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MessageSujet: Re: US Navy   Dim 9 Déc 2012 - 0:57

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Austal delivers first JHSV - USNS Spearhead

First JHSV officially delivered, three more under construction


The first Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV), USNS Spearhead (JHSV 1), was officially delivered by Austal to the United States Navy on 5 December. The signing event was attended Craig Perciavalle, Sr. Vice President of Austal USA, representing the builder. The USNS Spearhead successfully completed Acceptance Trials in September and will sail away later this year.

Austal USA Interim President and Chief Financial Officer, Brian Leathers, had this to say regarding the delivery of Austal’s first JHSV: “The delivery of the USNS Spearhead is a significant achievement for Austal and adds to the rich history of Mobile as a hub of shipbuilding activity in the United States. Austal USA has delivered 12 ships in 11 years, certainly a major contributor to the shipbuilding legacy of Mobile, Alabama.”

The 103 metre (338 foot) long aluminium catamarans are designed to be fast, flexible and maneuverable even in shallow waters, making them ideal for transporting troops and equipment quickly within a theater of operations. The ship has the ability to support a variety of operations, supporting the warfighter through traditional logistics missions, humanitarian support projects, disaster response or by supporting maritime law enforcement activities.

“This delivery underlines our position as a global defence prime contractor and continues Austal’s worldwide legacy as the premier provider of innovative, high-speed vessels, with capabilities to construct and support these and other vessels in a global market,” said Andrew Bellamy, Austal’s Chief Executive Officer.

Austal USA is a full-service shipyard offering design, construction and high-speed vessel service and repair. As Austal USA continues to expand its service and repair capabilities, the company is well-positioned for new business with engineering, test and trials capabilities, and a new waterfront facility on the Mobile Bay waterfront.

Austal is currently under contract with the US Navy to build nine 103-metre JHSVs under a 10-ship, US$1.6 billion contract and five 127-metre Independence-variant LCS class ships, four of which are a part of a 10-ship, US$3.5 billion contract.

For the LCS and JHSV programs, Austal, as prime contractor, is teamed with General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics. As the ship systems integrator, General Dynamics is responsible for the design, integration and testing of the ship’s electronic systems including the combat system, networks, and seaframe control. General Dynamics’ proven open architecture approach allows for affordable and efficient capability growth as technologies develop.

These two contracts will require Austal to increase its Mobile, Alabama workforce to approximately 4,000 employees in order to fulfil the contract requirements.

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MessageSujet: Re: US Navy   Lun 10 Déc 2012 - 12:31

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Photo Release -- Ingalls Shipbuilding Delivers Amphibious Transport Dock Arlington (LPD 24)


PASCAGOULA, Miss., Dec. 7, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) announced today its Ingalls Shipbuilding division has delivered the amphibious transport dock Arlington (LPD 24) to the U.S. Navy. Arlington is the eighth ship in the LPD 17 class of ships Ingalls has delivered to the Navy.



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The amphibious transport dock Arlington (LPD 24) returned from successful U.S. Navy acceptance sea trials in November. The ship had an opportunity to steam in formation with Anchorage (LPD 23)

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MessageSujet: Re: US Navy   Lun 10 Déc 2012 - 14:04

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USN Cruisers, Manpower Held in Limbo
Dec. 10, 2012 - 07:34AM | By CHRISTOPHER P. CAVAS
A U.S. Navy move to decommission nine warships and save more than $4 billion over the next five years remained in abeyance as Congress wraps up its defense work for 2012, leaving service leaders to ponder how they’ll proceed should lawmakers keep most of the ships in service.

The moves were part of the Navy’s 2013 budget request, submitted last February. Under Pentagon pressure to reduce expenditures, the service wants to decommission seven of the Navy’s 22 guided-missile cruisers and two of 12 landing ship dock amphibious ships.

Four of the cruisers were to be decommissioned in March 2013: the Cowpens, Anzio, Vicksburg and Port Royal. Three other cruisers, the Gettysburg, Chosin and Hue City, along with the amphibious ships Whidbey Island and Tortuga, would go in fiscal 2014.

Not only would the Navy save the costs of maintaining, operating and upgrading the ships, but about 3,150 seagoing billets would be eliminated. Each cruiser has a crew of about 330 sailors, while the amphibs have crews of about 420.

But Congress balked, and both House and Senate defense authorization bills include language keeping the Navy from spending any money to decommission or inactivate eight of the nine ships.

