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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

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An Offshore Patrol Vessel, designed by Lürssen. Photo: Royal Australian Navy.

Australia Announces Offshore Patrol Vessel

The much awaited announcement for the replacement to the current Armidale Class patrol boats was announced by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at Russell Offices in Canberra. Lürssen was named as the prime contractor for the 12 new Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV) with the Australian PV80 variant. It will be 80 metres in length with a displacement of 1700 tonnes and a draught of 4 metres. The vessels will be fitted with a 40mm gun for self-protection, three 8.4m sea boats, state of the art sensors as well as command and communication systems.

Mike Deeks (CSC, Managing Director Forgacs Marine and Defence), Mark Lamarre (CEO ASC Shipbuilding), Roland Briene (Area Director Asia Pacific, Damen Shipyards Group). Photo by Damen Shipyards Group

Damen Consolidates Australian Partnership

Damen Shipyards Group recently visited Adelaide to further consolidate their partnership with ASC Shipbuilding and Forgacs Marine and Defence (Forgacs) (ASC Forgacs Shipbuilding) to build twelve Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV) for the Australian Navy and to explore domestic and export opportunities for both the commercial and naval markets. Roland Briene, Damen’s Area Director Asia Pacific, also highlighted two important milestones for Damen in Australia: the 5th anniversary of Damen’s Australian company…

Delivery of the future USS Montgomery (LCS 8) Photo Austal

Austal Delivers LCS 8 to US Navy

Austal Limited (Austal) (ASX:ASB) delivered the future USS Montgomery (LCS 8) to the U.S. Navy, during a ceremony held aboard the ship at Austal USA’s shipyard in Mobile, Alabama, USA on 23 June. The delivery of LCS 8 marks the fourth Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Austal has delivered to the Navy. Austal Chief Executive Officer David Singleton said this is the second vessel that Austal has delivered as the prime contractor and is testament to a lot of hard work in preparing the ship to the shock requirements.

Austal USA Named Alabama Manufacturer of the Year

Austal USA was named Alabama’s manufacturer of the year by the Alabama Technology Network and the Business Council of Alabama during a ceremony in Montgomery, Ala. This makes Austal a three-time honoree in the award’s 16-year history; once as a medium company and twice as a large company. The Alabama Technology Network and the Business Council of Alabama recognize companies annually with this award recognizing the individuals and companies that bring uncompromising excellence to Alabama manufacturing.

Artist's impression of the Immersive Cinema Experience: drama, danger and suspense on the big screen with a pumping soundtrack to set the scene. (Image: Australian National Maritime Museum)

Australia Maritime Museum Calls ‘Action Stations’

The Australian National Maritime Museum’s new “Action Stations” attraction officially opened in Darling Harbour, Sydney, on Sunday, offering guests a uniquely dynamic “Immersive Cinema Experience”. The $12 million (AUD ) Action Stations attraction, located in a new waterfront pavilion, highlights the history of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and its people, the various periods of engagement from World War I to the present day and brings to life the human stories behind the uniform and the fleet.

Kelvin Hughes Appoints AMS as Rep

Press release -  Kelvin Hughes has appointed prime contractor Australian Maritime Systems (AMS) with headquarters in Brisbane, Australia to act as its sales representative and provide service operations across Australia and New Zealand. The agreement will allow Kelvin Hughes to increase service and support to its client portfolio across the region, which includes the Royal Australian Navy, the Royal New Zealand Navy and the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service. As a defence distributor…

Virginia-class submarines are equipped with acoustic sensors to help track ships. U.S. Navy photo

Harris Receives $15 Million Contract to Provide Acoustic Sensors

Harris Corp received a $15 million, 4 year follow-on contract to provide acoustic sensors for installation on the U.S. Navy’s Virginia-class submarines. The sensors are designed to facilitate data sharing between the LWWAA system and the submarine’s combat platform for monitoring of ships and other vessels. Jim Brunelle, director of undersea systems business at Harris, said the 10 new systems will accompany the 18 acoustic assemblies Harris has already delivered to the Navy for use on its submarines.

