Thursday, October 27, 2016

Defense Ministers take forward NATO-EU cooperation
October 27, 2016 - Allied Defense Ministers discussed practical steps to take forward NATO’s cooperation with the European Union on Thursday (27 October 2016). Ministers were joined by the EU High Representative Federica Mogherini, as well as the defense Ministers of Finland and Sweden.
Briefing the media, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg highlighted the benefits of closer NATO-EU cooperation. He noted that, in the Aegean Sea, NATO’s deployment supports Greece, Turkey and the EU’s border agency Frontex in breaking the lines of human trafficking. “That is why last night we decided to continue our Aegean deployment,” said Mr. Stoltenberg.
Allies also decided last night that NATO’s new Operation Sea Guardian will support the EU’s Operation Sophia. Within two weeks, NATO ships and planes will be in the Central Mediterranean, ready to help increase the EU’s situational awareness and provide logistical support.
Today, ministers addressed ways to deepen NATO-EU cooperation in the areas of countering hybrid threats, cyber defense, coordinated exercises and supporting partners. Ministers also discussed recent initiatives to strengthen European defense. The Secretary General underlined that a strong Europe will make NATO stronger, especially by delivering more capabilities and by increasing defense spending among European Allies.

CACI Awarded $77M IDIQ Contract to Continue Special Operations Satellite Communications and Network Support for U.S. Navy

October 26, 2016 - CACI International Inc announced today that it has been awarded an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract, with a ceiling value of $77 million, to provide communications systems, satellite communications, and network support services to the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic (SSC Atlantic) in support of the U.S. Special Operations Command and other joint combat commands. The four-year contract was won as a result of CACI’s February 2016 acquisition of National Security Services (NSS) and represents continuing work in CACI’s Communications market area.
Under the contract, CACI will provide logistics and technical support for approximately 2,500 satellite communications systems worldwide, as well as wide-area network infrastructure services for some 90 sites in support of U.S. Special Operations Command and other joint combat commands.
For all these communications systems, CACI will provide full lifecycle support, including systems integration, training, and 24/7 worldwide technical support. The company is also updating its support facilities in Fayetteville, NC, where a significant portion of CACI’s support work is performed, to provide the customer with a larger operation co-located with customer facilities to increase efficiency and productivity in operations.
John Mengucci, CACI’s Chief Operating Officer and President of U.S. Operations, said, “CACI is pleased to continue providing our proven communications solutions and services to the U.S. Special Operations Command and other combatant commands. We will leverage our expertise, coupled with our talented employees and upgraded facilities, to deliver new efficiencies in meeting their important communications requirements.”
According to CACI President and Chief Executive Officer Ken Asbury, “This significant recompete builds CACI’s business with the U.S. Special Operations Command, which we support through multiple programs and contracts. Our commitment to the Special Operations mission aligns both with our market-based strategy and our dedication to supporting U.S. national security. The award is also another example of the success of CACI’s mergers and acquisitions strategy in bringing new capabilities to our customers and growing our business.”

SwRI awarded $39 million military contract


October 25, 2016 - Southwest Research Institute® (SwRI®) was awarded a contract valued at up to $39 million over the next five years to support the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD).
“NSWCDD is an extremely important customer for SwRI,” said Errol Brigance, a director in SwRI’s Applied Physics Division. “We have served this client over the past eight years and remain committed to providing effective technical solutions that meet contractual, schedule, and customer satisfaction requirements.”
An example of previous NSWCDD developments includes a device that projects an eye-safe laser beam up to several kilometers. SwRI has also developed biometric technology to collect various physiological characteristics and rapidly identify or screen individuals for comparisons to watch lists.
Staff members will perform research, development, technical, and test activities under this contract. SwRI will address emerging needs in tactical and non-tactical systems associated with homeland security, anti-terrorism, mission assurance, force protection, unmanned systems, and related programs. This indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract allows SwRI to provide flexible and innovative solutions for complex problems. SwRI will apply the breadth and depth of resources and expertise to solve technical challenges put forth by NSWCDD.

LR collaborates on collision avoidance research project for autonomous vessels

October 25, 2016 - LR is participating in the MAXCMAS project, a £1.27 million collaborative research project that aims to investigate, develop and implement real-time collision avoidance algorithms for autonomous maritime vessels. The MAXCMAS (Machine executable collision regulations for Marine Autonomous systems) project will be completed next year; it brings together expertise from LR, Rolls Royce as project lead, Atlas Elektronik UK, Queen’s University Belfast and Southampton Solent University’s Warsash Maritime Academy.
The MProject Maxcmas AXCMAS project aims to develop COLREGs (International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea 1972) compliant collision avoidance navigation for autonomous ships and other Unmanned Surface Vessels (USVs). Compliance with current and future regulations is instrumental to the wide-scale use of USVs at sea. Being able to demonstrate satisfactory autonomous operation that meets the COLREGs is also pivotal to maritime safety.
The project also hopes to carry out comprehensive machine execution of the COLREGs and demonstrate these in part in real-world representative sea trials. With academic support, the industry participants aim to demonstrate autonomous control of a USV for Mine Counter Measure (MCM) operations and develop broader USV applications along with navigational support for larger conventional vessels.
A key innovation will be the use of networked bridge simulators as a safe yet effective test environment in the first instance. These highly immersive simulators, ordinarily used for mariner training, will be used to rapidly iterate development in light of human reaction from the crew and real-world difficulties such as degraded sensors.
Jesus Mediavilla Varas, Strategic Research Lab Lead Specialist and LR’s lead on the project commented: "Lloyd’s Register’s main contribution is a number of safety assurance activities, including providing software assurance advice. The activities are aimed at identifying the challenges and solutions to assuring the safe implementation of the COLREGs principles and reducing the risk of operating autonomous vessels. The maritime industry is moving towards smarter and more autonomous vessels, and involvement in research projects like MAXCMAS allows us to better understand the technological risks and control measures associated with greater autonomy and to be equipped to provide assurance to our clients when the technology is ready."
LR is also contributing to the distribution of the project results and the investigation of the business case for commercial autonomous ships. LR issued guidance defining autonomy levels for ship design and operation in July 2016 which you can download at

Vietnam Hydrographic Committee Established

Lieutenant General Phan Van Giang presenting flowers to the committee's members.

