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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NAVSEA Sprints into Future with Cold Spray

January 23, 2019 – Metal powder blasts from the end of the nozzle in a hurricane of nitrogen gas, colliding with the target at supersonic velocities. The powerful impact flattens the particles, welding them to the object and creating an essentially brand-new part with a lifespan measured in years instead of months or days. The cold spray process is a dynamic technology that promises to both revolutionize much of the routine maintenance performed on naval assets, as well as significantly extend the life of older components, and the Naval Sea…

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Technical Director’s Innovation Challenge Stern flap integration hull form selection

January 23, 2019 – What if the Navy could have more volume for their ships and maintain its power at the same time? A team of engineers at Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division contend that if designers change the way they approach their initial design, both feats can be achieved. Michael Lacny and Dominic Cusanelli from Carderock’s Full Scale Trials Branch and Wesley Wilson in the Computational Analysis and Design Branch collaborated on a Technical Director’s Innovation Challenge (TDIC) project to prove why ship designers should start including stern…

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Future USS Billings (LCS 15) Completes Acceptance Trials

December 10, 2018 – The future USS Billings (LCS 15) successfully completed its acceptance trials Dec. 7 after a series of graded in-port and underway demonstrations on the Great Lakes for the Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey. Acceptance trials is the last significant milestone before the ship is delivered to the Navy. During the trial, the Navy conducted comprehensive tests of the Freedom-variant littoral combat ship (LCS) to demonstrate the performance of the propulsion plant, ship handling capabilities and auxiliary systems. “The successful completion of these acceptance trials is…

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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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