Navy to Commission Littoral Combat Ship Billings

July 31, 2019 – The Navy will commission its newest Freedom-variant littoral combat ship (LCS), the future USS Billings (LCS 15), during a 10 a.m. ceremony Saturday, Aug. 3, in Key West, Florida. U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, ranking member of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, will deliver the commissioning ceremony’s principal address. Tester’s wife, Sharla, is the ship’s sponsor. The ceremony will be highlighted by a time-honored Navy tradition when Mrs. Tester gives the first order to “man our ship and bring her to life!” “The future USS Billings…

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Watch live: NOAA expedition to unexplored waters off U.S. Southeast coast

June 20, 2019 – Curious about what lies and lives deep beneath the surface of the ocean? Now’s your chance to see it with your own eyes. From June 21-July 11, tune into NOAA’s live video broadcasts of dives to depths as deep as two miles (3,200 meters) as part of an expedition off the southeastern coast of the United States. After collecting high-resolution mapping data of the seafloor and water column, we’ll use remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) deployed from NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer to explore deep-sea coral and sponge habitats, potential shipwrecks, submarine canyons and…

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AITC Awarded U.S. Navy Contract to Provide Upgrades to Infrastructure and Solutions to Training Capability and Classrooms Worldwide

June 18, 2019 – Advanced IT Concepts (AITC) was recently awarded an Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract by the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD) in Orlando, Florida to support the Global Peace Operations Initiatives (GPOI)/Building Partnership Capability (BPC) efforts. The GPOI/BPC program supports building the framework to furnish international customers with a wide range of support to fulfill United Nations (UN) peacekeeping requirements. With the rapid rise in the number and complexity of peace operations since the 1990s, this has increased the demand for well-trained and equipped…

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US Navy Contract Announcements June 12, 2019

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Newport News Shipbuilding division, Newport News, Virginia, is awarded a maximum-value $687,090,000 cost and cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for early service life period work on USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). The purpose of this contract is to support ship repair and modernization during continuous incremental availabilities, planned incremental availabilities, full-ship shock trials and continuous maintenance and emergent maintenance during the ship’s early service life period. This contract includes five ordering periods totaling 60 months, with a maximum order value of $687,090,000. Work for the initial delivery order…

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Coast Guard Cutter Thetis Returns to Key West From Africa

May 23, 2019 – Coast Guard Cutter Thetis (WMEC-910) returned to their homeport in Key West, Florida, Thursday after a three-month U.S. Africa Command patrol. The Thetis crew concluded their patrol, in which they conducted multiple joint law enforcement exercises and operations with West African countries with U.S. Africa Command and U.S. 6th Fleet to maintain and strengthen international partnerships, and maritime security. “By conducting joint maritime law enforcement operations, we were able to establish best practices providing the West African navies and coast guards with the tools to enforce…

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Navy Chooses Port Everglades for Commissioning of the Future USS Paul Ignatius (DDG 117)

March 14, 2019 – Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer has approved Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida as the site for the commissioning of the future guided missile destroyer USS Paul Ignatius (DDG 117). The event will take place July 27. The ship is named in honor of Paul Robert Ignatius, who served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, as Secretary of the Navy from 1967- 1969, and as Assistant Secretary of Defense during the Lyndon B. Johnson administration. DDG-117 is the U.S. Navy’s 67th Arleigh Burke-class…

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Navy Chooses Key West for Commissioning Future USS Billings

February 27, 2019 – Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer has approved Key West, Florida as the site for the commissioning of the future USS Billings (LCS 15). The event will take place in August 2019. The specific date has yet to be announced. The future USS Billings is the 17th littoral combat ship (LCS) to be delivered to the Navy and the eighth of the Freedom variant to join the fleet. The Navy accepted delivery of the future USS Billings (LCS 15) during a ceremony Feb. 1 at the…

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USCGC Dauntless Returns From Caribbean Patrol

