A Raytheon Standard Missile (SM)-3 Block IB guided-missile system aboard the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Donald Cook tracked and downed a medium-range ballistic missile target over the weekend. It was the 36th successful test out of 43 tests to date.
Skirting the longstanding backlog of work at public shipyards, the Navy has tapped Huntington Ingalls to overhaul the attack submarine USS Boise. The initial $59.7 million contract could ultimately rise to $385 million if all options are exercised.
The Cape Cod Water Resources Restoration Project will be getting more federal funding than it expected for designing and building 16 coastal restoration projects. The $10 million will go toward salt marsh restorations, repairing fish runs and remediation at stormwater discharge sites.
About 40 ships of the US and South Korean navies are conducting exercises off the Korean Peninsula amid tensions with North Korea. The exercises, which include the carrier USS Ronald Reagan, were due to last from Monday through Friday.
The Navy's quietest and most sophisticated attack submarine has been christened the USS South Dakota. The sub's ability to evade detection is credited to advances in electromagnetic and acoustic underwater technologies.
The Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Helena will be upgraded under a $65 million-plus contract with Huntington Ingalls. It's the second overhaul for the Helena; previous work was done in 2009 in San Diego.
Cost constraints and crackdowns on sulfur pollution and other emissions are forcing major changes in shipping propulsion. Next month's Power & Propulsion Alternatives for Ships conference, organized by the Royal Institution of Naval Architects, will focus on alternative fuel options and other solutions.
New research vessels will set out on missions to fill many of the blank spots in our understanding of the oceans. Among several notable vessels now being designed and built are polar explorers from the UK and China.
A keel authentication ceremony marked the official beginning of work on another of the Navy's San Antonio-class amphibious dock ships. The future USS Fort Lauderdale is being built by Huntington Ingalls at its Mississippi facility.
Sediment is often treated as waste, but it also can be a valuable resource for soil and habitat replenishment. That's the case with sediment dredged from waterways in the UK's Broads region, where sediment is dredged annually to keep navigation open and then used to build new habitats, enhance flood bank protection and enhance agricultural soil.
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