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US Navy Mobile Landing Platform Christened

Martha Puller Downs, daughter of General Puller christens USNS Lewis B. Puller. (Photo: General Dynamics NASSCO)

General Dynamics NASSCO christened the U.S. Navy’s newest ship, the USNS Lewis B. Puller (MLP-3 AFSB), on Saturday during a christening ceremony held at the San Diego builder’s shipyard.   This third Mobile Landing Platform (MLP) is the first ship of the class to be configured as an Afloat Forward Staging Base (AFSB), adding a flight deck, berthing, fuel storage, equipment storage, repair spaces and accommodations for up to 250 personnel. The ship is capable of supporting missions including counter-piracy operations, maritime security operations, humanitarian aid and disaster relief missions and Marine Corps crisis response.   The ship, to be delivered to the Navy in the second quarter of 2015, is named in honor of the late U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant General Lewis “Chesty” Puller, the most decorated Marine and the only one to be awarded five Navy Crosses.   The commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr. was the ceremony’s principal speaker, and Martha Puller Downs, daughter of General Puller, served as the ship’s sponsor.  


GD NASSCO USNS 'Montford Point' Christening

USS Montford Point Christening by Alexis Jackie Bolden: Photo credit USN

General Dynamics NASSCO San Diego Shipyard the venue of the christening by Alexis (Jackie) Bolden. The U.S. Navy's newest ship, USNS Montford Point (MLP-1) named in honor of Camp Montford Point, the Jacksonville, N.C., site where the first African-American Marines were trained, is the first ship of three Mobile Landing Platform (MLP) vessels being designed and built by NASSCO. More than 1,000 people attended the Saturday morning christening ceremony at NASSCO's San Diego shipyard


USNS Medgar Evers to be Christened at NASSCO

A section of the hull of the USNS Medgar Evers (T-AKE 13) lowered into place in January of 2011.

The widow of the late civil rights leader Medgar Evers will christen the U.S. Navy's newest resupply ship, the USNS Medgar Evers , during a ceremony in San Diego this Saturday at the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard.   Myrlie Evers-Williams, former chairman of the NAACP and the widow of Medgar Evers, will name the ship by breaking a bottle of champagne against its hull during a traditional christening ceremony. Medgar Evers was an African American civil rights pioneer and World War II


Mobile Landing Platform Fabricated by GD NASSCO

Shipbuilders of General Dynamics NASSCO completes assembly & weld-out of 26,241 metric tons of steel structure for first mobile landing platform for US Navy. The final block for the first MLP ship, comprised of the ship's exhaust stacks and weighing 277 short tons, was lifted onboard via crane and installed on August 17.  The final structural welds were completed August 31 and inspected by the American Bureau of Shipping and the Navy


Oceaneering Awarded Navy AMS Contract Modification

MLP rendering courtesy of NASSCO

Department of Defense, informs that Oceaneering International, Inc., Hanover, Maryland, is being awarded $8,941,224 for cost-plus-fixed-fee task order 0004 under a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00014-11-D-0327) for the Advanced Mooring System (AMS) Phase III Development. The Office of Naval Research is interested in a technology designed to develop skin-to-skin mooring capabilities for the Navy because there is a need to quickly and safely moor


Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Bath Change of Command Held

Capt. Michael Taylor relieved Capt. Robert Crowe as commanding officer, Supervisor of Shipbuilding (SUPSHIP), Bath, during a ceremony at Bath Waterfront Park

  Capt. Michael Taylor relieved Capt. Robert Crowe as commanding officer, Supervisor of Shipbuilding (SUPSHIP), Bath, during a ceremony at Bath Waterfront Park on Sept. 5.   As the 30th commanding officer, Taylor reports to SUPSHIP Bath after serving most recently as the test and evaluation director for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Program Office.  Over the course of his 21-year career, he also served assignments with the Programming Division of the Chief of Naval


Telemar Scandinavia Takes Over Mobile Satellite Business from TeliaSonera Sweden

An international business group lead by Compagnia Generale Telemar S.p.A. in Italy and Lagumar Marine AB in Sweden has formed Telemar Scandinavia AB which has acquired 100 percent of the shares in Telia Maricom AB. The acquired Telia Company, operating under the new name of Telemar Satellite Services AB, is taking over all Telia’s businesses and activities within the area of mobile satellite communication, including Inmarsat, Iridium


AIS Vessel-tracking by Smartphone

PortVision brings advanced marine vessel-tracking capabilities to latest full-featured smartphones PortVision vessel-tracking service, terminal and fleet management dashboards, & other capabilities is now available in platform optimized for iPhone, Android, and BlackBerry devices. The company’s latest mobile platform is available now, at no cost, to PortVision customers who subscribe to its PortVision Plus, PortVision Advantage


US Navy Build Programs Face Budget Pressure

(U.S. Navy photo by Shelby F. W. West/Released)

Ship construction programs move ahead, but it’s not smooth sailing. Navies and Coast Guards everywhere face budgetary pressure, even in the U.S. which has the largest Navy in the world. The balance between desire for capacity and capability and pressure for affordability has never been more acute with the precarious budgetary issues presented by declining defense budgets, sequestration, continuing resolutions and government shutdowns


North Korea Conducts Third SLBM Test

Image: Morgenthau Center

 North Korea recently conducted a third test of a new submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) that is part of Pyongyang’s expanding nuclear arsenal, according to US defense officials cited by the Washington Free Beacon.   The test took place on April 22 from an underwater test platform near the coastal city of Sinpo in the southeast of the country, and tested what the US is calling a KN-11 missile.  


