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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


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).


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.


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.


This Day in Naval History – Oct. 30

1775 - Congress authorizes four vessels for the defense of the United Colonies. 1799 - William Balch becomes Navy's first commissioned Chaplain. (Source: Navy News Service)


Raytheon, U.S. Navy Sign $259.9m Contract

Raytheon Company (NYSE:RTN) is being awarded a $259.9m U.S. Navy contract to overhaul and upgrade 57 Phalanx Close-In Weapon Systems and to provide ancillary equipment, spares, as well as additional technical support. The agreement calls for 40 sea-based Phalanx systems and 17 Centurion Land-Based Phalanx Weapon Systems. Phalanx is a rapid-fire, computer-controlled radar and 20 mm gun system that automatically acquires, tracks


US Keen in Maritime Cooperation with India

Malabar 2014 : A Multilateral Naval exercise(Photo: Indian Navy)

 The US is keen in exploring great opportunities for co-operation on maritime issues with India, Admiral Jonathan Greenert, Chief of Naval Operations told members of the House Committee on Appropriations during a hearing, says a report by PTI.  


Japan Plans Naval Exercises with Philippines

Photo: Philippines Defense Forces Forum

 Admiral Tomoshisa Takei, chief of staff of Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) is holding high-level talks with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) concerning the mounting maritime tension in the West Philippine Sea and other security concerns within the Asia-Pacific region.


AEGIS Missile Defense System Performs Successful Test

AEGIS Ballistic Missile Defense System Tracks, Simulates Engagements of Three Short-Range Ballistic Missiles Courtesy AEGIS - BMD

  The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and sailors aboard the USS Carney, USS Gonzalez, and USS Barry successfully completed a flight test involving the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) weapon system. At approximately 2:30 a.m. EST today


BAE Systems Gets $1.3b for New UK Warships

Image: BAE Systems

The U.K. Ministry of Defense has signed a $1.3 billion contract with BAE Systems for equipment to build the next generation of warships for the British navy, Prime Minister David Cameron announced today. BAE Systems has been working on plans to provide Britain with 13 new warships since 2010


Australia Outlines Submarine Acquisition Strategy

The Australian government announced its acquisition strategy for the Future Submarine Program, setting out further details of the competitive evaluation process to be undertaken by the nation’s Department of Defense.    The government said it seeks the best possible capability


Crowley Aids US Military's African Ebola Mission

Crowleys Bleu Hilburn and Tony Ortiz in front of the companys chartered ship Vega (Photo courtesy of Crowley Maritime Corp.)

For the past six months, Crowley Maritime Corporation has provided critical logistics services in support of Operation United Assistance (OUA), the U.S. military’s mission to fight the Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa, the company announced today.  


Modi Urges GE to Make Ships in India

Narendra Modi (Pic by Press Information Bureau, India)

 Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited US-based General Electric (GE) to manufacture ships in India claiming that the country offers immense opportunities for the ship-building sector.  Pitching his government's 'Make in India' campaign


Israeli Navy installs advanced underwater AquaShield detection system

Image of the AquaShield radar at work. (Photo: DSIT)

 Israel has launched new AquaShield defense system, which locates threats posed to Israel by individual divers and small maritime crafts.  The latest defense system makes Israel “100 percent impervious to all such attacks”


SharpEye Radar Ordered for NZ Frigates Upgrade

Image: Kelvin Hughes

As part of the Lockheed Martin Canada prime contract for the Frigate Systems Upgrade project, a contract has been awarded to Kelvin Hughes to supply SharpEye radars and with an Agile Tracker to the New Zealand (NZ) Ministry of Defense.  


Venezuelan Sales of New Crude Blends to US Double in Jan

Sales to the United States of new Venezuelan crude blends made with imported oil nearly doubled in January to 176,000 barrels per day (bpd), but the rise was not enough to offset a decline in total oil shipments, according to Reuters trade data.  


North Korea Test-Fires Sophisticated Anti-Ship Missile

 North Korea has test-fired a new a new "ultra-precision" intelligent anti-ship cruise missile demonstrating the increased capability of its naval forces.  The exercise was carried out by its East Sea fleet, Pyongyang's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported


Former US Navy Contracting Officer Arrested

Former senior federal contracting officer Paul Simpkins was arrested Tuesday for conspiracy to commit bribery in connection with his alleged role in a scheme to steer contracts and benefits to Glenn Defense Marine Asia (GDMA), a defense contracting firm headquartered in Singapore.


US Coast Guard Cutter Rush Decommissioned

The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Rush line the deck during the beginning of its decommissioning ceremony. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Melissa E. McKenzie)

The U.S. Coast Guard held a decommissioning ceremony at Base Honolulu Tuesday for Coast Guard Cutter Rush, which will be sold to the Bangladesh Navy and replaced by Coast Guard Cutter Sherman.   The ceremony honored 45 years of Rush’s service to the Coast Guard. Vice Adm. Charles W


Proposed Federal Budget Includes Funding for New SUNY Maritime Vessel

SUNY Maritime’s current training vessel Empire State VI is 52 years old (Photo courtesy of SUNY Maritime College)

The proposed 2016 federal budget included funding for the design of new multi-mission vessels that will serve as training ships for the nation’s state maritime academies, including the State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College.  


Philippines, Japan to Enhance Maritime Security

Philippine Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin (Source: Department of National Defense)

Philippine Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and his Japanese counterpart, Defense Minister General Nakatani, renewed vows to strengthen cooperation maritime security at a time when China's reclamation in the South China Sea raises concern among ASEAN countries.






 
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