February 14, 2019 – The Coast Guard Cutter Dauntless returned home to Pensacola, Florida, after completing a 59-day patrol in the Caribbean Sea. During the patrol, Dauntless conducted joint operations with Department of Homeland Security air and surface assets to intercept over 80 migrants heading for U.S. soil, conducted four medical evacuations at sea saving nine lives, and assisted in a drug interdiction seizure. Dauntless supported Operation Unified Resolve, a combined effort between Joint Interagency Task Force South, Coast Guard, and international partners in the Caribbean region. The emphasis of…

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Leidos to develop next generation counter technologies for submarine defense

January 10, 2019 – Leidos, a FORTUNE® 500 science and technology leader, was awarded a contract by the U.S. Navy’s Naval Sea Systems Command to develop torpedo countermeasure technologies for submarine defense. The single award, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract has a two-year base period of performance, three one-year option years, and a potential value of approximately $36 million, if all options are exercised. Work will be performed in Washington, Northern Virginia, Ohio, California, and Florida. Leidos will design, build, and test an acoustic device countermeasure (ADC) called the ADC MK5 – a…

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Fort McHenry Arrives in Romania

January 7, 2018 – USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) arrived in Constanta, Romania, Jan. 7 for a scheduled port visit. Constanta is the first port visit for Fort McHenry, which deployed from its homeport of Mayport, Florida, Dec. 16, 2018. During the time in the Black Sea region, Fort McHenry is being shadowed by Russian frigate Pytliviy. “The Sailors and Marines of Fort McHenry have a great opportunity to experience a historic city,” said Cmdr. Steve Schmidt, commanding officer of Fort McHenry. “We stand together with our Romanian allies and partners…

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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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Navy Accepts Final Component for LCS Anti-Submarine Warfare Mission Package

December 4, 2018 – The Navy took delivery of the final component of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Mission Package Nov. 30, following the successful completion of a rigorous acceptance test regime at the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute. The Raytheon-developed Dual-mode Array Transmitter (DART) Mission System and ASW Mission Package will significantly increase ASW capabilities within the U.S. Navy, bringing the ability to maneuver active and passive sonars above and below the thermocline layer. “The DART Mission System is an essential component of the LCS ASW Package,…

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2018 Association of Naval Services Officers Symposium Announced

November 14, 2018 – The 2018 Association of Naval Services Officers (ANSO) Eastern Region Mentoring and Career Development Symposium is scheduled to be held at the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Miami, inside the Opa-Locka Executive Airport, 14750 NW 44th Court, Opa Locka, Florida from Dec. 3-4, 2018. ANSO’s mission is to enhance sea service operational readiness by providing career management and mentoring support in growing leaders, Officer and Enlisted. Its mission is to also provide community outreach as our Sea Services reflect the “face of our nation,” in order…

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US Navy Contract Announcements November 15, 2018

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $348,915,105 cost-plus-incentive-fee contract to provide the infrastructure to support developmental laboratory facilities and flight test activities in support of F-35 development, production and sustainment. Work will be performed at Edwards Air Force Base, California (35 percent); Patuxent River, Maryland (35 percent); and Fort Worth, Texas (30 percent), and is expected to be completed in March 2020. Fiscal 2018 research, development, test and evaluation (Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy); and non-Department of Defense (DOD) participant funds in…

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US Navy Contract Announcements October 12, 2018

Complete Parachute Solutions, Deland, Florida, is awarded a $9,270,000 modification under previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (M00264-18-C-0007) for the Multi-Mission Parachute Course. The Multi-Mission Parachute Course provides training and technical support for all Military Free-Fall training to ensure compliance with all Federal Aviation Administration Regulations and Marine Corps Orders to safely meet the Marine Corps Training Input requirements. This contract includes four one-year option periods which, if exercised, could bring the cumulative value of this contract to $42,763,854. Work will be performed in Coolidge, Arizona, and is expected to be completed…

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