Future USS Thomas Hudner to be Commissioned in Boston

On June 12, Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer announced the newest Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, Pre Commissioning Unit Thomas Hudner (DDG 116), will be commissioned during a ceremony Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018 in Boston. Thomas Hudner, commanded by Cmdr. Nathan Scherry, a Peculiar, Missouri native, is the 66th Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, and the 36th DDG 51 class destroyer built by General Dynamics Bath Iron Works (BIW). It is the first warship named for naval aviator and Medal of Honor recipient Capt. Thomas J. Hudner. Hudner, a native of…

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U.S. Navy Awards BAE Systems $36 Million Maintenance Contract for USS Cole

BAE Systems has received a $36.6 million contract from the U.S. Navy to modernize the guided-missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG 67). The Cole will undergo one year of extensive work at the company’s shipyard in Norfolk, Virginia, the ship’s homeport. The contract includes options that, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value to $96.7 million. “Our work on board the USS Cole is important to the service life of the ship and for expanding its capability to carry out future missions” Under the extended dry-docking selected restricted availability contract, BAE…

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Navy to Commission Littoral Combat Ship Manchester

The Navy will commission its newest Independence-variant littoral combat ship (LCS), the future USS Manchester (LCS 14), during a 10 a.m. EDT ceremony Saturday, May 26, at the State Pier in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.Adm. William Moran, Vice Chief of Naval Operations, will deliver the ceremony’s principal address. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, senior United States Senator from New Hampshire, will serve as the ship’s sponsor. In a time-honored Navy tradition, she will give the order to, “man our ship and bring her to life!”“The future USS Manchester is a modern marvel and…

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SMWDC, LCS Experts Finalize Comprehensive Tactical Guidance for Platform

Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC) recently led the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Tactical Action Working Group (TAWG) 3.0, marking the completion of the LCS Tactics, Techniques and Procedures (TTP) Manual. The LCS TAWG was the foundation for the development and refinement of LCS TTP, closing the gaps between existing TTP and the expected LCS missions in support of fleet commanders worldwide. “The manual is a new approach to TTP development,” said Cmdr. Michael Brasseur, SMWDC Sea Combat Division Plans and Policy branch head. “From the outset, it…

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Navy Completes Lightweight Torpedo Defense Mission Module Testing

The Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Mission Modules (MM) program announced the successful completion of two days of at-sea testing of the AN/SLQ-61 Lightweight Tow (LWT) Torpedo Defense Mission Module (TDMM), May 2. Similar to the AN/SLQ-25 “Nixie” system currently installed in the fleet, the LWT is a modular, digitally controlled soft kill countermeasure decoy system. It employs an underwater acoustic projector deployed from the ship’s stern on a tow cable to defend ships against wake-homing, acoustic homing, and wire-guided enemy torpedoes. The LWT system is significantly lighter in weight than…

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Navy Accepts Delivery of Future USS Tulsa (LCS 16)

The Navy accepted delivery of the future USS Tulsa (LCS 16) during a ceremony in Mobile, Alabama, April 30. Delivery marks the official transfer of LCS-16 from the shipbuilder, an Austal USA-led team, to the Navy. It is the final milestone prior to commissioning, which is planned for late 2018 in San Francisco. “Today marks a significant milestone in the life of the future USS Tulsa, as transfer occurs to the Navy and she enters service,” said Capt. Mike Taylor, LCS program manager. “I look forward to celebrating the commissioning…

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Maritime Makeover: Navy-Owned Research Vessel Back at Sea After Refit

It’s an extreme makeover, U.S. Navy-style. The research vessel (R/V) Thomas G. Thompson recently completed an 18-month upgrade to extend its working life, improve operating systems, and bolster its research capabilities for the Navy and scientific organizations. The University of Washington has operated and maintained the Navy-owned Thompson since 1991, under a charter lease agreement with the Office of Naval Research (ONR)-which manages the ship on behalf of the service. “The refit of the R/V Thompson provides a continued global capability of support to Navy and national oceanographic research objectives,”…

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NSWC Crane Experts Equip Naval Ships with ‘Greatest Electronic Warfare Improvement in Decades’

Engineers and technicians at Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane) continued to make a significant impact and offer direct support to U.S. Warfighters in Fiscal Year 17 (FY17), completing installations that provide U.S. Naval ships with the most significant upgrade in Electronic Warfare (EW) capabilities in the last three decades. During FY17, NSWC Crane Maritime Electronic Warfare Systems personnel were involved in numerous upgrades of AN/SLQ-32(V) EW systems on U.S. Naval ships around the world. NSWC Crane employees performed installations in San Diego, California; Pascagoula, Mississippi; Norfolk, Virginia;…

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Naval aviation depots improving aircraft production

Naval Air Systems Command’s Fleet Readiness Centers have eliminated the backlog of aircraft awaiting depot-level repairs and met production goals for the last two years, according to Martin Ahmad, deputy Commander, Fleet Readiness Center (COMFRC). Ahmad briefed the Naval Aviation Enterprise (NAE) and COMFRC’s recent and future initiatives at the Sea Air Space Exposition April 10. Motivated by a sense of urgency and our near-peer competitors, COMFRC is focused on delivering readiness, he said. “We have to win the fight, and to win it, we have to have equipment on…

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McCormack Assumes Director Duties of Naval Surface Warfare Center

Mr. Donald F. McCormack, Executive Director, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Naval Surface and Undersea Warfare Centers assumed Director duties from Rear Adm. Tom Druggan, Commander, Naval Surface Warfare Center at a Change of Office held at the Washington Navy Yard, March 29, 2018. Druggan served as commander of Naval Surface Warfare Center from August 2016 to March 2018 and assumed additional duty as the Department of Defense Executive Manager for Military Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology and Training. In cooperation with the Naval Surface Warfare Resource Sponsor, Druggan led the…

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Future USS Thomas Hudner Successfully Completes Builder’s Trials

Future USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116) successfully completed builder’s trials, March 31, after spending four days underway. Builder’s trials consist of a series of in-port and at-sea demonstrations that allow the shipbuilder, Bath Iron Works (BIW), and the Navy to assess the ship’s systems and its readiness for delivery. “With the successful completion of these trials, we move closer to adding DDG 116 and her exceptional capabilities to the fleet,” said Capt. Casey Moton, DDG 51 class program manager, Program Executive Office (PEO) Ships. “The Navy and industry team worked…

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Gulf Island Fabrication Announces T-ATS Contract

Gulf Island Fabrication, Inc. announced March 19th that, through its subsidiary Gulf Island Shipyards, L.L.C., it has signed a contract for the construction and delivery of one (1) Towing, Salvage and Rescue Ship (T-ATS) Vessel with the U.S. Navy with an option for seven (7) additional vessels. Revenue backlog and man-hours estimates associated with this project will be included in the Company’s financial results for the quarter ending March 31, 2018. In addition to this award, Gulf Island, L.L.C., our fabrication subsidiary, has signed a contract with U.S. Wind, Inc.…

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Carderock Engineer s Work on Risk Assessment in Bridges Benefits Shipbuilding

Dr. Alysson Mondoro, a recently hired engineer with the Performance Evaluation Branch at Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division, is finding ways to “bridge” together her academic skillsets on the job. Mondoro started at Carderock in December 2017 after completing her doctorate in structural engineering from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She received her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. Her work during her doctorate was recently published in Engineering Structures volume 159, 2018 edition, in an article titled, “Risk-based cost-benefit analysis for the retrofit of…

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