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Sunday, February 17, 2019

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HII to Build Two Carriers for US Navy

The United States Navy awarded Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Newport News Shipbuilding a contract for two aircraft carriers, the first of its kind since the 1980s.A notification from the office of the navy chief of information said that the contract for the construction of CVN 80 and CVN 81 was awarded to Huntington Ingalls Industries-Newport News Shipbuilding (HII-NNS).The contract modification is worth $14.9 billion to cover remaining ship design and construction costs of CVNs…

William Donnelly, USMMA Class of 2008 (Image: Marad)

Mariners Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice

Ask folks unfamiliar with the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) where it’s graduates can be found and they will likely tell you on a cargo ship plying the deep oceans, or in some exotic port on the far side of the globe. And they would be, for the most part correct. However, most don’t realize that no other federal service academy offers the career options of Kings Point. Yes, many graduates become ship’s officers at sea, and some take jobs ashore in the maritime and intermodal transportation field…

John Morganti (Photo: Ecochlor)

Morganti Joins Ecochlor

John Morganti has joined Ecochlor in the new position of Vice President of Sales and Marketing.Morganti will direct the sales and marketing team, manage major client accounts, develop short- and long-range objectives to reach sales quota goals and revenue expectations, and work with corporate management to create five- and 10-year business plans for the company.Morganti is an accomplished senior executive and entrepreneur with a 25 year plus background in Sales and Operations Management.

Tim Bush, Crowley vice president and deputy general counsel

Tim Bush Promoted to Crowley VP, Deputy General Counsel

Crowley Maritime Corp. has announced that Tim Bush has been promoted to vice president and deputy general counsel. In his new position, Bush will help support the company’s growth as a provider of solutions for the U.S. government and various public-sector agencies. He will be based in Houston and report to Michael Roberts, senior vice president and general counsel. “Tim is an outstanding lawyer, and adds a great deal of value to the Crowley team,” Roberts said. Bush will continue to serve as Crowley’s lead attorney on several large projects for the U.S government…

Matt Mulherin (center) accepts the Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz Award from Alan Kaplan (left), national president of the Navy League of the United States, and Dr. J.P. “Jack” London, executive chairman and chairman of the board of CACI International Inc., on Monday afternoon in National Harbor, Maryland. Photo by Ashley Cowan/HII

Mulherin Receives the Nimitz Award

Matt Mulherin, former executive vice president of Huntington Ingalls Industries and president of Newport News Shipbuilding, was recognized by the United States Navy League today as a 2018 recipient of its annual Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz Award. This award honors an industry leader who has demonstrated the leadership, statesmanship and dedication to the nation that were exhibited by the award’s namesake. Mulherin, who retired from the company in July 2017 after a distinguished 36-year career…

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Liverpool’s Battle of the Atlantic Memorial Campaign Plans American Tour

The campaign to build a £2.5m ($3.5m) memorial to the Battle of the Atlantic on Liverpool’s iconic waterfront is planning an awareness raising tour of America after receiving the backing of the British Ambassador to the USA Sir Kim Darroch. The Battle of the Atlantic Memorial (BOAM) campaign wrote to Sir Kim asking for his support and in response the Ambassador has suggested the campaign holds events at the British Embassy in Washington as well as consulates including Chicago, New York, Boston and Atlanta.

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WISTA Sets Sail into the Future

More than 225 shipping and trading executives from 30 countries joined the Women's International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA) aboard the ms Koningsdam, Holland America Line's newest vessel, on November 9 for the WISTA 2016 International Conference and Annual General Meeting. The Conference, hosted by WISTA USA under the leadership of its President, Alexandra Anagnostis-Irons of Total Marine Solutions, featured the Annual General Meeting (AGM), a robust Conference program agenda, and a variety of workshops designed to transfer knowledge on the industry, leadership, and growth.

Stevens served as the 13th MCPON for four years, and turned over responsibility to Giordano as the 14th MCPON.

13th MCPON Retires, 14th Takes Charge

Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Michael D. Stevens was relieved by Fleet Master Chief Steven S. Giordano during his retirement and change of office ceremony held on Washington Navy Yard Sept. 2. Stevens served as the 13th MCPON for the past four years and served over 33 years on active duty. "I will forever be humbled by the opportunity I was given to serve in the United States Navy and be trusted to lead and advocate for America's greatest treasure -- those that…

The shock trials are designed to demonstrate ship's ability to withstand the effects of nearby underwater explosion and retain required capability. Photo Austal

