Gulf Coast shipbuilding/maritime
DECEMBER 2012

VT Halter gets new executive
PASCAGOULA, Miss. – Shipbuilder VT Halter Marine appointed retired Rear Adm. John J.
Prendergast III as executive vice president. He’ll be responsible for a range of activities,
including government contracts. Prendergast spent more than 30 years in the Navy.
Upon his retirement from the Navy, Prendergast was named as the director of sustainment
business operations for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter with Lockheed Martin
Aeronautics Company. VT Halter Marine operates one ship construction facility in
Pascagoula and two others in Moss Point. It designs, builds and repairs a variety of ocean
vessels. (Source: Mississippi Press, 12/26/12)

Contract: Austal USA, $166.9M
Austal USA, Mobile, Ala., is being awarded a $166,881,824 modification to previously
awarded contract to exercise the construction option for Joint High Speed Vessel 10. Work
will be performed in Mobile, Ala. (48 percent), Pittsfield, Mass. (9 percent), Franklin, Mass.
(3 percent), Philadelphia, Pa. (3 percent), Henderson, Western Australia. (3 percent),
Atlanta, Ga. (2 percent), Chicago, Ill. (2 percent), Gulfport, Miss. (2 percent), Slidell, La. (1
percent), Iron Mountain, Mich. (1 percent), Houston, Texas (1 percent), Dallas, Texas (1
percent), Chesapeake, Va. (1 percent), Milwaukee, Wis. (1 percent), Brookfield, Wis. (1
percent), and various sites inside and outside the United States each below one percent (21
percent), and is expected to be completed by June 2017. The Naval Sea Systems
Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 12/20/12)

Contract: Austal USA, $8M
Austal USA, Mobile, Ala., is being awarded an $8,057,541 modification to previously
awarded contract to exercise an option for Littoral Combat Ship core class services. This
option exercise is for Core LCS Class Services. Austal USA will assess engineering and
production challenges as well as evaluate the cost and schedule risks from affordability
efforts to reduce LCS acquisition and lifecycle costs. Work will be performed in Mobile, Ala.
(51 percent) and Pittsfield, Mass. (49 percent), and is expected to be complete by
December 2013. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 12/20/12)

Zumwalt deckhouse module in place
BATH, Maine -- Bath Iron Works erected the composite deckhouse for Zumwalt (DDG 1000),
the U.S. Navy's next generation destroyer. The 900-ton deckhouse module, built in Gulfport,
Miss., by Ingalls Shipbuilding, was shipped by barge to Bath Iron Works for installation on
the ship, which is under construction at the company's Bath shipyard. The 155-foot-long, 60-
foot-high and 60-foot-wide module was lifted to a height of approximately 100 feet using four
cranes. (Source: General Dynamics, 12/20/12)

Contract: Textron, $23.3M
Textron Inc., New Orleans, La., is being awarded a $23,299,975 modification to previously
awarded contract to exercise an option for long lead time materials, advanced planning,
engineering, procurement services and technical manuals for the Ship to Shore Connector
program. The SSC Program is the functional replacement for the existing fleet of Landing
Craft, Air Cushion vehicles. It is an Air Cushion vehicle designed for a 30-year service life.
The mission is to land surface assault elements in support of Operational Maneuver from
the Sea, at over-the-horizon distances, while operating from amphibious ships and mobile
landing platforms. SSC provides increased performance to handle current and future
missions, as well as improvements which will increase craft availability and reduce total
ownership cost. Work will be performed in Indianapolis, Ind. (37 percent); Camden, N.J. (25
percent); New Orleans, La. (11 percent); Norway (8 percent), Great Britain (7 percent);
Farmington, Mich. (6 percent); and Eatontown, N.J. (6 percent), and is expected to be
completed by June 2015. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 12/19/12)

VT Halter, Scana Volda team
PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- VT Halter Marine Inc. has partnered with Norwegian company Scana
Volda AS for delivery of the propulsion systems and controls for two offshore supply vessels
for Hornbeck Offshore Services Inc. The two ships will be delivered in the second half of
2013 and will operate in the Gulf of Mexico and Latin America. (Source: Marine Log,
12/17/12)

Austal USA gets new chief
MOBILE, Ala. -- Craig Perciavalle has been promoted to president of Austal USA, effective
Dec. 17. Austal USA Interim President and Chief Financial Officer Brian Leathers was
promoted to senior vice president and CFO, also effective Monday. Perciavalle, who
currently serves as senior vice president of operations, joined Austal in 2007. (Source:
Mobile Press-Register, 12/12/12)

X-47B taxis on carrier
ATLANTIC OCEAN -- An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator aircraft for the
first time taxied aboard a carrier Sunday. During the test aboard the USS Harry S. Truman,
deck operators used an arm-mounted control display unit to remotely control the aircraft. Lt.
Cmdr. Larry Tarver, Truman's aircraft handling officer, said every test on the aircraft brings
the Navy one step closer to unmanned carrier aviation. "Nobody has ever done this before,"
said Tarver. The Northrop Grumman built X-47B is scheduled to complete taxi testing before
Truman returns to its homeport in Naval Station Norfolk. (Source: NNS, 12/10/12) Gulf Coast
note: Northrop Grumman builds portions of two other UAVs, Global Hawk and Fire Scout, in
Moss Point, Miss. Previous Related

Underwater robot lost
PANAMA CITY, Fla. -- A battery-powered Navy vehicles was lost in the Gulf of Mexico near
Panama City and Biltmore Beach Thursday night. According to a news release by the Naval
Oceanography Mine Warfare Center at Stennis Space Center, Miss., the command lost
contact with the Remus 100 Unmanned Underwater Vehicle during a training exercise. The
vehicle is black, 6 feet long and 7 inches in diameter. (Source: Panama City News Herald,
12/07/12)

