Navy Accepts Delivery of USNS Miguel Keith

November 18, 2019 – The Navy accepted delivery of its third Expeditionary Sea Base (ESB) ship, USNS Miguel Keith (ESB 5) on Nov. 15. Delivery marks the official transfer of the ship from the shipbuilder to the Navy. ESB 5 will be owned and operated by Military Sealift Command. “The Navy and industry team overcame significant setbacks in the construction of this ship, and I’m extremely proud of the urgency and determination displayed on everyone’s part to deliver a high quality ship that will support our operational requirements in the…

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Fleet Week San Diego Begins

November 6, 2019 – USS San Diego (LPD 22) and USCGC Robert Ward (WPC 1130) and local Marines arrived at Broadway Pier in downtown San Diego, Nov. 5, to begin a week-long tribute to the sea services during the 22nd annual Fleet Week San Diego (FWSD) through Nov. 12. FWSD is an opportunity for the American public to meet their Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard teams and experience the U.S. sea services. During fleet week, service members will have the opportunity to participate in various community service events, showcase…

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BAP Angamos Arrived in San Diego for DSEI October 19

November 5, 2019 – Commander, Submarine Squadron 11 (CSS-11) and the Peruvian Submarine BAP Angamos (SS-31), a German-built Type 209 submarine (SSK), partnered to enhance and conduct training at Naval Base Point Loma as part of the Diesel-Electric Submarine Initiative (DESI) program, since Oct. 19. The staff of CSS-11 and the crew of the Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Annapolis (SSN 757) have excelled in a tremendous opportunity to sharpen their respective warfighting tools alongside their South American partners. “Each year, Submarine Squadron 11 looks forward to DESI and we…

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Coast Guard Offloads Cocaine in San Diego

October 17, 2019 – The Coast Guard offloaded more than $92 million worth of seized cocaine in San Diego Wednesday. The cocaine, worth more than $92 million, was seized in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean. The contraband represents four suspected drug smuggling vessel interdictions by the crews of three Coast Guard cutters off the coasts of Mexico, Central and South America between late July and early October by the following Coast Guard cutters: Alert (WMEC-630) was responsible for two cases, seizing approximately 4,000 pounds of cocaine Robert Ward…

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US Navy Contract Announcements October 21, 2019

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, California, is awarded an $18,253,921 modification (P00003) to a firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order (N00019-19-F-0272) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-15-G-0026) in support of the MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system. This order procures material kits and retrofit labor to incorporate the Integrated Functional Capability (IFC) 4.0 configuration into one retrofit ground segment and fully fund the IFC 4.0 retrofit install labor for aircraft B10. Work will be performed in San Diego, California (41.2%); Palmdale, California (30.7%); Waco, Texas (9.9%); Salt Lake City, Utah…

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Navy to Christen Expeditionary Sea Base USNS Miguel Keith (ESB 5)

October 17, 2019 – The Navy will christen the Expeditionary Sea Base USNS Miguel Keith (ESB 5) during a 10 a.m. PDT ceremony Saturday, Oct. 19, at General Dynamics NASSCO, San Diego. The ship is named in honor of Marine Corps Vietnam veteran and Medal of Honor recipient Lance Cpl. Miguel Keith, and is the first ship to bear the name. Retired Gen. Walter E. Boomer, USMC, 24th assistant commandant of the Marine Corps, will deliver the ceremony’s principal address. In a time-honored Navy tradition, Keith’s mother, Mrs. Eliadora Delores…

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US Navy Contract Announcements October 3, 2019

BAE Systems Technology Solutions and Services, Rockville, Maryland, is awarded an $18,351,068 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to provide engineering and technical services for integrated communications and information systems radio communications on various Navy ships in support of the Ship and Air Integration Warfare Division, Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Webster Outlying Field. Work will be performed in St. Inigoes, Maryland (60%); California, Maryland (30%); Bath, Maine (5%) and Pascagoula, Mississippi (5%), and is expected to be completed in June 2029. Fiscal 2020 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) funds in the amount of…

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San Diego Fleet Week Coming in November