October 26, 2016 - The Ministry of National Defense on October 25 held a ceremony to establish the Vietnam Hydrographic Committee, in the presence of Lieutenant General Phan Van Giang, Deputy Defense Minister and Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army.
The committee has been established one year after Vietnam became the 84th member of the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO), marking a milestone in the national strategy for defense, maritime economic development, and international integration. The distribution of sea charts and electronic sea charts under the IHO standards will contribute to reaffirming, managing and safeguarding Vietnam’s national sovereignty and jurisdiction rights over seas and islands.
The committee will serve as an agency responsible for hydrographic survey and sea mapping, distributing maritime, oceanographic, hydrological publications, performing hydraulic functions while assessing and providing hydraulic surveys to assist the law enforcement at sea and protection of maritime sovereignty.
Addressing the ceremony, General Giang urged the Vietnam hydrographic sector to further expand cooperation with other countries to upgrade Vietnamese sea charts up to international standards, regularly update information of the seas, oceans and navigable waters in the world in order to affirm Vietnam’s sovereignty over the seas and islands in the East Sea (South China Sea).
Translated by Chung Anh

Saab signs submarine and surface ship MoU with Polish Armaments Group

October 26, 2016 - Defense and security company Saab announces it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa (PGZ), the biggest defense company in Poland. The document foresees the development of close cooperation between Saab and PGZ in the planning and delivery of Polish naval programs, including surface ship and submarine construction for the Polish Navy and export customers.
Earlier this year Saab and PGZ signed a letter of intent to cooperate within a range of projects related to Poland’s defense modernization in the naval, air and land domains. PGZ is a leading manufacturer of equipment for the Polish defence forces and will play a key role in Polish defense projects.
“I am convinced that the cooperation between Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa and Saab will be beneficial both for our partner and for the Polish Navy. Ensuring Polish security, also at sea, is one of the most important tasks for PGZ arising from the Technical Modernization Plan. The signing of this agreement opens the door for the Polish defense and shipbuilding industries to a wide range of technological cooperation, while for the Polish Navy, it is an opportunity to procure the most modern ships”, said Arkadiusz Siwko, CEO of Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa.
“Saab sees the Polish market as very important and aims at developing an even stronger partnership. We share the same security challenges in the Baltic Sea and together we can work to deepen defense projects partnership and offer an unbeatable industrial offering to the Polish end customer,” explains Gunnar Wieslander”, head of Saab Kockums.
The Polish Armed forces are currently seeking to develop modern defence capabilities through 15 priority modernization programs. Importantly these include plans for the purchase of modern submarines and surface ships to boost the potential of the Polish Navy.
Saab is currently building the first A26 submarine for the Swedish Navy as well as working on half time modernization of existing submarines. The product portfolio includes surface and sub-surface vessels as well as a host of solutions and equipment to match naval needs.
Saab is present in Poland with Sea Giraffe radars and RBS15 Mk 3 missiles for the FAC Orkan vessels, Double Eagle for the mine hunting ship, Kormoran II, as well as solutions for the Special Forces. Saab has a wide portfolio, suited to fulfil the requirements of major Polish defense procurement projects.

Naval Hospital Bremerton HAM Radio Provides Capable Connecting Communication

Retired Senior Chief Information System Technician Lee Moburg, wireless amateur radio (HAM) operator, manned the HAM radio at Naval Hospital Bremerton during the command's full scale training exercise Operation Cascadia Rumble held in conjunction with Cascadia Rising 2016, the largest drill of its type ever conducted throughout the Pacific Northwest to test state, local and federal emergency management ability in such specific areas like communication ability. When - not if - the next big earthquake hits, Puget Sound residents can expect internet and cellphone connectivity to be knocked out as well as landline phone services served. HAM radio provides a reliable option to retain communications with other vital government agencies (Official Navy Photo by Douglas H Stutz, NHB Public Affairs).

October 27, 2016 - Naval Hospital Bremerton (NHB) knows talking about communication can't just be idle chatter when it concerns emergency response capability during a disaster.
The Cascadia Rising 2016 earthquake exercise held in June throughout the Pacific Northwest tested the emergency management ability of multiple government agencies, and the recent Washington state assessment from that disaster drill -- the largest ever conducted -- noted the area still has work to do to be adequately prepared, especially concerning communication. 
NHB's full-scale training exercise Operation Cascadia Rumble, held in conjunction with Cascadia Rising 2016, specifically tested the command's ability to communicate. 
According to Terry Lerma, NHB Emergency Preparedness manager, it was a foregone conclusion going into the exercise that being able to communicate is key to providing medical support to those in need when trying to handle a disaster such as an extensive earthquake, along with the associated aftermath.
"Communications will always be one of the top three things listed as critical," said Lerma. "The other two are logistics and planning; yet for both of those to function, there has to be communication." 
When the next big earthquake hits -- and scientists all say it's a matter of when, not if -- Puget Sound residents can expect internet and cellphone connectivity to be knocked out, as well as landline phone services severed. 
If high-tech options can't be used, then it's time to go "old school," which NHB is able to do with wireless amateur radio, or HAM radio -- a very traditional method of message exchange.
"Even though HAM is viewed as an ancient technology, it has proven its reliability, dependability, and versatility," stated Lerma.
Lerma noted in any disaster or large scale drill that went bad, communications, or lack thereof, is always one of the top issues that falters. Adding HAM radio capabilities enables contact outside the command to keep staff members informed.
"Modern technology only has so much bandwidth, and is dependent upon a constant power supply source," said Lerma. "In an emergency, local communication systems can overload by everyone wanting to tweet or post, or just call family and loved ones. There is also only a limited amount of contingency back-up power to sustain cellular communication systems. After such disasters like Hurricane Katrina and Super Storm Sandy, it was HAM radio operators providing up-to-date communications information all the way up to the governor's office on logistics, supply, resources, and emergency medical needs."
There are two distinct advantages having a HAM radio affords a hospital. There is limited power needed, and all it takes is a 12-volt car battery to power and operate a HAM radio. 
"Even in a catastrophic power failure, if you have a vehicle with a working car battery, you can power up a HAM radio and the unit's repeater system reaches can literally 'bounce' off repeaters and communicate with other HAM operators locally, statewide, nationally, and even around the world," Lerma said. "If we do have a infrastructure collapse of cellular towers, we will still have a method with the HAM radio to communicate with such vital local partners as Harrison Medical Center, Kitsap Public Health, and Kitsap County Department of Emergency Management."
The HAM radio is conveniently located in NHB's Emergency Management Office, and gets support from local amateur volunteers.
"Most of the volunteers are retired military, so they have base access," stated Lerma. "However, if the roads were compromised and they couldn't make it, we would have to rely on any trained NHB staff to serve in this capacity."
One such volunteer who did make it in during Operation Cascadia Rumble was retired Senior Chief Information Systems Technician Lee Moberg, who has been involved in HAM radio since his active-duty days. 
"With the right radio and antenna, information can be sent or received across town, the state, the country, or even across the ocean to thousands of other HAM operators," said Moberg, a Brainerd, Minnesota, native who got his initial HAM radio license in 1983. "One of the best features is that most equipment is designed to be portable, or at least transportable."
Moberg agreed with Lerma that any time a large regional disaster happens, it is highly likely the infrastructure supporting landlines and cell communications will most likely be damaged. 
"What does survive is going to be over-saturated with the sharp increase in phone calls to family and friends," Moberg said. "Local emergency services are not really equipped for long distance communications. The Washington State Patrol has a repeater network for statewide use, but the local services do not. Amateur radio, however, makes long distance communication an art. HAMs thrive on finding new ways to do long distance communications." 
Moberg's role during a big earthquake, as will be the case for most, depends on where he is at the time of the actual seismic event. If he's at work, he would probably be stuck, unable to depart. He could, however, walk to the Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor Emergency Operations Center to help with relaying messages. If he was home, he would be away from any Navy installation and would probably end up at one of Port Orchard's fire stations, assisting with message traffic. Helping out is what he will do, even if it's using the HAM radio setup he has at home. 
"Because when it happens, the ability to communicate externally as well as internally will be vital," Moberg said.

