Monday, September 15, 2014

Fourth National Security Cutter Delivered to Coast Guard

Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias (right) presents a ceremonial key to the National Security Cutter Hamilton (WMSL 753) to Rear Adm. Bruce D. Baffer, the U.S. Coast Guard’s assistant commandant for acquisition and chief acquisition officer, during a delivery ceremony. Also pictured is Capt. Douglas Fears (right), the ship’s prospective commanding officer. Photo by Andrew Young/HII

Pascagoula September 15, 2014 - The Coast Guard accepted delivery of the fourth National Security Cutter, Hamilton, in Pascagoula, Mississippi, Monday.
Hamilton will be the first of two NSCs to be homeported in Charleston, South Carolina.  The cutter will be commissioned into service Dec. 6.
“After three years of fabrication and expert craftsmanship, Ingalls shipyard has delivered a great ship to the Coast Guard,” said Capt. Douglas Fears, the prospective commanding officer of Hamilton. “The Coast Guard's Project Resident Office has fastidiously overseen the production of Hamilton through all key acquisition milestones.”
The cutter is now officially an asset of the Coast Guard and custody is turned over from the shipyard to its commanding officer and crew. 
“Hamilton's crew has prepared over six months for this day, and we are both honored and humbled to be entrusted with the task of bringing this great ship to life and readying her for decades of service to our nation,” Fears said.
The Hamilton is the sixth cutter in Coast Guard history named after Alexander Hamilton, who as the first Secretary of the Treasury prompted Congress to create the Revenue Marine, a precursor to the modern Coast Guard.
The first three NSCs – Coast Guard Cutters Bertholf, Waesche and Stratton – are performing operations from their Alameda, California, homeport. The fifth NSC, James, is scheduled to be delivered in the summer of 2015. The keel laying for the sixth, Munro, is scheduled for later this fall, with delivery scheduled for 2016. The seventh, Kimball, is under production, and long lead time materials for the eighth, Midgett, have been ordered.
The Legend-class NSC is the largest multipurpose cutter in the Coast Guard fleet and is replacing the 378-foot high endurance cutter, which has been in service since the 1960s. The NSC is 418 feet long and has a top speed of 28 knots and a range of 12,000 nautical miles. It is capable of performing 60- to 90-day patrols.

Keel Laid for First Project 11982 AGOR

Pella

St Petersburg September 15, 2014 (Google Translation) - At a ceremony held at the new shipbuilding ground of "Pella" attended by Chief of the deep-sea research Ministry of Defense, Vice Admiral Burilichev AV, commander of the military unit Serikov Gennady, representatives of CMDB "Diamond", "of" Tethys -About "NGOs" Aurora ", the management of" Pella ". 
Ship is being built by order of the Russian Navy, and in 2016 will be transferred to government customers. 
The vessel is designed for testing of special technical equipment to participate in search and rescue operations, carrying out research and oceanographic studies. 

Pella

The main technical parameters: 
Length overall 63.8 m 
Breadth 10.8 m 
Draft of approx 3.8 m 
Speed ​​of approx 12.0 knots 
Symbol class KM Ice 2 - Arc May 1 AUT 1 FF2 WS according to the classification of the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping. 
Cruising range of 1,000 miles 
Autonomy reserves of provisions and fresh water 20 days 
The crew of 16 people 
Expedition of 20 people


Friday, September 12, 2014

DRS Technologies to Provide Ship Self-Defense Hardware for U.S. Navy Aircraft Carriers and Amphibious Ships


US Navy

Arlington VA September 10, 2014 - DRS Technologies Inc., a Finmeccanica Company, announced that the U.S Navy has awarded the company access to a $31.8 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to provide command and control hardware products for the service’s Ship Self-Defense System Mark 2 (SSDS), used on Navy aircraft carriers and amphibious assault ships.
SSDS is a ship-borne battle management system that integrates elements of other combat systems to provide a flexible detect-control-engage capability that meets a ship’s self-defense and tactical situational awareness requirements. It can defend against surface and airborne threats, including low-flying cruise missiles.
The command and control hardware, including interface and networking devices, peripheral systems, displays and processors, integrates radars and other sensors with weapons systems to protect the carriers and amphibious ships from attack.
The system, installed on all classes of aircraft carriers and amphibious assault ships, also supports secondary mission areas, including fleet support operations and search and rescue operations.
“DRS has a long heritage of supporting the U.S. Navy and is proud to provide our technology to protect our carriers and amphibious ships, especially as the Navy broadens its stated focus in the Pacific region,” said William J. Lynn, CEO of DRS Technologies and Finmeccanica North America and former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense.
DRS is experienced at building low-cost, high-quality, mission-essential equipment for harsh naval environments. Under this contract, DRS is expected to provide hardware production, assembly, configuration, alignment, integration, testing and shipping of the SSDS hardware. The work will be performed at DRS facilities in Chesapeake, Virginia and Johnstown, Pennsylvania through 2017.
DRS’s Laurel Technologies business was awarded access to the contract from the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division. 

