FLIR Systems Awarded US Coast Guard Contract for Encrypted AIS

October 16, 2018 – FLIR Systems, Inc. announced today that it has been awarded a contract from the United States (U.S.) Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in support of the U.S. Coast Guard’s (USCG) Second Generation Automatic Identification System (AIS-2) program. The indefinite delivery indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract has a ceiling value of $9.9 million to provide second generation Automatic Identification System (AIS) transponders, associated peripherals, and spare parts for nearly 1,774 boats and 282 cutters in the USCG’s active fleet. #FLIR Awarded $9.9M @USCG Contract to Support Encrypted Automatic Identification…

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US Coast Guard announces Maritime Commerce Strategic Outlook

October 15, 2018 – The Coast Guard announced its Maritime Commerce Strategic Outlook, which is the service’s long-term vision to support and grow maritime commerce in the U.S. “Maritime commerce accounts for $4.6 trillion in annual economic activity; this strategy emphasizes the critical need for a ready, relevant, and responsive Coast Guard that maximizes America’s economic prosperity through the maritime domain,” said Coast Guard Vice Adm. Daniel Abel, deputy commandant for operations. “The Coast Guard has the enduring responsibility to safeguard the Marine Transportation System (MTS) and promote the uninterrupted…

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Coast Guard Establishes Safety Zone for San Francisco Fleet Week 2018

September 28, 2018 – San Francisco Fleet Week is scheduled to kick off Monday with a series of public events, including the arrival of military vessels to the Port of San Francisco. In addition to maintaining the Coast Guard’s homeland security missions in the Bay Area, Coast Guard personnel and assets are scheduled to participate in and provide maritime security for the Fleet Week events. A variety of ship tours and static displays from several branches of the Armed Services are scheduled, as well as that of our Canadian partners.…

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US Coast Guard exercises construction option for lead Offshore Patrol Cutter, long lead-time materials for second Offshore Patrol Cutter

September 28, 2018 – Today, the Coast Guard exercised contract options with Eastern Shipbuilding Group to begin construction of the lead offshore patrol cutter (OPC), Argus, and to acquire long lead-time materials for the second OPC, Chase. This milestone, which begins the construction of the lead OPC, is another major step in replacing the Coast Guard’s aging fleet of medium endurance cutters. The OPC will provide the nation with renewed capabilities in the fight against transnational organized crime and the effort to secure our maritime zones and borders. The total…

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Coast Guard Awards Contract For H-65 Helicopter Components

September 14, 2018 – The Coast Guard awarded a $15.9 million contract to Airbus Helicopters Inc. Aug. 22 to procure three critical structural components for its H-65 short range recovery helicopters as part of a Service Life Extension Program (SLEP). The sole source contract includes the following commercial items; the canopy, center console floor assembly and the lower right nine degree frame. The Coast Guard elected to order 87 canopies in the base period, which resulted in a $2.5 million cost savings to the government. Under the contract, canopy deliveries…

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Coast Guard, Navy participate in ribbon cutting ceremony for new pier and facilities in Port Angeles

September 14, 2018 – The entrance to the Transit Protection System pier in Port Angeles, Wash., Sept. 14, 2018. The 425-foot long pile-supported pier and utility trestle is located on Coast Guard Air Station/Sector Field Office Port Angeles and can berth up to seven boats. U.S. Coast Guard photos by Petty Officer 3rd Class Amanda Norcross.

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Coast Guard Awards Contract For Cutter Boats

September 6, 2018 – The Coast Guard awarded a firm-fixed price indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract Aug. 30, to MetalCraft Marine U.S. Incorporated of Cape Vincent, New York, for a fleet of cutter boats-large (CB-L). The contract has a maximum value of $20 million and allows for the acquisition of more boats over an ordering period of five years. The initial delivery order for two CB-Ls, trailers, delivery, training and associated logistics documentation was placed for approximately $590,000. The CB-L will replace the current fleet of 24-foot cutter boats in…

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Revision Awarded Contract by U.S. Coast Guard to Deliver Custom Bump Helmet Systems

