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Makin Island Takes Top Honor at Local Surface Line Competition

Crewmembers from Pre-Commissioning Units (PCU) Makin Island (LHD 8) and Mesa Verde (LPD 19) wrapped up the first Pascagoula Surface Line Week (SLW) competition on Feb. This week of events matched the two amphibious ships against each other for the honor of ‘Top Gator’ in events, which were divided into two categories, professional and athletic. In the professional events, participants competed in Cable Building with Soldering, Combat Systems Operational Sequence System/ Engineering Operational Sequence System (CSOSS/EOSS), a Damage Control (DC) marathon, Damage Control and Rules of the Road exams, a Chili Cook-off, and General Ship Safety.

Northrop Grumman Delivers USS Makin Island

Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Shipbuilding sector delivered to the U.S. Navy on April 16, one of the nation's newest and most advanced ships, the amphibious-assault ship Makin Island (LHD 8) during a short ceremony held on the vessel's flight deck. Makin Island (LHD 8) was delivered to the U.S. Navy after successfully completing acceptance sea trials. Acceptance trials are conducted to allow representatives of the U.S. Navy Board of Inspection and Survey to witness and evaluate operation of ship systems and ship performance.

USS Makin Island Electric Drive Propulsion

Photo courtesy Full Spectrum Communications

The United States Navy commissioned its new LHD 8 ship USS Makin Island on October 24, 2009 in San Diego, California. The USS Makin Island is the first U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship to feature a unique hybrid propulsion system that relies on two LM2500+ gas turbines or two diesel electric motors. According to remarks made by the Honorable Ray Mabus, secretary of the U.S. Navy, during the Naval Energy Forum held in McLean, Virginia on Wednesday, October 14, 2009, the vessel’s…

DoD Officials Tour Warship's Hybrid-electric Propulsion Plant

USS Makin Island: Photo credit USN

Deputy Secretary of Defense, Secretary of the Navy, pay a visit to 'USS Makin Island' (LHD 8). Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus met recently with several flag and general officers in the area on board USS Makin Island (LHD 8) for a leadership breakfast and to tour the ship. Following breakfast, the guests were taken on a tour of Makin Island and were able to meet many of the sailors who help to keep the ship fully mission capable. Lt. Cmdr. Brian Ponce, Makin Island's main propulsion assistant, led the group on a tour of Nr.

USS Makin Island Visits Singapore

The amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8), embarked with Amphibious Squadron Five and 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) arrived in Singapore today (Jan. 16) for a scheduled port visit. Sailors and Marines will have an opportunity to experience the Singapore culture and take part in a variety of Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) sponsored events. Dozens of Sailors and Marines will also be participating in community service projects in the area, during the visit. “The crew is looking forward to a return visit to Singapore,” said Makin Island’s commanding officer, Capt. Jon P. Rodgers. The Makin Island Amphibious Ready…

Successful Makin Island Sea Trials

On Feb. 10, the Northrop Grumman Corporation-built (NYSE:NOC) amphibious assault ship Makin Island (LHD 8) returned from successful three-day builder's sea trials held in the Gulf of Mexico. The ship is the eighth USS Wasp (LHD 1)-class amphibious assault ship being built by the company at its Gulf Coast facilities in Pascagoula, Miss. "We worked collaboratively with the Navy to meet our program commitments, and complete this significant milestone," said Irwin F. Edenzon, sector vice president and general manager of Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding-Gulf Coast.

Navy Christens New Amphibious Assault Ship Makin Island

The U.S. Navy will christen Makin Island, the newest and last ship in the Wasp-class of amphibious assault ships, on Aug. 19, 2006, during a ceremony at Northrop Grumman Ship Systems in Pascagoula, Miss. Sen. Trent Lott of Mississippi will deliver the principal address at the ceremony. Silke Hagee, wife of Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Michael W. Hagee, will serve as ship's sponsor. The ceremony will be highlighted by the time-honored Navy tradition of the sponsor breaking the bottle of champagne across the bow to formally christen the ship. Makin Island is named for the daring raid carried out by Marine Corps Companies Alpha and Bravo, Second Raider Battalion, on Japanese-held Makin Island, in the Gilbert Islands, on Aug. 17-18, 1942.

Search & Rescue Ops for Missing Aircrew Abandoned

An MV-22 Osprey attached to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 163 (Reinforced) launches from the flight deck of amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8).

