U.S. Naval War College Hosts Naval History Conference on Lessons From WWI, the Legacy of William Sims

March 20, 2019 – One hundred years ago, Navy Adm. William Sims returned triumphantly to Newport to reopen the shuttered U.S. Naval War College at the end of World War I. In celebration of that milestone, scholars of naval history gathered in the college’s Mahan Reading Room on March 14 and 15 to examine the naval lessons of World War I and discuss how they might inform today’s Navy. “You all contribute to probably the most important thing that we do, that’s using our voice to understand history and how…

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Boeing Receives U.S. Navy Multiyear Contract for F/A-18 Production

March 20, 2019 – With a three-year contract award for 78 F/A-18 Block III Super Hornets, Boeing [NYSE: BA] will play a vital role in the U.S. Navy’s fleet modernization efforts. The Block III configuration adds capability upgrades that include enhanced network capability, longer range, reduced radar signature, an advanced cockpit system and an enhanced communication system. Boeing will begin converting existing Block II Super Hornets to Block III early in the next decade. The fighter’s life also will be extended from 6,000 hours to 10,000 hours. This new multi-year…

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US Navy Contract Announcements March 20, 2019

The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Missouri, is awarded a ceiling priced $4,040,458,297 modification to convert a previously awarded advanced acquisition contract (N00019-18-C-1046) to a fixed-price-incentive-firm-target multi-year contract. The target price for this multi-year contract is $4,001,410,000. This modification provides for the full-rate production and delivery of 78 F/A-18 aircraft, specifically 61 F/A-18E and 17 F/A-18F aircraft for fiscal years 2018 through 2021. Work will be performed in El Segundo, California (61 percent); Hazelwood, Missouri (9 percent); Longueuil, Quebec, Canada (2 percent); Torrance, California (2 percent); Bloomington, Minnesota (2 percent); Ajax,…

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Raytheon Awarded SPY-6 Contract

March 14, 2019 – Raytheon Co., Integrated Defense Systems, Marlborough, Massachusetts, is awarded a $402,658,015 fixed-price-incentive (firm target) modification to previously-awarded contract N00024-14-C-5315 to exercise options for Air and Missile Defense Radar Program (AMDR) low-rate initial production (LRIP). This modification will provide for three AMDR LRIP units. The LRIP units will be deployed on DDG 51 Flight III-class ships. Work will be performed in Marlborough, Massachusetts, and is expected to be completed by March 2023. Fiscal 2019 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) funding in the amount of $402,658,015 will be obligated…

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Project 775 Oslabya Weapons Training in Sea of Japan

March 14, 2019 (Google Translation) – In accordance with the combat training plan, the large landing ship Oslyabya worked in the Sea of ​​Japan to conduct naval combat with a single ship. In the area of ​​the landfill on the island of Zheltukhin the ship struck at difficult target positions on the coast, which imitated long-term firing points, equipment and personnel of the conditional enemy. In the sea range in providing anti-submarine aircraft Il-38 and Tu-142, the ship repulsed the attack of the air attack equipment of the conditional enemy…

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Keel Laid for Future USS Bougainville

March 14, 2019 – The keel laying and authentication ceremony for the future USS Bougainville (LHA 8) was held at the Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Ingalls Shipbuilding division (HII), March 14. The ship’s sponsor, Ellyn Dunford, authenticated the keel by welding her initials into the keel plate. Traditionally, keel laying marks the first step in ship construction. However, with today’s advanced modular shipbuilding, the keel laying ceremony now recognizes the joining together of a ship’s components and is a major milestone in the ship’s construction. Fabrication of Bougainville began in October…

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SAIC Awarded $57 Million Seaport-e Task Order

March 14, 2019 – Science Applications International Corp. won a $57 million Seaport-e task order to provide engineering support services to the Polymers and Undersea Sensors Branch at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division. “but it is also an affirmation of the Product Support Center services model we’ve developed with them.” “This win not only continues the strong partnership we’ve had for 30 years with NSWC Crane,” said Jim Scanlon, executive vice president and general manager of SAIC’s Defense Systems customer group, “but it is also an affirmation of…

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HMS Penzance Completes Refit at Rosyth

