Monday, December 30, 2013

CPI Aero Announces $10.59 Million Purchase Order for Wing Kits from Northrop Grumman Corporation

CPI Aerostructures, Inc. (“CPI Aero®”) today announced that it has received a $10.59 million purchase order from Northrop Grumman Corporation for Outer Wing Panel (OWP) kits for E-2D Advanced Hawkeye, full rate production Lot 2 aircraft.
CPI Aero has produced OWP kits for the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye and C-2A Greyhound aircraft, which share a common wing design, since June 2008. CPI Aero has received orders for OWP kits totaling approximately $66.3 million.
This award was included in the previously announced total of $101.9 million in new business awards from all customers as of December 3, 2013.

NewDay USA Sponsors Military Bowl at the U.S. Naval Academy

Fulton MD December 26, 2013 - NewDay USA, one of the nation’s leading providers of VA-backed loans to our nation’s Soldiers and Veterans, for the third year in a row, will be a major sponsor of this year’s Military Bowl – being held at the Navy Marine Corps Memorial Stadium at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, on December 27, 2013.
“NewDay USA is deeply appreciative of the sacrifices made by our Soldiers and Veterans on behalf of our country. Attending to the special needs of these dedicated men and women and their families is our duty”
This year’s Military Bowl, between the University of Maryland Terrapins and the Marshall University Thundering Herd, is particularly special for NewDay USA, and the Chairman of its Board of Directors, Admiral Tom Lynch (USN Ret.), former Superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy and former Captain of the U.S. Navy 1963 Football team. Additionally, many of its employees are themselves University of Maryland alumni.
During the game’s half time ceremonies, Admiral Tom Lynch (USN Ret.), Chairman of the NewDay USA Board of Directors, will present Wounded Warrior Staff Sergeant Sal Callendar with the keys to his completely renovated home, rebuilt through the efforts of the NewDay USA Foundation and its employees, in partnership with Renovating Hope. SSG Callendar, a decorated veteran of the U.S. Army, was injured while serving in Afghanistan.
“NewDay USA is deeply appreciative of the sacrifices made by our Soldiers and Veterans on behalf of our country. Attending to the special needs of these dedicated men and women and their families is our duty,” said Admiral Lynch. “SSG Callendar and those with whom he served are the cornerstone of what makes America great. Through the NewDay USA Foundation we do our best to give back to these men and women who have given so much for us. We are humbled by the sacrifice of Staff Sergeant Callendar and grateful for the opportunity to work with Renovating Hope to assist him.”

Harris Corporation Receives $100 Million Order from Australian Department of Defence for Falcon® Tactical Radios

Melbourne FL December 26, 2013 - Harris Corporation, an international communications and information technology company, has received a $100 million follow-on order to provide multiband handheld and high-frequency manpack tactical radios to the Australian Department of Defence.
“We deeply value our partnership with the Australian Department of Defence as it embarks on its long-term goal of creating a next-generation wideband tactical communications network.”
Harris will deliver the radios in the latest phase of the Joint Project 2072 modernization program. The Australian military forces are fielding and deploying additional Falcon III® AN/PRC-152 handheld radios and vehicular adapters as well as Falcon II® AN/PRC-150(C) high-frequency manpack radios.
"This order extends the longstanding relationship between Harris and the Commonwealth of Australia and demonstrates their continued trust in our tactical communications solutions,” said Brendan O’Connell, president, International Business, Harris RF Communications. “We deeply value our partnership with the Australian Department of Defence as it embarks on its long-term goal of creating a next-generation wideband tactical communications network.”
The Falcon III AN/PRC-152 is the first Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) software communications architecture-certified multiband, multimode handheld radio. The radio provides line-of-sight and beyond-line-of-sight communications capabilities.
The Falcon II AN/PRC-150(C) high-frequency manpack is the only military Type-1 HF radio available today, setting the standard for secure, reliable, long-range beyond-line-of-sight communications on the battlefield.
Harris is providing long-term support for the Australian military forces through its Asia-Pacific headquarters in Newstead, Brisbane and the Harris Communications Logistics Centre in Pinkeba, Queensland. The Logistics Centre provides service and support to test and integrate communication systems into various platforms.
Harris RF Communications is the leading global supplier of secure radio communications and embedded high-grade encryption solutions for military, government and commercial organizations. The company's Falcon® family of software-defined tactical radio systems encompasses manpack, handheld and vehicular applications. Falcon III® is the next generation of radios supporting the U.S. military's JTRS requirements, as well as network-centric operations worldwide. Harris RF Communications is also a leading supplier of assured communications® systems and equipment for public safety, utility and transportation markets — with products ranging from the most advanced IP voice and data networks to portable and mobile single and multiband radios.

Raytheon awarded $80.5 million from US Navy for Joint Standoff Weapon

Tucson December 26, 2013  - Raytheon Company received an$80.5 million modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of 200 full rate production Lot 10 AGM-154C-1 Joint Standoff Weapons (JSOWs).
The contract also includes associated support equipment and one performance characterization test.
JSOW provides growth and threat adaptation opportunities for current and future customers, and interoperates with several platforms to support domestic and international warfighters.
Work is expected to be completed in August 2016 and will be performed in Dallas, Texas; Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Tucson, Ariz.; and McAlester, Okla.

Final Type 45 Destroyer enters service early

Type 45 destroyer HMS Duncan sails into Portsmouth for the first time
HMS Duncan sails into Portsmouth for the first time

HMS Duncan, the Royal Navy’s sixth Type 45 Destroyer, has entered into service four months ahead of schedule.
The ship was scheduled to enter service in early 2014, but thanks to the hard work of both the ship’s company and industry since her arrival in Portsmouth, HMS Duncan is ready to take up duties now.
The 7,500 tonne vessel will now embark on a program of trials to prepare the ship and her crew for operational deployment.
HMS Duncan is the final Type 45 to enter service with the Royal Navy. Her handover to the Fleet marks the end of a 13-year build program with BAE Systems to deliver the six ships – Daring, Dauntless, Diamond, Dragon, Defender and Duncan.
Armed with the world-leading Sea Viper missile defense system which can neutralize threats up to 70 miles away, the Type 45s are the most powerful air defense destroyers ever used by the Royal Navy.
Type 45 destroyer HMS Duncan pictured during trials off Scotland. Crown copyright]
Measuring in at 152 meters in length, HMS Duncan and her sister ships are longer than 16 double decker buses and as tall as an electricity pylon. Her onboard power plant can supply enough electricity to light a town of 80,000 people.
Minister for Defence, Equipment, Support and Technology, Philip Dunne MP said:
"Thanks to the skill and hard work of the Commanding Officer, the ship’s company and their MOD and industry partners, HMS Duncan has entered service four months early. It is testament to the improving control of projects across the Armed Forces and significant dedication across Defence that all six ships of the Type 45 class are now in the hands of the Royal Navy.
The Type 45 program has provided the Royal Navy with one of the most sophisticated and effective air defence ships available anywhere in the world. We expect these vessels to see decades of service protecting the UK’s interests around the world, including providing humanitarian aid as we saw recently with HMS Daring’s efforts in the Philippines."





