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Green Bay (LPD 20) Christening Slated for July 15

On Saturday July 15, Gen. Robert Magnus, assistant commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, will give the principal address at the christening of Green Bay (LPD 20), an amphibious transport dock ship being built by Northrop Grumman Corporation. The ceremony will be held at the company's New Orleans Operations beginning at 10 a.m. The name Green Bay honors the city of Green Bay, Wis. One of the oldest settlements in the country, Green Bay has been a home to the record-making football team, the Green Bay Packers, since 1919. Green Bay (LPD 20) is the fourth ship in the San Antonio (LPD 17)-class of amphibious transport dock ships being built for the U.S. Navy/U.S. Marine Corps by Northrop Grumman.

Fourth LPD 17 Class Amphibious Transport Dock Launched

The future USS Green Bay LPD 20 was launched this week from the building ways at Northrop Grumman Ship Systems Avondale Operations. The fourth amphibious transport dock of the San Antonio class entered the Mississippi River on August 11. Green Bay’s launching represents important progress since Hurricane Katrina devastated the New Orleans area less than a year ago. With many of the shipyard’s workers still living in trailers or Camp Katrina," temporary living quarters” the ship was launched with 208 units welded and 166 tanks completed. Work will now continue in more than 900 compartments while progressing toward Electronic System Light Off this fall.

Green Bay Embraces Namesake Ship

Citizens of “Titletown” rolled out the red carpet for their city’s namesake ship, Pre-commissioning Unit (PCU) Green Bay (LPD 20), during several civic ceremonies June 25. Green Bay’s prospective commanding officer Cmdr. Calvin Slocumb and his planned relief, Cmdr. Joseph Olson traveled to Green Bay to strengthen the ship’s already strong ties to the community. Green Bay Mayor James J. Schmitt hosted the officers at the annual Kids Day Festival at Fisk Park. The commanders mixed with the crowd, and posed for pictures. “This ship is a really wonderful thing for our city," said Schmitt. Slocumb and Olson, both natives of Wisconsin…

Marinette Marine Workers Get $500K Training Grant

According to a report from the Green Bay Press Gazetter, Wisconsin’s Bay Area Workforce Development Board will receive a $500,000 state grant to train new and existing Marinette Marine Corp. workers ahead of a pending contract to build 10 additional Navy combat ships at the shipyard.   (Source: Green Bay Press Gazette)  

US Coast Guard to Break Ice in Green Bay

The U.S. Coast Guard is scheduled to commence icebreaking operations Thursday in the waters of Green Bay in Lake Michigan.   The Coast Guard said these operations will likely occur in areas commonly used by recreational users, such as but not limited to, the Fox River, southern Green Bay and the Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal.

USCG Readies for Green Bay Ice Breaking

Photo: U.S. Coast Guard

The U.S. Coast Guard has announced that commercial fuel shipping activity into the Port of Green Bay will conclude by Jan. 20,  2017. At that time, in conjunction with the Green Bay (Brown County) Port Director, the Coast Guard will signal the end of the local navigation season and close the southern portion of the bay to shipping. For the rest of Green Bay, once the bulk of the commercial carriers have laid up for the winter, the Coast Guard will announce its intent to break ice 72 hours ahead of any scheduled movement by the carriers.

Keel-Laying Ceremony Held for Green Bay LPD 20

Corporation and the U.S. by Northrop Grumman Ship Systems. sector's Avondale Operations in New Orleans, La. team efforts. LPD 20 will be home to another team –- the U.S. following a patrol gunboat that saw service in the 1970s. traditional beginning of construction of a ship. laid" according to Navy regulations. initial prefabrication work. Capt. Sean Stackley, U.S. manager, spoke to the Avondale shipbuilders present at the ceremony. ships," he said. we need them to serve for the next 40 years. shipbuilding at Avondale," said Dr. Philip A. Ship Systems president.

