The Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords had a fruitful 17-month deployment that Navy officials say offered important lessons on operating, maintaining and manning the LCS during extensive at-sea periods. The LCS was armed with the Navy's latest anti-ship missile, which gave the crew confidence, said Cmdr. Rion Martin.
A live-fire demonstration and anchor drop are scheduled as part of sea trials for the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge. The trials will also help train a new crop of sailors without previous at-sea experience.
The Navy is offering a potential five-year, $146.3 million contract to Raytheon Intelligence & Space for operation of a radar system that bounces signals off the ionosphere to track aircraft and surface ships across the Caribbean. The relocatable over-the-horizon radar system functions somewhat like shortwave radio.
A fuel leak caused by single tank corrosion has forced the cruiser USS Vella Gulf to return to Norfolk, Va., for repairs. The cruiser had departed days earlier on deployment with the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group.
The Navy has awarded Austal USA a $235 million contract to design and build another Expeditionary Fast Transport vessel. The company has delivered 12 EPFs over the past nine years, and it has one currently under construction and another that will begin construction in fiscal 2021.
The Navy is applying digital twin technology in a bid to bring four aging shipyards up to modern standards. The $21 billion project will be spread over two decades and serve in some cases to update drydocks and other structures that are now more than a century old.
L3Harris will produce a design concept for an autonomous surface ship that employs an operating system capable of making independent decisions. The work comes under the first phase of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's No Manning Required Ship, or NOMARS, program.
Dan Lin, an in-service engineering agent for the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Philadelphia Division, has received a Bravo Zulu from Rear Adm. Casey Moton for finding a low-cost, short-term solution to a design flaw in waterjets. Lin lauded John Kirschner, Catherine Abbott, Sam Richards and Ed Brown for their contributions to the waterjet team.
Huntington Ingalls Industries has launched the Virginia-class submarine USS Montana into the James River from its Newport News Shipbuilding division in Virginia. Final outfitting, testing and crew certification are the next steps for the 7,800-ton, nuclear-powered fast attack submarine.
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