Training torpedoes launched from Navy submarines as part of Ice Exercise 2018 challenged naval and Coast Guard divers in Arctic recovery exercises. The Seawolf-class fast-attack sub USS Connecticut and the Los Angeles-class fast-attack sub USS Hartford participated in the drill.
A video posted by Russia's Defense Ministry is said to demonstrate the capability of a new hypersonic missile to deliver conventional or nuclear warheads. The air-launched missile is said to be capable of penetrating any defensive system.
General Dynamics will be repairing the engine and addressing other maintenance tasks on the USS Mesa Verde under a $15.2 million contract. Work on the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock is scheduled for Norfolk, Va., and should be completed by May of next year.
Additional long lead time material for steam, electric plant and other components is the subject of a $696 million fee modification to a previous contract awarded to General Dynamics Electric Boat for Virginia-class submarines.
The Navy has chosen Gulf Island Shipyards for a $63.5 million contract covering design and construction services for the towing, salvage and rescue ship. The T-ATS will eventually replace the Safeguard class of salvage and rescue ship and the Powhatan-class fleet ocean tug.
Annie Mabus, daughter of former Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, presided as the USS Colorado, the Navy's latest attack submarine, joined the fleet in ceremonies at Groton, Conn. The Colorado is capable of fighting subs and surface ships as well as carrying out surveillance, delivering troops and launching Tomahawk missiles.
The Navy is seeking further information on potential cost savings from Huntington Ingalls Industries as it considers whether to place an order for two aircraft carriers rather than one. The potential for significant savings must be proved, said James Geurts, assistant secretary of the Navy for research, development and acquisition.
The overturning of a ban on terminal groin construction in 2011 is leading several coastal towns in North Carolina to consider the structures as a protective shore option, raising alarm among environmental groups. Environmentalists say the structures, often made of stone and rock, can harm local ecosystems.
Cleaning up stormwater runoff is proving to be a budget-breaking expense for many California municipalities. But the state auditor is urging a legal modification that would require testing to determine whether measures are really needed in any particular place to reduce pollutants to acceptable levels.
An Upper Mississippi habitat restoration project approved years ago may soon add a river island known as Princeton Beach. Improvements will not include adding visitor amenities, but they could include more accommodating habitat for animals and vegetation.
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