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Friday, January 19, 2018

Norfolk Naval Shipyard News

NAVSEA Garners Awards

Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) emerged as a major force in environmental stewardship judging by its impressive showing during a recent series of environmental awards. NAVSEA and its various activities were very well represented on April 30 and May 1 at a series of environmental awards presentation ceremonies on behalf of the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), the Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) and the Department of Defense (OSD). One of NAVSEA's acquisition programs, the Lewis and Clark T-AKE ship program, captured a "grand slam" of sorts winning awards at all levels, two from the CNO, two from SECNAV and one from OSD. The Norfolk Naval Shipyard also won a SECNAV award. NAVSEA was the biggest winner in the CNO awards, capturing 15 of the 54 awards.

SECNAV Emphasizes Timely, Skilled Ship Maintenance

"We will continue to utilize our shipyards-both public and private-to maintain our ships in a readiness position," the Honorable Gordon R. England, Secretary of the Navy said in an interview recently in Norfolk. England noted that some vessels might not return from deployment on schedule, particularly in wartime, disrupting planned repairs. funding, he added should keep public and private yards busy. particularly on submarines, along with work on carriers. "The U.S. them to sea more quickly," said Secretary England. being done by shipyard personnel. repair facilities and visited the USS Harry S. currently undergoing a Planned Incremental Availability, (PIA). interview with the Secretary of the Navy. accounts. we're doing the maintenance that we need," Congressman Forbes said.

Kearsarge Returns to NNSY

Following a back-to-basics approach in performing ship repairs, Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) returned another amphibious-class ship to the fleet within budget and ahead of schedule, as the result of a public-private ship repair partnership in the Hampton Roads area. The shipyard completed a planned maintenance availability (PMA) for the Wasp-class, amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) ten days ahead of schedule and within fixed price budget, according to Project Superintendent Bobby Watkins. "Our back-to-basics approach paid great dividends in making this PMA an overwhelming success," Watkins said. The availability demonstrated the cooperation among Navy organizations, including Naval Surface Forces, U.S.

Northrop Grumman Awarded $191M Contract For USS Enterprise Drydocking

Northrop Grumman Corporation today said that the U.S. Navy has awarded the company a $191 million contract for an Extended Drydock Selected Restricted Availability (EDSRA) on the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65). Northrop Grumman's Newport News sector is the prime contractor for this award. Work during the EDSRA will include routine dry dock work, tank blasting and coating, hull preservation, propulsion and ship system repairs and limited enhancements to various hull, mechanical and electrical systems. The work, which will last approximately one year, will take place at Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Va. Northrop Grumman Newport News is coordinating this availability with Norfolk Naval Shipyard, which is responsible for a portion of the work to be performed.

Northrop Grumman Redelivers USS Enterprise

Northrop Grumman Corporation’s Newport News sector has successfully redelivered the world's first nuclear powered aircraft carrier, USS Enterprise (CVN 65), to the U.S. Navy after an Extended Drydock Selected Restricted Availability (EDSRA). The redelivery took place May 7 after successful sea trials. "This accomplishment is the result of a lot of hard work by the shipbuilders of Northrop Grumman Newport News and by the Navy," said Bob Gunter, senior vice president, Aircraft Carrier Programs, Northrop Grumman Newport News. electrical systems. Va. Shipyard, which was responsible for a portion of the work performed. sea," said Capt. Eric Neidlinger, Enterprise's commanding officer. personnel find Enterprise in her best condition in decades. defending the United States for more than 41 years.

Funds Available for Wharf Repair

The W. F. Magann Corp., Portsmouth, Va., was awarded a $12,760,000 firm fixed price contract on Jun 30, 2008, for repairs to Berth 20 wharf structure at Norfolk Naval Shipyard to safely support anticipated loads due to waterfront activities. Work will be performed in Portsmouth, Va., and is expected to be completed by Jun. 2010. Contract funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via the Navy Electronic Commerce Online website with three proposals received. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Mid-Atlantic, Norfolk, Va., is the contracting activity (N40085-08-C-9683).

Norfolk Naval Shipyard Wins Two Energy Awards

Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) recently won the Secretary of the Navy Energy Award (Industrial Category), and the Department of Energy's FEMP (Federal Energy Management Program) Award for Energy and Water Conservation for Fiscal Year 2001. This was the first time NNSY has been honored with both of these prestigious awards during the same reporting period, according to Cmdr. Facilities and Maintenance Officer and Staff Civil Engineer at the shipyard. custodians and energy monitors who have aggressively promoted the shipyard's energy conservation awareness program. Wood said. Center Norfolk, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Norfolk, Atlantic Division and Naval Meteorological Command, Norfolk, in support of NNSY's energy program. year payback.

