BAE Systems to enhance maritime operations and flight safety systems aboard large deck U.S. Navy ships and new construction aircraft carriers

August 8, 2019 – The U.S. Navy has awarded BAE Systems a prime contractor position on a new indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to enhance maritime operations and flight safety systems aboard new construction aircraft carriers and large deck amphibious ships, to include refueling and complex overhaul ships. BAE Systems was one of three contractors awarded the opportunity to bid on future integration, engineering, assembly, testing, and installation focused task orders awarded throughout an eight-year ordering period. The work will be performed to enhance a variety of distributed systems that provide network capabilities,…

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VT Halter Marine Awarded Contract Worth Over $2.8M for U.S. Navy CHAMP Program Study

July 1, 2019 – VT Halter Marine, a company of ST Engineering North America, has won a contract worth $2,899,252 by the Naval Sea Systems Command under the Common Hull Auxiliary Mission Platform – called CHAMP. In 2018, the Navy implemented the CHAMP study to find a replacement for several types of auxiliary ships that are rapidly approaching the ends of their service lives – hospital ships, command and control ships, submarine tender and aviation logistics ships, and sealift ships. VT Halter Marine is one of four U.S. based companies…

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Fitzgerald Unveils Commemorative Flag

June 20, 2019 – On June 17, USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) unveiled a commemorative flag honoring the Sailors who died in a collision in the Sea of Japan two years ago. Designed by current crewmembers, the flag memorializes their seven fallen shipmates. The flag is blue with “DON’T GIVE UP THE SHIP” emblazoned above the names of the seven sailors. The motto is a common Navy phrase, but all Fitzgerald Sailors embodied that spirit on June 17, 2017 when they fought significant flooding and structural damage following the collision. The…

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US Coast Guard Polar Security Cutter to be Based in Seattle

June 17, 2019 – The U.S. Coast Guard today announced that Seattle will be the home of the service’s new Polar Security Cutters. “I am pleased to announce that Seattle, Washington will be the home of the Coast Guard’s new Polar Security Cutters,” said Admiral Karl L. Schultz, Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard. “The Pacific Northwest has been the home of our icebreaking fleet since 1976, and I am confident that the Seattle area will continue to provide the support we need to carry out our critical operations in…

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Huntington Ingalls Industries Delivers Eighth National Security Cutter Midgett to U.S. Coast Guard

May 1, 2019 – Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Ingalls Shipbuilding division delivered the National Security Cutter (NSC) Midgett (WMSL 757) to the U.S. Coast Guard today. Midgett is scheduled to sail away in June and will be commissioned later this year. “We have a mission statement in the NSC program that says during the construction of each NSC we will provide the men and women of the United States Coast Guard with the finest ship in their fleet,” said Derek Murphy, NSC program manager. “This excellence will be provided by our…

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Huntington Ingalls Awarded $1.47 Billion for First Flight II LPD

March 26, 2019 – Huntington Ingalls Industries announced today that its Ingalls Shipbuilding division has received a $1.48 billion, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract from the U.S. Navy for the detail design and construction of the amphibious transport dock LPD 30. The ship will be the 14th in the San Antonio class and the first Flight II LPD. “Ingalls looks forward to continuing our strong legacy of providing the men and women of our naval forces with the capable and survivable warships they need and deserve,” said Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias. “The…

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Navy Accepts Delivery of Future USS Paul Ignatius

February 22, 2019 – The Navy accepted delivery of the future destroyer USS Paul Ignatius (DDG 117) from Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Ingalls shipbuilding division, Feb. 22. Accepting delivery of DDG 117 represents the official transfer of the ship from the shipbuilder to the Navy. Prior to delivery, the ship conducted a series of at-sea and pier-side trials to demonstrate its material and operational readiness. The 67th Arleigh Burke class destroyer honors Paul Robert Ignatius, who served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, as Secretary of the Navy…

