Norfolk Naval Shipyard undocks USS Wyoming

November 7, 2019 – USS Wyoming (SSBN-742) successfully undocked at Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) Nov. 6, a key milestone in the boat’s Engineered Refueling Overhaul (ERO). “Wyoming is now one step closer to completing its Engineered Refueling Overhaul and providing superior warfighting capability back to the Fleet,” said Shipyard Commander Captain Kai Torkelson. “This is a critical piece in the country’s nuclear deterrence strategy, as Wyoming and the other Ohio-class submarines make up one leg of the nuclear triad. Thank you to everyone who has been contributing to this critical…

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NNSY supports NAVSEA effort to bring transformation in timely delivery of ships and submarines

September 19, 2019 – Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) kicked off an aligned effort with Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) this past August to ensure timely delivery of all of ship and submarine availabilities. This is the Naval Sustainment System – Shipyards (NSS-S) transformation, which centers on empowering project mechanics and ensuring continual work execution on the deckplates. “This effort pulls in the entire ‘availability enterprise’ to resolve challenges internal as well as external to public shipyards,” said Shipyard Commander Captain Kai Torkelson. “There have been real improvements at the shipyards…

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Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) does not just fix ships – it also protects them

September 19, 2019 – Ships are safer at sea than in port. Like two ceramic mugs loosely next to each other in the dishwasher, a ship and the pier will damage each other as they bang together during a storm. Ships also have to leave well in advance of a storm in order to avoid destructive weather and rough seas. The Navy refers to this as a sortie. The next safest option to sortie is Safe Haven. As Hurricane Dorian tracked toward Hampton Roads the week of Sept. 2, NNSY…

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US Navy Contracts for July 24, 2019

Data Link Solutions LLC, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is awarded a maximum potential value $62,300,000 modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity multiple award contract (N00039-15-D-0042) for the Block Upgrade II retrofit of Multifunctional Information Distribution System (MIDS) low volume terminals. The terminals provide secure, high-capacity, jam-resistant, digital data and voice communications capability for Navy, Air Force and Army platforms. Work will be performed in Wayne, New Jersey (50%); and Cedar Rapids, Iowa (50%). Work is expected to be completed by December 2026. No funding is being obligated on the contract at…

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First SAR Event for PCU Midgett

July 8, 2019 – The Coast Guard Cutter Midgett, which left the shipyard in June and had not yet been commissioned, was transiting off North Carolina when the Coast Guard learned of a 70-year-old man in need of assistance aboard a 62-foot disabled sailboat, 50 miles east of Cape Hatteras, Saturday evening. “It was fortunate that a pre-commissioned Coast Guard cutter was the closest vessel and could be involved with its first search and rescue case, staying with the sailboat until a mission ready cutter arrived,” said Chief Petty Officer…

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Norfolk Naval Shipyard Dedicates Submarine Maintenance Facility

June 18, 2019 – Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) dedicated its new Submarine Maintenance Facility June 14. The dedication marked the next crucial step in the NNSY’s realization of the Shipyard Infrastructure Optimization Plan that will enhance the ability of the four public shipyards to meet the mission of delivering ships back to the fleet on time and within budget. The new facility consolidates submarine maintenance, production and support shops into a single facility adjacent to NNSY’s submarine drydocks and piers. This two-story structure features shops, storage and support spaces on…

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Vietnam Vets Honored by Hampton Roads Naval Museum

April 2, 2019 – Service members and guests paid tribute to the service and sacrifice of Vietnam War veterans during the National Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Day commemoration at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story (JEBLC). The ceremony, hosted by the Hampton Roads Naval Museum, was signed into law by President Donald Trump in 2017 with the Vietnam War Veteran Recognition Act, recognizing the U.S. military veterans who served during the Vietnam War. Guest speaker Rear Adm. Jesse Wilson Jr., commander, Naval Surface Forces Atlantic, provided the opening remarks, reflecting…

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C-ARTS brings high-tech training to the waterfront for USS Gerald R. Ford

March 25, 2019 – The Navy’s aircraft carriers program office is using a new, high-tech approach to train Sailors on USS Gerald R. Ford’s (CVN 78) advanced, first-of-class systems — right on the waterfront. The Carrier-Advanced Reconfigurable Training System (C-ARTS), in operation since December 2018, is currently housed pierside in a customized mobile training facility. C-ARTS can be quickly reconfigured to deliver the desired training, blending traditional classroom training, virtual reality, augmented reality and “mixed reality” training, followed by hands-on training on board the ship. “The Ford class is built…

