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Domestic Defense Bill Introduced

Senator Clinton (D-NY) introduced the Domestic Defense Fund Act of 2004 (S. 2021) to provide for a domestic defense fund to improve the Nation's homeland defense, and for other purposes. If enacted, the bill would, among other things, authorize $4 billion annually for distribution to states for various homeland security projects, including port security. (Source: HK Law)


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). The Senate Armed Services Committee unanimously approved the national defense bill, authorizing $640 billion in overall funding for America’s servicemembers, military installations and industrial base


Sen. Landrieu Backs Larger Naval Fleet

Lousiana Senator Mary Landrieu introduced legislation last week aimed to increase the number of naval ships. The Landrieu bill makes it the policy of the United States to return to a Navy of a least 375 ships, the amount recommended by the Chief of Naval Operations. In addition to increasing port security this bill would help protect important jobs at shipyards throughout the country. "With a current force structure well below Department of Defense requirements


House: Give Extra Billion to the Navy

It appears that the considerable, unrelenting lobbying effort of shipbuilders and Navy leaders has finally worked. According to a wire reports, a House of Representatives panel on Tuesday, April 30, voted to spend $3.2 billion more on military hardware than the President asked for, a sum which includes an additional $1 billion for Navy Ships. Reuters reported that the House Armed Services procurement subcommittee approved a plan to provide $73


U.S. Coast Guard to Reinstate Tuition Assistance

The U.S. Coast Guard joins the Department of Defense in reinstating tuition assistance in response to an amendment that was inserted into the General Provisions of the 2013 Appropriations Bill. The amendment to the Appropriations Bill submitted by U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), directs the U.S. Coast Guard, a component of Department of Homeland Security, placed under the category of "other departments or agencies" to restore funding for Tuition Assistance set aside under


Defense Appropriations Bill Includes $1 Bln for US Icebreaker

USCG photo by Rob Rothway

The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee’s FY2017 Defense Appropriations Bill has included $1 billion in funding to accelerate construction of a new polar icebreaker for the U.S. Coast Guard, reported Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.).   Cochran, who chairs the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, said the bill recommends $1 billion in Navy shipbuilding funds to procure the first U.S. Coast Guard-operated icebreaker in more than 25 years


U.S. Sues Shipbuilder For Alleged Overcharges

The United States has filed suit against Newport News Shipbuilding Inc. alleging that the company knowingly mischarged the U.S. Navy on costs it incurred for work under commercial contracts from 1994 to 1999, the Justice Department announced today. The lawsuit alleges that the Newport News, Virginia-based company charged the Navy for independent research and development (IR&D) costs for double-hulled tankers that Newport News was building for commercial customers under existing contracts


MN 100: VT Halter Marine, Inc.

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900 Bayou Casotte Parkway Pascagoula, Mississippi 39581 Telephone: 228 696 6888 E-mail: sales@vthm.com Website: www.vthaltermarine.com CEO: William (Bill) E. Skinner COO: Paul J. Albert The Company: VT Halter Marine is based in Pascagoula, home to the company’s corporate headquarters, engineering, fabrication and a foreign trade zone. Its yard there produces Panamax-sized vessels up to 50,000 DWT and features a newly expanded 600’ tilt-beam launch system


Navy Sets Up Base in Romania

Naval Support Facility Deveselu, the first Navy base to be established since Naval Station Everett, which was established more than 20 years ago, will be part of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) System. (U.S. Navy

  Commander, Navy Region Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia (CNREURAFSWA) established Naval Support Facility (NSF) Deveselu Friday, Oct. 10, during an establishment and assumption of command ceremony on base. NSF Deveselu, formerly a disused Romanian airfield, is the first Navy base to be established since Naval Station (NS) Everett in Washington, whose official groundbreaking ceremony was held Nov. 9, 1987. The installation, scheduled to be operational in 2015


Austal Supporting Innovation in Western Australia

Austal Limited has attended the first forum hosted by the Government of Western Australia’s new Innovation Minister, The Hon. Bill Marmion MLA, in preparation for the State’s first Innovation Summit, to be held in Perth on July 28, 2016.   As a WA-based builder of defense and commercial vessels, Austal participated in the forum and said it intends to play a proactive, leadership role in the Innovation Summit to help drive innovation development and investment in Western


Buzby Sworn in as Maritime Administrator

U.S Secretary of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao administers the Oath of Office to Rear Adm. Mark H. Buzby, USN, Ret. as Maritime Administrator (L to R: Admiral Mark H. Buzby,  Gina Buzby and Secretary Elaine L. Chao) (Photo: MARAD)

Rear Adm. Mark H. Buzby, USN, Ret. has been sworn in as the Administrator of the Maritime Administration by U.S Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao.   As Maritime Administrator, Buzby will lead the agency tasked with promoting the use of waterborne transportation and its seamless


