Navy to Christen Littoral Combat Ship Billings

The Navy will christen its newest Freedom-variant littoral combat ship, USS Billings (LCS 15), during a 10 a.m. CDT ceremony Saturday, July 1, in Marinette, Wisconsin. The future USS Billings honors the largest city in Montana. It will be the first ship of its name in naval service. Sen. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin will deliver the ceremony’s principal address. Sharla Tester, the wife of Montana Sen. Jon Tester, the ranking member of the Senate Veteran’s Affairs Committee, will serve as the ship’s sponsor. The ceremony will be highlighted by Mrs….

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New Triton Hangar Coming to Naval Station Mayport

Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast awarded a nearly $36 million contract June 29, to Hensel Phelps Construction Company of Orlando, Florida, for the construction of a Triton Forward Operating Base Hangar at Naval Station (NS) Mayport, Florida. “Awarding this contract marks another significant step in supporting the new Triton mission at NS Mayport,” said Capt. David Yoder, commanding officer, NS Mayport. “The Triton program is a key element of our future Navy and we fully support the development of critical infrastructure that will ensure NS Mayport’s ability to effectively…

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Let the War Games Begin

Australia’s largest military exercise, Talisman Saber, was officially opened on 29 June aboard the United States Landing Helicopter Dock Bonhomme Richard off the Sydney coast. Minister for Urban Development, Paul Fletcher MP, representing the Minister for Defence, and the US Charge d’Affaires, James Carouso, officially announced the start of the combined military exercise taking place in July. Field training will occur in Shoalwater Bay Training Area, near Rockhampton and Mount Bundy Training Area, south of Darwin. The Minister was joined by the US Pacific Forces Commander, Admiral Harry Harris, Jr…

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Southern Partnership Station 2017 Begins

U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet (USNAVSO/FOURTHFLT) began Southern Partnership Station-Expeditionary Fast Transport 2017 (SPS-EPF 17) by deploying USNS Spearhead (T-EPF 1), Saturday, to Central and South America from July to late October 2017. Southern Partnership Station is an annual series of U.S. Navy deployments focused on exchanges with regional partner nation militaries and security forces. This year’s deployments will visit Guatemala, Honduras, Chile, and Colombia. SPS-EPF 17 is a U.S. Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) directed operation planned by Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command /U.S. 4th Fleet and carried…

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Porter Completes US Navy’s First SIA in Rota

USS Porter (DDG 78) completed its Surface Incremental Availability (SIA) June 16, the first such CNO availability ever performed at Forward Deployed Regional Maintenance Center Detachment Rota, Spain. Porter serves as one of the Navy’s four forward deployed guided-missile destroyers home-ported in Rota, Spain that support NATO’s regional security and ballistic missile defense efforts through regular patrols, exercises and port visits in the Mediterranean. This SIA provides more intrusive maintenance support and is part of the planned maintenance cycle in the Navy’s 32-month Optimized Fleet Response Plan that keeps these…

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Huntington Ingalls Industries Awarded $218 Million Advance Procurement Contract for LPD 29

June 30, 2017 – Huntington Ingalls Industries announced today that its Ingalls Shipbuilding division has received a $218 million, cost-plus-fixed-fee advance procurement contract from the U.S. Navy to provide long-lead-time material and advance construction activities for LPD 29, the 13th amphibious transport dock of the San Antonio (LPD 17) class. The funds will be used to purchase long-lead-time material and major equipment, including main engines, diesel generators, deck equipment, shafting, propellers, valves and other long-lead systems. “This contract is important for us, and for our 400 LPD suppliers in 30…

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New waterjet cutting machine increases efficiency at Norfolk Naval Shipyard

Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) personnel recently installed a new water jet cutting machine here to increase maintenance capabilities and accelerate their ability to return ships to the fleet on time from maintenance availabilities. The shipyard uses the water jet cutting machine to fabricate new parts or replace worn parts during maintenance availabilities. The machine cuts a wide variety of materials using a high- pressure jet of water mixed with an abrasive substance. It was purchased and installed as part of NAVSEA’s efforts to replace worn equipment and improve productivity. “The…