Contract: Huntington Ingalls, $54.5M
Huntington Ingalls Industries, Pascagoula, Miss., is being awarded a $54,485,474
modification to previously awarded contract to exercise the third option for Life Cycle
Engineering and support services on the LPD 17-class Amphibious Transport Dock Ship
program. Contract funds in the amount of $12,904,398 will be obligated at contract award.
The total value of this contract is $157,918,243. Work will be performed in Pascagoula,
Miss., and is expected to be completed by December 2013. Contract funds in the amount of
$204,315 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command,
Washington Navy Yard, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
12/07/12)

Navy accepts Arlington delivery
PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- The Navy accepted delivery of the eighth LPD 17 class amphibious
transport dock ship, the future USS Arlington (LPD 24), from Huntington Ingalls Industries on
Friday. 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.
San Antonio class ships functionally replace more than 41 ships (LPD 4, LSD 36, LKA 113,
and LST 1179 classes of amphibious ships). 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 and the Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft. (Source:
NNS, 12/07/12)

Crowds drawn to boat show
NEW ORLEANS – The International WorkBoat Show is under way in New Orleans.
Thousands have gathered for the three-day event, which started Wednesday. It’s touted as
the largest maritime trade show in North America. The show and conference is expected to
draw more than 14,000 visitors from around the world to the Ernest N. Morial Convention
Center. (Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune, 12/06/12)

Austal delivers JHSV
MOBILE, Ala. -- Austal USA and its partners delivered the joint high-speed vessel USNS
Spearhead to the U.S. Navy in a signing ceremony Wednesday, the latest milestone for the
Mobile shipyard. The 338-foot-long aluminum catamaran, which Austal began building in
December 2009, completed acceptance trials in August and will leave Mobile toward the end
of this month and enter service in 2013. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 12/06/12)

Contract; L-3 Services, $12.9M
L-3 Services Inc., Mount Laurel, N.J., is being awarded a $12,932,304 modification to a
previously awarded contract to exercise options for field service representatives to perform
maintenance and repair of the U.S. Marine Corps mine roller systems. Support will provide
scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, including repair, of USMC mine roller systems to
ensure operational levels meet in-theater needs. Work will be performed in Afghanistan, and
is expected to be completed by December 2013. The Naval Surface Warfare Center
Panama City Division, Panama City, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 12/05/12)

Wave Glider crosses Pacific
SYDNEY, Australia -- U.S. based Liquid Robotics, an ocean data service provider and
developer of the Wave Glider, announced the first pacific crossing Wave Glider, “Papa
Mau,” completed its 9,000 nautical mile scientific journey across the Pacific Ocean to set a
new world record for the longest distance traveled by an autonomous vehicle. Throughout
his journey, Papa Mau navigated along a prescribed route under autonomous control
collecting and transmitting high-resolution ocean data. (Source: Liquid Robotics, 12/06/12)
Note: Liquid Robotics has an office at the Mississippi Enterprise for Technology at Stennis
Space Center, Miss.

VT Halter Marine expands
PASCAGOULA, Miss. – Ground was broken on a major expansion of VT Halter Marine. The
new ship rapair facility will create 400 jobs at VT Halter Marine, which designs and builds
ships for the military, among others. The company has three ship construction facilities, with
one in Pascagoula and two in Moss Point. The new facility in Pascagoula is expected to be
operational in early 2014. (Sources: Mississippi Press, Clarion Ledger, 12/05/12)


NOVEMBER 2012

CNO visits shipbuilders
PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- Adm. Jonathan Greenert, chief of naval operations, was in
Pascagoula Thursday visiting Ingalls Shipbuilding and VT Halter Marine. At Ingalls he toured
the amphibious assault ship America, LHA 6. Greenert said the amphibious ships Ingalls has
built for the Navy have been "doing really well." (Sources: Mississippi Press, Sun Herald,
11/29/12)

X-47B makes history on carrier
NORFOLK, Va. -- The Navy hoisted an X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS)
demonstrator on board aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Monday in
preparation for the unmanned aircraft's first carrier-based testing. The X-47B, built by
Northrop Grumman, has a wingspan of more than 62 feet, wider than an F/A-18 Super
Hornet. It will undergo a variety of tests and will be controlled remotely via a hand-held unit.
Truman will be the first modern aircraft carrier to host test operations for an unmanned
aircraft. Capt. Jaime Engdahl, N-UCAS program manager, said the X-47B's delivery aboard
Truman was among the most historic moments in the program's history. "The moment the
aircraft set down on Truman's deck was the moment it officially met the fleet," said Engdahl.
The test will be conducted over three weeks and will include in-port and underway
demonstrations. (Source: NNS, 11/27/12) Gulf Coast note: Northrop Grumman builds
portions of two other UAVs, Global Hawk and Fire Scout, in Moss Point, Miss.

Contract: Lockheed Martin, $26.6M
Lockheed Martin Global Training and Logistics, Orlando, Fla., is being awarded a not-to-
exceed $26,619,869 cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for
Undersea Warfare product support. This contract will cover procurement of Undersea
Warfare product support. This includes integrated logistics, training, equipment alteration
and installation, fleet support and life cycle support across Undersea Warfare system
programs. The initial funding amount applied at contract award is $12,437,878. Work will be
performed in California (8 percent); Florida (8 percent); Hawaii (22 percent); Maine (3
percent); Mississippi (3 percent); and Virginia (56 percent), and is expected to be completed
by November 2013. Contract funds in the amount of $1,108,294 will expire at the end of the
current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to 10 U.S.C. 2304
(c)(1). The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 11/27/12)

Investigator appointed
GULFPORT, Miss. -- NOAA has appointed an enforcement officer to investigate the
mutilation and deaths of dolphins in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Richard Stifel, an
enforcement officer for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, was named
Tuesday. NOAA last week issued a directive asking state and environmental officials to be
on watch for incidents. Jurisdictions involved are in Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana.
(Source: Sun Herald, 11/20/12)