Unmanned RIB to The Rescue

(Photo: ASV Global)

A high-speed rigid inflatable boat (RIB) will be featured in the first unmanned water-borne demonstration to take place at the world’s largest defense and security exhibition, being staged in London this month.   The result of a collaboration between BAE Systems and ASV Global


Austal Opens Adelaide Office

L-R: Thomas Sass (Fassmer), Hon Martin Hamilton-Smith - Minister for Defense Industry (SA), David Ridgeway MLC - Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council, Vickie Chapman - Deputy Leader of the Opposition, David Singleton (Austal), Senator David Fawcett and Senator Alex Gallagher (Photo: Austal)

 Austal Australia has opened its Adelaide office, which will support the design and production for the $3 billion Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) program.   Officially welcoming Austal’s expansion into Adelaide were Martin Hamilton-Smith, Minister for Defense Industry (SA)


Haycock to Lead Business Development at BMT

Paul Haycock (Photo: BMT)

BMT Group subsidiary BMT Asset Performance has appointed Paul Haycock as Business Development Lead for Surface Systems.     Haycock joins BMT after 35 years in the Royal Navy, serving on a variety of ships and in a diverse range of environments


Goltens to Retrofit BWT Systems on BP Gas Carriers

Photo: BP Shipping

Goltens said it has been awarded a contract for the engineering and retrofit installation of OceanSaver ballast water treatment (BWT) systems on board two of BP Shipping’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers.   The vessels to be retrofitted are the two 138


Cyprus to Establish Deputy Ministry of Shipping

Photo: Cyprus Shipping Chamber

 Cyprus Parliament has passed a bill establishing a shipping junior ministry, the Cyprus News Agency (CNA) reported quoting government sources.   The bill, tabled by the government, was approved unanimously, the agency reported, adding that two proposed amendments had been withdrawn


India Approves Major Port Authorities Bill

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Photo: Press Information Bureau

 The government of India has approved a draft bill to empower 12 major ports in India by providing them full autonomy in decision-making for greater efficiency.   According to Union Minister of State for Shipping Mansukh Lal Mandaviya, the Major Port Authorities Bill, 2016 once enacted


BAE Systems Begins Building UK’s Next Warship

Image: BAE Systems

BAE Systems said it has begun to build the first of the U.K. Royal Navy’s new Type 26 Global Combat Ships.    Sir Michael Fallon MP, U.K. Secretary of State for Defense, visited the builder’s Glasgow shipyard to press the button to officially commence production on the new


India: The Admiralty Bill 2017 Gets Upper House Nod

Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. Photo: PIB

 Admiralty (Jurisdiction and Settlement of Maritime Claims) Bill, 2017, introduced during the Winter Session of Indian Parliament came up for discussion in the Rajya Sabha (Upper House) and was passed unanimously by the house.   


Buzby Confirmed as MARAD Administrator

Mark Buzby (Photo: U.S. Navy)

The U.S. Senate has confirmed Mark H. Buzby as the new administrator of the Maritime Administration (MARAD).   MARAD executive director Joel Szabat had been serving in lieu of the administrator following the departure of outgoing administrator Paul “Chip” Jaenichen.  


Marine Jet Power Names Gibson Americas Sales Director

Philip Gibson (Photo: Marine Jet Power)

Marine Jet Power, Inc. (MJP) has hired Philip Gibson as Director of Sales, responsible for sales and business development efforts in North, South and Central America.    Gibson brings to the role more than 30 years’ military maritime experience


BMT to Support for UK MOD’s Common Workboats

(Image: BMT)

BMT Group subsidiaries BMT Asset Performance Ltd and BMT Defense Services Ltd will work with Atlas Elektronik UK (AEUK) and its team of suppliers, who announced that it has been awarded a contract valued at £48 million for the supply and support of Common Workboats for the U.K


Two Patrol Vessels Launched for Indian Navy

(Photo: IRClass)

Two Naval Offshore Patrol Vessels (NOPVs) for the Indian Navy were launched in Reliance Defense shipyard at Pipavav on July 25, 2017.   The vessels, named INS Shachi and INS Shruti, are the first two vessels in a five-vessel series which are being built in accordance to built under the


Undersea Technology: A Strategic Rhode Island Advantage

Molly Donohue Magee

In 1869, the U.S. Navy’s first research facility—the Naval Torpedo Station—was built on Newport, Rhode Island’s Goat Island. This rich history continues today, as the state is home to the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, which provides the technical foundation to ensure the U


HII to Pay $9.2 Mln in False Billing Settlement

File photo: Chris Oxley / HII

Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc. (HII) has agreed to a $9.2 million settlement of allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by knowingly overbilling the government for labor on U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships at its shipyards in Pascagoula, Miss






 
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