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Hometown Post Office Dedicated to USS Fitzgerald Sailor

March 24, 2019 – A dedication ceremony was held at the post office in the small town of Palmyra, Virginia, March 23, to honor one of the seven U.S. Navy Sailors who lost their lives aboard USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) in the waters of Sagami Bay near the approaches to Tokyo Bay. Families, friends and citizens of Palmyra gathered outside of the city’s post office as it was renamed in tribute to Gunner’s Mate Seaman Dakota Kyle Rigsby, a Palmyra native. Born Sept. 12, 1997, in Fort Polk, Louisiana, Rigsby…

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National Military Family Association Announces the Retirement of Executive Director Joyce Raezer

March 15, 2019 – The National Military Family Association (NMFA) announced today Executive Director Joyce Raezer will retire this summer. A visionary leader and advocate, she has served military families for 25 years at NMFA. Joyce came to NMFA as a military spouse and volunteer who understood the needs of military families. While still a volunteer, she fought for increased funding for schools educating military children. As Government Relations Director, she successfully led the fight to expand the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) nutrition program to military families overseas; increase…

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USCGC Dependable seizes $44 million in cocaine, returns to Virginia Beach

February 26, 2019 – Coast Guard Cutter Dependable returned home to Virginia Beach, Virginia, Monday after a 59-day patrol in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. While deployed, the Dependable crew aided Joint Interagency Task Force South in conducting counter-drug and alien migrant interdiction operations. During their patrol, the Dependable’s boarding team intercepted a go-fast vessel off the coast of Mexico that was specially fitted to smuggle contraband. Once on scene, the boarding team confirmed that the vessel was carrying illicit narcotics along with three suspected drug smugglers. The interdiction resulted in…

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NNSY Welcomes USS George H.W. Bush for Dry-docking Planned Incremental Availability

February 21, 2019 – USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) arrived at Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY), Feb. 21, for a 28-month dry-docking planned incremental availability (DPIA). Dry-docking and maintaining a 103,000 ton, 1,092-foot aircraft carrier is complex work. This DPIA marks the first time George H.W. Bush has not been waterborne since 2006. Requiring an estimated 1.3 million man-days, it will be the most extensive maintenance period for the ship yet and one of the most complex CVN chief of naval operations availabilities in recent NNSY history. The shipyard workforce…

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US Navy Contract Announcements January 15, 2019

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded $68,933,454 for cost-plus-incentive fee delivery order 0104 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-14-G-0020). This order provides for the design, development, documentation, integration, and test of upgrades to the U.S. Reprogramming Laboratory to execute the Mission Data (MD) programming and reprogramming mission for the F-35 Digital Channelized Receiver/Technique Generator and Tuner Insertion Program (DTIP) and non-DTIP configurations. These efforts are in support of Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps operational aircraft, as well as all training aircraft…

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Carrier Strike Group 12 Welcomes Spanish Frigate Mendez Nñez to Norfolk

January 15, 2019 – The Álvaro de Bazán-class Spanish navy frigate ESPS Méndez Núñez (F 104) arrived at Naval Station Norfolk Jan. 14 to train and conduct group exercises as part of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 12. Méndez Núñez, homeported in Ferrol, Spain, was commissioned in 2006. She joins CSG-12 assets Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7, Destroyer Squadron 2, and the guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55) to conduct Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX). COMPTUEX is a training evolution designed to…

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USNS Big Horn Completes US Fifth Fleet, US Sixth Fleet Deployment

December 20, 2018 – USNS Big Horn (T-AO 198) pulled into Naval Station Norfolk, Dec. 17, signifying the completion of their 10-month deployment in support of U.S. Navy and allied efforts in the U.S. Fifth Fleet and U.S. Sixth Fleet’s area of responsibility. “Some of the missions USNS Big Horn undertook during this deployment included the logistical support for the NATO exercise Trident Juncture and Carrier Strike Group 8 with the aircraft carrier USS Harry S Truman (CVN 75) and Destroyer Squadron 28 along with NATO Allies of the Royal…

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