The exception is the cruiser Port Royal, severely damaged after grounding on a reef outside the entrance to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in 2009. The Navy spent more than $24 million to repair the ship, but problems persist. Now, despite being the newest Ticonderoga-class cruiser, the ship should be scrapped, all parties agree.

The Navy agreed in September to hold up the 2013 decommissionings pending a resolution with Congress. Both houses have passed an authorization bill keeping the ships running — a provision certain to survive House-Senate conference negotiations — but no appropriations bill has been passed, and most observers don’t see a spending bill happening until March, when the continuing resolution funding the government will expire.

But even if Congress grants funds to keep the ships in service, the Navy already has been moving to realize the savings it wants from the 2013 reductions.

“Just because of the simple decision that you may keep four cruisers and you multiply that times X amount in there, and then you have 1,200 people that you otherwise thought were going to leave that year, those people were already being figured into where they were going to go for follow-on orders,” said Vice Adm. Scott Van Buskirk, deputy chief of naval operations for manpower, personnel, training and education, in a Dec. 4 interview.

Personnel Command is evaluating its options should the ships remain in service, Van Buskirk said.

“We’re watching that very closely and seeing where we need to hedge in terms of our people and how we’re going to distribute them,” he said. “But is it disruptive? Sure.”

And if the service needs to keep more than 2,800 sailors to man the eight ships, it may have to adjust the total end strength number.

“It goes back to an end strength discussion,” Van Buskirk said. “You’ve hit on a topic that we’re very much involved in right now in terms of the manpower and personnel and training and education dynamic of keeping ships that we otherwise thought we weren’t going to be keeping.”

Maintaining and upgrading the ships also will be a challenge, at least initially, said a top fleet maintainer.

“If any number of the cruisers remains in the inventory and money is restored to maintain those ships and get them back into an operational state, there is going to be a lag in the time that that takes,” Rear Adm. Dave Gale, commander of the Navy’s regional maintenance command, told the Navy League’s Seapower magazine in an interview published in December. “If we’re going to keep four and [we’re given] the money to maintain them, the maintenance availability to be able to execute that is going to take us about a year to 18 months to actually get ready for.

“Since we were going to take those ships out of the inventory, the budgets to maintain them went away at the same time,” Gale said. “If they decide to keep them, just putting the budget back in play doesn’t mean that they instantly become maintained and ready assets. It is going to take some time to restore those ships to a fully maintained status.”

Looming behind the immediate decision of what to do with the ships and their people is the continuing need for the Navy to slash its budget — part of a Pentagon plan to reduce overall military spending. If the ships are restored, that requirement won’t go away.

“They still need to look for the savings elsewhere,” noted one congressional observer.



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MessageSujet: Re: US Navy   Lun 10 Déc 2012 - 14:10

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Scan Eagle UAV conducts first flight on LPD class ship


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A Scan Eagle Unmanned Air Vehicle prepares to launch from an amphibious transport dock class ship USS San Antonio (LPD 17) on Nov. 28 off the coast of North Carolina. The flight on the San Antonio LPD class ship was part of a post-installation and functional flight-check exercise. Scan Eagle’s first deployment aboard USS San Antonio is planned for summer 2013.

Since 2005, Scan Eagle has flown nearly 250,000 hours under the Naval Air Systems Command's Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) services contract. Defense contractor Insitu owns and operates the Scan Eagle UAV.

The 44-pound UAV is predominately flown off Navy DDG-51 destroyers. Recent and upcoming ISR services on amphibious warfare ships are a precursor for the Navy and Marine Corps' plans to field and operate the expeditionary RQ-21A Small Tactical Unmanned Air System from the sea. The RQ-21A Integrator just completed land-based testing and is scheduled to begin shipboard testing early next year.
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MessageSujet: Re: US Navy   Lun 10 Déc 2012 - 15:10

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Navy Accepts Delivery of Future USS Arlington


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The Navy accepted delivery of the eighth LPD 17 class amphibious transport dock ship, the future USS Arlington (LPD 24), from Huntington Ingalls Industries Dec. 7. Accepting delivery of Arlington represents the official transfer of the ship from the shipbuilder to the Navy and is a major milestone in the ship's transition to operational status.

