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Saturday, January 20, 2018

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China Navy Beefs Up South China Sea Presence

PLA Destroyer 'Qingdao': Photo credit Wik CCL

A People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy fleet has entered territorial waters in the South China Sea for patrol and training missions. Comprising the missile destroyer Qingdao and the missile frigates Yantai and Yancheng, the fleet entered the South China Sea after a five-hour passage through the Bashi Channel (between Taiwan and the Philippines' Luzon Island). The three ships, all from the North China Sea Fleet of the PLA Navy, are scheduled to carry out patrol missions and multi-type training exercises in the South China Sea over the next few days.

OSI Delivers ECPINS System For Lockheed Martin Sea SLICE

Offshore Systems International Ltd., a marine electronic navigation company with a strong defense niche, announced that it has completed the installation of its latest ECPINS-M system aboard Lockheed Martin's Sea SLICE advanced technology demonstration vessel. Developed by the United States Navy Office of Naval Research and the Naval Electronics & Surveillance Systems division of Lockheed Martin, Sea SLICE will be participating in the United States Navy's Fleet Battle Experiment - Juliet this summer. The U.S. Navy's Fleet Battle Experiments are underway-exercises designed to evaluate new technology and new operational concepts for future development and deployment.

Litton Granted Engineering Support Contract

The U.S. Navy has awarded Litton Industries a five-year contract, valued at as much as $311 million, to its Ingalls Shipbuilding unit to provide engineering and technical services support. The contract, valued at about $57.6 million in fiscal year 2001, will benefit the Navy's fleet of Ticonderoga Class Aegis guided missile cruisers and Spruance Class multimission destroyers. Arlington, Va.-based Litton and its Ingalls Shipbuilding unit have been providing support and services for the two fleets since the early 1980s and have built many of the ships in the Aegis class.

This Day in Naval History - Feb. 09

From the Navy News Service 1799 - USS Constellation, commanded by Capt. Thomas Truxtun, captures the French warship l'Insurgente. 1943 - The organized Japanese resistance on Guadalcanal ends. 1947 - Carrier USS Wright (CVL 49) is commissioned. 1978 - A new era in naval communications begins with the launching of the first satellite of the Navy's Fleet Satellite Communications System. 1984 - Destroyer USS Moosbrugger (DD 980) fires approximately 150 shells at Syrian artillery positions east of Beirut.

10 Sevastapol Warships Stay Loyal to Ukraine

Ukraine warships in Sevastapol, Crimea: Photo CCL 3

Reuters –  Ukraine has said its navy's fleet of 10 warships in the Crimean port of Sevastopol had not left the port and remained loyal to the government in Kiev. Earlier, Ukraine said it had withdrawn coastguard vessels from Sevastopol and another Crimean port and stationed them elsewhere. Russian forces have seized Crimea, an isolated peninsula, where Russia 's Black Sea Fleet also has its headquarters. Several units of Ukrainian troops in Crimea have been surrounded, and Russian troops have urged them to give up arms and support the peninsula's pro-Moscow regional authorities.

Spanish Warship Completes 'Down Under' Fleet Attachment

ESPS Cantabria (left): Photo credit RAN

After 9 months operating as part of the Royal Australian Navy Fleet, Spanish Armada Ship, 'ESPS Cantabria' was farewelled from her temporary homeport of Garden Island, Sydney. The ship will be visiting ports in Indonesia, India and Turkey before arriving home for Christmas. Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, AO, CSC, RAN joined the Spanish Ambassador to Australia, HE Mr Enrique Viguera, Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Tim Barrett AM, CSC, RAN and Consul-General of Spain, Alvaro Iranzo Gutierrez on the wharf to acknowledge the bonds developed between the nations.

OSI Receives Orders for Canadian and Danish Navies

Offshore Systems International Ltd. (OSI) announced that its systems division, Offshore Systems Ltd. (OSL), has received follow-on orders from the Canadian and the Danish navies worth $980,461. The orders are for additional services, equipment, and upgrades related to the navies' fleet-wide deployment of Offshore's proprietary ECPINS®-M (Electronic Chart Precise Integrated Navigation System - Military). The orders stem from two initial agreements announced in 2001. In August 2001, the Royal Danish Navy committed to equipping its fleet with ECPINS-M. In November 2001, the Canadian Navy chose to deploy ECPINS-M on its supply ships, destroyers, maritime coastal defense vessels, and the new Victoria Class submarines.

Submarine Pietro Venuti Delivered to Italian Navy

(Photo: Fincantieri)

The newly built submarine Pietro Venuti was delivered at Fincantieri’s shipyard of Muggiano, La Spezia. It is the third of the U212A Todaro class, a series of four sister units which the Central Unit for Naval Armament – NAVARM has ordered to Fincantieri for the Italian Navy. Pietro Venuti, as its twin unit Romeo Romei, launched last year in the shipyard of Muggiano, features innovative technological solutions and is entirely built with amagnetic material, using the most modern silencing techniques to reduce its acoustic signature, Fincantieri said.

