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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Acceptance Trials News

Navy's Latest LCS Comes Up to the Mark on Acceptance Trials

LCS 4 on sea trials: Photo credit USN

Rear Adm. Jim Murdoch, 
Program Executive Officer for Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) comments on the recent sea trial of the future 'USS Coronado', which as with all new construction ships in the Navy was conducted by the Board of Inspection and Survey. This was INSURV’s second acceptance trials of an Independence-variant littoral combat ship. Key at-sea demonstrations included main propulsion full power, steering, anchoring, launch and recovery operations with both the 7- and 11-meter rigid hull inflatable boats, and surface detect-to-engage demonstrations.

Future USS Gerald R. Ford Underway for Acceptance Trials

Official U.S. Navy file photo of PCU Gerald R. Ford, April 14, 2017. Photo: United States Navy

The future USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) departed Naval Station Norfolk for its second set of sea trials, known as acceptance trials (AT) May 24. Acceptance Trials demonstrate to the Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) the ship's ability to conduct operations at sea and that the ship is constructed in accordance with contract specifications. Over the next several days, CVN 78 Sailors will operate many of the ship's key systems and technologies, overseen by INSURV and the Navy's Supervisor of Shipbuilding…

Waesche Completes Acceptance Trials

Photo courtesy U.S. Coast Guard

The U.S. Coast Guard’s second National Security Cutter (NSC), Waesche, recently completed four days of rigorous tests called Acceptance Trials to ensure the cutter meets all of its contractual requirements and is ready for delivery. Waesche’s Acceptance Trials were conducted in Pascagoula, Miss., from Sept. 28 to Oct. 1, 2009, by the Coast Guard and the U.S. Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV). INSURV inspected Waesche to identify any major deficiencies needing correction prior to delivery.

Future USNS Matthew Perry Acceptance Trials

Following two days underway, the future USNS Matthew Perry (T-AKE 9) completed Acceptance Trials Jan. 29, departing from, and returning to, the General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) shipyard in San Diego. Matthew Perry is the ninth Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo/ammunition ship to be presented to the Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV). Completion of Acceptance Trials is the final major milestone prior to delivery to the Navy. During Acceptance Trials, the ship successfully demonstrated a variety of systems, including main propulsion, engineering, ship control systems, and crew support. NASSCO is under contract for the construction of the entire T-AKE class, a total of 14 ships.

NGSS Completes Acceptance Trials on USS Ronald Reagan

Northrop Grumman Corporation announced that the nation's newest and most advanced nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), has successfully completed acceptance sea trials. The Reagan is the ninth Nimitz-class carrier built by Northrop Grumman's Newport News sector. The acceptance trials are conducted with representatives of the U.S. Navy Board of Inspection and Survey for testing and evaluation of the ship's systems and performance. Upon completion of sea trials, Reagan returned to Norfolk Naval Station in Norfolk, Va., where it will be commissioned July 12, 2003.

USS New York Completes Acceptance Trials

The future USS New York (LPD 21) completed acceptance trials July 24, sailing from and returning to the Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding (NGSB) shipyard in New Orleans. The ship's bow stem includes thousands of pounds of steel salvaged from the World Trade Center. New York is the fifth ship of the San Antonio class to be presented to the Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) for acceptance. This is the final major milestone prior to the shipyard delivering the amphibious transport dock ship to the Navy. "The completion of acceptance trials is a major step towards bringing New York into the fleet," said Capt. Bill Galinis, the LPD 17-class Program Manager for the Navy's Program Executive Office for Ships (PEO Ships).

USNS Brunswick Completes Acceptance Trials

Photo: Austal

Shipbuilder Austal Limited announced that Expeditionary Fast Transport 6 (EPF 6) USNS Brunswick, formerly known as Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV 6), has completed U.S. Navy acceptance trials. The trials, representing the last significant milestone before delivery, were undertaken in the Gulf of Mexico and involved comprehensive testing of the vessel’s major systems and equipment by U.S. Navy. Austal Chief Executive Officer Andrew Bellamy said the consistent performance of the EPF’s during acceptance trials is further reflected by the innovative platform’s success in deployment with U.S.

Austal High Speed Transport Ship Hoists Broom

USNS Spearhead: Photo credit Austal

Hoisting a broom is Navy tradition to signify a 'clean sweep' of trial events, now granted to JHSV 1 USNS Spearhead. First-in-class Joint High Speed Vessel USNS Spearhead (JHSV 1), the high-speed catamaran transport ship under construction at Austal USA in Mobile, Alabama, has successfully completed Acceptance Trials (AT) in the Gulf of Mexico. To achieve this milestone, the Navy conducted comprehensive tests which demonstrated the successful performance of the ship’s major systems and equipment to include the propulsion plant, ship handling and auxiliary systems.