NAVSEA Teamwork Delivers USS George Washington On Time

Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) repair work will enable USS George Washington (CVN 73) to assume its role in Yokosuka, Japan, as our nation's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier in September. Working as "One Shipyard," skilled personnel from two NAVSEA field activities -- Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PSNS & IMF) and Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) provided most of the craftsmen and skills required to complete the effort on Aug. 21, after only 91 days of repair work. The efforts of "One Shipyard" enabled a six-week reduction of USS George Washington's repair schedule from initial forecasts. "NAVSEA's One Shipyard concept provides the fleet customer with a more capable and more flexible maintenance resource," said Capt.

New Commander for NNSY

Capt. William C. Kiestler relieved Rear Adm. (sel.) Richard D. Berkey June 26 as Norfolk Naval Shipyard’s (NNSY) 103rd Commander.  In the past three years of Berkey’s command, the shipyard has prepared the carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) for work in Japan, completed Los Angeles-class submarine work, transitioned to mission funding, and participated in the Navy’s largest consolidation of Intermediate and Depot-level ship repair work.   

New Hand at Helm of Norfolk Naval

The Daily Press has reported that Capt. Richard Berkey will lead the Portsmouth, Va., yard as Capt. Joseph Campbell heads to the Pentagon. Navy Capt. Richard D. Berkey assumed command of Norfolk Naval Shipyard on Friday, taking the helm from Capt. Joseph F. Campbell. The nuclear-capable shipyard, based in Portsmouth, performs maintenance jobs on both aircraft carriers and submarines. With about 7,700 employees, it is the second-largest shipyard in Hampton Roads behind Northrop Grumman Newport News, and the oldest federal shipbuilding site anywhere. In a ceremony at the shipyard's Trophy Park, Berkey became the shipyard's 102nd commander since its inception as Gosport Navy Yard in 1767.

Theodore Roosevelt Moves to Shipyard

Gunner's Mate 2nd Class Lucas Friend and Gunner's Mate 3rd Class Derek Benedict stand watch with a .50-caliber machine gun aboard Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) during transit to Norfolk Naval Shipyard. The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier is currently underway to Norfolk Naval Shipyard for Docked Planned Incremental Availability. U.S. USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) made a four-hour plus transit of the Elizabeth River in Hampton Roads on March 7, on her way to Norfolk Naval Ship Yard for a nine-month Planned Incremental Availability (PIA). The Navy’s fourth Nimitz-class aircraft carrier will undergo more than 90 major modifications, including a JP-5 (fuel system) alteration and installation of a new electronic throttle system in the ship’s propulsion plants.

$23.7m for Drydock Modernization

W. F. Magann Corp., Portsmouth, Va., is being awarded a $23,789,519 firm-fixed-price contract for dry dock modernization at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard. The work to be performed provides for an extension to Dry Dock #8 to service the new CVN Class hull with the bulbous bow.Demolition of existing structures and utilities will be required to support the project as well as providing utility trenches, mechanical and electrical work and other incidental related work.Work will be performed in Portsmouth, Va., and is expected to be completed by July 2010.Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

Electric Boat Awarded Sub Support Work at NNS

The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat $10 million to support submarine maintenance and modernization work on USS Charlotte and USS Georgia at Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Virginia. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics. An Electric Boat team of 56 trades people and supervisors will work with the Navy on a depot modernization period (DMP) for USS Charlotte and an engineered refueling overhaul (ERO) for USS Georgia, prior to its conversion to a guided-missile and special-operations support ship. That conversion will be performed by Electric Boat.

GD Wins $17m to Support Nuclear Aircraft Carrier Repair Work

The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $16.6 million contract to support nuclear aircraft carrier repair work at Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Va.  Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).U nder the terms of the contract, Electric Boat will provide about 100 skilled trades workers to perform maintenance and repair work on USS Truman (CVN-75) and USS George W. Bush (CVN-77). This contract will engage Electric Boat’s operations and support organization in Groton, which comprises more than 4,100 employees with proven skills and capabilities in final assembly, test and life-cycle support.  

Six NAVSEA Commands Designated as CITEs

The Secretary of the Navy recently designated 13 Navy and Marine Corps depot maintenance activities, including six Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) field activities, as Centers of Industrial and Technical Excellence (CITEs). As CITEs, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine; Norfolk Naval Shipyard; Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Washington; Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility; Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Keyport Wash.; and Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane, Ind., have SECNAV-delegated authority to enter into public-private partnerships to perform work related to their depot maintenance core competencies.

NASSCO-Norfolk Wins CVN Maintenance Work

Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) (Photo: U.S. Dept. of Defense)

General Dynamics NASSCO–Norfolk said it was awarded the Mid-Atlantic CVN private sector maintenance contract by the U.S. Navy to perform non-nuclear planning and maintenance work during six Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) availabilities on four Nimitz-class aircraft carriers and one Gerald R. Ford-class carrier, home-ported in or visiting Norfolk, Va. The five-year cost-plus-award-fee and incentive fee contract also includes the ability to provide for any continuing or emergent maintenance repairs on any of these East Coast aircraft carriers.

