Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Ingalls Shipbuilding Begins Fabrication for Aegis Destroyer Paul Ignatius (DDG 117)

Paul Ignatius Start of Fabrication Ceremony
Paul and Nancy Ignatius (seated) attended the start of fabrication ceremony for Paul’s namesake ship, the guided missile destroyer DDG 117. Also pictured (left to right): Lance Carnahan, Ingalls’ general hull superintendent; Robert Velazquez, friend of the Ignatius family; David Ignatius, Paul and Nancy’s son; Dr. Elisa Ignatius, Paul and Nancy’s granddaughter and Nancy’s maid of honor as the ship’s sponsor; Sarah Ignatius, Paul and Nancy’s daughter; George Nungesser, Ingalls’ DDG 51 program manager; Capt. Mark Vandroff, DDG 51 class program manager, Program Executive Office Ships; Cmdr. Ben Wilder, DDG 51 program manager representative for Supervisor of Shipbuilding Gulf Coast; and Rear Adm. David J. Gale, deputy commander for surface warfare, Naval Sea Systems Command. Photo by Lance Davis/HII

Pascagoula September 30, 2014 - Huntington Ingalls Industries' Ingalls Shipbuilding division today marked the start of fabrication for the future Aegis-guided missile destroyer Paul Ignatius (DDG 117). Paul Ignatius, the ship's namesake, and his wife, Nancy Ignatius, the ship's sponsor, visited the shipyard to see steel cut for the destroyer.
Paul Ignatius is the 31st Aegis destroyer to be built at Ingalls. The start of fabrication signifies the first 100 tons of steel cut. From this point, shipbuilders will assemble the destroyer using modular construction, where pre-fabricated units are constructed separately and later lifted in place and integrated with other units.
"The start of fabrication begins to bring the ship to life," said Ingalls' DDG 51 program manager, George Nungesser. "Having Paul and Nancy Ignatius here with us today builds a relationship between them, the ship and our shipbuilders. As we continue to cut steel and assemble this next destroyer, the Ignatius family will play a big role in watching the ship transform from these pieces of steel into the mighty warship it will become, bearing Paul Ignatius' name."
Paul and Nancy Ignatius will visit the ship throughout its construction to witness progress and meet with Ingalls shipbuilders. Paul Ignatius served as Secretary of the Navy from 1967 to 1969 and was the Assistant Secretary of Defense during President Lyndon B. Johnson's administration. "This is the beginning of the process," he said. "While touring Ingalls, the complexity of building a ship is evident, and it's impressive how all the different parts will come together."
Ingalls is building two other destroyers in addition to Paul Ignatius. John Finn (DDG 113) is scheduled to be delivered in 2016, and Ralph Johnson (DDG 114) is scheduled to be delivered in 2017.
To date, Ingalls has delivered 28 DDG 51 destroyers to the Navy. The highly capable, multi-mission ship can conduct a variety of operations, from peacetime presence and crisis management to sea control and power projection, all in support of the United States' military strategy. DDGs are capable of simultaneously fighting air, surface and subsurface battles. The ship contains myriad offensive and defensive weapons designed to support maritime defense needs well into the 21st century.

General Dynamics Awarded $50 Million to Continue Submarine Modernization Program for U.S. and Australian Navies

General Dynamics

Fairfax VA September 30, 2014 - General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics, was awarded two contract modifications totaling $50 million to continue supporting the AN/BYG-1 combat control system aboard U.S. Navy and Royal Australian Navy submarines, as part of the AN/BYG-1 modernization program for the tactical control systems (TCS) and weapons control systems (WCS). General Dynamics is delivering enhanced capabilities across multiple submarine platforms, providing fleet operators and commanders with a common operational picture that strengthens real-time intelligence and improves situational awareness.
"We are dedicated to helping the U.S. and Royal Australian Navies advance their mission with cost-effective, innovative, agile and reliable solutions," said Mike Eagan, vice president and general manager of the Integrated Platform Solutions line of business at General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems. "By introducing our open architecture framework into these legacy systems, we can quickly insert relevant technologies onto the submarine's open platforms to meet the fast-changing mission needs of today's fleet."
The open architecture framework facilitates the rapid integration of advanced capabilities developed by commercial, defense and academic entities on an annual or bi-annual basis. The common processing baseline across all submarines also helps ensure the independent, yet parallel, development and certification of the TCS and WCS.
Since 2003, General Dynamics has worked closely with the U.S. and Australian Navies on the AN/BYG-1 modernization program and continues to leverage commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) software and hardware upgrades to integrate improved tactical and weapons control capabilities across multiple submarine classes.
General Dynamics has also established and installed the AN/BYG-1 common processing baseline across domestic and international submarine classes, including the U.S. Navy's Los Angeles, Seawolf, Virginia and SSGN-class submarines and the Royal Australian Navy's Collins-class submarines.

Alion Awarded $34 Million Navy Contract to Support Platforms, Sensors and Launch Systems

McLean VA September 30, 2014 - To support the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Crane, Indiana’s mission to equip warfighters with the most updated and effective weapon systems and sensors, Alion Science and Technology has been awarded a contract valued at up to $34 million. Alion will deliver professional engineering, configuration management, data management, project management and quality assurance services in support of NSWC Crane’s Platform and Launch Systems Division (GXP).
Under this five-year indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract, Alion will provide a full spectrum of services to two branches within GXP: Polymer Engineering and Underwater Sensor Branch (GXPS) and Logistics Branch (GXPQ). Work will include software and design engineering, acquisition, development, production, test and evaluation, integrated logistics support, reliability, maintenance and sustainment functions for a variety of Navy platforms, launch and missile systems, undersea sensors and polymer engineered products. Additionally, Alion will provide associated support and test equipment for these systems.
“We believe our capabilities are a good fit to help GXP meet their objectives, and the relationships we share with NSWC Crane’s stakeholders and customers provide us with the insight to support their goals,” said Greg Bryant, Senior Vice President and Manager of Alion’s Integration Solutions Group. “We are committed to GXP’s success, and with this contract, we can enhance existing programs while reducing the risk of developing and implementing new solutions.”
Alion teaming partners supporting this effort include Advanced Automated Corporation (AAC); Claxton Logistics Services, Logis-Tech, Inc.; McKean Defense Group; and Rite Solutions Corporation.

