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BIW's Top Navy Officer Relieved of Duty

The top Navy officer in Bath who oversees destroyer construction at Bath Iron Works has been permanently relieved of his duties following an official inquiry. Capt. Michael Stanton, who served as the Navy's supervisor of shipbuilding at BIW, has been replaced. Last month, the Navy announced that Stanton had been placed on paid administrative leave while officials conducted an inquiry of an unspecified nature. Stanton, who assumed command of SupShip on Aug. 5, 2004, is responsible for overseeing construction of the multi- million-dollar guided missile destroyers that are built by BIW. He also supervises about 184 military and civilian employees who work at SupShip offices in Bath and Brunswick.

Navy Supports Louisiana’s Avondale Shipyard

According to a report from www.Nola.com, the Navy announced a series of initiatives on Sept. 17 aimed at extending work at Avondale Shipyard even after Northrop Grumman closes its operations there in 2013. Sean Stackley, assistant secretary of the Navy for research, development and acquisition said the Navy will work with Northrop Grumman and the state in preserving the current Avondale facilities and in preserving plans to upgrade these facilities should a future owner compete for and win future Navy work. (Source: www.Nola.com)

This Day in Naval History – Dec. 14

1814 - British squadron captures U.S. gunboats in Battle of Lake Borgne, LA. 1944 - Rank of Fleet Admiral, U.S. Navy (five star admiral) is established. 1945 - Captain Sue S. Dauser receives the first Distinguished Service Medal awarded to a nurse. 1965 - Navy announces completion of 1,272 ft. radio tower at North West Cape, Australia, highest manmade structure in the Southern Hemisphere at that time, as a link in fleet communications. (Source: Navy News Service)

This Day in U.S. Naval History – December 14

1814 - British squadron captures U.S. gunboats in Battle of Lake Borgne, LA. 1944 - Rank of Fleet Admiral, U.S. Navy (five star admiral) is established. 1945 - Captain Sue S. Dauser receives the first Distinguished Service Medal awarded to a nurse. 1965 - Navy announces completion of 1,272 ft. radio tower at North West Cape, Australia, highest manmade structure in the Southern Hemisphere at that time, as a link in fleet communications. (Source: Navy News Service)

Navy Confirms USS George Washington’s Move to Japan

The U.S. Navy announced that the USS George Washington will replace the USS Kitty Hawk as the forward deployed aircraft carrier in the western Pacific, according to a Stars & Stripes report. The Washington will arrive in Yokosuka, Japan in 2008. The USS George Washington was commissioned July 4, 1992. The ship returned from its sixth deployment in July 2004. It deployed to the Mediterranean Sea and Persian Gulf in support of the Global War on Terror. Source: Stars & Stripes

Navy Cancels Combat Ship Contract

Just six months after pulling the plug on a contract to build a combat ship in Lockport, the Navy announced that it canceled a contract to build another ship in Alabama for the same class of vessels. Continued problems with government shipbuilding programs have cost Louisiana shipyards, but there does not appear to be a shortage of other such work to go around, particularly from the private sector. News of the canceled contract follows heavy criticism by Congress in the last year of the Navy's Littoral Combat Ship, or LCS, program, which aims to build a new fleet of ships for close-to-shore combat. The first two LCS ships incurred $603m in cost overruns, 128 percent more than the program's initial budget, according to a July report by the General Accounting Office.

Missing Tugboat Found after 95 Years

USS Conestoga at San Diego, January 1921 (Naval Historical Center Photograph)

The USS Conestoga (AT 54) mysteriously vanished without a distress call nearly 100 years ago, with 56 officers and sailors on board. The nation was gripped by the puzzling disappearance. Now, NOAA and the U.S. Navy announced the Navy seagoing fleet tugboat has been found in the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary off San Francisco, 95 years after its disappearance. Conestoga left San Francisco on March 25, 1921 en route to Tutuila, American Samoa via Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, but never reached its destination.

NASSCO Lays Keel of Sixth T-AKE Ship

wholly-owned subsidiary of General Dynamics held a keel-laying ceremony for the sixth ship in the U.S. Navy's T-AKE program. Amelia Earhart, in honor of the first woman to fly solo, non-stop across the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. A keel-laying ceremony is a shipbuilding tradition that signifies an important milestone as full-scale production begins. In recognition of that milestone, event honoree, Darlene Costello, welded her initials into the keel. Costello is the deputy director for Naval Warfare in the office of under secretary of defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics. Sealift Command (MSC) in the fall of 2008. The ship will be 689-feet long and displace about 41,000 metric tons when fully loaded.

