USS Gerald R. Ford Receives First Advanced Weapons Elevator

January 16, 2019 – USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), closed out 2018 on a high note with the acceptance of the ship’s first advanced weapons elevator (AWE), setting the tone for more positive developments in the year ahead. AWE Upper Stage #1 was turned over to the ship on Dec. 21, following testing and certification by engineers at Huntington Ingalls Industries-Newport News Shipbuilding, where the ship is currently working through its post-shakedown availability (PSA). The acceptance marks a major milestone for the ship and the Ford-class of aircraft carriers…

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US Navy Contract Announcements January 16, 2019

Gilbane Federal, Concord, California, is awarded a $10,966,383 firm-fixed-price modification to previously awarded contract (N39430-15-D-1634) to decrease the value of the contract for the cleaning, inspection and repair of Fuel Storage Tanks 305, 307, and 308 at Defense Fuel Support Point (DFSP) Tsurumi, Japan. Work on Tanks 305, 307, and 308 is being removed from the contract due to contractor performance problems. After award of this modification, the total cumulative contract value will be $6,426,985. Work will be performed in Tsurumi, Japan, and is expected to be completed by March…

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American, British Navies Sail Together in South China Sea

January 15, 2019 – USS McCampbell (DDG 85) and Royal Navy Type 23 frigate HMS Argyll (F231) conducted operations together in the South China Sea, Jan. 11-16. At sea, McCampbell and Argyll conducted communication drills, division tactics, and a personnel exchange designed to address common maritime security priorities, enhance interoperability, and develop relationships that will benefit both navies for many years to come. “We routinely train with regional allies and partners, but it is a rare opportunity for my team to work with the Royal Navy,” said Cmdr. Allison Christy,…

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The Marine Information Package (DIM 2019) is online

January 16, 2019 (Google Translation) – The IMU takes stock of the Navy with the list of vessels in service, future programs and the distribution of seamen in schools, forces and staffs. Beyond photography at a moment T, we must see a Marine in movement thanks to an increased modernization and a major renewal of the Fleet that allows the military programming law (LPM) 2019-2025. The course is set by the Mercator Plan to build the 2030 Navy together. The DIM unveils the new names of types of surface buildings,…

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D-Day 75: events to mark 75th anniversary of Normandy Landings announced

January 16, 2019 – Events to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day in June 2019 have been announced at an event at The D-Day Story in Portsmouth. Vice Chief of the Defence Staff General Sir Gordon Messenger announced the official commemorations during a visit to The D-Day Story in Portsmouth. The Ministry of Defence has worked with The Royal British Legion and Portsmouth City Council to organize a series of events to take place in Portsmouth and Normandy. The centerpiece of the D-Day 75 program will be a specially-chartered ship…

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Project 12700 Ivan Antonov Completes Sea Trials

January 16, 2019 (Google Translation) – The newest mine defense ship project 12700 “Ivan Antonov” successfully completed state tests and its crew is preparing for the solemn ceremony of raising the flag of St. Andrew, which will be held on January 26. Earlier, on December 29, 2018, the corresponding acceptance documentation on the completion of ship tests was signed. The ceremony will be attended by representatives of the Main Command of the Navy, the Baltic Fleet, the military-industrial complex. The ship “Ivan Antonov”, built at the Sredne-Nevsky shipbuilding plant in…

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General Dynamics NASSCO Commissions New Panel Line

January 11, 2019 – General Dynamics NASSCO held a ribbon-cutting ceremony today to commission its new panel line, which expands steel production capabilities for the construction of commercial and government ships in San Diego. The new panel line enables distortion-free welding of plates as thin as five millimeters to produce lighter, more energy efficient ships. The cutting-edge facility uses hybrid laser arc welding and numerically controlled robots to mill, seam and weld steel panels in a highly automated production line. These features improve capacity, quality, accuracy and cycle time, and…

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US and Denmark take command of two NATO naval groups

January 16, 2019 – A US Navy Admiral has assumed command of NATO’s Standing NATO Maritime Group (SNMG) 1, taking over from a Royal Danish Navy Commodore. In a ceremony marking the hand-over in Copenhagen on Monday (14 January 2019), Rear Admiral Edward Cashman of the US Navy said: “The North Atlantic is a bridge that connects the Allies, not a barrier that separates them. That connectivity is even stronger today and more important than ever to our security and to our prosperity.” Rear Admiral Cashman will command the group…