Huntington Ingalls Industries Appoints Kevin Brenton as Corporate Director of Customer Affairs for Submarine Programs

Kevin Brenton
Huntington Ingalls

Newport News September 30, 2014 - Huntington Ingalls Industries announced today that Capt. Kevin Brenton (USN Ret'd) has joined the company as corporate director of customer affairs for submarine programs. Brenton served most recently as deputy director of the Navy's Strategic Systems Programs, overseeing strategic weapons systems. He began his new position on Monday.
"Kevin brings a wealth of leadership and maritime experience to our company, and he is going to be an excellent fit for our team," said Marty Chanik, HII's corporate vice president, customer affairs for Newport News Shipbuilding. "His extensive naval career provides him with a vast understanding and at-sea knowledge of submarines and how they operate and support Navy missions. I am confident his expertise in these programs will be critical in continuing our company's legacy as the solution-provider for nuclear-powered submarines."
Prior to joining HII, Brenton had several naval commands, including Submarine Squadron 20 in Kings Bay, Ga., and the submarines USS Portsmouth (SSN 707) and USS San Francisco (SSN 711). He also served on the staffs of the Chief of Naval Operations; Commander, Submarine Forces; and the Joint Staff.
Brenton is a native of Southport, Conn., and has a bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame, a master's degree in public administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a master's of science from the National War College in Washington, D.C.

USS Rushmore, USS Lake Champlain Participate in Citadel Protect

San Diego September 29, 2014 - USS Rushmore (LSD 47) and USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) participated in the Citadel Protect force protection exercise on Naval Base San Diego Sept. 25. 
The exercise simulated a small boat attack and showcased the new Hailing Acoustic Laser and Light Tactical System (HALLTS) technology from SimVentions that requires only one person to operate the controller. The HALLTS uses acoustics, lights and non-lethal lasers in one system to deter potential threats. 
"This was a joint operation between USS Rushmore, USS Lake Champlain and NBSD," said Lt.j.g. Keith Romoser, Rushmore's force protection officer. "It was an opportunity for the security teams to interact and respond together to a threat." 
The first simulated attack consisted of two small vessels entering an exclusion zone with the intent to attack the ship. After given a verbal warning to change their course, Rushmore's anti-terrorism team fired blank rounds from a M240 machine gun. The use of pyrotechnic smoke on the vessels simulated being neutralized. 
"This event gives Sailors an opportunity to practice responding to a simulated threat," said Romoser. "Getting live feedback from a moving target and using blank ammunition is much more realistic." 
The exercise also featured new technologies and realistic scenarios to prepare security forces. 
"This exercise is good because it's more technical," said Seaman Jordan Fuentes, assigned to Rushmore. "It will better prepare the Navy for the future. Since I just started my Navy career, I'll be a part of that future and be involved with more technical training."
The second simulation used the new HALLTS technology. Warnings were given from the controller to the vessels approaching the exclusion zone. The idea is to deter the vessels away from the ship. 
"Directed sound, lasers, and spot lights lets the vessel know that they are in an exclusion zone," said Chief Fire Controlman Chris Morge, assigned to Rushmore. "After they do not change their course, we will take further action." 

FS Nivôse Suffers Major Fire

Official photo

Paris September 30, 2014 (Google Translation) - On the night of September 29 to 30, a massive fire broke out aboard the frigate monitoring Nivôse currently deployed off the coast of La Réunion. No injuries were reported.
The fire broke out in the PC Engine and has spread to local machines. The immediate response of the crew helped control the fire. The surveillance frigate Floreal joined Nivôse to give assistance. This morning, September 30 the fire is extinguished, no injuries reported. The families have been informed.

Monday, September 29, 2014

New Undersea Warfare EDGE Innovation Centre to Focus on Operation-enhancing Capabilities for Royal Canadian Navy

Halifax September 29, 2014 - General Dynamics Canada announced the opening of the 17th EDGE facility in the EDGE® Innovation Network. The new Undersea Warfare EDGE Innovation Centre in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia will become a vital resource that brings Canada's top naval technology suppliers together with academia and government to develop leading-edge, operation-enhancing capabilities for the Royal Canadian Navy and ally naval fleets around the world as they look to reestablish critical capability in the face of new threats.
The Undersea Warfare EDGE facility will harness capabilities and technologies that enhance relationships with Canadian small businesses, expand national supply chains and position Canadian industry to meet the Navy's needs while promoting a continuous lifecycle of innovation. The immediate focus will be on meeting Canada's defence and security needs for the Canadian Surface Combatant, as well as across the entire spectrum of undersea warfare, including Canada's Arctic domain.
The Centre is located within General Dynamics Canada's state-of-the-art 46,000 square-foot facility in Nova Scotia , close to key Canadian military naval and air bases. This unique, open environment facility encourages military personnel to visit and engage with the EDGE team and its global members to experiment first-hand with advanced technologies and products. The Centre will feature the latest sensor technology, novel signal processing and display techniques; advances in automatic detection and classification, multi-sensor integration for maximum situational awareness; and integrated undersea warfare training systems.
"We are honoured to sponsor the latest EDGE Innovation Centre in our facility in Nova Scotia ," said David Ibbetson , vice president of General Dynamics C4 Systems International. "Each EDGE member brings to the partnership unique perspectives and experiences as well as their expertise.  This combination helps to rapidly bring to market innovative solutions that can be applied at home as well as exported to the world. Participating in the EDGE is especially helpful for small businesses, as it gives them an unprecedented platform to showcase their innovation and capability on the international stage."

Saab Receives Order from FMV to Overhaul the Submarine HMS Halland

NATO photo

September 29, 2014 - Defence and security company Saab has received an order from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) to overhaul the submarine HMS Halland. The order covers the period 2014-2015 and is valued at MSEK 130. The order is part of the letter of intent regarding the Swedish armed forces’ underwater capability, which was announced on 9 June 2014. 
The overhaul includes all the necessary measures to ensure the submarine's operational availability. According to HMS Halland’s standard maintenance plan this type of overhaul is conducted every six years. One provision of the contract is to define future needs for maintenance, which could result in additional work being contracted separately during the period. 
“Maintenance of Swedish surface vessels and submarines is an important part of our ongoing business. It is also important to ensure the customer's long term operational capability,” says Gunilla Fransson, head of Saab's business area Security and Defence Solutions. 
Work based on the order will be carried during 2014 and 2015 at the Saab Kockums shipyard in Karlskrona. Saab Kockums is a business unit within Saab's business area Security and Defence Solutions. 
Saab serves the global market with world-leading products, services and solutions ranging from military defence to civil security. Saab has operations and employees on all continents and constantly develops, adopts and improves new technology to meet customers’ changing needs. 

Saab Wins Swedish Navy Order for ROVs

Saab photo

September 29, 2014 - Defence and security company Saab has received an order from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) for ten ROV systems (Remotely Operated Vehicle), which will be deployed operationally for seabed surveys, inspections, light underwater operations and recovery of objects. Saab will fulfil the deliveries using the Seaeye Falcon system, which is being adapted to meet FMV's specifications.
The systems, which will be delivered as stand-alone systems, will be introduced and partially integrated aboard patrol boats and auxiliary ships operated by the Swedish Navy.
"This is another example of how Saab combines civil and military technology and adapts it for the requirements and purposes stipulated by the military. Over the years, we have developed and established unique expertise within the field and we are delighted and proud of being able to deliver the system to the customer," says Agneta Kammeby, Head of the Underwater Systems business unit at Dynamics.
The systems will be delivered within 12 months.
For the past ten years, the Saab Seaeye Falcon has been the obvious choice for many of the world's leading users of ROV systems for both civil and military purposes. Falcon is a proven and highly qualified ROV and is available with many advanced tools and customised accessories.

