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Friday, October 20, 2017

Defense Contract

Surveillance Austrailia Wins Defense Contract

South Australian-based company, Surveillance Australia, has been named as the tenderer for a billion dollar defense contract. If it wins the deal, the company will be responsible for Australian coastal patrols, as part of the federal coastal maritime surveillance program.

Houston Ship Channel Dredge Contract Awarded to RLB

A dredging operation: File photo CCL

Amongst the latest listing of US Department of Defense contracts, RLB Contracting of Port Lavaca, Texas, has been awarded a USD$8,286,850 firm-fixed-price contract for deep draft maintenance dredging of the Houston Ship Channel from Carpenters to Greens. Work will be performed in Houston, Texas, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston, Texas, is the contracting activity. Estimated completion date is Oct. 20, 2014.

OSI Provides Update on Acquisition

Offshore Systems International Ltd. is progressing with the due diligence process to acquire a United States defense contracting company, and is well underway in negotiating definitive agreements for the transaction. OSI first announced a non-binding letter of intent to purchase the target company on July 11, 2005. "The process is going very well," said President and CEO John Jacobson. "Although it is taking longer than initially anticipated, discussions have

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

Coast Guard Extends Deepwater Contract

According to reports, the Coast Guard extended the contract for the troubled multibillion-dollar modernization program with Lockheed Martin Corp. and Northrop Grumman Corp. Despite internal and congressional scrutiny of the 25-year, $24b program dubbed Deepwater, the 43-month extension with the defense contracting joint venture, Integrated Coast Guard Systems, was expected. But the deal does not guarantee the award of any future task orders to ICGS and the value of the contract will be

Israel Gets Nuclear Missile-capable Submarine

In Kiel, a German-made submarine, capable of launching nuclear weapons, has been handed over to the Israel Defence Forces An official ceremony to hand over to Israel a Dolphin-class submarine, which can carry nuclear weapons, took place in the German city of Kiel, according to Rianovosti. The German-made submarine, named Tanin ("alligator" in Hebrew), is due to enter service in 2013, when all tests are completed.

Imtech Wins Defense Contract

Internatio-Mueller NV said its technology unit Imtech had won an order worth $35 million from British shipbuilder Swan Hunter. Imtech will provide technical systems for the first two of four amphibious transport ships which Swan Hunter, privately owned by Dutch millionaire Jaap Kroese, will build for the British Ministry of Defense. Negotiations are still taking place about similar orders for the two other vessels, Internatio said

$475M Ferry Deal Eagerly Awaited

British Prime Minister Tony Blair said his government will take the needs of domestic shipbuilders into account when it awards a $475.1 million contract for naval ferries. "It is important we take this decision not just on best commercial grounds, but... the best grounds and interests of the shipbuilding industry in this country," he told parliament. But Blair, facing pressure from shipbuilders and oil industry workers fighting to stop the contract going abroad

GPC Awarded Navy Spill Response Program Contract

GPC, Joint Venture, Irvine, Calif., is being awarded a maximum value $250,000,000 Department of Defense contract for services to manage, maintain and operate the emergency ship salvage material system (ESSM) and support the Navy's oil and hazardous substances spill response program. The contractor will be responsible for the full-time manning and management of ESSM facilities, including inventory and periodic maintenance of equipment stored at ESSM complexes

Midland Surveying Awarded DofD Contract

In the latest listing of US Department of Defense contracts, Midland Surveying, Inc., Maryville, Mo., was awarded a $9,000,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for architect-engineer surveying and mapping of shallow water habitat, floodplain changes and vegetation cover at various nationwide locations. Funding and performance locations will be determined with each order. Estimated completion date is April 24, 2019.

