Navy to Commission Littoral Combat Ship Wichita

January 9, 2019 – The Navy will commission its newest Freedom-variant littoral combat ship (LCS), the future USS Wichita (LCS 13), during a 10 a.m. ceremony Saturday, Jan. 12, at Naval Station Mayport, Fla., near Jacksonville, where the ship will be homeported. U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas will deliver the commissioning ceremony’s principal address. Kate Lehrer, author and wife of Wichita native Jim Lehrer, the former anchor of “The MacNeil-Lehrer News Hour” on PBS, is the ship’s sponsor. The ceremony will be highlighted by a time-honored Navy tradition when…

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US Navy Contract Announcements August 15, 2018

Science Applications International Corp., McLean, Virginia, is awarded a $50,000,000 modification to previously awarded firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (M67485-14-D-4802) for a 24-month bridge contract to continue the support services for post-deployment software support, engineering change proposals, and software upgrades of the portfolio of information technology systems for the Marine Corps System Command, Program Manager, Applications. Work will be performed in Quantico, Virginia, and is expected to be completed by Aug. 14, 2020. No funds will be obligated at the time of award. Subsequent funding will be applied to future task orders…

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US Navy Contracts for June 4, 2018

The Boeing Co., Richardson, Texas, is awarded a $24,758,339 firm-fixed-price contract to procure Advanced Airborne Sensor Peculiar Support Equipment (PSE) in support of the Navy’s P-8A Poseidon. This contract provides for the procurement of logistics and engineering data for the PSE so the Navy can organically support the PSE.  In addition, this contract acquires product support analysis, training information, technical manuals and proof-load documentation to enable Naval Air Warfare Center, Aircraft Division Lakehurst to analyze all source data, activate organic support and to allow the Naval Supply Systems Command to…

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U.S. Navy Awards BAE Systems Contract to Modernize USS Philippine Sea

BAE Systems has received a $9.6 million contract from the U.S. Navy to modernize the guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58). The ship will undergo 10 months of work at the company’s Jacksonville, Florida, shipyard and at nearby Naval Station Mayport. This docking selected restricted availability (DSRA) contract includes options that, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value to approximately $72 million. “We will utilize our cruiser experience to accomplish the DSRA and return the ship back to the fleet ready for continued service.”   “We have extensive experience…

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NE Brasil in Mayport November 4-8

Training Ship Brasil (U27) makes a scheduled port call to Naval Station Mayport as part of a deployment designed to train Brazilian midshipmen, Nov 8-12. Brasil has approximately 450 personnel aboard including 16 partner nation officers, including one U.S. Navy ensign, and 186 midshipmen from the Brazilian Naval Academy. They embarked on their annual midshipmen training cruise (MTC) of approximately five months, making 17 port calls in 13 countries, including a visit Naval Station Mayport. Upon completion of the MTC, the midshipmen will receive their commission as officers and will…

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Coast Guard offloads approximately $15 million worth of cocaine

Coast Guard Cutter Valiant crewmembers offloaded approximately 490 kilograms of cocaine worth an estimated wholesale value of approximately $15 million in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Wednesday. The offload is a result of interdictions from three separate cases in the Eastern Pacific in September. “The Coast Guard is committed to combatting transnational criminal organizations at sea and each of these interdictions will lead to federal prosecutions, that in turn provide intelligence we can use to interdict more illicit shipments of drugs, people and weapons at sea,” said Capt. Mark Vlaun, staff judge…

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Florida Navy Bases Prepare for Irma

Navy installations throughout Florida are preparing for heavy weather as Hurricane Irma approaches South Florida. Commander, Navy Region Southeast, Rear Adm. Bette Bolivar, directed the evacuation of non-essential personnel and family members from Naval Air Station Key West, Florida, Sept. 5. “Their safety and security is a top priority,” Bolivar said. Approximately 50-60 mission essential personnel are remaining behind to maintain essential functions on the installation. Naval Air Station Key West personnel have a designated safe haven area of within 300 miles of Atlanta. Personnel and family members need to…

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