Raytheon awarded $251 million Tomahawk missile contract


Tucson September 26, 2014 - The U.S. Navy awarded Raytheon Company a $251 million contract to procure  tactical cruise missiles for fiscal year 2014 with an option for 2015.
The contract calls for Raytheon to build and deliver Tomahawk Block IV cruise missiles to the U.S. Navy and U.K. Royal Navy. Raytheon will also conduct flight tests and provide life-cycle support. Production and delivery of the missiles is scheduled to begin in 2015.
"Tomahawk Block IV continues to be our Nation's weapon of choice to defeat high value targets and integrated air defense systems," said Capt. Joseph Mauser, U.S. Navy Tomahawk program manager. "With more than 2,000 combat missions and 500 successful flight tests, Tomahawk has proven its outstanding reliability and effectiveness."
The Tomahawk Block IV missile includes a two-way satellite data-link that enables a strike controller to flex the missile in-flight to preprogrammed alternate targets or redirect to an alternate or more time critical target.
"Tomahawk's record of reliability, effectiveness and accuracy is unmatched by any other tactical cruise missile in the world today," said Mike Jarrett, Raytheon Air Warfare Systems vice president. "Raytheon and the U.S. Navy are working to bring even greater capability to this already sophisticated weapon."

Sikorsky S-92® Helicopter Marks a Decade of Trusted Service and Performance


Stratford CT September 24, 2014 - Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. today announced that September marks the 10-year anniversary of delivery of the first production S-92® helicopter. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. 
“On behalf of Sikorsky, I would like to congratulate and thank all of our customers, suppliers and employees upon reaching this milestone,” said Carey Bond, President, Sikorsky Commercial Systems & Services. “We are incredibly proud of this aircraft’s accomplishments, especially in safety and reliability, and look forward to continued success of the platform.”
The first S-92 helicopter was delivered to PHI, Inc. in September 2004. Since then, Sikorsky has delivered more than 200 S-92 helicopters to customers throughout the world. The fleet has reached more than 750,000 flight hours, with nearly 90 percent of those hours providing offshore oil and gas worker transportation. S-92 helicopters also perform search and rescue missions, heads of state missions, and a variety of transportation missions for utility and airline passengers.
“From the moment we first heard about the S-92, we were excited about the aircraft,” said Al Gonsoulin, CEO and Chairman of the Board for PHI, Inc. “Over the past decade, our S-92 helicopters have been reliable, cost effective, technologically advanced, and most importantly, safe.”
In November 2013, PHI, Inc. also became the first customer to complete an operational flight of the new “Rig Approach” system. Rig Approach is a first of its kind functionality on the S-92 helicopter that provides helicopter operators with an automated approach to offshore rig and platform landings.
In May, Sikorsky was selected to build the next generation of Marine One helicopters for use by the U.S. Marine Corps in supporting the Office of the President of the United States. The Marine One fleet will be based on the S-92 helicopter, increasing the number of countries that fly heads of state missions using the S-92 aircraft to nearly a dozen.
“We’re continuing to build upon this aircraft’s success and look forward to the enhancements we have planned in the future,” added Bond. One of the planned future enhancements is certification of the gross weight expansion for the S-92 helicopter. This will increase the maximum allowable take-off gross weight and result in increased payload capacity of the aircraft from 26,500 pounds to 27,700 pounds.

Northrop Grumman Advances Unmanned Systems Capabilities for Maritime Missions

Concept art provided by DARPA/Released

El Segundo September 29, 2014 - Northrop Grumman Corporation is developing new, advanced unmanned systems to support the Department of Defense's capability to deploy global persistent intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (ISR) and strike capabilities in a faster and more cost-effective way.
The next-generation Tactical Exploited Reconnaissance Node (Tern) program is one example of several in progress focused on addressing various customer challenges. Designed to operate off small-deck U.S. Navy vessels, Tern would enable greater mission capability and flexibility without the need for establishing fixed land bases or deploying aircraft carriers.
Currently under the joint leadership of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the Office of Naval Research, Tern aims to improve aviation capabilities from smaller ships substantially beyond the current levels.
"Being competitively selected to execute Phase II of the Tern program allows us to further demonstrate how our system could advance the Navy's mission," said Chris Hernandez, vice president, advanced systems, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. "Our Tern solution taps into the company's proven expertise and experience in developing and deploying operational unmanned systems in harsh and challenging environments at sea."
Tern seeks to develop a semi-autonomous, long-range, persistent ISR/strike asset that could safely and dependably deploy and recover from small-deck naval maritime vessels with minimal ship modifications.
"Our goal is to provide the surface combatant with an innovative, game-changing system that addresses the need for a highly flexible, robust and affordable unmanned ISR/strike capability," said Ralph Starace, manager, advanced systems, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems.

Sea Trials JS Izumo DDH-183

Friday, September 26, 2014

Two Killed as Bolivian Navy Tug Capsizes

Bolivian Navy

September 24, 2014 (Google Translation) - The rescue operation that triggered the Navy of Brazil and the Bolivian Navy after the sinking of the tug TNR 12 in the Paraguay-Parana waterway with 27 passengers on board, this morning found the bodies of journalist Lilian Ortega and Soto Cadet Churata Jesus Quispe, today confirmed Defence Minister Ruben Saavedra.
"He is doing an investigation by the Navy to establish the circumstances of this accident ... unfortunately this incident, which has also caused the loss of these two lives has happened," he told Radio Panamericana.
Ortega and Quispe traveling in Bolivia vessel sank yesterday after having started on Monday with a cruise to the port of Asuncion in Paraguay. The rest of the crew and passengers were rescued alive.
The communications director of the Bolivian Navy captain Javier Torrico, explained during a contact with Fides radio that both bodies were found "in their cabins" and announced that an operation started transfer of his remains to Bolivia.
The minister said Saavedra yet the reasons of the accident and the situation in which Ortega was investigated in the boat, "although we initial information as I was invited."
"Deeply regret that the death of this fellow journalist has occurred and convey our condolences to his family," he added.
He also announced that the Navy began an investigation to establish the circumstances under which the sinking of the tug and information summaries commander of the Naval Academy and the commander of the vessel began.

U.S. Navy Awards General Dynamics $311 Million for Nuclear-Submarine Support Work

US Navy

Groton September 26, 2014 - The U.S. Navy has awarded a $311 million contract to General Dynamics Electric Boat to provide planning yard work, engineering and technical support for nuclear submarines. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics.
Under this option, Electric Boat will provide design, engineering, material and logistics support, and research and development activities for active U.S. submarines and submersibles. Electric Boat also will provide information services, planning, scheduling and technical support for submarine maintenance and modernization activities, training and facility support, and affordability and cost reduction support.
The contract has a total potential value of $1.5 billion over five years if all options are exercised.
This work will engage Electric Boat's engineering and design organization, which comprises more than 4,000 employees. Possessing proven technical capabilities, these employees work on all facets of the submarine life cycle from concept formulation and design through construction, maintenance and modernization, and eventually to inactivation and disposal.