CPI Aero Awarded $5 Million Order for E-2D Seats from Northrop Grumman Corp



December 30, 2013 - CPI Aerostructures, Inc. today announced that it received a purchase order from Northrop Grumman Corporation to manufacture seats for full rate production, Lots 1 and 2, E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft. This purchase order, valued at approximately $5 million, is a follow-on to one received in 2011. There are a total of five seats in three different designs in an E-2D aircraft; pilot, co-pilot and three crewmembers.

The Fleet's First Radar Turns 75

By Claire Peachey
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December 2013 marks the 75th anniversary of one of the Naval Research Laboratory's most important contributions to technology development and national defense: the Fleet's first shipboard radar.
XAF radar displayed at National Electronic MuseumThe XAF antenna today, on display at the National Electronics Museum, Linthicum, Maryland. A panel display inside the museum tells the story of the radar. (Photo: National Electronics Museum) 
NRL's XAF radar, fondly known as the "flying bedspring," was the prototype that showed the Navy what this new radio detecting and ranging system - not yet called radar - was capable of doing. In December 1938, the XAF radar was installed aboard USS New York (BB 34) in preparation for Fleet exercises in the Caribbean in early 1939. During the at-sea exercises, the 200 MHz XAF system successfully spotted aircraft at distances up to 48 miles and ships at 10 miles, and could even follow 14-inch shells in flight. It also detected and pinpointed destroyers making nighttime simulated torpedo attacks. NRL physicist Robert M. Page, one of the developers of the XAF system and inventor of many other radar technologies, was aboard New York and later described the reaction after the mock attacks:
These performances were at night, with no possibility of seeing the destroyers. Their lights were out. That really impressed the officers. From then on they were sold on the stuff and they would give us anything we wanted.
Admiral A.W. Johnson, Commander, Atlantic Squadron, reported after witnessing the demonstrations:
The equipment is one of the most important military developments since the advent of radio itself. Its value as a defensive instrument of war and as an instrument for avoidance of collisions at sea justifies the Navy's unlimited development of the equipment.
XAF's capabilities resulted in the recommendation for immediate procurement of "10 to 20 of the devices in their present form" for installation on Fleet vessels.
The NRL system went rapidly to production by RCA as the CXAM and CXAM-1 models, and by the time the United States entered World War II, these radar units were installed on 20 Navy vessels, mainly heavy cruisers, carriers, and battleships. Radar surged in importance, and NRL, which had a wide-ranging program of radio research, developed prototypes of air and submarine radars that were also used during the war. Today, NRL continues to be a leading center for research and development of radar systems.
The XAF radar is still around for its 75th: the deteriorating equipment recently underwent conservation treatment and is on display at the National Electronics Museum in Linthicum, Maryland.

Sources and further reading:
  • D.K. Allison, "New Eye for the Navy: The Origin of Radar at the Naval Research Laboratory," NRL Report 8466, Sept. 29, 1981. See especially Ch. 7, "From Model to Operational Equipment (1936-1940)," pp. 99-112 and references therein.
  • M.A. Simons, "The Flying Bedspring: Restoring the US Navy's XAF Radar," 2011 IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium, 5-10 June 2011, Baltimore, MD.
  • "U.S. Navy Shipboard Radars - XAF," Naval History and Heritage Command web site: http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/weap-sen/radar/us/xaf.htm.
  • "Bedspring Antenna 'Retires' to Museum," NRL Labstracts No. 32, Aug. 7, 1964.
  • "'Flying Mattress' Comes to Rest," The Washington Post, Aug. 21, 1964, p. A16.
- See more at: http://www.nrl.navy.mil/media/news-releases/2013/the-fleets-first-radar-turns-75#sthash.G3spS62H.dpuf

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

First MRTP34 for Qatar Delivered


(GOOGLE TRANSLATION FROM TURKISH) Alfalfa-Onuku by the Partnership to the Emirate of Qatar built for the Navy and the first ship of the class, which ONUK Advanced Composite MRTP34 THAT ASSUARY (Q-31) High-speed assault boats were carried Delivery ceremony held yesterday. Alfalfa-Onuku ceremony at Tuzla Shipyards Deputy Minister of National Defence Mr. Hasan Kemal ASSISTANT, Qatar Chief of Staff Mr. Ganim'm ALG Bin Shaheen and Mr. Undersecretary Murad joined BAY.
Alfalfa-Onuku boats built by the partnership, have been exported to seven countries and successfully perform their duties. So far, over 130 ONUK MRTP advanced composite high-speed gunboats were built. Design and production of the Turkish engineers and workers who work boots, used by the naval forces of foreign countries, the advent of the Turkish defense industry shows.
GUARD developed by ASELSAN over 30 mm gun system with remote control ONUK MRTP34, has the ability to make a maximum speed of 42 knots.

Monday, December 23, 2013

General Dynamics Awarded $122 Million for Virginia-Class Submarine Procurement

Submarine and Tug

Groton December 23, 2013 - The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $121.8 million contract modification to buy long lead-time material for three Virginia-class submarines, SSN-793, SSN-794 and SSN-795. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics.
The contract provides funding for steam and electrical-plant components, main propulsion unit and ship-service turbine generator sets, as well as miscellaneous hull, mechanical and electrical-systems components to support construction of the submarines.
With the modification, the contract has a value of $716.5 million. It was awarded initially in April 2012.
Recognized as a model defense-acquisition program for its technical excellence and schedule performance, the Virginia-class submarine program provides the Navy with the capabilities required to dominate both the open ocean and the littorals. In partnership with the Navy, Electric Boat is successfully pursuing its goal to reduce ship costs without decreasing capabilities through overall efficiency improvements, decreased ship-construction labors costs and shortened ship-construction cycle times.

Friday, December 20, 2013

International Arms Smuggler Sentenced to 180 Months in Prison

Washington December 19, 2013 - Siarhei Baltutski, aka Sergey Boltutskiy, 41, of Minsk, Belarus, was sentenced today to serve 180 months in prison for conspiracy to violate the Arms Export Control Act, conspiracy to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act and conspiracy to commit money laundering.
Acting Assistant Attorney General Mythili Raman of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, Acting Assistant Attorney General John Carlin of the Justice Department’s National Security Division and U.S. Attorney Zane David Memeger of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania made the announcement.
Baltutski pleaded guilty on Jan. 25, 2013.  In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Court Judge Paul S. Diamond of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania ordered Baltutski to serve three years of supervised release.
Between Jan. 1, 2008, and Sept. 21, 2011, Baltutski organized a network of buyers in the United States to obtain and illegally export to Belarus high-tech military hardware such as Scorpion Thermal Weapon Sights, ThOR 2 Thermal Imaging Scopes, Thermal-Eye Renegade 320’s, and other night vision targeting devices.  During the course of the conspiracy, Baltutski and his associates illegally exported hundreds of these items.  Baltutski then arranged for hundreds of thousands of dollars to be secretly wired, via offshore shell companies, to purchase these items, to pay for shipping, and to pay his network of buyers.
The Arms Export Control Act and the International Emergency Economic Power Act prohibit the export of high-tech military technology.  Keeping this technology out of the hands of current and potential adversaries is critical to national interest and the safety and success of U.S. service members in combat.
This case was investigated by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations and the FBI.  The case was prosecuted by Trial Attorney Jerome Maiatico of the Criminal Division’s Organized Crime and Gang Section and Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Livermore of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, with assistance from Trial Attorney David Recker of the National Security Division’s Counterespionage Section.