Contract: Exelis, $93.3M
Exelis Inc., Alexandria, Va., is being awarded a $93,261,183 indefinite-delivery/indefinite
quantity, cost-plus-fixed fee contract, with provisions for cost-plus-fixed-fee orders for the
procurement of material and services to design, procure, install and maintain the Adaptive
Persistent Awareness Systems. The Adaptive Persistent Awareness Systems is an
integrated system that provides command, control, communication, computers and
intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, and persistent awareness.  Work will be
performed in various naval facilities worldwide and is expected to be completed by
November 2017. The Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division, Panama City,
Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 11/20/12)

LPD 24 completes sea trials
PASCAGOULA, Miss. – The amphibious transport dock Arlington (LPD 24) returned from
successful Navy acceptance sea trials late last week. The company's eighth ship in the LPD
17 class returned to Pascagoula following three days of at-sea demonstrations and testing.
While in the Gulf of Mexico, there were more than 200 test events. Ingalls has delivered
seven ships in the class and has four more in various stages of construction, including
Arlington, which will be commissioned next spring. (Source: Globe Newswire, 11/05/12)

Ingalls seeks workers
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc. will hold a job fair next week hoping to
eventually hire nearly 2,000 workers for Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Miss. The job
fair will be held from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 8 at the Workforce Escarosa One-
Stop Center in Pensacola, Fla. Most openings are craftsman positions, including welders,
pipefitters, shipfitters, mechanics and crane operators. Ingalls is looking to hire 1,200 people
through the end of the year and another 4,000 next year. The company will provide daily
van pools from Pensacola to Pascagoula for workers who don't want to relocate. (Source:
Mobile Press-Register, 11/02/12)

GCRL’s McIlwain dies
OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. -- Longtime marine biologist Thomas D. McIlwain has died after a
three-year battle with cancer. He was 71. McIlwain had a 50-year career and spend most of
his time at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Ocean Springs, Miss. He retired in 2011.
He was credited with helping the lab transition from an independent lab to a part of an
academic program at the University of Southern Mississippi. (Source: AP via Mississippi
Press, 11/02/12)

Chair for Austal chosen
MOBILE, Ala. -- John "Dugan" Shipway, a retired Navy admiral, has been elected to chair the
board of Austal USA in Mobile, effective immediately. Shipway, who spent 35 year in the
Navy, joined the Austal USA board in March as an outside director. He will replace Lawrence
Cavaiola, the inaugural chairman of Austal's U.S. subsidiary. Austal is under contract with
the Navy to build nine joint high-speed vessel under a 10-ship contract and five littoral
combat ships. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 11/01/12)


OCTOBER 2012

Exelis office opens
PANAMA CITY, Fla. -- ITT Exelis officially opened its full-service mine defense production
facility Friday in West Bay. Exelis systems, towed by helicopters or minesweepers or
operated remotely, are used to find clear multiple types of mines. The Exelis mine defense
business moved from New York state to Panama City in 2005 and now employs nearly 100.
Exelis is in a 105,000 square-foot building at VentureCrossings, near Northwest Florida
Beaches International Airport. (Source: Panama City News Herald, 10/20/12)

Ship to be christened
PASCAGOULA, Miss. – The Navy will christen the amphibious assault ship, America (LHA 6),
during a 10 a.m. ceremony Saturday. The ship will be the first of the America-class
amphibious assault ships for the U.S. Navy. It will be delivered in 2013, replacing USS Peleliu
(LHA 5) of the Tarawa class. Its mission will be to act as a flagship of an expeditionary strike
group, carrying Marines and aircraft. (Source: multiple, 10/18/12)

Milestone in ship marked
Austal, Navy and elected officials in Mobile marked a milestone in the life of the third Littoral
Combat Ship Austal is building for the Navy. Austal hosted the traditional keel-laying
ceremony for the USS Jackson (LCS 6), that culminated in Katherine Holmes Cochran,
daughter of Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., welding her initials into an aluminum panel that will
become part of the vessel. Austal officials said 25 percent of the ship has been completed
and it is expected to be delivered to the Navy in 2014. (Source: Mobile Press-Register,
10/18/12)

MSU center to open
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- Mississippi State University will open its $9 million
science and technology center Tuesday. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., is the scheduled
speaker. The center will be home of the Northern Gulf Institute, MSU’s Geosystems
Research Institute, NOAA’s National Coastal Data Development Center and an engineering
branch of NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service. The building was funded by the
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. (Source: Mississippi Press, 10/15/12)

VT Halter teams with French
PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- VT Halter Marine Inc. is teaming with DCNS of Paris to bid on a
contract to build a U.S. Coast Guard Offshore Patrol Cutter. VT Halter would be the prime
contractor and DCNS would be its exclusive subcontractor. The Coast Guard anticipates
buying up to 25 OPCs to replace 28 Medium Endurance Cutters. VT Halter Marine employs
1,800 at shipyards in Pascagoula, Moss Point and Escatawpa. DCNS is a leading designs,
builds and supports surface combatants and submarines. (Source: AL.com, 10/15/12)

Ingalls delivers composite deckhouse
GULFPORT, Miss. -- Huntington Ingalls Industries announced that the company's Ingalls
Shipbuilding division has delivered to the Navy the composite deckhouse for the Zumwalt-
class destroyer, DDG 1000. The 900-ton structure houses the ship's bridge, radars,
antennas and intake/exhaust systems and is designed to provide a significantly smaller
radar cross-section than any other ship in today's fleet. Ingalls is building the composite
deckhouse and hangar for the DDG 1000 class at the company's Composite Center of
Excellence in Gulfport. Made almost exclusively using cored composite construction
processes, the deckhouse and hangar take advantage of the properties of carbon fiber
materials and balsa wood cores. When cured, the composite structure is as strong as steel
but requires little maintenance and is very lightweight. The Gulfport facility also builds
composite masts for the Navy's San Antonio (LPD 17) class of amphibious ships. (Source:
Huntington Ingalls, 10/09/12)