"This is the third San Antonio class ship to be delivered to the Navy within the last 12 months," said Capt. Darren Plath, LPD 17 class program manager for the Navy's Program Executive Office for Ships. "It illustrates the significant efforts and teamwork of the shipbuilder and Navy team and provides the Fleet with three vital war-fighting assets in a one-year period."


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San Antonio class ships are a key element of the Navy's seabase transformation. Functionally replacing more than 41 ships (LPD 4, LSD 36, LKA 113, and LST 1179 classes of amphibious ships), these ships provide the Navy and Marine Corps with modern platforms that are networked and survivable. Their principal mission is to deploy the combat and support elements of Marine Expeditionary Units and Brigades, projecting power ashore through the high speed landing craft, air cushion (LCAC) and the Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft (MV-22).

The LPD 17 class combines various unique systems with special emphasis on projecting combat power ashore, quality of life improvements for sailors and Marines and mission flexibility. Among the ships' innovations are state-of-the-art combat control and electronics systems; the Ship Self Defense System, which provides the key integration and control portion of the ship's total combat system, including sensors, weapons, data links and the Cooperative Engagement Capability; and the Shipboard Wide Area Network, a fiber-optic, ship-wide area computer network that includes both classified and unclassified components.

The ship is named for the county of Arlington, Va., honoring the first responders and the 184 victims who died when American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. Steel recovered from the Pentagon will be displayed onboard once the ship is commissioned, which is planned for next spring in its homeport of Norfolk, Va.

As one of the Defense Department's largest acquisition organizations, PEO Ships is responsible for executing the development and procurement of all destroyers, amphibious ships, special mission and support ships, and special warfare craft. Currently, the majority of shipbuilding programs managed by PEO Ships are benefiting from serial production efficiencies, which are critical to delivering ships on cost and schedule.

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MessageSujet: Re: US Navy   Lun 10 Déc 2012 - 21:24

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X-47B Aboard Truman
Check out the latest photos of the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) on USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Truman is the first aircraft carrier to host test operations for an unmanned aircraft.













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MessageSujet: Re: US Navy   Lun 10 Déc 2012 - 23:18

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Presidential V-22s on schedule for delivery in 2013


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Aircraft 209, the fourth MV-22 to be assigned to the Presidential Support Squadron awaits attachment of the tail empennage (painted the iconic dark green of the squadron) on the Bell V-22 assembly plant production floor in Amarillo, Texas, Dec. 1.

The first MV-22 is on schedule to be delivered to Marine Helicopter Squadron One (HMX-1), the Marine squadron that provides executive level logistics and passenger support to the president, in early 2013. The MV-22s will replace the CH-46Es currently operating with the squadron.



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MessageSujet: Re: US Navy   Mar 11 Déc 2012 - 10:08


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MessageSujet: Re: US Navy   Mar 11 Déc 2012 - 20:16

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MessageSujet: Re: US Navy   Mer 12 Déc 2012 - 16:34

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HII delivers eighth San Antonio-Class ship to US Navy




Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) has delivered the eighth San Antonio-Class amphibious transport dock ship, Arlington (LPD 24), to the US Navy following the completion of successful acceptance trials.

During the trials, the 684ft-long ship validated systems, including its main propulsion engineering and ship controls, combat and communications and damage control.

Powered by four Colt-Pielstick 2.5 STC diesel engines to cruise at a speed of 22k, the LPD 24 can transport air cushion (LCAC) or conventional landing crafts, as well as helicopters and the Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft.

The LPD 17-Class ships will replace more than 41 vessels that are currently in-service with the US Navy, which include Austin-Class (LPD 4), Anchorage-Class (LSD 36), Charleston-Class (LKA 113) and Newport-Class (LST 1179) amphibious ships.

Capable of carrying a crew of up to 800 people, the 24,900t vessel features an advanced command-and-control suite and enhanced survivability capabilities.

Launched in November 2010, the vessel is equipped with the AN/SLQ-25A Nixie towed decoy system and the mk53 Nulka decoy launching system.

The ship is also integrated with an AN/SPS-48E three-dimensional air search radar, AN/APQ-9B surface surveillance and tracking radar, AN/SPS-64(V)9 navigation radar and two Norden Systems AN/SPS-73 surface search radars.

Designed to support amphibious assaults, special operations and expeditionary warfare missions, the San Antonio-Class vessels are armed with mk46 mod 2 30mm guns for close-in surface self-defence systems.