Photo: Irving Shipbuilding

Irving Celebrates Canadian AOPS Build Contract

The Government of Canada joined Irving Shipbuilding and its employees today marked the signing of the $2.3 billion Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS) build contract at Halifax Shipyard. The Honorable Diane Finley, Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada and the Honorable Peter MacKay, Attorney General and Minister of Justice of Canada and Minister Responsible for Nova Scotia participated with Irving Shipbuilding as well as provincial, municipal and community leaders…

General Dynamics Mission Systems Presents Portfolio of Capabilities to Defend, Protect and Connect the U.S. Navy

General Dynamics Enhancing US Navy Capabilities

General Dynamics Mission Systems makes its debut as General Dynamics' newest business unit at the Surface Navy Association's (SNA) 27th National Symposium. General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems and General Dynamics C4 Systems combined to form General Dynamics Mission Systems on January 1, 2015. "This restructuring has allowed us to create a real powerhouse. We are stronger together and offer a more robust portfolio of products, services and solutions that help customers successfully execute their missions in today's dynamic environment…

JHSV 5 Christening Platform Participants

USNS Trenton (JHSV 5) Christened

Austal christened USNS Trenton (JHSV 5) this morning at its state-of-the-art shipyard in Mobile, Alabama. USNS Trenton is the fifth of ten Joint High Speed Vessels (JHSV) that Austal has under contract with the U.S. Navy as part of an overall 10-ship block-buy contract worth over $1.6 billion. The 338-foot catamaran vessel was named Trenton by Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, after the capital of the state of New Jersey and the site of George Washington's first military victory during the American Revolutionary War.

McDermott’s China Joint Venture fabricates process module for fast-track delivery to Mexico_HR

McDermott Completes Pemex Compression Module

McDermott International, Inc. announced today that one of its joint venture companies, Qingdao McDermott Wuchuan Offshore Engineering Co. Ltd. (“QMW”), recently completed a fast-track compression process module fabrication subcontract for Jord Oil & Gas Systems B.V. (“JOGS”). JOGS is the prime contractor for the process modules for the jack-up compression platform which will connect to the PEMEX Akal G-1 platform offshore Mexico. The scope of work, awarded in the first quarter 2014…

FREMM Frigate Alpino is the fifth of a series of 10 for the Italian Navy

Fincantieri Launches Italian Navy Frigate

Riva Trigoso (Genoa) shipyard celebrated the launch of the frigate Alpino, the fifth of a series of 10 FREMM vessels - Multi Mission European Frigates, ordered from Fincantieri by the Italian Navy within the framework of an Italo-French program of cooperation. Godmother to the ship was Maria Rosa Solimano, cousin of Francesco Solimano awarded with the Gold Medal of Military Valor. Present at the ceremony were, among others, Claudio Burlando, Governor of Liguria, Senator Nicola Latorre…

Austal Trimaran in Background: Photo credit Austal

Austal Welcomes Defence Delegation

Austal receives a high profile defence delegation, including the United Kingdom’s Secretary of State for Defence, at its Western Australian facility. The Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP, the UK Secretary of State for Defence, was accompanied by Australia’s Minister for Defence, the Hon Stephen Smith, MP; Australia’s Chief of Defence Force, General David Hurley, AC, DSC; Australia’s Defence Secretary, Mr Dennis Richardson, AO and other defence personnel from both the United Kingdom and Australia.

Farhad Rajabi, vice president of its project management team

Crowley’s Solutions Group Appoints VP

VP brings experience in offshore oil & gas, LNG, engineering and other maritime related industries. Crowley Maritime Corporation’s solutions group recently named Farhad Rajabi vice president of its project management team. He will work out of the group’s Houston office and report to Craig Tornga, Crowley’s vice president of solutions. Rajabi’s new role will leverage his 30 years of experience in project management and other marine solutions fields to establish objectives, plans, policies and procedures for the project management department.

Irving Progresses AOPS Design, Prepares 2015 Construction

Irving Shipbuilding welcomed Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada, and Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defense, to Halifax Shipyard to mark the start of the Definition (Design) phase of work for the first set of new naval combat vessels for Canada, the Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS). Under the Definition Contract Irving Shipbuilding will refine and complete the AOPS vessel design to the high degree of detail for Canada and for those who will cut steel…

Shipyard Ministerial Visit: Photo credit Irving

Irving Shipbuilding Embarks on AOPS Design Stage

Canadian Government ministers attend the shipyard to mark start of work on the design of new Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships (AOCS). Irving Shipbuilding welcomed the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada, and the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence to Halifax Shipyard today to mark the start of the Definition (Design) phase of work for the first set of new naval combat vessels for Canada, the Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS).

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.

Austal Celebrates Keel Laying for U.S. Navy LCS

On June 25, 2013, Austal held a keel-laying ceremony for the fourth Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) – Montgomery (LCS 8). This is the second LCS of ten awarded by the Navy to Austal, as prime contractor, and the sixth keel laying ceremony celebrated by Austal, as prime, in less than three years. During that time Austal has grown tremendously, increasing by over 2,000 total employees, and doubling the size of the facility. Mary Blackshear Sessions, the ship’s sponsor, was present to weld her initials onto the keel plate as the Keel Authenticator.

