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Sen. Lott to Speak at Christening of Makin Island

In what will be the first major event at Northrop Grumman's Pascagoula, Miss. shipyard since Hurricane Katrina, Sen. Trent Lott, Miss. (R-Miss.) will deliver the principal address at the Saturday August 19, 2006 christening of Makin Island (LHD 8). A multipurpose amphibious assault ship uniquely designed to support assaults from the sea against defended positions ashore, the ship is 844 feet long, will displace 40,500 tons fully loaded and will travel at speeds up to 20+ knots. It will carry a crew of approximately 1,000 sailors and 1,900 Marines. Silke B. Hagee, wife of USMC Gen. Michael Hagee, commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, is the ship's sponsor and will smash a bottle of champagne across its bow at the ceremony to signify LHD 8's official name as Makin Island. The name Makin Island honors the daring raid carried out by Marine Corps Companies A and B, Second Raider Battalion, on the Japanese-held island on Aug. 17-18, 1942. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Evans Carlson, the raid's leader, was awarded the Navy Cross for his actions, while Marine Corps Sgt. Clyde Thomason was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, the first enlisted Marine to be so honored during World War II. Original members of the Raider Battalion will attend the ceremony. Makin Island (LHD 8) is the eighth and final ship in the USS Wasp (LHD 1) Class, but is the first of the class to be built with gas


Navy Christens New Amphibious Assault Ship Makin Island

By the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs) The U.S. Navy will christen Makin Island, the newest and last ship in the Wasp-class of amphibious assault ships, on Aug. 19, 2006, during a ceremony at Northrop Grumman Ship Systems in Pascagoula, Miss. Sen. Trent Lott of Mississippi will deliver the principal address at the ceremony. Silke Hagee, wife of Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Michael W. Hagee, will serve as ship's sponsor


NASSCO Awarded Contract for Amphibious Assault Ship Modernization

  General Dynamics NASSCOhas been awarded a contract by the U.S. Navy to modernize San Diego-homeported LSD 41 and LSD 49- class amphibious assault ships. The total potential value of the contract if all options are exercised is approximately $210 million for work to be performed through 2014. Under the contract, NASSCO will perform as many as six scheduled availabilities in . The work to be performed includes routine maintenance as well as shipboard alterations that are intended to


Northern Fleet to Conduct Anti-terrorist Exercises

Sailors of the Northern Fleet

  The sailors of the Northern Fleet will conduct anti-terrorism exercises at Novaya Zemlya. During the exercise, the coast will be a landing. The landing will take place on the west coast of the South Island in the Gulf of Rogachev, the press service of the Northern Fleet. The operation will bring together large landing ship "George" and "Kondopoga". "In the near future in the Gulf of Rogachev will be made reconnaissance and refined areas of unloading


Northrop Grumman to Build Amphibious Vessel

Northrop Grumman Corp. recently won a $1b contract from the U.S. Navy to build the ninth vessel of LPD-17 Class of amphibious transport ships. Northrop Grumman is building ships for the $13.5b Navy program at its facilities in Avondale, La., and Pascagoula, Miss. The LPD-17s, which stand for Landing Platform Dock, are amphibious assault vessels. Work on the latest ship will be performed at Avondale, near New Orleans, and in Pascagoula and is expected to be completed in 2011.


Russia's Second Mistral Warship Construction on Track

Mistral-class construction: Photo credit Russian Navy

Russia’s second Mistral-class, amphibious assault ship will be complete in October 2014. A deputy prime minister in charge of the defense industry confirmed construction to be on schedule, adding that the first Mistral would enter the nation’s fleet in October 2013. Speaking live on national television network NTV, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin added that construction of the stern for the first such helicopter-carrying warship would finish at St


This Day in U.S. Naval History - March 9

 1798 - Appointment of first surgeon U.S. Navy, George Balfour   1847 - Commodore David Connor leads successful amphibious assault near Vera Cruz, Mexico   1862 - First battle between ironclads, USS Monitor and CSS Virginia   1914 - Test of wind tunnel at Washington Navy Yard   (Source: Navy News Service)


Essex Amphibious Ready Group in S. China Sea

USS Essex (LHD 2) conducts maneuvers during normal operations Courtesy USN

  The Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) transited the Straits of Malacca and conducted routine operations in the South China Sea as part of a deployment to the Western Pacific Nov. 7-10. The ARG's flagship, the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), conducted the patrol as the amphibious transport dock USS Anchorage (LPD 23) and the amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD 47) prepared for bilateral training exercises with Brunei and Malaysia.


US Navy Completes Korea Ferry SAR Mission

U.S. Navy photo by Christian Senyk

With concurrence from South Korean commanders, the U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) is departing waters around Jindo, South Korea April 22 after assisting with search and rescue operations near the site of the Korean passenger ferry Sewol. The completion of Bonhomme Richard's search and rescue mission comes after South Korean military leaders determined that current resources were sufficient to carry out future search and rescue operations utilizing ships and


Northrop Grumman Awarded Navy Contract

Northrop Grumman Corporation was awarded a U.S. Navy contract to provide a wide range of support services for new-construction and in-service ships, including DDG 51 destroyers, LPD 17 amphibious transport dock ships, the Navy’s LHD 8 amphibious assault ship, Littoral Combat Ships (LCS), the DD(X) multi-mission combat ship and the LHA(R) amphibious assault ship. Under the estimated $64 million, five-year contract awarded by


Australia Conducts Amphibious Task Group Drill

 Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment disembark a Landing Craft from HMAS Canberra during a major amphibious beach landing operation during Exercise Talisman Saber. Photo: Royal Australian Navy.