Raytheon awarded $42.5 million for Airborne Low Frequency Sonar spares for the Royal Australian Navy


Airborne Low Frequency Sonar (ALFS)

Tewksbury MA December 20, 2013 - Raytheon Company has been awarded a $42,589,944 firm-fixed-price contract for the manufacture and delivery of AN/AQS-22 Airborne Low Frequency Sonar spares for the Royal Australian Navy.
This contract is a sole source acquisition. Location of performance is Rhode Island with a February 2017 performance completion date. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2014 foreign military sales funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Aviation, Philadelphia, Pa.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Second Italian FREMM Delivered



The delivery of the Italian FREMM Virginio Fasan, the first in ASW configuration, was held today at the FINCANTIERI shipyard in Muggiano (La Spezia).
Virginio Fasan was delivered to the customer with an outstanding state of readiness,Orizzonte Sistemi Naval said in a release. All the scheduled complex and meaningful operations were performed in due time.
Within the current framework of the FREMM Program for Italy eight vessels are included and an option for additional two, which has still to be exercised.
The whole Program is in line with the scheduled timeline thanks to the cooperative synergy among OCCAR, Italian Navy and national Industries. OCCAR (Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation) is the contracting Authority for the FREMM Program, Orizzonte Sistemi Navali (51% Fincantieri, 49% Selex ES) is the Prime Contractor for Italy.
The FREMM Carlo Margottini, the second in ASW configuration, is taking its paces through its sea trials and will be delivered in the early months of 2014.
The Italian FREMM Frigates represent a technological excellence: 144 metrs long with a displacement at full load of approximately 6,700 tons, the ships have been designed for achieving a maximum speed of over 27 knots and providing accommodation up to 200 people (crew and additional personnel), granting high degree of flexibility and the capability to operate in a wide range of scenarios and in all tactical situations.

BAE Systems Wins $171M Contract to Maintain USN’s Fleet Ballistic Missile Program

BAE Systems will continue to provide engineering and integration support to the U.S. Navy's Fleet Ballistic Missile Program. (Photo: BAE Systems)
BAE Systems 
December 19, 2013 - The U.S. Navy has awarded BAE Systems a three-year, $171 million contract to continue providing engineering and integration support to its Fleet Ballistic Missile Program. Specifically, the work will focus on the Navy’s Trident II D-5 submarine-launched ballistic missiles.

The company has supported the Navy’s Trident D-5 program for more than 50 years, including during the evolution of the program through the Polaris, Poseidon, and Trident lifecycles. The current design and development of the U.S./U.K. Common Missile Compartment is part of the Ohio Class Submarine replacement program.

“This win is a direct reflection of the commitment our team shares with the Navy in safeguarding the nation’s nuclear deterrent,” says Kris Busch, vice president and general manager of Maritime & Defense Solutions at BAE Systems. “We’re honored the Navy continues to entrust us with such a critical program.”

BAE Systems’ support for the Fleet Ballistic Missile program is performed in Kings Bay, Georgia; Bangor, Washington; Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania; Norfolk, Virginia; and the Washington, D.C., area.

The Trident win is the latest award for BAE Systems in the arena of nuclear deterrent capability. Earlier this year, the U.S. Air Force awarded the company an eight-year, $534 million contract to maintain the readiness of the nation’s intercontinental ballistic missiles. That work involves supporting the missile, ground, and launch systems for 450 deployed Minuteman III missiles.

BAE Systems is now well positioned to support increased commonality between the Navy and Air Force on strategic missile programs, a key U.S. Department of Defense initiative.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Lockheed Martin-Led Team Launches Future USS Milwaukee

Milwaukee (LCS 5)
Lockheed Martin
Marinette WI December 18, 2013 - The Lockheed Martin-led industry team launched the nation's fifth Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), Milwaukee, into the Menominee River at the Marinette Marine Corporation shipyard.
The ship's sponsor, Mrs. Sylvia M. Panetta, christened Milwaukee with the traditional smashing of a champagne bottle across the ship's bow just prior to the launch.
"It is a true privilege to serve as the sponsor for this ship as she begins her journey of service and commitment to our powerful Fleet," said Mrs. Panetta. "I am proud to support the ship's crew members over the course of her service to ensure she leads with strength and protects our freedom. My congratulations to the city of Milwaukee as this ship assumes its name."
Following christening and launch, Milwaukee will continue to undergo outfitting and testing before delivery to the Navy in 2015.
"We are honored to continue building these critical warships for the U.S. Navy," said Dale P. Bennett, executive vice president of Lockheed Martin's Mission Systems and Training business. "As the service prepares to retire three ship classes in this strenuous budget environment, the Lockheed Martin-team's LCS is helping to fill those gaps affordably with one flexible, technologically advanced ship suited for multiple missions."
The U.S. Navy awarded the contract to construct Milwaukee in December 2010. The ship is one of four LCS currently under construction at Marinette Marine. 
"Marinette Marine is proud to provide another finely crafted warship to our nation's warfighters, especially one that bears the name of the largest city in our home state," said Chuck Goddard, president and CEO of Marinette Marine Corporation. "With the Milwaukee, Marinette Marine Corporation is now in full serial LCS production, an exciting accomplishment made possible by our skilled and dedicated workforce and our parent company, Fincantieri's, investment of $100 million."
The Lockheed Martin-led team designed and built USS Freedom (LCS 1) and USS Fort Worth (LCS 3). USS Freedom recently departed from the U.S. 7th Fleet following successful multi-national maritime exercises during her deployment to Southeast Asia. USS Fort Worth has completed her scheduled maintenance period and is currently in her San Diego homeport. Detroit (LCS 7), Little Rock (LCS 9) and Sioux City (LCS 11) are in various stages of construction at MMC.
Wichita (LCS 13) and Billings (LCS 15) are in the early stages of material procurement.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Navy executes second year of $6.5 billion multi-year procurement contract

MV-22

The U.S. Navy on December 17, executed funding procurement for the second year of the V-22 multi-year procurement (MYPII) contract.
This action identifies full funding to Bell-Boeing for the second year of the V-22 MYPII contract and provides $1.3B for the procurement of 22 V-22 aircraft (3 Air Force CV-22s and 19 Marine Corps MV-22s), and Advance Procurement funds for 19 MV-22 aircraft to be fully funded in FY15.
This is the second year of the V-22 multi-year contract, which authorizes purchase of 100 V-22s over the next five years (FY 2013-2017).  MYPII will procure 93 MV-22s for the Marine Corps and seven CV-22s to the Air Force.
“Since Initial Operating Capability in 2007, V-22s have been answering the nation’s call traveling into harm’s way.  From combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan to the recent disaster relief and humanitarian assistance in the Philippines, the V-22 continues to prove itself as a game-changing aircraft.  Ospreys enable our Marine Corps and Air Force Special Operations to execute missions not possible with conventional aircraft. The V-22 has helped save lives where others could not.”
Col. Dan Robinson, program manager for PMA 275 the V-22 Joint Program Office, said the program office is very pleased to be able to execute this portion of the MYPII contract.
“In addition to providing V-22 production stability for these five years, the MYPII contract also saves taxpayer money with cost savings that wouldn’t be possible in repeating single-year contracts,” Robinson said.
“This multi-year contract provides nearly $1 billion in taxpayer savings and ensures a stable production line for the program to accommodate and engage other domestic and international partnership opportunities," Robinson said.
There are currently 233 V-22 Ospreys in operation worldwide. V-22s have amassed more than 200,000 flight hours, with more than half of those logged in the past three years.
NAVAIR awarded the MYPII contract in June 2013.  The total contract value is approximately $6.5 billion and is expected to save approximately $1 billion compared to an annualized procurement.

