Keel Authenticated for First Flight III Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer

November 7, 2019 – In an historic milestone for the DDG 51 program, the keel of the first Flight III destroyer, the future USS Jack H. Lucas (DDG 125), was ceremoniously laid and authenticated at Huntington Ingalls Shipyard, Nov. 7. Ruby Lucas and Catherine B. Reynolds, ship sponsors, authenticated the keel by etching their initials into the keel plate. Although the official start of fabrication began in May 2018, authenticating the ship’s keel symbolically recognizes the joining of modular components and represents the ceremonial beginning of the ship. “This destroyer…

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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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Huntington Ingalls Industries Launches Delaware (SSN 791)

December 17, 2018 – Huntington Ingalls Industries has launched the recently christened Virginia-class submarine Delaware (SSN 791) into the water for the first time at the company’s Newport News Shipbuilding division. During a three-day process that began last Wednesday, the 7,800-ton submarine was moved out of a construction facility and into a floating dry dock using a transfer car system. The floating dry dock was submerged, and the submarine was launched into the James River. Once in the water, the boat then was moved to the shipyard’s submarine pier for…

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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 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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Kratos Advanced Short Range Ballistic Missile Target Supports Successful Test of the Advanced Missile Defense Radar

April 10, 2017 – Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc., a leading National Security Solutions provider, announced today that Kratos’ Defense & Rocket Support Services (DRSS) Division successfully supported the U.S. Navy as they completed the first test of the AN/SPY-6(V) Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) against a live ballistic missile target. The successful test was conducted on March 15, 2017 against an advanced Short Range Ballistic Missile (SRBM) target, developed by Kratos and its Government and industry partners. The Kratos SRBM target was launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii before it was acquired and…

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