SECNAV Names Future Destroyer in Honor of US Navy Medal of Honor Recipient

March 18, 2019 – Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer has named a future Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, DDG 130, in honor of Medal of Honor recipient, Hospital Corpsman Master Chief William Charette. Charette, a native of Ludington, Michigan, joined the Navy in 1951 and served in the Korean War in the Fleet Marine Force (FMF) as a hospital corpsman attached to Company F, Third Platoon, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division. “The actions of Hospital Corpsman William Charette will neither be forgotten or diminished,” Spencer said.…

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Navy Accepts Delivery of Future USS Paul Ignatius

February 22, 2019 – The Navy accepted delivery of the future destroyer USS Paul Ignatius (DDG 117) from Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Ingalls shipbuilding division, Feb. 22. Accepting delivery of DDG 117 represents the official transfer of the ship from the shipbuilder to the Navy. Prior to delivery, the ship conducted a series of at-sea and pier-side trials to demonstrate its material and operational readiness. The 67th Arleigh Burke class destroyer honors Paul Robert Ignatius, who served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, as Secretary of the Navy…

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Navy to Christen Destroyer Frank E Petersen Jr

October 4, 2018 – The Navy will christen the newest guided-missile destroyer, the future USS Frank E. Petersen Jr. (DDG 121) Saturday, Oct. 6, during a 10:00 a.m. CDT ceremony at Huntington Ingalls Industries shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi. The future USS Frank E. Petersen Jr. is the first ship named in honor of Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Frank E. Petersen Jr., the first African-American Marine Corps aviator and the first African-American Marine Corps officer promoted to brigadier general. When he retired in 1988 after 38 years of service, he was,…

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Navy Awards DDG 51 FY18-22 Multiyear Procurement Contracts

September 28, 2018 – Today, the Navy awarded two contracts for the DDG 51 fiscal years (FY) 2018 – 2022 multiyear procurement (MYP) for DDG 51 Arleigh Burke class destroyers. “These contract awards are further evidence of the Navy’s continued delivery of lethal capacity to the Nation with a sense of urgency while ensuring best value for the taxpayer,” said James F. Geurts, assistant secretary of the Navy for research, development and acquisition. “The Navy saved $700 million for these 10 ships by using multiyear procurement contracts rather than a…

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DDG-51 Program Marks Start of Construction Milestones at BIW, HII

The Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) destroyers continue to achieve shipbuilding milestones with start of construction at both shipbuilders, Bath Iron Works (BIW), Bath, Maine, and Huntington Ingalls Industries, Pascagoula, Mississippi. On May 17, construction of the future USS Harvey C. Barnum Jr. (DDG 124) began at BIW. The ship’s namesake, Col. Harvey “Barney” Barnum, Jr. (Ret.), was on hand to officially mark the start of fabrication on the ship. In Pascagoula, Mississippi, construction of the future USS Jack H. Lucas (DDG 125) officially began May 7. DDG-125 will be…

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Huntington Ingalls Industries Begins Fabrication of Jack H. Lucas (DDG 125)

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (NYSE:HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division officially started fabrication of the Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) destroyer Jack H. Lucas (DDG 125) today. The start of fabrication signifies the first 100 tons of steel have been cut. “The start of fabrication on a new destroyer is always exciting,” Ingalls’ DDG 51 program manager George Nungesser said. “DDG 125 is no exception. Our shipbuilders have delivered 30 of these ships to the U.S. Navy and back-to-back building has allowed them to gain experience and talent that is unmatched in our industry.…

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Navy to Commission New Guided-Missile Destroyer Ralph Johnson

The Navy will commission its newest guided-missile destroyer, the future USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114), during a 10:00 a.m. EDT ceremony Saturday, March 24, at Columbus Street Pier in Charleston, South Carolina.  The future USS Ralph Johnson honors Marine Corps Pfc. Ralph Henry Johnson, who posthumously received the Medal of Honor for his “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity” during the Vietnam War. On March 5, 1968, in an observation post overlooking the Quan Duc Valley, Johnson used his body to shield fellow Marines from a grenade, absorbing the blast and dying instantly.…

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SECNAV Names Newest Destroyer in Honor of U.S. Marine

Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer named the next Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer in honor of Marine Corps Vietnam veteran and Navy Cross recipient Lance Cpl. Patrick Gallagher. In 1966, Gallagher, who immigrated from Ballyhaunis, Ireland in 1962, joined the Marine Corps where he served in H-Company, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division during Operation Hastings in the Republic of Vietnam. “Lance Corporal Gallagher is an American hero. His exemplary service in defense of our nation and his strength and sacrifice leaves an example for all servicemen…

