Thursday, August 27, 2015

First of Class Research Vessel Neil Armstrong (AGOR 27) Completes Acceptance Trials

Anacortes August 27, 2015 - The first-of-class oceanographic research vessel R/V Neil Armstrong (AGOR 27), successfully completed acceptance trials Aug. 7 the Navy reported Aug. 27.
Neil Armstrong is a modern mono-hull research vessel based on commercial design, capable of integrated, interdisciplinary, general purpose oceanographic research in coastal and deep ocean areas.
The Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) found the ship to be well-built and inspection-ready. The trials evaluated the ship's major systems and equipment to include demonstrations of the ship's main propulsion system, dynamic positioning system, navigation, cranes and winches, and communication systems. 
"These trials are the final major milestone prior to delivering Neil Armstrong," said Mike Kosar, program manager for the Support Ships, Boats and Craft office within the Program Executive Office, Ships. "Neil Armstrong performed very well during these trials, especially for a first of class vessel. The results of these tests and the outstanding fit, finish and quality of the vessel, stand as a testament to the preparation and effort of our entire shipbuilding team. It reflects the exceptionalism of AGOR 27's namesake, Neil Armstrong." 
Acceptance trials represent the cumulative efforts following a series of in-port and underway inspections conducted jointly by the AGOR Program Office, SUPSHIP, and builder Dakota Creek Industries throughout the construction, test and trials process. The trials are the last significant shipbuilding milestone before delivery of the ship to the Navy, expected to occur this fall.
Neil Armstrong Class AGORs are 238 feet long and incorporate the latest technologies, including high-efficiency diesel engines, emissions controls for stack gasses, and new information technology tools both for monitoring shipboard systems and for communicating with the world. These ships will provide scientists with the tools and capabilities to support ongoing research including in the Atlantic, western Pacific and Indian Ocean regions across a wide variety of missions. 
Neil Armstrong will be capable of assisting with integrated, interdisciplinary, general purpose oceanographic research in coastal and deep ocean areas. The ship will be operated by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution under a charter party agreement with Office of Naval Research (ONR). The vessel will operate with a crew of 20 with accommodations for 24 scientists. 
As one of the Defense Department's largest acquisition organizations, PEO Ships is responsible for executing the development and procurement of all destroyers, amphibious ships, special mission and support ships, and special warfare craft. Delivering high-quality war fighting assets - while balancing affordability and capability - is key to supporting the Navy's maritime strategy.

Newport News Shipbuilding Conducts Steam Testing on Aircraft Carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72)

Newport News August 27, 2015 - Huntington Ingalls Industries Newport News Shipbuilding division announced today that it has reintroduced steam to the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) to begin final testing of the ship's steam-powered systems.
Moored at Outfitting Berth 1 at Newport News, Lincoln is in the final stages of its mid-life refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH). Shipbuilders and sailors are beginning to test steam-powered systems on board, including the main engine complex and the electrical generators.
"As steam is reintroduced into Lincoln's piping systems and equipment is operated, the ship is truly coming back to life," said Chris Miner, Newport News' vice president of in-service aircraft carrier programs. "Once the work and final testing, including sea trials, is complete, Lincoln will be redelivered to the Navy as one of the most technologically advanced Nimitz-class carriers in the fleet."
Lincoln's RCOH began in March 2013. The entire process takes about 44 months. Newport News shipbuilders will complete more than 23 million man-hours of maintenance and modernization work preparing Lincoln for its return to the U.S. Navy fleet. The ship is on track to redeliver in 2016.
"We achieved another major milestone recently by establishing shore-steaming capabilities, thanks to my counterparts at Newport News Shipbuilding, but also to the men and women serving aboard USS Abraham Lincoln and many others who all played an important role in accomplishing this feat," said Capt. Ronald Ravelo, the ship's commanding officer.
RCOH is the mid-life refueling overhaul and maintenance availability of a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier that produces a recapitalized carrier capable of supporting current and future warfare doctrine. Once Lincoln's RCOH is complete, the carrier will be equipped to operate in the U.S. Navy fleet for the second half of her 50-year expected service life.

KONGSBERG Establish European Support Center for the Revolutionary Seaglider AUV

The support center will stocking spare parts and battery refurbishment kits and will have the capacity to perform standard vehicle battery refurbishment and minor system repairs. Kongsberg photo.

August 27, 2015 - Kongsberg Maritime is pleased to announce the creation of a European support center in Southampton, UK, for its Seaglider autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV).
Seaglider is a buoyancy driven AUV manufactured by Kongsberg Underwater Technology, Inc. in Lynnwood, Washington, USA. Due to the product's long duration deployments for continuous measurement of oceanographic parameters, Seaglider has revolutionised the way in which oceanographic data is collected.
The product has been designed to be as efficient as possible, accommodating a wide range of oceanographic sensors and its method of propulsion uses very little energy. Seaglider deployments can last for months, enabling it to traverse thousands of kilometers in a single use, saving the costs associated with traditional methods of gathering data.
The new support centre will begin stocking spare parts and battery refurbishment kits immediately and will have the capacity to perform standard vehicle battery refurbishment services and minor system repairs by Q4 2015.
In addition to the new support centre, Kongsberg Maritime will be adding a Seaglider vehicle to the pool of rental equipment maintained by the company's base in Aberdeen, UK, allowing existing system users to expand Seaglider fleets and prospective customers to test ahead of purchase.
Mark Baldwin, who will be leading the new support centre, said: "We have a large number of Seaglider users in the European region and the new centre will greatly enhance our ability to support them. For those customers who do not perform their own routine maintenance, it means they will no longer have to ship vehicles to the United States for service, saving significant time, effort and money."

