Iraq Navy to Buy Boats
Iraq's new navy plans to get 21 new boats over the next two years as it prepares to take over the security of offshore oil terminals, the main gateway for the country's petroleum exports, according to an AP report. The Iraqi navy has in operation 10 fast aluminum boats and two other boats in operation. A two-year equipment acquisition program will result in the purchase of 15 patrol boats, four corvettes and two offshore support vessels. The delivery of the first vessels is expected by 2008. (Source: Associated Press)
New Zealand's New Navy Vessel Ready for SeaTrials
The first vessel in the New Zealand government's $500 million navy upgrade has come off its slipway in a Dutch shipbuilding yard. It will be used to carry troops and cargo, allowing them to be disembarked at sea. It has been built as part of Project Protector, with seven vessels planned. Officials say that it will be followed by sea trials, with the vessel due in New Zealand by the end of the year. source: Radio New Zealand
Port and maritime security matters continue to dominate the agenda list of marine companies and organizations. While an unprecedented international effort to thwart terrorist attacks has seemingly had some positive impact, the heightened awareness has exposed fissures in the system. At a meeting of the IMO Maritime Safety Committee's Intersessional Working Group on Maritime Security (ISWG), the group fast-forwarded a number of topical matters, including an agreement to discuss the accelerations of the implementation schedule for the mandatory fitting of Automatic Identification Systems for all ships of 500 gross tonnage and above, on international voyages.
Ingalls Shipbuilding Appoints 2 New VPs
Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced the appointment of two vice presidents at its Ingalls Shipbuilding division. George Jones has been appointed vice president of operations, and Tim Farrell has been appointed vice president of new Navy programs. In his new position, Jones will be responsible for all facets of ship construction through delivery. He is responsible for enhancing cost and schedule performance, process and facility improvements and driving production strategies across all Ingalls programs. Jones began his career with Ingalls in 1984 as an apprentice.
Dockwise Awarded MSC Contract
Dockwise Ltd., has been awarded a contract by U.S. Military Sealift Command for the use of one of its specialized open stern vessels for offshore operational design tests. The contract is due to be executed late 2008 and has a gross value in excess of $25m, including the costs of modification of the vessel. This is the fourth time Dockwise will provide one of its large heavy transport vessels to the U.S. Navy for offshore operational tests. These tests are meant to provide data and design criteria for a new navy vessel called MLP (Mobile Logistics Platform). These new MLP vessels are aimed to be part of the navy's sea-basing effort to facilitate the transfer of material from large cargo ships to an intermediate platform for ultimate transfer to shore on various types of landing crafts.
US Navy Orders General Dynamics' DMR Radios
The U.S. Navy awarded a contract modification to General Dynamics Mission Systems to build and deliver more than 30 new AN/USC-61(C) Digital Modular Radios (DMR), along with related materials and equipment for new Navy surface vessels and submarines. The software-defined radios are a mission critical communications hub for Navy vessels and submarines. The contract modification exercises the sixth option to a contract awarded to General Dynamics in 2010. A majority of the work will be done at General Dynamics’ Scottsdale, Arizona, location. “This contract demonstrates the Navy’s continuing trust in DMR as it keeps pace with new and innovative communications technology for sailors and their commanders to securely connect with one another anywhere…
The Dolphins of US Navy
A pod of Dolphins gave a new Navy submarine a guard of honor - by swimming in its bow wave. The US Navy’s Virginia-class attack vessel was off Newport, Virginia, when it got an unexpected mammal pilot. The John Warner, America's new Virginia-class attack vessel was completing its sea trials when the creature was spotted. Dolphins are often seen leaping from the waves as they swim alongside ships at sea. But this is one of the first times they have been recorded swimming in front of a giant submarine.
Rolls-Royce Stealth System to Start Tests on New Navy Ship
JET, for the first time. Department in Bayview, Idaho. working without rudders, shafts and propeller struts. wake and improving stealth. waters. at low speeds.
GD Bath Iron Team Wins Pre Design for LCS
The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Bath Iron Works a $9 million contract to develop a preliminary design for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). With a focus on affordability, LCS will provide the “New” Navy with the capability to defeat terrorist swarm boats, mines, and diesel submarines that are commonplace in coastal waters around the world. Bath Iron Works leads an international team that includes General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, General Dynamics Canada, General Dynamics Electric Boat, Austal USA, BAE Systems, CAE of Canada, Maritime Applied Physics Corporation, and Qinetiq of the United Kingdom. The team will work to develop further its trimaran concept based upon Austal's innovative, high-speed commercial ship design.