BAE starts dump scow build
MOBILE, Alabama -- BAE Systems in Mobile started construction on the first of two dump
scows for Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co. Employees and executives of both companies
gathered at BAE System's shipyard on Pinto Island to watch as the first piece of steel for the
ship was run through a robotic cutting machine. Delivery is scheduled for April 2013.
(Source: Mobile Press-Register, 10/02/12)

Austal launches JHSV
MOBILE, Ala. -- Austal USA successfully completed the launch process of the second joint
high-speed vessel, the USNS Choctaw County. On Sunday, Austal lifted the vessel out of
the shed where it was being put together onto a deck barge floating in the Mobile River. It
was floated to BAE Systems Southeast Shipyard, where it was transferred to the Drydock
Alabama, BAE's floating dry dock. The dry dock was then submerged and the USNS
Choctaw County entered the water. It was towed back up river to the shipbuilder's facility,
where it will undergo final outfitting. JHSVs are 338 feet long and will be used to move
troops, weapons and cargo. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 10/02/12)

Contract: Ingalls, $11.6M
Huntington Ingalls Inc., Pascagoula, Miss., is being awarded an $11,626,843 cost-plus-fixed-
fee modification to previously awarded contract to exercise an option for fiscal year 2013
class services in support of class product fabrication, delivery, engineering, and engineering
support of the DDG 1000 Zumwalt class destroyer. Work will be performed in Pascagoula,
Miss. (95 percent), and Gulfport, Miss. (5 percent), and is expected to be completed by July
2013. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington Navy Yard, DC, is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 10/01/12)


SEPTEMBER 2012

Bollinger to build cutters
Lockport-based Bollinger Shipyards Inc. will receive $250 million to build six Fast Response
Cutters for the Coast Guard. That’s according to Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La. Chair of the
Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, she said funding  was included in the FY
2012 federal spending bill. The six boats to be built by Bollinger will be home-ported in San
Juan, Puerto Rico. (Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune, 09/21/12)

Navy boat surprises residents
MARY ESTHER, Fla. -- Unidentified boats that worried some residents along the Santa Rosa
Sound on Tuesday evening were part of a training exercise from a Navy team based at
Stennis Space Center, Miss., according to authorities. The gunfire they heard? Blanks. The
exercise was part of a training course run by the Naval Small Craft Instruction and Technical
Training School (NAVSCIATTS). Students were learning how to operate patrol craft for
counterterrorism and counternarcotics operations in coast areas. Authorities received calls
about loud booms and gunshots earlier in the week. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News,
09/20/12)

Eglin’s “narco sub”
A surrogate semi-submersible engineered to mimic the design of drug-running vessels is
helping the Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate
develop better devices to detect them. Called "Pluto," it's homeported at Eglin Air Force
Base, Fla., and being kept operational by the 46th Test Squadron. The vessels are
popularly called "narco subs," build by South American drug cartels. They are actually low-
riders, barely visible on the surface of the ocean. The Coast Guard, Navy, Air Force and
other federal agencies are using Pluto to test remote sensing capabilities on the 45-foot
long vessel in the Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic and Pacific. (Source: Department of Homeland
Security, 09/16/12) Eglin is best known as the base where the Air Force develops and tests
aerial weapons, and more recently as home of the F-35 training center.

Contract: Ingalls, $83.3M
Huntington Ingalls Inc., Pascagoula, Miss., is being awarded a cost-plus award fee contract
for CG 47-class cruisers and DD 963-class destroyers Integrated Planning Yard Services.
The base year of the contract has an estimated value of $83,271,169, of which $1,000 is
being obligated at contract award. This contract includes options which, if exercised, would
bring the cumulative value of this contract to $468,155,000. Work will be done in
Pascagoula, and is expected to be completed by August 2013. Contract funds in the amount
of $1,000 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Incremental funding will be
provided by the administering activity. This contract was not competitively procured pursuant
to FAR 6.302-1, only one responsible source. The Naval Sea Systems Command,
Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/14/12)

Contract: Northrop Grumman, $18.8M
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Bethpage, N.Y., is being awarded an $18,820,793
modification to previously awarded contract to provide engineering and production planning
services for mission packages that will deploy from and integrate with the Littoral Combat
Ship. Mission package capabilities are currently focused on primary mission areas of mine
warfare emphasizing mine countermeasures, littoral anti-submarine warfare, and littoral
surface warfare operations, including prosecution of small boats. Twenty percent of the work
will be done in Panama City, Fla. Other work locations are Bethpage (45 percent);
Washington, DC (20 percent); Ventura County, Calif. (10 percent); and Dahlgren, Va. (5
percent), and is expected to be completed by December 2013. The Naval Sea Systems
Command, Washington DC, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/12/12)

Navy to christen JHSV
The Navy will christen the Joint High Speed Vessel Choctaw County, named for three U.S.
counties, located in Mississippi, Alabama and Oklahoma, during a ceremony in Mobile, Ala.,
Sept. 15 at 10 a.m. CDT. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus will deliver the ceremony’s
principal address. The 338 foot-long aluminum catamaran is being built by Austal USA in
Mobile. Choctaw County and the eight other JHSVs under contract are for fast, intra-theater
transportation of troops, military vehicles, supplies and equipment. (Source: DoD, 09/13/12)

Ingalls starts destroyer fabrication
PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- Huntington Ingalls has started fabrication on the U.S. Navy's next
Aegis guided missile destroyer, John Finn (DDG 113). The ship will be built at the company's
Ingalls Shipbuilding division and will be the 29th Arleigh Burke-class destroyer built at
Ingalls. The start of fabrication milestone signifies that 100 tons of steel have been cut for
DDG 113. The Arleigh Burke-class destroyers are capable of simultaneously fighting air,
surface and subsurface battles. (Source: Globe Newswire, 09/11/12)

