the US Navy

Photo: Austal

 Shipbuilder Austal reports it has delivered the third littoral combat ship (LCS) built at its Mobile, Ala. shipyard to the U.S. Navy on August 11. This milestone marks the first LCS ship built by Austal as the prime contractor as part of a 10-ship, $3.5 billion block-buy contract.  

Firefighting Vessel Delivered to the US Army

Photo: TAI

New Orleans based maritime solutions company Technology Associates, Inc. (TAI) informs it has completed its contract for the design and construction of a fast response firefighting vessel delivered to the U.S. Army, in support of U.S. Military Surface Deployment Distribution Command (SDDC) 596th

Austal Starts Next US Littoral Combat Ship

Photo: Austal

Austal and the U.S. Navy held a keel-laying ceremony today for the future USS Manchester (LCS 14), marking the first significant milestone in its construction. This ship is the fifth Independence variant littoral combat ship (LCS) built at Austal under the 10-ship, $3

Austal Hosts Littoral Combat Ship Gabrielle Giffords Christening

Littoral Combat Ship Gabrielle Giffords

  Austal joined the Honorable Gabrielle Giffords, her husband, retired Navy captain Mark Kelly, and ship’s sponsor Dr. Jill Biden in celebrating the christening of the future USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) today in Mobile, Alabama

Aqueos Takes Delivery DSV for Liveboating

Photo: Aqueos Corporation

Aqueos Corporation, a subsea services provider for the offshore oil and gas sectors of the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific West Coast, announced the delivery of SPLASH, a Special Purpose Liveboat and Survey Hull to specifically address safety concerns with traditional methods of Liveboating.

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