Northrop Grumman Awarded $114M for Materials

The U.S. Navy awarded a $114m contract modification to Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) to provide long lead materials for the company's 30th DDG 51 class Aegis guided missile destroyer. The materials purchased will be used in the construction of DDG 114. In April 2009, the U.S. Navy announced Northrop Grumman would be awarded contracts for the first two destroyers in the DDG 51 program continuation. The company has delivered 26 of 28 ships, with two more ships currently under construction in Pascagoula. This award is a modification of a contract awarded in December 2009 when the U.S. Navy awarded $171m for long lead material purchases for DDG 113.

This Day in Naval History

From the Navy News Service:   1814 - A British squadron captures U.S. gunboats in Battle of Lake Borgne, La. 1944 - The rank of fleet admiral (five star admiral) is established. 1945 - Capt. Sue S. Dauser receives the first Distinguished Service Medal awarded to a nurse. 1965 - The Navy announces completion of 1,272-ft. radio tower at North West Cape, Australia. It is the highest manmade structure in the Southern Hemisphere at the time.   For more information about Naval history, visit the Naval Historical Center Web site at www.history.navy.mil.

USS Vella Gulf Arrives in Bulgaria

USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) approaches Varna, Bulgaria (U.S. Navy photo by Edward Guttierrez III)

Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) arrived in Varna, Bulgaria, for a scheduled port visit, May 30, the U.S. Navy announced. According to the Navy, Vella Gulf's presence in Bulgaria reaffirms the United States' commitment to strengthening ties with NATO allies and partners, while working toward mutual goals of promoting peace and stability in the region. While in Bulgaria, Vella Gulf Sailors will participate in community relations events at the Bulgarian Naval Academy and a local orphanage, visit the Bulgarian Naval Museum and tour the historic city of Varna.

US Nuclear Submarine Visits Japanese Port

USS City of Corpus Christi (SSN 705) Photo by  US Navy

Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS City of Corpus Christi (SSN 705)  has docked at Yokosuka port in Japan as part of its Asia-Pacific region itinerary, the US Navy announced in a news release. City of Corpus Christi has conducted a multitude of missions and maintains proficiency in the latest capabilities of the submarine fleet. "Every Westpac (Western Pacific) submariner expects to come here at some point during their time in the theater, and it is always a much anticipated visit," said Cmdr. Travis Petzoldt, commanding officer.

Name Chosen for Next Arleigh Burke-class Destroyer

The name of Thomas J. Hudner Jr., has been chosen to honor a naval aviator who retired as a captain and received the Medal of Honor from President Harry S. Truman for displaying uncommon valor during an attack on his wingman during the Battle of Chosin Reservoir in the Korean War. That wingman  was the first African American naval aviator to fly in combat, Ensign Jesse L. Brown. The Arleigh Burke class destroyer will be able to conduct a variety of operations, from peacetime presence and crisis management to sea control and power projection. It will be capable of fighting air, surface and subsurface battles simultaneously and will contain…

Navy Terminates Lockheed Martin LCS Contract

The U.S. Navy Thursday said it was canceling a widely criticized Lockheed Martin Corp. contract to build a next-generation combat ship after negotiations to control cost overruns failed. Lockheed Martin Corporation expressed disappointment over the U.S. Navy's decision to terminate its contract for construction of the second of two new Littoral Combat Ships (LCS.) The Navy announced the action at the expiration of a 90-day stop work order imposed on the second ship in January to allow the service time to review costs associated with construction of the first LCS. On March 15, Navy Secretary Donald Winter announced that the stop work order would be lifted only if Lockheed Martin agreed to accept a fixed price incentive contract for its second ship.

Navy Awards Contract for Third LCS

The Navy announced it is awarding a $197.6 million contract option to a team lead by Lockheed Martin for construction of the third Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). LCS 3 will be the second built by the Lockheed Martin team. The contract was announced on June 26, 2006. “This contract award is a testament to the strong resolve of both the Navy and industry to get these highly capable ships into the water as quickly as possible,” said Rear Adm. Charles Hamilton, the Navy’s Program Executive Officer for Ships. “LCS will introduce unprecedented speed, agility and flexibility into the littoral battlespace. The Lockheed Martin team will begin construction of LCS 3 in January 2007 at Bollinger Shipyards in Lockport, La., and ship delivery is planned for 2009.