U.S. forces in the North Arabian Gulf concluded a search and rescue operation for a missing U.S. Marine Corps aircrew member today at 3:00 p.m. (GMT), after efforts to locate him were unsuccessful. The Marine is presumed lost at sea. The Marine aircrew member went into the water yesterday when the aircraft he was aboard lost power shortly after takeoff from USS Makin Island (LHD 8). Another air crewman also exited the aircraft at the same time and was safely recovered. He is in stable condition aboard Makin Island. The pilot of the aircraft, a U.S.

Acceptance Trials for Makin Island

Northrop Grumman shipbuilders and U.S. Navy personnel joined forces aboard the amphibious assault ship Makin Island (LHD 8) to complete a successful U.S. Navy acceptance sea trial in the Gulf of Mexico. The ship is the eighth USS Wasp (LHD 1)-class amphibious assault ship being built by the company at its Gulf Coast facilities in Pascagoula, Miss. During the acceptance trial, Makin Island performed all required sea trial evolutions for the U.S. Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV).

Sen. Lott to Speak at Christening of Makin Island

Pascagoula, Miss. shipyard since Hurricane Katrina, Sen. Miss. August 19, 2006 christening of Makin Island (LHD 8). travel at speeds up to 20+ knots. It will carry a crew of approximately 1,000 sailors and 1,900 Marines. Silke B. Hagee, wife of USMC Gen. the U.S. name as Makin Island. Japanese-held island on Aug. 17-18, 1942. Marine Corps Lt. Col. while Marine Corps Sgt. War II. ceremony. assault ships. traditional steam-powered amphibious ships. company facilities: New Orleans, Gulfport, Miss. and Tallulah, La. assault vehicle. support, including a hospital with six operating rooms.

This Day in Coast Guard History – Nov. 20

1943-Landings made at Makin and Tarawa in the Gilbert Islands.  The Coast Guard-manned assault transport USS Leonard Wood, veteran of the landings made in the Mediterranean, participated.  She landed 1,788 officers and men of the 165th Combat Team of the U.S. Army's 27th Division, on Makin Island.  Coast Guard-manned LST-20, LST-23, LST-69, LST-169, LST-205, and the USS Arthur Middleton, and the following Navy ships with partial Coast Guard crews: USSs Heywood, Bellatrix, and William P. Biddle, participated in the bloody assault of Tarawa. (Source: USCG Historian’s Office)  

Makin Island Concludes Hong Kong Visit

Photo: United States Navy

The amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) departed Hong Kong April 11, following a scheduled port visit. The four-day visit allowed nearly 2,500 Sailors and Marines assigned to the ship and embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit the opportunity to experience Hong Kong's culture and engage with the community. The ship hosted a reception for distinguished guests April 10, to recognize the prosperous partnership between the United States and the People's Republic of China and Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong.

Northrop Grumman Launches Two in One Week

Northrop Grumman Ship Systems completed two milestones in one week with the launching of the U.S. Navy multipurpose amphibious assault ship Makin Island (LHD 8), top, on Friday, Sept. 22 and the U.S. Coast Guard's first national security cutter Bertholf (WMSL 750) on Friday, Sept. 29, bottom. In a post-Hurricane Katrina environment, with two ship launchings in one week, Northrop Grumman celebrates a significant milestone. Shipbuilders from the company's Ship Systems sector in Pascagoula launched the U.S. Navy multipurpose amphibious assault ship Makin Island (LHD 8) on Sept. 22 and one week later launched the U.S. Coast Guard's first National Security Cutter, the Bertholf.

SECNAV Tours Next Generation Amphibious Assault Ship

A bow view of the Pre Commissioning Unit (PCU) Makin Island (LHD 8), which is currently under construction in Pascagoula. Makin Island, the Navy’s first amphibious assault ship equipped with an all electric auxiliary systems and a hybrid gas turbine - electric propulsion system, is scheduled for christening August 19, 2006. Photo by Mr. Steve Blount courtesy Northrop Grumman Ship

Secretary of the Navy, Donald C. Winter visited Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Makin Island (LHD 8) May 29, as part of a scheduled Gulf Coast visit. Winter toured the Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding (NGSB) facility and spaces aboard . His primary goal for the tour was to review updates on the overall shipbuilding activities at NGSB and for a status assessment of what's happening with . "The overall integration of combat systems in particular was most helpful, and I think it helped gauge not only where we are right now but where we'll be in the future," Winter said.