Fleet Week has a long history in San Diego, from Theodore Roosevelt’s “Great White Fleet” gracing the city’s shores in 1908 to more than 100 ships visiting “America’s Finest City” in 1935 for the California Pacific International Exposition. Now, home port to 57 U.S. Navy ships, three major Marine Corps bases, and a robust Coast Guard element, San Diego is no stranger to the sea services, but the opportunity to get a public, up-close look at the military forces in the county is a rare occurrence, happening only a couple…

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BAE Systems’ San Diego Shipyard to Tandem Drydock Two Destroyers

September 18, 2019 – BAE Systems has received $170.7 million in contracts from the U.S. Navy to perform simultaneous maintenance and repair on two Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) guided-missile destroyers in its San Diego shipyard. Under the awarded contracts, the shipyard will tandem dry-dock the USS Stethem (DDG 63) and USS Decatur (DDG 73) in October. The synchronized two-ship docking will be a first for the company’s newest dry-dock in San Diego. The contracts include options that, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value to $185 million. “The ability to…

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NASSCO to Build Additional U.S. Navy Expeditionary Sea Base Ships

August 23, 2019 – General Dynamics NASSCO, a subsidiary of General Dynamics, was awarded a contract by the U.S. Navy worth up to $1.6 billion for the construction of the sixth and seventh ships of the Expeditionary Sea Base (ESB) program, as well as an option for ESB 8. “We are pleased to be building ESB 6 and 7 for our Navy,” said Kevin Graney, president of General Dynamics NASSCO. “ESBs have proven to be affordable and flexible, and as the fleet has gained experience with the platform, we have…

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13 Tons of Cocaine Offloaded in San Diego

July 26, 2019 – Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast (WMEC-632) offloaded more than 26,000 pounds of seized cocaine in San Diego Friday. The cocaine, worth an estimated $350 million, was seized in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean. The contraband represents six suspected drug smuggling vessel interdictions and the recovery of floating cocaine bales by the crews of two Coast Guard cutters off the coasts of Mexico, Central and South America between late June and mid-July. Five of the interdictions were carried out by the Steadfast’s crew, one of the…

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First Use of Shipboard Option for Maritime Operations Centers Makes Navy More Expeditionary

July 5, 2019 – The Navy’s Shore and Expeditionary Program Office (PMW 790) recently demonstrated the viability of moving maritime operations center (MOC) capabilities and staffs to an expeditionary environment on ships of opportunity. The successful demonstration is a first step toward putting fleet commanders closer to operational activities. Building from a Chief of Naval Operations’ task under the “Strengthen Naval Power at and from the Sea” line of effort in A Design for Maritime Superiority 2.0, PMW 790 developed the Adaptive Force Package (AFP) to deliver the C4I functionality…

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USS Stethem departs 7th Fleet after more than decade forward deployed

June 30, 2019 – USS Stethem (DDG 63) returned to the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of operations, June 30, following 14 years of forward-deployed service in the Indo-Pacific region operating from Japan. The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer is en route to San Diego, where she will be homeported and undergo her midlife modernization. As part of the U.S. 7th Fleet’s Forward Deployed Naval Forces in Japan, Stethem worked alongside allies and partners to provide security and stability throughout a free and open Indo-Pacific. “It has been an honor and privilege…

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SWRMC Completes On Time Delivery of USS Pearl Harbor

June 8, 2019 – Southwest Regional Maintenance Center (SWRMC) supported Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) on-time delivery goal with the completion of USS Pearl Harbor’s (LSD 52) availability on May 31. During the availability, SWRMC maintenance teams conducted a variety of scheduled overhauls throughout the ship while focusing on growth or new work items related to safety and requirements for getting underway. The strategy was a success as Pearl Harbor returned to Naval Base San Diego from sea trials on June 4. “SWRMC works to find cost-effective and innovative solutions…

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Navy Leadership Accelerates Lethality with Newly Designated Surface Development Squadron

May 23, 2019 – To encourage innovation, experimentation, and combat readiness, Vice Adm. Richard Brown, Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (CNSP), announced the establishment of Surface Development Squadron ONE (SURFDEVRON ONE) during a ceremony, May 22. SURFDEVRON ONE will integrate unmanned surface vessels (USV) and support fleet experimentation to accelerate delivery of new warfighting concepts and capabilities to the fleet. Brown, who provided remarks during the ceremony, told the attendees they were witnesses to the future in Surface Warfare. “By standing up a command dedicated to developing warfighting…

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