New Zealand Navy Extends OSI Support Contract

OSI Maritime Systems (OSI) announced that it has signed a contract to provide in-service-support for the Integrated Navigation and Bridge Systems (INTS) that the company has delivered and installed across the Royal New Zealand Navy fleet. Under the terms of this contract, OSI will act as the design authority, and provide software and hardware upgrades, engineering support and training services. OSI has been supporting the Royal New Zealand Navy warships’ integrated navigation system requirements since 2003 and the recent 13-year in-service-support contract confirms the Navy’s long-term commitment to the company and its technology. OSI…

Air New Zealand Wins Deal to Service US Navy Engines

Air New Zealand said its Gas Turbines business unit has been awarded four contracts from the U.S. Navy worth up to $42 million to service its fleet’s gas turbine engines. The contracts will see the Auckland based Gas Turbines team carry out maintenance and overhaul work of the General Electric LM2500 gas turbines that power much of the U.S. Navy fleet for the next few years. Air New Zealand Chief Operations Officer Bruce Parton said the contracts are an important win for the airline, and the company participated in aa competitive bidding process to secure the work. Air New Zealand Gas Turbines is a business unit of Air New Zealand, providing gas turbine overhaul and repair services to clients across a range of industries.

Transas Navi-Sailor 3000 on German Navy Vessels

Transas Europe GmbH, the European representative of Transas Group, is part of the team that will supply a new suite of navigational systems to the entire German Navy fleet. The contract to equip all the German Navy ships was awarded to a group of companies led by ET Marinesysteme GmbH as prime contractor, an equally shared joint venture between EADS and Thales. The final contract was raised by the Federal Office of Defence Technology and Procurement (BWB) and signed in September 2005 for the system supply to start later this year and to be completed in 2009. The navigational suite for almost 100 ships will consist of Transas Navi-Sailor 3000 ECDIS, (U)AIS-Transponders of Saab Transpondertech AB and navigational ARPA Radars, supplied by Sperry Marine BV.

Virginia Ship Repair Association - Portsmouth Path of History Dedication

LtoR  Paul Fields, Martin Staiger, Dave Thomas, William Craft, Tom Epley, Tom Godfrey, W.K. Johnson, John Strem, Ron Ritter, Jerry Miller, Ray Wittersheim, Joe Yurso, Jeff Brooks, Gary Bowers, Dave Baker, Phillip Moberg, Dave Edwards, Tom Ackiss, William D. Kee, Ken Newman, Founding President, Leo Marshall

The Virginia Ship Repair Association (VSRA) is preparing to celebrate its 35th Anniversary and held a dedication of a new memorial to the private ship yard industry on the Portsmouth Path of History. This National Historical Landmark is a one mile walking timeline representing the birth of the industrialized US Naval fleet. In his remarks to the more than 240 member companies of the Association, CAPT.

Brits Welcome Chinese Navy Fleet

Rear Admiral Zhang Chuanshu (R), commanding officer of the 18th Chinese naval escort taskforce, exchanges gifts with Real Admiral Johnstone (L), representative of the Royal Navy Command (Courtesy: Ministry of National Defense, China)

As the largest Chinese Navy fleet visit Britain began a five-day official visit at Royal Naval Base in Portsmouth, United Kingdom, an ecstatic welcome was given by locals, including hundreds of Chinese origin. The dock landing ship Changbaishan, the guided missile frigate Yuncheng and the supply ship Chaohu of the 18th Chinese naval escort taskforce arrived in a naval port in Portsmouth, Britain on the morning of January 12, local time, for a good will visit. The visiting Chinese naval ships were welcomed by more than 800 people including the Chinese Ambassador to UK Liu Xiaoming…

Navy Retires USNS San Jose

Photo courtesy U.S. Navy

An SA-330 Puma helicopter lifts a load of stores from the Military Sealift Command combat stores ship USNS San Jose (T-AFS 7) during a vertical replenishment with an amphibious dock landing ship. (U.S. Military Sealift Command combat stores ship USNS San Jose marked the close of 39 years of service to the Navy fleet in a Dec. 18 shipboard ceremony in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The event paid tribute to the ship and the hundreds of sailors and civil service mariners who have served as its crew over the past three decades, ensuring that San Jose played its part in keeping the U.S.

Xerox Wins $19.4m Navy Contract

Xerox Corp., McLean, Va., is being awarded a $19,409,029 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for ship board copiers, print ship equipment, and related support services to the entire Navy fleet. This contract contains options which, if exercised, will bring the total value of this contract to $ 93,892,161. Work will be performed in Norfolk, Va.; Mayport, Fla.; San Diego, Calif.; Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; Puget Sound, Wash.; Pascagoula, Miss.; Manama, Bahrain; and Yokosuka, Japan, and work is expected to be completed in September 2008. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via posting to Navy Electronic Commerce On-line, with one offer received.

