Eastern Shipbuilding Lays Keel for Future USCGC Chase

May 24, 20211 – Today, Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. (ESG) hosted the keel authentication ceremony for the U.S. Coast Guard’s future Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC), USCGC CHASE (WMSM 916), at the Nelson Street facility. Admiral Karl Schultz, the 26th Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, and Chairwoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40), House Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee Chair and ship sponsor, delivered…

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HII Debuts Proteus Unmanned Surface Test Vessel

May 20, 2021 – Huntington Ingalls Industries announced today the debut of the Proteus unmanned surface vessel (USV) for testing and development of autonomy capabilities. The 27-foot Proteus USV was outfitted with Sea Machines Robotics’ SM300 autonomy system and completed a successful demonstration on Friday, May 14 off the coast of Panama City, Florida. “We are thrilled to launch our…

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First of class LCAC 100 and 101 arrive at NSWC Panama City

September 3, 2020 – The Navy’s newest Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) hovercraft arrived at Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD) Sept. 2. The two craft, LCAC-100 and LCAC-101, were escorted by NSWC PCD’s research, development, test and evaluation craft (RDT&E) craft, LCAC-91. This significant milestone marks the first new LCAC to arrive in Panama City in…

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Keel Laid at Eastern Shipbuilding for USCGC Argus (WMSM-915)

May 4, 2020 – Eastern Shipbuilding Group reports that the keel laying ceremony for the US Coast Guard’s, first of class, Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) ARGUS (WMSM-915), was held on April 28, 2020 at Eastern’s Nelson Street facility. The ceremony was performed and recorded without audience to comply with CDC guidelines to combat the spread of COVID-19. A video of…

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MCM USV testing continues despite Coronavirus limitations

April 2, 2020 – The Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD) Off-board Systems Development Branch are continuing to meet mission requirements during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Mine Countermeasure Unmanned Surface Vehicle (MSM USV) project team is supporting contractor testing onboard NSWC PCD using the Coastal Test Range (CTR). This effort is sponsored by the Program Executive…

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