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Sunday, January 21, 2018

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MSI Norfolk Opens New Labs

In January 2003 MarineSafety International's Norfolk Center began training in its new Radar/ARPA and ECDIS Labs. programs including ECPINS and TRANSAS, among others. This expansion was undertaken to meet emerging U.S. advanced radar and electronic navigation training. training. combined ARPA and ECDIS courses tailored to U.S. Navy requirements. with a class of ARPA students from a U.S. Navy ship.

NASSCO, Mobile Landing Platform Ship

General Dynamics NASSCO, a wholly-owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), has been awarded a $3.5m design contract for the U.S. Navy’s Mobile Landing Ship (MLP) program. Under the contract, NASSCO will develop a preliminary ship design based on Navy requirements. A contract for the detail design and construction of up to three ships could be awarded next year. The MLP is a new class of auxiliary ship for the Navy's Maritime Prepositioning Force of the Future (MPF(F)) program. The ship is intended to serve as a transfer station or “floating pier at sea,” improving the U.S. military’s ability to deliver equipment and cargo to areas where port access is limited or unavailable.

ASNE Tug & Salvage Technology Symposium

The American Society of Naval Engineers will host a Tug & Salvage Technology Symposium on January 29-30, 2009, at the Crowne Plaza National Airport Hotel in Arlington, Virginia. The symposium will provide a forum for discussion about current and developing tug and salvage technologies and the possibility of combining the designs of tug boats and salvage ships to create a new, integrated vessel that has the capabilities of both. The U.S. Department of the Navy has identified a need to recapitalize its fleet of tug and salvage ships. The Navy staff and the Navy’s Military Sealift Command believe that commercial platforms currently in design or under construction by industry can address Navy requirements and afford the opportunity to leverage commercial technologies in hull forms…

Ensolve Biosystems Wins Navy Contract

EnSolve Biosystems has been awarded a Phase II Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) grant from the U.S. Navy to develop a fully automated biomechanical system for removal of oily wastes from ships’ bilge water. This contract builds on the work conducted in the Phase I research completed in February 2002. With the option, the contract value is approximately $750,000. The new biomechanical technology would replace the existing mechanical oily water separators currently used by the Navy. These mechanical systems have proven to be unreliable and require high maintenance efforts. According to Dr. Jason Caplan, president and CEO of EnSolve, the research program for the U.S. Navy will be based on technology originally developed by the company for the commercial marine market.

Sen. Wicker Calls for a 355-Ship Navy

The Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarine USS Nebraska (SSBN 739) passes by Seattle on June 2 during sea trials after completing an extended major maintenance period at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility. (U.S. Navy photo by Joseph W. Weiser)

U.S. Senator Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Chairman of the Senate Seapower Subcommittee, delivered the first in a series of scheduled remarks aimed at making the case for growing the U.S. Navy fleet to 355 ships, a goal shared by President Trump. Wicker’s speech focused primarily on shipbuilding and the capacity of the submarine industrial base to meet the Navy’s requirements. “President Trump wants a 350-ship Navy, which aligns with the Navy’s requirement for 355 ships. Right now, we only have 275 ships in the battle fleet.

Alion Awarded $6.3M NAVSEA Contract

U.S. Navy ships and submarines are often subject to extreme environmental conditions and stresses, so effective testing of equipment is essential to the operation of those vessels. To support this need, Alion Science and Technology, an employee-owned technology solutions company, was awarded a three-year, $6.3m contract from the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) to identify potential improvements to shock and environmental test procedures for all Navy surface ship and submarine field organizations. Under the contract, Alion will play a key role in evaluating prototype designs and reviewing plans and procedures submitted by equipment manufacturers. Alion engineers will also provide technical assistance to the submarine force in the area of submarine weapon launchers and payloads.

Lockheed, Navy Could Reach Deal on Ships

U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin could reach a preliminary agreement as early as next week on how much the defense contractor will be paid for a pair of next-generation combat ships according to the AP. Secretary of the Navy Donald Winter has indicated he plans to strike a deal with Bethesda, Md.-based Lockheed Martin Corp. ahead of an April 12 deadline after a stop-work order was placed on one of its ships due to cost overruns, Capt. Beci Brenton, spokeswoman for Winter's office, said on Friday. Senior Navy officials in January placed a 90-day stop-work order on the second of two ships Lockheed is building as part of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program so they could conduct a cost review.

