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Monday, January 22, 2018

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Proposal to Extend MSP

The House Armed Services Committee issued a Press Release

Skelton on Defense Budget Proposal

“Members of the House Armed Services Committee are anxious to examine the details of the President’s defense budget proposal and get to work on the Fiscal Year 2010 defense authorization bill. In the current economic climate, it is more important than ever to ensure that each defense dollar is spent wisely and effectively. While many difficult budget and policy decisions are ahead of us, I believe the $533.8 billion requested for defense is a reasonable level which will allow us to support our troops and keep America safe. “I commend the administration for making service members and their families a priority in this budget. I am especially pleased that this year’s budget proposal does not impose new fees on the TRICARE health benefits our service members and their families need.

Bath Iron Works Gets Mixed News Out Of Washington

WLBZ2 is reporting that some good news and some bad news for Maine shipbuilder Bath Iron Works in Washington. The Senate Armed Services Committee yesterday endorsed President Bush's 3.4b dollar request to develop and build the first two DDX. In that scenario, BIW would build one, and Northrop Grumman's Ingalls Shipbuilding would build the other. But the House Armed Services Committee voted a day earlier to build only one ship, and that Ingalls would do the work. A compromise must be worked out, and that could take months. Source: WLBZ2

Shipbuilders Support Collins for Senate

In recognition of her commitment to the men and women who work at Bath Iron Works, a coalition of shipbuilders pledged their support for Susan Collins for re-election to the United States Senate. As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Senator Collins has supported legislation to provide a continued and steady workload at Bath Iron Works (BIW). Senator Collins has stated that BIW has been, and must continue to be, a central part of efforts to expand and modernize the U.S. Naval fleet to counter existing and emerging threats.

Naval shipbuilding gets booster shot in legislative chambers

The Conferees on the Defense Authorization Bill, S.1059, for fiscal year 2000 wrapped up their conference after providing "Extended Lease" authority of 20 years or more to the Secretary of the Navy for the services of non-combatant ships, and rejecting an attempt by Senator John McCain (R-AZ) to repeal the three-year waiting period before foreign-built ships are eligible to carry preference cargo. The House Armed Services Committee has been working for three years to provide the Secretary of the Navy the authority to enter into long-term leases of the services of newly constructed non-combatant ships as an alternative to procuring the ships in the Shipbuilding and Conversion Account.

Defense Authorization Conferees Support Navy/Shipbuilding Industry

The Conferees on the Defense Authorization Bill, S.1059, for fiscal year 2000 wrapped up their conference after providing "Extended Lease" authority of 20 years or more to the Secretary of the Navy for the services of non-combatant ships, and rejecting an attempt by Senator John McCain (R-AZ) to repeal the three-year waiting period before foreign-built ships are eligible to carry preference cargo. The House Armed Services Committee has been working for three years to provide the Secretary of the Navy the authority to enter into long-term leases of the services of newly constructed non-combatant ships as an alternative to procuring the ships in the Shipbuilding and Conversion Account.

Ships Slated for Retirement Should be Retained – House Republicans

Ticonderoga-class 'USS Cowpens': Photo credit USN

The Navy will have to upgrade and keep three of four Ticonderoga-class cruisers the service planned to retire in 2013, according to proposed legislation released by House Republicans. The proposal by House Armed Services readiness subcommittee chairman Randy Forbes, R-Va., would keep the Cowpens, Anzio and Vicksburg in the fleet by authorizing needed upgrades. The Navy had planned to retire all three, along with the Port Royal, on March 31, 2013, and three more the following year to meet congressionally mandated budget cuts and to save an expected $4.1 billion.

AMP Honors Senator Mazie Hirono

2016 Champion of Maritime award recipient Sen. Mazie Hirono(D-HI) Photo AMP

The American Maritime Partnership (AMP), the voice of the domestic maritime industry, today recognized U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) with the 2016 Champion of Maritime Award. Sen. Hirono is honored for her long-standing support and commitment to the men and women of American Maritime in her work on the Senate Armed Services Committee and as a Ranking Member of the Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Energy. Sen. Hirono understands the critical role the domestic maritime industry plays not just in Hawaii, but also in the nation’s economic, national and homeland security.

This Day in Naval History – July 26

1812 - Frigate Essex captures British brig Leander 1912 - First airborne radio communications from naval aircraft to ship (LT John Rodgers to USS Stringham) 1946 - CAPT Joy Bright Hancock appointed Director, Women's Naval Reserve. 1948 - President Harry S. Truman orders desegregation of the Armed Services. 1954 - 3 aircraft from USS Philippine Sea (CVA-47) shoot down 2 Chinese fighters that fired on them while they were providing air cover for rescue operations for a U.K. airliner shot down by a Chinese aircraft. (Source: Navy News Service)  

Senator Levin Backs U.S. Navy Plan for LCSs

Photo courtesy Office of Carl Levin, U.S. Senator

According to a report from Bloomberg, Senator Carl Levin, the Michigan Democrat who heads the Armed Services Committee, supported the U.S. Navy’s plan to buy Littoral Combat Ships from two teams of contractors instead of picking a single supplier. On Dec. 14, Levin commented in Washington at the start of a committee hearing. (Source: Bloomberg)

Hearing on National Security and DPW Acquisition

On March 2, the House Armed Services Committee will conduct a Hearing on the national security implications of the Dubai Ports World acquisition of P&O Ports. source: HK Law

MARAD to Announce Funding for Marine Highways

In testimony to House Armed Services Committee Subcommittee on Seapower and Expeditionary Forces on July 14, 2010, Maritime Administrator David T. Matsuda indicates that MARAD will issue a Notice of Funding Availability for eligible Marine Highway Project’s in a separate Federal Register notice to be published in July 2010. This notice will implement a new initiative, America's Marine Highway Grants, as authorized under the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010. The initial $7m funding for the grants is provided in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2010.   www.americasmarinehighways.com