RADARSAT Constellation: Image credit Northrop Grumman

Ship Identification: JIB Antennas Added to Canada's RADARSAT Constellation

Small, lightweight JIB antennas from Northrop Grumman Corporation's Astro Aerospace business unit will help provide a new maritime identification capability for Canada's three RADARSAT Constellation Mission (RCM) Earth observation satellites planned for launch in 2018. Astro Aerospace will provide 13 self-deploying, monopole JIB antennas as part of an Automated Identification System (AIS) being added to the identical radar-imaging satellites under a contract from RCM prime contractor MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.

Photo: Port of Los Angeles

Port of L.A. SBE Program Reports Strong Participation

The Port of Los Angeles Small Business Enterprise (SBE) Program awarded $97.6 million in contracts to small businesses during the 2012/2013 fiscal year of the $405.9 million that was awarded in construction and professional service contracts by the Port during the period. “Small businesses represent an important and valuable resource in our community,” said Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino, whose 15th District includes the Port. The Port's SBE Program was created in 2007…

GPS lll image courtesy of Excelis

GPS lll Progress Report Update From Excelis

Exelis says it has successfully completed and fully tested six transmitter assemblies, which are integral payload components for the first in a series of the next generation of GPS III navigation satellites. The navigation payload transmitters carry high-powered GPS signals from space to Earth, benefitting military, commercial and civilian users. To ensure the space vehicle navigation payload meets performance requirements over the mission life, Exelis subjected the transmitter assemblies to a rigorous test program which includes random vibration…

GPS Satellite: File image

Lockheed Martin Awarded Contracts Two GPS lll Satellites

Lockheed Martin inform that the U.S. Air Force has awarded it more than $245 million in contract options to complete production of its seventh and eighth next-generation Global Positioning System satellites, known as GPS III. “With eight GPS III satellites now fully under contract, the GPS III program is moving from development into recurring production,” said Mark Stewart, vice president of Lockheed Martin’s Navigation Systems mission area. GPS III is an important program for the Air Force…

Dan Oakley

New Sales Director at BMT Reliability Consultants

BMT Reliability Consultants (BMT), a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd, an international maritime design, engineering and risk management consultancy, announced the appointment of Dan Oakley as Sales Director. Holding a BSc in Mathematics and an MSc in Fluid Power Systems, Oakley has over 20 years’ experience specializing in systems engineering, primarily in the defense and aerospace domain. Previously employed as Business Manager for a global defense prime contractor, Oakley was responsible for identifying…

Trenton (JHSV 5). Photo courtesy of Austal USA

Austal Launches Trenton (JHSV 5)

On September 30, 2014, Austal USA successfully completed the launch process of Trenton (JHSV 5) - the second Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV) launched by Austal in 2014. This 103-meter high-speed catamaran represents the U.S. Department of Defense’s next generation multiuse platform. It is part of a 10-ship program worth more than $1.6 billion. The launch of Trenton was conducted in a multi-step process that involved having Berard Transportation transfer the ship from Assembly Bay 3 onto a Crowley deck barge, which was then towed to BAE Systems Southeast Shipyard.

Left to Right:  David Walden (Austal - Homeport Manager), Annabel Walden, Adm. Jose Betancourt (USN – Ret.), Councilwoman Pamela Bensoussan (City of Chula Vista), Mayor Cheryl Cox (City of Chula Vista), Tim Mahoney (Austal USA – VP Post Delivery Service & Support), Dir. Economic Development Michael Meacham (City of Chula Vista), and Ronald Delaney (Austal - Service Warranty Engineer)

Austal Expands to San Diego

Office to provide local support to LCS and JHSV programs. On October 8th, Austal celebrated the opening of our San Diego, Cal., Operations Office with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Joining Austal’s representatives at the ceremony were Mayor Cheryl Cox of the City of Chula Vista; City Councilwoman Pamela Bensoussan; Michael Meacham, Director of Economic Development for the City; and Admiral Jose Betancourt, USN (Retired). The building, located at 745 Design Court, Suite 602, Chula Vista, CA 91911, is a 7,350 square-foot combined office/warehouse facility.

Cape Class Patrol Boat - Cape Jervis in foreground, Cape Sorell & Cape Nelson in background

Austal Launches 5th CCP Boat

Austal launched yesterday its fifth in-series Cape Class Patrol Boat (CCPB) at the Company’s Australian Defence Facility in Henderson, Western Australia. Cape Jervis is the fifth of eight 58-metre patrol boats that are being delivered to the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) by Austal as Prime Contractor under a design, build and in-service sustainment contract, valued at approximately $330 million. Under the contract, Austal is also using its in-house expertise to develop and integrate sophisticated electronic systems for command, control and communication.