Teledyne Awarded $178 Million Special Operations Shallow Water Combat Submersible Contract

October 21, 2019 – Teledyne Technologies Incorporated announced today that its subsidiary, Teledyne Brown Engineering (TBE) in Huntsville, Alabama, was awarded a sole source contract from the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) for the follow-on production of MK11 Shallow Water Combat Submersible (SWCS) Systems. The contract, including all options, is valued at $178 million. The SWCS System is a manned combat submersible vehicle specifically designed to insert and extract Special Operations Forces (SOF) in high threat areas. Under the initial contract with the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), TBE…

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NSWC Philadelphia DDG 51-Class Land Based Engineering Site Celebrates 30 Years

October 8, 2019 – The Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) Land Based Engineering Site (LBES) at Naval Surface Warfare Center, Philadelphia Division (NSWCPD) has supported the fleet through development, testing and evaluation, and training for 30 years. The engineering site has become a staple of the life cycle engineering work performed by NSWCPD engineers. Since the Light-Off ceremony in 1989, LBES has trained more than 2000 Sailors and officers, supported all 67 DDG-51 destroyers commissioned to date, and will continue to support the future DDG 51-class destroyers as they are acquired.…

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Maintaining Maritime Military Advantage

October 4, 2019 – In this emerging era of great-power competition, the goal of outpacing potential adversaries in developing military technology takes on a new urgency. As emphasized by the late Shawn Brimley in his strategic analysis “While We Can,” recent history teaches that each lead in technological capability is fleeting at best. The U.S. experienced roughly a decade of advantage in the early nuclear era and several decades during the evolution of precision-guided weapons—what defense analysts refer to as the first and second offset strategies. Today’s trends are not…

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NAVSEA Approves Diving System for Sustained Operations

October 7, 2019 – Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) approved the Navy’s only Saturation Fly Away Diving System (SATFADS) for sustained operations after completing a 30 foot wet certification of the launch and recovery system in Panama City, Fla, on Sept. 26. The Saturation Fly Away Diving System (SAT FADS) is designed to provide a mobile and worldwide capability for deep water sustained diving operations. SATFADS can support six saturation divers for a period of 21 days, with an additional nine days of decompression. “This effort is a culmination of…

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Surface Team One Hosts Biannual Maintenance and Modernization Review

October 7, 2019 – Surface Team One (ST1) hosted their Maintenance and Modernization Performance Review (MMPR) the week of 23 Sept. at Naval Station Everett in the continued effort to enhance readiness generation of the surface fleet. The meeting is held biannually and brings together maintenance professionals from the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), the Regional Maintenance Centers, Logistics Commands, and the Fleet and TYCOM to discuss the performance and initiatives underway to continually improve the planning and execution of surface ship depot maintenance availabilities. “The MMPR brings together the…

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CACI Awarded $70 Million Task Order to Assist U.S. Navy in Assessing Weapons and Combat Systems

October 3, 2019 – CACI International Inc announced today that it has been awarded a five-year task order, with a ceiling value of nearly $70 million, to assist the U.S. Navy in assessing its weapons and integrated combat systems. Under this task order, CACI will provide engineering and information technology expertise, including combat systems acquisition readiness and performance assessment support, to the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Corona Division. Awarded under the SeaPort-e contract vehicle, the task order represents continuing work for CACI. In the past year, as part of…

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New Phase of Ghost Fleet Overlord Unmanned Surface Vessel Testing Begins

October 1, 2019 – The second phase of the Ghost Fleet Overlord program commenced with the award of contract modifications to the two industry teams who participated in Phase I, the Program Executive Office Unmanned and Small Combatants (PEO USC) announced Oct. 1. The Overlord program, developed by the Office of the Secretary of Defense Strategic Capabilities Office (OSD SCO) in partnership with PEO USC, will play a vital role in informing the Navy’s new classes of unmanned surface vessels (USVs). Phase I converted two existing commercial fast supply vessels…

