Friday, August 31, 2012

Pentagon Censures Ex-Navy Seal Following Non-disclosure Breach




By Amaani Lyle
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Aug. 31, 2012 - The Defense Department has sent an advisory letter of material breach and non-disclosure violation to a former Navy Seal who authored a book about his participation in the Osama bin Laden raid, Pentagon officials said here today.
In the book "No Easy Day," the author, using the pen name "Mark Owen," divulges information Navy SEALs used during the raid, which Pentagon officials said may contain classified information, putting military members at risk in future operations.
"The letter ... is intended to put on record our very serious concerns about what we believe was a material breach of [a] non-disclosure agreement with the Department of Defense," Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said. "We take these agreements and we take our obligation to protect classified information very seriously."
In a letter sent to the publishing company and dated Aug. 30, DOD General Counsel Jeh Charles Johnson explained that Owen signed two separate non-disclosure agreements on Jan. 24, 2007, and that the author has an obligation to "never divulge" classified information.
Owen also signed a "Sensitive Compartmented Information Debriefing Memorandum" following his departure from the Navy in April 2012, and that commitment remains in force even upon leaving active duty, according to the DOD letter.
Since Owen elected to forgo pre-publication review with the department before publishing the book, the DOD is "weighing its options," in terms of what legal actions it will pursue, Little said.

"The Department of Defense has obtained and reviewed an advanced copy of the book ... In the judgment of the Department of Defense, you are in material breach and violation of the non-disclosure agreements you signed," the letter said. "Further public dissemination of your book will aggravate your breach and violation of your agreements."
"The Department is considering pursuing against you, and all those acting in concert with you, all remedies legally available to us in light of this situation," the letter added.

Little said that commendable actions or current status do not indemnify Owen or any other past and present DOD employee from punitive action should they violate the terms of non-disclosure agreements.
"I would ... applaud anyone who participated in one of the most successful military and intelligence operations in history," Little said. "But even those who participated in such a mission have a serious and enduring obligation to follow the process and to help protect classified information."

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Kiwi, Australian and Japanese Navies Work Together

HMNZS ENDEAVOUR refuels JMSDF JS SHIMAKAZE during Exercise Pacific Bridge. 


The Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) has successfully completed a short tri-lateral exercise with Japan’s Maritime Self-Defence Force and the Royal Australian Navy.
In what is believed to be a first for the RNZN, the Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF) ship JS SHIMAKAZE has been refuelled at sea from HMNZS ENDEAVOUR.
HMNZS TE KAHA and ENDEAVOUR conducted a number of training manoeuvres with HMAS DARWIN and PERTH and JMSDF JS SHIMAKAZE enroute to Darwin, Australia. Exercise Pacific Bridge, was conducted on passage between Guam and Darwin from 22-28 August.
It has been an unique opportunity for the three nations to operate jointly and further enhance the tactical level of working together conducting ship manoeuvring and warfare training scenarios, says Commanding Officer of HMNZS ENDEAVOUR, Commander Keith Robb.
"Pacific Bridge was an excellent opportunity for the RNZN to work closely with the Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force and Royal Australian Navy. This was amplified by the signing of the agreement allowing the NZ Defence Force to refuel the JMSDF at sea for the first time.
"It was a natural extension of the partnership fostered by the three nations in Exercise RIMPAC (Rim of the Pacific) which took place in the Hawaiian waters last month."

EU Naval Force Commander Visits Japanese Anti-Piracy Escort Ship


Admiral Credendino (Centre) Flanked by Captain Hirokazu Yamazaki and Commander Masahiro Suzuki

GULF OF ADEN, August 30th – The Force Commander of EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR), Rear Admiral Enrico Credendino, visited Japanese warship IKAZUCHI, deployed in the Gulf of Aden as part of “Escort Group 5” (CCD5) to protect Japanese national merchant shipping from the threat of piracy.
The Force Commander, who was accompanied by members of his staff, was welcomed onboard by the Commander of “Escort Group 5”, Captain Hirokazu Yamazaki. Admiral Credendino was then received by JS Ikazuchi’s Commanding Officer, Commander Masahiro Suzuki.
The visit confirmed the necessity to cooperate with ‘independent deployers’ in the area, individual states sending vessels to protect maritime trade against piracy but not operating directly under one of the three international task forces. Although the primary mission of the Japanese ships is to escort their merchant ships through the Gulf of Aden, their presence in the area only adds to the deterent against potential pirates. “We are both here for the same reason: putting an end to piracy in the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean.” – said Rear Admiral Credendino – “Cooperation between main counter-piracy and escorting forces in these waters is fundamental to the success of our mission”.
Visits such as this help to better coordinate the sharing of information between all counter piracy forces in the Western Indian Ocean. The Japanese also operate a maritime patrol aircraft from Djibouti which provides invaluable intelligence as to the movements of suspected pirates, allowing forces to act in good time to protect vessels potentially under threat.

