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U.S. Shipbuilding: Sec. Stackley Headlines ASSA-Hosted Roundtable

ASSA is non-profit organization dedicated to voicing concerns of the shipbuilding supplier community www.shipbuildingsuppliers.org

On April 10, 2013 the American Shipbuilding Suppliers Association (ASSA) is hosting a roundtable discussion between member companies and the Honorable Sean Stackley, Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Research, Development & Acquisition (ASN RD&A).     ASSA will discuss major issues affecting the entire shipbuilding supplier industry with Secretary Stackley. This members only meeting is collocated (but unaffiliated) with the United States Navy League Sea Air Space Expo 2013 at the Gaylord Hotel in National Harbor, Maryland.    For information on attending the roundtable, E-mail:  shepburn@shipbuildingsuppliers.org   ASSA is non-profit organization dedicated to voicing concerns of the shipbuilding supplier community www.shipbuildingsuppliers.org


Anchorage to Host 'Anchorage' LPD Commissioning

Anchorage LPD 23): Photo credit USN

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus names May 4, 2013 for commissioning of the namesake warship in Anchorage, Alaska. The commissioning is a formal ceremony in which the ship officially becomes a unit of the operating forces of the United States Navy. It is the final, most significant event, and the occasion when the ship "comes alive" and becomes a United States Navy Vessel. The USS Anchorage Commissioning Committee welcomes public support of the Anchorage (LPD 23)


Ship Concept Study Delivered to Navy

Gibbs & Cox, Inc. have delivered their Focused Mission High Speed (FMHS) Ship Concept Study to the United States Navy. The FMHS concept design is the result of a 90-day contract awarded to the Gibbs & Cox, Inc. FMHS Team by the U.S. Navy on November 8, 2002. The results of the study show that the Gibbs & Cox, Inc. FMHS Team design meets or exceeds the general guidance and requirements (top speed, performance in a seaway, signatures, aviation capability


Transas Completes Upgrade at Navy Test Facility

Transas USA has completed the commissioning of an upgrade of the shore based monitoring system for the United States Navy at their test facility, located in South Florida. The original system was supplied by Transas in 2001, and has provided continuous radar coverage, target tracking and data gathering support over the last five years. The upgrade included the addition of fully integrated Automatic Identification System (AIS) target tracking


AMH Government Services Books Record Year

American Marine Holdings, Inc (AMH) Government Services experienced a record year in sales during 2004, according to Mike Collins, President. AMH, the parent company of Donzi Marine and Pro-Line Boats, formed the Government Services Group in 2003. Mr. Collins stated, ”I am extremely proud of the team we have assembled. John Hotz has been instrumental in our success and was just appointed Vice President of the group”.


ASSA Hosted a Roundtable with Sec. Stackley

Sec. Stackley and ASSAs Rick Hepburn

On April 10, 2013 the American Shipbuilding Suppliers Association (ASSA) hosted a roundtable discussion between 35 representatives from member companies; the Honorable Sean Stackley, assistant secretary of the Navy for research, development & acquisition (ASN RD&A); and Elliott Branch, deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for acquisition and procurement (DASN AP). Member companies raised concerns related to timely issues such as FY13 and FY14 budgets, foreign competition


President’s Budget Slashes Naval Shipbuilding

The American Shipbuilding Association today calls upon congress to add money to the President’s budget for more naval ships. “It is impossible to reassure Americans of their safety and security when the President’s budget slashes funding for ships for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. This budget will plunge the fleet to a size never before witnessed in our history. Investment in America’s naval fleet has been woefully inadequate for the last decade


Burroughs Manager of Balpure

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Severn Trent De Nora has named William Burroughs as manager of its Balpure ballast water treatment product line. As product line manager, Burroughs is responsible for planning, organizing, integrating and expanding the Balpure product line as part of the company’s ongoing commitment to the marine wastewater treatment and seawater disinfection markets. Burroughs previous experience includes serving his country as a lieutenant in the United States Navy’s submarine force


GE Marine to Power Naval Ship

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GE Marine reports that it will provide Austal USA, Mobile, Alabama, with two LM2500 aeroderivative gas turbines to power the United States Navy’s fourth LCS-Class-Independence variant. The new LCS will be named USS Montgomery, and will be powered by the LM2500s arranged in a COmbined Diesel and Gas turbine (CODAG) configuration with two diesel engines.  Austal USA plans to launch the second LCS-Class-Independence variant USS Coronado in the fourth quarter 2011


Austal in Sembawang Shipyard Strategic Alliance

Austal, & Singapore's Sembawang Shipyard enter strategic partnership to provide ship repair, maintenance, for US Navy ships. Austal and Sembawang Shipyard believe the partnership provides an important resource to the US Navy and other defence forces operating in Asia-Pacific. Austal and Sembawang Shipyard will together provide rapid, high quality support specifically tailored to the US Navy’s fleet of Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) and Joint High Speed Vessels (JHSV)


Navy to Replace Mine Countermeasures Ships in Japan

Mine countermeasures ships USS Warrior and USS Pioneer undergo the sea-fastening phase of a heavy lift operation aboard the heavy lift ship Super Servant III. (U.S. Navy photo by Bryan Blair)

