Austal Awarded T-EPF 16 Construction Contract

Austal USA announced today that it was awarded a $230.5 million contract for the detail design and construction of EPF 16, the Navy’s newest Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF) ship. Austal USA has successfully delivered 12 EPFs, on schedule and on budget. Three additional EPF’s are currently under construction. EPFs have demonstrated their operational capability to conduct a variety of missions…

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USNS John Lewis Conducts Acceptance Trials

USNS John Lewis (T-AO 205), the Navy’s lead ship of its new class of fleet replenishment oilers, conducted Acceptance Trials, April 25. Acceptance Trials consist of a series of in-port and at-sea demonstrations that allow the Navy and the shipbuilder, General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO), to assess the ship’s systems and readiness prior to delivery to the…

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Navy Engineers Make Helicopter Pilots’ Most Dangerous Job Safer

Landing a helicopter in low visibility environments is one of the most difficult tasks in aviation for a rotary-wing pilot – add weather like fog wind, or worse and aircraft recovery can be dangerous. The very team who brought naval tactical aviation Precision Landing Mode (PLM) has now set sights on advancing capability and operational readiness for pilots flying legacy…

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Aboard USS Jackson, MQ-8C Fire Scout Returns to Flight

Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Jackson (LCS 6) completed underway return to flight operations of the Navy’s unmanned helicopter, the MQ-8C Fire Scout, in the Philippine Sea, April 20. The flights at sea were a conclusion of MQ-8 operational testing to return to routine flights on Littoral Combat Ships deployed to the Indo-Pacific. The MQ-8C, assigned to the “Wildcards” of…

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Philly Shipyard Awarded Fifth NSMV

Philly Shipyard, Inc. (PSI), the sole operating subsidiary of Philly Shipyard ASA (XOAX: PHLY), today announced the authorization by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) and subsequent order from TOTE Services, LLC (TOTE Services) for the construction of one additional National Security Multi-Mission Vessel (NSMV) – marking the fifth and final NSMV in the training ship series. This…

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Navy and Marine Corps Aircrew Receive New Training Devices

The Naval Aviation Training Systems and Ranges program office (PMA-205) recently delivered the first fully capable Naval Aircrewman Training Systems (NATS) and Marine Common Aircrew Trainers (MCAT) to the fleet. The NATS was delivered to Naval Air Station Mayport, Fla. and two MCATs were delivered to Marine Corps Air Station New River, N.C. Both the NATS and the MCAT devices…

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