MTU and Navantia open training center


Cartagena, 31 August 2012. MTU Ibérica, a subsidiary of the German propulsion solution specialist MTU Friedrichshafen and the Spanish shipbuilder Navantia opened a common training center today in Cartagena/Spain. This training center is part of a strategic long-term cooperation between both companies. Navantia has chosen the Tognum Group company MTU Friedrichshafen as a primary partner for its ships’ propulsion systems. In addition to the existing license agreements for the commercialization and manufacturing of MTU Series 396, Series 956 and Series 1163 marine engines the common training center has been established. The new training center is prepared for different applications like naval, commercial marine, yachts, power generation and provides training for customers, technicians and service dealers of MTU and Navantia on maintenance and operation for diesel engines and electronic monitoring and control systems. The center is integrated into MTUs worldwide service network with a number of training facilities and meets the corresponding high quality standards.

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Examples for vessels that were built by Navantia and powered by MTU engines are the Spanish Meteoro Class offshore patrol vessel and the Venezuelan Guaicamacuto Class and Guaiquerí Class patrol vessels. These ships are equipped with MTU Series 1163 marine engines for main propulsion, Series 2000 marine gensets for onboard power and Series 60 standby-power gensets.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

TacSat-4 Participates in Navy Fleet Experiment Trident Warrior


U.S. Naval Research Laboratory's Tactical Satellite-4 successfully completes three weeks of intense testing, June 28, as part of the Navy's annual Trident Warrior Experiment 2012 (TW12). TacSat-4 is a Navy-led Joint mission that provides Ultra High Frequency (UHF) satellite communications (SATCOM).
USS EssexTesting to evaluate military utility of TacSat-4 was successfully completed for multiple UHF SATCOM equipment. Aboard USS Essex (LHD 2), SATCOM voice communications were successful using two separate systems — a portable PRC-117F radio connected to a CLSM Antenna and a WSC-3 radio/MD-1324 modem connected to an OE-82 antenna.
(Photo: U.S. Navy) 
Sponsored by Navy Warfare Development Command, Trident Warrior is an annual fleet experiment focused on gaining valuable insights to improve future capability investments. This year's agenda included at-sea experimentation of critical maritime initiatives, and developing or improving tactics, techniques and procedures to aid maritime forces.
Kicking off the three-week experiment, NRL personnel conducted TacSat-4 SATCOM testing and training aboard the U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship, USS Essex (LHD 2) and at Marine Corps Tactical Systems Support Activity (MCTSSA), Camp Pendleton, Calif.
Training and testing was successfully completed for multiple UHF SATCOM operations between Essex and Marines ashore using the Enhanced Manpack UHF Tactical (EMUT) Conical Logarithmic Spiral Mobile (CLSM) Antenna, an antenna typically used by Marines aboard in the Landing Forces Operations Center (LFOC) to communicate with forces ashore. Marines ashore were afoot and in a High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) equipped with 'eggbeater' omni-antenna using standard PRC-117F, PRC-117G radios.
MCTSSA based operations with fielded Marines in HMMWV using vehicle mounted PRC-117F radio and dismounted Marines using PRC-117G, PRC-152 and PRC-148 radios, performed multiple voice and data SATCOM operations through TacSat-4. This included SATCOM to a simulated Forward Operating Base (FOB) or headquarters network for Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), chat and file data transfers.
A fielded TacSat-4 Portable Ground Terminal (PGT) enabled this SATCOM to network interface. The PGT uses the same components as the deployed Joint Base Station. MCTSSA personnel also trained on the NRL Virtual Mission Operations Center (VMOC) and successfully submitted satellite tasking via the VMOC mission-planning tool.
USMC High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled VehicleMCTSSA Marines shown-on-the-move in a HMMWV during Trident Warrior testing of TacSat-4.communication and demand assigned multiple access communication.
(Photo: U.S. Naval Research Laboratory) 
Week two testing evaluated the military utility of TacSat-4 for multiple types of UHF SATCOM equipment aboard Essexwhile sailing from San Diego, Calif., to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. SATCOM voice communications were successful betweenEssex and MCTSSA using two separate systems — a portable PRC-117F radio in the LFOC connected to a CLSM EMUT Antenna and a WSC-3 radio/MD-1324 modem connected to an OE-82 antenna.
During the final week, NRL personnel conducted TacSat-4 SATCOM operations between U.S. Navy submarine USS Olympia (SSN 717) and the submarine Broadcast Control Authority-Pacific (BCA-PAC). Voice testing was successfully performed at all power levels. Data testing used the submarine's standard data mode for UHF SATCOM communication.
Aboard Essex, TacSat-4 SATCOM voice testing continued with the Marines as the ship approached O'ahu, Hawaii. The 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment located at Kaneohe Bay on Marine Corps Base Hawaii (MCBH), participated in this testing. Collectively, operators onboard Essex and ashore at MCBH again demonstrated voice SATCOM using both the ship's SATCOM system — the WSC-3 and OE-82 antenna — as well as using the Marines' on-ship PRC-117F radio in the LFOC attached to the ship's CLSM EMUT antenna.
Trident Warrior 2012 is a key component for the TacSat-4 Military Utility Assessment (MUA). Demonstrating ship-to-shore SATCOM with Marines, including On-the-Move Marines, and sub-to-BCA SATCOM was integral in showcasing the potential that TacSat-4 has for joint operators.
TacSat-4 was designed to augment current geosynchronous satellite communications using its highly elliptical orbit to by provide coverage in the high latitudes as well as to selectable theaters throughout the world. TacSat-4 is a single prototype satellite so coverage is not continuous.
The Office of Naval Research (ONR) sponsored the development of the payload, the first year of operations and experimentation in Trident Warrior for Navy's MUA. The Operationally Responsive Space (ORS) Office funded the launch and Joint MUA.