USS Wasp Undocks Ahead of Schedule

USS Wasp (LHD 1), in Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) for an eight-month docking phased maintenance availability (DPMA), undocked Sept. 18, one day ahead of schedule. "Wasp has met or exceeded all key events in this availability, and the early undocking sets the stage for future success," said Charlie Caudle, NNSY project superintendent. "[The undocking was] a very long and tedious process that went smooth as silk, which is exactly as it should be," said Capt. Dan Fillion, Wasp commanding officer. In addition to Caudle, the Wasp team is headed by deputy project superintendents Bryan Holberton and Lt. Cmdr. Robin Ball. The fiscal year 2008 DPMA has more than 124…

USS George Washington Gets Underway for Sea Trials

USS George Washington (GW) (CVN 73) left Norfolk Naval Shipyard on Aug. 27 and headed for sea trials. Sea trials, which are expected to be completed later this week, are traditionally the final hurdle for a shipyard maintenance availability and are designed to assess GW’s material readiness and ability to rejoin the fleet as a fully operational unit. Once complete, GW will return to the U.S. 2nd Fleet to commence final operational preparations to relieve USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) as the Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier in Japan in 2008. The $300 million, 11-month Planned Incremental Availability plus Docking is expected to be completed on time and within budget. ”Sea trials are really the culmination of a lot of hard work.

Alaska Scheduled to Change Homeports

USS Alaska (SSBN 732), a fleet ballistic submarine assigned to Submarine Group 10, is scheduled to change homeports to Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga. Alaska was previously assigned to Submarine Group 9 in Bangor, Wash., for 20 years and has been undergoing a 26 month refueling overhaul at Norfolk Naval Shipyard. Ballistic missile submarines conduct a major overhaul near the mid-point of the submarine's service life, approximately 20 years, to re-capitalize the vessel and extend the useful life to maintain the required SSBN force level. Alaska has completed sea trials and is scheduled to arrive at Kings Bay for the first time in April. Cmdr. Paul Haebler is the commanding officer of Alaska's single crew. The crew will split into a Blue and Gold crew in May.

Electric Boat Wins Navy Order

Electric Boat Corp., Groton, Conn., is being awarded a $16,620,037 cost-plus-fixed fee order under previously awarded basic ordering agreement (N00024-10-G-4314) to support nuclear carrier repair work at Norfolk Naval Shipyard during on-going availabilities. This contract is for skilled tradesmen support to two chief of naval operations carrier maintenance availabilities. Scheduled to undergo repairs include USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) and USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). Work will be performed in Norfolk, Va., and is scheduled to be completed by July 2012. Contract funds in the amount of $16,620,037 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion and Repair, Groton, Conn., is the contracting activity.  

Bataan Leaves Dry Dock, Moors Pierside

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW/AW) Jeremy L. The multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) moved out of dry dock to her new berth at Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) Feb. 7 as part of her depot planned maintenance availability (DPMA). The movement is part of the DPMA plan, which is to refurbish spaces and install new components and systems aboard the ship. "It was a race to the finish," said the ship's Repair Officer, Lt. Cmdr. David Wuestewald. Bataan has been at NNSY since September, and contractors and Bataan's crew have been working on various modifications and habitability projects, such as the MV-22 Osprey modification in the hangar bay, and installation of a compensating fuel system.

US Aircraft Carrier 'Ike' Leaves Drydock

Leaving drydock: Photo USN

The aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike) has left dry dock and moved from Dry Dock 8 to pier 42/43 at Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) in Portsmouth, Va. informs USN. USS Dwight D. Eisenhower  has been in dry dock since September 2013, conducting a scheduled docking planned incremental availability (DPIA) period. "Without the excellent work of the ship's team leaders and zone managers, the ship wouldn't have been ready when it was," said Lt. Cmdr. Jeremy James, Ike's maintenance manager.

Duratek Awarded Additional Scope On Contract

Duratek, Inc. announced that it was awarded a $1.36 million contract modification by Norfolk Naval Shipyard to provide processing and disposal of radioactively contaminated glovebox containments from Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program facilities over the next year. Duratek's government customer base includes U.S. Naval Shipyards, Department of Energy facilities, and other Department of Defense facilities. Robert E. Prince, President and CEO said, "We are pleased to expand our base of services in support of safe disposition of radioactive materials for the U.S. Navy. The Navy has been and continues to be, an important part of our business." Duratek implements technologies and provides services which protect people from radiation and the environment from radioactive waste.

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