Babcock starts Bangor support period

Royal Navy photo
Babcock is beginning a six month Support Period (Docking) (SP(D)) on Sandown class mine hunter HMS Bangor at its Rosyth dockyard, which will include a number of upgrades and a substantial maintenance package.  Bangor is due to go into dock later this week.
The SP(D) is being carried out under Surface Ship Support Alliance Class Output Management (COM) arrangements, by the Babcock-led Sandown class COM team.
The upgrades and improvements will significantly enhance HMS Bangor’s operational capability, sustainability and habitability standards.  They include several enhancements to upgrade the ship’s ability to operate in hot climates, major galley and laundry updates, installation of modernised communication systems, and an updated fire detection system.  
There are also plans to replace the ship’s existing diesel generators with modern, economical, environmentally friendlier and supportable machines.
Maintenance work to be undertaken on the vessel will include a large package of paint coating and deck covering renewal, a full structural survey, habitability improvements, slow speed drive alignment checks, renewal of all propulsor unit blade seals, shaft line overhaul, essential underwater work, and complete overhaul of the ship’s boat crane and of the reverse osmosis plant, in addition to the usual programme of planned maintenance and defect rectification.
Babcock Warships Managing Director Mike Whalley said: “The work package for HMS Bangor’s support period has been defined to reflect the ship‘s needs and minimise the level of emergent work, based on knowledge of the ship’s material state and our experience of previous Sandown class refits, to optimise efficiency and value for money.  We look forward to delivering Bangor on-time and in-budget.”
HMS Bangor is scheduled to go into dock on Thursday 19 December, and is expected to leave Rosyth for sea trials in Summer 2014.

Chilean to Upgrade a Type 23 with 2087 Sonar

GOOGLE TRANSLATION

Chile equip with Thales Sonar 2087 another Type 23


Luis Vasquez, Santiago - TheChilean Navy has received authorization to acquire a second sonar system towed variable depth of the Type 2087 -also known as CAPTAS-4 - Manufacturer THALES UK . The transaction has an estimated value of $ 20 million, as explained related to the operation of the capital of this South American country sources.
The system will be installed in one of three frigates Type 23 British-made available to the Chilean navy. Another of these ships was already equipped with the same system in 2011.
The Type 2087 is a system of low-frequency active sonar, consisting of a combination of active and passive sonar, allowing the detection of submarines at great distances and depth. In service since 2004 with the Royal Navy of the United Kingdom , is one of the most advanced systems of its kind.
This team has allowed, according to military sources, to detect and monitor the presence in May this year of two submarines, one of presumably U.S. nuclear propulsion, and one diesel-electric propulsion belonging to Peru .
The detection of two submersible occurred when they sailed international waters off the Chilean territorial sea limits, at the same time that Chilean units, including a frigate equipped with sonar system Type 2087 , developed anti-submarine exercises in nearby.

Guam's GTA Wins U.S. Navy Wireless Service Contract

Guam-based communications company GTA expanded the range of services it provides to the U.S. military in the island by winning a five-year, $5.1 million contract from the U.S. Department of the Navy.
“Over the years, GTA has participated in federal bids to provide various communications services to the U.S. government. Through this process we have been successful in securing multiple contracts. This recent federal award is the largest granted to GTA to date”
Under the terms of the contract, GTA will provide Blackberry and cellular phone wireless communication services in various locations to the Naval Facilities Engineering Command in Guam (NAVFAC). GTA was awarded the contract after a bidding process among several interested communications providers.
“Over the years, GTA has participated in federal bids to provide various communications services to the U.S. government. Through this process we have been successful in securing multiple contracts. This recent federal award is the largest granted to GTA to date,” said Robert Haulbrook, president and chief executive officer at GTA. “With the announcement of this $5.1 million contract, we look forward to providing exceptional service and significant savings while filling their communications needs for the next five years.”
Serving the military represents a significant business for GTA. Privately held GTA is a major quad-player in Guam. In addition to serving the U.S. government and military needs, over the past eight years it has expanded its service offerings, becoming a major quad-player in the island as well as the leading seller of smartphones. The company has invested more than $90 million on network enhancements since becoming privatized in 2005. In October, it launched 4G LTE to serve the increased demand for data service from its large smartphone subscriber base.

Monday, December 16, 2013

U.S. Navy Awards Revolution Lighting Technologies LED Lighting Contract

Stamford CT - Revolution Lighting Technologies, Inc., a leader in advanced LED lighting technology, today announced that its Seesmart brand has been selected by the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command to supply Lewis and Clark class T-AKE dry cargo/ammunition ships with 17,000 Seesmart two and four foot LED tube lamps. QuaLED Lighting, a woman-owned small business based in Scottsdale, Arizona, is the Revolution Lighting distributor on the project.
“This project is one more example in a growing list of large-scale installations across a variety of public and private organizations and institutions. We look forward to additional projects with the Navy, as well as other military branches and government entities.”
Military Sealift Command is the leading provider of ocean transportation for the Navy and the rest of the Department of Defense, operating approximately 110 ships daily around the globe.
“We are honored to support the U.S. Navy on this project to implement our high-quality LED tube lamps and drive significant long term savings,” said Robert V. LaPenta, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Revolution Lighting Technologies. “This project is one more example in a growing list of large-scale installations across a variety of public and private organizations and institutions. We look forward to additional projects with the Navy, as well as other military branches and government entities.”
Seesmart’s DLC-listed LED tube lamps are manufactured in Simi Valley, California and designed to be a direct replacement for fluorescent tube lights, offering maximum light output and energy savings. In line with the U.S. Navy’s requirements, Seesmart’s LED tube lamps are light weight and extremely durable, require virtually no maintenance, and have a long life expectancy.

Future USS Jackson Launched

An artist rendering of the littoral combat ship USS Jackson (LCS 6).