The ship's weapon systems also include two mk26 mod 18 50-calibre machine guns and two mk31 mod 0 launchers, which are capable of launching the Raytheon-built fire-and-forget rolling airframe missile (RAM).
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MessageSujet: Re: US Navy   Jeu 13 Déc 2012 - 11:33

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Rockwell Collins awarded $295 million full rate production contract for Block I Modernization of U.S. Navy E-6B aircraft


CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (Dec. 12, 2012) – Rockwell Collins has been awarded a $54 million full rate production contract, with unexercised options valued at an additional $241 million, by the U.S. Navy to upgrade eleven aircraft as part of the E-6B Block I Modification program.

The Navy E-6B aircraft is used to conduct the “Take Charge and Move Out” (TACAMO) and the United States Strategic Command Airborne Command Post missions. The open system solution provided by the Block I modification addresses immediate modernization requirements and enables system expansion in the future. The initial $54 million award covers the procurement of the material, installation and associated activities for the next three aircraft. The total program includes production engineering support, field service support, operator and maintenance crew training classes and maintenance trainer updates.

“This upgrade brings many new capabilities to the Navy, including better communication and mission capabilities, and plays a key role in providing reliable and survivable communications between our nation’s leadership and U.S. strategic forces,” said Dave Nieuwsma, vice president and general manager of Airborne Solutions for Rockwell Collins. “This award is especially meaningful to Rockwell Collins as it signifies the continuation of a 40-year relationship supporting the Navy TACAMO mission.”

The Block I Modification being completed by Rockwell Collins features an open system approach for mission avionics, a Voice over Internet Protocol Intercommunications System and an on-aircraft, multi-level secure network for message processing, radio control/monitoring and other mission applications. The program also improves the reliability and availability of the Ultra High Frequency Command, Control and Communication system and enhances the electrical power and cooling systems.

The Block I Modification solution modernizes the aircraft’s communication infrastructure to support moving data onto, off of and throughout the aircraft. This infrastructure will support the ever increasing bandwidth demands in this emerging age of the digital battlespace.

This press release contains statements that are forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially from those projected as a result of certain risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to U.S. Navy spending and budgetary policies; potential cancellation or amendments of awards or orders by the U.S. Navy; challenges in the design, development and production of advanced technologies; and competitive product and pricing pressures; as well as other risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to those detailed from time to time in the Rockwell Collins Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including without limitation the Rockwell Collins Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 30, 2012 and its quarterly reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended June 30, 2012 and September 30, 2012. These forward-looking statements are made only as of the date hereof.
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MessageSujet: Re: US Navy   Jeu 13 Déc 2012 - 21:20

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MessageSujet: Re: US Navy   Jeu 13 Déc 2012 - 22:08

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MessageSujet: Re: US Navy   Lun 17 Déc 2012 - 14:15

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By BAE Systems on Monday, December 17th, 2012

BAE Systems has been selected by the U.S. Navy to maintain and service T-34, T-44 and T-6 trainer aircraft under a contract valued at approximately $400 million over five years. The company will perform scheduled inspections, along with required repairs, modifications and logistical support, for more than 300 aircraft operated by the Chief of Naval Air Training.

“We continue to execute on our strategy to grow our services footprint within BAE Systems,” said Dave Herr, president of BAE Systems Support Solutions. “This win strengthens our position in the aviation services market and creates opportunities for additional organic growth.”

The contract was awarded by the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), based at Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland. The work will be conducted at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi in Texas, at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida and at Naval Air Station Whiting Field, also in Florida. BAE Systems will be actively recruiting from the existing skilled workforce at each site to fill maintenance positions.

“This is a major win for our team, significantly expanding our support to the U.S. Navy for trainer aircraft,” said Gordon Eldridge, vice president and general manager of Aerospace Solutions at BAE Systems. “We’re excited to have this opportunity to serve NAVAIR and the Chief of Naval Air Training, and we look forward to serving the warfighters who fly and train in these aircraft.” The winning BAE Systems team includes support subcontractors Elbit Systems of America’s subsidiary M7 Aerospace LLC, PKL Services, Inc., Hawker Beechcraft, StandardAero, and Sensenich Propeller Service.

The aircraft variants involved are the single-engine T-34, the twin-engine T-44A and T-44C, and the single-engine T-6A and T-6B. The contract includes an initial base term plus multiple options. The period of performance will be five years if all options are exercised.



