Fairbanks Morse Delivers Engines for Future USCGC Chase

December 12, 2018 – Fairbanks Morse, an EnPro Industries company and leading provider of solutions that are powering the world forward – has been awarded a contract to build and deliver the main propulsion diesel engines (MPDE) for the U.S. Coast Guard’s offshore patrol cutter (OPC) #2. The USCGC CHASE (WMSM-916) will be constructed by Eastern Shipbuilding Group in Panama City, Florida, and the MPDE will be built by Fairbanks Morse at its Beloit, Wisconsin, manufacturing facility. @FairbanksMorse to build and deliver main propulsion diesel engines for @USCG OPC #2, USCGC CHASE. #poweringtheworldforward “Fairbanks…

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Deep Sea Submarine Rescue System Inducted into the Indian Navy at Mumbai

December 12, 2018 – Indian Navy’s first flyaway Deep Sea Submarine Rescue System was formally inducted by Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee and Chief of the Naval Staff, at the Naval Dockyard, Mumbai. Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command, former CNS/Cs-in-C as well as the senior management of the Original Equipment Manufacturer, M/s James Fisher and Sons Pvt. Ltd, UK were present during the induction ceremony. Acquisition of this capability is a significant and pioneering jump in the Indian Navy’s capability in deep…

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General Dynamics Awarded $346 Million by U.S. Navy for Virginia-Class Submarine Work

December 10, 2018 – General Dynamics Electric Boat has been awarded a $346.5 million contract modification by the U.S. Navy to provide research and development and lead-yard services for Virginia-class nuclear-powered attack submarines. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics. Under the contract modification, Electric Boat will undertake development studies and other work related to Virginia-class submarine design improvements. Additionally, Electric Boat will perform research and development work required to evaluate new technologies to be inserted in newly built Virginia-class ships, including the Virginia Payload Module. Initially…

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Teaching Deterrence: This Nuclear Missile Bunker Takes Visitors

The rickety elevator atop former Air Force Missile Site 8 slowly teeters its way 35 feet underground, opening up to a nuclear missile bunker filled with Cold War-era technology, fixtures and decor. It makes you feel like you’ve stepped into an old sci-fi movie — or perhaps the hatch from the show “Lost.” Except the nuclear warhead on the other end of the 250-foot tunnel is real — although no longer functional — and the best part? Anyone can visit it. Missile Site 8 is now a National Historic Landmark…

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U.S. Naval Test Pilot School Graduates Class 154

December 11, 2018 – The U.S. Naval Test Pilot School held a graduation ceremony for Class 154 Dec. 7. 34 students successfully completed the intense 11-month course of instruction and were designated as Engineering Developmental Test Pilots, Test Flight Officers and Test Engineers. Graduates included members of the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Army and Air Force, students from Australia, Israel, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, and engineers from NAWCAD. The United States Naval Test Pilot School trains the world’s finest developmental test pilots, flight officers, engineers, industry and foreign partners…

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Future USS Michael Monsoor Makes Panama Canal Transit

December 10, 2018 – Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001) made its way through the Panama Canal for the first time in her history, successfully navigating the 50-mile long waterway Nov. 28. “For many Sailors, this was their first transit of these waters, but Panama has seen every new class of warship that the United States has built and have been witness to our transition from sail to steam to silence – represented by Michael Monsoor’s electric propulsion plant,” said Capt. Scott Smith, Michael Monsoor’s commanding officer. “It was…

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US Navy Contract Announcements December 12, 2018

Clark Construction Group LLC, Bethesda, Maryland, is awarded a $298,211,055 firm-fixed-price construction contract to construct a VC-25B hangar complex. The contract provides for the construction of a hangar complex, an aircraft access taxiway/parking apron, associated lighting, engine run-up pads, and a hydrant refueling system with storage tanks. Additional requirements include, but are not limited to, site preparation, wetland/stream mitigation, storm water management, a parking lot, and a fire detection, and suppression system. This contract contains options, which if exercised, will bring the contract value to a ceiling of $315,481,000. Work…

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New Frigate Fire Control Radar for French Navy