The future USS Jackson (LCS 6) launched from the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Ala., Dec. 14, marking an important production milestone for the littoral combat ship program. 
Jackson joins the future USS Milwaukee (LCS 5), which will launch from the Marinette Marine Corp. yard in Wisconsin next week. 
These ships are the first vessels procured under the block buy contract awarded in 2010 and represent the true beginning of "serial production" for the class. With serial production, the Navy is able to realize benefits such as improved cost structure per vessel and reduced construction time.
"Seeing multiple littoral combat ships on the Mobile waterfront is a beautiful thing," said Capt. Tom Anderson, LCS program manager. "Serial production is in full swing at both building yards and we are seeing ship construction milestones, like launch, hitting their marks."
Following the launch, the ship will undergo outfitting, and test and evaluation of its major systems at the Austal shipyard. 
The ship's christening, a ceremony that marks the official naming of the vessel, is planned for the spring.
The LCS class consists of two variants, the trimaran design Independence variant, and the monohull design Freedom variant. The ships are designed and built by two industry teams, led by Austal USA and Lockheed Martin, respectively. Jackson is the third LCS constructed by Austal USA. 
Both variants within the LCS class are fast, agile, focused-mission platforms designed for operation in near-shore environments yet capable of open ocean operation. The LCS is designed to embark specialized mission packages to defeat "anti-access" threats such as mines, quiet diesel submarines and fast surface craft.
The Navy has been able to incorporate much of the knowledge gained in the construction, test and operation of LCS 1 and LCS 2, the lead ships of the class, into follow on ships. 
Many of those are currently in various stages of construction, and will deliver to the Navy over the next few years. They include Jackson's sister ships; Montgomery (LCS 8), Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10), Omaha (LCS 12), Manchester (LCS 14) and Tulsa (LCS 16). 
Program Executive Office Littoral Combat Ships is affiliated with the Naval Sea Systems Command and provides a single program executive responsible for acquiring and sustaining mission capabilities of the littoral combat ship class, from procurement through fleet employment and sustainment. Delivering high-quality warfighting assets while balancing affordability and capability is key to supporting the Navy's Maritime Strategy.

Navy to Christen Littoral Combat Ship Milwaukee

The Navy will christen its newest littoral combat ship, the future USS Milwaukee (LCS 5) in a ceremony at the Marinette Marine Corporation shipyard in Marinette, Wis., on Dec. 18 at 1:15 p.m. CST.
Sylvia Panetta, wife of former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, will serve as the ship's sponsor. Panetta will officially christen the ship Milwaukee.
Milwaukee was named in honor of the largest city in the state of Wisconsin and will be the fifth to bear the city's name.
"Milwaukee's christening serves as a tribute to this great American city, but also to the hard working people of Wisconsin and our nation's entire industrial base," said Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus. "LCS is one of our most important platforms and represents the future of the Navy. Our commitment to this program remains as steadfast as that of those who helped build this great ship."
Littoral combat ships are fast, agile surface combatants optimized for warfighting in the highly trafficked near-shore regions of the world against asymmetric "anti-access" threats.  Through its innovative design, LCS can be reconfigured for surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare, and mine countermeasures. This versatility enables Navy to provide warfighters with the most capable, cost-effective solutions to gain, sustain, and exploit littoral maritime supremacy.
The launch and christening of LCS 5, and the recent launch of LCS 6 from the Austal USA shipyard together mark a milestone for the littoral combat ship program.  These are the first two littoral combat ships built from start to finish using serial production processes.  Serial production is important because it allows the Navy to reap benefits such as improved cost structure per vessel and reduced construction time. 
The Navy has incorporated much of the knowledge gained in the build, test and operation of LCS 1 and LCS 2, the lead ships of the class, into follow-on ships.
Milwaukee will be 388 feet in length and equipped with four axial-flow waterjet engines, which will improve performance and move nearly half a million gallons of seawater per minute which will propel the ship to speeds in excess of 40 knots.


The first USS Milwaukee was a double-turret ironclad river monitor built for Civil War service.  


A St. Louis-class cruiser, the second USS Milwaukee (C-21) was lost in 1916 while attempting to free a submarine that had run aground. 


The third USS Milwaukee (CL-5) was an Omaha-class light cruiser, which served through World War II in the Atlantic, 


and the fourth USS Milwaukee (AOR 2), a Wichita-class replenishment oiler, was decommissioned in 1994.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Last Cold Warrior Going Ashore




NAS Jacksonville - The last Navy sensor operator to track a Soviet submarine from a P-3C Orion, retired after 32 years of service and 6,000 flight hours, at a ceremony Dec. 7.
Master Chief Naval Air Crewman Spence Cunningham had just returned from mobilization with Patrol Squadron Six Two (VP-62) to Japan and was hanging up his flight suit.
"This is the perfect opportunity to celebrate not only his career, but our recent deployment," said Cmdr. Jonathan Townsend, VP-62's commanding officer.
The mobilization of Reservists was part of the transition from the P-3C Orion to the P-8A Poseidon. As Active Duty squadrons come out of their regular deployment cycle to transition to the P-8, the two Reserve squadrons, VP-62 and VP-69, stepped up to cover the manning shortfall in theater.
During the six-month deployment, Reserve crews flew missions all over the Western Pacific region.
"On Aug. 16, we had members in seven countries," said Townsend.
They also flew more than 70 hours in the aftermath of the Philippines typhoon, directing Marines on the ground and assisting with search and rescue efforts.
Cunningham began his Navy career in 1981 and soon entered the P-3 training pipeline. Serving first as a radar operator then an acoustic sensor operator.
"This aircraft and I have been linked since I was a young boy," said Cunningham.
While on active duty, he served in Signonella, Italy, and Bermuda tracking various classes of Soviet submarines as they patrolled the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea.
He left active duty in 1990 and joined the VP-62 'Broadarrows' in Jacksonville. Nearly a dozen members of the squadron, on active duty the day of Cunningham's retirement, had not been born when he joined the squadron.
While attached to VP-62, Cunningham held many positions from NATOPS 'Bluecard' instructor to detachment CPO (chief petty officer) and for a while, was the command master chief. All the while, maintaining combat aircrew qualifications.
Meanwhile, his civilian positions had a direct relationship to his Navy Reserve job. He held positions with several local Jacksonville defense contractors that have supported the training efforts of the P-3 force, including curriculum development, specifically the Block Mod Update and ASUW Improvement Programs for the P-3. He was also an initial member of, and later managed the Revision and Maintenance effort for the P-3 Fleet Replacement Squadron, VP-30.
"I'll be around giving new operators the foundation they need to build their careers, and loving every minute of it," said Cunningham.

