Military Sealift Command News

21 May 2020

Detyens Wins $24 Mln Ship Repair Contract

File photo: Fleet replenishment oiler USNS Patuxent (T-AO 201) (U.S. Army photo by Jacob Gleich)

Charleston, S.C. repair yard Detyens Shipyards has been awarded a $24,235,291 firm-fixed-price contract for a 120-calendar day shipyard availability for the regular overhaul dry-docking of the U.S. Navy oiler USNS Patuxent (T-AO 201). Work is expected to be complete by October 2020.The contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the total contract value to $27,416,444. The Military Sealift Command is the contracting activity.Work will include main and emergency switchboard cleaning…

18 May 2020

Mare Island Dry Dock Tallies $33.5 Mln Navy Contract

File photo: Submarine tender USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) (U.S. Navy photo by Shannon Burns)

Vallejo, Calif. ship repair yard Mare Island Dry Dock has secured a $33,532,308 firm-fixed-price contract for a 150-calendar day shipyard availability for the regular overhaul and dry-docking of U.S. Navy submarine tender ship USS Emory S. Land (AS 39). Work is expected to be complete by January 2021.The contract includes a base period and three options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $36,228,717. The Naval Military Sealift Command, Norfolk, Va., is the contracting activity (N32205-18-C-4552).Commissioned in 1970, the 649-foot USS Emory S.

18 May 2020

Hospital Ship USNS Mercy Departs Los Angeles

Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) departs Los Angeles (Photo: Port of Los Angeles)

The hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) departed Los Angeles Friday after supporting local COVID-19 response efforts during the coronavirus pandemic.Mercy has been at the World Cruise Center Terminal in the Port of Los Angeles since March 27, serving state and local healthcare providers by treating non-COVID-19 patients in support of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Medical professionals aboard the ship treated a variety of patients and performed medical procedures including general…

28 Apr 2020

Vigor to Overhaul USNS Guadalupe

Fleet replenishment oiler USNS Guadalupe (T-AO 200) (U.S. Navy photo by Jeffery L. Southerland)

Military Sealift Command has awarded a $20,880,790 firm, fixed-price contract to Portland, Ore. shipyard Vigor Marine for an 87-day shipyard availability for the overhaul dry-docking availability of the underway replenishment oiler USNS Guadalupe (T-AO 200).Scheduled work includes the furnishing of general services, shipboard access, clean and gas free tank voids and cofferdams, preservation of aft ballast and cargo tanks as well as the flight deck, overhaul repairs to main engine turbochargers and HP air compressor…

22 Apr 2020

Trump Says USNS Comfort Will Return to Virginia

The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) has been providing medical relief to New York amid the coronavirus outbreak. (U.S. Navy photo by Scott Bigley)

The U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) will soon return to Norfolk, Va., President Trump said Tuesday, less than a month after the ship was deployed to New York to support COVID-19 response efforts."I’ve asked [New York Governer] Andrew [Cuomo] if we could bring the Comfort back to its base in Virginia so that we can have it for other locations, and he said we would be able to do that," Trump said in a coronavirus task force press briefing. "Javits Center has been a great help to them, but we’ll be bringing the ship back at the earliest time.

22 Apr 2020

USNS Comfort Docks in New York

The Capt. Brian A. McAllister leads the way for the USNS COMFORT into NY Harbor as she passes the Statue of Liberty on March 30, 2020. (Photo Credit: Max Guliani)

The U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) arrived in New York Monday to support COVID-19 response efforts in the epicenter of America's coronavirus outbreak.The ship will serve as a referral hospital for non-coronavirus patients currently admitted to shore-based hospitals, and will provide a full spectrum of medical care to include general surgeries, critical care and ward care for adults. This will allow local health professionals to focus on treating COVID-19 patients…

30 Mar 2020

ABS Helps Ensure Readiness of US Hospital Ships

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Joshua D. Sheppard/Released

ABS made a key contribution to the nation’s COVID-19 response effort, helping ensure the readiness of two ABS-classed U.S. Navy hospital ships.ABS surveyors on the U.S. East and West coast helped the USNS Mercy and the USNS Comfort sail to provide urgently needed hospital beds in New York and Los Angeles.USNS Mercy was in her home port in San Diego making preparations for a large shipyard repair package scheduled to begin in April. Her activation was advanced to support California’s request for the vessel to berth in Los Angeles.