Future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) achieves successful light-off of first main turbine generator set

MT30 heritage model

Bath ME September 26, 2014 - Rolls-Royce is proud to announce that the future USS Zumwalt, the first ship of the DDG 1000 multi-mission destroyer class, performed a successful Generator Light-Off of its first Main Turbine Generator Set (MTG) this week. It is now power self-sufficient enabling follow-on systems testing and trials.
Neil Pickard, Rolls-Royce, Program Executive said: "On behalf of the entire DDG 1000 program team, I am very pleased to confirm the successful Light-Off of the first Rolls-Royce MT30 Main Turbine Generator Set this week. The accomplishment of this important milestone is significant as it enables us to progress with more comprehensive and self-sufficient testing of the ship’s Integrated Power System (IPS) over the weeks and months ahead."
The efficient, quiet and economical IPS on the DDG 1000 multi-mission destroyer generates all the power required for main propulsion, combat systems, sensors and weapons systems.
Don Roussinos, Rolls-Royce, President - Naval said: "Rolls-Royce is extremely proud of the successful Light-Off of the first MT30 Main Turbine Generator Set aboard Zumwalt, and we look forward to similar success with the two Auxiliary Turbine Generator Sets as well as the second MTG over the coming months. Rolls-Royce generator sets are designed, tested and proven to deliver highly survivable power for the ship’s Integrated Power System that provides 100% of the electrical power aboard the Zumwalt class multi-mission destroyers."
Onboard the Zumwalt are two Rolls-Royce MT30 Main Turbine Generator Sets (MTGs) and two RR4500 Auxiliary Turbine Generator Sets (ATGs) that will provide a total of 78 MW for total ship power - the MTGs provide 35.4 MW each and the ATGs 3.8 MW each.
The MT30 is the most power dense marine gas turbine in the world, selected to power the most modern and advanced vessels in the US Navy, including the Freedom Class Littoral Combat Ship, as well as with the Royal Navy’s Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers, the innovative Type 26 Global Combat Ship, and the Republic of Korea Navy’s FFX Batch II frigate.

Damen Clipper Delivered to Omani Navy

On 12 September, the Royal Navy of Oman formally accepted ownership of its new sail training vessel at a ceremony at Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding in Vlissingen, the Netherlands. The three-masted steel clipper, named RNOV Shabab Oman II, will sail the world’s oceans as an ambassador for Oman, demonstrating the country’s centuries-old maritime tradition. The 87-metre vessel is Damen's third such clipper, proving the value of Damen’s reliable craftsmanship and engineering.
Among the guests at the ceremony were representatives of the Royal Navy of the Netherlands and Omani diplomats. 
Speaking on behalf of the Omani Royal Navy, Commodore Khalifa said, “This new vessel will sail around the world with a message of peace and friendship. Thank you to Damen for building this magnificent ship for us.”
The Dutch flag was subsequently lowered from the stern spanker line to be replaced by the Omani Naval ensign while a local orchestra played the Omani national anthem.

“This is a proud moment for Damen Shipyards,” said Damen CEO René Berkvens during the ceremony. “I wish the crew and captains of the Shabab Oman II fair winds, following seas and many returns to port.” Mr Berkvens described the clipper as “an extremely powerful performer – a true diamond of the sea.”

The acceptance ceremony follows the successful completion of sea trials in late July that took place in North Sea coastal waters around Vlissingen.

“During the trials, we checked everything that cannot be tested while moored in the harbor,” explained Damen Project Manager Arnoud Both. Shabab Oman’s impressive 2,700 m² sail area was also put to the test.
“The proper functioning of the sails and propulsion systems can only be tested at sea,” explained Mr Both. “With a total of 28 sails, and the amazing amount of standing and running rigging involved, it was wonderful to see that everything works smoothly. We have put two years of blood, sweat and some tears into this project but it is all worth it because it was such a beautiful moment seeing the ship at sea in full sail. It was a very emotional and fulfilling experience.”

Damen brought in eight of its own technical personnel and a number of systems subcontractors for the sea trials. However, sailing such a special vessel requires specialized expertise.
“We hired an experienced clipper captain and some of the officers and crew members from another Damen-built clipper, the Stad Amsterdam,” said Mr Both. The crew of the 76-metre Stad Amsterdam were enthusiastic about the sea trials. “It was great to hear the positive feedback from the crew about the sailing experience and handling characteristics of the Shabab Oman II. The ship handles well and can sail closer to the wind due to design improvements from Dykstra Naval Architects.”

Three different Damen yards have coordinated their construction, engineering and naval architectural expertise to produce this high performance sailing vessel: Damen Shipyards Gorinchem handled overall project management and procurement while Damen Shipyards Galati in Romania performed the major construction works, launching the clipper in December last year. 
Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding in Vlissingen then took over with its own personnel and subcontractors carrying out final outfitting works such as installation of the three 50-metre steel/aluminum masts, rigging and spars as well as modern technical systems.
On 12 September, the Royal Navy of Oman formally accepted ownership of its new sail training vessel
Damen’s proven track record in constructing traditional steel clippers now stands strong with this third STV delivery – the company previously having built the 74-metre Cisne Branco, the Brazilian navy’s STV, and the Stad Amsterdam.

~ Photos and video from Damen

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Northrop Grumman Awarded US Navy Performance Based Logistics Contract

Charlottesville VA September 25, 2014 - Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded a $61 million performance based logistics (PBL) supply support contract from the U.S. Naval Supply Systems Command's NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support facility in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.
This five-year contract will enable 24-hour, 7 days a week fleet support and continues a 10-year partnership between Northrop Grumman's Charlottesville operation and the NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support Command.
The contract includes the management of various Northrop Grumman-supplied products and systems including the WSN Ring Laser Gyro Navigation system, AN/BPS-15/16 Radar Set Weapon system, Steering/Scalable Integrated Bridge System and SPQ-9B radar set items.
The PBL program encompasses new build spare parts, repairs, onboard spare parts support, obsolescence management, inventory control, configuration management, serial number tracking and customer database entries involving most every active Navy surface ship and submarine, as well as select foreign naval surface ships under Foreign Military Sales agreements.
"Timely fleet support to help ensure the highest level of operational readiness has been a top priority for the last decade and we are honored to support this mission," said Todd Leavitt, vice president of Maritime Systems, Northrop Grumman. "By supporting unforeseen needs and faster turnaround deployment schedules, the PBL program dramatically increases the availability of critically required parts to satisfy our Navy warfighters quickly and cost effectively."

Vietnam Navy students complete intensive 20 month Flight Training Program at Pacific Sky Aviation

The graduating Group B students (back row) are joined by their Pacific Sky flight instructors alongside one of the Vietnam Navy’s Twin Otter Series 400 aircraft.

