Next year's massive biennial Rim of the Pacific naval exercise will be commanded by non-founding member Chile, marking a first. Previous commands have alternated among the US, Australian and Canadian navies, but Chile's navy has now "earned this responsibility through years of observation, participation, mastery and leadership at RIMPAC," said Adm. Scott H. Swift, Pacific Fleet commander.
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Northrop Grumman Systems will produce gun mission modules for the Navy's Littoral Combat Ship under a $68.8 million contract granted last week. The module comprises two Mk 46 single 30 mm guns, and the contract includes support functions.
Australian naval trials have confirmed the compatibility of Lockheed Martin's Aegis combat system with the HMAS Hobart destroyer. "Having these three destroyers with the Aegis combat system provides Australia with new game-changing capabilities to address modern threats," said Lockheed Martin's Jim Sheridan.
Servicing Virginia class submarines is the focus for Capt. David S. Hunt, the new Portsmouth Naval Shipyard commander over the next three years. That means three-dock capability as the yard and the Navy transition from the Los Angeles to the Virginia class, with groundwork for the yard that "will be done during my tour here to set the shipyard up for the future," Hunt said.
Austal USA in Mobile, Ala., will be exercising options to provide core class services and special studies on the Navy's Littoral Combat Ships under a $36.6 million cost-plus-fixed-fee modification of an earlier contract. The work in Mobile will examine challenges in engineering and production while evaluating cost, scheduling and other factors.
The Navy's 17 new tankers will be powered by Fairbanks Morse MAN 12V48/60CR engines as the existing fleet of 15 oilers is phased out. The Navy's order comes shortly after the Coast Guard's selection of multiple FM-MAN 28/33D STC engines for its Offshore Patrol Cutter Program.
Protection against the abrasion threat of brown waters is the goal as Netherlands-based ZF Marine Krimpen applies Subsea Industries' Ecoshield hard coating to the nozzles and underwater components of azimuth thruster units powering vessels that operate in inland waters. "We were looking to improve the protection of the thruster's underwater components against damage due to the debris, sand and silt common in shallow draft inland waterways, particularly the Mississippi," said ZF Marine's Frank van der Vegt.
The USS America and USS Boxer have been honored with "Battle E" awards for superior performance over a yearlong evaluation cycle. The two San Diego-based amphibious assault ships are, respectively, the newest and the oldest of their kind in the fleet.
The Coast Guard's 20th Fast Response Cutter was commissioned Saturday in Cape May, N.J. The Lawrence Lawson is named in honor of the keeper of the Evanston, Ill., lifeboat station that led the 1889 rescue of crew members from a distressed steam vessel in Lake Michigan.
Come hear RADM Manazir provide a warfighter's perspective on integration and interoperability at the 2017 Mission Engineering and Analysis, and Integration and Interoperability symposium to be held April 25-26 in Dahlgren, Va. This event has been granted NAVSEA attendance approval. Seats are limited; register today.
The International Hydrofoil Society (IHS) Mandles Prize for Hydrofoil Excellence competition is now entering its fourth year and includes up to $4,500 annually in IHS hydrofoil achievement prizes for students, with winning papers often finding their way into ASNE's Naval Engineers Journal. Applications are due May 1. Learn more.