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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US Navy releases RFP for guided-missile frigate contract

June 20, 2019 – The U.S. Navy on June 20 released a request for proposals (RFP) for the FFG(X) detail design and construction (DD&C) contract for first 10 guided-missile frigates (one base ship and nine option ships). The RFP provides for a full and open competition and will result in a contract awarded to one company. As described in the Chief of Naval Operations’ “Design for Maintaining Maritime Superiority 2.0,” and in keeping with the National Defense Strategy’s stated goal of achieving a more lethal, resilient and agile force by…

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US Navy to Christen Destroyer Daniel Inouye

June 19, 2019 – The Navy will christen its newest Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, the future USS Daniel Inouye (DDG 118), during a 10 a.m. EDT ceremony Saturday, June 22, in Bath, Maine. The future USS Daniel Inouye is named in honor of Daniel Inouye, who served as a United States Senator for Hawaii from 1963 until his death in 2012. He received the Medal of Honor June 21, 2000 for his extraordinary heroism in action while serving with the 442nd Infantry Regiment Combat Team in Italy during World War II.…

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NAVSEA ship experts say history should inform the future in naval shipbuilding expansion

June 18, 2019 – Lessons learned from history helped focus the nation’s shipbuilding efforts moving into World War II and beyond, according to Dr. Norbert Doerry and Dr. Philip Koenig, both from Naval Sea Systems Command. The two men were the June speakers for the monthly Rear Adm. David Taylor Naval Architecture Lecture Series at Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division, in West Bethesda, Maryland, on June 13. The lecture, titled “Naval Shipbuilding Expansion: the World War II Surface Combatant Experience,” took the audience through four eras that the two…

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Gibbs & Cox Appoints Matthew Garner as Assistant Vice President Ship Design

May 13, 2019 – Gibbs & Cox, Inc., a global leader in naval architecture and marine engineering, today announced the appointment of Mr. Matthew Garner as Assistant Vice President, Ship Design. Mr. Garner joins Gibbs & Cox following a distinguished civil service career in the Naval Sea Systems (NAVSEA) Command’s Engineering Directorate. For the past six years he was a member of the Senior Executive Service providing technical leadership and operationally superior war-fighting capabilities for the US Navy, most recently as the Director for Submarine/Submersible Design and Systems Engineering (NAVSEA…

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Large Surface Combatant RFI – Shipbuilders Issued

Solicitation Number: N00024-FY19-LSC-005 Agency: Department of the Navy Office: Naval Sea Systems Command Location: NAVSEA HQ Solicitation Number: N00024-FY19-LSC-005 Notice Type: Sources Sought Synopsis: Added: Feb 19, 2019 1:14 pm Modified: Feb 19, 2019 1:43 pmTrack Changes NOTE: This Sources Sought/Request for Information is also posted under multiple NAICS Codes (336611, 334511, 541715 and 611310) in order to reach all interested parties. Only one response is necessary for this announcement. Synopsis: THIS REQUEST FOR INFORMATION (RFI) IS FOR INFORMATIONAL AND PLANNING PURPOSES ONLY AND SHALL NOT BE CONSTRUED AS A…

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Keel Laid for Future USS Carl M Levin

February 1, 2019 – The keel of the future USS Carl M. Levin (DDG 120) was ceremoniously laid at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works (BIW) shipyard, Feb. 1. Speakers at the ceremony included Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King, Secretary of the Navy, Richard Spencer, the ship’s namesake, former Sen. Carl Levin, and Reps. Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden. Sen. Levin and the ship’s sponsors, his three daughters, Kate Levin Markel, Erica Levin, and Laura Levin, authenticated the keel by etching their initials into the keel plate to symbolically recognize…

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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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