US Navy Contract Announcements September 24, 2018

Centerra Integrated Services LLC, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida (N69450-18-D-1312); Islands Mechanical Contractor Inc.,* Middleburg, Florida (N69450-18-D-1313); Munilla Construction Management LLC, Miami, Florida (N69450-18-D-1314); Ratcliff Construction Inc.,* Orange Park, Florida (N69450-18-D-1315); The Ross Group Construction Corp., Tulsa, Oklahoma (N69450-18-D-1316); and RQ-AECOM JV, Carlsbad, California (N69450-18-D-1317), are each awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity multiple award design-build construction contract for construction projects located primarily within the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast area of responsibility. The maximum dollar value including the base period and four option years for all six contracts combined is $240,000,000. The work…

Read More

Nearly 300 NUWC Division Newport employees tour ships visiting for International Seapower Symposium

September 24, 2018 – The jacket New York City firefighter Bill Butler wore on Sept. 11, 2001, never leaves the bridge of the USS New York (LPD 21). Dust from the rubble of the World Trade Center has settled on a patch on the right sleeve, a Chinese dragon wearing a firefighter’s hat with the No. 6 — a logo for FDNY Ladder 6, which serves the city’s Chinatown district. Butler never wore the jacket again after that day, and, ultimately, he donated it to the New York. It is…

Read More

Chief of Navy Welcomes HMB Endeavour Find

September 23, 2018 – The Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Mike Noonan, AO, RAN, says confirmation that Australian and US marine archaeologists have found the wreck of Captain Cook’s ship HMB (His Majesty’s Bark) Endeavour adds a significant page to Australia’s maritime history. The Endeavour has been located in Narragansett Bay, off Newport, Rhode Island following an extensive search by experts from the Australian National Maritime Museum (ANMM) and the Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project (RIMAP). The ship, which Captain James Cook sailed to Australia in 1770, was scuttled by…

Read More

L3 Strengthens Unmanned Maritime Capabilities With Acquisition of ASV Global

September 24, 2018 – L3 Technologies announced today that it acquired ASV Global, LLC, a leading unmanned surface vessel (USV) and autonomous vessel control systems company on September 20. This acquisition strategically enhances L3’s full spectrum of unmanned maritime capabilities, including integrated anti-submarine warfare (ASW) solutions, future surface combatant unmanned off-board sensors, and integrated unmanned surface and undersea vessel (USV/UUV) operations. The new company will be known as L3 ASV. “Autonomous capabilities for surface ships and undersea vessels are top priorities for our naval and commercial maritime customers, and we are…

Read More

HII Wins Navy Expeditionary Equipment Readiness Support Contract

September. 24, 2018 – Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced today that its Technical Solutions division was awarded a contract to provide engineering, technical, repair and logistical support to the U.S. Navy’s Coastal Riverine Forces. The five-year, fixed-fee contract has a value of $34 million if all options are exercised. Services for Coastal Riverine Groups One and Two include contractor field team support, organizational level and intermediate level maintenance as well as hull, mechanical and electrical (HM&E), electronic and civil engineering support equipment (CESE), and material handling equipment (MHE) for specific…

Read More

Ronald Reagan Strike Group visits Guam after Valiant Shield

September 24, 2018 – The Ronald Reagan Strike Group arrived at Naval Base Guam for a port visit, Sept. 24. Personnel from the Ronald Reagan Strike Group, to include Sailors from the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and the guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG 62), will have the opportunity to experience the island of Guam, following the successful completion of Valiant Shield 2018. Over the previous week, the strike group joined with more than 15,000 U.S. Navy, Air Force, Army, and Marine Corps personnel, taking part in the…

Read More

USS Michael Murphy Completes Exercise Kakadu

USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112), along with a P-8 Poseidon maritime-surveillance aircraft assigned to the “Pelicans” of Patrol Squadron (VP) 45, and staff from Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, and Commander, Task Force 70 participated in the Australian naval exercise Kakadu, Sept. 6-13. Held biennially, Kakadu is the Royal Australian navy’s premier exercise and provides an opportunity for regional nations to participate in multinational maritime activities. The 2018 exercise featured 24 ships and one submarine from 15 countries. “Kakadu was a valuable experience for Michael Murphy’s crew, and I am proud…