Sikorsky Innovations Awarded Contract for Phase 1 DARPA X-Plane Program


Stratford CT December 12, 2013 - Sikorsky Innovations, the technology development organization of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., today announced it has won a contract for Phase 1 of the Vertical Take-Off and Landing Experimental Aircraft (VTOL X-Plane) program by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
The proposed effort is valued at $15 million to develop the preliminary design for the VTOL X-Plane, a high-speed vertical takeoff-and-landing aircraft with the hover capability of a helicopter. Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. 
Sikorsky Innovations is teamed with Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works® for the VTOL X-Plane development of its Unmanned Rotor Blown Wing concept. The Rotor Blown Wing represents a unique integration of fixed wing aerodynamics and advanced rotor control to provide a low complexity configuration capable of meeting the challenging DARPA program goals. The contract duration is 22 months. The program goal is to build and fly a demonstrator aircraft with first flight anticipated in the fourth quarter of 2017.   
Sikorsky Innovations plans to lead the program from its Fort Worth office, leveraging talent from both Stratford, Connecticut, and West Palm Beach, Florida, engineering centers.
The overall VTOL X-Plane program is a 52-month, $130 million effort to fly an experimental aircraft capable of exceeding 300 kt., with a hover efficiency of 75 percent or better and a cruise lift-to-drag ratio of 10 or more. During Phase 1, Sikorsky Innovations and Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works will conduct trade studies and develop the initial design.
“Sikorsky has a solid legacy of developing game-changing advances, and the DARPA X-Plane program is exactly the kind of project that Sikorsky Innovations was created to execute,” said Chris VanBuiten, Vice President of Sikorsky Innovations. “We are an agile, networked team dedicated to demonstrating innovative solutions to the toughest challenges in vertical flight. This program explores a generation of innovation that has yet to be introduced, and we have the opportunity to develop our novel design of the X-Plane concept with our partner at Skunk Works. It is an exciting project, and we are thrilled to be among the contract winners.”
Mark Miller, Sikorsky’s Vice President of Research & Engineering, added, “We anticipate that DARPA will release up to four Phase 1 awards, so this is a significant win for Sikorsky Innovations. We have a non-traditional technical solution, and this is an opportunity for Sikorsky Innovations to excel, to expand our relationship with DARPA, and to embark on a great partnering opportunity with another company known for its innovative solutions – Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works.”
Sikorsky and Lockheed Martin have extensive experience working together during four decades developing, delivering and supporting 600 operational SH-60B and MH-60R/S maritime helicopters to the U.S. Navy. In addition, Sikorsky and Lockheed Martin have teamed up to offer Sikorsky’s proven S-92® helicopter in response to the U.S. Navy’s formal Request for Proposals to build the next Marine One helicopter fleet, as well as teaming for the U.S. Air Force Combat Rescue Helicopter.
Other leading edge programs under way at Sikorsky Innovations include the Sikorsky-Boeing X2® coaxial rigid rotor technology Defiant helicopter demonstrator for the U.S. Army’s Joint Multi-Role Helicopter requirement.

U.S. Coast Guard Orders Four Long Range Interceptor-II Cutter Boats

NCS Hamilton Christening
U.S. Coast Guard photo

The U.S. Coast Guard placed a delivery order on December 12, 2013, for four Long Range Interceptor-II cutter boats. The delivery order is valued at $3.973 million. The order was placed as part of a five-year production contract awarded in June 2012 to MetalCraft Marine U.S. of Cape Vincent, N.Y., to produce the LRI-II. The Coast Guard has contract options to procure up to 10 boats, which will be deployed aboard the Coast Guard’s National Security Cutters (NSC). The contract has a potential total value of up to $10.2 million. 

The first LRI-II was delivered to the Coast Guard February 20, 2013, and commenced testing activities soon after. The LRI-II project was approved for full-rate production June 27, 2013, after successful operational and interface testing with Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf. 

The LRI-II is 35 feet long with a range of over 220 nautical miles and capable of achieving speeds in excess of 38 knots. The stern-launched LRI-II’s high speed and extended range significantly enhances its host cutter’s ability to execute missions while underway, particularly in migrant interdiction and law enforcement operations where teams need to be put on scene quickly. Its ability to extend the reach of its host cutter is also critical to search and rescue operations, enabling NSC cutter crews to patrol larger search areas. The LRI-II can carry up to 15 passengers, including crew, and safely operate in seas up to 13 feet.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

German Navy frigate “Baden-Württemberg” christened



The first of a total of four 125 Class frigates for the German Navy was today christened “Baden-Württemberg” at a ceremony at the Hamburg site of ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems – a company of ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions. This is an important milestone in the construction program for the F125 Class frigates. The delivery of this first frigate is scheduled for November 2016. The order for the four ships is worth around €2 billion in total.
ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems heads the ARGE F125 consortium which was awarded the contract to build a total of four F125 Class ships for the German Navy in 2007. The ARGE F125 consortium also includes the Friedrich Lürssen shipyard in Bremen, which is building the ships in cooperation with Blohm+Voss Shipyards in Hamburg.
Gerlinde Kretschmann, wife of the Baden-Württemberg State Premier, performed the christening ceremony in the presence of high-ranking representatives from the Federal Ministry of Defense, the State of Baden-Württemberg, the German Parliament, the Baden-Württemberg State Assembly, the German Navy and the companies involved.
Dr. Hans Christoph Atzpodien, CEO of ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions AG and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems GmbH: “The F125 is a completely new type of frigate with numerous technological innovations which will secure a solid basic workload for the shipyards involved in the coming years and help the German naval shipbuilding industry maintain and expand its leading position in key technologies.”
The four 125 Class frigates will replace the German Navy’s eight (Bremen type) 122 Class frigates. The ships were developed specially for current and future deployment scenarios for the German Navy. In addition to the traditional tasks of national and alliance defense, the 125 Class frigates are designed for conflict prevention, crisis management and intervention/stabilization operations in the international arena. The ships are capable of remaining at sea for 24 months and thus represent the first realization of the intensive use concept, i.e. significantly increased availability in the deployment region. This capability is supported by a much smaller crew and a two-crew strategy which permits a complete change of crew during deployment.
Key data for the F125:
Length: 149 m
Width: 18 m
Maximum speed: >26 knots
Displacement: approx. 7,000 t
Crew: max. 190 (thereof up to 120 as regular crew)

Raytheon awarded $75 million for DDG 1000 program

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Tewksbury MA December 12, 2013 - Raytheon Company has been awarded $75 million to complete remaining hardware and electronics for DDG 1000 and 1001, the first two ships of the Zumwalt-class of multimission destroyers. The award reflects exercised options under a previously awarded U.S. Navy contract.
Raytheon's progress on the program continues, remaining on-cost and schedule, meeting all program milestones and shipyard need dates. Under this contract, Raytheon will complete outstanding hardware and electronics production and assembly for the first two ships of the class, including electronics for the multi-function towed array for the sonar suite; canister electronics and uptake kits for the MK 57 Vertical Launching System; and the advanced procurement of Electronic Modular Enclosure shelters for the third ship, DDG 1002.
"The collaboration of this government-industry team has been outstanding, a high-performing team of experts working together to bring the Navy's vision to reality," said Raytheon's Kevin Peppe, vice president of Integrated Defense Systems' Seapower Capability Systems business area. "As systems and deliveries complete, and integration and testing continue, we are advancing closer to demonstrating the capabilities of the most technologically advanced surface combatant in naval history."
As the prime mission systems integrator for DDG 1000, Raytheon provides all electronic and combat systems for the program.
To date, the company has:
Delivered more than 3,500 hardware items, completing mission systems equipment production for DDG 1000. Production is more than 95 percent complete for DDG 1001.
Delivered 35 fully populated, integrated and tested Electronic Modular Enclosures, completing the first two ship sets as well as an additional 3 EMEs for the Self-Defense Test Ship.
Completed more than 6.7 million lines of code for the Total Ship Computing Environment, the integrated mission system for the ship class, achieving all testing and readiness milestones on schedule. Currently 96 percent complete, TSCE software is approaching next level certification, Technology Readiness Level 7.
Completed advanced ship activation pilot for DDG 1000, demonstrating control of pumps and valves; first use of shipboard software connecting distributed control workstation, TSCE infrastructure network and engineering control system.
Tested 5,000 hull, mechanical and engineering (HM&E) signals to engineering control system and validated 12,000 additional hardware signals, at the Land-based Test Site.
Completed more than 1.3 million lines of code for SPY-3/Dual Band Radar for DDG 1000, DDG 1001, CVN 78 and the Self Defense Test Ship and delivered complete radar suite equipment for all ship sets.
Dedicated a team of experts onsite at the shipyard, supporting installation, integration and test in-line with construction progress to meet HM&E milestones and prepare for ship activation.
Remained on cost and schedule throughout execution of the program – a testament to the design and development approaches employed, mitigating risks and maturing technologies through phased and incremental testing.
Additionally, the first MK 57 Vertical Launch System and the first Integrated Undersea Warfare suite, with dual-frequency, hull-mounted sonars, have been installed on DDG 1000.
DDG 1000 entered the water Oct. 28, 2013, at Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine. Construction will continue dockside, supported by Raytheon's Ship Integration and Test team onsite for ongoing system integration and testing.