Pakistan Navy Adds to Fleet

The inventory of Pakistan Navy is being strengthened while measures are being taken to make the navy a potent force, defense experts have said. Last year, the Pakistan Navy inked a deal with China for four state-of-the-art frigates besides inducting modern Agosta 90b submarines and enhancing the existing fleet of P-3C Orion surveillance aircrafts. The acquisition of four F-22P frigates would be an important step for the county’s maritime defence and experts hope that the first of the ships would be delivered in 2008. According to schedule, China State Shipbuilding Corporation would supply the ships from 2008 to 2013. The fourth warship would be built completely in Pakistan to transfer the technology.

iOra to Supply Navy Fleet

iOra, supplier of solutions for total information mobility, today announced the US Navy has purchased iOra Mobile Intranet to support the U.S. Navy’s plans to make their Distance Support portal available to Navy personnel while at sea. By using iOra’s Epsilon Technology and two-way offline portal solution, the U.S. Navy can get up-to-date safety information, medical procedures, technical support, and training for onboard personnel to and from its Fleet in a timely manner and in a familiar format that is easy for personnel to use. The result is the U.S. Navy can implement its plans to further improve operational effectiveness and safety procedures for its Fleet.

Pentagon Chief: 40 LCS 'enough' for U.S. Navy

File image: two LCS vessels alongside at Austal's U.S. shipyard. (Austal)

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Thursday defended the Pentagon's decision to buy just 40 Littoral Combat Ships instead of the 52 originally planned, saying the money saved would allow the Navy to buy more missiles and undersea technology. Carter told reporters during a visit to Seattle that the U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and other backers of the program have said the Navy's requirement for the smaller, fast coastal LCS warships remains unchanged at 52, despite Carter's decision to truncate the program.

Mexican Navy Contracts Damen for Two Vessels

Rendering of the FCS 5009 (Image courtesy of Damen)

In August 2014 the Mexican Navy (Secretaría de Marina) and the Netherlands’ Damen Shipyards Group signed contracts for the delivery of the design, material package, technical assistance and training for two vessels that will be built by the Mexican Navy, using the Damen Technical Cooperation program, which enables customers to build their vessel on the location of their choice. The first contract is for a Damen Stan Patrol 4207, the seventh of the Tenochtitlan-class (named after the first vessel of this class in use by the Mexican Navy), to be built on the navy yard ASTIMAR 1 in Tampico.

Future USS Washington Delivered

 USS Washington. Photo: United States Navy

The Navy accepted delivery of the future USS Washington (SSN 787), the 14th submarine of the Virginia-class, May 26. Washington is the fourth of eight Virginia-class Block III submarines and the seventh of the class to be delivered to the Navy by Huntington Ingalls Industries - Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Virginia. Washington began construction in September 2011 and will be commissioned later this year in Norfolk, Virginia. The submarine's sponsor is Elisabeth Mabus, daughter of the 75th Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus.

Committee Cuts $250M from Navy’s Hurricane Aid Request

The House appropriators’ decision to slash $250 million from the Navy’s funding request to aid Gulf Coast shipyards ravaged by Hurricane Katrina is worrying Navy officials who fear the move can result in shipbuilding delays and cost increases, The Hill reported. But House appropriators will likely have to debate with their Senate counterparts during conference negotiations over supplemental spending bills for the war on terrorism and disaster assistance. The House passed the supplemental March 16. The Senate Appropriations Committee is scheduled to take up the bill on April 4. The $250 million would have gone mostly to Northrop Grumman shipyards in the region. The shipbuilder’s yard in Pascagoula, Miss., sustained significant damage.

Navy Ship Certified for “Paperless” Nav

The Aegis guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG 71) is equipped with the first Electronic Chart Display and Information System – Navy (ECDIS-N) approved for use by Navy surface ships. ECDIS-N, developed by Northrop Grumman’s Sperry Marine business unit, was authorized for use in May 2005 after an extensive certification process to ensure it met the Navy’s requirements for safe navigation. Northrop Grumman has supplied the advanced Integrated Bridge System and Voyage Management System electronic charting software for the first U.S. Navy ship authorized to navigate using Digital Nautical Charts (DNC) supplied by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. Sperry Marine’s Integrated Bridge System was installed in USS Cape St.

Navy Chooses Cubic Team to Bid on Simulations Systems

Cubic Defense Applications, the defense segment of Cubic Corporation, has received a contract for the U.S. Navy's Generic Reconfigurable Training Systems (GRTS) Lot II program. The indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) contract has a ceiling value of $15 million, and covers computer simulations for training crews in how to operate the hull, mechanical and electrical systems of Navy ships. Cubic's Orlando, Fla.-based Simulation Systems Division is among several contractors that will have an opportunity to bid on up to $15 million in ship systems simulator business over the next five years. The companies will compete for contracts to develop modeling and simulation software to train crews to operate a ship's basic systems…

General Dynamics Awarded $208m for 2nd LCS

The U.S. innovative, high-speed trimaran hull. environment, is scheduled for delivery to the Navy in July 2009. original contract was awarded in July 2003. of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD). asymmetric threats of the twenty-first century. anti-surface warfare, particularly against small surface craft. usable payload volumes per ton of ship displacement of any U.S. one mission while a separate mission module is in reserve. Dynamics LCS's large flight deck sits higher above the water than any U.S. SH-60 helicopters or multiple unmanned vehicles. hull allows for flight operations in high sea conditions. become a future requirement. operating at sea. construction at Austal USA in Mobile, Alabama. environment -- another key factor in meeting the U.S. core mission system.