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NNSY supports NAVSEA effort to bring transformation in timely delivery of ships and submarines

September 19, 2019 – Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) kicked off an aligned effort with Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) this past August to ensure timely delivery of all of ship and submarine availabilities. This is the Naval Sustainment System – Shipyards (NSS-S) transformation, which centers on empowering project mechanics and ensuring continual work execution on the deckplates. “This effort pulls in the entire ‘availability enterprise’ to resolve challenges internal as well as external to public shipyards,” said Shipyard Commander Captain Kai Torkelson. “There have been real improvements at the shipyards…

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US Navy Releases RFP for Large Unmanned Surface Vessel Conceptual Designs

September 6, 2019 – The U.S. Navy released a request for proposals to industry for the award of multiple conceptual designs of the Navy’s first block of Large Unmanned Surface Vessels (LUSV), Sept. 5. These prototype design contracts will integrate common Government Furnished Equipment warfare systems with commercially derived platforms in order to mature specifications and cost estimates to inform the Detail Design and Construction request for proposals. Large Unmanned Surface Vessels of this configuration will be procured starting in fiscal 2021 with competitive Detail Design and Construction contract award(s).…

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Serco Completes Acquisition of Leading Provider of Naval Ship and Submarine Design and Engineering Services

August 1, 2019 – Serco Inc., a provider of professional, technology, and management services, announced today it has completed the acquisition of Alion Science & Technology Corporation’s Naval Systems Business Unit, including its Canadian business and a small number of related contract operations (collectively ‘NSBU’), following the receipt of all regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions. The purchase price was $225 million. This acquisition doubles the size of Serco’s business supporting the U.S. Navy. The NSBU has annual revenues of approximately $336 million and around 1,000 employees based at Naval…

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Successful Structural Test Firing of the LCS Surface-to-Surface Missile Module

July 25, 2019 – The Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Mission Modules (MM) program will begin developmental testing on an Independence-variant LCS, believed to be USS Gabby Giffords, in August, following a successful structural test firing of the ship’s Surface-to-Surface Missile Module (SSMM) on the Point Mugu Sea Range on June 11. The test firing was the first ever aboard the Independence variant and the first in a series of test events that will assess the SSMM capability on the variant. SSMM testing on the Freedom variant was successfully completed earlier…

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Final Superlift Marks Structural Completion of CVN 79

July 19, 2019 – The Navy’s next aircraft carrier met another major milestone , as shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls’ Newport News Shipbuilding division successfully installed PCU John F. Kennedy’s (CVN 79) final major steel structural section, known as a superlift, July 9. CVN 79’s final superlift, comprising the upper bow section and the forward portion of the flight deck, weighed 780 tons and took 18 months to construct. “Getting this superlift in place completes the major ship erection activities on the JFK and allows the shipbuilder to focus on the final…

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Team Goes Above and Beyond in USS Ohio (SSGN 726) Emergency Diesel Generator Repairs

July 8, 2019 – Thanks to teamwork and dedication in a time of need, a naval asset is on its way to returning to the mission at hand. A ceremony was held May 29 in the Diesel Shop (Shop 38) to celebrate the teamwork in emergency diesel generator repair efforts for Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) and Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Immediate Maintenance Facility (PSNS & IMF). In early 2019, NNSY received word from PSNS & IMF that the USS Ohio (SSGN 726) was in need of emergent repairs and…

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Inside the University of Victoria human-powered submarine Chinook II

June 27, 2019 – Jaryd Middleton, pilot and president of Canada’s University of Victoria’s Submarine Racing Club from British Columbia, Canada, was once a part of a submarine team populated with senior students when he was just entering college. Many of them have now graduated, ushering in a new era of young science, technology, engineering and math team members. Although they are new to each other and their roles within the club, all members have hit the ground running after seizing the opportunity to learn and improve from the team…

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