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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:

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, 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

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

China, Russia Conclude Naval Drill

Photo: Ministry of Defence, Russia.

 Russia and China naval forces concluded their first-ever joint military exercise in the Mediterranean Sea this morning, according to an online news briefing from the Chinese Defense Ministry.   The naval drill code-named “Joint Sea 2015” was held from May 17 to 21 and

Ship Design: Survivability Measures to Quantify Combat Capability

Alion’s MOTISS solution identifies susceptible weapons impact locations and analyzes the impact of the impact to mission capability by examining structural integrity, damage to mechanical and electronic systems, and crew survival.  Image © Alion Science and Technology

VISBY, ZUMWALT, INDEPENDENCE, FREEDOM, TORNIO, SAN ANTONIO, INCHEON, SIGMA, FREMM ... ... these ships are not only capable, tested and proven warships, they are extremely complex. ZUMWALT alone carries 16 Electronic Module Enclosures that contain 235 electronics cabinets each supporting a complex

Naval Symposium Examines Ship Capabilities, Career Options

Vice Adm. Tom Rowden (E.H. Lundquist photo)

Warfighting ethos key to a distributed and lethal surface force   The annual Surface Navy Association (SNA) West Coast Symposium was held on the waterfront at Naval Station San Diego on July 16, and provided attendees an update on some key operational and career developments important to

China Far Ahead of India in Submarine Race

INS Chakra, India’s only operating nuclear-powered submarine. Photo: Indian Navy

 Global military reported that recently a Chinese “Yuan” class conventional submarines docked news in Pakistan, once again hurt the Indian Navy submarine fleet.   The Hindustan Times said terms of size, the Chinese Navy submarine force is four times that of India

General Dynamics to Modernize USN Submarine WCS

U.S. Navy  SSN  Virgina Class Submarine

  General Dynamics received a $20 million contract modification from the U.S. Navy to continue modernizing the AN/BYG-1 Weapons Control System (WCS) Technology Insertion and Advanced Processing Build software for U. S. Navy and Royal Australian Navy submarines

Australian PM Promises 2500 Shipbuilding Jobs

Tony Abbott, Prime Minister of Australia. Photo: Commonwealth of Australia

 Up to 2,500 shipbuilding jobs in Adelaide will be safe for "all time", the Prime Minister says, ahead of the expected announcement to build a new fleet of Navy ships worth $39 billion, reports ABC.   However, he said naval shipbuilding jobs in Adelaide would drop from about

Unique Gun Salvaged from Barents Sea

Another finding fron bottom of Kola Bay

  Divers Northern Fleet raised from the bottom of the Kola Bay, an American anti-aircraft gun, which lay there for 70 years. Earlier it was reported that the specialists of the search and rescue (UPASR) Northern Fleet (NF) completed the preparatory work in the area of the death of an

New DMRs for USN Destroyers, Submarines under Construction

New DMRs

  The U.S. Navy has ordered 56 AN/USC-61(C) Digital Modular Radios (DMRs) and related equipment from General Dynamics. The newly built DMR radios will be capable of using the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) waveform, the digital dial tone needed to make voice calls to the U.S

Kongsberg Bags Orders for Upgraded Heli-deck Camera

HOSS is designed for real time video monitoring of heli-deck operations in extreme low-light conditions. (Photo: Kongsberg Maritime)

Kongsberg Maritime Ltd. (KML) Camera Group announced it has been awarded multiple contracts to supply the recently upgraded Helicopter Observation Surveillance System (HOSS).   The HOSS is designed for real time video monitoring of heli-deck operations in extreme low-light conditions aboard

New Submarine Named USS Idaho

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus

  Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus hosted a ship-naming ceremony today to announce that SSN 799, a Virginia-class attack submarine, will bear the name USS Idaho. The submarine will be named to honor the history its namesake state has with the Navy

US Coast Guard Cutter Reaches the North Pole

The crew of U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy and the Geotraces science team have their portrait taken at the North Pole Sept. 7, 2015. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Cory J. Mendenhall)

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy arrived at the North Pole September 5, 2015, becoming the first U.S. surface ship to do so unaccompanied.   Healy’s arrival to the North Pole marks the fourth time a U.S. surface vessel has ever reached the North Pole, and the first since 2005. 

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