March 13, 2019 – We have successfully completed the refit of HMS Penzance minehunter vessel at our Rosyth site. HMS Penzance – one of the Royal Navy’s Sandown class minehunters – underwent a 10 month docking period at Rosyth. The refit included the replacement of both main engines, multiple Glass Reinforced Plastic (GRP) repairs and Addition and Alteration (A&A) packages. A team of over 50 Babcock employees made up of experienced electrical, mechanical, engineering, joinery and GRP shipwright resource delivered the work – alongside specialist sub-contractors. After passing the Ready…

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Navy Chooses Port Everglades for Commissioning of the Future USS Paul Ignatius (DDG 117)

March 14, 2019 – Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer has approved Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida as the site for the commissioning of the future guided missile destroyer USS Paul Ignatius (DDG 117). The event will take place July 27. The ship is named in honor of Paul Robert Ignatius, who served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, as Secretary of the Navy from 1967- 1969, and as Assistant Secretary of Defense during the Lyndon B. Johnson administration. DDG-117 is the U.S. Navy’s 67th Arleigh Burke-class…

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Pearl Harbor Minesweeper Ship Bell arrives at NSWC PCD

March 13, 2019 – The bell from the USS Tern, a lapwing-class minesweeper, that rescued 47 men and fought fires on the USS West Virginia and USS Arizona for two days after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor will soon be on display in the lobby of the Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD). “This bell is an important artifact that represents an important day in Navy history,” said Capt. Aaron Peters, NSWC PCD commanding officer. “It is a connection with history and is a reminder of the…

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MV Ocean Giant Offloads Operations Deep Freeze 2019 Materian at Port Hueneme

March 13, 2019 – Military Sealift Command-chartered container ship MV Ocean Giant has successfully completed Operation Deep Freeze (ODF) cargo offload operations in Port Hueneme, Calif. The operation was part of MSC’s annual resupply mission in support of the Joint Task Force Support for Antarctica mission to the NSF-managed U.S. Antarctic Program. A team from MSC, including Navy Reservists from MSC’s Expeditionary Port Unit (EPU) 114, coordinated all aspects of the offload of 450 containers of retrograde—including station waste and recyclables, as well as ice-core samples for scientific study. The…

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Arrival of the TAAF Prefect on FS Champlain

March 13, 2019 (Google Translation) – On 21 February 2019, the Prefect and Senior Administrator of the French Southern and Antarctic Lands (TAAF) Evelyne Decorps boarded the Champlain on the occasion of her return to the naval base at Port des Galets. Accompanied by the commander of the naval base and the chief of staff of the armed forces of the southern Indian Ocean (FAZSOI), this was his first visit since taking office on 30 October 2018. This highly symbolic visit took place on the return of the Champlain’s first…

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CNS Reviews Operational Readiness Exercise in Kochi

March 18, 2019 – The Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Admiral Sunil Lanba, PVSM, AVSM, ADC, arrived Kochi on 18 March 19 for the debrief of the recently concluded annual Theatre Level Readiness and Operational Exercise (TROPEX). Commanders-in-Chief of all the three naval Commands, along with a number of senior operational commanders and representatives from Indian Army, Air Force and Indian Coast Guard attended and participated in the discussions held at the Naval Base, Kochi. The day long review of TROPEX 2019 was undertaken to examine the conduct of exercise…

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ANZAC Class Frigates — Sustainment

The audit objective was to examine whether the Department of Defence has effective and efficient sustainment arrangements for the Royal Australian Navy’s fleet of eight ANZAC class frigates. Summary and recommendations Background 1. The Royal Australian Navy (Navy) operates eight ANZAC class frigates. The frigates were commissioned between 1996 and 2006, and form part of Navy’s core surface warship capability. The ANZAC class is used to: conduct surveillance and patrols; protect shipping and strategic areas; provide naval gunfire in support of the Army; and undertake disaster relief and search and rescue…

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Truman Gets Back to Sea

March 16, 2019 – USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) departed Naval Station Norfolk, March 16, following a three month availability period used to upgrade systems, conduct maintenance, and provide targeted training. “Our team is excited to do what we do best – conduct operations at sea,” said Harry S. Truman Commanding Officer, Capt. Nick Dienna. “Routine training evolutions like this help us build on the success of our last deployment, strengthening our fundamentals and improving our technical expertise.” Harry S. Truman returned to its homeport in Norfolk Dec. 16…

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