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MessageSujet: Re: US Navy   Mar 18 Déc 2012 - 11:25

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Raytheon awarded $108 million for SM-2 production


Funding will support continued production of all-up rounds

TUCSON, Ariz., Dec. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Navy awarded Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) a $108 million contract for continued production of Standard Missile-2 all-up rounds, a majority of which will be sold to U.S. allies through foreign military sales. This award brings the total fiscal year 2011 contract value to more than $200 million.

"The U.S. Navy has committed to supporting SM-2 past 2035, and this contract award reflects our international partners' desire to maintain this key defensive asset in their inventories," said Michael Campisi, Raytheon Missile Systems' senior director for SM-2 and SM-6 production. "The SM-2 production line is open for all our allies' requirements, and there will be full mission support available throughout the lifecycle of this critical asset."

SM-2 is deployed by the U.S. and eight allied navies. The missile provides high- and low-altitude intercept capabilities and performance against advanced anti-ship missile threats.


"SM-2 has been the primary surface-to-air fleet-air defense weapon of choice for decades," said Campisi. "It's an extremely effective, relevant weapon that will continue to protect navies around the globe for many years to come."

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  • The missile can be launched from the MK-41, MK-13 and MK-26 launchers.
  • SM-2 has an extensive flight test history of more than 2,500 successful flight tests.
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MessageSujet: Re: US Navy   Mer 19 Déc 2012 - 10:42

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X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Completes First At-Sea Tests
Story Number: NNS121218-04Release Date: 12/18/2012 1:44:00 PM


USS HARRY S. TRUMAN, At Sea (NNS) -- The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator completed its first at-sea test phase aboard the nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Dec. 18.

The first aircraft of its kind aboard a Naval vessel, the X-47B was put through myriad trials designed to assess the viability of an unmanned system's operation aboard a carrier.

Among the multitude of tests, the X-47B was towed using carrier-based tractors, taxied on the flight deck via its arm-mounted control display unit (CDU), and had its digital engine controls tested within environments pervaded by electromagnetic fields.

"The system has performed outstandingly," said Don Blottenberger, program manager for the N-UCAS Program Office (PMA-268). "We've learned a lot about the environment that we're in and how compatible the aircraft is with a carrier's flight deck, hangar bays and communication systems."

"We validated our capabilities on an aircraft carrier," said Mike Mackey, Northrop Grumman's program director. "We gained a lot of knowledge that we could never have gotten anywhere else except on a carrier. It was perfect for the team. We demonstrated the program's maturity and our team's ability to interact with Sailors and the ship, which was one of the most important things for us to do."

Mackey said data collected from the aircraft's performance throughout its two-week test period aboard Truman will contribute to future unmanned aviation programs.

Although the X-47B, as a demonstration aircraft, will never be put into production, Blottenberger said Sailors may one day see similar aircraft aboard ships.

"There are a lot of people aboard Truman that will take this experience with them," said Blottenberger. "I think that all of this interest will help different programs both manned and unmanned. Hopefully, its impact will benefit future technologies."

Sailors aboard Truman were offered working experience with the X-47B as crew members directed the aircraft on the flight deck and handled it in the hangar bays.

Lt. Cmdr. Larry Tarver, Truman's aircraft handling officer, said his experience with UCAS-D during its testing was very interesting.

"I believe our Sailors integrated with the system very easily," said Tarver. "Getting Sailors to help out and participate was very easy as everyone was curious and excited to work with it. Apart from those minor differences, the aircraft moved much like any other carrier-based aircraft while taxiing under its own power."

Tarver said he believes aircraft like the X-47B will easily fit into a carrier's environment in the future.

"Moving the UCAS-D around with a spotting dolly was very similar to how we move other aircraft," said Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Daniel Colon, a supervisor in air department's V-3 division aboard Truman. "Being the only carrier to have experience with this system so far, I am proud to be among the first Sailors to test this aircraft. I know my whole team feels the same way."

Blottenberger attributed much of UCAS-D's success to the Truman crew's open communication and support.

"Approximately 40 percent of our test team onboard had never been on a Navy ship before," said Blottenberger. "I think it was eye-opening for the team to see the complexities involved in running and organizing a ship effectively. The Truman has been outstanding. There are countless examples of support from a list of Sailors too long to count from almost every department on board. I could not imagine a better experience for the test team."

Capt. S. Robert Roth, Truman's commanding officer, said Sailors benefitted equally from N-UCAS's embark.

