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United Defense Wins Contracts

United Defense, Industries, Inc announced today the award to NORSHIPCO a division of United States Marine Repair of 2 multi-year, multi-ship, cost plus contracts by the U.S. Navy’s Supervisor of Shipbuilding and Repair (SUPSHIP), Portsmouth worth nearly $90 million if all options are exercised. The largest contract, for six LSD-41 and 48 class ships, puts the entire LSD fleet of this ship type on East and West coasts under maintenance contracts with United States Marine Repair, a subsidiary of United Defense. The Advance Planning award totals $52,610. The combined total contract award, if the Navy exercises all options, is approximately $64 million. The ships included in this award, all home-ported in Norfolk, are the USS OAK HILL, USS WHIDBEY ISLAND, USS GUNSTON HALL, USS ASHLAND, USS TORTUGA, and the USS CARTER HALL. The work package includes pier side and dry dock work, ship alterations, hull, mechanical and electrical repairs, modernization and habitability work and required emergent repairs. According to Tom Epley, NORSHIPCO's president and general manager, "Being awarded this long-term contract gives NORSHIPCO a greater ability to stabilize our work force and avoid the employment swings we often encounter under the fixed-price, single availability method of contracting." Epley indicated that the Navy is returning to multi-ship


NORSHIPCO to Purchase Dry Dock

United Defense Industries announced that NORSHIPCO has signed an agreement to to purchase Metro Machine Corp's 14,000-ton dry dock known as "Old Dominion." The dock, expected to be operational by the end of May, will be relocated to NORSHIPCO and placed in an area previously occupied by a similar size dock, which was retired two years ago. The agreement provides additional opportunities for the exchange of work and dry dock utilization.


DD(X) National Team Introduces Next-Generation Shipboard Radar

The DD(X) National Team, led by Northrop Grumman Corporation, has introduced the U.S. Navy's first shipboard active phased array multifunction radar, AN/SPY-3, designed to meet all horizon search and fire control requirements for the 21st century fleet. The SPY-3 multifunction radar, designed by Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems and introduced in a ribbon-cutting ceremony here yesterday, combines the functions provided by more than five separate radars currently aboard Navy surface


Tank Vessel Construction Assistance Program Launched

National Defense Tank Vessel Construction Assistance Program The Maritime Administration (MARAD) is soliciting competitive proposals for construction in the United States of new product tank vessels necessary to meet commercial and national defense needs of the United States and to be built with assistance under Subtitle D of the Maritime Security Act of 2003. Any U.S. citizen or U.S. shipyard may submit a proposal


The Government Made Me Do It

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When I was a child, I spent a good part of my time getting into trouble, as most children do. My favorite excuse was “someone else made me do it.” Unfortunately, my father was not a big fan of that excuse and I cannot recall one incident that was overlooked based on this defense. However, the Supreme Court of the United States has carved out such an excuse for equipment manufacturers that sell equipment or supplies to the United States military


US, Vietnam to Bolster Maritime Security

Defense Secretary Ash Carter, left, and Vietnamese Defense Minister Gen. Phung Quang Thanh. Photo by DoD, Defense Media Activity.

 The United States and Vietnam are committed to deepening their defense relationship, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi during a news conference with Defense Minister Gen. Phung Quang Thanh.   The US will provide $18 million to Vietnam to help procure coast guard patrol vessels, a first step in what Secretary of Defense Ash Carter hopes is a growing military relationship between those two countries.  


U.S. Rep. Taylor: Navy Budget Insufficient

WASHINGTON, DC – After reviewing the President’s defense budget and hearing testimony from the Secretary of the Navy on Thursday, Congressman Gene Taylor (D-MS) expressed his concern about the number of ships funded under the FY06 defense budget request. “The Navy’s request for reductions in several important shipbuilding programs will leave the United States short of the fleet size needed to meet existing security requirements,” Taylor said.


DOD –Carriage of DOD Cargo

The Defense Acquisition Regulations System of the Department of Defense (DOD) promulgated a final rule establishing evaluation criteria for use in obtaining carriage of DOD cargo by a commercial vessel that considers the extent to which the offeror has had overhaul, repair, and maintenance work for covered vessels performed in shipyards located in the United States or Guam. The rule comes into effect immediately. 73 Fed. Reg. 70909  (November 24, 2008).


Today in U.S. Naval History: October 30

Today in U.S. Naval History - October 30 1775 - Congress authorizes four vessels for the defense of the United Colonies. 1799 - William Balch becomes Navy's first commissioned Chaplain. For more information about naval history, visit the Naval History and Heritage Command website at history.navy.mil.


US, Japan Pledge Maritime Support to Phillipines

Araw ng Kagitingan: Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines

 The United States and Japan have renewed vows to secure the Pacific region, including the Philippines, from maritime threats.   In separate speeches during the celebration of Araw ng Kagitingan (Day of Valor) at Mt. Samat, Bataan yesterday, US Ambassador Philip Goldberg and Japanese Ambassador Kazuhide Ishikawa jointly pledged cooperation to secure the pacific region and the Philippines, notably against maritime threats.    


Aussie-Indian Submarine Drill, China Cautious

Photo: Indian Navy

 As part of growing strategic relationship to counter China's increased activity in the Indian Ocean,  India and Australia will focus on anti-submarine warfare in their first ever joint naval exercises,  reports SMH.   The Indian Navy and Royal Australian Navy are gearing up


Metalcraft Celebrates its 50th Anniversary

Ernie Ellis (Photo: Metalcraft)

Metalcraft, a designer and manufacturer of fire detection and suppression equipment, is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The company serves a broad range of industries, including marine, auto racing, defense and aerospace, where its extinguishers have flown on numerous NASA missions.  


