Navy commits to South China Sea despite China's challenge | 29 nations join Cobra Gold exercises | Funding for over-the-horizon missiles is in Trump budget request
February 22, 2018
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Navy commits to South China Sea despite China's challenge
The US Navy says it is committed to patrolling wherever international law allows in the South China Sea despite China's military buildup in the region. "International law allows us to operate here, allows us to fly here, allows us to train here, allows us to sail here, and that's what we're doing and we're going to continue to do that," Lt. Cmdr. Tim Hawkins said aboard the USS Carl Vinson in the Philippines.
Daily News (Bowling Green, Ky.) (tiered subscription model)/The Associated Press (2/17) 
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29 nations join Cobra Gold exercises
South Korean and Thai forces joined US Marines on Saturday for a drill that was part of the Cobra Gold exercises in Thailand. In all, more than 11,000 service members from 29 nations are participating in the series of exercises, including 6,800 US troops.
The Associated Press (2/17) 
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Cybersecurity & Combat Systems
Funding for over-the-horizon missiles is in Trump budget request
The Trump administration's proposed fiscal 2019 budget would set aside $18 million for the first eight over-the-horizon missiles for the Navy's littoral combat ships. In addition, the Navy plans to acquire 12 of the missiles annually from 2020 to 2022 and 20 in fiscal 2023.
Military online (2/13) 
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General Dynamics to support Navy's missile countermeasures
An $11.9 million service contract is going to General Dynamics for the Navy's Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement program. The contract includes options for onboard electronic warfare countermeasures providing early detection and protection from anti-ship missiles.
United Press International (2/16) 
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Navy envisions new roles for stealth destroyers
The Navy's Zumwalt-class stealth destroyers will take on new missions as anti-surface, offensive strike platforms if funding for their conversion is approved by Congress. The changes would include integration of Raytheon's long-range anti-air and anti-surface SM-6 missile in addition to the Tomahawk missile's Maritime Strike variant.
Defense News (2/15) 
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DNV GL addresses stern tube bearing failure
DNV GL is addressing the problem of stern tube bearing failure with new class rules for single stern tube bearing installations and two class notations. The changes focus on bearing damages most commonly observed in the aft-most part of the aft bearing during starboard turns on right-handed propeller installations.
Marine Log (2/15) 
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Boats & Craft
5 companies to submit frigate designs
Five companies will be producing conceptual designs for the Navy's future FFG(X) frigate under $15 million in newly awarded contracts. The companies are Huntington Ingalls, Lockheed Martin, Austal USA, General Dynamics Bath Iron Works and Italy's Fincantieri.
Defense News (2/16) 
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Lockheed Martin tapped to upgrade acoustic sensing on subs
Major improvements in acoustic sensing are in store for the Navy's mission of submarine-based anti-submarine warfare under a $33.8 million order awarded to Lockheed Martin. The company will provide advanced sonar systems and signal processing technology for the Navy's fast-attack, cruise-missile and ballistic-missile subs.
Military & Aerospace Electronics Online (2/13) 
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The Leading Edge
Ingalls to finish amphibious transport dock under new contract
The Navy is following through on a pre-procurement deal with Ingalls Shipbuilding in Mississippi with a $1.43 billion contract to build the 13th San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock, known as LPD 29. "This contract is further recognition of the confidence the Navy/Marine Corps team has in the great work our shipbuilders are doing in the LPD program," said Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias.
WLOX-TV (Biloxi, Miss.) (2/16) 
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Names selected for next 2 LCS
The Navy's next Freedom and Independence variant littoral combat ships will bear names carried by previous vessels. Navy Secretary Richard Spencer says the vessels with be christened as the USS Nantucket and the USS Savannah.
Navy News Service (2/13) 
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FMMS Call for Abstracts Deadline March 16
The 2018 Fleet Maintenance and Modernization Symposium call for abstracts deadline is March 16. Be a part of the program September 17-20 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. Read the call for abstracts and submit online.
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Lisnyk student ship design competition deadline March 9
The 2017-2018 Dr. James A. Lisnyk Student Ship Design Competition for undergraduate students, sponsored jointly by the American Society of Naval Engineers and the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, is accepting entry applications through March 9. Go here for more information.
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