SWRMC Completes Waterborne Rudder Overhaul of USS Rushmore

Southwest Regional Maintenance Center (SWRMC) successfully completed a waterborne rudder overhaul onboard USS Rushmore (LSD 47) recently. This was the first-ever waterborne dock landing ship (LSD) rudder overhaul for SWRMC—this waterborne solution involved SWRMC engineers, divers, and waterfront operations team collaborating with industry partners from Epsilon and Bay City Marine. This project was an emergent work item and included work…

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NAVFAC Northwest Awards Contract for Shipyard Facility Upgrades

Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command (NAVFAC) Northwest awarded a $21 million contract Sept. 13 for seismic repairs and life safety improvements to building 431 at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PSNS & IMF), Washington. Building 431, used to repair and test ship parts, was built in 1934, with an addition built in 1943. “This award action is…

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DDG 121 Frank E Petersen JR Completes Acceptance Trials

The future USS Frank E. Petersen Jr. (DDG 121) completed Acceptance trials, Sept. 16, after spending two days at sea. During trials, the Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey inspected the ship performing a series of demonstrations while pier side and underway. Many of the ship’s onboard systems, including navigation, damage control, mechanical and electrical systems, combat systems, communications, and…

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Navy Modernizing Shipyards in Bremerton & Pearl Harbor

September 13, 2021 – Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command (NAVFAC) awarded a $500-million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity architecture-engineering contract Sept. 7 for structural and waterfront-related projects at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PHNSY & IMF) in Hawaii and Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PSNS & IMF) in Washington state. The five-year contract will mainly support construction, repair,…

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NAVSEA Considers NISE Project for SDTS

Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Carderock Division is part of a new collaboration that involves NSWC’s Port Hueneme Division and Philadelphia Division, along with academia and several small businesses. The collaboration is a Naval Innovation, Science and Engineering (NISE) project. The goal of the NISE project is to design, develop and demonstrate an autonomous, continuous monitoring system to analyze the…

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US Navy Working on Paradigm Shift for Laser Weapons Electrical Needs

How can the U.S. Navy integrate electric weapons such as its new and emerging high-energy laser systems into warships while ensuring there is enough power for all ship systems and services? It will take a paradigm shift that few have heard or seen before, according to Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) scientists and engineers. Thomas ‘TJ’ McKelvey – an NSWC…

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NSWC Crane Collaborates on High-Energy Laser Project

August 12, 2021 – Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane) collaborated with NSWC Dahlgren, NSWC Port Hueneme, Integrated Warfare Systems 2.0, Directed Energy (IWS 2.0, DE), and Lockheed Martin to bring a high energy laser control system to the Navy fleet. The Navy is developing several ship-based weapons that could improve the Navy’s surface ships to defend against…

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U.S. Navy Awards NCI Prime Position on SeaPort NxG Multiple Award Contract

August 11, 2021 – NCI Information Systems, Inc. (NCI), a leading provider of advanced information technology solutions and professional services to U.S. federal government agencies, today announced it has won a prime position on the U.S. Navy’s SeaPort Next Generation (SeaPort-NxG) contract. This multiple award indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract vehicle has a base period of 2.5 years and an ordering period…

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Fluor Selected for SeaPort Next Generation Multiple-Award Contract

August 2, 2021 – Fluor Corporation announced today that the U.S. Navy’s Naval Sea Systems Command selected the company for a 7½-year position on the SeaPort Next Generation (SeaPort NxG) indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity multiple-award contract. SeaPort NxG provides for engineering and program management services that span the entire spectrum of mission areas and technical capabilities supported by the Department of the Navy.…

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NSWC Dahlgren Division Engineers Develop Decision Aid for High Energy Laser Fire Control

July 29, 2021 – While autonomous car companies strive to build a self-driving car that people can trust, a Navy engineering team designed a decision aid that Sailors operating a high-energy laser can trust. The common denominator in both cases is autonomy via artificial intelligence. In the case of an autonomous system that uses artificial intelligence to assist warfighters in…

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