LCS 6 Completes Full Ship Shock Trials

Austal Limited successfully completed Full Shock Trials by USS Jackson(LCS 6) on July 16, 21016. The Navy stated that USS Jackson (LCS 6) “performed exceptionally well” during her third and final underwater explosion as part of her Full Ship Shock Trials (FSST). This is a significant milestone for the LCS program and Independence variant warship. Last month, the Navy commenced FSST on JACKSON to validate her operational survivability after exposure to underwater shock. Austal…

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LA Port Gears up for LA Fleet Week Inaugural

Organizers of this summer’s inaugural LA Fleet Week 2016 are in full planning mode for the week-long call of U.S. Navy ships on the LA Waterfront  in the days leading up to and including Labor Day Weekend. Friday September 2, through Monday September 5, big crowds are expected to converge at the Port of Los Angeles World Cruise Center for Naval vessel ship tours and a variety of exhibits and activities along the main channel that will bring together the public and more than 1,500 military personnel descending on the nation’s largest trade gateway for the end-of-summer celebration.

The National Museum of the American Sailor name change signals a shift in vision from a regional focus to one that depicts the diverse history of Sailors who have served in the U.S. Navy. (U.S. Navy photo)

National Museum of the American Sailor Unveiled

The Great Lakes Naval Museum was officially renamed the National Museum of the American Sailor during a ceremony and sign unveiling at the museum July 4. The Navy's top enlisted Sailor, Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (AW/NAC) Mike Stevens, was joined by retired Rear Adm. Sam Cox, director of Naval History and Heritage Command, North Chicago Mayor Leon Rockingham, Capt. James Hawkins, commanding officer of Naval Station Great Lakes, Jennifer Searcy, Ph.D., director of the National Museum of the American Sailor…

Austal Supporting Innovation in Western Australia

Austal Limited has attended the first forum hosted by the Government of Western Australia’s new Innovation Minister, The Hon. Bill Marmion MLA, in preparation for the State’s first Innovation Summit, to be held in Perth on July 28, 2016. As a WA-based builder of defense and commercial vessels, Austal participated in the forum and said it intends to play a proactive, leadership role in the Innovation Summit to help drive innovation development and investment in Western Australia.

AeroVironment’s new Blackwing unmanned aircraft system is a valuable new capability that resulted from our team’s close collaboration with, and responsiveness to, the U.S. Navy’s undersea warfare community and the Special Operations community. Photo: AeroVironment

AeroVironment: Navy Deploying Underwater-Launched UAS

Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space Exposition – AeroVironment, Inc. has announced the United States Navy plans to deploy its “Blackwing,” a small, tube-launched unmanned aircraft system that deploys from under the surface of the sea, on manned submarines and unmanned underwater vehicles. Blackwing builds on AeroVironment’s extensive operational experience with small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and its Switchblade Lethal Miniature Aerial Missile System (LMAMS) to provide the Navy with a low cost…

Michael Burnes (Photo: Great Lakes Group)

Great Lakes Group in 2016 Hiring Push

Facing continued growth driven by client demand, the Great Lakes Towing Company and Great Lakes Shipyard have together added 20 new employees in Q1 2016 and are looking to hire an additional 50+ employees before the end of Q4 2016. “We’re looking out for the future,” said the company’s president, Joe Starck. “We’re strategically focusing our efforts on finding, developing and training a team of professionals for a growing workforce to successfully accomplish the contracts we have now, and the potential contracts we are working on.

Chris May (Photo: DPH)

DPH Announces New CPO and President

Diversified Port Holdings (DPH), LLC., a Jacksonville based stevedoring and terminal service organization and parent company to Portus and Seaonus, announced a pair of leadership appointments, naming Chris May as chief process officer (CPO) and Troy Gouger as president of operations. DPH has promoted Chris May as CPO, responsible for developing and implementing systematic process controls across all business units, driving standardization, acquisition integration, benchmarking development…

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Los Angeles to Host Annual 'Fleet Week'

Mayor Eric Garcetti and U.S. Navy officials announced today that Los Angeles has been selected as an official Fleet Week market for the U.S. Navy, beginning in 2016. LA Fleet Week will run through Labor Day, with active military ships beginning to arrive in the days preceding the end-of-summer holiday weekend. LA Fleet Week will offer Angelenos greater access to ships, equipment, and sea service life than ever before. “As a Navy reservist, representing a City and Port with a rich military history…

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.

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HII Wins $109.4mln U.S. Navy Contract

Huntington Ingalls  has received a $109.4mln contract modification to carry out support services for the U.S. Navy’s nuclear submarines. The company will work to engineer, design, configure and update various classes of submarines, special mission submersible interfaces, support facilities and submarines for foreign military sales programs, the Defense Department said. Huntington Ingalls will perform work in Newport News, Virginia through September 2017. Support services will be provided for Los Angeles…

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US Navy Nuclear Propulsion Program Change of Command

Adm. James F. Caldwell, Jr. relieved Adm. John M. Richardson, Director, Naval Reactors at a change-of-command ceremony at Naval Reactors Headquarters at the Washington Navy Yard on August 14. Adm. Richardson, a submarine officer and a 1982 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, assumed command of the U.S. Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program in November of 2012. In his three-year tenure, Richardson led the command's work to provide the United States Navy with unmatched capability in endurance, responsiveness, and tactical flexibility supporting missions all over the world.

