USS Detroit Departs on Maiden Deployment

November 1, 2019 – The Freedom-class littoral combat ship USS Detroit (LCS 7) departed its homeport of Mayport, Florida, for the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility on its maiden deployment Oct. 31. Detroit will conduct operations in support of Joint Interagency Task Force South’s Campaign MARTILLO, a multinational effort launched in January 2012 targeting illicit trafficking routes in coastal waters along Central America. Detroit’s operations will involve practical exercises and exchanges with partner nations, supporting U.S. 4th Fleet interoperability and reinforce the U.S. position as the regional partner of…

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NAVAIR Delivers First Redesigned MH-60s Gunner Seats to Fleet

September 26, 2019 – The Aircrew Systems Program Office delivered, installed and demonstrated the first two redesigned MH-60S Seahawk gunner seats on Sept. 24 and 25 to Helicopter Sea Combat Wing Pacific (HSCWP) at Naval Air Station North Island. This delivery is the culmination of innovative, strategic planning across multiple organizations working together to complete the mission with urgency. “From the Air Boss and NAVAIR’s advocacy, the Office of Chief of Naval Operations Air Warfare Division rapid funding, program office customer service, HSCWP and Helicopter Sea Combat Wing Atlantic (HSCWA)…

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MCM Package Completes Integration Testing of Unmanned Vehicles

January 24, 2019 – The Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Mission Module Program successfully completed shipboard integration testing of two unmanned systems on board USS Independence (LCS 2) Jan. 14. The two systems — the Knifefish unmanned undersea vehicle (UUV) and Unmanned Influence Sweep System (UISS) — are part of the Mine Countermeasures Mission Package (MCM MP), which uses a system-of-systems approach to target specific portions of the water column and segments of the MCM detect-to-engage sequence. During these integration events, both the Knifefish and UISS successfully verified the communications link…

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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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NAVAIR/NAWCAD team expedites prototype replacement for U.S. Navy’s MH-60S Gunner Seat

Applying accelerated acquisition strategies and rapid prototyping, the Naval Air Systems Command’s Aircrew Systems program office (PMA-202) is well underway toward fielding a replacement for the MH-60S Seahawk Gunner Seat by 2019. “The existing MH-60S Seahawk Gunner Seat has directly contributed to medical groundings, degraded mission performance and a growing number of chronic back injuries among service members,” said Capt. Dave Padula, PMA-202 program manager. This issue has been identified for several years as a top Helicopter Sea Combat community safety priority, and has now reached the number two safety priority for…

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