Halter parent wins contracts
Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd., parent company of VT Halter Marine, said its
marine unit has won $143 million worth of shipbuilding and repair contracts. The contracts
include two offshore support vessels valued at $89 million for Hornbeck Offshore Services
Inc., to be built by VT Halter Marine. In November, VT Halter Marine won a $353 million
contract for eight OSVs for Hornbeck, with an option to supply 24 more ships. The OSVs will
be constructed in VT Halter Marine's shipyards in Moss Point, Miss. (Source: Mobile Press-
Register, 09/06/12)

Cutter keel authenticated
PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- The keel of the Coast Guard National Security Cutter Hamilton
(WMSL 753) was authenticated Wednesday at the company's Ingalls Shipbuilding facility. In
the keel laying, the sponsor's name is welded into the keel plate in a traditional ceremony.
Ingalls has delivered three 418-foot long Legend-class NSCs, designed to replace the 378‐
foot Hamilton-class cutters. WMSL 753 is scheduled to be delivered in the third quarter of
2014. A fifth NSC, Joshua James (WMSL 754), is currently being built and expected to be
delivered in the second quarter of 2015. (Source: Huntington Ingalls via Globe Newswire,
09/05/12)


AUGUST 2012

JHSV clears hurdle
MOBILE, Ala. -- Austal USA's USNS Spearhead successfully completed Navy acceptance
trials in the Gulf of Mexico Aug. 17, company officials said. The Joint High Speed Vessel built
in Mobile demonstrated the catamaran's propulsion plant, ship handling and auxiliary
systems. Austal is under contract to build nine 103-meter JHSVs for the Navy under a 10-
ship, $1.6 billion contract. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 08/30/12)

Arlington back from builder’s trials
PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- The amphibious transport dock Arlington (LPD 24), the eighth built
at Huntington Ingalls Industries, recently returned from builder's sea trials in the Gulf of
Mexico. Dock trials started last week, and the ship left HII's Ingalls Shipbuilding division on
Aug. 21 for three days of at-sea testing. A team tested LPD 24's major operational systems.
More than 200 test events took place during the sea trials, including anchor handling, flight
operations, ballasting and de-ballasting the well deck, and compartment air balancing.
(Source: Huntington Ingalls, 08/30/12)

Ingalls extends closure
The Ingalls Shipbuilding facilities in Pascagoula and Gulfport, Miss., and Avondale, La., are
closed until Sept. 4 so damages from Hurricane Isaac can be assessed. The exception is for
the damage assessment teams in Pascagoula and Gulfport, who will report for work Friday,
as well as production control, rigging and transportation personnel in Gulfport. In Avondale,
only personnel contacted by supervisors will report Friday. (Source: Sun Herald, 08/30/12)

Contract: Huntington Ingalls, $7.2M
Huntington Ingalls Industries, Pascagoula, Miss., is being awarded a $7,200,000 modification
to previously awarded contract for research, development, test, and technical services in
support of DDG 1000 Zumwalt-class destroyer. DDG 1000 technical services include
technology development, analytical modeling, qualification of materials, potential
design/process improvements, and design excursions. Work will be done in Pascagoula (80
percent), and Gulfport, Miss. (20 percent), and is expected to complete by September 2013.
Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Naval Sea Systems
Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 08/16/12)

Austal graduates 15
MOBILE, Ala. – Fifteen people graduated from Austal USA’s four-year apprenticeship
program on Tuesday. The ceremony was held in the new Office Complex Multi-Use Room,
completed last month as part of a three-building, $200 million expansion. The graduates
consist of six electrical journeymen, four pipe-fitting journeymen, and five fabrication
journeymen. Each graduate completed a minimum of 576 hours of classroom time and 8,000
hours of on-the-job-learning over a four-year apprenticeship. (Source: Mobile Press-
Register, 08/15/12)

Contract: SAIC, $58.5M
Science Applications International Corp., McLean, Va., is being awarded a $58,485,318 cost-
plus-fixed-fee and cost-plus-incentive-fee contract. The contractor will perform Phases 2
through 4 of the Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV)
Program. The contractor will design, construct, and demonstrate a prototype ACTUV vessel.
The contractor proposed a trimaran platform: key features and innovations for the vessel,
sensors, autonomy and software. This design reflects the results of extensive trade studies
conducted by Science Applications International in Phase 1 which validated the suitability of
a trimaran platform. Long Beach, Miss., will perform 13.4 percent of the work. Other work
sites are Arlington, Va. (25.7 percent); Vancouver, Wash. (27.4 percent); Pittsburgh, Pa.
(8.9 percent); Glen Burnie, Md. (5.7 percent); Portsmouth, R.I. (5.0 percent); Pasadena,
Calif. (4.5 percent); Newport, R.I. (2.6 percent); Melbourne, Fla. (2.4 percent); Bowie, Md.
(1.9 percent); Bristol, R.I. (1.7 percent); Gloucester Point, Va. (0.5 percent); and Virginia
Beach, Va. (0.4 percent). Work is expected to be completed by Aug. 15, 2015. The Defense
Advanced Research Projects Agency is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 08/15/12)

Austal to create more jobs
MOBILE, Ala. – Austal USA will add up to 1,000 new jobs as a result of a new project
agreement with the state, Gov. Robert Bentley said today.  It’s a five-year, $5 million
agreement that will help Austal continue its workforce expansion efforts. As part of the
agreement, the company will also receive employee training services from the Alabama
Industrial Development Training program. Once the overall expansion is completed at
Austal, total employment at the Mobile complex is expected to reach about 4,600 people.
(Source: Office of the Governor, 08/14/12)

