Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Department Of Defense News

(Photo: U.S. Navy)

Rolls-Royce to Boost Output for the US Navy

Rolls-Royce and the Defense Production Act Title III office will invest millions of dollars to upgrade the company’s capability and capacity for U.S. Navy ship propulsion components in its facility in Pascagoula, Miss.The DPA Title III office has already agreed to invest $22 million for equipment, with Rolls-Royce making an additional investment for building improvements, supplemented with support from Jackson County and the state of Mississippi.Naval components manufactured by Rolls-Royce at Pascagoula include controllable-pitch propeller systems, fixed pitch propellers, and water jets.

Dave Brown (Photo: Volvo Penta of the Americas)

Volvo Penta Names Brown Commercial Marine Sales Director

Dave Brown has joined Volvo Penta of the Americas as director of commercial marine sales. In this new position, Brown will provide strategic and administrative direction and leadership to support overall segment growth. His primary focus will be to secure and maintain effective business relationships with governmental agencies, OEMs, dealers and customers in the marine commercial engine market. He will report to Marcia Kull, vice president of marine sales for Volvo Penta of the Americas. Brown has a 17-year background in business development and sales.

The ex-Paul F. Foster anchored off the southern coast of California. Paul F. Foster serves as the new Self Defense Test Ship for Naval Surface Warfare Center. (U.S. Navy photo by Timothy M. Black)

US Navy Ship Tests 100% Alternative Fuel

Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division's (NSWC PHD) Self Defense Test Ship (SDTS), ex-Paul F. Foster went underway for final-phase testing of two alternative fuels, May 31. The SDTS traveled to San Diego, where it took on approximately 30,000 gallons of two types of alternative fuels. The ship then proceeded on a normal cruise, demonstrating that the alternative fuels could function as a drop-in replacement, requiring no changes to equipment or operating procedures.

Roger Wicker

Wicker to Chair US Seapower Subcommittee

U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., was chosen by Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., to lead the Subcommittee on Seapower. The Subcommittee on Seapower is responsible for Navy and Marine Corps programs and procurement, maritime issues, and strategic lift programs for the Department of Defense. “Mississippi has a proud tradition of supporting our Navy and Marine Corps. I look forward to continuing that tradition as Chairman of this subcommittee, as well as working with the department’s leadership,” Wicker said.

DoD Identifies Marine Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. Lance Cpl. Sean P. Neal, 19, of Riverside, California, died Oct. 23, in Baghdad, Iraq, from a non-combat related incident. The incident is under investigation. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force - Crisis Response - Central Command, whose headquarters element deploys from Camp Pendleton, California.

Rolls Royce Marine Awarded LCS Engine Repair Contract

U.S. Department of Defense informs that Rolls Royce Marine North America, Walpole, Massachusetts, is being awarded a US$9,000,000 firm-fixed-price repair order (N00104-09-G-A755) for the repair of one Marine Trent 30 marine gas turbine engine for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Freedom variant. DoD explains that this contract provides for the repair and overhaul of the Marine Trent 30 marine gas turbine engine, replacement of non-repairable re-assembly to the LCS configuration, and pass-off testing to validate performance.

Bechtel Plant Awarded Nuclear Propulsion Contract Modification

U.S. Department of Defense informs it has awarded a $39,437,949 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-12-C-2106) for naval nuclear propulsion components. Work will be performed in Monroeville, Pennsylvania (99 percent), and Schenectady, New York (1 percent). DoD explains that no completion date or additional information is provided on Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program contracts. Fiscal 2014 other procurement (Navy) contract funds in the amount of $39,437,949 will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

DoD Awards $36-Million LCAC Contracts to L-3 Unidyne

Is a $22,231,067 firm-fixed-priced contract for the service life extension program (SLEP) for four landing craft, air-cushioned (LCAC) craft in fiscal 2014, 2015 and 2016. The LCAC SLEP will extend the service life from 20 to 30 years, sustain/enhance craft capability, replace obsolete electronics, repair corrosion damage, reduce life cycle cost by improving reliability and maintainability, increase survivability, and establish a common configuration baseline. The LCAC SLEP scope of effort includes repair and upgrade of the buoyancy box…

Bechtel Gets Navy Nuclear Propulsion Contract Modification

U.S. Department of Defense announce that Bechtel Plant Machinery Inc., Monroeville, Pennsylvania, is being awarded a US$17,792,893 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-12-C-2106) for naval nuclear propulsion components. Work will be performed in Schenectady, New York (68 percent), and Monroeville, Pennsylvania (32 percent). DoD add that no completion date or additional information is provided on naval nuclear propulsion program contracts. Fiscal 2014 other procurement…

Courtesy of Swiftships

Robotic Marine Vehicles: Meet the Anaconda-2

Recently, Swiftships Shipbuilders, LLC, in Morgan City, La., showcased the Anaconda-2 – an unmanned, 35-ft. craft in development – during a demonstration on the Atchafalaya River next to its HQ. The company partnered with the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (ULL) more than a year ago to produce technology for a vessel that can navigate without a pilot aboard. Swiftships and ULL are designing a boat that uses Global Positioning System/sensory data, and has the potential to support naval, enforcement and zone-protection operations, mainly on inland waters.