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Future USS Paul Ignatius Successfully Completes Acceptance Trials

December 21, 2018 – The future USS Paul Ignatius (DDG 117) successfully completed acceptance trials on Dec. 20, returning to Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Pascagoula shipyard after spending two days at sea in the Gulf of Mexico. During acceptance trials, the ship and its crew performed a series of demonstrations for review by the U.S. Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV). These demonstrations are used by INSURV to validate the quality of construction and compliance with Navy specifications and requirements prior to delivery of the ship to the U.S.…

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Huntington Ingalls Industries Christens Destroyer Frank E. Petersen Jr. (DDG 121)

October 6, 2018 – Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Ingalls Shipbuilding division christened the guided missile destroyer Frank E. Petersen Jr. (DDG 121) today with approximately 900 guests in attendance. The ship is the 71st in the Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) class of destroyers and the 33rd built by Ingalls. Alfred Gray, a retired general and former commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, was the keynote speaker. “We’re here to honor a great American, a great ship and a great shipyard as well,” Gray said. “Frank is the person who really gave…

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Navy to Christen Destroyer Frank E Petersen Jr

October 4, 2018 – The Navy will christen the newest guided-missile destroyer, the future USS Frank E. Petersen Jr. (DDG 121) Saturday, Oct. 6, during a 10:00 a.m. CDT ceremony at Huntington Ingalls Industries shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi. The future USS Frank E. Petersen Jr. is the first ship named in honor of Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Frank E. Petersen Jr., the first African-American Marine Corps aviator and the first African-American Marine Corps officer promoted to brigadier general. When he retired in 1988 after 38 years of service, he was,…

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Huntington Ingalls Industries Lays Keel of Behind Schedule National Security Cutter Stone (WMSL 758)

September 14, 2018 – Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Ingalls Shipbuilding division authenticated the keel of the National Security Cutter Stone (WMSL 758) today. It is the ninth Legend-class cutter built at Ingalls for the U.S. Coast Guard. Severely late, Stone was originally scheduled for launching this summer. “NSCs are essential to the Coast Guard and play a significant role in making America safer and stronger,” said Kari Wilkinson, Ingalls’ vice president, program management. “As Americans and as shipbuilders, this team understands that every day is an important day in completing and…

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Frank E. Petersen (DDG 121) Launched in Pascagoula

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Ingalls Shipbuilding division successfully launched the Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) guided missile destroyer Frank E. Petersen Jr. (DDG 121) July 13th. “This is the one of the most significant milestones in the life of any ship,” said Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias. “Our shipbuilders implement such an organized launch plan, and they have once again executed it in a quality manner. We are proud to have DDG 121 one step closer to completion and look forward to presenting this invaluable asset to the Navy fleet in the…

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DDG-51 Program Marks Start of Construction Milestones at BIW, HII

The Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) destroyers continue to achieve shipbuilding milestones with start of construction at both shipbuilders, Bath Iron Works (BIW), Bath, Maine, and Huntington Ingalls Industries, Pascagoula, Mississippi. On May 17, construction of the future USS Harvey C. Barnum Jr. (DDG 124) began at BIW. The ship’s namesake, Col. Harvey “Barney” Barnum, Jr. (Ret.), was on hand to officially mark the start of fabrication on the ship. In Pascagoula, Mississippi, construction of the future USS Jack H. Lucas (DDG 125) officially began May 7. DDG-125 will be…

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Navy’s Newest LPD to be Named in Honor of WWII Medal of Honor Recipient

Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer announced the Navy’s newest San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship will be named in honor of Navy veteran and Medal of Honor recipient, Capt. Richard M. McCool Jr. McCool, a native of Oklahoma, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1944 and later served aboard Landing Craft Support (Large) 122 off the coast of Okinawa during World War II. “Capt. McCool served his nation with honor, distinction and an unparalleled sense of duty.” said Spencer. “His exemplary service in defense of our nation…

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