September 10, 2018 – Revision Military, a world leader in military head systems and helmet solutions, has won a helmet contract with the U.S. Coast Guard (contract ID: 70Z02318DMNQ07400). Revision was competitively selected against other solutions and will deliver a custom helmet system inspired by the company’s Batlskin Caiman™ Bump Helmet System. The helmet system is built on a skeletonized, lightweight base that is ideal for affixing headborne equipment and is specifically designed for the turbulence and physicality of maritime and mobile maneuvers experienced by boat crew Coast Guardsmen. “Revision’s…

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FRCs Aid in Hurricane Response, Coast Guard FRC Program Grows

September 10, 2018 – In late August, Coast Guard Cutters Oliver Berry and Joseph Gerczak, stood at the ready to respond to the impacts of Hurricane Lane in Hawaii. Although the ships have both been stationed in Honolulu for less than a year – they are the first two FRCs to be based there – their presence proved fruitful. The crews maintained a law enforcement presence and worked proactively with the state of Hawaii and maritime industry to assess – with the help of the FRCs’ cutter boats – when…

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Coast Guard sets Port Condition Whiskey, X-ray at Mid-Atlantic ports as Hurricane Florence approaches

September 10, 2018 – The Captain of the Port for North Carolina set Port Condition X-ray, and the COTP for Virginia and Maryland set Port Condition Whiskey as of Monday evening, indicating that hurricane-force conditions are anticipated. Port Condition Whiskey indicates that sustained winds greater that 39 mph are possible within 72 hours. Condition X-ray is within 48 hours. The Ports of Wilmington and Morehead City set X-ray at 9 p.m., Monday, with Hampton Roads anticipating the change to X-ray just after midnight. The COTP of Baltimore set a modified version…

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Sri Lanka Navy Ceremonially Takes Over USCGC Sherman in Honolulu

August 28, 2018 – The Commander of the Navy Vice Admiral Sirimevan Ranasinghe officially took over the Ex-USCG “Sherman” into Sri Lanka Navy in a ceremony held at Honolulu, Hawaii, United States yesterday (27th August). The name for the new ship has yet to be announced. The USCGC “Sherman” is the second US Coast Guard Ship provided to SLN by the US government after a lapse of time where the initial vessel provided is presently serving as SLNS Samudura in the SL Naval fleet. The USCGC Sherman is a 115m long ship…

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Bollinger Delivers 30th FRC Robert Ward

August 21, 2018 – Bollinger Shipyards has delivered the USCGC ROBERT WARD, the 30th Fast Response Cutter (FRC) to the U.S. Coast Guard. The Coast Guard took delivery on the 21st of August, 2018 in Key West, Florida. “We are proud to announce the delivery of the latest FRC, the USCGC ROBERT WARD,” said Ben Bordelon, Bollinger President & C.E.O. “This will be the second of four FRC’s to be stationed in San Pedro, CA. The vessel’s commissioning is scheduled for February, 2019 in California. Previous cutters have been stationed…

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Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak receives first HC-130J

August 21, 2018 – Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak welcomed the first HC-130J Super Hercules to Kodiak, Alaska, Monday. Air Station Kodiak is expected to receive five HC-130J model planes by the end of 2019 to replace the five HC-130H model planes currently there. The HC-130J improves upon the HC-130H with more advanced engines and propellers, which provide a 20 percent increase in speed and altitude, and a 40 percent increase in range over the HC-130H. The new aircraft also features state-of-the-art avionics, including all-glass cockpit displays and improved navigation…

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An Icy Reminder in an Arctic Thaw

USS Momsen (DDG 92) is visiting Anchorage, Alaska, this week in support of the 2018 Arctic Maritime Symposium. The three-day event focuses on providing participants opportunities to engage with Artic intergovernmental and military representatives, academia, and experts. Given the Navy has operated in the Arctic for decades, this kind of visit might not look like anything special. Couple the ship’s visit, however, to calls on Alaska by the Navy, Army and Air Force service secretaries – all this month – and it’s obvious something has our collective attention. Have no…

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