Huntington Ingalls graduates 295
PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- Huntington Ingalls Industries held graduation ceremonies for
graduates of Ingalls Shipbuilding's Apprentice School on Saturday. The ceremony, held at
the Biloxi Civic Center, included 295 students from crafts representing shipbuilders from
Pascagoula, Gulfport, Miss., and Avondale, La., sites. Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, delivered
the keynote address. Ingalls Shipbuilding's apprentice program provides comprehensive two-
to-four year curriculums for students interested in shipbuilding careers. Since 1952, the
Apprentice School has produced more than 4,000 graduates in support of the operational
needs of Ingalls Shipbuilding. (Source: Huntington Ingalls via Globe Newswire, 08/13/12)

Center tests underwater device
PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla.  –The Underwater Breathing Apparatus performed at a “world
class” level when the improved deep sea breathing device was tested at extreme depths,
according to the Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division. Called the MK 16
MOD 1 UBA, it looks like a regular diving suit. Upgrading the apparatus will allow it to be
used an additional 10 years, said Navy officials.  (Source:  Panama City News Herald,
08/12/2012)

BAE secures contract
MOBILE, Ala. -- BAE Systems said the Mobile shipyard has picked up a contract from
Houston, Texas-based GulfMark Americas Inc., to build two platform supply vessels. The
288-foot-long vessels are expected to cost $48 million each. The contract also includes the
option to build two additional offshore platform supply vessels, according to Vic Rhoades,
director and general manager at BAE Systems Southeast Shipyards Alabama. (Source:
Mobile Press-Register, 08/08/12)

Command gets new leader
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- Rear Adm. Brian Brown is the new leader of the Naval
Meteorology and Oceanography Command at NASA's Stennis Space Center. He relieved
Rear Adm. Jonathan White in a change of command ceremony Friday. Brown most recently
served as deputy oceanography of the Navy in Washington, but before that was executive
officer of the Naval Oceanographic Office at SSC. White is moving to Washington to become
oceanographer of the Navy. The command's mission is to monitor weather and ocean
conditions worldwide. (Source: WLOX-TV, Sun Herald, 08/03/12)

Ocean in Action workshop set
BILOXI, Miss. -- The Marine Technology Society's TechSurge Oceans in Action Workshop is
scheduled for Aug. 13 and 14 at the IP Casino Resort in Biloxi. Events on the 13th include
exhibit set-up, patron check-in and a reception. The next day featured speakers will detail
major technologies developed or implemented since the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
There also will be exhibits from agencies and companies involved in marine science and
technology projects. To register, click here. Also on the 14th, the Stennis Space Center's
Mississippi Enterprise for Technology will host one-on-one business matchmaking sessions.
The deadline to schedule meetings is Aug. 6. For a list of participating agencies and to
register, click here. (Source: Tcp, 08/01/12)


JULY 2012

Contract: Ingalls, $1.5B
Huntington Ingalls Inc., Pascagoula, Miss., is being awarded a $1,514,080,000 fixed-price-
incentive modification to previously awarded contract for the procurement of the detail
design and construction of Landing Platform Dock ship (LPD 27), it will incorporate the
previously purchased long lead time material efforts and the necessary labor and remaining
material to efficiently construct the ship. Work will be done in Pascagoula (82 percent),
Crozet, Va. (4 percent), Beloit, Wis. (2 percent), and New Orleans, La. (1 percent), with
other efforts performed at various sites throughout the United States (11 percent). Work is
expected to be completed by June 2017. This contract was awarded on a sole-source basis
and was not competitively procured. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C.,
is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 07/27/12)

NOAA ship continues to serve
PASCAGOULA, Miss. – A research vessel that was expected to have a service lifespan of 20
to 25 years when it was launched in 1967 is going on its 300th research cruise and has now
chalked up 45 years of service. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s
Oregon II, built by Ingalls Shipbuilding, will be doing its annual assessment of red snapper
and shark populations in the Gulf of Mexico and western Atlantic. (Source: Mississippi Press,
07/26/12)

TY Offshore looking to hire
GULFPORT, Miss. -- The first of 10 barges was christened and launched Tuesday at TY
Offshore in Gulfport, and company officials said they need more workers to keep pace. John
Dane III, TY Offshore president, said the company wants to hire at least 50 welders and
shipfitters. The next barge for Florida Marine Transporters is under construction and will be
ready in six weeks. Then the barges will be built on a four-week schedule. Beyond the initial
order of 10 barges, Florida Marine has an option to buy 18 more. They are 297 feet long
and 54 feet wide and carry 30,000 barrels of crude oil, or about 1.3 million gallons in a
double skin steel hull. (Source: Sun Herald, 07/24/12)

Somerset to be commissioned
NEW ORLEANS -- The Navy will christen the newest amphibious transport dock ship,
Somerset, July 28 during a 10 a.m. CST ceremony at the Huntington Ingalls Industries
shipyard in Avondale, La. The ship is named in honor of the passengers and crew of United
Airlines Flight 93. Their actions prevented terrorist hijackers from reaching their destination
only to have the airplane crash near Shanksville in Somerset County, Pa., Sept. 11, 2001.
Somerset is the final of three ships named to honor heroes of the September 11 attacks,
joining the USS New York and USS Arlington, respectively. Designated LPD 25, Somerset is
the ninth amphibious transport dock ship in the San Antonio class. (Source: DoD, 07/25/12)

PC Warfare Center gets award
PANAMA CITY, Fla. -- Two teams of engineers from the Naval Surface Warfare Center
Panama City Division were among 19 commands and installations to receive the 2012
Department of the Navy Safety Excellence Award July 11 at the U.S. Navy Memorial and
Naval Heritage Center in Washington D.C. The Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City
Division, a field activity for the Naval Sea Systems Command, was recognized for two distinct
award categories: Safety Integration in Acquisition; and for the Emerging Center of
Excellence. (Source: NNS, 07/24/12)

ONR issues call to innovators
ARLINGTON, Va. -- The Office of Naval Research opened online registration for its biennial
Naval Science and Technology Partnership Conference Oct. 22-24 at the Hyatt Regency
Crystal City in Arlington. Some 1,500 members of ONR's science and technology provider
network, as well as Navy and Marine Corps customers, are expected. The conference is to
raise awareness of the naval S&T strategy and program initiatives and to broaden ONR's
partnership base to explore new ideas. ONR will reintroduce "Pitch a Principal," which allows
members of industry and academia to request one-on-one meetings with ONR decision
makers to pitch proposals. Those interested in participating can submit a request through
the conference website. To register for the event, click here. (Source: NNS, 07/24/12) Gulf
Coast note: The Gulf Coast is a major shipbuilding region; the Office of Naval Research's
Naval Research Laboratory has an operation at Stennis Space Center, Miss.

