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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USS Ralph Johnson set to arrive at Everett homeport

The newly commissioned Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114) is scheduled to arrive at its homeport of Naval Station Everett, April 27. Ralph Johnson will be the sixth U.S. Navy destroyer homeported in Everett, including USS Momsen (DDG 92), USS Shoup (DDG 86), USS Gridley (DDG 101), USS Kidd (DDG 100), and USS Sampson (DDG 102). Ralph Johnson was commissioned for active service on March 24 in Charleston, South Carolina. The ship’s commanding officer, Cmdr. Jason Patterson, leads the core crew of 314 officers and enlisted personnel.…

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USS Bremerton departs Pearl Harbor for final time

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam bid a final farewell to USS Bremerton (SSN 698), April 20, as it began a transit to her namesake, Bremerton, Washington, to begin the inactivation and decommissioning process. As Bremerton departed, Sailors, submarine veterans, friends and families of the crew looked on from the pier, and celebrated her 37 years of honorable service to the U.S. submarine force. Homeported out of Pearl Harbor since 2003, Bremerton departed Hawaii with a special guest, Bremerton’s first commanding officer, Capt. (Ret.) Thomas H. Anderson. “It feels great to be…

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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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DSCA Approves 15 Patrol Vessels for Kuwait

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Kuwait of fast patrol boats for an estimated cost of $100 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Kuwait has requested to purchase fifteen (15) fast patrol boats outfitted with thirty-six (36) .50 caliber machine guns (thirty (30) installed, two (2) per boat and six (6) spares). This request also includes support equipment, personnel training and training equipment, U.S. Government and contractor engineering,…

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Port Angeles Maritime Festival June 9-10

Mark your calendar for the first annual Port Angeles Maritime Festival! The Maritime Festival is happening June 9-10, 2018 in Port Angeles, Washington, the gateway to the Olympic National Park and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. A number of organizations are planning a fun week of maritime events along Port Angeles’ downtown waterfront celebrating our maritime heritage, including special tours from NOAA and a visit from the historic museum ship the USCG Tug Comanche. Look for more information here as the schedule unfolds… Bring your family down to enjoy…

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Washington River Protection Solutions’ Hanford Double Shell Tank AY-102 Recovery Project Named PMI Project of the Year

Project Management Institute (PMI), the world’s leading association for the project management profession, announced today that Washington River Protection Solutions’ Hanford Double Shell Tank AY-102 Recovery Project in Hanford, Washington has been awarded the 2017 PMI Project of the Year Award. During the Cold War, Hanford’s nuclear reservation — the most contaminated nuclear waste site in the country — produced weapons-grade plutonium for the United States military. The work left behind 56 million gallons — or 211 million liters — of hazardous waste. In 2012, workers remediating hazardous and radioactive…

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SAFE Boats International and COTECMAR of Colombia enter into agreement

March 15, 2017 – SAFE Boats International of Bremerton, Washington formally announced today at 2017 Colombia Mar that it has broadened its previously signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with COTECMAR into a multi-year, definitive Association Agreement to co-produce many of its products already Colombia. The agreement includes co-production of SAFE models already in use in Central and South America such as the Defender, Apostle and Full Cabin Jet Boats along with its most recently introduced Multi-Mission Interceptor (MMI). The agreement encompasses a wide range of collaboration including program management, training,…

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