Airbus Military Ferries First C212 to Vietnam Marine Police

The photo shows the Airbus Military crew being greeted by senior officers of the Vietnam Marine Police.

Airbus Military has delivered to Vietnam the first of three C212-400 maritime patrol aircraft ordered by the Vietnam Marine Police.

The aircraft, manufactured in Seville, Spain was handed over at Gia Lam (Hanoi) at the end of a 10-day ferry flight from Skavsta, Sweden following installation of its mission system. It was formally delivered last year prior to the conversion work in Sweden.

The flight, commanded by ferry pilot Capt Alejandro Grande supported by two co-pilots, two flight engineers and a technical representative, staged through: Kosice, Slovakia; Sitia, Greece; Luxor, Egypt; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Muscat, Oman; Ahmedabad and Kolkata, India;and Chiang Mai, Thailand; en route to Hanoi.

The three aircraft will be used for a range of missions including coastal patrol, search and rescue, anti-pollution operations, and law enforcement against smuggling of goods or people. 

A second aircraft is under conversion in Sweden and the third will be transferred from Seville by the end of the year.

A total of 478 C212s have been ordered by operators in 42 countries worldwide.

NAVSEA News August 30, 2012

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  • New UAS training school welcomes Marines

    Marines and Sailors visited the 2nd Marine Division training center in Camp Legeune, N.C., July 17 as part of an open house to show them the Unmanned Aircraft Systems that they would be learning to use in combat and training. The training center is now home to the newly established Group I UAS Training and Logistics Support Activity (TALSA). (Photo by Courtesy Photograph)
    Marines and Sailors visited the 2nd Marine Division training center in Camp Legeune, N.C., July 17 as part of an open house to show them the Unmanned Aircraft Systems that they would be learning to use in combat and training. The training center is now home to the newly established Group I UAS Training and Logistics Support Activity (TALSA). (Photo by Courtesy Photograph)

    Future Unmanned Air System (UAS) operators now have access to a new training and logistics activity in Camp Lejeune, N.C.

    A team from the Navy and Marine Corps Small Tactical UAS program office (PMA-263) here launched the Training and Logistics Support Activity (TALSA) in mid-July to Marines from II Marine Expeditionary Force. The activity allows troops to receive UAS training on short notice and expand the previous curriculum to include all Group I UAS assets.

    Group I UAS assets weigh less than 20 pounds; typically fly at altitudes below 1,200 feet; and fly between 45 minutes to approximately two hours. They include: RQ-11B Raven, Wasp, RQ-20A Puma and RQ-16B T-Hawk UAS.