BAE Systems Ramps Up for Virginia-Class Submarine Payload Module Launch Tube Production

Under a new contract, BAE Systems will begin work associated with the production of Virginia Payload Module tubes for U.S. Navy Virginia-class (SSN 774) submarines. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

October 27, 2016 - BAE Systems has received a contract from General Dynamics Electric Boat to begin work associated with the production of Virginia Payload Module (VPM) tubes for Block V Virginia-class (SSN 774) submarines. This initial award will fund work surrounding certification, special tooling, and other items related to production readiness.
The VPM is an additional mid-body section being integrated into the U.S. Navy’s Virginia-class submarines, beginning with the second boat of Block V. It contains four large-diameter payload tubes, each capable of storing and launching up to seven Tomahawk cruise missiles. Accessible while at sea, the VPM also offers an unprecedented amount of flexibility in the potential integration of future payloads
“The new Virginia Payload Module will bring an additional 28 missiles to each Virginia-class submarine, tripling their payload strike capacity,” said Joe Senftle, vice president and general manager of Weapon Systems at BAE Systems. “Increasing the firepower of the Virginia class is a cost-effective way for the Navy to maintain its strike capability after its four SSGN guided missile submarines retire.”
BAE Systems has a long history of supporting the U.S. undersea fleet as the leading provider of propulsors and other submarine systems. Earlier this year the company announced it was selected to provide propulsors, spare hardware, and tailcones for Block IV Virginia-class submarines.
Work on the initial award will be performed at BAE Systems’ facility in Louisville, Kentucky. Contracts for the launch tube production are expected in early 2017, with deliveries through 2019.

NSWC Panama City Division Seeks Contractor to Provide Rapid Innovative Operational Testing Services

October 27, 2016 - The Naval Surface Warfare Center - Panama City Division (NSWC PCD) released a pre-solicitation on Thursday, October 27, 2016 in which it outlined its need to locate a contractor who can provide Provide Rapid Innovative Operational Testing (RIOT) services.
These services, according to the pre-solicitation, must include, but are not limited to, conducting weapons systems research and development for the implementation of unmanned systems development such as integration, software development, command and control, technology assessment and evaluation, systems engineering, test and evaluation planning, and execution.
This requirement will include a variety of projects to study, analyze, advise, research, and develop deliverables to advance defense systems related scientific and technical information through the application of knowledge and resources in achieving the requesting activity's mission requirement.
The NSWC PCD intends to award the contract to a domestically owned company with a TS/SCI clearance, and anticipates awarding an Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) supply type contract associated with Cost Plus Fixed Fee (CPFF) completion effort within individual delivery orders.
The contract period of performance will be for five years, made up of one 12-month base period and four 12- month option periods.
The NSWC PCD will hold a pre-solicitation conference in Panama City, FL on November 15, 2016 for all interested parties. To attend the pre-solicitation conference, contractors mustRSVP prior to November 7, 2016. To RSVP, e-mail Contract Specialist Aaron Deich at and provide the name of the company, the company's Cage Code, and the number of seats needed.
The NSWC PCD anticipates making the full solicitation available in mid December 2016.
To receive the contract, contractors must be registered with the System for Award Management (SAM) database, and have as part of the Registration all current Representations and Certifications.
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Royal Navy to Help Train Libyan Navy

October 27, 2016 - UK Armed Forces personnel will tomorrow begin operations to help train the Libyan Coastguard, the Defense Secretary Michael Fallon has confirmed.
The training, previously announced at the G7 in May 2016, will see a small team of Royal Navy personnel provide training to the Libyans in coastguard activities, such as search and rescue. As part of the EU’s mission in the Mediterranean, Operation Sophia, the training will increase Libya’s ability to secure its own borders by increasing their Coastguard’s ability to disrupt people smuggling and illegal arms trafficking in and around Libya.
Specialist trainers from the Royal Navy will also teach the Coastguard in naval expertise, such as how to sail alongside, board and inspect vessels.
The training program underlines the UK’s support to Operation Sophia, which aims to disrupt the activities of the smugglers who continue to exploit migrants trying to reach Europe.
Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said, "People smuggling across the Mediterranean saw 3,000 people drowned at sea last year. To help prevent more lives being lost, the Royal Navy will provide training support to the Libyan Coast Guard. Fighting the smuggling of people and arms will save lives and make Britain safer and more secure."
Following a thorough and effective vetting process, the training will began on Friday 28 October, and will be delivered over the next three months. The program will take place aboard European ships.
Other British ships and personnel are involved in Operation Sophia. Earlier this month RFA Mounts Bay resumed duties patrolling the Mediterranean to counter illegal arms trafficking, taking over from HMS Diamond.
Today in Brussels the Defence Secretary followed yesterday’s announcement that RAF Typhoon jets would deploy to the Black Sea region and UK troops to the Baltic region, with discussions about a wider maritime role for NATO, working in co-operation with the EU.
He said, "Our jets and troops will help protect NATO’s flanks by air and land, and today we see a wider role for NATO at sea, helping to protect the Mediterranean and making us safer by working with the EU in tackling the flow of illegal migration, arms and potential terrorists."
Backed by a defence budget rising in real terms for the rest of this parliament, the UK is also meeting NATO’s 2% defence spending target.