Read More

Europe has capacity to recycle its ships

September 24, 2018 – Ship recycling yards approved by the EU will have enough capacity to handle demand from EU-flagged ships that need to be scrapped, a new analysis shows. The shipping industry wants low-cost ship ‘breaking’ yards outside the EU – with dangerous working conditions and poor environmental standards – to be added to the EU list of approved facilities in order to meet demand from vessels bound by the bloc’s ship recycling law, which enters force on 1 January 2019. But the current EU list can accommodate the…

Read More

RFS Vitse-Admiral Kulakov Arrives at Kotelny Island

September 24, 2018 (Google Translation) – Ships providing the Northern Fleet, members of the Arctic group, arrived at the island of Kotelny, the archipelago of the Novosibirsk Islands. In the Laptev Sea, the crews of ships and vessels will provide tactical exercises, as well as conduct a number of general combat training activities. The day before, a detachment led by a large anti-submarine ship “Vitse-Admiral Kulakov” successfully crossed the ice-dangerous regions of the East Siberian Sea, as well as the Sannikov Strait, accompanied by the Vaigach nuclear icebreaker. Ice reconnaissance…

Read More

2018 education campaigns for Navy officers and non-commissioned officers concluded

September 22, 2018 (Google Translation) – Today the students and crews on board Vespucci, Palinuro, De La Penne, Orsa Maggiore, Caroly and Corsaro II were able to embrace their family members. With the stop in the port of Livorno today the 2018 Education Campaigns have been completed , held on board the ships Vespucci, Palinuro, De La Penne, Caroly, Corsaro II and Orsa Maggiore in favor of young officers, officers and non-commissioned officers of the Navy, parties last July from the different naval bases to complete the training process through…

Read More

Australia’s New Icebreaker Takes to the Water

September 22, 2018 – The commissioning of Australia’s new icebreaker reached a key milestone this week, with the vessel being floated in Romania. It took two days to pump the equivalent of 50 Olympic swimming pools of water into the dry dock where the RSV Nuyina is being built. Under the close supervision of marine engineers, the vessel was successfully floated and transferred into the adjacent wet dock. Final construction of the Nuyina will be completed in the wet dock before the vessel is transferred to its home port of…

Read More

HMNZS Te Mana Begins Southeast Asia Engagement

September 23, 2018 – The Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) frigate HMNZS Te Mana has visited the eastern Malaysian city of Sandakan to begin the Southeast Asian leg of the New Zealand Defence Force’s (NZDF) five-month engagement across the Asia-Pacific region. “New Zealand values our relationships and defense cooperation with countries that form the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), especially the practical military-military activity that occurs under the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting-Plus framework,” Major General Tim Gall, the Commander Joint Forces New Zealand, said. “Te Mana’s visits to Malaysia,…

Read More

Submarine Group 7 in Exercise Valiant Shield

September 23, 2018 – When Valiant Shield 2018 (VS-18) kicked off Sept. 16 in waters in and around Guam, submarines assigned to Commander, Submarine Group 7 (CSG 7) were there to participate. Valiant Shield is a U.S.-only biennial field training exercise aimed at ensuring the joint force is ready to conduct a wide range of combat operations. During VS-18, U.S. joint forces exercised a wide range of capabilities and demonstrated their inherent flexibility. This year’s training included maritime security operations, amphibious operations, anti-submarine and air-defense exercises, enabling real-world proficiency in…

Read More

Baltic Fleet Exercises With Coastal Defenses of Kaliningrad

September 23, 2018 (Google Translation) – The Baltic Fleet is completing a planned camp gathering of the units of the missile forces and artillery of the army corps. More than 700 servicemen and more than 200 pieces of military equipment of artillery and missile units of the corps, as well as marines of the fleet, were involved in combat training at several ranges in the Kaliningrad region. During the planned field exit, artillerymen and missile men carried out more than 200 different fire missions using Grad rocket launcher systems, Hyacinth…

Read More

General Dynamics Mission Systems Releases Updated MUOS Waveform for U.S. Navy Digital Modular Radio

September 17, 2018 – A General Dynamics Mission Systems-led team successfully completed testing and releases the updated Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) WFv3.1.5 waveform for the U.S. Navy’s software defined Digital Modular Radios (DMR), built by General Dynamics Mission Systems. The new waveform is software that adds the MUOS capability to software-defined DMR radios, and improves secure voice, video and data communications across the MUOS satellite communications (SATCOM) network. The network was recently approved by the U.S. Strategic Command for expanded operational use. DMR is a four-channel radio and the…

Read More