LCS can’t quickly swap missions
The Navy concluded that its littoral combat ships would take weeks to change missions, not
days as originally hoped. The hope was that the ships could be all-purpose substitutes for
frigates, minesweepers and patrol boats, but a study shows that although they can serve as
anti-piracy vessels and other deterrents, they aren't able to fulfill most of the Navy's fleet
missions. (Source: Defense News, 07/14/12)

Contract inked for underwater devices
NORTH FALMOUTH, Mass. -- Teledyne Benthos recently signed a five-year contract with
the U.S. Naval Oceanographic Office for deep-sea equipment to collect underwater data.
The value is $6 million. The company had a similar contract with the Navy that expired last
year. The products covered by the contract include technology that allows devices anchored
to the ocean floor to be released remotely via acoustics for retrieval. The devices, often
used to monitor data such as ocean currents, can often be deep under water for a year at a
time. This remote system eliminates the need to use a vessel or submersible to retrieve the
device. (Source: Cape Cod Times, 06/14/12)

Contract: Textron, $212.7M
Textron Inc., New Orleans, La., is being awarded a $212,722,820 fixed-priced incentive-fee
contract for the detail design and construction of a ship to shore connector test and training
craft and technical manuals. The SSC program is the functional replacement for the existing
fleet of landing craft, air cushion vehicles, which are nearing the end of their service life. It is
an air-cushioned vehicle designed for a 30-year service life. The ship to shore connector
mission is to land surface assault elements in support of operational maneuver from the sea,
at over-the-horizon distances, while operating from amphibious ships and mobile landing
platforms. This contract includes options, which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative
value of this contract to $570,451,044. Work will be performed in New Orleans, La. (59
percent); Camden, N.J. (26 percent); Great Britain (6 percent); St Louis, Mo. (3 percent);
Indianapolis, Ind. (3 percent); and Eatontown, N.J., (3 percent). Work is expected to be
completed by February 2017. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 07/06/12)

Shrimp harvest may be above average
BILOXI, Miss. -- NOAA scientists predict an above-average season for the commercial
harvest of brown shrimp in the western Gulf. The marine scientists make an annual
prediction of brown shrimp catches based on monitoring juvenile populations, growth
estimates and environmental indicators. They estimate the harvest in the western Gulf will
be 59.2 million pounds, above the historical 50-year average of 56.5 million pounds, NOAA's
officials said Thursday. (Source: Sun Herald, 07/05/12)

BAE gets dump scow contract
MOBILE, Ala. -- BAE Systems has picked up a contract from Illinois-based Great Lakes
Dredge & Dock Co., to build two dump scows, a project expected to add about 125 workers
to the company's Mobile shipyard. The 295-foot-long dump scows will be built concurrently,
with completion slated for 2013. The contract also includes the option for the shipyard to
build two additional dump scows, vessels used to transport and dump sediments acquired
while dredging waterways. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 06/28/12)


JUNE 2012

Ship finishes acceptance trials
AVONDALE, La. -- Amphibious transport dock Anchorage successfully completed its
acceptance trials last week, according to the Navy. LPD 23, under construction at Ingalls
Shipbuilding, is the seventh in the LPD 17 class to be built by the company. Three others
LPDs are also under construction at the Pascagoula, Miss., and Avondale shipyards.
Arlington (LPD 24), Somerset (LPD 25), and John P. Murtha. (Source: Mississippi Press,
06/25/12)

Contract: Ingalls, $9.3M
Huntington Ingalls Inc., Pascagoula, Miss., is being awarded a $9,298,610 cost-plus-fixed-
fee modification to previously awarded contract for government furnished equipment
workshare transportation efforts in support of the Zumwalt class destroyer. The modification
will provide GFE workshare transportation efforts for the procurement of material required
for the fabrication of cradles, fixtures, and other equipment that are necessary to safely and
securely transport class products from Huntington Ingalls in Pascagoula to Bath Iron Works
in Bath, Maine. Nearly all the work will be performed in Pascagoula, with 5 percent in
Gulfport, Miss., and is expected to be completed by June 2014. The Naval Sea Systems
Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 06/26/12)

Changes afoot at Austal
MOBILE, Ala. -- Changes are taking place at shipbuilder Austal USA. Joe Rella resigned as
president of Austal USA, and the company may be talking to General Dynamics to sell at
least part of its Mobile shipyard. The Mobile Press-Register cited maritime analyst Tim
Colton's blog. Colton said in a post today that the "hot rumor" is that a majority interest in
the yard is being sold to General Dynamics, whose Marine Systems division includes Bath
Iron Works and Electric Boat. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 06/26/12) Austal USA is
owned by Australia's Austal.