Croatian Navy Test Fires RBS-15 October 20, 2016

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Monday, October 24, 2016

Navy Conducts Restrained Missile Firing Test for LCS Surface-to-Surface Missile Module

October 6, 2016 - Program Executive Office for Littoral Combat Ships (PEO LCS) successfully completed a restrained firing test of the Longbow Hellfire missile for the LCS Surface-to-Surface Missile Module (SSMM), the Navy announced Oct. 6.
The Longbow Hellfire missile has been undergoing developmental testing for incorporation into the SSMM, part of the LCS surface warfare mission package.
A major milestone demonstrating the SSMM missile launch module's ability to withstand heat and fire in the event of an unplanned rocket motor ignition was achieved at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division's Explosive Experimental Area. Prior to integrating and testing the Longbow Hellfire missile aboard a LCS, a series of tests must be accomplished to prove the safety of the system.
During the test of the missile exhaust containment structure (MECS), a test designed to duct missile exhaust and fire through plenum exhaust chambers in the top of the SSMM module, one live Longbow Hellfire missile with inert warhead and non-functional guidance section was fired but restrained in the launcher. As the missile's rocket motor burned, exhaust and flames ducted properly through the MECS plenums.
"This critical test concludes another vital step in a series of efforts that will lead to the fielding of this tremendous capability to LCS and to the fleet," said Capt. Ted Zobel, program manager for the LCS Mission Module Program.
The test verified the MECS could prevent ignition exhaust fire from escaping into other missile modules. Three mass-simulated Longbow Hellfire missiles and eight mass-simulated missiles with inert rocket motors were situated with the live missile to help evaluate the MECS's effectiveness.
The Navy is planning to deploy the Longbow Hellfire missile capability aboard a LCS by December 2017. Structural test firing from a LCS is scheduled to occur by March 2017.       

Ultra Electronics awarded $82m contract for control and monitoring of US Navy critical infrastructure

October 10, 2016 - Ultra Electronics today announced the award of a US $34.6 million cost-plus-fixed-fee contract by the Department of the Navy to continue providing cyber-secure critical infrastructure solutions. Initial tasks of US $13.9 million should be completed by September 2017.
The contract includes options which, if exercised, will bring the cumulative value to more than US $82 million and extend the contract through September 2020.
Under the contract, Ultra Electronics, 3eTI will continue to work with the Navy to design, develop, integrate and install a variety of cyber-secure systems for critical infrastructure control and monitoring. These solutions include intrusion detection, industrial control systems, and endpoint security. Work will be performed in California, Hawaii and in the Washington, DC, areas.
"We are pleased to have the Department of Defense's continued confidence in delivering cyber-physical network solutions that afford a defense-in-depth framework for ensuring energy security," said Rakesh Sharma, Chief Executive, Ultra Electronics. "The award underscores the significance of Ultra and 3eTI’s many accreditations and certifications in the security and cyber domains for federal applications.”

Coast Guard Transfers Two Former Cutters to Republic of Georgia

Vice Adm. Sandra Stosz, Coast Guard deputy commandant of mission support, presents Maj. Gen. Zurab Gamezardashvili, deputy minister of internal affairs and head of the border police of Georgia, with a photograph of the former cutter Staten Island during a ceremony at the Coast Guard Yard in Curtis Bay, Maryland, Sept. 30, 2016. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Mark Barney.

October 3, 2016 - The Coast Guard transferred the former cutters Jefferson Island and Staten Island to the Georgian coast guard in a ceremony at the Coast Guard Yard in Curtis Bay, Maryland, Sept. 30, 2016. The event marks the Office of International Acquisition’s first transfer of 110-foot patrol boats to a friendly nation through the Excess Defense Articles program.
The former cutters are scheduled to be shipped to Georgia in summer 2017 after completing maintenance, upgrades, outfitting and training of Georgian coast guard crews in the Baltimore area. The Coast Guard will provide new equipment and technical and training services worth $5.3 million under a Foreign Military Sales letter of offer and acceptance with Georgia. The ships’ new names are Ochamchire and Dioskuria.
“The transfer of these boats will significantly enhance Georgia’s capacity to monitor and secure its coastline, and make Georgia a stronger bulwark against regional and transnational threats,” said Nicholas Berliner, deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi, Georgia, in his ceremony remarks. “The enhanced capabilities these modern boats offer will significantly reduce the response time it takes for the Georgian coast guard to investigate and interdict the potential transport of illicit goods, the smuggling of weapons of mass destruction components, or other illegal activities being carried out in the surrounding waters.”
Each 110-foot patrol boat transfer also saves the Coast Guard approximately $400,000 in remediation and disposal costs.
The Coast Guard decommissioned Jefferson Island and Staten Island in October 2014. The multimission 110-foot patrol boats entered service in the mid-1980s. Of the 49 original Island-class vessels, 27 remain in service. The Coast Guard is replacing the ships with 58 154-foot fast response cutters, 18 of which are in service.

Fleet Week Maryland Kicks Off in Baltimore

October 12, 2016 - Maryland Fleet Week and Air Show Baltimore preserves the time-honored naval tradition of the city while highlighting the U.S. Navy’s newest initiatives such as the DDG 1000 and Energy and Environmental Exhibits.
With approximately 2,500 Sailors and Marines in attendance, 2016 marks the first time that the City of Baltimore has hosted a Navy Fleet Week. Throughout the week service members will meet with children from local schools, conduct ship tours, attend sporting events, participate in community service projects and enjoy the rich history of Baltimore.
“Maryland Fleet Week celebrates the rich Naval tradition of the Chesapeake Bay,” said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, city of Baltimore. “We are deeply proud of this heritage and look forward to welcoming visitors from around the city, around the region, and from around the world.”
The U.S. Navy's newest and most technologically advanced surface ship PCU Zumwalt (DDG 1000) arrived in Locust Point, Oct. 7. As a part of the celebration, the guided-missile destroyer will be officially commissioned Oct. 15, ushering in a new era for the Navy.
“The Navy and Marine Corps team belongs to the American people,” said Rear Adm. Charles W. Rock, commander, Naval District Washington. “Maryland Fleet Week and Air Show Baltimore is a great opportunity for us to show the people of Maryland who we are, what we do, and how committed we are to serving our nation.”
Other ships participating include guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55), guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109), expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Carson City (EPF 7), USNA Yard Patrol Craft, USCG District 5, and Canadian ships HMCS Athabascan (D 282) and HMCS Shawinigan (M 704). The U.S. Navy Blue Angels’ jets and other aircraft will be on display at Martin State Airport with an air show slated for Oct. 15 - 16 at Fort McHenry.

“We bleed blue and gold,” said retired Chief Petty Officer Jeffrey Whitehead, a Pennsylvania resident who traveled to Baltimore for the event. “Navy week is a great way for us to say ‘thank you’ to our service members and honor our heritage.”