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Talisman Saber commences with at-sea ceremony aboard USS Bonhomme Richard

Senior leaders of the United States and Australia unfurled the Talisman Saber 2017 ceremonial flag in an at-sea ceremony aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) off the coast of Sydney Australia, June 29. This is the 7th iteration of Exercise Talisman Saber, which is a biennial exercise that unites more than 33,000 U.S. and Australian personnel to build on partnerships, interoperability and the ability to respond to contingencies in the region. “The U.S. Pacific Command is proud to partner w/our Australian allies to train for high-end war fighting scenarios…

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BAE Systems and Leonardo to Collaborate on New Precision-guided Munitions for Air, Land and Sea Threats

June 28, 2017 – BAE Systems and Leonardo have announced an initiative to pursue collaborations on new precision-guided solutions that will offer U.S. and allied military forces a range of low-risk, cost effective, advanced munitions for advanced, large caliber weapon systems. The two companies anticipate offering new adaptations of Leonardo’s Vulcano — a family of gun-launched munitions that exceed the performance of currently available precision-guided projectiles — in a variety of gun systems, including the BAE Systems-built Advanced Gun System (AGS) and the Mk 45 naval gun. The AGS is…

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Turnbull Government moves to increase Australian involvement in Defence projects

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today announced changes that will strengthen the requirement for Australian involvement in Defence projects. “We are changing the process companies undergo when responding to tenders for defence equipment,” Minister Pyne said. “The Australian Industry Capability Plan Template has been strengthened in line with Government’s defence industry policy of maximising Australian industry involvement in meeting Australia’s defence capability goals, creating thousands of long-term jobs across the country and economic growth. “This new template demands more than ever before from defence companies, driving…

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NZDF Trains Fijian Navy Sailors

Fijian Navy sailors say they are gaining valuable training on board Inshore Patrol Vessel HMNZS Hawea, which is currently in Fiji to help patrol the South Pacific country’s territorial water. Ensign Josefa Navakaroko, who was assigned to be the assistant Officer of the Watch during the recent patrol, said he would share what he has learnt with his colleagues in the Republic of Fiji Navy (RFN). “I have gained so much knowledge and experience, especially in navigation. Technology on board is more advanced than we are familiar with but with…

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Sikorsky Delivers Second S-92® Helicopter to South Korea Coast Guard

June 27, 2017 – The South Korea Coast Guard has accepted delivery of its second S-92® helicopter for search and rescue following a ceremony today. Sikorsky is a Lockheed Martin company. The South Korea Coast Guard has operated a single S-92 helicopter since March 2014. To date, that aircraft has flown more than 850 flight hours, saving more than 30 lives flying search and rescue and emergency medical transport missions. Most recently, on June 2, a 50-year old man was rescued from a ship by the Korea Coast Guard’s S-92…

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Kratos Awarded BQM-177A Subsonic Aerial Target Drone System LRIP Contract from US Navy

June 28, 2017 – Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. announced today that its Unmanned Systems Division (USD) was awarded an amendment to a previously awarded contract to exercise an option for Low Rate Initial Production Year 1 (LRIP 1) from the U.S. Navy, for BQM-177A Subsonic Aerial Target (SSAT) Drone Systems. The SSAT LRIP 1 order has an initial value of $34,553,229. Coincident with the LRIP 1 order, Kratos was awarded a contract to provide Contractor Logistics Support (CLS); initial value of the CLS award is $2,538,481 for fiscal…

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USA TODAY NETWORK Transports Audiences to the USS Eisenhower with a Groundbreaking Virtual Reality Experience

June 28, 2017 – USA TODAY NETWORK, part of Gannett Co., Inc., today released its latest interactive virtual reality experience: an industry-first fusion of 360-degree storytelling with high-end VR interactivity aboard the USS Eisenhower. “USS Eisenhower VR” transports audiences to the aircraft carrier during the biggest combat training exercises in recent Navy history, allowing users to freely explore stories via an incredibly detailed scale representation of the USS Eisenhower. “USS Eisenhower VR” showcases the amazing visuals and human drama of an aircraft carrier in a totally new way. Audiences can…

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