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USS Gerald R. Ford on Sea Trials

Photo: United States Navy

The future USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) is underway for its first set of sea trials, known as Builder's Sea Trials (BST). Builder's sea trials provide an opportunity to test systems, components and compartments at sea for the first time. Over the next several days, CVN 78 Sailors, shipbuilders from Huntington Ingalls Industries - Newport News Shipbuilding (HII-NNS), the Navy's Supervisor of Shipbuilding and Naval Sea Systems Command personnel will be working side-by-side testing many of the ship's key systems and technologies.

New WSDOT Ferry Salish in Sea Trials

Photo courtesy WSDOT

The new Washington State ferry Salish is completing builder’s sea trials in Puget Sound. The vessel is expected to begin serving the Port Townsend-Coupeville route this summer, restoring full two-boat service to the route for the first time since 2007. Contractor Todd Pacific Shipyards is conducting sea trials to demonstrate the vessel to U.S. Coast Guard and WSDOT Ferries Division (WSF) inspectors before WSF accepts delivery of the vessel. Later this spring, WSF crews will begin…

Kitty Hawk Returns From Sea Trials

Large harbor tugs assist USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) as she returns to her forward deployed base after conducting sea trials. U.S. USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) returned to Yokosuka on May 7 after conducting sea trials in the Tokyo Bay. The carrier was at sea for three days testing its shipboard systems and equipment following a four-month selected restrictive availability (SRA) maintenance period. Sailors also participated in a number of drills and exercises, such as mass casualty and man overboard drills. “Sea trials give us a better judgment of where the ship is at and where the crew’s training level is that you can’t find by sitting next to the pier,” said Machinist’s Mate 1st Class (SW/AW) Chad Hemric, Safety Department leading petty officer.

Freedom (LCS 1) Begins Builder's Sea Trials

Freedom (LCS 1), starboard view.  Photo Credit:  Lockheed Martin

The nation's first Littoral Combat Ship, Freedom (LCS 1) was put to sea for the first time, marking the beginning of Builder's Sea Trials for the first-in-class coastal surface combatant. The 378-ft. Freedom, designed and built by a Lockheed Martin Lockheed Martin Corporation-led industry team, is conducting Builder's Sea Trials in Lake Michigan. The trials -- which are a coordinated effort between the U.S. Navy and the Lockheed Martin team -- will include operational testing of the vessel's propulsion, communications, navigation and mission systems, as well as all related support systems.

Indian Aircraft Carrier to Sea Trial Shortly

INS Vikramaditya: Photo credit Russian Navy

Indian Navy's aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya (former Russian Admiral Gorshkov) will depart for the White Sea on June 8 at 2 am to start sea trials, according to  a Sevmash shipyard spokesman. The carrier's sea trials will last 120 days. If any defects are detected, the ship will stop trials and return to Sevmash to put them right. The Indian Navy was planning to begin trials of the carrier in late in May 2012. Sevmash shipyard is due to deliver the ship in Dec 2012. India agreed with Russia to purchase Admiral Gorshkov in 2004. The contract value was $1.5 bln.

Ukraine's Only Submarine on Sea Trials

The Soviet-era Foxtrot class (Project 641) diesel-electric submarine stood grounded at a dock in Sevastopol for years without repair and became a symbol of the demise of Ukraine’s navy. Russian engineers repaired and serviced the submarine and a crew of Ukrainian submariners was trained at Russian naval bases. “The sea trials of the Zaporozhye submarine is an important event for the Ukrainian navy,” Defense Minister Dmytro Salamatin said. The trials will test the submarine’s power plant and other key equipment while sailing on surface. Though the submarine was built 40 years ago, the vessel has been upgraded with new equipment and will certainly raise the combat capability of the Ukrainian navy.

Ingalls' Newest Large-Deck Amphibious Ship Returns

Photo: Huntington Ingalls Industries

Huntington Ingalls Industries' (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division's multipurpose amphibious assault ship America (LHA 6) returned Saturday from successful builder's sea trials in the Gulf of Mexico. Ingalls' test and trials team started with dock trials Monday and then spent five days operating the ship at sea, where it conducted more than 200 test events. "It's an awesome feeling riding this ship, knowing the hard work that took place to get her ready for sea trials," said George Jones, Ingalls' LHA 6 program manager. "The LHA 6 team continued to work diligently during our time underway.