    “Consistent training and sustainment support are key components for any weapon system and are integral to the warfighter’s mission success,” said Col. Jim Rector, PMA-263 program manager. “After years of operational contingency funding and rapid fielding of numerous small UAS, we identified this as an area that we needed to rapidly improve.”

    Rector said small UAVs provide the battlefield commander an organic capability, within his or her unit, to perform over-the-horizon reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition. This reduces operational risks and enhances his or her decision process.

    Historically, the Marines used other contracts to support their UAS training requirements for the RQ-11B Raven. The newly established TALSA offers classes more frequently with an expanded curriculum, giving Sailors and Marines greater flexibility when going on rapid deployment. Additionally, PMA-263 recruited directly from the Wounded Warrior Project to staff the support activity, giving former service men and women an opportunity to continue their service in a new capacity.

    The courses focus on the systems' function, employment, maintenance and troubleshooting issues. Once trained, UAS operators can tactically and effectively employ Group 1 systems to include mission planning, mission sensor/payload operations, launching, remotely piloting and recovering the aerial vehicle.

    PMA-263 plans to establish an additional TALSA at Camp Pendleton, Calif. later this year.

    “Our job at PMA-263 is to ensure we provide and support the products that “find & fix” our nation’s adversaries and threats,” Rector said. “This allows our Sailors and Marines to do what they do best, and that is to “finish” those threats.”

    Navy approves full rate production for new anti-radiation missile

    The AARGM is test fired from an F/A-18F at China Lake, Calif. in June 2012. (U.S. Navy photo)
    The AARGM is test fired from an F/A-18F at China Lake, Calif. in June 2012. (U.S. Navy photo)

    NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md. – The Department of the Navy is investing in a weapon that will transform the effectiveness of military firepower on the battlefield.

    The service recently authorized Full-Rate Production (FRP) of the Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM), a medium range, supersonic air-launched tactical missile.

    “This system will truly enhance our warfighting capability,” said Cmdr. Chad Reed, Anti-Radiation Missile (ARM) deputy program manager for the Direct and Time Sensitive Strike Program Office (PMA-242) here. “AARGM will help keep our warfighter safe and reduce the time we spend in conflict.”

    The Navy demonstrated AARGM’s capability during Initial Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E) in spring 2012. PMA-242 team members, in conjunction with Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 9 and VX-31 at China Lake, flew a total of 633 flight hours on F/A-18C/D/E/F and EA-18G platforms and conducted 12 live fires.

    After a successful IOT&E, the program delivered live rounds and training missiles to the fleet and completed aircrew and maintenance training in the field in June. A U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18 squadron will be the first forward-deployed unit to operate with AARGM.

    The new weapon addresses current capability gaps in areas where the Navy deploys and operates its existing Air-to-Ground Missile (AGM), the High-speed Anti-Radiation Missile (HARM). Specifically, AARGM defeats multiple countermeasures that have been developed by U.S. adversaries since HARM was deployed in the 1980’s. It will be carried on the F/A-18C/D, F/A-18E/F, EA-18G and Italian Air Force Tornado Electronic Countermeasures/Reconnaissance (ECR) aircraft.

    “AARGM is designed to increase our warfighting capabilities in neutralizing enemy air defenses and will provide aircrew with an additional tool for the Supression and Destruction of Enemy Air Defense mission,” Reed added.

    The Navy plans to award a FRP contract to ATK for the production of 72 missiles for U.S. Navy and nine missiles for the Italian Air Force later this year. Delivery is anticipated in late 2013.

    Former U.S. Consulate Guard Pleads Guilty to Attempting to Communicate National Defense Information to China