Vympel Shipyard launches patrol boat Mangust built under import substitution program

Rybinsk August 27, 2015 - On August 26, Vympel Shipyard launched the Mangust, fast patrol boat of Project 12150 (Hull No 02641), the shipyard’s press center says.  

According to the statement, the ship has been built under the program on import substitution –due to the sanctions imposed on Russia, М470МК engine manufactured by Zvezda OJSC (Saint-Petersburg) was installed instead of MTU engine (Germany). 

Upon completion of mooring and sea trials and acceptance/delivery tests, the boat will leave for Vyborg based  Border Service of FSB in  Saint-Petersburg and Leningrad Region. 

All in all, the shipyard is to build 7 patrol boats of Mangust type with engines manufactured by Zvezda.

Rybinsk, Yaroslavl Region based Vympel Shipyard is a fast-growing company specializing in building of medium-, small-tonnage sea-going and river vessels and boats both for military and civil sectors. Since its inception in 1930, VYMPEL Shipyard had built more than 30,000 ships of various types. For the last 40 years the company had built and delivered more than 1,800 boats to customers in 29 countries in Europe, Middle East, South East Asia, Africa and South America. Vympel Shipyard is building serial new generation missile and patrol boats, fast SAR boats, fire-fighting boats, survey and fishery vessels, tugs and other craft.

All photos courtesy Vympel.

Raytheon and US Navy collaborate to optimize minehunting sonar

US Navy photo: The Remote Minehunting System and AN/AQS-20A Minehunting Sonar  on USS Independence (LCS-2)
Portsmouth RI August 27, 2015 - Raytheon Company is working closely with the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) – Division Newport to enhance the features of the company's AN/AQS-20A minehunting sonar. Together, the team is analyzing the system's synthetic aperture sonar to fully optimize its ability to capture and process high- and low-resolution images of mine threats undersea.
US Navy photo: The Remote Minehunting System and AN/AQS-20A Minehunting Sonar  on USS Independence (LCS-2)
"Extending our long history of collaboration with our NUWC neighbors, this project brings together our respective sonar experts to maximize the performance of a critical undersea warfare capability," said Kevin Peppe, vice president of Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems' Seapower Capability Systems. "Our goal is to build on the system's proven performance and further the advantage that AN/AQS-20A provides to the Navy to safely detect and effectively identify these undersea threats."
Under a 'work for private party' contract funded by Raytheon, NUWC joins the ongoing initiatives of the AN/AQS-20A team which has been providing these systems to the U.S. Navy for more than 10 years. The system leverages advanced sonar technologies to support the Navy's critical minehunting missions, ensuring safe access and passage for military and civilian vessels on the world's oceans and waterways.
Enhancements provided by the synthetic aperture sonar include higher-quality imaging of objects found deep undersea to aid in the identification and classification of mines. Through a series of lab- and sea-based tests, the team will extensively evaluate and exercise the sonar's features to optimize the quality of both high- and low-resolution imaging.

Serco Awarded $46 Million United States Navy IDIQ Contract in Defense Sector

Reston VA August 27, 2015 - Serco Inc., a provider of professional, technology, and management services, announced the Company has been awarded an U.S. Navy indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) to support the Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Ordnance Information System (OIS). Serco was selected as one of two companies to compete for tasks under this contract with a $45.9 million ceiling value over a five year period of performance. Serco has supported services under this contract since 2010.
Under the contract, Serco provides program management and IT technical support services to continue the operations and enhancements of OIS modules and functional capabilities across all Warfare Enterprises. Work includes financial management, software development, network engineering, cyber security, data center operations, web design and portal management, and project management services.
“Serco has a very strong and experienced team that delivers innovative services to this critical Navy program,” said Dan Allen, Serco Inc.’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “We take pride in our continued support of the U.S. Navy Warfighters.”

Indian Coast Guard Ship Visits Vietnam


Ho Chi Minh City August 27, 2015 - Sarang, the Samar-class patrol vessel of the Indian Coast Guard, captained by Commodore Naresh Kumar Kaul, anchored in Ho Chi Minh City Port, starting its five-day friendly visit to Vietnam.
At a reception for the ship, Senior Colonel Le Xuan Thanh, Commander of the Region 3 Coast Guard, welcomed the Indian Commodore and 140 crewmembers and wished the guest a successful visit to Vietnam.


The Vietnamese officer said that the visit would contribute to strengthening the fruitful cooperation between the two countries’ coast guard forces.
For his part, the Indian captain hoped to learn experience from the Vietnamese side through the visit and several exchanges with the Region 3 Coast Guard. He also believed that the cooperation between the two coast guard forces would ensure safer waters for seafarers and clean, environmentally friendly waters.
During their visit to Vietnam, the Indian guests will lay wreaths at the monument dedicated to President Ho Chi Minh, pay a courtesy visit to leaders of Ho Chi Minh City, Military Zone 7, the Vietnam Coast Guard Command, and visit the Region 3 Coast Guard Command and some historical relics and beautiful sceneries in the city.


They will also have a ‘sandbox’ exercise, exchange experience on law enforcement at sea, as well as conduct a search and rescue exercise with the Vietnam Coast Guard force.
This is the fifth time the Indian Coast Guard has sent its ship to visit Vietnam. The Sarang ship,  201m in length and 11.5m in width, has a displacement of 3.4m and weighs 2,000 tonnes. The ship is equipped with a Chetak helicopter and other weapons.
The Coast Guard forces of Vietnam and India are determined to expand and deepen their ties. They inked a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation on cross-border crime prevention and control and development of joint cooperation fields in May 2015, and are proactively driving the implementation of it.