ASGSI cleared for landings

During helicopter approach and landing, the Advanced Stabilized Glide Slope Indicator (ASGSI) projects a single beam of green light when the aircraft is above the correct glide slope, a red beam when below and amber when at the perfect glide slope. Similar to the color cues, pilots utilizing Night Vision Devices see slow flashes when the aircraft is above the correct glide slope, fast rapid flashes when below, and a solid beam at the accurate angle. The Aircraft Launch and Recovery Equipment Program Office (PMA-251) Visual Landing Aids team installed this ASGSI unit aboard the USNS Dahl in September. (U.S. Navy photo)

A new aviation landing system is lighting the way to the future of helicopter landings aboard air-capable and amphibious assault ships.
Test pilots from Naval Air Station Patuxent River successfully employed the Advanced Stabilized Glide Slope Indicator (ASGSI) to approach and land on the USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) in San Diego this fall. This first-ever operational flight test granted the system an interim certification, clearing the way for use on two other ships currently equipped with ASGSI, the USS Coronado (LCS 4) and USNS Dahl (T-AKR-312).
“The testing went extremely well,” said Kurt Hartig, Aircraft Launch and Recovery Equipment Program Office (PMA-251) Next Generation Visual Landing Aids team lead. “The system performed as designed with only minor adjustments necessary, which will be resolved in preparation for a full rate production determination.”
ASGSI provides helicopter pilots with stabilized visual information relating to the correct approach angle to flight decks on air-capable and amphibious assault ships.
Approximately 55 future construction ships are slated to receive the system, with more anticipated. Hartig said there are currently no plans to retrofit the system on ships utilizing the current legacy Stabilized Slope Indicator (SGSI) technology.
Compared to SGSI, ASGSI provides night vision device (NVD) compatibility with the addition of pulse coding. Because NVDs eliminate color distinction, ASGSI indicates approach slope with pulsing or flashing beams of light; fast rapid flashes signal a low approach, slow flashes signal a high approach and a solid beam appears with a perfect glide slope, Hartig said.
“The intent of this night vision capability system is to provide greater operational availability and an improved level of accuracy for pilots,” said Cmdr. Tony Hernandez, PMA-251 fleet liaison officer. “I think fleet pilots will find this a welcomed addition, one that provides enhanced visual cues that will only increase safe landings.”
Located on a platform just above the hangar, ASGSI uses electromechanical stabilization that automatically adjusts to the ship’s pitch and roll. The system replaces hydraulic powered stabilization with enhanced electromechanical technology that reduces environmental and maintenance hazards.
Hartig said ASGSI also utilizes LED lighting that can be adjusted based on pilot requirements via the Aviation Lighting System Control Panel Set (ALS-CPS) located in the helicopter control station. This allows operators to adjust lighting brightness for adverse weather to allow for a smooth landing.


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Transas Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) Simulator inaugurated in France

ENSM Inaugurates VTS Simulator

The National Maritime College of France Ecole Nationale Supérieure Maritime (ENSM) officially inaugurated its state-of the-art VTS Simulator delivered and installed by the Transas Marine. New VTS Simulation Suite meets all relevant requirements stated by the IALA recommendation V-103 on Standards for Training and Certification of VTS Personnel.
The ceremony took place at the ENSM premises in the presence of Hervé Moulinier, President of the ENSM, François Marendet, General Director, ENSM, Cyrille Le Camus, Director of the ENSM site in Marseille and was attended by representatives from the Transas Mediterranean.
The VTS Simulator installed at the ENSM utilises the latest Transas Vessel Traffic Management Software and Transas Seagull 6000 visualisation system to provide the most realistic and accurate environment during the exercises. The facilities are split in 2 rooms with one workstation for supervisor who will be able to set up, design and modify exercises in one of them, and 3 workstations for trainees in the second room.
The simulated exercises demonstrated during the opening ceremony, represented events likely to be experienced in a real VTS centre. First VTS training courses at ENSM are scheduled to take place in January 2014 and will include theoretical and hands-on sessions for VTS professionals as well as for trainees with no prior experience.
The ENSM consists of four sites located in Marseille, Saint-Malo, le Havre and Nantes. It offers modern, fully equipped teaching facilities to provide higher education and degree-level training programs in maritime area.

Mexican Navy Orders Fifth Damen 4207

Damen Stan Patrol 4207. Photo: Damen

In November 2013 the Mexican Navy (Secretaría de Marina) and Damen Shipyards Group (the Netherlands) signed another contract for a Damen Stan Patrol 4207. The Mexican Navy already operates two similar Patrol Vessels and has currently two ships under construction in their shipyard ‘Astillero de Marina Numero 1’ in Tampico, which is situated on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico.
The vessel is the fifth one of the Tenochtitlan-class and will be constructed by the Mexican Navy, while Damen will supply a partial material package and technical assistance.
The steel for the hull and part of the piping will be acquired by the Mexican Navy. Keel laying is expected to be early 2014. The vessel will be named ‘Uxmal’, after an ancient Mayan city on the Yucatan Peninsula.
This project is another example of how Damen, through its ‘building on site’ programme (i.e. Damen Technical Cooperation), enables customers to build high quality vessels in their own yards, gaining experience and being able to contribute to the development of the local shipbuilding industry. This concept has proven to be successful over thirty years in five continents in different market segments.