National Museum of the U.S. Navy Celebrates Artist Tom Freeman's Legacy

October 14, 2016 - In celebration of the Navy's 241st birthday, the National Museum of the U.S. Navy hosted a grand opening of an exhibit featuring the art of a world-renowned painter Oct. 13.
Seldom does a person with no formal art training rise to the level of international prominence that Tom W. Freeman achieved.
Freeman's art hangs not only in many museums but also in the West Wing of the White House, the USS Arizona Memorial, the Vatican, and the Royal Palace of Bahrain. Sadly, Freeman passed away suddenly on June 16, 2015, but his artwork and his legacy live on.
The National Museum of the United States Navy (NMUSN), which collects, preserves and displays historic naval artifacts, is honoring his career with a retrospective of his artwork entitled Tom Freeman: Illuminating the Past. The exhibit features nearly 30 of his paintings depicting the story of the U.S. Navy from its inception to present day.
"This remarkable collection of paintings vividly depicts many of the most significant moments in naval history, as illustrated by the brush, hand and heart of one of America's greatest maritime artists," said NMUSN Director Jim Bruns.
Freeman has exhibited at NMUSN before to commemorate the bicentennial of the torching of the White House, telling the story behind his dramatic interpretation of the event. He later commemorated the 60th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, but Illuminating the Past is the first public showing of his work since his passing.
Ann Freeman, wife of Tom Freeman, loaned the vast majority of the exhibit paintings and prints to the museum. At the opening reception on Oct. 13, she said, "Tom loved what he did and got great enjoyment out of people being able to see his artwork." She continued by sharing, "He would always say that he wanted people to be able to hear the gunfire, smell the smoke and feel the waves. That's what he wanted to portray."
Former Secretary of the Navy Gordon England and Naval History and Heritage Command Director Samuel Cox both shared memorable moments and pieces of Freeman's work including a historical vignette of USS Asheville Defiance.
Secretary Gordon said, "Tom is a person I greatly admired both as a person and an artist. We are united in appreciation of Tom Freeman, an American patriot and artist. His naval maritime historical paintings are unique and priceless to their realistic and accurate depiction."

The National Museum of the United States Navy is the only naval museum to present an overview of U.S. naval history 1775 to the present. Permanent and temporary exhibitions commemorate the Navy's wartime heroes and battles as well as its peacetime contributions in exploration, diplomacy, navigation and humanitarian service. NMUSN is free and open to the public. 

VSE Corporation Awarded $53.4M in FMS Delivery Orders

October 11, 2016 - VSE Corporation was awarded several delivery orders in September 2016 to provide support under its Foreign Military Sales (FMS) support contract by the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) International Fleet Support Program Office. VSE will provide maritime program support including logistics, planning, repair and maintenance management, supply support, technical assistance, training and engineering support to a variety of client countries. The periods of performance for these delivery orders range between 9 and 20 months, and the delivery orders have a combined funded value of $53.4 million.
"We are pleased to provide the best in-country technical and training support services available to ensure our allied navies achieve their maritime mission requirements," said Federal Group President JR Brown. "Our team is well positioned to execute these delivery orders and exceed our customers’ expectations."

Coast Guard Moves Forward to Next Phase of OPC Acquisition

The notional OPC design includes two five-blade, controllable-pitch propellers and a hangar capable of accommodating one MH-60 or MH-65 helicopter plus one unmanned aerial system. Graphic courtesy of Eastern Shipbuilding Group.
October 5, 2016 - The Coast Guard moved forward with the offshore patrol cutter acquisition today by issuing a notice to proceed to the detail design and construction phase (Phase II). The notice authorizes the contractor, Eastern Shipbuilding Group Inc. of Panama City, Florida, to begin detail design work.
The full Phase II award includes options for production of the lead OPC and up to eight follow-on cutters. The Coast Guard plans to acquire 25 OPCs.
The OPC project resident office, established earlier this year at the service’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., will move to facilities located at the contractor’s shipyard following their completion this winter. The OPC PRO is staffed with Coast Guard personnel who will oversee construction and provide management of contract execution for the OPC acquisition.
The OPCs will replace the 270-foot and 210-foot medium endurance fleet, which have been in service for 30 to 50 years. The ships will bridge the capabilities between the national security cutter, which patrols the open ocean, and the fast response cutter, which serves closer to shore. 

Fairbanks Morse Engines to Power Coast Guard’s New Offshore Patrol Cutter

Eastern Shipbuilding

October 12, 2016 - When the first of the United States Coast Guard’s new Offshore Patrol Cutters (OPC) puts to sea in 2021, it will be powered by diesel propulsion engines manufactured in Beloit, Wisconsin, by Fairbanks Morse, an EnPro Industries company.
The Offshore Patrol Cutter will “provide a critical capability bridge” between the National Security Cutter which patrols the open ocean, and the Fast Response Cutter which serves closer to shore, according to the Coast Guard. The cutters operate independently or in task groups to conduct search and rescue, law enforcement, homeland security and defense missions.
Each 360-foot-long vessel will be powered by two FM-MAN 16V 28/33D diesel engines, each rated at 9763 bhp at 1000 rpm. This is a proven engine design with a long and successful record in maritime applications.
Eastern Shipbuilding Group of Panama City, Florida, has been selected to build the new vessel, with an additional eight vessels to follow. Ultimately, the Coast Guard plans to order 25 of the OPCs to replace its aging fleet of Medium Endurance Cutters, making this the largest vessel procurement order in the Coast Guard’s history.
“We are proud to have delivered reliable engines for propulsion and shipboard power to the United States Armed Forces for more than 90 years,” said Fairbanks Morse President Marvin Riley. “We’re grateful for this newest opportunity to supply the United States Coast Guard with high quality engines for the most extreme conditions.”
“Eastern Shipbuilding has earned a reputation for delivering its vessels on-time and on-budget,” Riley said, “and we are delighted to partner with them, for the first time, in support of the Coast Guard’s mission.”