Virginia-class submarine: Photo credit USN

BAE Gets Virginia-class Submarine Propulsor Funding

The US Department of Defense has issued a Navy contract modification to BAE Systems Land and Armaments L.P., Louisville, Ky., to support manufacture of propulsors for two Virginia-class nuclear submarines. The $15,222,617 modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-09-C-4137) has been issued to BAE Systems to supply long lead time materials in support of the manufacture of the Virginia-class submarine propulsors for SSN 792 and SSN 793. DoD inform that work will be performed in Louisville, Ky., and is expected to be completed by February 2015.

Wärtsilä Defense, Inc. Awarded Navy Waterjet Contract

Among the latest US Department of Defense, Navy, contracts, is a waterjet propulsion support & parts order for Wärtsilä Defense, Inc. Wärtsilä Defense of Chesapeake, Va. has been awarded the maximum amount $65,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract  for water jet support and parts for the Improved Navy Lighterage System (INLS) at Blount Island Command, Jacksonville; Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story and Naval Amphibious Base, Coronado. The work to be performed provides for water jet technical documentation…

JHSV 1 on Sea Trials: Photo courtesy of Austal

Austal-built JHSV 2 Completes Navy Acceptance Trials

Joint High Speed Vessel 'USNS Choctaw County' (JHSV 2) has successfully completed Acceptance Trials in the Gulf of Mexico. This milestone achievement involved the performance of intense comprehensive tests by the Navy while underway, which demonstrated the successful operation of the ship’s major systems and equipment. It was the last significant milestone before delivery of the ship, which is expected in June. This vessel is the second of ten JHSVs that Austal has been contracted by the Navy to build in its Mobile, Ala. shipyard.

Latest US Navy Contracts

The Department of Defense, has issued the following relevant Navy contracts. Teras BBC Ocean Navigation Enterprise Houston, LLC, Bellaire, Texas, is being awarded a $9,847,700 firm-fixed-price contract with reimbursable elements, for the worldwide charter of one U.S. flagged, self-sustaining, non-cellular containership. The containership will be employed in worldwide cargo delivery to support the U.S. Department of Defense. Work will be performed at sea worldwide and is expected to be completed by May 2014. The total cumulative face value of the contract is $47,281,490.

BAE Systems Awarded Significant US Navy Contract

BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair contracted for 'USS Porter' (DDG 78) extended dry-docking work by the Department of Defense. The value of the firm-fixed-price contract for fiscal 2013 US $49,435,634. The contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $61,289,100. All work will be performed in Norfolk, Va., and is expected to be completed by April 2014. The Department of Defense adds that this contract was competitively procured via the Federal Business Opportunities website, with two proposals received.

Latest US Navy Contracts

The Department of Defense anounce contract awards to Huntington Ingalls, Lockheed Martin, & Electric Boat. Huntington Ingalls Inc., Newport News, Va., is being awarded an $18,232,027 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-08-C-2110) for special tooling, special test equipment, and supplier related vendor support services supporting the Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) construction. The work will be performed in Newport News, Va., and is expected to complete in September 2015.

LCS 4 Christening: Photo credit Austal USA

Austal Awarded Navy LCS Assessment Contract

Austal USA gains additional Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) work contract. The United States Department of Defense has announced that Austal USA has been awarded a US$19.987-million modification to a previously awarded Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) contract. The modification exercises options for class service efforts and special studies, analyses and reviews for the LCS program. Austal USA will assess engineering and production challenges, and evaluate the cost and schedule risks, from affordability efforts to reduce LCS acquisition and lifecycle costs. Work is expected to be completed by March 2014.

L to R: Keith Henderson, Robert Murphy & Aditya Nawab

A USV Franchise Grows Strong in Abu Dhabi

As the evolution and integration of robotics in maritime vehicles continues to reshape missions and capabilities inland, near-shore and at sea, Maritime Reporter & Engineering News last month was on hand in Abu Dhabi for the unveiling of a new Unmanned Surface Vessel family. If it delivers as designed, it will revolutionize marine robotic vehicle applications for both military and commercial purposes. Robert J. Murphy is certainly no stranger to the world of autonomous robotic marine vehicles, having worked in the field for more than a quarter of a century, dating to the mid-1980s.