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‚Äôs test facility in Dresden, New York.¬ ¬ ‚ÄúThe 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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Navy Accepts Delivery of Future USS Thomas Hudner

The Navy accepted delivery of future guided-missile destroyer USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116) from shipbuilder General Dynamics Bath Iron Works (BIW), June 15. DDG 116 is named in honor of the late Capt. Thomas Jerome Hudner Jr. (Ret.), naval aviator and Medal of Honor recipient. Capt. Hudner received the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Battle of Chosin Reservoir in the Korean War when he crashed his plane in an effort to save the life of his wingman, Ensign Jesse L. Brown, the Navy‚Äôs first African American aviator.…

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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‚Äôs shipyard in Norfolk, Virginia, the ship‚Äôs homeport. The contract includes options that, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value to $96.7 million. ‚ÄúOur 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‚ÄĚ 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‚Äôs principal address. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, senior United States Senator from New Hampshire, will serve as the ship‚Äôs sponsor. In a time-honored Navy tradition, she will give the order to, ‚Äúman our ship and bring her to life!‚ÄĚ‚ÄúThe 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 ‚ÄėGreatest Electronic Warfare Improvement in Decades‚Äô

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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