    Bryan Underwood, a former civilian guard at a U.S. Consulate compound under construction in China, pleaded guilty today in the District of Columbia in connection with his efforts to sell for personal financial gain classified photographs, information and access related to the U.S. Consulate to China’s Ministry of State Security (MSS).
    At a hearing today before U.S. District Judge Ellen S. Huvelle, Underwood pleaded guilty to one count of attempting to communicate national defense information to a foreign government with intent or reason to believe that the documents, photographs or information in question were to be used to the injury of the United States or to the advantage of a foreign nation. 
    The guilty plea was announced by Lisa Monaco, Assistant Attorney General for National Security; Ronald C. Machen Jr., U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia; James W. McJunkin, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office; and Eric J. Boswell, Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security.
    Underwood, 32, a former resident of Indiana, was first charged in an indictment on Aug. 31, 2011, with two counts of making false statements and was arrested on Sept. 1, 2011.  On Sept. 21, 2011, he failed to appear at a scheduled status hearing in federal court in the District of Columbia.  The FBI later located Underwood in a hotel in Los Angeles and arrested him there on Sept. 24, 2011.  On Sept. 28, 2011, Underwood was charged in a superseding indictment with one count of attempting to communicate national defense information to a foreign government, two counts of making false statements and one count of failing to appear in court pursuant to his conditions of release.  Sentencing for Underwood has been scheduled for Nov. 19, 2012.  He faces a maximum potential sentence of life in prison.
    “Bryan Underwood was charged with protecting a new U.S. Consulate compound against foreign espionage, but facing financial hardship, he attempted to betray his country for personal gain,” said Assistant Attorney General Monaco.  “This prosecution demonstrates that we remain vigilant in protecting America’s secrets and in bringing to justice those who attempt to compromise them.”
    “Bryan Underwood was determined to make millions by selling secret photos of restricted areas inside a U.S. Consulate in China,” said U.S. Attorney Machen.  “His greed drove him to exploit his access to America’s secrets to line his own pockets.  The lengthy prison sentence facing Underwood should chasten anyone who is tempted to put our nation at risk for personal gain.”
    “Bryan Underwood sought to benefit from his access to sensitive information, but his attempted betrayal was detected before our nation’s secrets fell into the wrong hands,” said FBI Assistant Director in Charge McJunkin.  “Together with our partners, the FBI will continue to work to expose, investigate and prevent acts of espionage that threaten our national security.”
    “The close working relationship between the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service, the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office resulted in the capture and conviction of Bryan Underwood before he could harm the security of our country,” said Assistant Secretary of State Boswell.  “The Diplomatic Security Service is firmly committed to thoroughly investigating all potential intelligence threats to our nation.”
    According to court documents, from November 2009 to August 2011, Underwood worked as a cleared American guard (CAG) at the construction site of a new U.S. Consulate compound in Guangzhou, China.  CAGs are American civilian security guards with Top Secret clearances who serve to prevent foreign governments from improperly obtaining sensitive or classified information from the U.S. Consulate.  Underwood received briefings on how to handle and protect classified information as well as briefings and instructions on security protocols for the U.S. Consulate, including the prohibition on photography in certain areas of the consulate.
    Plan to Sell Information and Access for $3 Million to $5 Million
    In February 2011, Underwood was asked by U.S. law enforcement to assist in a project at the consulate and he agreed.  In March 2011, Underwood lost a substantial amount of money in the stock market.  According to court documents, Underwood then devised a plan to use his assistance to U.S. law enforcement as a “cover” for making contact with the Chinese government.  According to his subsequent statements to U.S. law enforcement, Underwood intended to sell his information about and access to the U.S. Consulate to the Chinese MSS for $3 million to $5 million. If any U.S. personnel caught him, he planned to falsely claim he was assisting U.S. law enforcement.
    As part of his plan, Underwood wrote a letter to the Chinese MSS, expressing his “interest in initiating a business arrangement with your offices” and stating, “I know I have information and skills that would be beneficial to your offices [sic] goals.  And I know your office can assist me in my financial endeavors.”  According to court documents, Underwood attempted to deliver this letter to the offices of the Chinese MSS in Guangzhou, but was turned away by a guard who declined to accept the letter.  Underwood then left the letter in the open in his apartment hoping that the Chinese MSS would find it, as he believed the MSS routinely conducted searches of apartments occupied by Americans.
    In May 2011, Underwood secreted a camera into the U.S. Consulate compound and took photographs of a restricted building and its contents.  Many of these photographs depict areas or information classified at the Secret level.  Underwood also created a schematic that listed all security upgrades to the U.S. Consulate and drew a diagram of the surveillance camera locations at the consulate.  In addition, according to his subsequent statements to U.S. law enforcement, Underwood “mentally” constructed a plan in which the MSS could gain undetected access to a building at the U.S. Consulate to install listening devices or other technical penetrations.
    According to court documents, the photographs Underwood took were reviewed by an expert at the State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security who had original classification authority for facilities, security and countermeasures at the U.S. Consulate.  The expert determined that many of the photographs contained images classified at the Secret level and that disclosure of such material could cause serious damage to the United States.
    In early August 2011, Underwood was interviewed several times by FBI and Diplomatic Security agents, during which he admitted making efforts to contact the Chinese MSS, but falsely claimed that he took these actions to assist U.S. law enforcement.  On Aug. 19, 2011, Underwood was again interviewed by law enforcement agents and he admitted that he planned to sell photos, information and access to the U.S. Consulate in Guangzhou to the Chinese MSS for his personal financial gain.
    The U.S. government has found no evidence that Underwood succeeded in passing classified information concerning the U.S. Consulate in Guangzhou to anyone at the Chinese MSS.
    This investigation was conducted jointly by the FBI’s Washington Field Office and the State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security.  The prosecution is being handled by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and Trial Attorney Brandon L. Van Grack from the Counterespionage Section of the Justice Department’s National Security Division.