Modernized Venezuelan Frigate at Sea

The LUPO Class frigate Alimirante Brion (F-22), which is undergoing a modernization for the Venezuelan Armada by Northrop Grumman's Ingalls Operations, Pascagoula, Miss., sails through the Gulf of Mexico during the ship's first sea trial, October 17 to 18, 2001. During the sea trial, various systems were tested including propulsion, electronics and communications. The ship's combat systems will be tested during a second sea trial in November. Ingalls is also performing similar work on a second LUPO Class ship, Marsical Sucre (F-21), which has completed first trials and goes on combat systems trials later this month.

NGSS Completes Acceptance Trials on USS Ronald Reagan

Northrop Grumman Corporation announced that the nation's newest and most advanced nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), has successfully completed acceptance sea trials. The Reagan is the ninth Nimitz-class carrier built by Northrop Grumman's Newport News sector. The acceptance trials are conducted with representatives of the U.S. Navy Board of Inspection and Survey for testing and evaluation of the ship's systems and performance. Upon completion of sea trials, Reagan returned to Norfolk Naval Station in Norfolk, Va., where it will be commissioned July 12, 2003.

John Warner Successfully Completes Initial Sea Trials

The John Warner, a new Virginia-class submarine, is launched. Photo: Huntington Ingalls Industries

A Virginia-class attack submarine named after former U.S. Sen. John Warner has successfully completed an initial round of sea trials,  reports UPI. The U.S. Navy has completed initial sea trials to demonstrate its systems and capabilities. All systems, components and compartments were tested. The submarine submerged for the first time and operated at high speeds under water and on the surface. Huntington Ingalls Industries, who's Newport News Shipbuilding is constructing the vessel…

New Orleans Meet New Orleans

The amphibious transport dock ship New Orleans (LPD 18) sailed away from Northrop Grumman Corporation's New Orleans facility early Monday morning for her builder's sea trial. The 684-ft. ship sailed down the Mississippi River past the New Orleans skyline en route to the Gulf of Mexico where she will undergo testing of all the ship's systems while at sea. Following sea trial, shipbuilders will continue to work final details in preparation for the U.S. Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey's acceptance sea trial scheduled later this year. The ship is scheduled to be delivered in early 2007.

Russian Ballistic Missile Sub on Initial Sea Trials

"The Yury Dolgoruky will complete an initial sea trial on June 7. If all testing goes successfully, the boat will be accepted into service in the near future," a Sevmash source told RIA Novosti, adding that no tests of the boat's future primary armament, the Bulava ICBM, are planned during the sea trial. The Bulava will be test-fired again this year, but from another boat of this class, the Alexander Nevsky, and if the test is successful, the two systems will be accepted into the service this year. Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov and former navy commander Admiral Vladimir Vysotsky had previously said that the Borey class boats and Bulava, would enter service this fall. The 24,000 ton displacement Borey class boats will carry 16 Bulava missiles.

Boilers Below Par in Latest Indian Aircraft Carrier Trial

'Vikramaditya' as 'Admiral Gorshkov'

Seven out of eight steam boilers of the propulsion machinery were found defective during sea trials of 'INS Vikramaditya', delivery date put back. The Vikramaditya, formerly the Russian Navy's Admiral Gorshkov, is to be handed over to India from a Russia shipyard after ongoing sea trials following a much-delayed refit. According to the latest agreements, it was to have been handed over on December 4, but the deadline has been postponed again until October 2013. The problems started when the vessel tried to gain maximum speed.

Ionada Completes Membrane Scrubber Sea Trials

Photo: Ionada

Ionada has announced completion of Membrane Scrubber Sea Trials on Bulk Carrier. "The initial results from our successful sea trials exceeded our target performance objectives, with our SO2/CO2 ratio ten times lower than the 0.1% S equivalent regulatory standard. We have completed a major milestone in our commercial development - demonstrating the performance and seaworthiness of our Membrane Scrubber. Ionada offer shipowners a simple solution, an add-on piece of equipment, that can be plugged in-line with their exhaust systems to meet the ECA regulations.

US Navy Cargo Ship Drifts Powerless

SS Cape Intrepid. By NavSource

The U.S. Navy Military Sealift Command cargo ship Cape Intrepid lost power and drifted in the Strait of Juan de Fuca for about 3 miles before a tug intervened to take control of the vessel on Saturday. The 685-foot Navy-contracted cargo was undergoing sea trials after a long period docked in Tacoma when it lost power about 2:30 a.m. Saturday north of Clallam Bay. Coast Guard Lt. Ben Weber says it drifted about 3 ½ miles before the emergency tug Jeffrey Foss reached it approximately two hours later. The tug Jeffrey Foss has taken the vessel to Port Angeles in Washington for repairs.