29 Mar 2020

USNS Comfort Departs for New York

President Donald J. Trump delivers remarks at Naval Station Norfolk, March 28 during his visit to see off the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH-20). (U.S. Navy photo by Mike DiMestico)

U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) departed Norfolk, Va. Saturday for New York City in support of the COVID-19 response efforts.The Military Sealift Command ship will serve as a referral hospital for patients not infected with COVID-19, providing a full spectrum of medical care to include general surgeries, critical care and ward care for adults, while allowing shore-based civilian hospitals to focus on their medical care devoted to the treatment of COVID 19 patients."The entire Comfort team safely…

27 Mar 2020

USNS Mercy Arrives in Los Angeles

USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) arrives in Los Angeles March 27. (U.S. Navy photo by David Mora Jr.)

U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) arrived in Los Angeles, Friday to support the nation’s COVID-19 response efforts.While in Los Angeles, the ship will serve as a referral hospital for non-COVID-19 patients currently admitted to shore-based hospitals, and will provide a full spectrum of medical care to include general surgeries, critical care and ward care for adults. This will allow local health professionals to focus on treating COVID-19 patients and for shore-based hospitals to use their Intensive Care Units and ventilators for those patients.Operated by Military Sealift Command…

19 Mar 2020

US to Deploy Hospital Ships for Coronavirus Response

The USNS Mercy (Photo: Zach Kreitzer, U.S. Navy)

Two U.S. Navy hospital ships are being prepared to aid shoreside medical facilities that could become overrun by the coronavirus pandemic, the Pentagon's chief spokesman said.The USNS Comfort and USNS Mercy will be deployed "as needed to assist potentially overwhelmed counties with acute patient care" as part of the Defense Department's response to the pandemic, Jonathan Rath Hoffman, assistant to the defense secretary for public affairs, said during a news conference at the Pentagon on Wednesday.The Comfort is now in Norfolk…

05 Mar 2020

Schoellhorn-Albrecht Builds Anchor for MSC

(Photo: Schoellhorn-Albrecht)

Schoellhorn-Albrecht recently completed a contract to manufacture a 23,300 lb AC-14 type anchor for Military Sealift Command.The anchor will serve on a Watson Class Vehicle Cargo Ship used for prepositioning of ground vehicles.The anchor was manufactured to ABS rules and proof tested to 272,000 lbs in the presence of an ABS surveyor in Schoellhorn-Albrecht's St. Louis facility.

12 Feb 2020

Titan Acquires HII's San Diego Shipyard

(U.S. Navy photo by Adam Ross)

One the United States' largest fleet service and ship repair sites is changing hands.Ship repair and commercial- and defense-related fabrication services provider Titan Acquisition Holdings announced on Wednesday it has reached a deal to acquire San Diego Shipyard from Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII). Financial terms were not disclosed. The transaction, expected to close in the second quarter, is subject to customary closing conditions.The San Diego Shipyard, formerly Continental Maritime of San Diego…

03 Feb 2020

Austal to Support USN Ships in Australia

Image: Austal

Austal signed an agreement with the United States Navy which will see its Henderson shipyard conduct repairs and sustainment activities on USN and Military Sealift Command (MSC) ships.With the Agreement of Boat Repair (ABR) now in place, Austal’s Australian operations may now bid to provide emergent repair services to deployed USN ships, including the Austal designed and constructed Independence-class Littoral Combat Ships (LCS).The ABR also allows Austal to bid for maintenance and repair of MSC ships deployed to the region…

17 Jan 2020

Crowley Awarded $21m Government Deal

Crowley Government Services, Jacksonville, Florida, wasawarded a $20,771,542 firm-fixed-price contract with reimbursable elements extension by invoking Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 52.217-8 ‚Äúoption to extend services‚ÄĚ to continue the operation and maintenance of five Tactical Auxiliary General Ocean Surveillance (T-AGOS) vessels; and two missile range instrumentation ships (T-AGM). This option includes a 365-day base period of performance, four one-year option periods, and a Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 52.217-8 ‚Äúoption to extend services‚ÄĚ option period for up to six months, which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $375,202,948. Work will be performed at sea worldwide and is expected to be completed by July 21, 2020.

27 Dec 2019

US Sub Tender Repairs Completed

Submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS 40) departs Polaris Point to conduct sea trials. (U.S. Navy photo by Derek Harkins)

A 40-year-old submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS 40) has completed sea trials and returned to Guam following extensive boiler repairs and testing.During sea trials, the crew, comprising uniformed Sailors and Military Sealift Command (MSC) civilian mariners, participated in more than three days of events and operations at sea to test the readiness of the ship. The crew participated in abandon ship drills, man overboard drills, engineering exercises, damage control training and countermeasure wash-down testing.‚ÄúDecember has been a very busy and productive month for our team,‚ÄĚ said Capt.