Israel to Use Seaborne Missiles to Guard Gas Fields

Israel's military said on Wednesday it had developed a version of its Iron Dome missile interceptor system that can be fired from the deck of a cruising navy ship to protect its offshore gas platforms. The augmented defense system passed a live test two weeks ago when it shot down several short-range ballistic missiles from a moving boat, said Colonel Ariel Shir, the navy's head of operational systems. Israel has boosted its naval defences over the past decade after the discovery of sizeable natural gas deposits off its Mediterranean coast. While the biggest fields are far from shore, the gas flows to platforms in shallower waters that can be seen from the southern Israeli coast, putting them in range of the kinds of rockets fired by militants in the Gaza Strip.

Turkey Signs Contract for Light Career

Picture: Navantia

The Turkish shipyard SEDEF has signed a contract with the Turkey's procurement agency, the Undersecretariat for Defense Industries (SSM) for the design and construction of Landing Platform Dock (LPD) for the Turkish Navy. The 231-meter landing platform dock that is capable of carrying 1,000 personnel. Mujdat Uludag, a senior official at SSM, said the project is expected to end in 2021. UludaÄź noted the capabilities of the Turkish Naval Forces will be advanced with this LPD, adding the warship would be able to sail in the Aegean, Mediterranean and Black Seas.

Rolls-Royce Gas Turbine Get Certification

The Rolls-Royce MT30 marine gas turbine has completed a major development milestone, receiving certification from a leading verification agency. The gas turbine has received DNV (Det Norske Veritas) design approval, certifying the engine at 36MW to DNV's rules for classification of High Speed, Light Craft and Naval Surface Vessels. ABS (American Bureau of Shipping) certification test running, which will satisfy all United States Navy requirements, has also been started and will be completed in mid-2004. The MT30 has been selected to power the Integrated Power System (IPS) Engineering Development Model (EDM) for the US Navy's DD(X) multimission destroyer programme. This order marks the company's entry into the US Navy large gas turbine market.

Bollinger Launches USS Tornado

Bollinger Shipyards, Lockport, La. has launched USS Tornado, the U.S. Navy's newest Patrol Coastal Ship. The 14th of the Cyclone Class constructed by Bollinger, under a sole-source contract with the Navy, the vessel is the first to include design modifications, equipment and armament upgrades as part of the Navy's Pre-Planned Product Improvement Program. Boasting a new, fully integrated bridge command and control system to increase the vessel's capabilities, Tornado is equipped with a satellite navigation system, forward looking infrared and surface radar with collision avoidance capabilities. The vessel is based on the Vosper Thornycroft Ramadan class design and modified to meet Navy requirements.

HII Delivers Submarine Ahead of Schedule

Huntington Ingalls Industries has announced that its Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) division delivered the Virginia-class submarine California (SSN781) to the U.S. Navy yesterday. The delivery came more than eight and a half months early to the contract date and nearly five months faster than NNS' previous delivery of New Mexico. California, the world's most modern and sophisticated nuclear-powered attack submarine, recently returned to NNS following the successful completion of its third and final round of sea trials."This is the day that shipbuilders work toward…

US Navy Seeks to Transform Gas Turbine Technology

Naval Research Laboritory (NRL) scientists study the complex physics of Rotating Detonation Engines (RDE's). With its strong dependence on gas-turbine engines for propulsion, the U.S. Navy is always looking for ways to improve the fuel consumption of these engines. At the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), scientists are studying the complex physics of Rotating Detonation Engines (RDEs) which offer the potential for high dollar savings by way of reduced fuel consumption in gas-turbine engines, explains Dr. Kazhikathra Kailasanath, who heads NRL's Laboratories for Computational Physics and Fluid Dynamics. Many Navy aircraft use gas-turbine engines for propulsion, with the Navy's gas-turbine engines being fundamentally similar to engines used in commercial airplanes.

General Dynamics Bags $ 47 mi US Navy Contract

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General Dynamics Information Technology, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), was awarded a contract to provide information technology services and security assistance support to the Naval Supply Systems Command Weapon Systems Support (NAVSUP WSS) and Navy International Programs Office. The 48-month contract value is $46.7 million. Under this contract, General Dynamics will provide the U.S. Navy with support for project, financial and logistical analysis and management; IT services; cooperative programs; and international training and educational programs.

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