Fleet Week San Francisco Style

The guided missile destroyer USS Shoup (DDG 86) passes under the Golden Gate Bridge as part of the Parade of Ships during the 27th annual San Francisco Fleet Week celebration. Shoup is one of two U.S. Navy ships visiting San Francisco for the weeklong event honoring the armed services. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Krishna Jackson

House OKs Split LCS Buy

According to a report from www.dodbuzz.com, on Dec. 15, the House formally approved a measure giving the Navy permission to buy both classes of Littoral Combat Ship. This comes the same week Navy leadership made its case before the Senate Armed Services committee, asking for permission to buy the Freedom and Independence class ships before the end of the month. (Source: www.dodbuzz.com)

Hearing on Maritime Security Program

The Merchant Marine Panel of the House Armed Services Committee will conduct a hearing on July 16, 2002 regarding U.S. ownership and control of vessels operating in the Maritime Security Program (MSP), which is administered by MARAD.

Adm. Mike Mullen Testifies Before the Senate

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Mullen testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee during his confirmation hearing for appointment to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at Hart Senate Office Building. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley.

CNO Podcast Discusses Innovation, Service

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson answers a question from moderator Doug Cameron of the Wall Street Journal during a panel discussion at the Reagan National Defense Forum at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library. Richardson and other defense sector leaders discussed the need to to learn faster in today's national security environment. Photo USN

A new episode of "Soundings," the official podcast of the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson, was released Nov. 13. Episode 4 of "Soundings" features comments from the recent Reagan National Defense Forum, held at the Reagan Library and the Angels of the Battlefield Awards Gala, hosted by the Armed Services YMCA. Soundings can be downloaded using this link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/chief-naval-operations-podcast/id257120572?i=357094807&mt=2

US Coast Guard Barque Eagle Sails to New York

Coast Guard Cutter Eagle sails into New York, Thursday, August 4 (Photo: Jeff O'Malley)

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle sailed into New York City, Thursday, as part of a voyage commemorating 70-years since the original journey from northern Germany to New York.   The historic Eagle – the only active commissioned sailing vessel in the U.S. armed services – was constructed in 1936 and was acquired from Germany as a war reparation following World War II. The shipe is now primarily used to train cadets from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.   Eagle’s arrival to New York also coincides with the Coast Guard’s 226th birthday.

Senate Panel OKs $517.7b Defense Bill

The Senate Armed Services Committee approved a $517.7b fiscal 2007 defense authorization bill, a 4 percent increase over the amount authorized by Congress last year. The bill, which includes a $50b bridge fund to pay for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan during the first six months of fiscal 2007, totals $4.8b more than authorized by the House Armed Services Committee. The Senate panel, which met behind closed doors, boosted funding for several weapons programs, including the addition of $1.5b to the Navy's shipbuilding accounts, largely due to concerns about the "declining size of the fleet," according to a summary of the bill released by the committee.

Reps. Byrne and Palazzo Visit Ingalls Shipbuilding

Rep. Bradley Byrne (second from left) toured Ingalls Shipbuilding and the amphibious transport dock John P. Murtha (LPD 26). Pictured with Byrne are (left to right) LPD 26 Ship Construction Manager Hank Corcoran, LPD Program Director Mike Duthu and Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias. Rep. Steven Palazzo also participated in the tour but is not pictured. Photo by Andrew Young/HII

Reps. Bradley Byrne, R-Ala., and Steven Palazzo, R-Miss., visited Huntington Ingalls Industries' (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division Wednesday. The congressmen, both members of the House Armed Services Committee, met with shipbuilders and were briefed on the construction processes for the four different classes of military ships built at Ingalls. The Congressmen toured the shipyard and visited various shops where ship units are assembled. They also were given a tour of the amphibious transport dock John P. Murtha (LPD 26), which will launch later this year.

SCA: More Naval Vessels Protect Economy, Provide Security

Matthew Paxton, SCA President

Shipbuilders Council: Proposed Budget Enables Naval Forward Presence and Protects U.S. National Security Interests. The Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) today recognized the House Armed Services Seapower Subcommittee for its robust markup of the 2017 shipbuilding budget. Under the proposal, the Navy’s shipbuilding budget would be increased to $19.9 billion and a separate account, the National Sea Based Deterrent Fund, will receive $773 million to buy the new Ohio submarine replacement Program.

Rep. Conaway Tours Newport News Shipbuilding

Rep. Conaway points at a simulated engine room during a demonstration of the Rapid Operational Virtual Reality tool that enables Newport News Shipbuilding construction teams to collaborate, consider improvements and trouble-shoot onsite during aircraft carrier construction. (Photo by Chris Oxley/HII)

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) hosted Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, for a tour of the company’s Newport News Shipbuilding division. The visit provided an opportunity for Conaway to meet shipbuilders and see the progress being made across Newport News’ ship construction programs. As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, Conaway introduced legislation last fall to increase the number of operational U.S. Navy aircraft carriers mandated by law from 11 to 12. “I enjoyed touring the Newport News Shipbuilding division today,” Conaway said.

Congress Eyes Boost in Sub Production

The interest in increasing submarine production hasn't subsided since Democrats took control of Congress last month. In fact, several efforts are under way to increase the Navy's shipbuilding budget in 2008 with funding for five additional ships beyond what the Navy had originally requested, including a second fast-attack submarine. U.S Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, has picked up the continued the debate started by his predecessor, former Congressman Rob Simmons. Last year, the Republican-controlled Congress approved the authorization for two subs a year, but failed to approve the money to make that happen. The president's proposed 2008 Defense spending plan includes funding for just one sub.

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