Raytheon honors Navy hero with new $10K scholarship

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October 12, 2016 - Raytheon Company has established an annual $10,000 scholarship in honor of Petty Officer Second Class Michael A. Monsoor, a U.S. Navy SEAL and Medal of Honor recipient.
The scholarship will be awarded through the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, which provides financial assistance to help surviving children of fallen military members pursue post-secondary degrees.
Monsoor lost his life while serving in Ramadi, Iraq, in 2006. In 2008, the Navy announced that the name of DDG 1001, the second Zumwalt-class destroyer, would be the USS Michael Monsoor. Raytheon is the prime mission-systems-equipment integrator for the three DDG 1000 Zumwalt-class destroyers.
"Through the Raytheon-Monsoor Scholarship, we offer our support to family members of the brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country," said Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems' Paul Ferraro, vice president of the Seapower Capability Systems business area. "We are hopeful that scholarship recipients are inspired by the legacy, dedication and commitment of Petty Officer Monsoor, and honor him through their academic achievements."
"Thank you to the Raytheon team for your generosity in awarding this annual scholarship in honor of Petty Officer Michael Monsoor. This scholarship will fully fund a semester for one of the 154 children of fallen special operators that are currently attending universities across the nation," said Vice Admiral Joseph Maguire, USN (Ret), president and CEO of SOWF and the principal speaker at the christening of the USS Michael Monsoor. "Thank you for remembering and honoring Mike with this scholarship."
Vice Admiral Maguire was serving as Commander of Naval Special Warfare Command at the time of Monsoor's death.
Monsoor was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions. As noted in the official citation, "by his undaunted courage, fighting spirit, and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of certain death, Petty Officer Monsoor gallantly gave his life for his country, thereby reflecting great credit upon himself and upholding the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."
The future USS Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001) was christened on June 18, 2016 at Bath Iron Works in Maine. The first ship of the class, USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000), will be commissioned on October 15 in Baltimore, Maryland. 

KBR Wins Seat on U.S. Navy's $900M Global Contingency Services Multiple Award Contract

October 12, 2016 - KBR, Inc. announced today that its wholly owned U.S. Government Services subsidiary, KBRwyle, has been awarded one of five seats on the U.S. Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Pacific's (NAVFAC Pacific) Global Contingency Services Multiple Award Contract (GCSMAC) II. GCSMAC II is an eight-year indefinite delivery indefinite quantity (IDIQ) multiple award contract.
Under this contract, KBRwyle will have the opportunity to compete on $900M in task orders in support of worldwide global contingency services for NAVFAC. Specifically, services will include short-term contingency Facility Support Contract/Base Operating Support (FSC/BOS) services with incidental construction in support of natural disasters, humanitarian efforts, the full range of military actions, and interruptions in services at various locations throughout the world.
"We are pleased to have the opportunity to further KBRwyle's long history providing contingency support solutions for the U.S. Navy through GCSMAC II," said Roger Wiederkehr, President, KBRwyle. "KBRwyle has successfully delivered mission critical projects for the U.S. military for decades. This win is a testament to our reputation for disciplined delivery, high customer satisfaction and unparalleled performance-often in the most austere environments," continued Wiederkehr.
As an incumbent on the Navy's GCSMAC I and its predecessor Construction Capabilities Contract (CONCAP), KBRwyle has successfully provided services for the U.S. Navy under these contract vehicles including supporting the 2005 Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort. KBRwyle is currently operating in Poland supporting the U.S. Navy and Missile Defense Agency, providing Integrated Base Operations Support under a task order that was awarded under GCSMAC I.
As a major supporting contractor for the U.S. Department of Defense, KBRwyle is one of the only contractors to maintain a prime position on all major contingency multiple award task order contracts (MATOC) for the U.S. military including the U.S. Army's LOGCAP, the U.S. Navy's GCSMAC and GCCMAC, the U.S. Air Force's AFCAP and the USACE MED MATOC.
This is an IDIQ contract and expected revenue will be booked into backlog of unfilled orders for KBR's Government Services Business Segment as task orders are awarded throughout the contract period.

Raytheon completes first AMRAAM-ER missile flight tests from NASAMS air defense system

October 4, 2016 - Raytheon Company has successfully flight-tested the newest variant of the combat-proven AMRAAM® missile from the National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System, or NASAMS™, surface-based system. Featuring an enlarged rocket motor and other enhancements, AMRAAM-ER will greatly expand the NASAMS engagement envelope with a 50 percent increase in maximum range and 70 percent increase in maximum altitude.
An AMRAAM-Extended Range missile is fired from a NASAMS launcher, successfully engaging and destroying a target drone during a flight test at the Andoya Space Center in Norway.
The live-fire shot verified that the complete system – including the AMRAAM-ER missile, NASAMS missile launcher, Sentinel Radar and the Fire Distribution Center, or FDC – worked seamlessly together to engage and destroy a target drone with a live-warhead-equipped missile.
"AMRAAM-ER combines the guidance section and warhead from AMRAAM with the rocket motor from the Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile to affordably boost the NASAMS capability," said Dr. Taylor W. Lawrence, president of Raytheon Missiles Systems. "We believe it's an ideal solution for ground-based air defense customers worldwide."
Norwegian military NASAMS operators conducted the test. They controlled and employed the AMRAAM-ER missile from an upgraded FDC, proving the effectiveness of the missile when matched with the NASAMS launcher.
Designed specifically for ground-based air defense, NASAMS is owned by seven countries and has been used by the U.S. National Capital Region's air defense system since 2005. Manufactured by Raytheon and Kongsberg, NASAMS is the most widely used short-and medium-range air defense system in NATO. In addition to the U.S., it is in service in Norway, Finland, Spain, The Netherlands and one undisclosed country. It is also currently in production for Oman.
"NASAMS with AMRAAM-ER gives lower-tier defenses additional capability against threats such as cruise missiles, aircraft and drones," said Wes Kremer, president of Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems.

Raytheon completed extensive lab testing on the AMRAAM-ER in 2015, enabling the company to move forward with launcher and system integration.

Boeing Statement on Ground Based Strategic Deterrent Request for Proposal

October 11, 2016 - The Boeing Company responded today to the U.S. Air Force solicitation for the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) Technology Maturation & Risk Reduction (TMRR) contract, to partner with the U.S. Air Force to provide a safe, secure and effective intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) system to deter emerging, modern nuclear threats.
Boeing’s expertise in ICBM design, development and production has influenced a GBSD concept that is readily capable and affordable. Boeing created the Minuteman ICBM in 1958, and we are ready to again offer an ICBM that will meet the Air Force mission requirements through 2075.       

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Lockheed Martin to Upgrade U.S. Navy’s Shipboard Electronic Warfare Systems

The SEWIP Block 2 System has already been deployed on several Guided Missile Destroyers DDG class ships, including the USS Carney. U.S. Navy photo.
October 6, 2016 - Lockheed Martin continues to make technological advances in its electronic warfare portfolio that will keep the warfighter a step ahead. The U.S. Navy awarded the company an initial $148.9M contract for full rate production of Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP) Block 2 systems with four additional option years to upgrade the fleet’s electronic warfare capabilities so warfighters can respond to evolving threats.
Under this full-rate production contract, Lockheed Martin will provide additional systems to upgrade the AN/SLQ-32 systems on 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.
“The SEWIP Block 2 System is critically important to the Navy’s operation, and we are proud to continue to provide this capability to the warfighter,” said Joe Ottaviano, electronic warfare program director. “Threats are becoming increasingly sophisticated. Our electronic warfare systems give the warfighter information to enable a response before the adversary even knows we’re there.”
The system is the first sensor to be fully compliant with the Navy’s Product Line Architecture strategy, which facilitates the rapid introduction of new technology into the fleet.