Sidney BC September 22, 2014 - In 2013, an initial group of 26 students from the Vietnam People’s Navy completed the first phase of a multi‐year flight and maintenance training program. Today an additional 10 trainees have joined the ranks as certified Twin Otter Series 400 pilots, completing a 20‐month intensive flight training program at Pacific Sky Aviation.
The program, offered by Pacific Sky in support of a six‐aircraft deal between the Vietnam Navy and Pacific Sky’s sister company, Viking Air Limited, is timed to coincide with production and delivery of the sixth Twin Otter Series 400 aircraft. As five of the six Series 400 Twin Otters on order from Viking have already been delivered to Vietnam, and the sixth aircraft is scheduled to arrive in‐country in early October, the timing of the graduation if the additional pilots is ideal.
“Pacific Sky is proud to work with dedicated groups of students, such as those from the Vietnam Navy, to help them develop into world‐class Twin Otter captains,” said Michael Coughlin, CEO of Pacific Sky Aviation. “Pacific Sky, working closely with Viking, tailors its unparalleled flight training courses to the unique needs of its customers. We also provide continuing training support for customers over the lifespan of the aircraft with on‐site flight training and maintenance assistance, and through the company’s construction of a new advanced training facility, will offer a state of the art full motion Seaplane Simulator, a first in the world, which will be ready for training in 2016.”
All the Vietnam Twin Otter pilots completed the specialized training program developed in cooperation with the Vietnam Navy, which included:

  • 6 months of Aviation English Language training
  • Transport Canada Private Pilot and Commercial Licenses
  • 6,000 total hours of flight training
  • Float and Night Ratings on C172, C182 and DHC‐2 Beaver aircraft
  • Over 1,000 total flight hours of Twin Otter Series 400 aircraft training, including 650 hours and 2,100 take‐offs and landings on the coastal waters and lakes of British Columbia.

David Curtis, President and CEO of Viking Air Limited, added, “We are very proud to have worked with the Vietnam Navy over the course of many years, developing a comprehensive program to help establish the first Naval Air Wing in Vietnam. “ He added, “Our commitment to supporting the Navy in every facet of Series 400 Twin Otter operations has not only built a strong relationship between Viking and the Government of Vietnam, but has been a rewarding experience for the dedicated employees at Viking and Pacific Sky, without whose effort we could not have accomplished this significant milestone.”

Pictured from left: Kelsey Spring (Canam Active Enterprises), Taylor Williams and Michael Coughlin (Pacific Sky) and David Curtis (Viking) watch as Vu Quoc Huy, Group B Pilot‐Trainee Leader, addresses the crowd.

The graduating students will return to Vietnam where they will be supported in additional on‐the‐job training by a Pacific Sky Twin Otter pilot and a Viking Field Service representative. This team will assist the Vietnam Navy in the further development of Twin Otter capabilities to meet the critical missions performed by the Vietnam Navy.
At a graduation ceremony today, Coughlin added, “Pacific Sky Aviation and Viking congratulate you on your dedication to your training and to your country. You are now members of a very special community – Twin Otter amphibious pilots. We know that your training will provide you with the knowledge and experience to perform your duties in Vietnam with great success.”
Pacific Sky Aviation is a Transport Canada approved flight training unit and provides flight and maintenance training for the Series 400 Twin Otter in support of sister‐company Viking Air Limited aircraft production. The Series 400 Twin Otter is the best‐selling next generation turbo‐prop aircraft in its class, with Viking aircraft sold and delivered to 26 countries worldwide. Viking provides OEM support for the worldwide fleet of de Havilland legacy aircraft (DHC‐1 through DHC‐7) and forms part of Westerkirk Capital Inc., a Canadian private investment firm with substantial holdings in the hospitality, aviation, and real estate sectors.

Carmanah M800 Series Solar Powered Marine Lanterns Selected by US Coast Guard

Victoria BC September 24, 2014Carmanah Technologies Corporation, has been awarded a multi-year contract to supply marine aids-to-navigation to the US Coast Guard. The Carmanah M800 Series marine lantern was the product of choice in the Small and Large Self Contained LED Lantern categories per USCG Solicitation # HSCG84-14-R-BHQ044. While there is no guaranteed financial value of purchases in the contract, the solicitation provides a targeted guidance for purchase quantities of $3.4M USD over the life of the contract, which may by up to 5 years if all option years are exercised.
“The success of the M800 Series is reflective of our strategy to become leaders in each of the markets we serve”
“This is an important award for Carmanah as it affirms that our new line of solar self-contained marine lanterns meets the stringent standards set by the US Coast Guard,” said John Simmons, CEO. “In the last year-and-a-half these lanterns have been adopted in Canada, Latin America, Europe and into Southeast Asia. We expect this latest award to positively influence even more marine authorities around the world to consider the use of Carmanah lanterns in their aids-to-navigation systems.”
As pioneers in the marine lighting industry, Carmanah Technologies has been designing and manufacturing rugged, reliable and high-value solar aids-to-navigation for nearly two decades. Since 2002, Carmanah has been under contract to supply marine lights to the USCG. The new M800 Series marine lanterns were launched in the Spring of 2013 and combine the best of Carmanah's early product features with robust composite material construction, updated high-efficiency optical design and new user-friendly programming options.
“The success of the M800 Series is reflective of our strategy to become leaders in each of the markets we serve,” said Simmons. “Later this year, in conjunction with our partner Sabik Oy, we will add more industry-leading functionality by pairing the M800’s optional satellite connectivity with a new cloud-based monitoring software. The Lightguard Monitor suite will provide marine authorities the ability to reliably monitor the status and location of their navigation aids for greater safety and with lower maintenance costs.”

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

OSI Maritime Systems Opens Australian Office

Burnaby September 24, 2014 - OSI Maritime Systems (OSI) is proud to announce the official opening of its newest office, in Canberra, Australia.  
Conveniently located in the suburb of Fyshwick, the Canberra office will accommodate OSI’s business development, technical, service, and training staff that will be dedicated to the development of the company’s Asia Pacific business.
The opening is part of OSI’s long-term commitment to its strategic focus on the Asia Pacific Region – aligning closely with the objectives of the Australian Defence White Paper.  The company is mandating stronger regional presence while continuing to support existing customers and partners in Australia, New Zealand, and South East Asia. 
“OSI recognizes that with growing security concerns, it is more important than ever for close, local engagement with our customers and to support their maritime security requirements,” stated OSI’s CEO, Ken Kirkpatrick.  “We also look forward to raising awareness of the OSI brand, capabilities, and building our team with Australian expertise.”  
Direct engagement with OSI staff will be an additional benefit of the office.  Customers will have more access to product and system technical knowledge provided by local employees for improved ILS performance and cost  savings.  
The official launch of this latest OSI facility will take place on Thursday, November 20, 2014 supported by OSI’s President and CEO, Ken Kirkpatrick, VP of Business Development, Jim Davison, and Director of Business Development AP, Jock McManus.