Rolls-Royce Selected to Power New Navy Destroyer
Rolls-Royce will supply the U.S. Navy’s surface combatant ship with the world’s most powerful marine gas turbine. Four MT30 gas turbine generator sets will be supplied for two DDG-1000 Zumwalt Class destroyers, with deliveries of the 36MW MT30 sets to begin in 2009. An MT30 generator set currently provides power to the U.S. Navy’s DDG-1000 Land Based Test Site in Philadelphia and the MT30 has also been selected to power the first two Lockheed Martin Littoral Combat Ships. The MT30 is a proven member of the Rolls-Royce Trent aero engine family, which has accumulated over 20 million operating hours powering passenger aircraft in service with more than 60 airlines and operators.
New Navy Acquisition Deputy Appointed
U.S. "We are pleased to note that the Secretary of Defense has agreed with the position of the Committee on Armed Services that an officer in the grade of Vice Admiral would be a valuable addition to the staff of the senior Navy acquisition executive. The Committee has long felt that a senior officer serving as the Principle Deputy to the Assistant Secretary for Research, Development and Acquisition would be a valuable link between the uniformed service and the civilian acquisition professionals.
Halter Marine Builds New Navy Research Ship
Halter Marine, Inc. has been awarded a $53.6 million contract from the U.S. Navy to build a T-AGS 60 class oceanographic research ship. The vessel will be the sixth of its class, all designed, built or under construction at Halter. Delivery of the ship is planned for December 2001. The all-steel vessel will be 329 ft. and designed with a common bus diesel electric propulsion system consisting of twin screw propellers driven through Z-drives. Two 2,435 kW and two 1,825 kW diesel generators are integrated to provide power to the propulsion system, ship service and laboratories through a power conditioner.
USN Licenses Boat Design from Willard Marine
The United States Navy and Willard Marine have executed a licensing agreement for a Willard Marine boat design to serve as the guideline for the Navy’s new 11-meter rigid hull inflatable boat (RIB) government design. For 27 years, Willard Marine has designed and built U.S. Navy ship-board RIBs that are 7- and 11-meters in length featuring a wide variety of propulsion, deck and outfitting arrangements. This licensing agreement allows the U.S. Navy to utilize Willard’s Sea Force® 1100, U.S. Navy model RIB design to create an all new Navy 11-meter RIB.
Energy Focus to Develop Navy LED Lighting
Energy Focus, Inc. announced it has been offered, accepted and is now under contract to develop the All Platform Affordable LED (APALED) Lighting project for the National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP), representing over $50 million opportunity for the Company in addition to the retrofit opportunities for existing ships, over the next 10 years. The APALED program, targeted specifically at new Navy ships, is to develop, build and test an all-platform light-emitting diode (APALED) lighting system…
Shipbuilders, Suppliers Head to Capitol Hill
U.S. shipbuilders and their suppliers are descending on Capitol Hill this month, as lawmakers debate how the U.S. can afford new Navy vessels. Aircraft-carrier suppliers assembled for a congressional breakfast on March 30, following a similar event for submarine suppliers on March 16. Also, executives from shipbuilding titans General Dynamics Corp. (GD) and Northrop Grumman Corp. (NOC) have been summoned to testify before congressional panels mulling next year's budget. And the Navy League's annual meeting next week will draw corporate and Navy officials from around the world. According to MarketWatch, the parade of Washington assemblies reflects the marine defense industry's challenges.
Push Made for $2.9B More Navy Funding in 2003
Yesterday in Washington, D.C., leaders from the Senate, the military and business met to discuss strategies to increase FY 03 procurement funding by at least $2.9 billion to build more new navy ships. Concerned that funding is inadequate to maintain the Federally mandated 300-ship navy as required by the 2001 Quadrennial Defense Review, leaders sought to bring publicity to their plight, magnifying the depth of their need while celebrating the success of the navy in response to the September 11 terrorist attacks. The current budget requests $6.1 billion for five new ships, a figure that is $5 billion below the previous administrations FY ‘01 shipbuilding procurement budget.