December 7, 2018 – The French Navy is going to use 7 Thales STIR-radars on their frigates for their gun and missile fire control. Five of the radars will be installed at the French frigate program FTI, and two will be placed at the two FREDA-frigates. The FREDA-frigates are meant for air defense missions and multi-missions. This all weather fire control radar can track stealth targets superior, even in severe clutter. Besides, the accuracy and reliability are extraordinary high, also in multipath conditions. Paul de Ceuninck van Capelle, Sales Manager:…

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U.S. Navy to Deploy Venture Research MultiTrak™ RFID/GPS/IoT Reader

December 11, 2018 – Venture Research, Inc., a leading global supplier of RFID and IoT solutions, has received a contract through the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) to supply mobile passive radio frequency identification (pRFID) systems for the U.S. Navy to use at four geographically diverse sites. The goal of this initiative is to evaluate the performance of an asset tracking solution combining the MultiTrak mobile pRFID reader with its integrated geo-positioning capability with a customizable application programming interface (API), enabling the U.S. military to reliably capture asset tracking information on…

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Frigate ‘Cristóbal Colón’ (F-105) returns to Ferrol after a three-month deployment

December 11, 2018 (Google Translation) – F-100 frigate ‘Cristóbal Colón’ has just arrived at Ferrol (NW Spain) after a three and a half-month deployment integrated into the Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG-2). These NATO standing groups are rapid reaction forces with ample capabilities and high levels of readiness and training. The ‘Cristóbal Colón’, under command of Cdr. Santiago Vila Barrón has participated in several multinational exercises like ‘Trident Juncture 2018’ in Nordic waters, the Greek exercise ‘NAIAS 18’ and the Turkish ‘MAVI BALINA 18’ in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea.…

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The Quiet Waters of Southeast Alaska

By Kelley Stirling NSWC Carderock Division December 11, 2018 – Most people tire of their long commutes to work. Driving in a car in stop-and-go traffic for an hour can get old, but it’s something that most people just get used to. In Ketchikan, Alaska, the commute to the Navy’s Southeast Alaska Acoustic Measurement Facility (SEAFAC) is a little different; a 20-minute car ride, followed by a 10-minute boat ride to Back Island is what a person has to get used to. “Rather than planes, trains and automobiles, it’s planes,…

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Harry S Truman Carrier Strike Group Returning Home

December 12, 2018 – Nearly 6,500 Sailors from the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HSTCSG) are scheduled to return to Naval Station Norfolk, Dec. 16, after completing an eight-month deployment across the 2nd, 5th and 6th Fleet areas of operation. Led by Commander, Carrier Strike Group Eight, Rear Adm. Gene Black, returning units of HSTCSG include flagship USS Harry S. Truman, commanded by Capt. Nick Dienna; the nine squadrons of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1; USS Normandy (CG 60); and DESRON 28’s USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) and USS…

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Strike Fighter Squadron 147 Declares Safe-For-Flight

December 12, 2018 – The “Argonauts” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 completed their carrier qualifications Dec. 12 aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), the final required component for Commander, Joint Strike Fighter Wing (CJSFW) to issue the squadron its safe-for-flight operations certification. This marks a major milestone for the U.S. Navy toward declaring Initial Operating Capability (IOC) next year. The safe-for-flight operations certification (SFFOC) is the final step for VFA-147’s transition from the F/A-18E Super Hornet to the F-35C Lightning II. This process ensures a squadron is manned with…

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BAE Systems and Cammell Laird release joint statement on Type 31e Competitive Design Phase contract

December 12, 2018 – A joint statement from BAE Systems and Cammell Laird said: “We are pleased to have been shortlisted for the next stage of the Type 31e program. Our bid for the Type 31e combines proven engineering capability, warship design and combat management systems that will deliver critical capability to meet the Royal Navy’s requirements and an attractive proposition for international customers. We remain fully committed to working with the MOD to progress this important program.”

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RFS Severomorsk in Djibouti

December 11, 2018 (Google Translation) – Today, the large anti-submarine ship of the Northern Fleet “Severomorsk”, performing the tasks of a long-distance cruise in the Indian Ocean, made a business call at the port of Djibouti of the African state of the same name. The stay of Russian sailors in a foreign port will be held according to a standard program: replenishment of fuel, fresh water and food to the established standards, as well as short-term rest of personnel on the coast with a visit to city attractions. Upon completion…

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