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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Littoral Combat

Photo: USS Independence Builder’s Sea Trials

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The Navy's first trimaran Littoral Combat Ship, the future USS Independence (LCS 2), during Builder's Sea Trials in the Gulf of Mexico July 2009.

Freedom (LCS 1) Begins Builder's Sea Trials

Freedom (LCS 1), starboard view.  Photo Credit:  Lockheed Martin

The nation's first Littoral Combat Ship, Freedom (LCS 1) was put to sea for the first time, marking the beginning of Builder's Sea Trials for the first-in-class coastal surface combatant. The 378-ft. Freedom, designed and built by a Lockheed Martin Lockheed Martin Corporation-led industry team, is conducting Builder's Sea Trials in Lake Michigan. The trials -- which are a coordinated effort between the U.S. Navy and the Lockheed Martin team -- will include operational testing of the vessel's

News: LCS Competition Pared to Three Teams

Competition to build the next generation of small, fast combat craft, known as the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), recently took a big step forward with the awarding of contracts to three teams to proceed further with their design initiative. The multi-billion contract, which could be for as many as 60 vessels, is expected to be awarded in about seven months. The three teams left standing include: Each of the three was awarded a contract for the performance of flight littoral combat ship

Navy Signs NLOS-LS Integration Contract

Navy and Army officials held a contract signing ceremony at the Army’s Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Ala. On August 28 to signify the cooperation between the services in the joint procurement of the Netfires Non-Line-of-Sight Launch System (NLOS-LS). The Navy is procuring the NLOS-LS for use on Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) surface warfare mission module. Netfires LLC of Grand Prairie, Texas, was awarded a cost-plus-incentive-fee contract August 25 for $54.8m (as part of an estimated $1

Navy Issues Stop Work Order for LCS 3

The first Littoral Combat Ship, Freedom (LCS 1) is shown under construction in Marinette, Wis. Photo Credit: Lockheed Martin Corporation Navy Issues Stop Work Order for LCS 3 The Navy issued a stop work order Jan. 12 to Lockheed Martin Corp. Maritime Systems & Sensors unit, Moorestown, N.J., for the construction of the third Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). This stop work order will take effect immediately and is for a period of 90 days.

Navy Cancels Fourth LCS

Secretary of the Navy Donald C. Winter and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead said Nov. 1 that the Department of the Navy is terminating construction of the fourth littoral combat ship (LCS 4) for convenience under the termination clause of the contract because the Navy and General Dynamics could not reach agreement on the terms of a modified contract. The Navy had not yet authorized construction on LCS 4, following a series of cost overruns on LCS 2

Navy to Base First Four LCS in San Diego

The Navy announced today that the first four Littoral Combat Ships LCS) will be homeported at Naval Station San Diego, Calif. Key in the success of implementing these new concepts is the ability to collocate these ships to achieve readiness alignment and economy of scale. This collocation is especially important for the first ships in the class as waterfront facilities, infrastructure, training and maintenance

Navy Awards $87m Deal for Mine Countermeasure UUV

The U.S. Navy’s Naval Sea Systems Command has awarded General Dynamics Advanced Informational Systems a contract to design and build the Surface Mine Countermeasure Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (SMCM UUV) system. The system will initially be a part of the Littoral Combat Ship Mine Warfare mission package. The contract has a maximum potential value of $86.7 million for one Engineering Development Model (EDM) and five low-rate initial production systems if all options are exercised

Navy Names Five New Ships

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced today the next five Navy ships; three Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyers, the USS John Finn, the USS Ralph Johnson, and the USS Rafael Peralta, and two littoral combat ships (LCS), the USS Sioux City and the USS Omaha. Mabus named the three destroyers after Navy and Marine Corps heroes whose actions occurred during different conflicts which spanned several decades, but were united in their uncommon valor

US Navy Warship Undergoes Shock Trials

Independence variant Littoral Combat Ship USS Jackson (LCS 6) has completed the first of three scheduled full-ship shock trials. (U.S. Navy photo by Michael Bevan)

The U.S. Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship USS Jackson (LCS 6) completes shock trials; Austal USA receives LCS contract modification for 'Sea Giraffe' Radar   The Independence variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program continues to progress, with the U.S. Navy reporting that USS Jackson (LCS 6) has completed the first of three scheduled full ship shock trial (FSST) blasts – the first ship to do so since 2008

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

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

Austal Secures Contract for High-speed Ferries

Two 117m high-speed vehicle passenger ferries to be built by Austal for Fred Olsen S.A. of Spain (Image: Austal)

Austal has announced a milestone contract, valued at €126 million (A$190 million), to design and build two 117 metre high-speed vehicle passenger trimaran ferries for long term customer Fred Olsen S.A. of the Canary Islands, Spain. The aluminium trimarans, designed by Austal Australia, will be the second and third trimarans to be delivered to Fred Olsen S.A. who already operate the world’s first and largest trimaran vehicle passenger ferry

Austal USA Wins Navy Deal

Austal USA won a construction contract by the U.S. Navy Friday to build an additional Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship, its fifteenth ship in the class. The award of LCS 30 is a clear sign of the Navy’s confidence in Austal’s LCS program. The specific value of the contract is under the congressional cost cap of $584 million per ship. The littoral combat ship has been identified as a key component to the Navy’s ability to gain sea control through distributed lethality