A SEWIP Block 2 system is shown here after being installed on the USS Bainbridge guided-missile destroyer in 2014.
Block 2 is the latest deployed improvement in an evolutionary succession of “blocks” the Navy is pursuing for its shipboard electronic warfare system, which will incrementally add new defensive technologies and functional capabilities. Block 2 provides an upgraded antenna, receiver and improved interface with existing ship combat systems.
Lockheed Martin was awarded the design and development contract for this program in September 2009.  Since then Lockheed Martin has been awarded Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) contract for an additional 38 units and 22 of these units have been delivered to the Navy on schedule.

Work will be performed at the company’s Syracuse, New York facility.

General Dynamics Awarded $126 Million USCG Contract for Rescue 21 Program


October 13, 2016 - The U.S. Coast Guard awarded General Dynamics Mission Systems a $125.6 million follow-on contract to provide Rescue 21 program management, system support and maintenance and sustainment engineering support for the U.S. Coast Guard Command, Control, and Communications Engineering Center.
Rescue 21 is the U.S. Coast Guard's advanced command, control and direction-finding communications system. The system was created to better locate mariners in distress, save lives and property at sea and on navigable rivers. By harnessing state-of-the-market technology, the General Dynamics-built Rescue 21 system enables the Coast Guard to execute its search and rescue (SAR) activities with far greater agility and efficiency. Rescue 21 is operational along the entire Atlantic, Pacific and Gulf coasts of the continental United States as well as along the shores of the Great Lakes, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Hawaii, Guam and Mariana Islands.
"Mission Systems is proud to work with the Coast Guard on this critical SAR program," said Chris Marzilli, president of General Dynamics Mission Systems. "Since its implementation, the Coast Guard has supported more than 90,000 SAR cases using Rescue 21. This system saves lives."
Mission Systems will continue to provide customer care, field support and engineering escalation resources as well as support for information assurance, spare parts and obsolescence management, and pursue life-cycle cost savings.
"We will continue to leverage the best technology and deliver superior program management to improve Rescue 21 mission readiness," commented Bill Weiss, vice president and general manager of the Ground Systems line of business at General Dynamics Mission Systems. "We're proud to be a part of this important program, and deeply value the Coast Guard's confidence in us."
The 36-month award consists of a base period with three option periods from September 2016 through August 2019.

Navy to Commission Destroyer Zumwalt

October 14, 2106 - The Navy will commission the destroyer Zumwalt (DDG 1000), Saturday, Oct. 15, during a 5 p.m. EDT ceremony in Baltimore, Maryland.
The ship is named in honor of Adm. Elmo R. "Bud" Zumwalt Jr., former chief of naval operations (CNO) from 1970 to 1974. A veteran of World War II and the conflicts in Korea and Vietnam, Adm. Zumwalt exemplified honor, courage and commitment during 32 years of dedicated naval service, earning a Bronze Star with Valor for his actions during the Battle of Leyte Gulf. He passed away in 2000 at the age of 79.
During his time as CNO, Adm. Zumwalt embraced technological innovation and advocated a number of successful programs including the Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate, the Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine and the F-14 Tomcat, all of which yielded long-term benefits to the warfighting readiness of the Navy.
Perhaps most importantly, Adm. Zumwalt was a social reformer who recognized the primary force-multiplier of the U.S. Navy continued to be its sailors, and as such, began quality of life improvements throughout the fleet, including the institutionalization of equality for minorities and women.  He was considered a “thinking officer” who was devoted to sailors and creating an environment where everyone was treated equally – a legacy that can be seen today in the diversity of the fleet.  His “one Navy” mentality reminds today’s sailors that taking care of our warfighters ensures the Navy remains tough, bold and ready.
The Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, will deliver the ceremony’s principal address. Ann Zumwalt and Mouzetta Zumwalt-Weathers, daughters of Adm. Zumwalt, and the ship's co-sponsors, will give the order to “man our ship and bring her to life!” in accordance with naval tradition.
“DDG-1000 is one of the most innovative and technologically-advanced ships our Navy has built and it is this spirit of innovation, this commitment to forward thinking and the ability of our Navy and its sailors to see beyond the horizon that we honor as we commission the USS Zumwalt,” said the Honorable Ray Mabus, secretary of the Navy. “Just as DDG-1000 is the first of its class, so too was Adm. Elmo Zumwalt.” 
Zumwalt is the lead ship of a class of next-generation multi-mission destroyers designed to strengthen naval power. The ships are capable of performing critical maritime missions and they enhance the Navy's ability to provide deterrence, power projection and sea control. Stealthy, powerful and lethal, Zumwalt's integration into the fleet will provide a vital link from the Navy's current needs to its future capabilities.
The Zumwalt-class is much larger than today’s destroyers, fielding a considerably larger flight deck and aviation facility – space to operate with F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, MV-22 Ospreys, and unmanned systems to execute a wider array of surface, aviation, and undersea missions that deliver more manpower, firepower, and computing power to the fight.  Zumwalt’s Vertical Launch System (VLS) – one way the ship will be able to fight and defend itself – features VLS cells physically larger than similar cells on today’s ships, allowing this class to fire larger and more advanced land and anti-ship missiles in the future. 
In addition to its size, the Zumwalt-class will be the first Navy warships to utilize an integrated power system that will produce large amounts of power that run current systems but are also capable of powering future weapons, computing and sensor systems.  The Zumwalt generates approximately 78 megawatts of power – nearly what a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier generates. This means the ship can operate all of its systems and still generate enough electricity to power a small town. Providing extra capacity to accommodate and defend against future, and increasingly available, weapons and computing systems – without extensive redesign or impeding the ship’s performance – will reduce future costs and extend this class of ship’s time on station. Combined with its size and power, Zumwalt will be able to integrate emerging technologies and new capabilities such as advance weapons systems like rail guns and lasers, enhanced radar and sensor systems and advanced missiles. 

The ship will be crewed by 147 officers and enlisted personnel and a 28-person aviation detachment. The 15,995-metric ton Zumwalt was built at Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine. The ship is 610 feet in length and has an overall beam of 80.7 feet and a navigational draft of 27.6 feet. Two main turbine generators and two auxiliary turbine generators and two 33.6 megawatt advanced induction motors power the ship to sustained speeds of 30 knots.  