BMT Defence Designs Norwegian LSV with NAPA Software



Helsinki December 11, 2013 - Naval design and engineering company BMT Defence Services Ltd today announced that it has applied a software package created by leading maritime software house NAPA during the design process for the new logistics and support vessel (LSV) ordered by the Norwegian Defense Logistics Organisation (NDLO).
Naval architects have applied NAPA for Design to the vessel’s stability and hydrodynamics modelling to produce a compartmentation model that can provide hull form throughout the design process to production. The model will support the lifetime eco-efficiency of the vessel, either in combination with NAPA for Operations systems and the NAPA Loading Computer, or as a standalone system that provides vital information on the vessel when it cannot be observed.
Will Giles, the Naval Architecture Lead for BMT Defence Services, said:
“NAPA’s prompt and high quality technical support is extremely valuable during the tight design schedule for NDLO’s new logistics and support vessel. The software’s performance in complex calculations means we are able to analyze the results quickly, which frees up time for improvements to the design itself.”
BMT Defence Services was named as design contractor for the $230 million contract in June 2013.  The project’s delivery will be supported by sister companies, BMT Reliability Consultants Ltd and BMT Isis Ltd. Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME), a long term user of NAPA software systems, will construct the vessel.
Mikko Forss, Sales Manager for NAPA said:
“NAPA for Design combines both sheer calculation performance and an efficient design process to produce detailed analysis at a fast pace, ensuring naval architects can deliver on this demanding new LSV project, in terms producing the vessel’s design in a short timeframe.
“This is a prestigious contract for BMT Defence Services and the fact that the team have chosen to apply NAPA for Design during the vessel’s design process is a huge vote of confidence for our software. Unlike other packages on the market, NAPA has excellent tools to post process and analyze the results in order to understand how the design could be even further improved.”
The vessel will be built in DSME’s Okpo yard and will measure 180 meters in length, 26 meters in beam, and have a displacement of over 26,000 tonnes. Delivery to the Royal Norwegian Navy is expected in September 2016.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Lockheed Martin And The U.S. Navy Strengthen International Alliance With Helicopter Acceptance


Lockheed Martin

Owego NY December 10, 2013 - The Royal Australian Navy accepted the first two MH-60R helicopters from the U.S. Navy in a ceremony today at the Lockheed Martin facility in Owego, N.Y.
"The advanced anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare capabilities of the MH-60 Romeo are a game-changer in shifting the advantage from the submarine to the helicopter, which is essential in today's maritime security environment," said Rear Admiral CJ Jaynes, program executive officer for Air Anti-Submarine Warfare, Assault and Special Mission Programs, which oversees the U.S. Navy's H-60 program office. "We are excited to extend our partnership with the Royal Australian Navy through the delivery of these advanced helicopters."
Manufactured by Sikorsky Aircraft and provided with advanced mission systems and sensors by Lockheed Martin, the MH-60R is already operational and deploying as the primary U.S. Navy anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare system for open-ocean and littoral zones. The U.S. Navy answered the Australian Defence Force's requirement for a fleet of 24 new-generation, multi-role naval combat aircraft with the proven MH-60R helicopters. The entire fleet will be delivered incrementally by the end of 2016.
"The Seahawk Romeo is an evolutionary step forward from the Seahawk 'Classic' it replaces. The Romeo builds on the known and trusted Seahawk air vehicle, incorporating state-of-the-art sensors in an open architecture, integrated mission system. The Romeo is a potent maritime combat helicopter," said Rear Adm. Tony Dalton who heads the Australian Defence Organisation's Helicopter Systems Division. "We look forward to sharing in the U.S. Navy's ongoing technology upgrades and continuing to build upon the proven capabilities."
"MH-60R helicopters host the complete package of sensors and systems aboard the helicopter to address today's increasing submarine and surface warfare threats," said Lockheed Martin Vice President of Aviation Systems Dan Spoor. "We are honored to partner with the U.S. Navy and the Royal Australian Navy to deliver these capabilities." 
In addition to the MH-60R's unmatched capability in its primary mission areas of anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare, it also has the capability for secondary missions such as search and rescue, vertical replenishment, naval surface fire support, logistics support, personnel transport, medical evacuation, and VHF/UHF/link communication relay.

Rolls Royce Marine Standardizes on Infor

Rolls Royce Marine Standardizes on Infor

New York Dec 10, 2013 - Infor, a leading provider of business application software serving more than 70,000 customers, today announced that Rolls Royce Marine, manufacturer of power, propulsion and motion control solutions for the merchant, naval, offshore and submarine markets, has chosen to standardize on Infor as its sole ERP provider. The application is being rolled out across 90 countries, including the US, as part of a business transformation project that the company believes will help it realize savings throughout various departments in international offices. 

Monday, December 9, 2013

Update on Comanche Foundation



NOW HEAR THIS!   Imagine our surprise on Pearl Harbor Day, Dec 7th, to discover the rusting "hulk" we are moored to at Tyee is none other than a Pearl Harbor survivor!  The Cutter TIGER (1927-47)  http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=1599775 



COMANCHE is now filling in at Tyee Marina near Tacoma for a section of breakwater that sank in a storm in September.  Comanche will remain 'on post' until May 10th when she will return to Bremerton via Seattle.
Next regular work party aboard Comanche at Tyee Marina will be Saturday December 14th, 1100 to 1600. Make an appointment with us to be let in the gate; bring drink and food.  Coffee and tea are available.
Last work party of the year will be Saturday, December 28th.

2014  Saturday, January 4th is the first work party for 2014 and every other Saturday thru March. April begins every weekend work parties. May, 2014 COMANCHE will return to Bremerton via the Seattle tug races! Sign up for that cruise soon. Work through the winter at Tyee will include engine room (on the starboard V-12 and starboard 6-71 and painting); on main berth deck floor and set up for a class room; ward room museum space and maybe the radio room 'rebuild' will begin.
COMANCHE 202 FOUNDATION board will also meet Saturday, Dec. 14 aboard the ship at noon.  The annual meeting for all hands has been postponed until May after we return to Bremerton.




PREVIEWS FOR 2014:  As mentioned above, COMANCHE plans to depart Tyee Marina early May for the Seattle Tug Boat races (second weekend, May 10th??).  COMANCHE will not race but it will be ‘the best seat in town’ to watch the races on Elliot Bay.  This event is said to be the World’s Largest Tug Races.  This will be an all day cruise from Tacoma, to Seattle with a possible trip through the Ballard Locks to take on fuel and back out and over to Bremerton.  Riders welcome.  There is no charge but donation$ for fuel are always welcome!  Start signing up anytime.  At all times for all cruises, all riders ride at their own risk and must sign a release. 
COMANCHE will spend the rest of May at her dock in Bremerton Marina.  May 17th is Armed Forces Day with a big parade; last weekend is the Kitsap Harbor Days during which COMANCHE will cruise across the Sinclair Inlet to tie up at Port Orchard.  COMANCHE plans to remain at Port Orchard for a week or so or maybe until she cruises to Poulsbo on July 1, where she will anchor thru the fireworks the evening of July 3rd.  July 4th COMANCHE will cruise back to BREMERTON for their fireworks.
Other tentative cruises for 2014 include Everett, Port Townsend, possible Friday Harbor and Coupeville.  Labor Day will find COMANCHE at her home dock in Bremerton for the Black Berry Festival.  Some local cruises around the central Sound may occur if funds for fuel are available. Also, we anticipate COMANCHE will be nominated as a National Historic Site (vessel.) 



COMANCHE can use your donation$.  Even though being at Tyee saves us money on moorage and the commute to Bremerton, we still have a monthly payment on insurance of $861.00 a month and we have no real income.  We ask that those who can please make a monthly pledge to COMANCHE 202 FOUNDATION in order to keep up on this very important payment.  COMANCHE cannot continue without financial support from those who want to see her survive into the future.  There is no paid staff, all money donations go 100% to support the ship. Any size donation is very much appreciated.  This is an on going concern.  All donations are tax deductable  Thank you!
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