Australia’s amphibious capability was put to the test recently as the Amphibious Task Group Headquarters took charge of the largest amphibious assault conducted by an Australian force for 70 years as part of Exercise TALISMAN SABER.  


US-Australia Naval Drill TS17 is Underway

(Front to Back) HMA Ships Bathurst and Ballarat conduct Officer of the Watch manoeuvres with USS John S. McCain during Exercise Talisman Saber 17 Field Training Exercise - North. Photo: Royal Australian Navy.

 The Royal Australian and United States navies have proven a potent and agile force when operating together during the opening phases of Exercise TALISMAN SABER 17, which took place in the Northern Territory.   HMA Ships Ballarat, Melbourne


Portland (LPD 27) Completes Builder's Sea Trials

The amphibious transport dock Portland (LPD 27) has completed her first set of sea trials. The test and trials team at Ingalls Shipbuilding spent four days in the Gulf of Mexico operating the 11th San Antonio-class ship and demonstrating its systems. (Photo: Lance Davis/HII)

Amphibious transport dock Portland (LPD 27) being built by Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division has completed her first set of sea trials. Ingalls’ test and trials team spent four days in the Gulf of Mexico operating the 11th San Antonio-class ship and


Wicker’s SHIPS Act Included in Defense Bill

Ingalls Shipbuilding yard in Pascagoula, Miss. (File photo: HII)

U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Chairman of the Senate Seapower Subcommittee, announced that he successfully added his “SHIPS Act” proposal to help the Navy reach its requirement of a 355-ship fleet in this year’s “National Defense Authorization Act” (NDAA)


Ingalls Bags $3 Bln for Bougainville (LHA 8) Build

Construction of the amphibious assault ship Bougainville (LHA 8) is scheduled to begin in the fourth quarter of 2018, and delivery is expected in 2024. (Image: HII)

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) said its Ingalls Shipbuilding division has been awarded a $3 billion contract for the detail design and construction of the new U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship Bougainville (LHA 8). Ingalls was awarded the original long-lead material contract for the third


Parade Of Ships Kicks Off Fleet Week in New York

Photo: United States Navy

 U.S. Army Garrison Fort Hamilton held a salute to the participating ships of 2017 Fleet Week New York (FWNY) during the official Parade of Ships kickoff May 24.    Amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) rendered a seven-gun salute with U.S


Ships Parade Kicks off NY Fleet Week

Photo: Jeff O’Malley

From the tree lighting at Rockefeller Center to New Year's Eve in Times Square, New York’s time-honored traditions are some of the most well-known around the world. Arriving today as part of another New York tradition, a “parade of ships” from several branches of the U.S


Fairbanks Morse's Diesel Gensets for US Navy’s New Warship

Fairbanks Morse, an EnPro Industries company, will supply the Ship Service Diesel Generator (SSDG) sets for electric power generation system aboard the U.S. Navy’s newest America class amphibious assault warship, LHA 8.   Construction of the generator sets will begin later this year


Makin Island Concludes Hong Kong Visit

Photo: United States Navy

 The amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) departed Hong Kong April 11, following a scheduled port visit.   The four-day visit allowed nearly 2,500 Sailors and Marines assigned to the ship and embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit the opportunity to experience Hong Kong's


US, UK and France Begin Exercise Alligator Dagger 17

Official U.S. Navy file photo of Alligator Dagger, Arta Beach, Djibouti (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Xzavior T. McNeal/Released)

 U.S., U.K. and France began Exercise Alligator Dagger 17, April 5. The two-week multilateral amphibious exercise is taking place in international waters off the coast of Djibouti and in the vicinity of Djibouti and Arta Beach, April 5 - April 20.  


Navy on the Record Response to Andrew Greene Reporting

HMAS Choules sits at anchor off the coast of Darwin during Exercise Talisman Sabre 2015. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

 Recent reporting by the ABC that “Navy's largest ships unable to join Cyclone Debbie emergency response amid engine troubles” is misleading, said TW Barrett, AO, CSC, Vice Admiral, RAN, Chief of Navy.  To assert, as the ABC did in its reporting that issues with HMA Ships


Reps. Wittman and Palazzo Visit Ingalls Shipbuilding Division

Rep. Rob Wittman Visits Ingalls Shipbuilding

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (NYSE:HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division hosted Reps. Rob Wittman, R-Va., and Steven Palazzo, R-Miss., on Wednesday for a tour of the shipyard, which included ships under construction at Ingalls. “Today was an informative visit to Ingalls


New Dry Dock at BAE Systems’ San Diego Yard

Photo: BAE Systems

A new 950-foot-long, 55,000-lifting-ton floating dry dock has arrived at BAE Systems’ San Diego shipyard as part of the company’s $100 million investment in the yard to service the anticipated increase of U.S. Navy ships on the West Coast.


SECNAV Names Next Amphibious Assault Ship USS Bougainville

A graphic representation of the future USS Bougainville (LHA 8). (U.S. Navy photo illustration by Petty Officer 1st Class Armando GonzalesReleased)

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced November 9 that the name of the next America-class amphibious assault ship will be USS Bougainville (LHA 8). The naming ceremony took place at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. LHA-8 will be the second ship to be named after Bougainville


China, Russia Begin South China Sea Drills

Photos: Russian Navy

 China and Russia began week-long joint naval exercises in the South China Sea today. It is the  first-ever South China Sea iteration of Beijing and Moscow Joint Sea exercises.   The Joint Sea-2016 exercises between the two countries will involve surface ships, submarines






 
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