Huntington Ingalls Industries Successfully Completes Acceptance Trials for National Security Cutter Munro

October 7, 2016 - Huntington Ingalls announced today that the company’s sixth U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter (NSC), Munro (WMSL 755), has successfully completed acceptance trials. Munro spent two full days in the Gulf of Mexico proving the ship’s systems.
“Once again Ingalls shipbuilders have shown the benefits of a hot production line,” said Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias. “Munro is the sixth NSC we have built for the United States Coast Guard, and the ship accomplished a successful sea trial. Our shipbuilders are proud to provide the United States Coast Guard with the most technologically advanced ships that help keep Coast Guard men and women safe as they defend our shores.”
The U.S. Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) were on board, as Ingalls’ test and trials team led the sea trials and conducted extensive testing of the propulsion, electrical, damage control, anchor-handling, small boat operations and combat systems. The team finished the trial with a completed full-power propulsion run on Munro.
“In three years’ time, our shipbuilders have transformed steel, cables, pipe and raw materials into a highly capable, state-of-the-art National Security Cutter that will protect the men and women of the United States Coast Guard,” said Derek Murphy, Ingalls’ Coast Guard program manager. “Our shipbuilders continue to raise the standard of fit and finish and quality of each ship.”
Ingalls has delivered the first five NSCs and has three more under construction, including Munro (WMSL 755), set to deliver before the end of the year. Kimball (WMSL 756) is scheduled for delivery in 2018, and Midgett (WMSL 757) in 2019.
Munro is named to honor Signalman First Class Douglas A. Munro, the Coast Guard’s sole recipient of the Medal of Honor. He was mortally wounded on Sept. 27, 1942, while evacuating a detachment of Marines on Guadalcanal.

Legend-Class National Security Cutters are the flagships of the U.S. Coast Guard. They are the most technologically advanced ships in the Coast Guard’s fleet, with capabilities for maritime homeland security, law enforcement and national security missions. NSCs are 418 feet long with a 54-foot beam and displace 4,500 tons with a full load. They have a top speed of 28 knots, a range of 12,000 miles, an endurance of 60 days and a crew of 120. The Legend class of cutters plays an important role in enhancing the Coast Guard's operational readiness, capacity and effectiveness at a time when the demand for their services has never been greater.

RSS Unity Launched

The launching of the third Littoral Mission Vessel - Unity, built by ST Marine for the Republic of Singapore Navy.

October 13, 2016 – Singapore Technologies Marine Ltd (ST Marine), the marine arm of Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering), successfully launched the third Littoral Mission Vessel (LMV), Unity, designed and built for the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN).
The ceremony was officiated by Mr Ong Ye Kung, Acting Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) and Senior Minister of State for Defence. Mrs Diana Ong, spouse of Mr Ong, took on the role as the lady sponsor in accordance with naval traditions to name and launch the vessel at ST Marine’s Benoi Yard. The event was witnessed by many senior officials from Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) and the Singapore Armed Forces.
“The launch of the third Littoral Mission Vessel – Unity is yet another gratified moment for ST Marine,” said Ng Sing Chan, President for ST Marine. “We are making great strides in the LMV program, made possible only with the hard-work and commitment from the project teams from MINDEF, RSN, DSTA and our many other partners. We are honored to be given the opportunity to prime this contract and showcase our engineering expertise and the ability to manage large scale engineering systems.”
ST Marine was awarded the contract by MINDEF in 2013 to design and build eight LMVs for the RSN. The vessels are expected to be delivered from 2016 and be fully operational by 2020. They will replace the PVs designed and built by ST Marine in the 1990s. 
The LMV program is in serial production at ST Marine with eight ships under construction or in the pre-construction phase. The first LMV, Independence has returned to Tuas Naval Base on 26 May 2016 and is performing the Checkout, Integration and Testing (CIT) for weapon systems on-board. The second LMV, Sovereignty is preparing for sea trials while the third LMV, Unity will embark on harbour acceptance trials after her launch.

Smarter, faster and sharper, the LMVs are highly capable warships designed and equipped with advanced combat capabilities and technologies to further strengthen the RSN’s ability in protecting our sea lines of communication. With an innovative design and vast array of sense-making and decision support systems, the LMVs can operate smarter with a leaner crew for greater effectiveness and efficiency. The 80m long vessels are 2.5 times larger in size and can travel faster than the current Fearless-class Patrol Vessels (PVs). They are highly maneuverable and can operate in confined and congested littoral waters effectively. Equipped with sharper and advanced combat capabilities and technologies, the LMVs can be quickly configured with mission modules to take on a wide spectrum of operations, allowing the crew to deliver calibrated responses using lethal and non-lethal options to deal with a range of maritime threats. 

Engility Receives $16 Million Task Order Extension to Support Network Systems and Enterprise Services for U.S. Navy

October 13, 2016 - Engility Holdings has received a $16 million task order extension to provide technology to support the U.S. Navy’s tactical afloat network. The extension was awarded by the Space and Naval Warfare Systems (SSC) Atlantic.
“This win allows Engility to continue providing domain expertise that will allow the Navy tactical afloat networks to dominate the cyber warfare arena,” said Engility CEO Lynn Dugle. “Ensuring that our Naval infrastructure is managed and integrated properly is a critical mission and we look forward to continuing this specialized support.”
The extension further establishes Engility’s capabilities as an integrator of SSC Atlantic products and services for afloat and shore commands.
Formally known as Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services (CANES), this network will allow the Navy to deploy current technology and operating systems and upgrade to the latest technology and equipment advances when they become available. The Engility team will provide software and networking services for CANES programs related to data, transport, voice and video services, systems management and cybersecurity system performance. The Company also will support a range of other services, including command, control, communications and computer readiness assessment, system grooms and other related fleet service missions.
Awarded in the second quarter of 2016, this is an 18-month cost-plus-fixed-fee task order extension.

ARC "Malaga Bay" new ship for the Colombian Pacific Fleet

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October 10, 2016 - He arrived ARC "Malaga Bay" new ship for the Colombian Pacific
The amphibious landing ship ARC "Malaga Bay" is the latest built by the Colombian company Cotecmar and arrived in the Colombian Pacific in order to increase the capabilities of the Navy in this region.
ARC "Malaga Bay" is the third class is class ship built in the shipyard of Science and Technology Corporation for Development of the Naval Maritime and Fluvial - Cotecmar, in the city of Cartagena de Indias. It was delivered to the Navy in July.
ARC "Malaga Bay" ship sailed from the city of Cartagena last September 9 bound for Turbo, in Antioquia, later crossing the Panama Canal and thus begin work support in the Colombian Pacific transporting personnel and materiel to Bahia Solano and Pizarro, in the department of Chocó, as well as Juanchaco and Buenaventura in Valle del Cauca. The unit after this initial voyage, in which he traveled 1,662 nautical miles, arrived at the port of Malaga Bay last October 8.