"There was obvious curiosity about the aircraft and tremendous enthusiasm from the entire crew to be part of the revolutionary testing," said Roth after an event honoring the partnership built between Team Truman and N-UCAS. "These tests were the perfect match of a crew that knows the environment and the operation of aircraft at sea and a team with impressive new technologies. Our crew has taken great pride in being part of Naval aviation history."

Mackey, a retired Marine with more than 20 years of experience, said he loved being back aboard a Naval vessel to work with Sailors.

"Every minute of the underway was an opportunity to see how far the Navy has grown," said Mackey. "It's awesome to see the caliber of today's warriors. It's been a great experience for me aboard Truman."

With X-47B's deck testing completed, Blottenberger said the aircraft will return to Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River for further testing and is scheduled to embark another carrier in mid-2013.

"I'm a believer that this is only the beginning," said Blottenberger. "We're taking UCAS-D into next year with what we learned aboard Truman. We are planning to get it back on a carrier to complete catapult launches, arrested landings and aerial refueling tests. There is a lot ahead for our program and a lot of hard work behind us. I look at Truman as the beginning of future unmanned integration with the fleet."
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MessageSujet: Re: US Navy   Mer 19 Déc 2012 - 11:59

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$48M refurbishing OK’d for USS Toledo; Local firms urged to seek part of work

The U.S. Navy has authorized a nearly $48 million contract to refurbish the nuclear submarine USS Toledo.

The Navy announced the award to General Dynamics Electric Boat for maintenance and modernization of the Toledo, a Los Angeles-class attack submarine.

Under the contract, Electric Boat will plan and perform a “dry-docking selected restricted availability,” which consists of maintenance work, alterations, and modernization to ensure the submarine is operating at full technical capacity.

The work will take place at the Electric Boat shipyard in Groton, Conn., is to involve up to 300 employees, and is scheduled for completion next September.

The contract was initially awarded in May and has a potential value of $65 million if all options are exercised.

The sub was launched in 1993 and was commissioned in February, 1995. It was designed to seek and destroy submarines and surface ships, as well as strike land targets.

U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D., Toledo) said the contract is an opportunity for firms in her northern Ohio district to compete. She noted that Teledyne Turbine Engines, on Laskey Road in Toledo, produced the missile turbine engine for the U.S. Navy Harpoon that is carried on the USS Toledo.

“This is part of the nuclear fleet,” Miss Kaptur said. “I just hope that with the size of this contract, that some of our firms that are involved in submarines and weapon systems will bid on this.” She said the subcommittee on defense appropriations, on which she serves, approved the expenditure. “This is a matter of great local pride. She has been very seaworthy and we’re very proud to have a vessel named after the city of Toledo,” Miss Kaptur said.

The vessel’s progress has been closely followed in Toledo. In 2010, to mark the 15th anniversary of the commissioning, the Postal Service authorized a special hand stamp cancellation.

In 2009, Tony Packo’s Cafe sent coolers filled with signature Packo foods to Groton, where the sub is based. The Toledo contingent served 120 USS Toledo servicemen a lunch of Tony Packo hot dogs, chicken chili, chicken paprikash, baked beans, and macaroni and cheese.

In 2008, four sailors from the vessel spent a week in Toledo getting medical training at Toledo Hospital and with Toledo Fire Department rescue crews in handling emergencies.
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Raytheon (NYSE: RTN) has won a $254,627,806 contract modification to produce 252 Tomahawk cruise missiles for the U.S. Navy, the Defense Department said Monday.

The company will build 132 missiles for use on a vertical launch system located onboard surface ships and 120 missiles for use on a capsule launch system located on submarines.

The Navy is obligating $254,627,806 in contract funds at the time of award and no funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

Work will occur through August 2015 and the Naval Air Systems Command at Patuxent River, Md. is the contracting activity.

Raytheon is providing the Navy 361 cruise missiles on another contract worth an estimated $338 million, with 238 missiles for vertical launch systems and 123 missiles for capsule launch systems
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MessageSujet: Re: US Navy   Jeu 20 Déc 2012 - 12:36

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Aircraft Carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) Hits the 90 Percent Mark for Structural Completion





Huntington Ingalls Industries announced today that its Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) division has reached 90 percent structural completion in the building of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78).