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BAE Systems to enhance the communications and connectivity of U.S. and Joint forces across the Pacific

January 15, 2019 – BAE Systems will assist the U.S. Navy in maintaining and operating multiple electronic, communication, and computing platforms under a five-year, $79.8 million contract. The program, which supports the Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station, Pacific, will enable BAE Systems to continue providing 24/7 operations and maintenance support for afloat and ashore command, control, communications, computer, and intelligence systems. “We are maintaining ship-to-shore, shore-to-aircraft, and shore-to-shore long-range communications systems,” said Mark Keeler, vice president and general manager of BAE Systems’ Integrated Defense Solutions business. “Our work…

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Leonardo DRS Announces Long-Term Agreement with GE to Extend LM2500 Gas Turbine Packaging for U.S. Navy

January 16, 2019 – Leonardo DRS, Inc. announced today that it has extended its LM2500 Gas Turbine packaging supply agreement with GE’s Marine Solutions through the end of 2024, with an option to extend through 2029. This strategic agreement covers the manufacture of GE-designed LM2500 packages for U.S. Navy and selected international platforms. For the three LM2500 engine sizes (LM2500, LM2500+ and LM2500+G4), Leonardo DRS provides the baseplate, enclosure, and a fully instrumented, wired and piped package to meet customer turbine start and fire protection systems. It represents a continuation…

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DRS Hybrid Electric Drive Provided to US Coast Guard Cutter

January 15, 2019 ̶ Leonardo DRS, Inc. announced today that it will provide a second hybrid electric drive system for the U.S. Coast Guard’s next Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC), USCGC Chase WMSM 916, under a contract from Eastern Shipbuilding. Eastern Shipbuilding is the prime contractor and builder of these next-generation OPCs. Under the contract, originally announced in 2017, Leonardo DRS would provide the HED systems for the first nine ships of the OPC program with a contract value totaling $10.7 million. The first HED system is set to be delivered…

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U.S. Navy And Air Force Award Lockheed Martin Second Production Lot For Long Range Anti-Ship Missiles

January 15, 2019 – Lockheed Martin received a $172 million contract from the U.S. Navy and Air Force for Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) production. The contract continues the production for the air-launched variant of LRASM, including a full production run of missiles and engineering support. This is the second of several expected annual production lots that will deliver next-generation anti-ship missiles to the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force. “LRASM brings a game-changing capability to both the U.S. Air Force and the Navy,” said David Helsel, LRASM director at…

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Defense Intelligence Agency Releases Report on China Military Power

January 15,2019 – The Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) today released China Military Power, a product that examines the core capabilities of China’s military. This volume in DIA’s series of Military Power reports provides details on China’s defense and military goals, strategy, plans, and intentions. It examines the organization, structure and capability of the military supporting those goals, as well as the enabling infrastructure and industrial base. “This report offers insights into the modernization of Chinese military power as it reforms from a defensive, inflexible ground-based force charged with domestic and…

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Capture of a Brazilian Fishing Vessel in Jurisdictional Waters

January 13, 2019 (Google Translation) – The National Navy captured during a Uruguayan jurisdictional waters (CAJ) operation a Brazilian fishing vessel that was fishing illegally in our territorial waters. In the early morning hours of the morning the National Navy in an operation of jurisdictional waters between the ROU 01 “Uruguay”, the Aircraft B-200 T of the Naval Aviation and an endowment of the Marine Infantry Command managed to capture a fishing vessel of Brazilian flag that carried out illegal fishing in our waters. The fishing boat “TATUIRA” was 70…

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Raytheon selected for classic Hornet AESA radar upgrade

January 15, 2019 – The U.S. Marine Corps selected Raytheon’s APG-79(v)4 AESA radar to equip its F/A-18C/D classic Hornet fleet. Raytheon will begin delivering radars in 2020 and complete deliveries by 2022. The APG-79(v)4 is a scaled version of the APG-79 AESA radar integrated on the U.S. Navy and Royal Australian Air Force’s Super Hornets and EA-18G Growlers. Along with improved targeting capabilities, crews gain an edge in crucial operations across the spectrum – including air dominance, maritime strike and air-to-surface missions. “With AESA radars, fighter jet pilots and crews…

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