Ingalls Shipbuilding Authenticates the Keel on Aegis Destroyer Ralph Johnson (DDG 114)

With Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias (right) observing, shipfitter Bob Boegner (left) and Ship Sponsor Georgeann McRaven delcare the keel of Ralph Johnson (DDG 114) to be “truly and fairly laid.” Photo by Lance Davis/HII.

Pascagoula September 23, 2014 - Huntington Ingalls Industries' Ingalls Shipbuilding division authenticated the keel for the company's 30th Aegis guided missile destroyer, Ralph Johnson (DDG 114), today. To make it official, Georgeann McRaven, ship sponsor and wife of retired Adm. William McRaven, former commander, U.S. Special Operations Command, proclaimed the keel of DDG 114 to be "truly and fairly laid."
"We have a long history of building surface combatants, and the DDG 51 destroyers have become the backbone of the U.S. Navy's fleet," said Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias. "These are complex vessels built by experienced shipbuilders. This ship class is benefitting from serial production and commonality and is one of our most successful programs."
Mrs. McRaven was joined in the authentication by Bob Boegner, an Ingalls shipfitter who has worked on numerous Aegis cruisers and destroyers since he began working in 1973. His initials, along with Mrs. McRaven's, were permanently welded onto a ceremonial keel plate by Ingalls welder Jimmy Ellis.
"Each one of you at Ingalls Shipbuilding is doing so much to keep our country safe," Mrs. McRaven said. "You are building ships that will make our Navy strong and powerful and keep our young sailors safe. I am so proud to be the sponsor of your ship, Ralph Johnson, and I am honored—truly honored—to know you all."
DDG 114 is named to honor Pfc. Ralph Henry Johnson, who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions that saved others during the Vietnam War. Johnson shouted a warning to his fellow Marines and hurled himself on an explosive device, saving the life of one Marine and preventing the enemy from penetrating his sector of the patrol's perimeter. Johnson died instantly. The Charleston, S.C., native had only been in Vietnam for two months and a few days when he was killed at the age of 20.
On April 20, 1970, President Richard M. Nixon posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, the highest recognition and honor a member of the United States military can receive. On Sept. 5, 1991, 23 years after his heroic act, the Veterans Hospital in Charleston was renamed the Ralph H. Johnson Veterans Hospital.
"As we remember Private Johnson's courage, we realize that every time the men and women of Ingalls Shipbuilding start construction on another destroyer, they build a living, lasting reminder of either the courage, or the leadership or the intellectual contribution of the very best the Navy-Marine Corps team has had to offer," said Capt. Mark Vandroff, the Navy's DDG 51 program manager. "The entire Navy team and I are grateful for the hard work that the men and women of Ingalls Shipbuilding do every day. The Navy and the nation depend on your skills to provide the warships we use to defend freedom around the world. Thank you for the outstanding work you have already done on DDG 114, and I look forward to seeing the excellence on the work ahead."
Ralph Johnson is 26 percent complete and is scheduled to be delivered in 2017. Ingalls is also building the destroyer John Finn (DDG 113), which is 49 percent complete and is expected to be delivered in 2016. Construction will begin on Ingalls' 31st DDG 51 destroyer, Paul Ignatius (DDG 117), on Sept. 30.
To date, Ingalls has delivered 28 DDG 51 destroyers to the Navy. The highly capable, multi-mission ships can conduct a variety of operations, from peacetime presence and crisis management to sea control and power projection, all in support of the United States' military strategy. DDGs are capable of simultaneously fighting air, surface and subsurface battles. The ship contains myriad offensive and defensive weapons designed to support maritime defense needs well into the 21st century.

Navy Orders DSIT's AquaShield™ Diver Detection Sonar

Givat Shmuel September 23, 2014 - DSIT Solutions Ltd., a subsidiary of Acorn Energy, Inc. (ACFN), announced today that a leading Mediterranean Navy has placed an order for its AquaShield™ Diver Detection Sonar (DDS) system. The system is expected to guard the underwater perimeter of a strategic coastal asset.  
Dan Ben-Dov, DSIT's Vice President, Sales and Marketing commented, "In the last few weeks, DSIT has received orders from two energy facilities and a navy.  A few years ago DSIT decided to broaden its customer base and to sell its solutions to different types of coastal and offshore critical asset operators from the energy, commercial and defense sectors. These recent orders emphasize DSIT's continued success in expanding and diversifying our market reach. Our customer base now includes oil terminals, nuclear power plants, navies, coast guards, border security services, shipyards, defense and security integrators and others."
DSIT's Shield family of underwater security systems includes three main types of diver detection solutions: the AquaShield ER™ SDV Detection Sonar (SDS), the AquaShield™ Diver Detection Sonar (DDS) and the PointShield™ Portable Diver Detection Sonar (PDDS). All of the systems support fully automatic operation with high probability of detection and low false-alarm rate.  
Benny Sela, CEO of DSIT, added, "Although DSIT has recently received multiple orders for its solutions from energy companies we still put a lot of effort in maintaining our leading position in the defense market. We do so not only by offering the market the best performing underwater security systems, but also by providing to customers the lowest cost per square meter of coverage. This cost-benefit is even more relevant today with budget cuts and financial limitations that many of our customers have experienced recently."

Boeing and Liquid Robotics Sign Multi-Year Agreement to Develop Solutions for Maritime Surveillance

Sunnyvale CA September 23, 2014 - Boeing and Liquid Robotics, the market leader in unmanned ocean vehicles, today signed a global, multi-year teaming agreement for collaboration on product development, maritime services and operational deployments.
The initial focus of the collaboration will be to develop total integrated solutions for anti-submarine warfare, maritime domain awareness and other maritime defense applications.
"It's a great opportunity to partner with Liquid Robotics to provide new and existing customers a unique portfolio of defense solutions and capabilities," said Chris Chadwick, president and CEO of Boeing Defense, Space & Security. "This relationship allows the Boeing-Liquid Robotics team to solve maritime security and surveillance challenges in entirely new and highly effective ways and provides unprecedented capability and value to customers worldwide."
The agreement combines Boeing Defense, Space & Security's vast experience developing and fielding multi-layered intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance solutions with Liquid Robotics' award-winning autonomous ocean technology.
"We look forward to teaming with Boeing to expand domestic and international opportunities that combine Boeing's expertise in aircraft systems and integrated defense solutions with Liquid Robotics' expertise in persistent unmanned ocean vehicles," said Gary Gysin, President and CEO of Liquid Robotics. "Together, Boeing and Liquid Robotics will provide customers an integrated, seafloor-to-space capability for long duration maritime defense."