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Lockheed Martin Receives $150 Million Contract to Deliver Integrated High Energy Laser Weapon Systems to U.S. Navy

The U.S. Navy awarded Lockheed Martin a $150 million contract, with options worth up to $942.8 million, for the development, manufacture and delivery of two high power laser weapon systems, including intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) and counter-Unmanned Aerial System (counter-UAS) capabilities, by fiscal year 2020. With the High Energy Laser and Integrated Optical-dazzler with Surveillance (HELIOS) system, Lockheed Martin will help the Navy take a major step forward in its goal to field laser weapon systems aboard surface ships. “The HELIOS program is the first of its kind, and brings together laser…

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Navy Releases RFP for FY 2018-2022 DDG 51 Multiyear Shipbuilding Procurement

The Navy will release the final Request for Proposal (RFP) for the DDG 51 Fiscal Years (FY) 2018 – 2022 Multiyear Procurement (MYP) for Flight III Arleigh Burke-class destroyers on Feb. 8.  This solicitation is a limited competition between the two current DDG 51 class shipbuilders, General Dynamics – Bath Iron Works (BIW) and Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII).   This procurement will continue production of the DDG 51 class shipbuilding program, which has delivered 65 ships to date.  The request for FY 2018-2022 MYP authority was included in the President’s FY…

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GE Ships LM2500 Marine Gas Turbine for United States Navy 75th DDG Destroyer

GE’s Marine Solutions has shipped a LM2500 marine gas turbine propulsion module that will help power the United States Navy’s 75th DDG Arleigh Burke­-class destroyer Jack H. Lucas (DDG 125), the company reported today at the Surface Navy Association’s 30th Annual Symposium. Shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Ingalls Shipbuilding division will construct this new destroyer with U.S. Navy Flight III upgrades incorporated. Each DDG destroyer features four GE LM2500 marine gas turbines in a COmbined Gas turbine And Gas turbine (COGAG) configuration. “Since 1991 – for just the U.S. Navy’s DDG…

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USS Shoup Returns to Everett After Deployment

USS Shoup (DDG 86) returned to Naval Station Everett, Dec. 10, from a scheduled six-month deployment with the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group to the Indo-Asia-Pacific region and the Arabian Gulf. Shoup is part of Nimitz Strike Group and operates under U.S. 3rd Fleet, which leads naval forces in the Pacific and provides the realistic, relevant training necessary for an effective global Navy. U.S. 3rd Fleet constantly coordinates with U.S. 7th Fleet to plan and execute missions based on their complementary strengths to promote ongoing peace, security, and stability throughout the…

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USS Pinckney Returns to San Diego After Deployment

USS Pinckney (DDG 91) returned to Naval Base San Diego, Dec. 10, following a six-month deployment to the Indo-Asia-Pacific region and the Arabian Gulf. Pinckney left her homeport of San Diego in June with an embarked detachment from Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 75. As part of the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group, the ship and her crew sailed nearly 52,000 miles during the deployment – equivalent to roughly twice around the world. Sailors participated in high-value unit escort missions and supported a joint task force during President Donald Trump’s Southeast…

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Huntington Ingalls Industries Authenticates Keel of Guided Missile Destroyer Lenah H Sutcliffe Higbee (DDG 123)

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (NYSE:HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division authenticated the keel of the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer Lenah H. Sutcliffe Higbee (DDG 123) today. The ship is named in honor of the first woman to receive the Navy Cross. “It is always exciting to celebrate the keel authentication of another Arleigh Burke-class destroyer,” Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias said during a shipyard ceremony this morning. “The keel authentication is an important milestone in a ship’s life, as we lay the foundation upon which this great ship will be built. Like…

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USS McFaul Arrives in Lisbon

USS McFaul (DDG 74) arrived in Lisbon, Portugal, Oct. 20, 2017, for a scheduled port visit to enhance U.S.-Portugal relations as the two nations work together for a stable, secure and prosperous Europe. McFaul’s visit strengthens the enduring relationship between the two allied countries. These types of visits demonstrate commitment to regional stability and maritime security in this vital region of the world. “This crew is really excited about this port visit as it provides us with an opportunity to interact and meet with the people of Lisbon, as well…

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