The U.S. Navy announced Feb. 5 that newer, more capable mine countermeasure ships will forward deploy to Commander, Fleet Activities Sasebo, Japan, to become part of the U.S. Navy's Forward Deployed Naval Forces (FDNF). The Avenger-class mine countermeasure ships USS Pioneer (MCM 9) and USS


Navy Funds Austal to Build Two More LCS in US$3.5-Billion Program

LCS Independence variant photo courtesy of US Navy

Austal inform that its USA’s order backlog has grown by approximately US$684-million dollars as a result of two additional Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) contract options being exercised by the United States Navy. The contract options fund construction of the LCS 18 and LCS 20


Today in U.S. Naval History: March 12

USS Intrepid (CV-11) (U.S. Navy photo)

Today in U.S. Naval History - March 12 1917 - All American merchant ships to be armed in war zones 1942 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt designates Admiral Ernest J. King to serve as the Chief of Naval Operations, as well as the Commander-in-Chief


Today in U.S. Naval History: March 17

Photo: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command

Today in U.S. Naval History - March 17 1898 - USS Holland, first practical submarine, launched 1942 - United States Naval Forces Europe established to plan joint operations with British 1958 - Navy Vanguard rocket launches 3.25 pound sphere from Cape Canaveral


Ford Christening Connects President to Navy Roots

Ships Sponsor Susan Ford Bales, daughter of President Gerald R. Ford, christens the Navys newest aircraft carrier. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Joshua J. Wahl)

With the strike of a bottle of sparkling wine across the bow by the ship's sponsor, the Navy christened its newest aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), the lead ship of the new Gerald R. Ford class, Nov. 9, in a ceremony at Huntington Ingalls Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Va.


GE to Retrofit Gas Turbines on Eight U.S. Navy Vessels

LM2500 (Photo: GE)

GE Marine reported that the United States Navy has ordered eight Digital Fuel Control (DFC) kits for LM2500 marine aeroderivative gas turbines. The DFC kits provide for improved gas turbine reliability and maintainability, yielding lower maintenance and reduced long term costs.


Somali Pirates Sentenced for the Murder of Four Americans

Somali nationals Ahmed Muse Salad, a/k/a “Afmagalo,” 27, Abukar Osman Beyle, 33, and Shani Nurani Shiekh Abrar, 31, who were previously found guilty of piracy, murder within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States, violence against maritime navigation


Metal Shark to Construct 350, Yes 350, Hi-speed Navy Boats

Photo courtesy of Metal Shark Aluminum Boats

Louisiana-based aluminum boat manufacturer Metal Shark Aluminum Boats LLC has been awarded a contract to produce up to 350 specialized vessels for the United States Navy. The fixed-price contract is for the construction of the Navy’s High Speed Maneuverable Surface Target (HSMST) vessels


“Save our Ships” Campaign Announced

The Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) today announced the launch of SOS: Save our Ships, a national campaign focused on bringing attention to the devastating and unintended effects sequestration and budget uncertainty continue to have on the United States Navy and naval services


ASSA Roundtable Navy Meeting Attended by 100+ Suppliers

ADM Jonathan Greenert, Chief of Naval Operations

The American Shipbuilding Suppliers Association (ASSA) recently held discussions at the United States Navy Memorial & Naval Heritage Center, Washington DC,  between member companies and ADM Jonathan Greenert, Chief of Naval Operations; Ms. Allison Stiller, DASN Ships; and Mr


Shipbuilders Grateful for Congress Budget Concensus

Image courtesy of Vigor

The Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) called the bipartisan budget agreement now passed by both houses of Congress an important first step and thanks Members of Congress for providing the much needed resources for the U.S. shipbuilding and repair industry.


Today in U.S. Naval History: January 20

Theodore Roosevelt (photo: United States Library of Congress)

Today in U.S. Naval History - January 20 1783 - Hostilities cease between Great Britain and the United States 1903 - Theodore Roosevelt issues Executive Order placing Midway Islands under jurisdiction of the Navy Department. 1914 - School for naval air training opens in Pensacola, Fla.


Bel-Ray Appoints New Sales Representative

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Bel-Ray Company Inc. announced that it has appointed the Yellow Marine Consultancy for sales representation in Europe, South Africa and the Middle East. For more than 60 years, the Bel-Ray Company has produced high performance marine lubricants for everyone from the United States Navy to the


Martek: ECDIS Overlays Cover Most Nav Variables

Image courtesy of Martek Marine

Martek Marine claims that its recently launched iECDIS offers the most comprehensive chart overlay options on the market.
 The company explains that chart overlays are an excellent decision support tool that provide a more holistic representation of available data


Somerset Embarks for Commissioning

Sailors on board Pre-commissioning Unit Somerset bring in all lines during sea and anchor detail on Somersets maiden voyage. (U.S. Navy photo by Elena Pence)

The Navy's newest amphibious transport dock ship, Pre-commissioning Unit Somerset, (LPD 25) departed Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) Shipbuilding site in Avondale, La., Feb. 3, beginning its maiden voyage to its commissioning site in Philadelphia, March 1.


 
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