Abbie Burgess Returns to Rockland

December 13, 2018 – Coast Guard Cutter Abbie Burgess returned to its homeport of Rockland, Maine, Wednesday after a 37-day patrol to the Great Lakes region in support of Operation Fall Retrieve. During the patrol, Abbie Burgess’ crew assisted in efforts to remove or replace 1,219 seasonal aids to navigation in the 9th Coast Guard District area of responsibility. The crew also serviced two Canadian weather buoys. Abbie Burgess transited through the St. Lawrence Seaway, making stops in Montreal, Buffalo, New York and Cleveland. “Although it was an unusually long…

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US Navy Contract Announcements June 18, 2018

Orion Construction Corp., Vista, California (N62473-18-D-5860); Bilbro Construction Co., Inc.,* Escondido, California (N62473-18-D-5861); Reyes Construction Inc., Pomona, California (N62473-18-D-5862); M.A. Mortenson Co. doing business as Mortenson Construction, Minneapolis, Minnesota (N62473-18-D-5863); Baldi Bros., Inc.,* Beaumont, California (N62473-18-D-5864); Granite Construction Co., Watsonville, California (N62473-18-D-5865); and Hal Hays Construction Inc., Riverside, California (N62473-18-D-5866), are each awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity multiple award construction contract for new construction, renovation, and repair of various heavy horizontal and civil engineering construction projects at various government installations located in California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico.  The maximum…

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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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Keel Laid for Future USS Daniel Inouye

The keel of future guided-missile destroyer USS Daniel Inouye (DDG 118) was ceremoniously laid May 14 at the Bath Iron Works (BIW) shipyard. Irene Hirano Inouye, the ship’s sponsor and wife of the late Sen. Daniel Inouye, was in attendance to authenticate the keel. During the ceremony, authenticators etched their initials into the keel plate to symbolically recognize the joining of modular components and the ceremonial beginning of the ship. “We are honored to have Mrs. Hirano Inouye authenticate the keel of the future USS Daniel Inouye,” said Capt. Casey…

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Future USS Thomas Hudner Completes Acceptance Trials

The future USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116) successfully completed acceptance trials May 3 after spending a day underway off the coast of Maine. The U.S. Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV), the governing body that recommends the ship be delivered to the Navy, evaluated the ship’s construction and compliance with Navy specifications. INSURV reviewed the ship and its crew during a series of demonstrations while pier side and underway. Many of the ship’s onboard systems including navigation, damage control, mechanical and electrical systems, combat systems, communications and propulsion applications…

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Freezing temperatures keep Coast Guard ice breakers busy in Maine

This winter’s record cold temperatures are keeping Coast Guard crews busy as they work daily to keep waterways open throughout Maine and New Hampshire. As part of Operation Reliable Energy for Northeast Winters (RENEW), Coast Guard ice breaking tugs have been breaking ice on the Penobscot River since mid-December. Crews are now starting to see ice form in other harbors and rivers across the region. Operation RENEW is the Coast Guard’s region-wide effort to ensure Northeast communities have the security, supplies, energy, and emergency resources they need throughout the winter.…

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Coast Guard sponsors 9th annual Maine Open Lighthouse Day

The Coast Guard invites the public to visit and tour the towers and keepers’ houses of 25 Maine lighthouses Saturday as part of the 9th annual Maine Open Lighthouse Day. Also sponsored by the Maine Office of Tourism and the American Lighthouse Foundation, this annual event is the largest of its kind and attracts between 15,000 to 18,000 visitors. This year, 25 lighthouses and two museums from Biddeford, Maine, to Lubec, Maine, will be open to visitors from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for guided or self-guided tours. The list…

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