USS John S. McCain Leaves Dry Dock, Continues Repairs in Yokosuka

November 27, 2018 – USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) achieved a major milestone this week as it successfully launched from dry dock and moored pierside at Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Nov. 27. This milestone is an important step in the ongoing effort to repair and restore one of the U.S. Navy’s most capable platforms, and reflects nearly a year’s worth of wide-reaching and successful coordination across multiple organizations. The ship entered dry dock at the Navy’s Ship Repair Facility and Japan Regional Maintenance Center (SRF-JRMC) Yokosuka in February. “After…

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Alion Awarded $74M NAVSEA 21 Omnibus Bridge Contract

November 20, 2018 – Alion Science and Technology, headquartered in McLean, Va., has been awarded an 18-month, $74M NAVSEA 21 Omnibus bridge contract under the Seaport-E multiple award contract. “Consistent with this critical and complex mission is a need for continued professional support services to assist Government personnel in efficiently, and effectively, delivering lifecycle maintenance and ultimately, warfighting capability to the Fleet” Alion will continue to provide uninterrupted technical services to NAVSEA 21 to support Navy ship maintenance and modernization for in-service ships throughout their lifecycle. Surface ship lifecycle maintenance management…

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Honoring Fallen SEAL as Future USS Michael Monsoor Departs Bath

November 9, 2018 – The future USS Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001), the second ship in the Zumwalt-class of destroyers, departed General Dynamics’ Bath Iron Works (BIW) shipyard in Bath, Maine on Nov. 9. The guided missile destroyer is en route to California where she is so scheduled to be commissioned in Coronado on Jan. 26, 2019, prior to commencing her Post Delivery Availability and Combat Systems Activation. As the ship’s departure coincides with Veterans Day weekend, the ship’s crew will take time to reflect on the sacrifice of service members,…

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ST Engineering’s VTHM Division to Build Personnel Barges for US Navy

October 30, 2018 – ST Engineering announced today that its Marine sector secured in the third quarter (3Q) of 2018 about S$431m worth of contracts including options for its shipbuilding business, as well as the ship and rig repair segments for progressive deliveries at its yards in Singapore and the US. These new contracts reinforced the positioning of the Group’s marine sector as a total solution provider for both naval and commercial ships. In the US, the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) has awarded its US shipyard a contract, including…

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USS Constitution Celebrates 221 Years Underway

October 20, 2018 – USS Constitution and its crew headed underway from the ship’s berth in Charlestown, Massachusetts, Oct. 19, in commemoration of the ship’s launching 221 years ago on Oct. 21, 1787, and is celebrating the U.S. Navy’s 243rd birthday. “There’s no better place to commemorate the Navy’s and Constitution’s anniversaries in our natural state, underway at sea,” said Cmdr. Nathaniel R. Shick, 75th commanding officer of USS Constitution. “I still remember the excitement I felt as my first ship pulled away from the pier in Norfolk, Virgina. Anxious,…

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NAVSEA Approves First Metal Additively Manufactured Component for Shipboard Use

October 11, 2018 – Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) approved the first metal part created by additive manufacturing (AM) for shipboard installation, the command announced Oct. 11. A prototype drain strainer orifice (DSO) assembly will be installed on USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) in fiscal year 2019 for a one-year test and evaluation trial. The DSO assembly is a steam system component that permits drainage/removal of water from a steam line while in use. Huntington Ingalls Industries – Newport News Shipbuilding (HII-NNS) builds Navy aircraft carriers and proposed installing…

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NAVSEA Assumes Maintenance Functions for SRF-JRMC

October 1, 2018 – Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) formally assumed responsibility for ship maintenance availabilities at U.S. Naval Ship Repair Facility and Japan Regional Maintenance Center (SRF-JRMC) from Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet (USPACFLT) Oct. 1. NAVSEA’s responsibilities includes the oversight of all ship maintenance and repair operations, industrial processes and procedures, and repair-related programs. USPACFLT will retain administrative control and budget authority for SRF-JRMC. “This is a tremendous opportunity for the Navy to implement best practices across all ship maintenance facilities. The added synergy will allow us to…

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Navy Awards DDG 51 FY18-22 Multiyear Procurement Contracts