Telenor Expands Communication Services for DFDS

Photo: DFDS

Global maritime mobile operator Telenor Maritime said it will expand communications services for longstanding partner DFDS, deploying its connectivity platform with Premium Wi-Fi, Ka VSAT and mobile broadband backhaul for the Northern European shipping company.


T-Mining Pilot Project on Container Handling in Antwerp Port

Photo:  Port of Antwerp

 T-Mining is currently working on a pilot project that will make container handling in the port of Antwerp more efficient and secure. Using blockchain technology, processes that involve several parties – carriers, terminals, forwarders, hauliers, drivers, shippers etc


HENSOLDT Acquires Kelvin Hughes

Image: Kelvin Hughes

 HENSOLDT Acquires Kelvin Hughes   Kelvin Hughes has been acquired by HENSOLDT (formerly Airbus Defense Electronics) as a result of an agreement by its owners ECI Partners to sell its investment in the company.   “Following the buyout from Smiths Group


Iridium Plans to Start GMDSS Service in 2020

 Iridium Communications Inc. announced that two key milestones along the path to becoming the second recognized provider of Global Maritime Distress Safety System (GMDSS) services have been reached.   During its 98th session this past June


Naval Design: The Human Role

(Photo: MARIN)

Naval design: assessing the human role in the early design phase Many navy new building projects face a double challenge; the variety and complexity of operations are increasing, while at the same time, a reduction in manning is a prerequisite in order to lower building and operational costs


APM Terminals Boosts Walmart Hub at Port of Mobile

Photo: APM Terminals

 APM Terminals Mobile welcomes Arkansas-based global retail giant Walmart’s plans for a new International Distribution Center to be opened 15 miles from the port.    The sixth of Walmart’s US international distribution centers, the Irvington


Junior Sailors Master Amphibious Watercraft

A LHD Landing Craft from HMAS Adelaide lowers its bow door to recover an inflatable boat during amphibious operations conducted in Jervis Bay, NSW. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

Australia's amphibious ships are driving responsibility and challenges to all levels of the crew, with leading seamen taking 'commanding' roles on the new landing craft.   Leading Seaman Boatswains Mate Edward Holcombe is one of those sailors


IUMI Reports Rising Frequency of Major Casualties

Photo: International Union of Marine Insurance

 Rising energy claims against a reducing premium base; and the increased cargo accumulation risk onboard vessels and in port continue to challenge marine insurers.   Statistics released at the International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI) Annual Spring meeting in Hamburg last week


Milestone for Italian Navy Newbuild

Photo: Fincantieri

The launching ceremony of the bow section of the LSS logistic support unit Vulcano, took place at the shipyard in Castellammare di Stabia (Naples) in the presence of the Italian Minister of Defense, Roberta Pinotti. The unit was ordered to Fincantieri within the renewal plan of the Italian


Ampelmann Unveils the Icemann

Photo: Ampelmann

Ampelmann, provider of offshore access to the energy industry, has unveiled its latest walk to work system which has been specially designed for operation in extreme cold conditions. The N-type, nicknamed Icemann, was officially launched in front of 200 guests on Thursday, April 20, in Rotterdam


Cummins Introduces Mobile App

Cummins Guidanz Mobile App Improves Customer Uptime  (Photo: Cummins)

Without having to enter a service bay or wait for a technician to come on site, Cummins customers are now able to read prioritized engine fault codes and other key engine information within minutes wherever they are operating with the new Cummins Guidanz mobile app.


NSSLGlobal Launches Cellular/VSAT Hybrid System

VSAT provider NSSLGlobal has launched its first-ever hybrid cellular/VSAT solution for maritime vessels, the Cellular Marine System. This service will complement NSSLGlobal’s airtime VSAT offering, or other services such as FleetBroadband and Iridium Open Port


New Asset Integrity Management System Launched

(Photo: Bureau Veritas)

Bureau Veritas has launched Veristar AIM 3D asset integrity management system, based on technology partner Dassault Systems’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform.   The new solution combines a digital twin of any marine or offshore assets with smart data in a collaborative environment


Videotel Debuts Mobile Platform for eLearning

  Videotel, a KVH company, launched a new eLearning content delivery platform that is designed to allow users to view its range of maritime training programs on a wide variety of devices, including tablets and mobile phones. According to the company


US Navy: Bigger is Better, but at What Cost?

U.S. Navy forces and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force routinely train together to improve interoperability and readiness to provide stability and security for the Indo-Asia Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Z.A. Landers)

The U.S. Navy has a balanced fleet, but it wants to grow bigger and better. Will the budget allow both?   Maritime Reporter's March 2017 cover story on the U.S. Navy was all about the numbers. There exists several plans to grow the fleet beyond the current number of 308 ships






 
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