US Navy Awards General Dynamics Bath Iron Works Funding for Two DDG

An artist’s conception of the AMDR AN/SPY-6(v) radar onboard an Arleigh Burke Flight III guided missile destroyer (DDG-51). Raytheon Image. Photo: U.S. Naval Institute

 The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Bath Iron Works funding for the planning and construction of two Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, DDG 126 and DDG 127. The contract modification fully funds the two ships.   DDG 126 was awarded under the contract that was part of a multi-year competition for DDG 51-class destroyers in 2013. DDG 127 was approved by Congress under separate legislation.   Dirk Lesko, president of Bath Iron Works

General Dynamics Awarded Navy IT Contract

General Dynamics Information Technology, a business unit of General Dynamics, was awarded a contract by the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command to provide enterprise IT and cybersecurity services to the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Crane Division. The single-award, task order contract has a potential value of approximately $81.3 million for five years.   General Dynamics along with Purdue University and 10 Indiana-based companies will provide the NSWC Crane Division with enterprise IT

Saab Multi-Mode Radar for USCG Offshore Patrol Cutter

Defense and security company Saab said it has received a $16.8 million order from the U.S. Navy to provide the Sea Giraffe Agile Multi Beam (AMB), Multi-Mode Radar (MMR) – a 3D, electronically scanned phased array radar – to be deployed on the U.S. Coast Guard’s (USCG) Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC).   The MMR provides high radiated power, selectable waveforms, and modern signal processing to consistently achieve high performance across various marine environments

LCE Wins $18.7 Mln Contract to Support Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard

Life Cycle Engineering (LCE) said it has been awarded a $18.7 million, five-year contract from Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PHNSY & IMF) to continue to provide Code 200 with engineering services in support of critical submarine maintenance availabilities.    As the largest and most comprehensive fleet repair and maintenance facility between the U.S. West Coast and the Far East

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.   Buzby, who was nominated by President Donald Trump in June, is a U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) alumnus and retired U.S. Navy admiral with a military career spanning over three decades at sea and

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, having most recently served as a Regional Sales Manager for Brunswick Commercial & Government Products (Boston Whaler). He retired from the U.S. Navy in 2005 with the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer, where he served as a U.S

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.’s Ministry of Defense (MoD) over a six-year period. Ranging in size from 11 to 18 meters, the multi-role SEA Class vessels share common components and will be modular in design

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 Indian Register of Shipping’s (IRClass) ‘Rules and Regulations for Construction and Classification of Naval Ships’. These rules, were jointly developed by the Indian Navy and IRClass.

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.S. Navy’s undersea superiority. Fitting for “the Ocean State,” we have identified more than 170 Rhode Island organizations that touch undersea technology—and we believe that

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. Under the settlement, HII will make a payment of $7.9 million which, combined with earlier repayments, will result in the settlement recovery of approximately $9.2 million.  

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 integration with other segments of the transportation system; and the development and maintenance of an adequate, well-balanced U.S

Revolution Lighting Awarded US Navy Contract

Revolution Lighting Technologies, Inc., a provider of LED technologies to federal and military agencies, said it has been awarded a Department of Defense (DoD) contract through the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) to supply 2,300 of its 2 foot T8 LED tubes to the U.S. Navy.   Revolution Lighting was selected because its LED lighting products incorporate Buy American Act (BAA) and Trade Agreements Act (TAA) compliant components

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), Senator David Fawcett, and several locally based Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) that are already a part of Austal’s 1000 plus Australian supply chain.  

Norco to Build Composite Workboats for UK Navy

(Photo: Norco)

 Norco Holdings, the Poole-based manufacturer of lightweight composite structures and GRP moldings, has been selected by Atlas Elektronik UK (AEUK) to build the fleet of replacement workboats ordered recently by the UK MoD and due to be delivered over the next six years.   The contract is for 30+ boats in total, ranging in size from 11 to 15 meters. As the primary composites supplier for the project, Norco will be producing the major components for the new vessels including hull

LCS Program: Little Rock Delivered

U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin

Within the Littoral Combat Ship Program (LCS), the consortium consisting of Fincantieri, through its subsidiary Fincantieri Marinette Marine (FMM), and Lockheed Martin Corporation, has delivered Little Rock (LCS 9) to the U.S. Navy at FMM’s shipyard in Marinette, Wisc. Commissioning is planned for December in Buffalo, N.Y. Little Rock is part of a program started in 2010, which comprises 11 units, all fully funded

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