McCain Wants Delay for LCS Deal

According to a Dec. 15 report from the Green Bay Press Gazette, Sen. John McCain pushed for a delay in Senate approval of a U.S. Navy plan to buy 20 ships — 10 of which would be built at Marinette Marine Corp. The Navy officials said a delay in the process could further stress vendors and shipyards as they wait for Congress to make a decision about a Navy proposal to buy 10 littoral combat ships each from Lockheed Martin and Austal USA. (Source: Green Bay Press Gazette)

All Set for Ice Breaking Operations in Bay of Green Bay

Green Bay Ice Safety Information Photo by Chief Petty Officer Lauren Jorgensen U.S. Coast Guard District

In January 2017 the U.S. Coast Guard will commence ice breaking operations in the bay of Green Bay to ensure the safe navigation and overall safe transport of economically-significant commercial shipments. In support of the Port of Green Bay, the Coast Guard will establish and maintain tracks through the ice from Rock Island Passage to the Fox River. The tracks through the ice will extend to Escanaba, Marinette-Menominee, Sturgeon Bay and Green Bay. “Coast Guard waterway managers…

Commissioning, Amphibious Transport Dock Ship

The Navy will commissioned the newest San Antonio class amphibious transport dock ship Green Bay during a 10 a.m. PST ceremony Jan. 24 in Long Beach, Calif. The ship is named Green Bay to honor the nation's Midwest "city by the bay." The city of about 100,000 residents was founded in 1634 by French explorer Jean Nicolet, and is the oldest community in Wisconsin. Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England delivered the ceremony's principal address. Rose Magnus, wife of the former Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. Robert Magnus (ret.), served as the ship's sponsor.

Marinette Marine Seeks Contractors

According to a report from the Greenbay Press Gazette, on March 23 the Marinette Marine Corp. Small Business Industry Day was held in Wisconson for prospective contractors, offering possible suppliers one-on-one sessions with Marinette Marine Corp. engineers and buyers. Marinette Marine held a similar meeting in Escanaba, Mich. Lockheed Martin recently landed a contract to build up to 10 littoral combat ships for the U.S. Navy at Marinette Marine.   Source: Green Bay Press Gazette  

Seaway Cargo Shipments Up 21% in July

Port of Green Bay sees increase in petroleum exports. Washington, D.C. (August 18, 2011) – The St. Lawrence Seaway statistics for the month of July indicate steady traffic with cautious optimism as the economy continues to rebound. Year-to-date total cargo shipments through July were 17 million metric tons, up 7.3 percent over the same period in 2010 due primarily to demand for bulk materials used in construction, salt, petroleum products, and Canadian grain. Year-to-date salt…

Green Bay, Royal Thai Navy Kick Off Cobra Gold 2017

Photo: United States Navy

Amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20), with embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), officially kicked off Exercise Cobra Gold 2017 (CG 17) in Sattahip, Thailand, Feb. 14. Cobra Gold is a Thailand/United States co-sponsored, combined task force and joint theater security cooperation exercise conducted annually in the Kingdom of Thailand. CG 17 will be held Feb. 14-24, with up to 29 nations participating. CG 17, in its 36th iteration, will address regional and global security challenges and will promote international cooperation and stability within the region.

Green Bay Recovers Mariners in Makassar Strait

The amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20) arrives on station for a photo exercise during the Korean Marine Exchange Program

Amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20) rendered assistance to distressed mariners in the waters between the Indonesian islands of Kalimantan and Sulawesi June 19. Shipboard lookouts first spotted the distressed mariners waving a black flag approximately 3 to 5 nautical miles from the ship, their raft surrounded by fuel and debris. Once Green Bay was in proximity to the craft, the ship launched a small boat to provide immediate assistance. "To be able to render assistance to mariners in distress is a fundamental maritime skill," said Rear Adm.

Amphibious Landing Dock Ship Pre-Comm

Dec. 1, 2008, the amphibious landing dock ship pre-commissioning unit Green Bay (LPD 20) is underway from Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding Avondale Operations in New Orleans. The ship is on her maiden voyage en route to Long Beach, Calif., where she will be commissioned in January 2009 and become the second San-Antonio-class ship to be home ported in San Diego. (U.S. Navy photo)

Coast Guard Orders Keep Marinette Marine Busy

The cutter Mackinaw is one of 31 vessels Marinette Marine Corp. has produced for the U.S. Coast Guard. The company is also building 180 high-speed interdiction boats for the Coast Guard over the next decade, said Bob Herre, president of the Manitowoc Marine Group. The first six of the 45-ft. response boats are expected to be delivered late this year and in early 2008. Defense contacts make up about half of the work done by The Manitowoc Co.'s marine group, said Steve Khail, director of investor relations and corporate communications for The Manitowoc Co. Inc. Manitowoc owns both Marinette Marine Corp. in Marinette and Bay Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay. Bay Shipbuilding focuses on much of the commercial work done by the company. In recent years Marinette Marine Corp.

