LPD 17 Class Flight II Program Moves the Navy Forward with Common Rail Fuel Injection

February 8, 2019 – The next generation LPD 17 Flight II Class amphibious transport dock ships are moving forward in Main Propulsion Diesel Engine (MPDE) efficiency by installing the common rail fuel injection system on the ship’s Pielstick-Colt 2.5V Sequentially Turbocharged (STC) engine. This technically advanced system replaces the existing mechanical fuel delivery system and is expected to yield significant lifecycle cost savings due to reduced fuel usage and maintenance costs. “We made the right decision to incorporate reduced fuel consumption, reduced emissions, less maintenance, and improved reliability into our…

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Keel Authenticated for Twelfth Expeditionary Fast Transport

January 30, 2019 – The U.S. Navy held a keel laying and authentication ceremony for its 12th Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF) vessel, Newport (EPF 12), at Austal USA’s shipyard., Jan. 29. The keel was said to be “truly and fairly laid” as it was authenticated by Charlotte Dorrance Marshall, signing her initials into the keel plate. “We are excited to celebrate a major milestone in the construction of the 12th EPF of the class,” said Capt. Scot Searles, Strategic and Theater Sealift program manager, Program Executive Office Ships. “These ships…

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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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Fabrication Begins on Amphibious Assault Ship Richard M McCool Jr

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) started fabrication of the 13th LPD 17 San Antonio class ship, LPD 29, July 30, 2018 at their shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi. The start of fabrication signifies that the first 100 tons of steel have been cut. “We are excited to commence fabrication on the 13th and final ship of the LPD 17 Flight I class,” said Capt. Brian Metcalf, LPD 17 class program manager for Program Executive OfficeShips. “We continue to benefit from the maturity of this program, and look forward to achieving future production…

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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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