18 Nov 2019

Miguel Keith Delivered to U.S. Navy

Pic: US Navy

The Navy accepted delivery of USNS Miguel Keith (T-ESB-5), the expeditionary sea base that was damaged while under construction when its dry dock flooded in July 2018 and subsequently set back by about six months.Delivery marks the official transfer of the ship from the shipbuilder to the Navy. The Expeditionary Sea Base (ESB) 5 will be owned and operated by Military Sealift Command."The Navy and industry team overcame significant setbacks in the construction of this ship, and…

08 Nov 2019

ABS & the Future of Classification

Christopher J. Wiernicki, ABS Chairman, President and CEO.  Photo: ABS

The discussion of the ‚Äėfuture of class‚Äô seems more relevant today than ever, as the maritime industry navigates a transcendent period, with digitalization, decarbonization and a long list of related safety and risk concerns occupying the attention and budgets of shipowners globally.‚ÄúThere are many things going on in the industry, and in fact the world, and looking ahead I think we‚Äôre looking at a ‚Äėnew norm‚Äô,‚ÄĚ said Christopher J. Wiernicki, ABS Chairman, President and CEO. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs‚Ķ

09 Sep 2019

Mid-Atlantic Maritime Academy Announces Management Changes

Mid-Atlantic Maritime Academy‚Äôs President and CO-CEO, Capt. Ed Nanartowich, announced a reorganization of the upper management tier of the school.The move supports both deck and engine course development efforts, special project, and the schools curriculum expansion projects. Chief Engineer Doug Puritis, was appointed Vice President of Academics and spearheads all course development projects as well as servicing as an advanced course instructor and course developer.Chief Engineer Ray Blanchet serves as the Vice President of Operations and has expanded the curriculum base. He is reaching out to companies that need atypical maritime training (not mandated by the IMO or NMC)  to improve their shipboard or crew competencies‚Ķ

25 Jul 2019

Vigor, MHI Acquired and Merged

‚ÄúThrough this transaction, Vigor gains responsible, forward-thinking investors who will seek to build on our current platform while maintaining a values-driven culture,‚ÄĚ said Frank Foti, President and CEO of Vigor. Photo: Vigor

In one a dramatic U.S. shipbuilding and repair move it was announced today that The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ: CG) and private equity firm Stellex Capital Management signed a definitive agreement to acquire and merge Vigor Industrial LLC, an infrastructure, defense, and maritime services company based in Portland, Oregon, and MHI Holdings LLC, a ship repair, maintenance, and other ship husbandry services company based in Norfolk, Virginia.The transaction, subject to customary closing conditions…

08 Jul 2019

ARC Wins Time Charter from MSC

Image: ARC

ARC, the largest U.S.-flag roll-on roll-off (Ro-Ro) carrier, said that it was awarded a 38-day time charter contract  by the U.S. Navy‚Äôs Military Sealift Command (MSC), for the charter of the M/V Resolve.The American Roll-on Roll-off Carrier (ARC) said in a press release that approximately 65,000 square feet of military cargo was loaded on to the M/V Resolve today by the 841st Transportation Battalion in Charleston, South Carolina for onward delivery to Ash Shuaiba, Kuwait.Resolve is 623-foot long‚Ķ

02 Jul 2019

PPG Wins 5-year Contract from MSC

Image: PPG Industries

The global supplier of paints and coatings PPG Industries has been awarded a five-year, $78 million contract by the US Navy Military Sealift Command (MSC) to provide coatings, solvents and technical services to MSC’s fleet of approximately 125 ships.PPG’s global supply and service network will ensure the availability and delivery of a range of coatings and services to Military Sealift Command drydocking facilities around the world, said a press release.Products will include: the PPG PSX brand of polysiloxane coatings…

18 Jun 2019

Philly Shipyard, Vard Marine Win CHAMP Gig

Philly Shipyard (PSI), the U.S. commercial shipyard constructing vessels for operation in the Jones Act market, and the naval architecture and marine engineering company Vard Marine announced that their bid to conduct industry studies for the Common Hull Auxiliary Multi-Mission Platform (CHAMP) program has been selected by the U.S. Navy.The CHAMP program is a multi-phase effort that involves design studies, preliminary design, and detail design and construction (DD&C) to ultimately replace the Military Sealift Command (MSC) fleet of aging ships, which provide transport of supplies and critical support to U.S. forces abroad.CHAMP could affordably recapitalize the current fleet with significant decreases in cost both in ship construction and life-cycle maintenance cost.

12 Jun 2019

ABS, MSC Showcases Condition-Based Class

The FE Model component of the Structural Digital Twin of USNS Spearhead. Pic: ABS

The landmark ABS condition-based class program with the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command (MSC) was the focus of a keynote presentation at Mega Rust 2019.Rear Admiral Dee Mewbourne detailed progress on the pioneering project in a presentation to the American Society of Naval Engineers’ annual conference focusing on Navy corrosion issues.As part of the condition-based class program, ABS has defined a digital asset framework that encompasses everything from data collection and pre-processing…

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