Navy Christens USNS City of Bismarck

Photo: Official FB Page of Austal USA

 Austal celebrated the christening of Expeditionary Fast Transport ship USNS City of Bismarck (EPF 9) with a ceremony at its state-of-the-art shipyard on May 13.    City of Bismarck is the ninth of 12 Expeditionary Fast Transport vessels (EPF) that Austal has under contract with the U.S. Navy as part of a contract worth over $1.9 billion.   The ship’s sponsor, Congresswoman Jane Harman, headlined the group of officials, naval guests, civic leaders

Austal USA Earns SCA Safety Award

Austal USA was recognized again as one of the safest shipyards in the country by the Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) at their quarterly meeting in mid-May. Austal received the SCA’s  Award for Excellence in Safety - the company’s total recorded incident rate (TRIR) in 2016 was 56 percent lower than the industry average. “This amazing accomplishment is the culmination of years of Austal’s dedication to the safety and health of their workers and SCA is

USS Gabrielle Giffords Commissioned

Photo: United States Navy

 USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10), the Navy's newest littoral combat ship, was brought to life by her crew before a crowd of nearly 2,500 guests at Pier 21 at the Port of Galveston, June 10.   Adm. William Moran, Vice Chief of Naval Operations, delivered the ceremony's principal address before officially commissioning the ship into service.    "As we man the rails today, blood gets pumped, the ship comes alive, and the heart begins to beat," said Moran

The U.S and Philippine Navies Hold Maritime Drill

Official U.S. Navy file photo

 The U.S. and Philippine navies will participate in the Maritime Training Activity Sama Sama June 19-25 in the vicinity of Cebu.    Maritime Training Activity Sama Sama is designed to enhance the complexity and diversity of training opportunities, while strengthening the longstanding alliance between the U.S. and the Republic of the Philippines.    The exercise will focus on mutual security concerns that affect the Philippines including piracy and sea smuggling

GE Powered USS Gabrielle Giffords Commissioned

USS Gabrielle Giffords commissioning Port of Galveston June 10 2017 - U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Miranda Williams

The U.S. Navy’s 10th Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) USS Gabrielle Giffords was commissioned at the Port of Galveston, Texas, on Saturday, June 10, becoming the 16th ship to be named for a woman and only the 13th ship to be named for a living person since 1850. The ship’s homeport will be San Diego.   “This is the fifth such LCS in a 10-ship Independence–variant ship program with Austal USA that uses our LM2500

Austal Wins USD 584.2 million US Navy Contract

LCS Class. Photo: Austal

 Australian shipbuilder Austal has won a  $584.2 million contract to build a 14th Littoral Combat Ship for the US Navy, Reuters reported.  The contract includes associated LCS class services and related material and integrated data environment support, as well as options for the construction of additional LCS, class services and post-delivery availability support, the Pentagon said in a statement.  

US Navy Christens Littoral Combat Ship Billings

Photo: United States Navy

 The Navy has christened its newest Freedom-variant littoral combat ship, USS Billings (LCS 15),  in Marinette, Wisconsin.   The future USS Billings honors the largest city in Montana. It will be the first ship of its name in naval service.   The LCS class consists of two variants, the Freedom variant and the Independence variant, designed and built by two industry teams.    The Freedom variant team is led by Lockheed Martin (for the odd-numbered hulls, e.g

USS Gabrielle Giffords Completes Maiden Voyage

Photo: United States Navy

 The newest Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) arrived in San Diego July 5, after successfully completing her maiden voyage from Mobile, Alabama.   Following construction and acceptance trials earlier this year at the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Giffords sailed to Galveston, Texas, where she was commissioned June 10.    "Our Sailors are honored to represent the ship namesake, its homeport in San Diego and the U.S

USS Charleston (LCS 18) Christened

Ships sponsor Charlotte Riley breaks a bottle of champagne across the bow during the christening ceremony for the littoral combat ship USS Charleston (LCS 18). (U.S. Navy photo by Armando Gonzales)

A christening ceremony was held for the U.S. Navy’s 18th Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), the future USS Charleston (LCS 18), at Austal USA’s Mobil, Ala. shipyard on August 26.   “Today marks another major milestone with the christening of this remarkable war ship,” said Austal USA President, Craig Perciavalle. “Our talented shipbuilding team is honored to provide our Navy with an extraordinarily capable vessel that will honor the great city of Charleston as she

Future USS Little Rock Completes Acceptance Trials

The future USS Little Rock (LCS 9) concluded its acceptance trial August 25 after completing a series of graded in-port and underway demonstrations on the Great Lakes for the Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey.    The acceptance trial is the last significant milestone before delivery of the ship to the Navy, which is planned for this fall. During the trial, the Navy conducted comprehensive tests of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) intended to demonstrate the performance of the

Austal Delivers Its 6th LCS to the US Navy

Austal USA delivered its sixth littoral combat ship to the U.S. Navy on Friday, September 15. The future USS Omaha (LCS 12) is the nation’s 10th littoral combat ship delivered to the Navy, the first of two that the shipbuilder will deliver this year.   “They’re here and ready. Our Independence-variant littoral combat ships are coming off the line with exceptional quality and under the congressional cost cap,” said Austal USA President Craig Perciavalle

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