National Security Cutter Stratton Completes Trials

Stratton Sea Trials

The U.S. Coast Guard announced Monday that its third National Security Cutter, Stratton, successfully completed several days of rigorous acceptance trials Friday to ensure the cutter meets its contractual requirements and is ready for delivery to the Coast Guard. Stratton’s acceptance trials were conducted in Pascagoula, Miss., and at sea in the Gulf of Mexico by the Coast Guard and the U.S. Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey. Acceptance trials resulted in two starred cards for Stratton…

First-In-Class Joint High Speed Vessel Completes Trials

First-in-class Joint High Speed Vessel USNS Spearhead (JHSV 1), the high-speed catamaran transport ship under construction at Austal USA in Mobile, Alabama, successfully completed Acceptance Trials (AT) on August 17, 2012, in the Gulf of Mexico. To achieve this milestone, the Navy conducted comprehensive tests which demonstrated the successful performance of the ship’s major systems and equipment to include the propulsion plant, ship handling and auxiliary systems. Craig Perciavalle…

New York Returns From Acceptance Trials

The Northrop Grumman Corporation-built (NYSE:NOC) amphibious transport dock ship New York (LPD 21) returned to the company's Avondale shipyard in New Orleans July 23 flying three brooms signifying a successful U.S. Navy Acceptance Trials. The ship is the fifth in the San Antonio-class series that the Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding sector is building across the Gulf Coast. "This was an exceptional sea trial. We followed our planned schedule of events and executed very well," said Richard Schenk, Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding vice president, Tests and Trials.

Fort Worth (LCS 3) Completes Sea Trials

USS Fort Worth

Nation's Third Littoral Combat Ship Successfully Completes Acceptance Trials. The nation's third Littoral Combat Ship, USS Fort Worth (LCS 3), successfully completed its U.S. Navy acceptance trials and will be delivered to the Navy this summer. Fort Worth is the second surface combatant designed and built by a Lockheed Martin-led industry team. The trials, conducted in Lake Michigan from April 30 to May 4, included a four-hour full-power run and both surface and air detect-to-engage demonstrations of the ship's combat management system.

SIGMA Warship Trials a Success

Sigma-class Frigate: Photo credit Damen

The 98 meters long SIGMA class frigate, the third frigate built by Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding for the Royal Moroccan Navy, left Vlissingen earlier for her sea acceptance trials (SAT) in the North Sea. During the SAT, an intensive program was carried out in which the platform as well as the sensor weapons and communications suite were extensively tested, to the satisfaction of the Royal Moroccan Navy. The tests were performed by representatives of the yard in close cooperation with representatives of the subcontractors, the Royal Moroccan Navy and the Royal Netherlands Navy.

EPF 9 Completes Acceptance Trials

Austal said it has successfully completed acceptance trials on USNS City of Bismarck, Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF 9), October 20, in the Gulf of Mexico. The vessel, the ninth ship in Austal’s 12-ship EPF contract valued at over $1.9 billion, is slated for delivery to the U.S. Navy later this year. “Austal is proud of the continued success of this important program evidenced by the completion of this major milestone, EPF 9 acceptance trials,” Austal USA President Craig Perciavalle said. Trials involved the execution of intense comprehensive tests by the Austal-led industry team while underway, which demonstrated to the Navy the successful operation of the ship’s major systems and equipment. Acceptance trials are the last milestone before delivery of the ship.

Future USNS Charles Drew Completes Trials

Following three days underway, the future USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE 10) completed acceptance trials, June 19, departing from and returning to the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard in San Diego. Charles Drew is the 10th Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo/ammunition ship to be presented to the Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV). Completion of acceptance trials is the final major milestone prior to delivery to the Navy. During Acceptance Trials, the ship successfully demonstrated a variety of systems including main propulsion, engineering, ship control systems, and crew support. "The success of these trials is a credit to the Navy-NASSCO team’s continued focus on affordability and quality…

LPD 17 Completes Acceptance Trials

Acceptance Trials of the future USS San Antonio, lead ship of the LPD 17 class, were conducted Jun 27-30, and witnessed by the Board of Inspection and Survey. "The completion of Acceptance Trials is a major step towards bringing LPD 17 into the fleet, and we look forward to ship delivery later this month," said Rear Adm. Charles Hamilton, the program executive officer for Ships. "LPD 17 and her sister ships will add tremendous capabilities to the fleet for our Sailors and Marines. As the final milestone prior to ship delivery, Northrop Grumman Ship Systems (NGSS) successfully demonstrated a variety of systems including main propulsion, engineering and ship control systems, combat systems, damage control, food service, and crew support.

