First in Class Ship, Future USNS John Lewis (T-AO 205), Starts Construction

September 21, 2018 – A ceremony was hosted at General Dynamics-National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (GD-NASSCO) shipyard to celebrate the start of construction of the Navy’s first John Lewis-class Fleet Replenishment Oiler, the future USNS John Lewis (T-AO 205), Sept. 20.  Before proceeding with the start of construction, the Navy conducted a Production Readiness Review (PRR) in order to verify the effectiveness and efficiency of the design and production planning within the program.  Among other indicators, the program reported detail design and 3D modeling of the entire ships to be 95…

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Aloha USS O’Kane, USS Wayne E. Meyer

September 14, 2018 – USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) arrived in its new homeport, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in a homeport shift with USS O’Kane (DDG 77). O’Kane departed for San Diego this week after nearly 19 years of service in the middle Pacific. O’Kane was commissioned in Pearl Harbor October 23, 1999. O’Kane’s namesake is World War II Prisoner of War and Medal of Honor Recipient Rear Adm. Richard O’Kane. During WWII, O’Kane, aboard submarines USS Wahoo (SS 238) and USS Tang (SS 306) earned an unprecedented and…

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US Navy Contract Announcements September 10, 2018

L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Mississippi, is awarded $202,936,338 for modification P00029 to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery requirements contract (N00019-14-D-0011) to exercise an option for organizational, intermediate, and depot level maintenance, logistics, and engineering support for Navy T-45 aircraft, aircraft systems, and related support equipment for flight and test and evaluation operations. Work will be performed at the Naval Air Station (NAS) Kingsville, Texas (45.7 percent); NAS Meridian, Mississippi (41.7 percent); NAS Pensacola, Florida (10.1 percent); and NAS Patuxent River, Maryland (2.5 percent), and is expected to be completed…

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US Navy Contract Announcements September 6, 2018

General Dynamics, National Steel and Shipbuilding Co., San Diego, California, was awarded a $218,717,565 firm-fixed-price contract for the execution of USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) fiscal year 2018 docking phased maintenance availability. This availability includes a combination of maintenance, modernization, and repair of USS Bonhomme Richard. This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $249,176,364. Fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance (Navy); and fiscal 2018 other procurement (Navy) funding in the amount of $218,717,565 will be obligated at time of award, and $161,687,028…

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US Navy Contract Announcements August 27, 2018

United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Connecticut, is awarded $14,493,011 for modification P00006 to a previously awarded, fixed-price-incentive-firm target, cost-plus-incentive-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00019-17-C-0020). This modification provides for additional special tooling for the Lot 11 F-35 Lightning II F-135 engine, including production non-recurring tooling, which are unique manufacturing components and machines needed for production of the F135 engine, including fixtures, jigs, gauges, molds, dies, cutting equipment and patterns. Work will be performed in East Hartford, Connecticut (67 percent); Indianapolis, Indiana (26.5 percent); and Bristol, United Kingdom (6.5…

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US Navy Contract Announcements August 14, 2018

General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Co. (NASSCO), San Diego, California, is awarded a $147,650,048 firm-fixed-price contract for the execution of USS Cowpens (CG 63) fiscal 2018 modernization period availability. This is a “long-term” availability will include a combination of maintenance, modernization and repairs. This was competed on a coast-wide (West coast) basis without limiting the place of performance to the vessel’s homeport. GD-NASSCO will provide the facilities and human resources capable of completing, coordinating and integrating multiple areas of ship maintenance, repair and modernization for USS Cowpens. This contract…

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Exercise Rim of the Pacific 2018 concludes

The world’s largest international maritime exercise concluded Aug. 2 following more than a month of training events conducted in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. Twenty-five nations, 46 surface ships, five submarines, 17 land forces, and more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel participated in Rim of the Pacific exercise 2018. This year’s RIMPAC iteration marked the 26th in the series that began in 1971 and is now held every two years. Hosted by U.S. Pacific Fleet, RIMPAC 2018 was led by U.S. Vice Adm. John D. Alexander,…

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US Navy Contract Announcements July 18, 2018

General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Co., San Diego, California, is awarded a $72,520,873 firm-fixed-price contract for the execution of USS Higgins (DDG 76) fiscal 2018 Extended Dry-Docking Selected Restricted Availability. This availability will include a combination of maintenance, modernization, and repair of USS Higgins. This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $89,137,388. Work will be performed in San Diego, California, and is expected to be completed by September 2019. Fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance (Navy); and fiscal 2018 other procurement…

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Austal Opens San Diego Office

Austal USA announced the official opening of its new San Diego operations office here July 17th. The move is another milestone in the company’s growing service and support business. “Today’s opening is a direct reflection of the company’s commitment to provide the U.S. Navy, not only exceptional ships, but outstanding service and support for the life of the ship,” said Austal USA President Craig Perciavalle. “With nine Expeditionary Fast Transport ships and eight Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ships delivered to the Navy, and many more to follow, this expansion increases our…

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USS Montgomery (LCS 8) Completes Combat System Ship Qualification Trials

USS Montgomery (LCS 8) successfully completed Combat System Ship Qualification Trials (CSSQT), July 1. During the qualification, the crew conducted several trials to validate the performance of their combat systems suite, involving firing exercises and using their 57mm gun against a fast attack craft. The exercise is designed to test the ship’s ability to track and disable high-speed maneuvering surface targets. “The entire Montgomery team has put a lot of hard work and dedication into completing all the required inspections and trials,” said Cmdr. Wayne Liebold, commanding officer and a…

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US Navy Contract Announcement July 11, 2018

Daylight Defense LLC, San Diego, California, is awarded $16,427,380 for modification (P00010) to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-16-C-0036) to procure 30 Distributed Aperture Infrared Countermeasure Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation and 28 fiber optic cable assemblies in support of the Advanced Tactical Aircraft Protection Systems program office. Work will be performed in San Diego, California, and is expected to be completed in December 2019. Fiscal 2017 and 2018 aircraft procurement (Navy); and fiscal 2018 procurement (defense-wide) funds in the amount of $16,427,380 will be obligated at time…

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FS Prairial Takes Part in RIMPAC 2018

Google translation On 18 June, the Prairial leaving San Diego, the second largest naval base of the US Navy and home port of the 3 th Fleet, towards Pearl Harbor to participate in the exercise “Rim of the Pacific 2018″ , the largest naval gathering in the world. This exercise runs from June 27th to August 2nd, on and off the Hawaiian Islands, as well as in Southern California. The week-long crossing from California took place in a ” Sail Group “, made up of eight ships from the French,…

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USS Higgins Returns to San Diego After Deployment

USS Higgins (DDG 76) returned to her homeport of San Diego following a successful seven-month deployment to the 5th and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility June 21. While deployed, Higgins conducted security, stability, and freedom of navigation operations, observed foreign military exercises, and participated in coalition operations. “The unrelenting effort and focus my team of warriors displayed fills me with pride,” said Cmdr. Victor Garza, Higgins’ commanding officer. “We are excited to rejoin our San Diego community and especially our loved ones who have carried out the missions on the…

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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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USS Carl Vinson Departs San Diego for RIMPAC 2018

USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) departed San Diego, June 18, to participate in the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. Carl Vinson is joining more than 50 surface ships and submarines, and representatives from 26 nations in the world’s largest international maritime exercise. The aircraft carrier’s 5,000 Sailors are part of 25,000 personnel scheduled to participate in various training events ashore and at sea June 27 through Aug. 2. “This is a chance for us to showcase what we do…

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