BAE Systems Break Ground on New San Diego Pier
The new pier will accommodate large U.S. Navy ships, including the newest LCS. Construction will be complete in 2014, and will increase the capacity of the company’s shipyard from five to seven ships. The project will permit the company to enhance its repair and modernization capabilities to serve the U.S. Navy, government agencies and commercial customers. The pier will measure approximately 600 feet in length and will include two berths. It will enable for pier-side repairs and modifications of large commercial and military ships, including the Navy’s CG-47 and DDG-51 classes of ships. The pier will also support the Navy’s new U.S. Littoral Combat Ships that will come to the San Diego Bay for routine repairs.
L-3 MAPPS, OSL Team for Royal Canadian Navy Programs
L-3 MAPPS has teamed with British Columbia-based Offshore Systems Limited (OSL) to provide leading solutions for Royal Canadian Navy programs. The latest generation of L-3 MAPPS’ Integrated Platform Management System (IPMS) – a solution originally pioneered for the Royal Canadian Navy almost 30 years ago – will be integrated with OSL’s ECPINS navigation and Integrated Bridge System (IBS) to provide a cost-effective Integrated Ship Management System (ISMS) solution to the Canadian National Ship Procurement Strategy (NSPS) for navy programs. The all-Canadian ISMS solution will provide commonality with existing systems in the fleet while…
Surface Warships Conference 2013 Madrid, Spain
Defence IQ's upcoming Surface Warships Conference, 30 - 31 January, 2013: an opportunity to understand warship construction challenges & technical solutions. The development of highly capable, flexible and value for money surface fleets that are capable of functioning with coalition partners in a wide-variety of threat environments, remains fundamental to the modern navy. The role of the warship has never been more varied and important and Defence IQ's upcoming Surface Warships conference, which is taking place 30 - 31 January, 2013 in Madrid, will provide the opportunity to further understand the challenges that navies face and the technological solutions available.
General Dynamics Gets US Navy DMR Contract
Digital Modular Radios by General Dynamics to anchor communications for new U.S. Navy ships and submarines. The U.S. Navy has ordered an additional 53 General Dynamics-built AN/USC-61(C) four-channel Digital Modular Radios (DMR) for use aboard new Navy ships, submarines and inshore sites. In addition to the new radios, existing DMR hardware will be modified to accommodate networking waveforms owned by the government. This order exercises an option on a contract awarded to General Dynamics in 2010. The option has a total potential value of $35 million. General Dynamics has delivered more than 500 DMR radios to the Navy. The radio is capable of simultaneous, secure short-range and global communications on any of its four channels.
Navy Awards $288M Contract to NASSCO
National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO), announced that the U.S. Navy has exercised an option to build a fourth ship for the T-AKE program, a new class of combat logistics force ships, at a contract value of $288 million. The company was awarded a $709 million contract in October 2001 for the design and construction of the first two ships in the T-AKE program. The Navy exercised its option for the third ship, to be built at a value of $290 million, in July 2002. With exercise of the fourth ship option, the total value of the program is $1.3 billion. NASSCO's T-AKE contract has options exercisable by the Navy for eight additional ships over the next five years, for a potential contract value of approximately $3.7 billion.
This Day In Naval History: August 5
1832 - USS Potomac, becomes the first U.S. Navy ship to entertain royalty, King and Queen of Sandwich Islands. 1858 - The last bit of cable is laid by USS Niagara and British ship Agamemnon to complete the first trans-Atlantic cable. Niagara's boats carried the end of the cable ashore at Brills Mouth Island, Newfoundland, and the same day Agamemnon landed her end of the cable at England. The first message flashed across August 16 when Queen Victoria sent a cable to President James Buchanan. 1864 - Rear Adm. David G. Farragut successfully navigates through a deadly torpedo field Confederates lay in order to block the channel into Mobile Bay. During the battle, Farragut gives his famous quote, Damn the Torpedoes, Full speed ahead!
Propeller Milestone Achieved By U.S. Navy
The U.S. Navy's drive during the past decade to become more efficient on both the ship contracting and life cycle management sides has proven to be much more than mere talk. The "new" Navy is embodied in the current LPD-17 project, and U.S. Navy senior officers and engineers recently marked a critical milestone in ship research on January 6, 2000, wrapping up a successful phase in the testing of a full-scale propeller for the USS San Antonio (LPD-17) Class amphibious transport dock ship. The tests verify that a new compact design for the LPD-17 CPP meets the seven-year service life cycle requirements. The 17 million cycles completed at the ceremony show that this new design exceeds requirements and that the service life could be extended twofold.