September 28, 2018 – Today, the Navy awarded two contracts for the DDG 51 fiscal years (FY) 2018 – 2022 multiyear procurement (MYP) for DDG 51 Arleigh Burke class destroyers. “These contract awards are further evidence of the Navy’s continued delivery of lethal capacity to the Nation with a sense of urgency while ensuring best value for the taxpayer,” said James F. Geurts, assistant secretary of the Navy for research, development and acquisition. “The Navy saved $700 million for these 10 ships by using multiyear procurement contracts rather than a…

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First in Class Ship, Future USNS John Lewis (T-AO 205), Starts Construction

September 21, 2018 – A ceremony was hosted at General Dynamics-National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (GD-NASSCO) shipyard to celebrate the start of construction of the Navy’s first John Lewis-class Fleet Replenishment Oiler, the future USNS John Lewis (T-AO 205), Sept. 20.  Before proceeding with the start of construction, the Navy conducted a Production Readiness Review (PRR) in order to verify the effectiveness and efficiency of the design and production planning within the program.  Among other indicators, the program reported detail design and 3D modeling of the entire ships to be 95…

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Weaponry, Technology and Threats Improve Destroyers Over Time

September 17, 2018 – With the advancement of technology and weaponry, as well as evolving threats to the United States, the progression of the U.S. Navy destroyer has changed dramatically over the years. The first destroyers, built more than 100 years ago, were designed as torpedo-boat destroyers, said James Harrison, director for the Expeditionary Warfare Ships Division at Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA 05D3), during another one of his “history lessons” at Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division in West Bethesda, Maryland, on Sept. 6. In “From Flivvers to Flight…

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Historic shipyard caissons on sale in disposal effort

For sale: Unique 1911 and 1918 watercraft. VERY low mileage. 4.5 million pounds of history in these must-see models. Clean titles, no accidents. Need some TLC. You haul. Best offer. The classified ad isn’t real, but the opportunity is. After a combined 207 years of service to the Navy and the nation, two massive caissons used to seal off dry docks at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility are for sale. Known only as Old Caissons 2 and 3, these enormous floating gates were once used to hold…

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NSWC Philadelphia Turbine Refurbish Contract Expected to Save Navy Millions

The U.S. Navy projects saving of more than $100 million over the next five years following a contract award to refurbish propulsion gas turbine parts for surface combatants, the command announced July 19. Naval Surface Warfare Center, Philadelphia Division (NSWCPD), a Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) field activity, awarded the contract to leverage and expand existing affordability and innovation initiatives – key NAVSEA enablers to maintaining the Navy’s ships and ensuring the necessary funds are available to build the next generation of naval vessels. Previously, the Navy was required to…

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LCS Anti-Submarine Warfare Mission Package Completes Two Testing Milestones

Program Executive Office Unmanned and Small Combatants announced the successful completion of two Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Mission Package testing milestones, July 16. The first was a 10-day Dockside-1 test event on the Dual-mode ARray Transmitter (DART) Mission System Towed Body and associated launch-and-recovery assembly components in Fort Pierce, Florida. The second was a full-power, in-water test of the active array at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Seneca Lake Detachment’s test facility in Dresden, New York. “The Seneca Lake Test was a huge step forward for the DART System…

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Navy’s newest littoral combat ship arrives in San Diego

The newest littoral combat ship, the Independence variant USS Manchester (LCS 14), arrived at her San Diego homeport, June 19, after completing her maiden voyage from the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Alabama. Prior to her arrival in San Diego, Manchester was commissioned in Portsmouth, New Hampshire; made port calls to Norfolk, Virginia, Mayport, Florida, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; and completed a successful transit through the Panama Canal. “As Manchester plank owners, this crew spent 10 months away from homeport bringing our ship to life,” said Cmdr.…

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US Navy Contracts Announcements June 21, 2018

CH2M Hill/Clark Nexsen Energy Partners JV, Englewood, Colorado, was awarded a $19,999,900 option under a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price contract (N39430-17-D-1950) for the exercise of option one for energy architect/engineer and design services worldwide.  The work to be performed provides for design and engineering services with expertise in energy management, architectural, mechanical, electrical, civil, structural, and environmental disciplines related to the Department of Defense utility, water, and energy consuming systems within Naval shore infrastructure.  The total contract amount after exercise of this option will be $39,999,800.  Work will be performed…

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