    Monday, August 27, 2012

    SECNAV Remembers Legacy Of Naval Aviator, Astronaut Neil Armstrong

    Former astronaut Neil Armstrong gives an acceptance speech after being inducted into the Naval Aviation Hall of Honor at the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Fla.
    PENSACOLA, Fla. (May 14, 2010) Former astronaut Neil Armstrong gives an acceptance speech after being inducted into the Naval Aviation Hall of Honor at the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Fla. The Naval Aviation Hall of Honor was founded in 1979 to recognize individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to Naval Aviation. Armstrong was inducted with retired Vice Adm. William P. Lawrence, retired Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Thomas H. Miller and retired Navy Capt. Richard P. Bordone. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Rebekah Adler/Released)


    "On behalf of the men and women of the Navy Department, I extend my deepest and most heartfelt sympathies to the family of Neil Armstrong. 

    "Mr. Armstrong rightly belongs to the ages as the man who first walked on the moon, a pioneer of space exploration and science. A giant. But to those of us in his Navy family, he will also remain a shipmate -- a naval aviator who flew nearly 80 combat missions during the Korean War. A leader. 

    "He never wanted to be a living memorial, and yet to generations the world over his epic courage and quiet humility stands as the best of all examples. It is not merely his "small step" we admire; it is his very large and humble heart. 

    "The world has lost a legend. We have lost a friend, unique in our lifetime and never to be out of our minds."

    Ray Mabus
    Secretary of the Navy

    Saturday, August 25, 2012

    Newport News Shipbuilding Opens New Submarine Facility

    A 410-ton unit that will be part of the submarine Illinois (SSN 786) broke the ribbon today on Newport News Shipbuilding's Supplemental Module Outfitting Facility (SMOF). The building will help to facilitate the Virginia Class Submarine (VCS) Program's two-submarines-per-year build plan.

    NEWPORT NEWS, Va., Aug. 24, 2012 - Huntington Ingalls Industries announced today that its Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) division opened a new, 65,000-square-foot facility, called the Supplemental Module Outfitting Facility (SMOF), to facilitate the Virginia Class Submarine (VCS) Program's two-submarines-per-year build plan.
    "In 2011, Congressional approval to move forward with the two-submarines-per-year build plan was achieved," said Chris Miner, NNS' VCS Program director. "This facility is a reflection that we've arrived, and we look forward to working with our partner, General Dynamics Electric Boat, to improve upon and increase the pace by which we equip our Navy with Virginia-class submarines."
    The SMOF, which cost about $100 million, will be used to supplement the current Module Outfitting Facility (MOF) in building large modules for Virginia-class submarines. It includes four main bays for construction, as well as 17 specialized work spaces, offices and areas for lunch breaks. Partitioned rooms will supply space for machine tooling and other services within the same building, and flex rooms will offer quiet spaces for crew meetings, safety talks and conferences. Supervisors will also have access to portable offices on the shop floor, providing direct communication to employees.
    "Employees are excited for the improved quality of life and easy access to services and materials," explained test electrician Dale Zink, who will move from the MOF to the SMOF. "Productivity is going to go up because there will be access for better communication from supervisor to employee because of the new layout."
    To improve productivity, the facility has two new cranes that can move the entire length of the facility and are capable of lifting up to 20 and 120 metric tons, respectively. Additionally, the SMOF is equipped with new fixed and re-configurable staging that can be easily positioned to the submarine modules.
    The U.S Navy's newest class of attack submarines, Virginia-class submarines use advanced technologies to increase firepower, maneuverability and stealth. The 377-foot-long submarines are capable of submerged speeds of more than 25 knots and can stay submerged for up to three months at a time. Through a partnership between NNS and General Dynamics Electric Boat, this program has been recognized as the best shipbuilding program in the Navy and one of the best acquisition programs in the Department of Defense.

    Friday, August 24, 2012

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