Shipbuilders successfully added three units to the ship last week. Two of the units were sponsons, which are structures that project from the side of the aircraft carrier hull and provide the space needed for flight deck operations. One of the sponsons was 140 feet long and weighed 391 metric tons, making it one of the largest sponsons to be erected. In addition, shipbuilders installed 3 million feet of cable of the estimated total 10 million feet to be installed.









The aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) reached 90 percent structural completion with the addition of a 140-foot long, 391-metric ton sponson, one of the largest to be erected
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"The entire construction team has done a great job in reaching the 90 percent structural completion milestone," said Rolf Bartschi, NNS' vice president of CVN 78 carrier construction. "All of our shipbuilders take great pride in seeing the flight deck take shape and in the work they have accomplished to build the systems and spaces within the ship. The lifts we have accomplished are massive, which is in keeping with our larger-unit build strategy. Our electricians have installed 3 million feet of cable to date and install on average 10,000 feet of cable a day. Our shipbuilders continue to demonstrate their capabilities and commitment to a quality product."

Gerald R. Ford is being built using modular construction, a process where smaller sections of the ship are welded together to form large structural units, equipment is installed, and the large units are lifted into the dry dock. Of the nearly 500 total structural lifts needed to complete the ship, 446 have been accomplished. The lifts are accomplished using the shipyard's 1,050-metric ton gantry crane, one of the largest in the Western Hemisphere.









Artist Rendering - A conceptual rendering of CVN 78, the first of a new generation carrier design, CVN 21, for the U.S. Navy
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Gerald R. Ford represents the next-generation class of aircraft carriers. The first-in-class ship features a new nuclear power plant, a redesigned island, electromagnetic catapults, improved weapons movement, an enhanced flight deck capable of increased aircraft sortie rates, and growth margin for future technologies and reduced manning. Ford has been under construction since November 2009. The ship is scheduled to launch in 2013.
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MessageSujet: Re: US Navy   Ven 21 Déc 2012 - 17:45

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (Dec. 18, 2012) Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83, part of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7, returns to Naval Air Station Oceana after a six-month deployment to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility supporting Operation Enduring Freedom, maritime security operations and theater of security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Antonio P. Turretto Ramos/Released)


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NORFOLK (Dec. 20, 2012) The aircraft carriers USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), the retired USS Enterprise (CVN 65), USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), and USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) are in port at Naval Station Norfolk, Va., the world's largest naval station. (U.S. Navy photos by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ernest R. Scott/Released)



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MessageSujet: Re: US Navy   Sam 22 Déc 2012 - 11:58

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MessageSujet: Re: US Navy   Sam 22 Déc 2012 - 12:13

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The Boeing Co., Wichita, Kan., is being awarded a $145,000,000 firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of two C-40A Clipper aircraft for the U.S. Navy.

Work will be performed in Renton, Wash. (92.7 percent), Seattle, Wash. (4.9 percent), San Antonio, Texas (1.7 percent), Oklahoma City, Okla. (0.7 percent) and is expected to be completed in March 2015.

Contract funds in the amount of $145,000,000 will be obligated on this award, $72,500,000 of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to FAR 6.302-1.

The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity (N00019-13-C0026).
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MessageSujet: Re: US Navy   Lun 24 Déc 2012 - 11:54

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U.S. Navy orders 2 C-40A Clipper aircraft from Boeing



The Boeing Co., Wichita, Kan., is being awarded a $145,000,000 firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of two C-40A Clipper aircraft for the U.S. Navy.

The Boeing C-40 Clipper is a military version of the Boeing 737-700C airline transport. It is used by both the United States Navy and the United States Air Force.



A C-40 Clipper assigned to Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VR) 57 lands at Naval Air Station North Island.
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The C-40A, a derivative of the Boeing 737-700C commercial airliner, is the newest commercial derivative medium lift aircraft used for Navy Unique Fleet Essential Airlift missions. The C-40A is certified to operate in three configurations: an all-passenger configuration that can carry 121 passengers, an all-cargo configuration of eight cargo pallets, or a combination of three cargo pallets and 70 passengers. The C-40A has a state-of-the-art flight deck, avionics system and engines that are Stage III noise-compliant and certified for extended over-water operations. The C-40As — which provide long-range, high-priority logistical airlift in support of fleet activities — have begun replacing the aging fleet of C-9 aircraft flown by the Naval Air Reserve.

There are currently 12 C-40A in inventory with a planned inventory of 17 aircrafts.
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