Vietnam Shipyard Sea Trials 104,000 dwt Tankship

Photo credit Dung Quat Shipyard

Vietnam National Oil & Gas Group's Dung Quat Shipbuilding successfully carried out sea trials of a large crude oil carrier Following completion of the construction, Dung Quat Shipyard (DQS) in the presence of the owners, Petrovietnam Transportation Corporation (PVTrans) & classification society ABS, performed sea trials of a 104,000 DWT Crude Oil Tanker named PVT MERCURY.  

QM2 Passes Sea Trials

Cunard Line's flagship Queen Mary 2 returned from the sea after having completed her sea trials with flying colours. The largest, longest, tallest, widest, and at - $780-million - the most expensive passenger liner ever built underwent four days of rigorous testing of her power, manoeuvrability and vibration levels off the Brittany coast. The successful trials put QM2 right on schedule for her January 12 Maiden Voyage from Southampton, England, to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. According to Captain Ronald Warwick…

Owners, Yards Develop Industry Standard on Speed Trials

industry standard on speed trials. recommended analysis procedure have been developed. methodology for speed trials for new ships coming into service. now be derived with transparent and reliable methods, the group state. 15016 as a starting point. methods for conditions deviating from the contract specification. trial speed deviations. application during sea trials on five recent newbuildings in Korea. speed deviations of up to 1.0 knot have been found”. is available from MARIN for use by owners and yards worldwide. QSTAP, for on board analysis and reporting of speed trials. QSTAP commercially available. The Sea Trials Analysis group will continue to exchange their experiences of speed trials. starting on November 1, 2006. group and is open to new owners and yards.

T-AKE 2 Completes Acceptance Sea Trials

The USNS Sacagawea, the second of nine new combat logistics force ships, successfully completed acceptance sea trials on January 31. Converteam Inc. is part of a team of companies contributing to the development of this vessel, specifically responsible for the design of ship’s electric power, propulsion, and vessel automation system. The U.S. Navy’s T-AKE Program is a new class of dry cargo and ammunition supply ships currently being built by General Dynamics NASSCO in San Diego, CA. The total contract value for all nine ships is $2.8b. The mission of these auxiliary support ships will be to deliver ammunition, food, fuel, repair parts, and other supplies and materials to other Navy ships at sea.

Chilean Navy Sub on Sea Trials

The Submarine “Carrera”, second of the Scorpene class, built by the French-Spanish consortium for the Chilean Navy, carried out on 11th. November its first sea trials, testing the correct performance of the surface navigation equipment. This submarine has been assembled in Cartagena shipyard and was floated on 24 November 2004. The first unit of this class was delivered to the Chilean Navy last September, and this unit expects to be delivered in early 2006.

Northrop Grumman Delivers Aegis Destroyer

Northrop Grumman Corporation has delivered its 16th Aegis guided missile destroyer, Shoup, to the U.S. Navy, this time using streamlined testing that saved fuel, time and personnel costs. Shoup is the first Aegis destroyer to have only one at-sea trial, which was followed by a second trial held pier-side, marking the first time in the history of the company's Ingalls Operations that this system has been used. Previously, each ship underwent two separate sea trial evolutions in the Gulf of Mexico. "We're delivering her right on schedule," said Dr. Philip A. Dur, corporate vice president and president of Northrop Grumman's Ship Systems sector. He noted that the delivery of Shoup continues the company's tradition of making each ship in its class even better than the previous one.

Russia to Start Submarine Sea Trials in 2007

Sea trials of a new nuclear missile submarine, the Yury Dolgoruky, are scheduled for 2007, RIA Novosti reported. The Yury Dolgoruky, a Borey-class nuclear missile submarine, is being built at the Sevmash plant in the northern Arkhangelsk Region. It will be equipped with the Bulava ballistic missile, which is adapted from the Topol-M (SS-27). (Source: RIA Novosti)

Navy Ship Completes Sea Trials

The Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) recently returned to homeport in Bremerton, Wash., after completing the first weeklong phase of sea trials, according to a Navy Newsstand report. The ship spent more than 11 months receiving extensive equipment and technology upgrades during a scheduled Docked Planned Incremental Availability (DPIA) at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (PSNS), which began in January. During the shipyard and dry-dock availability, Stennis received a complete hull restoration above and below the waterline, as well as a complete refurbishment of the shafts, rudders and screws. Many on-board flight…

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