USNS Hershel Williams Completes Integrated Trials

USNS Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams (T-ESB 4), successfully completed the first Integrated Trials for an Expeditionary Sea Base (ESB) ship Jan. 19, sailing from and returning to General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Co. (NASSCO) shipyard in San Diego. Integrated Trials combine Builder’s and Acceptance Trials, allowing for the shipyard to demonstrate to the Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey the operational capability and mission readiness of all the ship’s systems during a single underway period. During trials, the shipbuilder conducted comprehensive tests to demonstrate the performance of all of the…

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US Navy Contract Announcements January 23, 2018

Pontiac Drywall Systems Inc.,* Pontiac, Michigan, is being awarded $13,510,244 for firm-fixed-price task order N4008018F4072 under a previously awarded multiple award construction contract (N40085-17-D-5039) for repair and restoration of Fuller Hall in Building 46NS at Naval Support Activity Annapolis. The work to be performed provides for interior and exterior repairs, upgrades building systems, corrects building code deficiencies and incorporates energy efficient and sustainable elements to enhance enlisted personnel living conditions. Work will be performed in Annapolis, Maryland, and is expected to be completed by January 2020. Fiscal 2018 operations and…

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NRP Viana do Castelo Assists in Trials With New Pico da Barrosa Marine Comms Center

Google Translation The Potuguese Navy, through the Communications Center of the Azores and with the support of the oceanic patrol vessel “Viana do Castelo”, on a mission in the Autonomous Region of the Azores, held on January 16 and 17, 2018, coverage tests and quality assessment of the new coastal communications station of Pico da Barrosa, built in December 2017. This station, built to replace the old Navy VHF radio communications network, adds new communications features such as GMDSS-DSC (Digital Selective Calling), thus contributing to improving the safety of coastal…

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Two Portuguese Navy Ships Visit São Tomé

Google Translation The two navy ships, the “Bérrio” refueling vessel and the “Zaire” patrol ship, who left Portugal on January 3 for a maritime training mission of the São Francisco Coast Guard, arrived in São Tomé on Monday. Upon the arrival of the Portuguese vessels, their commanders gave protocolary greetings to the Commander of the São Tomé and Príncipe Coast Guard (STP), the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of Sao Tome and Principe, the Portuguese Ambassador to STP and to the Minister of National Defense and Internal Administration…

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L&T Launches Second Offshore Patrol Vessel for Indian Coast Guard

Larsen & Toubro launched the second Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) of a series of seven OPVs for the Indian Coast Guard at the company’s greenfield defence shipyard at Kattupalli, near Chennai on Saturday, January 20th, 2018. The OPV was formally lowered into the waters of the Bay of Bengal at the hands of Smt. Natarajan, wife of ADG K Natarajan, PTM, TM, COMCG (Western Seaboard) of the Indian Coast Guard. She named the OPV CGS Vijaya. L&T is the first private Indian shipyard to construct and deliver OPVs for the…

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International Hydrofoil Society – 2018 Mandles Prize for Hydrofoil Excellence

Hydrofoils are “wings under water” that substantially increase the speed, maneuverability and stability of many boats, ships and other watercraft by lifting them above the surface and waves through which they might otherwise experience significant resistance, delay and hazards. Founded in England in 1970 and based in the United States since 1980, the International Hydrofoil Society (IHS) remains an all-volunteer, not-for-profit society for hydrofoil enthusiasts worldwide who are involved with or fascinated by commercial, recreational or military hydrofoils of many sizes and types including, but not limited to, speedboats, sail…

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BAE Systems to Provide U.S. Navy with Modernized Mk 45 Guns

The U.S. Navy has awarded BAE Systems a $46.8 million contract option to deliver four additional Mk 45 Naval Guns. The contract modification calls for upgrading existing guns to the Mod 4 configuration to increase the firepower and extend the range of the weapons. This modification to the initial 10-gun contract brings the full value of the award to $176.8 million for the 14 guns. “The Mk 45 is the industry standard for large caliber naval guns, and the Mod 4 updates make the system easier to integrate onto the…

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Pacific Fleet Long-Range ASW Air Force conducts practical bombing to engage sea targets

Today, in accordance with the PF Naval Air Force combat training plan, the Tu-142MZ long-range ASW aircraft carried out practical bombing to engage sea targets. While flying, the ASW aircraft practiced the assigned tasks – search, identification and tracking of the simulated enemy’s ships. Simulated targets were defeated by the P-50T aerial bombs. In addition, anti-submarine pilots trained in using radar and hydro-acoustic detection means, setting buoys, receiving and analyzing the information transmitted by them. In total, six crews of anti-submarine aircraft of the Pacific Fleet were involved in the…

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PLA Navy deploys ‘new type of electronic warfare aircraft’

The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy’s South China Sea Fleet deployed a “new type of electronic warfare aircraft” in its recent combat maneuvers, a move to greatly enhance the navy’s capabilities in modern warfare to safeguard the country’s sea rights, said Chinese military experts. The new aircraft is the H-6G bomber developed for 10 years with the Electronic Countermeasures (ECM) pods being equipped underneath its wings. It was the first time the bomber played “a supporting role in the electronic warfare,” according to Military Time, a China Central Television CCTV…

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Coast Guard Cutter Elm leaving for major dry dock overhaul, homeport change

Coast Guard Cutter Elm will make her final departure from the cutter’s homeport in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina, in January 2018 to the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore for a scheduled major dry dock overhaul. The Coast Guard Cutter Maple, which is completing its own midlife overhaul, will replace the Elm in Atlantic Beach this April. The Elm, a Juniper Class, 225-foot seagoing buoy tender, was commissioned in 1998 and reported to Coast Guard Sector Field Office Macon, North Carolina. The Elm has spent the last 20 years maintaining over…

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L’Aigrette on Sea Trials

Google Translation The leadership L’Aigrette of the new tugs-pushers intended for the French Navy have started his sea trials in Toulon. Following the commissioning carried out in Nort sur Erdre at Merré shipyard, the sea trials will be finalized and the delivery would be expected in May 2018. Mass production must then begin with the commissioning and sea trials feedback integration from L’Aigrette, if necessary. Built with a steel hull and an aluminum superstructure, this 12 meters length pusher-tug can reach a speed of 8 knots and has a 10…

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USS John C. Stennis returns to sea for training

USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) departed its homeport of Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton, Jan. 16, to carry out routine training at sea. This is the first underway of the new year for John C. Stennis. John C. Stennis Sailors are scheduled to conduct flight operations, damage control and firefighting training, seamanship training, medical training, and exercises designed to maintain technical and tactical proficiency in a variety of warfare areas. The crew is continuing to prepare for their next scheduled deployment.

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100th Moriah Wind System delivered

Members of the Moriah Wind System (MWS) Integrated Product Team, from the Aircraft Launch and Recovery Equipment Program Office (PMA 251), and leadership from contractor, Quality Performance, Inc. (QPI) celebrate the 100th system delivery to the fleet at a ceremony on Jan. 17 at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey. The Moriah team began working with QPI in 2002, and the contractor-government team has since delivered and installed the digital wind measurement systems to numerous ships in the fleet. The system provides wind speed and direction information, including crosswind and…

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