US Coast Guard Polar Security Cutter to be Based in Seattle

June 17, 2019 – The U.S. Coast Guard today announced that Seattle will be the home of the service’s new Polar Security Cutters. “I am pleased to announce that Seattle, Washington will be the home of the Coast Guard’s new Polar Security Cutters,” said Admiral Karl L. Schultz, Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard. “The Pacific Northwest has been the home of our icebreaking fleet since 1976, and I am confident that the Seattle area will continue to provide the support we need to carry out our critical operations in…

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2015 Seattle Tragedy “Another Reminder Duck Boats Are Death Traps On Land And Water”

February 7, 2019 – Trial attorney Robert J. Mongeluzzi, of Saltz, Mongeluzzi, Barrett & Bendesky, P.C., (SMBB) whose firm has represented duck-boat disaster victims for nearly a decade, said today’s civil jury trial verdict in Seattle, Washington, is “another reminder that duck boats are death traps on land and water and should be banned immediately before they kill again.” Mongeluzzi’s firm presently represents 21 victims – including 10 passengers that drowned – in the July 19, 2018 duck-boat disaster on Table Rock Lake, Branson, Missouri. The Seattle jury collectively awarded…

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Vigor Awarded $7.3 million contract for US Coast Guard Cutter Healy maintenance

January 23, 2019 – In early January, the US Coast Guard’s most technology advanced polar icebreaker arrived at Vigor’s Seattle, Washington shipyard for maintenance. The 7.3 million dollar contract includes sea valve renewal and overhaul, bow thruster modifications, ballast tank and underwater hull paint preservation and various machinery overhauls.

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Polar Star Home After Six Months in Drydock

October 18, 2018 – Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star arrived home Wednesday to Seattle following a six-month maintenance period at Mare Island Dry Dock in Vallejo, California. The 42-year-old icebreaker received extensive repairs and upgrades to engineering and electronic systems while completing the dry dock availability at Mare Island for the second time in as many years. “We successfully accomplished an annual dry dock availability valued at over $7.6 million,” stated Lt. Cmdr. Chris Pelar, Polar Star’s engineering officer. “More than 50 work items were completed while in dry dock.…

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US Navy Contract Announcements October 16, 2018

The Boeing Co., Seattle, Washington, is awarded $136,999,356 for modification P00002 to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, time and material, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00019-18-D-0113). This modification provides CFM56-7B27A/3 and CFM56-7B27AE engine depot maintenance and repair, field assessment, maintenance repair and overhaul engine repair, and technical assistance for removal and replacement of engines for the P-8A Poseidon aircraft in support of the Navy and the government of Australia. Work will be performed in Atlanta, Georgia (94 percent); and Seattle, Washington (6 percent), and is expected to be completed in October 2019. No funds…

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Vigor Wins USS Sampson Refit Contract

The U.S. Navy has awarded a $42.2 million dollar contract to Vigor for repairs and changes to the guided-missile destroyer USS Sampson. Work on the USS Sampson will be done in Seattle and Everett and may include blasting, painting and surface preparation, as well as work on the ship’s freeboard, struts, rudders, hull, electric infrastructure and other parts. The $42.2 million dollar award to perform the work is on top of the $35 million firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite quantity contract to prepare for and accomplish repair and alteration requirements in support of…

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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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US Navy Contract Announcements April 9, 2018

The Boeing Co., Seattle, Washington, is being awarded a $35,969,268 modification P00107 to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-14-C-0067) for the procurement of P-8A maintenance device training system production concurrency upgrades in support of the U.S. Navy and the government of Australia. Work will be performed in Jacksonville, Florida (95 percent); and Edinburgh, Australia (5 percent), and is expected to be completed in January 2020. Fiscal 2016 aircraft procurement (Navy); and foreign military sales funds in the amount of $35,969,268 will be obligated at time of award, $18,063,363 of which…

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Holding Russia Accountable for Its Destabilizing Behavior

On March 4, Russia used a military-grade nerve agent to attempt to murder a British citizen and his daughter in Salisbury. This attack on our Ally the United Kingdom put countless innocent lives at risk and resulted in serious injury to three people, including a police officer. In response to this outrageous violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention and breach of international law, today the United States will expel 48 Russian officials serving at Russia’s bilateral mission to the United States. We will also require the Russian government to close…

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Coast Guard Cutter Mellon holds 50th Anniversary ceremony in Seattle

Named after Andrew W. Mellon, the 49th Secretary of Treasury from 1921-1932, the Mellon’s keel was laid on July 25, 1966 when she was commissioned on January 9, 1968. Along with performing each of the Coast Guard’s primary missions, the Mellon crew conducts Alaskan fishery patrols and enforces international and domestic fishing requirements. The 50th Anniversary ceremony of the Coast Guard Cutter Mellon, held in the Base Seattle gymnasium on Jan. 9, 2018, is shown being streamed live on the Pacific Area Facebook page. The Mellon crew patrols an extensive area…

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Vigor inks deal to acquire a third drydock for Seattle

April 17, 2017 – Building on its ongoing investments in critical infrastructure and fulfilling a promise to customers to expand West Coast drydock capacity, Vigor has entered into an agreement to purchase a drydock from a Korean seller. At 640 feet long with a clear width of 116 feet, the new dock will be the third, and largest, at Vigor’s Harbor Island shipyard. “The purchase of another drydock in Seattle allows Vigor to better service valued  customers like Washington State Ferries, the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Navy,” notes Adam…

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Coast Guard, Washington Department of Ecology respond to diesel fuel spill on Duwamish River

February 28, 2017 – Coast Guard and Washington Department of Ecology personnel are responding to a diesel spill caused by an allision between a tug and barge on the Duwamish River, Tuesday. The tug involved in the allision is safely moored and the spill has been contained with layers of containment boom, absorbent boom and absorbent pads. The tank’s capacity is 9,000 gallons, however the reporting source stated it contained approximately 1,200 gallons at the time of the incident. “Global Diving and Salvage is currently working to complete on-water recovery…

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Seattle-based Coast Guard Polar icebreaker returns home following Antarctic mission

March 16, 2017 – Families and friends welcomed home Seattle-based Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star, following a 107-day deployment to Antarctica in support of Operation Deep Freeze 2017, the U.S. military component of the National Science Foundation-managed U.S. Antarctic Program. “When I talked to the crew of Polar Star as they were off the coast of Antarctica last month, I heard firsthand their successes from this deployment, as well as their distinct challenges as they operated a four-decades-old ship,” said Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft. Polar Star’s crew provided a safe channel through more than 70 miles of thick…

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Coast Guard Polar icebreaker to return home following Antarctic mission

March 16, 2017 – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star is returning home Friday from an expedition to Antarctica where they supported Operation Deep Freeze 2017, the U.S. military’s component of the National Science Foundation-managed U.S. Antarctic Program. Polar Star’s crew facilitated the annual resupply and refueling of two research stations, McMurdo and Amundsen-Scott South Pole, by escorting two cargo vessels through more than 70 miles of thick Antarctic ice. Polar Star required significant repairs in advance of the 107-day deployment, including a major overhaul of the…

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