Navy Names Austal’s Next Two Littoral Combat Ships

Austal hosted a visit by the Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus on Friday, March 25. He was joined by U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions, Congressman Jo Bonner, Austal USA President and Chief Operating Officer, Joe Rella, and Mobile Mayor Sam Jones in formally announcing the names that he has selected for the first two Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) of the recently awarded 10-ship contract to Austal. LCS 6 will be named USS Jackson and LCS 8 will be named USS Montgomery. Secretary Mabus announced the names during his meeting with approximately 600 Austal production employees…

U.S. Navy Supports Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding Spin-Off

The Department of the Navy announced that it is now in a position to support Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NGC) spin-off of its shipbuilding business. The Navy finds Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc. (HII) responsible for award of amphibious transport dock ship LPD 26 and guided missile destroyer DDG 113, both contracts currently under negotiation with NGC. "NGC has cooperated with the Navy in working through the complex issues related to its potential spin-off of its shipbuilding business to HII," said Sean Stackley, assistant secretary of the Navy for research, development and acquisition. "Our support of the spin-off is based on a critical review of HII's proposed capital structure, current contract financials, required capital investment and proprietary forward-looking projections.

FDGM Recieves Navy Contract

On June 3, 2004, FDGM was awarded a U.S. Navy contract to upgrade the performance of diesel engines on the USS Warrior and USS Gladiator. The contract value is more than $4 million and includes refurbishment and upgrades of all engines to a configuration that demonstrated improved reliability and performance in a previous one-year test. Work has already begun on the USS Warrior MCM-10 and should be completed in August. Work on the USS Gladiator MCM-11 will begin in late June and will be completed in September. All work is to be performed in the Ingleside, TX, area by FDGM's Gulf Coast Operation, located in Aransas Pass, TX. In March…

Austal Awarded U.S. Navy LCS 8 Contract

The U.S. Navy announced a fixed price incentive contract for the construction of a fourth 127-meter trimaran Independence-class Littoral Combat Ship (LCS 8) valued at $368.6m. This is the second ship awarded under Austal’s recently announced U.S. Navy contract for construction of up to an additional 10 Littoral Combat Ships to be appropriated in the following five years, with a total value in excess of $3.5b. Once commissioned, these 10 ships will join the Austal-built USS Independence (LCS 2) which was commissioned in January 2010. Austal USA President and Chief Operating Officer, Joe Rella, commented “The award of this ship allows us to continue the build up of our workforce…

Navy Terminates Littoral Combat Ship 3

Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV), the Honorable Donald C. Winter discusses the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) acquisition program during a press conference in the Pentagon. The new program plan will improve management oversight, implement more strict cost controls, incorporate selective contract restructuring and ensure vital warfighting capability is provided to the fleet in a timely manner. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Shawn P. The Navy issued a stop-work order on construction on LCS 3 in January following a series of cost overruns on LCS 1 and projection of cost increases on LCS 3, which are being built by Lockheed Martin under a cost-plus contract.

MSC Ship Wins Environmental Award

The Secretary of the Navy announced March 26 that Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship USNS Bridge is the winner of the fiscal year 2008 SECNAV Environmental Quality Award in the small ship category. Bridge is one of MSC’s four fast combat support ships that replenish Navy ships at sea with fuel, ammunition, food and other cargo. The 754 ft ship, which has a crew of 170 civil service mariners and currently operates out of San Diego, was cited for the crew’s work in preventing pollution, ensuring readiness in responding to environmental issues, conserving resources and complying with environmental regulations. Bridge advanced to the Secretary of the Navy competition after it was named as one of the Chief of Naval Operations quality small ship award winners in February.

U.S. Navy Postpones Zumwalt Christening

USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) under construction in December 2012. (U.S. Navy photo)

The Navy announced today that the christening of the future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) originally scheduled for Oct. 19 has been cancelled and postponed until a future date. The future USS Zumwalt is a first of class ship for the Navy's next generation destroyer. Zumwalt class ships are tailored for sustained operations in the littorals and land attack, and will provide independent forward presence and deterrence, support special operations forces, and operate as an integral part of joint and combined expeditionary forces. The Zumwalt honors Navy Adm. Elmo R.

US Navy Ship En Route to Receive Syrian Chemical Weapons

MV Cape Ray (Official U.S. Navy file photo)

U.S. motor vessel Cape Ray departed Rota, Spain, this morning en route to the port of Gioia Tauro, Italy, where the ship will receive declared Syrian chemical weapons transferred from the Danish vessel Ark Futura, the U.S. Navy announced today in a press release. In a statement announcing the departure, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said the transit to Italy is expected to take several days. After the transfer is complete, the Cape Ray will depart Gioia Tauro…

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