USS South Dakota (SSN 790) Commissioned

February 2, 2019 – USS South Dakota (SSN 790) became the newest and 17th Virginia-class fast-attack submarine in the U.S. Navy during her commissioning ceremony at Naval Submarine Base New London, February 2, 2019. The U.S. Navy, with assistance from Mrs. Deanie Dempsey, the ship’s sponsor, gave the command, “Man our ship and bring her to life!” spurring the crew into action and all ship’s systems to be tested, including alarms, bells, radars, and scopes. USS South Dakota’s Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Craig Litty, highlighted South Dakota’s capability to dominate the…

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The Most Exclusive Restaurant in the World

January 25, 2019 – You’re trapped in a watertight school bus with no windows, and the bus is submerged off the East Coast of North America, somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean. There’s not much to do aside from your 8-10 hour shift each day. The only other certainty is the food. Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner. A time to sink your teeth into a delicious reminder of life on shore, away from the bus, er, submarine. Now, imagine if the food was terrible. Fortunately for the crew of Pre-Commissioning Unit South Dakota,…

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USS South Dakota to be Commissioned February 2nd

January 2, 2018 – USS South Dakota (SSN 790), will be commissioned at Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Connecticut, Feb. 2, 2019, as the seventeenth Virginia-class submarine to join the fleet. Deanie Dempsey, wife of retired Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, who served as the 18th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is the ship’s sponsor. After spending several decades of service in support of just the Army, Deanie became a champion for all of the services in her role as the chairman’s spouse. She remains actively…

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US Navy Contract Announcements December 11, 2018

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a Lockheed Martin Co., Stratford, Connecticut, is awarded $38,170,404 for cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order N0001919F2503, against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-19-G-0029). This delivery order provides for the development and delivery of a provisioning parts database of technical information to include 2D drawings that support all organizational, intermediate and depot levels in support of initial operational capability for the CH-53K program. Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, and is expected to be completed in November 2023. Fiscal 2019 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy) funds in…

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US Navy Contract Announcements December 4, 2018

Astro Mechanical Contractors Inc.,* El Cajon, California (N62473-19-D-2416); Heffler Contracting Group,* El Cajon, California (N62473-19-D-2417); Public Works Contractor Inc., doing business as PWC Inc.,* Spring Valley, California (N62473-19-D-2418); Souza Construction Inc.,* Farmersville, California (N62473-19-D-2419); Ja’nus Ventilation and Mechanical Inc.,* Lakeside, California (N62473-19-D-2420); and Able Heating and Air Conditioning Inc.,* Chula Vista, California (N62473-19-D-2421), are each awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, multiple award construction contract for new construction, renovation, and repair by design-bid, of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system projects at various government installations located in California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Colorado,…

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US Navy Contract Announcements October 23, 2018

Konecranes Nuclear Equipment and Services LLC, New Berlin, Wisconsin, is awarded a $54,928,445 firm-fixed-price contract to provide one 140-ton portal crane at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. The work to be performed provides for the contractor to design, fabricate, assemble, shop test, deliver, install, inspect, field test and make ready for use one 140-ton portal crane. The crane shall be a portal type with a rotating superstructure, luffing boom, main hoist and an auxiliary hoist designed to meet the dimensional and functional requirements of the specification. Crane installation and utilization will be…

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Governor Malloy Announces State Will Create a Microgrid at Naval Submarine Base New London to Strengthen Resiliency

September 5, 2018 – Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that his administration has approved the release of a $5 million state grant to establish a microgrid at the U.S. Naval Submarine Base (SUBASE) in Groton in order to strengthen storm resiliency and provide energy security. Developed in coordination with the Connecticut Microgrid Program, which was created by Governor Malloy and is administered by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), creating a microgrid will allow the base to seamlessly disconnect from the community utility grid during a power…

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US Navy Contract Announcements September 4, 2018