USCG Begins Icebreaking in Western Great Lakes

Cutter Mackinaw (USCG file photo)

U.S. Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste Marie on Wednesday commenced Operation Taconite, an icebreaking mission launched in response to expanded ice growth in the commercial ports of western Lake Superior, Green Bay and the lower St. Marys River. Before ice impeded commercial navigation, several icebreakers were assigned to each region. Recently, Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw was dispatched to assist two vessels into the Port of Green Bay. Coast Guard Cutter Alder was assigned to manage the ice breaking needs of western Lake Superior, specifically the twin ports of Duluth, Minn., and Superior, Wisc.

US Iron Ore Shipments Remain Strong

Photo credit: Mike Gibby Besko

Iron ore, dry bulk cargo and general cargo shipments remain strong on the St. Lawrence Seaway, with overall tonnage up 18 percent over last year. The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation reports that cargo shipments from March 20 through July 31 totaled more than 16 million metric tons – up 2.5 million metric tons over the same period in 2016. “We continue to see demand for raw materials that are needed for construction and in the manufacturing and automotive industries,” said Bruce Burrows, President of the Chamber of Marine Commerce.

BAE Systems Receives $11m Contract

The amphibious transport dock ship USS San Antonio (LPD 17), the first in its class, gets assistance from a tugboat as it prepared to moor at its new homeport at Naval Station Norfolk, Va. in 2006. BAE Systems has been awarded a contract by the Naval Sea Systems Command for work on two LPD-17 San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ships, USS New Orleans (LPD 18) and USS Green Bay (LPD 20). The three-year contract, with an initial value of $11.3 million, is for fitting out availability (FOA) and post shakedown availability (PSA) work on both ships from 2007-2009. Work on the USS New Orleans FOA, is tentatively scheduled to begin in May.

Shipbuilders Awarded Training Funds

A pair of grants totaling nearly $58,000 will be used to train 245 workers at two shipbuilders in Sturgeon Bay, Wis., the Business Journal of Milwaukee reported. The Workforce Advancement Training Grants from the Wisconsin Technical College System were awarded to Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) in Green Bay. The funds will be used for training workers from Bay Shipbuilding Co., a manufacturer of commercial ships, and yacht maker Palmer Johnson Yachts.. A $31,008 grant will enable NWTC to provide welding training, blueprint reading-measurement training, and supervisory training to 187 welders, journey workers and supervisors at Bay Shipbuilding Co., a subsidiary of Manitowoc Co. Inc. that specializes in large ship construction projects.

Bay Shipbuilding Wins Contract

Bay Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay, a subsidiary of The Manitowoc Company Inc., has been awarded a contract to build two 521-foot long tank barges. The contract includes options for two additional vessels. The contracts were issued by U.S. Shipping Partners, a leading provider of long-haul marine transportation services. The company provides transport for refined petroleum and chemical products. The barges are scheduled for delivery in 2008. The 72-foot wide barges, which can hold 156,000 barrels of oil, are designed for ocean travel and will be used for transport along the East Coast. They will be the 15th and 16th tank barges ordered from The Manitowoc Company since 1999. (Source: Green Bay Press Gazette)

$100.4 Million for LPD 22

Northrop Grumman Corporation was awarded $100.4 million by the U.S. long-lead time materials for San Diego (LPD 22), the sixth amphibious transport dock ship in the transformational San Antonio class LPD 17 program. Long-lead materials for LPD 22 consist of steel plates and shapes, pipe, cable and other major equipment. Advance procurement funding is necessary to secure all necessary ship equipment at the best possible purchase price prior to construction. To date, the first five ships awarded in the 12-ship LPD 17 program are under contract to Northrop Grumman Ship Systems. All are in various stages of construction at Northrop Grumman Ship Systems' locations in New Orleans, and Pascagoula and Gulfport, Miss.

Northrop Grumman Awarded $100.4 M for Advance Procurement

Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded $100.4 million by the U.S. Navy for advance procurement of long-lead time materials for San Diego (LPD 22), the sixth amphibious transport dock ship in the transformational San Antonio class LPD 17 program. "We are heartened to see a commitment to the sixth ship of the San Antonio class," said Dr. Philip A. Dur, Northrop Grumman corporate vice president and president of the company's Ship Systems sector. Long-lead materials for LPD 22 consist of steel plates and shapes, pipe, cable and other major equipment. Advance procurement funding is necessary to secure all necessary ship equipment at the best possible purchase price prior to construction.

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