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NAVSEA Sponsors Program at U. of Michigan

The Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) has created a Summer Naval Surface Ship Design program in cooperation with the Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering at the University of Michigan. The program will run from May 1 to June 16 and will include professors from the University of Michigan, the Naval Postgraduate School, Virginia Tech and instructors from NAVSEA’s Engineering Future Concepts and Surface Ship Design, Ship Costing, and Combat Systems Groups. The new series of courses is being offered at the graduate level on the unique aspect of naval ship design. The seven courses taught are: Naval Architecture Overview, Naval Ship Design, Warfare Systems, Ship Support Systems, Naval System Architecture/Systems Engineering, Multiple Objective Optimization, ASSET Training and Capstone Naval Surface Ship Design. The course will be limited to no more than 30 students on a first come basis. Candidates for the course can come from a variety of disciplines, including naval architecture, marine engineering, systems engineering, mechanical engineering and civil engineering. Students who complete the course will have an opportunity to participate in paid internship programs. (Source: blackanthem.com)


Russian Naval Exercises in Barents Sea

Photo credit Russian Navy

Northern Fleet (NF) surface ships with a nuclear submarine accomplish tactical training tasks in the Barents Sea. The exercise was held by a search/attack ship group comprising ASW corvettes Naryan-Mar and Onega. The crews practiced search for a nuclear-powered submarine and "destroyed" her by antisubmarine weapons. During the exercise, the crews have effectively performed torpedo firing and depth charge release drills, as well as practiced joint maneuvering


DRS Technologies Wins $21M Navy Contracts

DRS Technologies Inc. has been awarded several new contracts with a combined value of approximately $21m to design and produce power and control equipment for next-generation surface ships for the U.S. Navy. The ships include the new DDG-1000 Zumwalt class, formerly known as the DD(X), the Littoral Combat Ship and the CVN-78 aircraft carrier, as well as existing classes of Navy combatant surface ships and submarines. The company's DRS Power & Control Technologies unit in Milwaukee, Wisc


DSME Gets UK Shipyard Consulting Contract

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard UK: File photo

S. Korea's DSME says it is to provide naval vessel production and management consulting services for British defense company BAE. Under the terms of the agreement, DSME will conduct investigations on 11 areas of shipyard operations for BAE Systems Surface Ships Ltd., a shipbuilding arm of BAE System Group, and suggest ways to improve its productivity. DSME explains that following the defense budget cut, BAE Systems Surface Ships had been looking for ways to cut back on the cost to


NAVSEA Hosts Surface Ship TMA Conference

The Naval Sea Systems Command's (NAVSEA) Fleet Naval Engineering Group and Maintenance Process Improvement team (FNEG & MPI) hosted the semi-annual surface ship Top Management Attention (TMA) meeting Oct. 18-20 at the Washington Navy Yard. Representatives from 27 different Navy activities were on hand to discuss 384 current fleet maintenance issues, close 44 items, and generate 28 new action items into the TMA/Top Management Issues (TMI) process.


Navy Lab Professionals Honored with Awards

Dr. William K. Blake, a U.S. Navy expert in hydroacoustics, recently received the Gold Medal Award from the American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE) at the ASNE Day 2003 conference. The medal honors a significant contribution in a particular area during the past five years. He works in the Signatures Directorate of the Naval Surface Warfare Center's Carderock Division and directs the Office of Naval Research and Naval Sea Systems Command hydroacoustic programs here.


BAE-VT Shipbuilding JV Approved

Britain's BAE Systems (BAES.L) and VT Group (VTG.L) won permission from the European Commission on Wednesday to merge their shipbuilding operations, according to a Reuters report. BAE will hold 55 percent and VT the remainder, and the deal will involve BAE selling its 50 percent stake in Flagship Training Ltd to VT for up to $152.6m. The Commission noted that the two companies had not bid against each other in the design or building of a naval surface ship in the past decade


Combining Navy & CG Purchasing Considered

According to a July 20 report from UPI.com, the Congressional Budget Office said joining U.S. Navy and Coast Guard programs regarding procurement of small surface ships wouldn't necessarily improve cost efficiencies over current buying processes. With the Navy and Coast Guard looking to buy a total of 83 smaller vessels, CBO was asked by Senate Banking Committee member Judd Gregg, R-N.H., to examine alternatives that would perhaps allow the services to consolidate small combatant programs.


