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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Navy’s Fleet Replenishment Oiler Recapitalization Making Headway

January 13, 2021 – The future USNS John Lewis (T-AO 205), the Navy’s first-in-class Fleet Replenishment Oiler, launched from General Dynamics-National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (GD-NASSCO) on Jan. 12, marking a significant shipbuilding milestone. “Recapitalizing our aging fleet replenishment capabilities is a key component of making our naval logistics more agile and resilient,” said Mr. Mike Kosar, Support Ships, Boats…

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National Shipbuilding Research Program Selects Research Projects

December 2, 2020 – The National Shipbuilding Research Program, in collaboration with Naval Sea Systems Command has selected seven shipbuilding and ship repair research announcement projects valued at over $8.2 million for award in fiscal year 2021. The expected cost reduction, if all projects are successful, could exceed $250 million. The selected projects range in duration from 12 to 24…

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Vestdavit to deliver advanced boat-handling systems to U.S. Navy

September 11, 2020 – Vestdavit Inc., the US operation set up by industry-leading davit supplier Vestdavit, has won a contract to deliver boat launch-and-recovery systems to two Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF) vessels belonging to the United States Navy. Currently under construction by global shipbuilder Austal at its yard in Mobile, Alabama, the EPFs will assist the Navy’s military and humanitarian…

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USNS Yukon Aids Distressed Mariners in Arabian Sea

August 8, 2020 – The Military Sealift Command’s fleet replenishment oiler USNS Yukon (T-AO 202) provided assistance to a motor vessel in distress in the Arabian Sea Aug. 7. Upon notification of the situation, the Combined Maritime Forces watch center contacted Yukon to assist the motor vessel Wadi Karan due to its close proximity. Wadi Karan had experienced engine failure…

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