US Rep. Crenshaw Visits Newport News Shipbuilding

Rep. Ander Crenshaw (second from left) toured Newport News Shipbuilding and was briefed on the construction of Virginia-class submarines (VCS) while visiting the shipyard’s Supplemental Module Outfitting Facility. Also pictured (left to right) are Matt Needy, Newport News’ VCS program director; Scott Whitmore, VCS construction superintendent; and Rob Austin, VCS construction director. (Photo by Chris Oxley/HII)

Shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) hosted Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R-Fla.) Tuesday for a tour of the company's Newport News Shipbuilding division.   Ken Mahler, Newport News' vice president of Navy programs, joined Crenshaw for the visit


Russian-Chinese Naval Drills End

Chinese amphibious warship Changbaishan deploys several ZBD-05 infantry fighting vehicles as part of Joint Sea 2015 on Aug. 25, 2015. Chinese MoD Photo

 The second phase of the Russian-Chinese Joint Sea-2015 naval maneuvers has officially ended outside the port of Vladivostok in Russia’s Far East, says spokesman for the Eastern Military District Roman Martov.   "Today


Asian Nations Call for Stop to South China Sea Land Work

Calls grow for China to halt land reclamation. Southeast Asian countries on Tuesday backed a U.S. call to halt land reclamation in the South China Sea, underlining unease in the region over Beijing's continued expansion on disputed islands.


Marad Visits TX Maritime Technology & Training Center

The San Jacinto College Maritime Technology and Training Center will open in January 2016 to become one of the regions only campuses built specifically for mariner training and as a home to the states first maritime transportation associate degree program. All San Jacinto College maritime training is currently operating out of a facility in Pasadena, Texas. Photo credit: Jeannie Peng-Armao

United States Maritime Administration tours Maritime Technology and Training Center site.   Administrators from the United States Maritime Administration (MARAD), along with staff from United States Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, recently visited the construction site of the Maritime


Colombia Reshuffles Crude Exports to Weather Low Prices

Colombia, Latin America's No. 4 oil producer, is changing the slate of crudes it exports in a bid to offset the falling prices that are crimping the revenues of its top oil companies.   The country has started to deemphasize exports of several heavier crudes, mainly Castilla


Philippines, Japan for Intense Maritime Cooperation?

Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan and Benigno S. Aquino III, President of the Republic of the Philippines. Photo: Cabinet Public Relations Office, Philippines

  Japan may give planes to the Philippines that Manila could use for patrols in the South China Sea, as part of its increasing involvement in the area. This would deepen Tokyo’s security ties with the Southeast Asian nation most at odds with China over the disputed waterway.  


U.S. Okays Lockheed Aegis Combat System Sale to Japan

The Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) system is the primary sea-based component of the U.S. missile defense system Photo - Lockheed Martin

  The U.S. State Department has approved the likely sale to Japan of two Lockheed Martin Corp Aegis combat systems valued at $1.5 billion, a deal aimed at boosting Japan's defenses against a ballistic missile attack, the U.S. Defense Department said Friday.


Russia Claims Ownership of the Arctic and North Pole

Putins geopolitical interests of Russia are connected with the Arctic. Photo by Arctic Ecology Commitee

 Russia, led by President Vladimir Putin, has re-submitted its petition to the United Nations claiming exclusive control over 1.2 million square kms (463,000 square miles) of the Arctic sea shelf, based this time on what its foreign ministry calls “ample scientific data”


Retlif Expands Into North Carolina

Independent compliance and testing organization Retlif Testing Laboratories announced it has expanded with a new location in Concord, North Carolina to answer a growing regional need for testing services.   The new laboratory, established after two years of searching for an ideal location


USCG Gets New Vice Commandant

Adm. Paul F. Zukunft, commandant of the Coast Guard, shakes hands with Vice Adm. Charles D. Michel at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, Aug. 17, 2015. Zukunft welcomed Michel to his staff as the 30th vice commandant

U.S. Coast Guard Vice Adm. Charles Michel formally assumed the role of vice commandant of the Coast Guard during a ceremony at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters Monday. As vice commandant, Michel will oversee the Coast Guard’s operations, strategic development


UK's Newest Submarine Arrives on the Clyde

Artful arriving at HMNB Clyde (Photo: U.K. Ministry of Defense)

Artful, the third of the U.K. Royal Navy’s new Astute Class attack submarines, has arrived at her Scottish base port from where she will carry out sea trials before entering service later this year, the U.K. Ministry of Defense announced.  


Is Russia Militarizing The Arctic ?

Image: Russian Military

 US Army's Foreign Military Studies Office (FMSO) said in its August 2015 report that Moscow is  building up its military presence and moving highly advanced and specially modified air defense systems in the resource-rich Arctic region.   


Is Taiwan in Market for Submarines?

Ma Ying-jeou. Photo by Office of the President, Republic of China (Taiwan)

 A day after the President Ma Ying-jeou said that Taiwan needs diesel-electric submarines rather than nuclear-powered ones and has decided to build the type of craft it requires, the country's Ministry of National Defense reiterated that it has still not given up on the idea of buying






 
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