MSC Welcomes Newest Ship

The U.S. combat support ship, to the operational control of Military Sealift Command. Sailor-crewed combatant ship to a civilian-crewed, noncombatant ship during a ceremony held June 14 in Earle, N.J. other civilian-crewed MSC ships that provide at-sea logistic support to the Navy fleet. "Today marks a change of operators for USS Arctic, but not a change of mission. allow the U.S. Navy to arrive on station and remain as long as needed," said Rear Adm. David L. included Read Adm. Lindell G. Rutherford, USN, Commander, Carrier Group Four. to USNS status. Supply was the first to make the change last July. and food to ships underway. of 107 feet. resupply at sea. reassigned to MSC's control in the next two years. savings of $75 million in operating costs.

Navy to Honor Alan Shepard in Naming New Ship

The U.S. Navy will honor New Hampshire astronaut Alan Shepard by naming a new combat support ship after him. The state's congressional delegation announced the tribute Friday. The USS Shepard is being built in San Diego by National Steel and Shipbuilding Co. It will join the Navy fleet in March 2007. It will be 1,000 feet long and its primary mission will be to deliver supplies to Navy ships, transfer cargo, and provide logistical support within a carrier strike group. Shepard served in the Navy and NASA. He became the first American in space in 1961. Ten years later, he led the Apollo 16 mission to the moon.

Navy to Name Ship after Alan Shepard

The U.S. Navy will honor New Hampshire astronaut Alan Shepard by naming a new combat support ship after him. The USS Shepard is being built in San Diego by National Steel and Shipbuilding Co. It will join the Navy fleet in March 2007. It will be 1,000 feet long and its primary mission will be to deliver supplies to Navy ships, transfer cargo, and provide logistical support within a carrier strike group. Shepard was born and raised in Derry and served in the Navy and NASA. He became the first American in space in 1961. Ten years later, he led the Apollo 16 mission to the moon. (Source: www.boston.com)

Lockheed Martin $24M Anti Sub Systems Contract

Advanced acoustic processing and tracking capabilities provided by Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) will enhance underwater surveillance and help increase situational awareness for the U.S. Navy fleet. Lockheed Martin has been awarded a follow-on contract from the Navy's Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command to provide technology updates and new concepts to detect and track submarines. This contract extension is valued at $24m. The team will engineer enhancements to the Navy's common Integrated Undersea Sensor System hardware and software baseline, or Integrated Common Processor (ICP) system, which assists operators in localizing and tracking surface and subsurface maritime contacts.

MSC Welcomes New Ship

In an ongoing effort to increase efficiency, cut costs and better distribute resources, the U.S. Navy transferred USS Arctic a fast combat support ship, to the operational control of Military Sealift Command. Arctic went from a Sailor-crewed combatant ship to a civilian-crewed, noncombatant ship during a ceremony held June 14, in Earle, N.J. The ship, now known as USNS Arctic to designate its new status as part of the Navy’s Military Sealift Command, will join more than 30 other civilian-crewed MSC ships that provide at-sea logistic support to the Navy fleet. Arctic is the second fast combat support ship to transfer from USS to USNS status. Supply was the first to make the change last July. This class of ship provides fuel, ammunition and food to ships underway.

Legislative Setback for LCS

The Senate Appropriations Committee voted to cancel the second of two advanced Navy combat ships – Litorral Combat Ships (LCS) – to be built by General Dynamics, the Washington Post reported. Since its inception, the LCS program has been hailed as a major plank in the program to grow the U.S. Navy fleet from 275 to more than 300 ships, but the program has been beset in recent months as lawmakers and the military questioned rapidly escalating production costs. General Dynamics and Lockheed Martin had each won contracts to build two prototype LCS, but the Navy in April canceled one prototype from Lockheed. Under the legislation, General Dynamics and Lockheed Martin would still complete one prototype ship each, at a combined cost of more than $600 million.

Northrop Grumman Awarded $58.4M Navy Contract

The U.S. Navy has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation a $58.4m contract to continue life cycle engineering and technical services in support of the Navy's fleet of USS Ticonderoga (CG 47) class Aegis guided missile cruisers. The company's Ship Systems sector will perform the work in Pascagoula, and provide waterfront support in various U.S. Navy ports. This is projected to be a five-year program. The contract award is for the first year; four one-year options are to follow. Northrop Grumman will provide engineering services and material procurement work in support of the maintenance and modernization efforts on CG 47 class ships. With lead work being performed in Pascagoula…

GE Renews Canadian Navy Contract

GE Marine announced it recently renewed a contract with Public Works and Government Services Canada to provide maintenance and logistics support services. The five-year contract covers the Canadian Navy's fleet of LM2500 aeroderivative gas turbines that power Halifax-class patrol frigates. As a result of the contract with GE, the Canadian Navy has also witnessed decreased administrative functions such as procurement, inspection and technical support, and material and inventory management associated with the LM2500. Backed by GE's extensive network of global field service technicians, the Canadian Navy has access to GE service located throughout the globe, providing immediate on site technical support.

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