USS Gridley Completes Alongside Refit

July 12, 2019 – USS Gridley (DDG 101) completed an on-time, pierside pre-deployment availability, June 14 at Naval Station Everett. In 20 working days, the Gridley project team, ship’s force, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility Detachment Everett and Pacific Ship Repair delivered a combat-capable asset back to the fleet. “This was a great team effort across the entire detachment in providing technical assistance and completing necessary repairs to support an on-time deployment for Gridley,” said Cmdr. Mark Schuchmann, officer-in-charge, PSNS & IMF Detachment Everett. Highlights of the…

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Detachment Everett completes USS Sampson work ahead of schedule

May 2, 2019 – USS Sampson (DDG 102) was returned to the fleet one day ahead of schedule thanks to the teamwork of Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility Detachment Everett, Vigor Marine and ship’s force. This was despite the project facing numerous scheduling challenges. “Planning and teamwork were instrumental,” said Cmdr. Mark Schuchmann, PSNS & IMF Detachment Everett officer in charge. “All the stakeholders came together shortly after contract award to review the schedule and identify areas of concern.” Their continuous dialogue and teamwork throughout the availability…

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USAF Accepts First Boeing KC-46A Pegasus Tanker Aircraft

January 10, 2019 – The U.S. Air Force has accepted the first Boeing [NYSE: BA] KC-46A Pegasus tanker aircraft, setting the stage for the aircraft’s delivery to McConnell Air Force Base, in Wichita, Kan., in the coming weeks. “The KC-46A is a proven, safe, multi-mission aircraft that will transform aerial refueling and mobility operations for decades to come. We look forward to working with the Air Force, and the Navy, during their initial operational test and evaluation of the KC-46, as we further demonstrate the operational capabilities of this next-generation…

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BAE Systems to Modernize USS Shoup Under $78 Million Contract

January 2, 2019 – BAE Systems has received a $78.8 million contract from the U.S. Navy for the maintenance and modernization of USS Shoup (DDG 86), an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer (DDG). The value of the competitively awarded contract could reach $87.6 million if all options are exercised. “Our team is experienced with the DDG class and ready to get to work to ready the Shoup for service in the fleet for many years to come.” “The Shoup availability is a large, complex repair job,” said David M. Thomas Jr., vice…

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USS Shoup returns home from Indo-Pacific deployment

November 21, 2018 – USS Shoup (DDG 86) returned to its homeport of Naval Station Everett, Wash., Nov. 21. While on deployment Shoup supported the Oceania Maritime Security Initiative (OMSI) and participated in exercise Valiant Shield 2018. OMSI is a secretary of defense initiative aimed at diminishing transnational illegal activity on the high seas in the Pacific Island nations of Oceania’s exclusive economic zones and enhancing regional security and interoperability with partner nations. Shoup’s crew proved their combat effectiveness during Valiant Shield 2018, demonstrating their ability to conduct joint operations…

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Boeing Awarded $2.9 Billion for Fourth KC-46A Tanker Production Lot

September 10, 2018 – The U.S. Air Force today awarded Boeing [NYSE: BA] a $2.9 billion contract for 18 KC-46A tanker aircraft, spares, support equipment, spare engines and wing air refueling pod kits. With this fourth production lot, Boeing now is on contract for 52 KC-46 tankers. Boeing received its first two production lots, for 7 and 12 aircraft, in August 2016. The third lot, for 15 aircraft, was awarded in January 2017. “We’re excited to partner with the Air Force on an aircraft that will provide its fleet unmatched…

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USNS Bob Hope, USNS Carl Brashear Conduct Inport Ship-to Ship Transfer in Support of Upcoming RIMPAC Exercise

Military Sealift Command ships USNS Carl Brashear (T-AKE 7) and USNS Bob Hope (T-AKR 300) conducted an inport, ship-to-ship transfer operations at Naval Station Everett, Wash., yesterday, in preparation for the upcoming summertime maritime exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) in Hawaii. Due to limited pier space at the shipyard, and with a timeline for RIMPAC support, the decision was made to conduct the inport ship-to-ship operation, something not as widely done by MSC ships as transfers-at-sea, such underway replenishments conducted by duty oilers several times a week. Brashear, who…