U.S. Navy Awards General Dynamics $234 Million for Nuclear-Submarine Support Work

US Navy

Groton September 12, 2014 - The U.S. Navy has awarded a $234 million contract to General Dynamics Electric Boat to provide planning yard work, engineering and technical support for nuclear submarines. The contract has a total potential value of $1.5 billion over five years if all options are exercised. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (GD).
Under the terms of this award, Electric Boat will provide design, engineering, material and logistics support, and research and development activities for active U.S. submarines and submersibles. Electric Boat also will provide information services, planning, scheduling and technical support for submarine maintenance and modernization activities, training and facility support, and affordability and cost reduction support.
This work will engage Electric Boat's engineering and design organization, which comprises more than 4,000 employees. Possessing proven technical capabilities, these employees work on all facets of the submarine life cycle from concept formulation and design through construction, maintenance and modernization, and eventually to inactivation and disposal.

Future USS America Maiden Arrival in San Diego Monday

The Navy's newest amphibious assault ship, the future USS America (LHA 6), is scheduled to arrive at its new homeport of San Diego on Sept. 15 to make preparations for formal commissioning. America was delivered to the Navy April 10, after completing construction in Pascagoula, Mississippi. While transiting to San Diego, America circumnavigated South America, on what has been called "America Visits the Americas," conducting exchanges and working with partner nation navies. America's crew consists of 1,100 Sailors and can embark more than 1,500 Marines. The ship is 844 feet in length and has a displacement of approximately 45,000 tons. America is scheduled to be formally commissioned on Oct. 11 in San Francisco and will then conduct operations and training within the 3rd Fleet Area of Responsibility. U.S. 3rd Fleet leads naval forces in the Eastern Pacific from the West Coast of North America to the international date line and provides the realistic, relevant training necessary for an effective global Navy.

USS Missouri First Commission Final Port Visit 1954

Sixty years ago this week, on September 15, 1954, the USS Missouri arrived in Seattle before being decommissioned in Bremerton. Notice the MSTS troop transport facilities on the west side of the pier. (Photo courtesy MOHAI)

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Energy Focus Receives the Single Largest Order in the Company's History

Solon OH September 11, 2014 - Energy Focus, Inc. (EFOI), a leader in LED lighting technologies, today announced that the Company has received a $7.7 million order for the United States Navy combatant ship forces. This order, most of which is expected to be delivered throughout the remainder of 2014, represents the single largest order in the Company's history.
This new delivery order is entirely for Energy Focus' Intellitube(R) LED retrofit tubes. This true plug and play technology allows for direct fit into existing fluorescent sockets with or without the ballast in place. The proprietary circuit and LED lamp designed by Energy Focus is now employed and installed in more than 140 naval vessels in the vast U.S. Navy military fleet, up from fewer than 20 in the beginning of 2014.
"Over the past year, we have built extensive relationships with the U.S. Navy at various levels from the Pentagon to the ship forces, which now are broadly aware of the economic and sustainability benefits of our LED technologies, as well as the availability of our LED products," said Eric Hilliard, President and Chief Operating Officer of Energy Focus. "We are extremely excited about and grateful for the unwavering commitment to energy and maintenance savings, as well as carbon reductions made by the leadership in the U.S. Navy. We are equally committed to working with and supporting all constituencies from the Navy to expedite their LED adoption initiatives in the quarters and years to come."
"We are absolutely honored with the confidence the U.S. Navy has placed in Energy Focus and our LED products," said James Tu, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Energy Focus. "With over three decades of advanced lighting development experience and a long-term research partnership with the U.S. government in LED lighting since 2002, Energy Focus remains the only Navy Military-Spec qualified LED replacement lamp provider. We are also proud to say there has been zero failure in the lamps we have put on U.S. Navy ships since our first installation in 2007. We plan and fully expect to leverage our proven technologies and the resounding successes we have had with the U.S. Navy to build our presence and leadership in the broader maritime market, including military and non-military vessels that together represent a total addressable market of over $4 billion."