Hydraulics International Inc.*, Chatsworth, California, is awarded a $43,599,667 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the procurement of up to 305 MHU-83D production units, truck, lift, aerial stores loaders for ordnance/store loading operations on AV-8B, F/A-18, AH-1W, AH-1Z, UH-1Y, and F-35 B/C aircraft in support of the Marine Corps. Work will be performed in Chatsworth, California, and is expected to be completed in September 2023. Fiscal 2018 other procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $3,848,343 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the…

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US Navy Contract Announcements August 27, 2018

United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Connecticut, is awarded $14,493,011 for modification P00006 to a previously awarded, fixed-price-incentive-firm target, cost-plus-incentive-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00019-17-C-0020). This modification provides for additional special tooling for the Lot 11 F-35 Lightning II F-135 engine, including production non-recurring tooling, which are unique manufacturing components and machines needed for production of the F135 engine, including fixtures, jigs, gauges, molds, dies, cutting equipment and patterns. Work will be performed in East Hartford, Connecticut (67 percent); Indianapolis, Indiana (26.5 percent); and Bristol, United Kingdom (6.5…

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US Navy Contract Announcements August 16, 2018

The Pacific Yacht Refitters (PYR) Inc.,* San Diego, California (N4523A18D0801); Naval Coating Inc.,* San Diego, California (N4523A18D0802); Y.Y.K. Enterprise Inc.,* National City, California (N4523A18D0803); AMP United LLC,* New Durham, New Hampshire (N4523A18D0804); and Global Coatings LLC,* Bremerton, Washington (N4523A18D0805), are awarded a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, multiple award contract for the preservation of critical and non-critical surfaces and installation of new coatings on U.S. naval ships/vessels. Typical work under the scope of the multiple award contract program includes: single and multiple coat systems, ultra-high solids, epoxy, solvent based, anti-fouling, and associated structural…

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Coast Guard Cutter Barque Eagle, Band coming to New Bedford

Coast Guard Cutter Eagle, ‘America’s Tall Ship,’ is scheduled to visit New Bedford, Aug. 10-13. The 295-foot Barque Eagle is set to dock at the State Pier Friday, Aug. 10, and will have the following free and public tour schedule: Friday, Aug. 10, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, 10 a.m.- 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12, 1 -5 p.m. The Coast Guard Band will perform a series of pop-up concerts on Friday throughout the towns of New Bedford and Fairhaven. Additionally, there will be a free concert on Saturday at 6…

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Electrical Engineer Found Guilty for Intending to Convert Trade Secrets from Defense Contractor

A federal jury in Hartford, Connecticut yesterday returned guilty verdicts against a man for his conduct related to a scheme to convert trade secrets belonging to a defense contractor based in Groton, Connecticut, related to, among others, an innovative naval prototype being developed for the U.S. Navy, Office of Naval Research, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General John P. Cronan of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney John H. Durham of the District of Connecticut. According to evidence admitted at trial, Jared Dylan Sparks, 35, of Ardmore, Oklahoma, an…

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US Navy Contract Announcements May 29, 2018

Philadelphia Gear Corp., King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, is awarded a $70,819,929 firm-fixed-price modification to previously awarded contract N00024-16-C-4202 to exercise options for two shipsets of Main Reduction Gears (MRGs) for future DDG-51 class guided missile destroyers. The MRGs is the set of gears that transmit the power from two main propulsion gas turbines to the propulsion shaft. Each DDG-51 class destroyer has two gear sets, one for each propulsion shaft. The MRGs to be purchased under this procurement are for installation in DDG-128 and DDG-129. Work will be performed in…

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Connecticut Announces Long-Term Partnership with General Dynamics Electric Boat

Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced May 1st an historic partnership with General Dynamics Electric Boat (EB) that will help the company grow their workforce by nearly 1,900 bringing it to more than 13,000 by 2034, allow for capital investments of greater than $800 million in the state over the next 17 years, and more than double their spending on in-state suppliers, which are located in 102 Connecticut cities and towns. Connecticut’s investment will allow EB to maintain its position as the highest-quality provider of submarines to the U.S. Navy, thus…

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