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Vigor Wins USS Sampson Refit Contract

The U.S. Navy has awarded a $42.2 million dollar contract to Vigor for repairs and changes to the guided-missile destroyer USS Sampson. Work on the USS Sampson will be done in Seattle and Everett and may include blasting, painting and surface preparation, as well as work on the ship’s freeboard, struts, rudders, hull, electric infrastructure and other parts. The $42.2 million dollar award to perform the work is on top of the $35 million firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite quantity contract to prepare for and accomplish repair and alteration requirements in support of…

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USS Sampson Returns to Everett After Deployment

USS Sampson (DDG 102) is scheduled to return to homeport at Naval Station Everett May 9, completing a seven-month deployment. Sampson departed Everett to join Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group Oct. 3. The destroyer provided seaborne protection to the strike group, escorted high-value ships, and served nearby communities during port calls in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet areas of operation. “Seeing Sampson’s sailors grow professionally and tactically has been the most rewarding part of this deployment. Their efforts enabled Sampson to successfully complete every mission when called upon,” said…

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USS Ralph Johnson set to arrive at Everett homeport

The newly commissioned Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114) is scheduled to arrive at its homeport of Naval Station Everett, April 27. Ralph Johnson will be the sixth U.S. Navy destroyer homeported in Everett, including USS Momsen (DDG 92), USS Shoup (DDG 86), USS Gridley (DDG 101), USS Kidd (DDG 100), and USS Sampson (DDG 102). Ralph Johnson was commissioned for active service on March 24 in Charleston, South Carolina. The ship’s commanding officer, Cmdr. Jason Patterson, leads the core crew of 314 officers and enlisted personnel.…

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USS Ralph Johnson Port Call in Manzanillo

USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114) arrived in Manzanillo for a regularly scheduled port visit April 10. While in port, crew members will have a chance to participate in various activities to build upon friendships and experience the rich culture of Mexico. Planned engagements include a beach and mangrove area clean-up, and tours for senior Mexican naval officials, Mexican navy and marine personnel, and U.S. Embassy personnel stationed in Mexico. “We’re honored to be part of Ralph Johnson’s first crew, making the journey from Pascagoula to the West Coast of the…

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Nimitz Carrier Strike Group returns to Washington after deployment

Washington-based ships assigned to Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 11 returned Dec. 10, just in time for the upcoming holidays following a six-month deployment to the Indo-Asia-Pacific region and the Arabian Gulf. The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68), with embarked CSG 11 staff, returned home to Naval Base Kitsap, and the guided-missile destroyers USS Shoup (DDG 86) and USS Kidd (DDG 100) returned to Naval Station Everett. [smartslider3 slider=49] The strike group also consists of Nimitz, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9, and the guided-missile cruisers USS…

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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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Future USS Ralph Johnson to be Commissioned in Charleston March 24th

On Oct. 19, Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer announced the newest Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, Pre-Commissioning Unit Ralph Johnson (DDG 114), will be commissioned during a ceremony Saturday, March 24, 2018 in Charleston, South Carolina. Ralph Johnson, commanded by Cmdr. Jason Patterson, a Chicago native, is the 64th Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, and the 30th DDG 51 class destroyer built by the Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) shipyard. It is the first warship named for Medal of Honor recipient Marine Pfc. Ralph Henry Johnson.  Johnson, a native of Charleston, posthumously…

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USS Sampson departs for deployment with Theodore Roosevelt Strike Group

USS Sampson (DDG 102) departed its homeport of Naval Station Everett for a scheduled deployment, Oct. 3. Sampson is assigned to Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9, which has spent the past year preparing for deployment. CSG 9 completed a series of pre-deployment inspections and training evolutions, including Board of Inspection and Survey and a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX). The strike group’s readiness was evaluated through a variety of training scenarios covering command and control functions, crew safety evolutions, search and rescue operations, damage control testing, and other operational capabilities…

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