Defense Shipyard Uses Paramarine Design Software

Spanisch shipyard Navantia uses Paramarine Advance Marine Design Software for naval ship & submarine design. Paramarine software, developed by QinetiQ GRC, is being used by Navantia to support the development of both new naval surface ships and submarines. It is specifically being used for stability calculations on submarines and surface ships in development such as new frigates, patrol boats and corvettes. Navantia employs over 5


L-3 Unidyne Wins $69m Contract

L-3 Unidyne has been awarded a contract valued at over $69 million to provide life-cycle support services for U.S. Navy towed arrays, including both surface ship and submarine applications for the Commander, Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Newport Division. The scope of the contract will be performed primarily in Newport, R.I., but could also involve technical assistance wherever U.S. Navy submarines and surface combatants are located


BAE Systems to Expand San Diego Shipyard

As part of the San Diego Ship Repair expansion, BAE Systems will purchase a new, additional dry dock, shown here as a rendering of where it would be positioned at the shipyard. It will be the company’s largest dry dock in the United States, measuring 950-feet long and 205-feet wide, with a design lifting capacity of 55,000 tons. (Image courtesy of BAE Systems)

BAE Systems announced it will invest approximately $100 million to expand drydocking capabilities at its San Diego shipyard.   The investment, which will include the purchase of a new drydock and a range of infrastructure improvements at the yard, aims to enhance ship repair


NSPAD Tested, Boon for Navy

At Sea Evaluation

This project was originally proposed to NSRP as the Improved Advanced Watertight Door, with a goal of promoting a successful developmental door design to full commercial availability as an option to use on surface ships in place of the existing Navy Standard Watertight Door (NSWD).


Transport Sector to Give Lift to Oil Demand

Demand for oil is intimately connected to the demand for transportation in the United States and the other advanced industrial economies. Cars, trucks, airlines, railways and shipping accounted for 71 percent of total U.S. oil consumption in 2013, according to the U.S


Canadian Submarines Ready to Hit the Sea

Photo credit: Royal Canadian Navy

 For the first time since they were purchased in 1998, the Royal Canadian Navy has reached a stage where three of its four diesel-electric submarines are now shipshape and available for operations.   Canada's Navy is marking what it calls a milestone for its controversy-plagued


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


Breakthrough Capability Keeps Subs, Ships Safe

Lt. j.g. Colcord Moore, from Boston, Mass., and Quartermaster 1st Class Howell Trinidad, from Long Beach, Calif., discuss navigation charts in the pilot house of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem

  Interactive software that can dramatically cut the time it takes to plan safe submarine missions is crossing over to the surface fleet and is being installed this month on the guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53), officials announced Dec. 16.


US Navy Deploys Shipboard Laser Weapon

The Afloat Forward Staging Base (Interim) USS Ponce (ASB(I) 15) conducts an operational demonstration of the Office of Naval Research (ONR)-sponsored Laser Weapon System (LaWS) while deployed to the Arabian Gulf. (U.S. Navy photo by John F. Williams) Caption

 Officials at the Office of Naval Research (ONR) announced the laser weapon system (LaWS) - a cutting-edge weapon that brings new capabilities to America's Sailors and Marines - was for the first time deployed and operated aboard a naval vessel in the Arabian Gulf.  


US Navy Evaluating SEWIP for LCS

Littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1). U.S. Navy photo by Tim D. Godbee

The U.S. Navy is evaluating a scaled-down version of the Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP) system for potential incorporation on future Littoral Combat Ships (LCS), Naval Sea Systems Command announced, Nov. 20.   SEWIP is an evolutionary development block upgrade


Howard Fireman Awarded David W. Taylor Medal

Howard Fireman (Photo courtesy of ABS)

SNAME recognizes ABS executive for contributions to naval architecture The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) awarded its highest technical honor, the David W. Taylor Medal for notable achievement in naval architecture or marine engineering, to Howard Fireman


Unlocking Seabed Secrets with Underwater Robots

Photo courtesy of CMRE

From September 22 to October 13, 2014, the NATO Research Vessel Alliance is conducting the Multinational AutoNomy Experiment (MANEX ‘14) along the Ligurian coast to demonstrate the advantages of mapping the seabed using autonomous vehicles.


New Virginia-class Submarine Christened 'John Warner'

John Warner christening: Photo USN/HII by John Whalen

Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) 'John Warner' (SSN 785), will be the first Virginia-class attack submarines to be homported in Naval Station Norfolk, following its christening by Mrs. Jeanne Warner at Newport News Shipbuilding yard, informs the US Navy.


Newport News Selects Paramarine Design Software

The aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). Photo by Chris Oxley

QinetiQ’s Paramarine Ship and Submersible Design Software has been selected by Newport News Shipbuilding (NSS) as its primary naval architectural software. QinetiQ Paramarine Software will be used for all ships designed and built at its shipyard, including use on the U.S


BIW lands Navy Contract of $100 million

Littoral Combat Ships

  The U.S. Navy awarded General Dynamics Bath Iron Works a $100 million contract to provide planning yard services for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program. General Dynamics Bath Iron Works is a business unit of General Dynamics. Bath Iron Works, as the LCS Planning Yard


Standard Missile Shows Versatility with “Juliet” Flight Test

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  The Navy executed a successful flight test of the surface-to-air Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) at White Sands Missile Range Aug. 14.   During flight test “Juliet,” the Navy examined the missile's ability to intercept a subsonic, low- altitude target over land


Navies to Address Maritime Skill Decline

Photo courtesy of JFD

However reintegration of capabilities is presenting new challenges in the design, manufacture and integration of sub-sea and surface systems for maritime Special Forces. James Fisher Defencehas stated that navies around the world are now seriously addressing the need to re-develop their skills






 
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