PteroDynamics Secures Contract with US Navy to Deliver Cargo VTOL Aircraft

August 23, 2021 – PteroDynamics, an aircraft design and manufacturing company that develops innovative vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft, is today announcing it has secured a contract with Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) to deliver 3 VTOL prototypes for the Blue Water Maritime Logistics UAS (BWUAS) program. In 2018, Military Sealift Command and Fleet Forces Command identified…

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Military Sealift Command supports U.S. Navy’s Large Scale Exercise 2021

Military Sealift Command (MSC) fleet replenishment oiler USNS Yukon (T-AO 202) and dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS Washington Chambers (T-AKE 11) will participate in the Pacific portion of the U.S. Navy’s Large Scale Exercise 2021. Yukon and Chambers will provide logistics services including aviation fuel, bunker fuel, dry food, as well as machine parts and equipment to the ships in the…

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Austal USA’s First Steel Project to be Salvage Tug

June 7, 2021 – Austal Limited is pleased to announce that Austal USA has been awarded a US$3.6 million functional design contract to prepare for construction of the new Navajo-class Towing, Salvage and Rescue Ship (T-ATS) for the United States Navy. Austal USA will prepare a functional design for the T-ATS, an 80 metre steel monohull vessel with multi-mission capability…

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NASSCO Begins Construction of USNS Robert F Kennedy

May 21, 2021 – On May 21, General Dynamics NASSCO started construction of the future USNS Robert F. Kennedy (T-AO 208), the fourth of six vessels for the U.S. Navy’s John Lewis-class fleet oiler program. Francisco Medina, a long-time NASSCO employee and the Start of Construction honoree, initiated the first cut of steel that will be used to construct the…

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Mercy departs San Diego for Dynamic Interface exercise

April 14, 2021 – Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) and its embarked Medical Treatment Facility (MTF) departed San Diego for a Dynamic Interface (DI) exercise Apr. 13. The main purpose of DI is to evaluate the ship’s aviation facilities for compatibility with variants of the V-22 Osprey and MH-60 Seahawk. Mercy returned to San Diego from…

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USNS Charles Drew Conducts FONOP on South Korea

On March 31 (local time) USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE 10) asserted navigational rights and freedoms in the vicinity of the Kuk-To Island, consistent with international law. This freedom of navigation operation (“FONOP”) upheld the rights, freedoms, and lawful uses of the sea recognized in international law by challenging the Republic of Korea’s excessive straight baseline claim. U.S. Forces operate in…

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BMT to Conduct Industry Studies for Navy T-ARC(X) Cable Ship Program

March 8, 2021 – BMT has been awarded a prime contract to conduct industry studies for the U.S. Navy’s T-ARC(X) cable ship replacement program. The contract consists of capability and cost trade studies in key areas, investigation of options to maximize affordability and producibility, and development of a concept design. BMT’s partners on this project include Fincantieri Marine Group (FMG),…

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