USS John Warner. Photo: US Navy.

U.S. Navy's Deadly War Sub Enters Submarine Fleet

The United States Navy has officially commissioned the USS John Warner, the most powerful attack submarine to be developed in the history of the country, in a ceremony at the Norfolk Naval Station. Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan Greenert delivered the keynote address at the commissioning ceremony, asserting the necessity of maintaining undersea dominance. "This boat is the latest incarnation of American sea power, and is a strategic asset for this country," Johnathan said. Named after former Republican Sen.

Vice Adm. Nora Tyson, left, assumes command of U.S. 3rd Fleet from Adm. Scott H. Swift, commander U.S. Pacific Fleet during the Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet change of command and retirement ceremony

U.S. 3rd Fleet Shifts Command

Vice Adm. Nora Tyson relieved Vice Adm. Kenny Floyd as commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet during a change of command and retirement ceremony held on Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) while pierside at Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego July 24. During the ceremony, Floyd retired from active duty after 35 years of honorable naval service. He assumed command of U.S. 3rd Fleet in May 2013. Under Floyd's strategic vision, 3rd Fleet expanded its influence and contributions across all maritime lines of operations…

Mk VI Patrol Boats

SAFE Boats Wins USN Patrol Boats Order

SAFE Boats International (SBI) has been awarded a contract modification to provide the United States Navy two (2) additional Mk VI Patrol Boats (Mk VI PB). The contract modification exercises the options available on the second Mk VI procurement contract, which was awarded to SAFE Boats in June of 2014. This brings the total number of Mk VI boats to be built by SAFE Boats to 12. The Mk VI PB is the Navy's next generation Patrol Boat and will become a part of the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command's (NECC) fleet of combatant craft.

First Future Destroyer, Hobart

Launch of First Future Destroyer, Hobart

Thank you for being here on this very important day. Today, is a significant milestone for the Air Warfare Destroyer Project, marking a big step forward towards the delivery of three highly capable warships to the Royal Australian Navy. The launch of Hobart clears the way for progress on all three destroyers. The AWD Alliance can now focus on ship completion and system commissioning for Hobart, which will be followed by sea trials next year. And with Hobart in the water, the second destroyer…

Ret. Navy Director Joins HALO Maritime Defense Systems

Michael A. Paul C. Jensen, CEO of HALO Maritime Defense Systems (HMDS), announced that Michael A. "Tony" Reid, former United States Navy Director for Anti-terrorism, Force-protection (AT/FP), has joined HMDS as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) on threat analysis and systems integration. Reid, a native of Texas, enlisted with the United States Navy at the Armed Forces Enlistment Center in Houston, Texas in November 1976. During his active duty service, he completed major deployments to the Mediterranean, the Middle East, Africa and the Indian Ocean during the fall of Tehran.

Howard Joshua Humphreys, descendent of 19th century American frigate designer Joshua Humphreys, delivers remarks at a dedication ceremony for Naval Sea Systems Command headquarters. Humphrey's ancestor designed the original six U.S. Navy frigates, including USS Constitution. (U.S. Navy photo by Nathan Laird)

NAVSEA Dedicates Building to Historic Shipbuilder

Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) headquarters officially opened its recently redesigned, renovated and renamed building with a ceremony April 20 at the Washington Navy Yard. With a nod to NAVSEA's mission, Building 197 will be known as the Humphreys Building, named in honor of Joshua Humphreys, the original designer of the U.S. Navy's first six frigates. "As America's first warship designer, he laid the foundation upon which the Navy and NAVSEA is built ... As the designer, builder maintainer…

A Navy SH-60 Seahawk helicopter flies over the bow of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt. Photo Courtesy: U.S. Navy.

U.S. Navy Warship Steams Toward Yemen

The United States Navy is prepared to intercept Iranian ships in Yemeni waters using the USS Theodore Roosevelt and other ships, reports the AP. According to this report, the Iranian ships are believed to be transporting weapons to the Houthi rebel group in Yemen. There are nine U.S. ships in total in the area. The deployment brings to nine the number of U.S. warships in the area. The Iranian convoy is comprised of nine ships, including two patrol boats, a senior U.S. defense official reportedly told AFP, saying its exact destination was unknown.