EdgeWave Adds Former Navy Intelligence Officer to Lead Cyber Operations

San Diego September 23, 2014 - EdgeWave®, a San Diego-based cyber security firm, today announced the appointment of Ret. Navy Intelligence Officer Tom Chapman as Director of their Cyber Operations Group™ (COG). Mr. Chapman, with over 20 years of cyber security and military experience, will lead cyber threat identification and mitigation operations across all EdgeWave teams and technologies.
"We employ a number of veterans at EdgeWave who bring years of cyber warfare experience that are invaluable in helping EdgeWave protect our customers from cyber threats," said Dave Maquera, EdgeWave CEO & President, also a former Navy communications security officer, aviator and Iraqi War combat veteran. "Adding someone with Tom's cyber security pedigree and cyber warfare experience to our team will help our customers stay ahead of even the most persistent and motivated attackers."
In this role leading the EdgeWave Cyber Operations Group, Mr. Chapman will be directly responsible for synchronizing all EdgeWave cyber intelligence and analysis. Specifically, he'll be tasked with managing research on cyber threats, providing commentary and analysis on cyber security from the frontlines and analyzing both open source and proprietary EdgeWave intelligence to help inform and enhance the performance of the company's systems. Mr. Chapman will report to Mike Walls, Managing Director Security Operations & Analysis at EdgeWave, also a former U.S. Military cyber warfare veteran and combat naval aviator, who joined EdgeWave in June 2014. Together, Mr. Walls and Mr. Chapman bring nearly 50 years of military and cyber warfare experience to EdgeWave's Cyber Operations Group.
"We are extremely fortunate to add someone of Tom Chapman's character and skill to the EdgeWave team," said Mr. Walls. "And I am committed to the continued growth of EdgeWave's cyber security capability by adding top flight US Military cyber experts as they transition to civilian life."
"We've reached a point where conventional security controls and monitoring systems cannot protect businesses against today's hackers and cybercriminals," said Mr. Chapman. "With EdgeWave, I'm looking forward to helping build out the company's highly advanced Military-Grade Cybersecurity Platform that combines both artificial and human intelligence, which can help better protect businesses against even the most sophisticated threats.
Before joining EdgeWave, Mr. Chapman established and directed the Task Force 1030 Cyber Analysis Cell supporting the U.S. Navy Fleet Command where his team was responsible for protecting 400,000 personnel, 300 ships and 4,000 aircraft from cyber attacks. Previously, Chapman supported combat operations in Afghanistan as the Senior Intelligence Officer aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt and has served as the Navy liaison officer to the FBI and the National Counter Terrorism Center.
Mr. Chapman holds a bachelor's degree in professional aeronautics from Embry Riddle University and a master's degree in national security and strategic studies from the U.S. Naval War College. Mr. Chapman is a Certified Ethical Hacker and also holds a number of cybersecurity and counterintelligence credentials.

Acquisition Update: Coast Guard Receives 100th Small Response Boat

Response Boat-Small II
Coast Guardsmen at Station Sand Key, Florida, practice towing with one of their new Response Boat-Small IIs. Station Sand Key received the 99th and 100th RB-S IIs Sept. 11 and Sept. 19, respectively. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ashley J. Johnson.

September 19, 2014 - "It's an impressive milestone to have put 100 of these small response boats into the service of the Coast Guard,” said Cmdr. Patrick Dugan, the deputy project manager for boat acquisitions. “We’ve had great feedback, especially about their visibility and the new shock-absorbing seats, from the people that use these every day. Overall, our project to get these boats out and working in the field has been making great progress."
The Coast Guard awarded the initial delivery order for production of 38 RB-S IIs to Metal Shark Aluminum Boats of Jeanerette, Louisiana, Sept. 26, 2011. The contract is one of the largest boat buys of its type for the Coast Guard, and allows orders of up to 470 boats by the Coast Guard, up to 20 boats by Customs and Border Protection and up to 10 by the U.S. Navy.
The first boat was delivered to the Coast Guard Special Missions Training Center at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, June 5, 2012. Since then, boats have been delivered to 53 units across the country, where they support a variety of Coast Guard missions.
The RB-S II is designed for search and rescue, law enforcement, port security, environmental response operations, and drug and migrant interdiction missions. Each boat is 29 feet long and can travel at a top speed of at least 45 knots. It is designed for year-round use in shallow water. The RB-S II is replacing the Defender-class RB-S, which is nearing the end of its service life.

Coronado Performs Live-Fire Test of Norwegian Strike Missile

PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 23, 2014) A Kongsberg Naval Strike Missile is launched from the deck of littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) during a successful live-fire demonstration of the system off the coast of Southern California. During the test, the Norwegian-made missile scored a direct hit on its intended target, a mobile ship target. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Zachary D. Bell/Released)

September 24, 2014 - USS Coronado (LCS 4) successfully performed a live-fire demonstration of a Kongsberg Naval Strike Missile (NSM) during missile testing operations off the coast of Southern California, Sept. 23.
During the test, the Norwegian-made Kongsberg NSM was launched from the deck of Coronado and scored a direct hit on its intended target, a Mobile Ship Target (MST).
The Kongsberg NSM is a long range precision strike missile designed to be launched from a variety of ships against a variety of targets.
Testing took place on board the Navy's newest littoral combat ship to show the LCS' ability to readily accept new weapons systems as part of the Foreign Comparative Testing (FCT) program.
"We are extremely pleased with the outcome of today's test on board Coronado," said Vice Adm. Thomas S. Rowden, Commander, Naval Surface Forces. "We view this successful missile test as a possible future warfighting capability for the LCS program."
Rowden said the Navy is interested in increasing both quantity of firepower and range across the surface fleet.
"Both classes of the LCS are based on modular design concepts," said Rowden. "This allows for the integration of weapons and sensors like the Kongsberg NSM technology as part of the LCS warfare suite."
Since 1980, the FCT program has helped the United States and allies reap substantial savings by avoiding research and development costs, lowering procurement costs, reducing risk for major acquisition programs and accelerating the fielding of equipment critical to the reading and safety of operating forces.
Commissioned on April 4, 2014, Coronado was designed to be high-speed, shallow draft multi-mission ship capable of operating independently or with an associated strike group. LCS ships are designed to defeat growing littoral threats and provide access and dominance in coastal waters.
A fast, maneuverable, and networked surface combatant, LCS provides the required warfighting capabilities and operational flexibility to execute focused missions such as surface warfare, mine warfare and anti-submarine warfare.
LCS delivers combat capability from core self-defense systems in concert with interchangeable, modular mission packages and an open architecture command and control system. Modularity maximizes the flexibility of LCS and enables the ship to meet changing warfare needs, while also supporting rapid technological updates. LCS employs advanced tactical networks to share information with aircraft, ships, submarines, and joint and coalition units both at sea and shore.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Rolls-Royce powers US Navy Triton trip across US

The Navy’s unmanned MQ-4C Triton prepares to land at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., Sept. 18 after completing an approximately 11-hour flight from Northrop Grumman’s California facility. (U.S. Navy photo) 140918-N-JQ696-157
The Navy’s unmanned MQ-4C Triton prepares to land at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., Sept. 18 after completing an approximately 11-hour flight from Northrop Grumman’s California facility. (U.S. Navy photo) 140918-N-JQ696-157

