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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


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.


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.


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


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.


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


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


Australia Orders Replacement Replenishment Ships

HMAS Success Photo RAN

  The Government has signed contracts with Navantia S.A. to build Australia’s two replacement replenishment ships, avoiding a critical capability gap.   Australia’s current supply ship HMAS Success will reach its end of life in 2021 and needs to be replaced as a matter of


Canadian Submarine HMCS Chicoutimi Gets Ready

Photo: Canadian Navy

 The Canadian navy's British Columbia-based HMCS Chicoutimi will be operational by early next year, says a report by Canadian Press.   Vice-Admiral Mark Norman said a problem with some of the welding on HMCS Chicoutimi as well as HMCS Victoria was discovered late last year.  


NASSCO Wins Six Ship U.S. Navy Contract

(Photo: NASSCO)

General Dynamics NASSCO, a subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), won a contract by the U.S. Navy for the detailed design and construction of the next generation of fleet oilers, the John Lewis class (TAO-205), previously known as the TAO(X). This contract is for the construction of six ships


US Navy Tests Latest Aegis Weapon System

Rear Adm. Chris Grady, commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic, greets Minister Pedro Morenes, Spanish Minister of Defense prior to Morenes embarking Spanish Navy Ship Cristobol Colon (F-105) Naval Station Norfolk. PhotoUSN

The U.S. Navy conducted a series of cooperative air defense test exercises with the Spanish navy that culminated in live missile firing events using the latest Aegis Weapon System baseline July 20-21. The event was not only the first interoperability test of the latest Aegis Baseline 9


Nato Begins DYMA 15 Submarine Warfare Exercise

Photo: Public Affairs Office, NATO Shipping Centre

 NATO’s Submarine Warfare Exercise DYNAMIC MANTA 2015 (DYMA 15) began friday off the Sicilian coast, with ships, submarines, and aircraft and personnel from 9 Allied nations converging on the Central Mediterranean Sea for anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and anti-surface warfare training.


General Dynamics Christens Illinois (SSN 786)

First Lady Michelle Obama, the sponsor for submarine Illinois, approves the weld of her initials, which is now permanently affixed in the ship.

  Today, General Dynamics Electric Boat christened the Illinois (SSN 786), the 13th submarine of the U.S. Navy's Virginia Class. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD). The Saturday morning christening ceremony took place at Electric Boat's Groton


Michelle Obama Christens Navy's New Submarine

First Lady Michelle Obama, the sponsor for submarine Illinois, approves the weld of her initials, which is now permanently affixed in the ship. (Photo: General Dynamics Electric Boat)

USS Illinois (SSN 786), the 13th submarine of the U.S. Navy’s Virginia Class, was christened Saturday at builder General Dynamics Electric Boat’s Groton shipyard.   The ship’s sponsor, First Lady Michelle Obama, christened the ship by breaking a bottle of Illinois


North Pole: The Latest Tourist Trap

Dennis Bryant

On August 16, 2015, the geographic North Pole was visited by a Russian surface ship for the one-hundredth time. The Russian nuclear icebreaker 50 Let Pobedy (50 Years of Victory) carried 106 tourists from 16 different countries. This was the icebreaker’s seventh cruise to the Pole just this


Hawaii Governor Tours Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard

Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (Photo: U.S. Navy)

Hawaii's Governor David Ige visited Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility December 21 to learn more about the historic shipyard's national security mission and role as the state's largest industrial employer, marking the governor’s first visit to the shipyard


US Nuclear Submarine Visits Japanese Port

USS City of Corpus Christi (SSN 705) Photo by  US Navy

 Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS City of Corpus Christi (SSN 705)  has docked at Yokosuka port in Japan as part of its Asia-Pacific region itinerary, the US Navy announced in a news release.   City of Corpus Christi has conducted a multitude of missions and maintains


Curtiss-Wright, Geospectrum Technologies Collaborate

Photo courtesy of Curtiss-Wright

Press Release -- Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division has announced that its INDAL business unit is collaborating with GeoSpectrum Technologies  to develop a new compact and lightweight sonar system designed for the smaller surface ships and Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) markets


Submarine Warfare: NATO Strengthens Anti-Sub Skills

Public Affairs Office: Allied Maritime Command

NATO’s Submarine Warfare Exercise DYNAMIC MANTA 2016 (DYMA 16) began today off the Sicilian coast, with ships, submarines, and aircraft and personnel from 8 Allied nations converging on the Central Mediterranean Sea for anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and anti-surface warfare training.


Senior Defense Officials Discuss Polar Priorities

Chief of Naval Research Rear Adm. Mat Winter met in Finland last week with counterparts from five nations in a first-ever gathering of senior defense officials to coordinate science and technology research in high latitudes.   Dubbed the International Cooperative Engagement Program for


Boeing Unveils Robotic Submarine

Echo Voyager. Photo: Boeing

Boeing Co. has unveiled at its Huntington Beach facility an autonomous, unmanned undersea vehicle that can be used for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions.   The Echo Voyager, which is 51 feet long, is capable of running on its own, unmanned


Norway Shortlists DCNS, ThyssenKrupp for New Subs

Ula-class submarines. Source: Royal Norwegian Navy

 Norway's Defence Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide of the Conservative Party made it clear that there would be no submarine deal with Sweden, according to the Norwegian newspaper Verdens Gang.    Instead, Norwegian defense officials have narrowed down their search to French and






 
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