This Day in Naval History – August 17

1812 - Frigate President captures British schooner L'Adeline in North Atlantic 1942 - Submarines USS Nautilus and USS Argonaut land 222 Marines on Makin Island, first amphibious attack made from submarines 1959 - ADM Arleigh Burke reappointed CNO for 3rd 2 year term, serving longest term as CNO 1962 - Navy's first hydrofoil patrol craft, USS High Point (PCH-1) launched at Seattle, WA (Source: Navy News Service)

This Day in Naval History - Aug. 17

The following events occurred on this day, in Naval History:   1812 - Frigate President captures British schooner L'Adeline in North Atlantic. 1942 - Submarines USS Nautilus (SS 168) and USS Argonaut (SS 166) land 222 Marines on Makin Island, first amphibious attack made from submarines. 1959 - Adm. Arleigh Burke re-appointed as Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) for third two-year term, serving longest term as CNO. 1962 - Navy's first hydrofoil patrol craft, USS High Point (PCH 1) launched at Seattle, Wash.

This Day in Naval History - Aug. 17

From the Navy News Service 1812 - Frigate President captures British schooner L'Adeline in North Atlantic. 1942 - Submarines USS Nautilus (SS 168) and USS Argonaut (SS 166) land 222 Marines on Makin Island, first amphibious attack made from submarines. 1959 - Adm. Arleigh Burke re-appointed as Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) for third two-year term, serving longest term as CNO. 1962 - Navy's first hydrofoil patrol craft, USS High Point (PCH 1) launched at Seattle, Wash.

Pascagoula Yards Starts to Regroup

On Sept. 5, employees at Northrop Grumman Corporation's Ship Systems sector worked to restore operations in the Gulf Coast region in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. In this photo, employees stack scaffold timbers along the dock at the Pascagoula, Miss. shipyard. U.S. Navy ships under construction are in the background; at left is the Aegis guided missile destroyer Truxtun (DDG 103), and at right is the amphibious assault ship Makin Island (LHD 8).

This Day in Naval History – August 17

1812 - Frigate President captures British schooner L'Adeline in North Atlantic 1942 - Submarines USS Nautilus and USS Argonaut land 222 Marines on Makin Island, first amphibious attack made from submarines 1959 - ADM Arleigh Burke reappointed CNO for 3rd 2 year term, serving longest term as CNO 1962 - Navy's first hydrofoil patrol craft, USS High Point (PCH-1) launched at Seattle, WA (Source: Navy News Service)

US Warships Evacuate NOAA Pacific Island Researchers

Hurricane Iselle: Image NOAA

Sailors and Marines from the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) have conducted an emergent recovery of 11 researchers with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) from the Papahnaumokukea Marine National Monument threatened by Hurricane Iselle. The purpose of the operation was to assist the researchers in retreating from imminent danger of Hurricane Iselle that is expected to impact Lisianski Island, Laysan Island and the Pearl and Hermes Atoll.

Makin Island Sailors Prepare to Defend their Ship

Thirty-five Sailors from Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) (LHD 8) graduated the Damage Control Familiarization Safety, Environmental and Occupational Health Programs (DC CREWFAM) at Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding (NGSB) West Administrative Annex, April 11. DC CREWFAM is designed to provide Makin Island crew members with basic damage control (DC) processes, familiarization with the DC systems aboard the ship, and to review fundamentals covered in the personnel qualification standards (PQS) for those aboard. Machinery Repairman 1st Class (SW/AW) Calandra Crawford, who is also a DC academy instructor, attended the course and feels very strongly about damage control and its purpose on .

U.S. Navy’s LHD 8 Completes Builder's Trials

The future USS Makin Island (LHD 8) successfully underwent Builder's Trials Dec. 13 in the Gulf of Mexico. The trials mark the first time this amphibious assault ship has gone to sea on its own power. "The ship performed very well during these trials," said Capt. Jeff Riedel, the amphibious ships program manager in the Navy's Program Executive Office (PEO), Ships. These trials, conducted by Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding (NGSB), made history in two ways. Makin Island is the first LHD to get underway on gas turbine engines and the first LHD to get underway on electric propulsion motors. Makin Island's first-of-kind hybrid gas turbine electric drive propulsion system will provide substantial fuel savings and increased operational flexibility over the life of the ship.

Technology Firms Assist Navy Shipbuilding

According to Pascagoula Mississippi Press, while the welders, fitters and engineers at Northrop Grumman work on the ships that will soon form the nucleus of the Navy's updated surface fleet, two companies are providing critical shipbuilding assistance. El Segundo, Calif.,-based Computer Science Corp.'s Advanced Marine Unit in Pascagoula and Gautier-based Omni Engineering are working under contracts with the Navy's Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion and Repair, to provide support with evaluating and analyzing ship designs and engineering plans and monitoring various parts supply chains for the ships. In two cases, the companies are partnered under joint contracts on certain shipbuilding programs.

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