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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


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

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.    

USDOT Designates Gulfport, MS as a Strategic Port

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The Mississippi State Port Authority was notified by the U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administration (MARAD) that the Port of Gulfport has been designated as a Strategic Seaport by the Commander, Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC).  

U.S. loses WTO Appeal in Mexican Tuna Dispute

Courtesy WTO

  The World Trade Organization's Appellate Body ruled against the United States on Friday in a dispute with Mexico over tuna labelling, upholding an earlier ruling issued in April that found U.S. rules discriminated against Mexico. "The Appellate Body concludes that the United States

Los Angeles to Host Annual 'Fleet Week'

Credit Fleet Week

  Mayor Eric Garcetti and U.S. Navy officials announced today that Los Angeles has been selected as an official Fleet Week market for the U.S. Navy, beginning in 2016. LA Fleet Week will run through Labor Day, with active military ships beginning to arrive in the days preceding the

Hague Court Begins Hearing On South China Sea Issue

Map by USC US-China Institute

 A United Nations arbitral tribunal in The Hague heard some of the Philippines’ territorial claims over the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea on Tuesday.    A delegation of nearly 50 lawyers and representatives for the Philippines gathered to present their case

US Navy Eyes More Patrols in South China Sea

U.S. Navy eyes two or more patrols in South China Sea per quarter The U.S. Navy plans to conduct patrols within 12 nautical miles of artificial islands in the South China Sea about twice a quarter, a U.S. defense official said on Monday.  

U.S: No ASEAN South China Sea Consensus is Telling

The inability of a forum of Southeast Asian defence ministers to agree on a joint statement at the end of a forum on Wednesday reflects their concern about China's activity in the South China Sea, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said. "It was clearly an issue of discussion and an issue

Japan, China to Quick Launch Maritime Communication Mechanism

Japans Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF) ships. Photo: Japan Navy

 Japanese and Chinese defense ministers agreed that an early launch of a maritime communication mechanism and defense exchanges are important for the countries to prevent accidental clashes in their first such talks since June 2011, reports Japan Times.  

China: U.S. Patrol in S.China Sea 'harmed trust'

The patrol by a U.S. warship close to islands China controls in the South China Sea harmed mutual trust between China and the United States and caused regional tensions, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told his U.S. counterpart in a call.

UK Defense Minister Checks in on Navy’s New Engines

Left to right: Robert Pollock, Bob Troop, Defence Minister Philip Dunne, Derek Bate (Photo: James Troop)

Defense minister visits Merseyside's James Troop to examine minehunter engine deal    Defense minister Philip Dunne has visited Liverpool City Region U.K. based ship engine specialist James Troop & Co Thursday to review progress of a £2 million deal to replace the generator

US Navigation Moves in S.China Sea to Continue

U.S. Navy file photo of USS Lassen (DDG 82), Courtesy USN

  The United States will conduct freedom of navigation operations in the South China Sea again, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in a speech on Saturday, although he gave no timeline for any such actions. Carter's comments, delivered at a defense forum at the Ronald Reagan

Fincantieri, Finmeccanica in Part Renewal of Italian Navy fleet

Photo by Finmeccanica

  As part of the renewal of the fleet of the Navy, The first tranche has been launched in recent months, OCCAR (Organisation de Cooperation Conjointe sur l'Armement, the international organization for cooperation armaments) has ordered an additional Multipurpose Offshore Patrol (PPA) to the

Australia Maritime Museum Calls ‘Action Stations’

Artists impression of the Immersive Cinema Experience: drama, danger and suspense on the big screen with a pumping soundtrack to set the scene. (Image: Australian National Maritime Museum)

The Australian National Maritime Museum’s new “Action Stations” attraction officially opened in Darling Harbour, Sydney, on Sunday, offering guests a uniquely dynamic “Immersive Cinema Experience”.   The $12 million (AUD ) Action Stations attraction

CNO Podcast Discusses Innovation, Service

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson answers a question from moderator Doug Cameron of the Wall Street Journal during a panel discussion at the Reagan National Defense Forum at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library. Richardson and other defense sector leaders discussed the need to to learn faster in todays national security environment. Photo USN

A new episode of "Soundings," the official podcast of the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson, was released Nov. 13. Episode 4 of "Soundings" features comments from the recent Reagan National Defense Forum

US to Give Two Ships to Philippine Navy

President Barack Obama talks with Captain Vince Sibala on the bridge of the BRP Gregorio del Pilar (PF-15), during a tour of the ship in Manila Harbor, Philippines, Nov. 17, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Following a visit aboard Philippine naval ship BRP Gregorio Del Pilar on Tuesday, U.S. President Barack Obama said the American government plans to transfer two ships to the Philippine Navy, bolstering what Obama called an “ironclad commitment” to the defense of treaty ally the

U.S. & China: U.S. Must Invest in Maritime to Avoid “Sea Strangulation”

(Image: HHI // CSCL)

A new study examines the steady decline of the U.S. Merchant Marine fleet, which today numbers less than 100 vessels in international trade, and warns that U.S. global competitiveness and maritime security -- particularly in light of a fast-emerging China -- is at grave risk unless investment is

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