Ingalls-Built 'Somerset' (LPD 25) Passes Navy Acceptance Trials

LPD 25: Image courtesy of HII

Huntington Ingalls Industries announce that the amphibious transport dock 'Somerset' (LPD 25) has returned from successful U.S. Navy acceptance sea trials. The company's ninth ship in the San Antonio (LPD 17) class returned to the company's Avondale facility following three days of at-sea demonstrations and testing. The 684-foot-long vessel's primary mission is to transport up to 800 Marines, their fighting vehicles and aircraft. "We have now completed successful sea trials on nine LPDs…

NSC 3, Stratton Completes Builder’s Trials

Image courtesy Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc.

The third National Security Cutter, Stratton, successfully completed builder’s trials in Pascagoula, Miss., Friday marking a significant step in preparing Stratton for delivery to the U.S. Coast Guard. Builder’s trials are the shipbuilder’s first opportunity to operate the cutter at sea and survey the current status of shipboard systems. Teams from Huntington Ingalls Shipbuilding and Lockheed Martin Maritime Systems and Sensors operated propulsion, communications, damage control…

Navy Accepts Delivery of Future USS Freedom

Littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) returns to its homeport in Marinette, Wis., after completing acceptance trials in Lake Michigan. A littoral combat ship is a fast, agile, focused-mission ship designed to defeat threats such as mines, quiet diesel submarines and fast surface craft. Freedom is scheduled to be delivered later this year and will be homeported in San Diego, Calif. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jhi L. Scott

Cmdr. Marine/Gibbs and Cox team in Marinette, Wis., Sept. 18. Since Builder's and Acceptance Trials this summer, the Navy and the Lockheed Martin team have been working to prepare the ship for delivery, sail away and commissioning. Milwaukee, the location of the ship's Nov. 8 commissioning. Upon commissioning, the ship will sail out of the Great Lakes and down the East Coast for Norfolk, Va., making a number of port calls along the way. Prior to delivery, the Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) conducted Acceptance Trials aboard LCS 1 Aug. 17-21.

Navy Accepts Delivery of Future USS Freedom

Supervisor of officially accepted delivery of Freedom (LCS 1) on behalf of the Navy from the Lockheed Martin/Marinette Marine/Gibbs and Cox team in , Sept. 18. "This is a truly exciting day for the Navy. Today marks a critical milestone in fulfilling the need and realizing the vision we began just a few years ago," said Capt. James Murdoch, the LCS program manager. Since builder's and acceptance trials this summer, the Navy and the Lockheed Martin team have been working to prepare the ship for delivery, sail away and commissioning. With acceptance by the Navy, the LCS crew will move aboard and prepare the ship to depart Marinette Marine for , the location of the ship's commissioning.

USCG Cutter Hamilton Completes Acceptance Trials

U.S. Coast Cutter Hamilton performs sea trials in the Gulf of Mexico Aug. 13, 2014. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Carlos Vega)

The fourth National Security Cutter, Hamilton, successfully completed several days of rigorous acceptance trials Thursday to ensure the cutter meets its contractual requirements and is ready for delivery to the U.S. Coast Guard. The Hamilton, which will be home ported in Charleston, South Carolina, conducted the acceptance trials in Pascagoula, Mississippi, and at sea in the Gulf of Mexico by the Coast Guard and the U.S. Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey. Acceptance trials are the final significant milestone, or final exam, before the government takes ownership of a new cutter.

Seaward Provides Bridge Officers for LCS and JHSV Sea Trials

Seaward Services provides bridge officers, including the master and chief engineer, for Builder and Acceptance Trials of the Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) and Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV). USNS Choctaw County, the Navy's second Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV 2), satisfactorily completed Acceptance Trials, May 3 in Mobile, Ala. under the command of Seaward Services’ master, supported by the company’s chief engineer and other deck and engine officers. During Acceptance Trials the ship's major systems and equipment were tested and evaluated, including a full power run and demonstrations of main propulsion engineering and ship control systems, anchoring, emergency and crew support systems. The ship reached speeds of over 40 knots during at-sea trials.

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 propulsion plant, ship handling and auxiliary systems. While underway, the ship successfully completed a full-power run along with all associated steering and maneuvering events (quick reversals and quick ahead) to demonstrate the ship's maneuverability.

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