September 18, 2014 - Rolls-Royce has powered the US Navy's MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) from California to Maryland so it can begin the next phase of testing at Naval Air Station Patuxent River.
The Rolls-Royce AE 3007H turbofan engine provides propulsion for the Triton and will also power its on-board sensor suite. Northrop Grumman Corporation is the prime contractor for Triton. The aircraft is specially designed to fly surveillance missions up to 24 hours at altitudes over 10 miles high – allowing coverage of over 1 million square nautical miles during a single mission. The advanced suite of sensors, which will be installed this fall, can detect and automatically classify different types of ships. The AE 3007H engine provides the fuel efficiency required as well as the electrical power necessary for the tasks.
The AE 3007H engine is part of the versatile and dependable Rolls-Royce AE family of engines, which has more than 61 million flight hours. Rolls-Royce will deliver the 6,000th AE engine later this year.
Tom Hartmann, Rolls-Royce, Senior Vice President - Defense, said, "Rolls-Royce congratulates the US Navy and Northrop Grumman for achieving this milestone, the first cross-country ferry flight of the Triton unmanned aerial system. We look forward to continuing our support for the Triton team and the next phase of testing, with the dependable and proven AE 3007H engine.”
Triton's flight from Northrop Grumman's Palmdale, CA, facility to NAS Patuxent River took 11 hours and was controlled by a joint team in both locations. The aircraft arrived on September 18.
The Rolls-Royce AE 3007H also powers the high altitude, long endurance Global Hawk, which can fly over 60,000 feet and stay aloft for more than 30 hours. Rolls-Royce has delivered every AE 3007H engine on schedule to Northrop Grumman for both programs, dating back more than 10 years.

Lockheed Martin Receives Additional Electronic Warfare Contract To Protect The Navy's Fleet

U.S. Navy installed the Lockheed Martin SEWIP Block 2 System on DDG-96 for operational testing over the summer.. Lockheed Martin photo.
Syracuse September 22, 2014 -  The U.S. Navy awarded Lockheed Martin (LMT) an additional $147 million contract to upgrade the fleet's electronic warfare defenses against evolving threats, such as anti-ship missiles.
Under this low-rate initial production contract for Block 2 of the Navy's Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP), Lockheed Martin will provide 14 systems to upgrade the AN/SLQ-32(V)2 system on all U.S. aircraft carriers, cruisers, destroyers and other warships with key capabilities to determine if the electronic sensors of potential foes are tracking the ship.    
"This subsequent SEWIP Block 2 contract continues our support of the U.S. Navy with capabilities that will rapidly introduce new technology to the sailors," said Joe Ottaviano, SEWIP program director for Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training. "Our fleets are facing a rapidly changing threat environment in theaters across the globe. This contract allows us to continue providing much needed technological advances that will help outpace our adversaries and protect our warfighters."
Block 2 is the latest in an evolutionary succession of improvement "blocks" the Navy is pursuing for its shipboard electronic warfare system, which will incrementally add new defensive technologies and functional capabilities. In 2013, Lockheed Martin was awarded 10 systems as part of low-rate initial production, which the company is now in the process of delivering to the fleet.  In July, the Navy installed Lockheed Martin's SEWIP Block 2 system on USS Bainbridge (DDG-96) for operational testing.
Work on the SEWIP program will be performed at the company's Syracuse, New York, facility.

Acquisition Update: Coast Guard Orders 44 Additional Response Boats

Response Boat-Small II
The Response Boat-Small II is a high-speed, versatile boat used for a variety of missions. So far, 99 RB-S IIs have been delivered to Coast Guard stations in 12 states. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Luke Clayton.

September 19, 2014 - The Coast Guard ordered 44 Response Boat-Small IIs from Metal Shark Aluminum Boats of Jeanerette, Louisiana, today. The order, which has a total value of $15.2 million, brings the number of RB-S IIs under contract 
to 159.
The Coast Guard has already accepted delivery of 99 RB-S IIs and may order up to 470 boats under the current contract. The first boats from this order will be delivered in January 2015.
The RB-S II is a high-speed, multi-mission platform designed for year-round use in shallow water. It can be used for search and rescue, law enforcement, port security, environmental response operations, and drug and migrant interdiction. Each boat is 29 feet long and can travel at a top speed of at least 45 knots. The RB-S II features functional and ergonomic improvements, such as longer cabins and shock-mitigating rear seats, and is gradually replacing the Defender-class RB-S, which is nearing the end of its planned 10-year service life.


Saturday, September 20, 2014

USCGC Comanche Foundation 70th Anniversary

Welcome aboard for a celebration of our ship’s 70th launch date7 years a non-profit historic naval ship this October 10th 2014 from 1700 to 1900

Venerable USCGC Comanche in Action

USN ATA 202/WMEC 202 COMANCHE hit the water 70 years ago and we are celebrating with pizza  and refreshments as well as cake and ice cream, on board COMANCHE at the Bremerton Marina, down town Bremerton,  followed by an awards presentation of tokens of our appreciation to those who have made COMANCHE go this past year and a half.  Come and met the all volunteer crew of today, supporters and hear all about COMANCHE and the future it holds in Bremerton, WA.  Met some of the other historic ships crews as well.  Park for free in the Bremerton Marina parking lot (get a parking permit from us when you arrive.)

Then, the next day, Saturday, Oct 11th , about 1030 we intend to cruise to Tacoma’s Foss Waterway public dock in the 500 block of Dock Street East to disembark riders prior to heading for our winter mooring at the Tyee Marina, east of Tacoma.  Riders are welcome!  There is no charge for either event but donation$ are cherished and greatly appreciated.  The voyage is one way, however, so make your own arrangements back or take public express bus to Seattle and the Seattle-Bremerton ferry back to the Bremerton Marina. 

Sea trials 1944 off Port Arthur TX

Last day to EXPLORE COMANCHE in Bremerton for 2014 is Friday, October 10 from 1000 to 1700.  The ship will be open for our South Puget Sound supporters to explore the ship Saturday afternoon in Tacoma in the early to mid-afternoon at Foss Waterway.  Eta Tacoma is sometime in the mid-afternoon… we take our time with no set schedule.  Ships phone Saturday, Oct 11th is (253) 227-9678.  Comanche will be at the Rock the Dock public dock on the Foss Waterway a couple of hours for lunch.Riders should be aboard Saturday Oct 11th  by 1000.  Dress for the weather.  Bring your own eats and drinks (alcohol ok)  All riders must sign a “hold harmless” before riding on the ship.  Bring your cameras!  Lawn chairs welcome.  No pets.  Comanche is not handicap accessible.  COMANCHE 202 FOUNDATION is a Federally recognized 501 (c) 3 non-profit since Sept 11, 2007.

Mailing address:  Comanche 202 Foundation, 403 Garfield St. S., Tacoma, WA 98444  email:  ata202@live.com

Entering Foss Waterway Tacoma