Contract: Lockheed Martin, $17.4M
Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Sensors, Moorestown, N.J., is being awarded a
$17,430,000 modification to previously awarded contract for DDG 51 class and CG 47 class
Aegis Combat System installation, integration and test in support of the Program Executive
Officer (PEO) for Integrated Warfare Systems (IWS). The required ship integration and test
engineering for Aegis ships includes program management, planning, installation,
integration, testing, training, personnel, and associated services to effectively support PEO
IWS efforts for the installation, integration, and test of Aegis Combat Systems. Twenty-two
percent of the work will be done in Pascagoula, Miss. Other work sites are Moorestown, N.J.
(37 percent); Bath, Maine (25 percent); San Diego, Calif. (6 percent); Washington, D.C. (5
percent); Norfolk, Va. (3 percent); Port Hueneme, Calif. (1 percent); and Syracuse, N.Y. (1
percent). Work is expected to be completed by November 2012. The Naval Sea Systems
Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 06/25/12) Previous
modification

Ingalls gets tax break
PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- The city of Pascagoula passed a resolution this week waiving
property tax for nine years on $18.8 million worth of machinery, equipment and furniture at
Ingalls Shipbuilding. The exemption provides Ingalls with an annual savings of $111,637.
The company told city councilmen it would help keep the yard viable in a competitive military
shipbuilding environment. Total savings will be over $1.1 million. (Source: Mississippi Press,
06/21/12)

Austal USA wins award
Austal USA, Daikin America and Cascades Sonoco were announced as winners of the 2012
Manufacturer of the Year Awards at a luncheon today in Montgomery, Ala. The awards,
presented by the Business Council of Alabama and the Alabama Technology Network,
recognizes manufacturers in Alabama for excellence. Austal, of Mobile, builds aluminum
ships for the Navy. It won in the large manufacturer category. (Source: Birmingham News,
06/20/12)

Contract: Lockheed Martin, $11.8M
Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Sensors, Moorestown, N.J., is being awarded an
$11,842,065 modification to previously awarded contract for DDG 51 class and CG 47 class
Aegis Combat System installation, integration and test, and fleet life cycle engineering
support. The required Aegis ship integration and test engineering includes: program
management, planning, training, personnel, and services to effectively support Program
Executive Office Integrated Warfare Systems and Naval Sea Systems Command Surface
Warfare directorate in the execution of the cruiser modernization program; and post
availability test and trials, combat system ship qualification trials, and developmental test
planning and execution. Twenty-two percent of the work will be done in Pascagoula, Miss.
Other work will be done in Moorestown, N.J.; Bath, Maine; San Diego, Calif.; Washington, D.
C.; Norfolk, Va.; Port Hueneme, Calif.; and Syracuse, N.Y. Work is expected to be completed
by September 2012. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 06/19/12)

New GCRL director named
OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. -- Dr. Eric Powell will become the new director of the Gulf Coast
Research Laboratory, according to the University of Southern Mississippi, beginning in
September. Powell is currently a professor at the Hasskin Shellfish Research Laboratory at
the School of Environmental and Biological Science at Rutgers University. Powell replaces
Dr. Bill Hawkins, who retired June 2011. Hawkins led the GCRL’s expansion, which now
includes 16 buildings at the lab’s 224-acre Cedar Point expansion site in Ocean Springs.
(Source: University of Southern Mississippi, 06/12/12)

BAE starts hopper dredge project
MOBILE, Ala. -- BAE Systems has begun construction on the MV Magdalen, a trailing
suction hopper dredge for Weeks Marine Inc. Executives from both companies were at BAE
Systems' Mobile shipyard this week as steel was cut for the vessel's first module, which will
weigh 130 tons. BAE expects to complete the 340-foot vessel in 2014. The vessel will be the
first designed by Netherlands-based IHC Merwede to be built in the United States. (Source:
Mobile Press-Register, 06/07/12)

Decisive gets new commander
PASCAGOULA, Miss. – Cmdr. Mark Walsh took over command of the 210-foot cutter
Decisive during a ceremony Thursday at the Coast Guard Station at Singing River Island.
Turning over command was Cmdr. Teri Jordan. The ship has been in Pascagoula since
1998. (Source: Sun Herald, 06/07/12)

Keel ceremony held
PASCAGOULA, Miss. – Ingalls Shipbuilding held a brief ceremony to authenticate the keel
for its 10th amphibious transport-dock ship, the John P. Murtha. Following U.S. Navy
tradition, the keel was authenticated to verify it has been "truly and fairly laid." The keel-
laying for the LPD 26 vessel was completed in February. The ship is in the San Antonio
class. Ingalls has delivered six such ships to the Navy. (Source: Sun Herald, 06/06/12)

Contract: Ingalls, $17.3M
Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc., Pascagoula, Miss., is being awarded a $17,334,110 cost-
plus-award-fee/cost-plus-fixed-fee with performance incentives contract for DDG 51-class
follow yard services. The follow yard services provides necessary engineering, technical,
material procurement and production support; configuration; class flight upgrades and new
technology support; data and logistics management; lessons learned analysis; acceptance
trials; post delivery test and trials; post shakedown availability support; reliability and
maintainability; system safety program support; material and fleet turnover support; shipyard
engineering team; turnkey; crew indoctrination, design tool/design standardization, detail
design development, and other technical and engineering analyses for the purpose of
supporting DDG 51 class ship construction and test and trials. In addition, DDG 51 class
follow-yard services may provide design, engineering, procurement and
manufacturing/production services to support design feasibility studies and analyses that
modify DDG 51 class destroyers for Foreign Military Sales programs sponsored by the
Department of the Navy and the Department of Defense. Work will be performed in
Pascagoula, Miss. (98 percent), and Washington, D.C. (2 percent), and is expected to be
completed by February 2013. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 06/07/12)

Building for the future
New maritime training academies in Pascagoula, Miss., and Mobile, Ala., will help ensure that
area shipyards have a steady supply of workers. In Pascagoula, pilings on the $20 million,
76,000-square-foot Haley Reeves Barbour Maritime Training Academy north of Ingalls
Shipbuilding are about 90 percent driven. In Mobile, the $12 million Maritime Training Center
near Austal USA is already supplying workers. It opened in January 2011. (Source: Mobile
Press-Register, 06/05/12)

LHA launched from drydock
PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- The U.S. Navy's next amphibious assault ship, America (LHA 6) was
launched from Ingalls Shipbuilding’s floating drydock Monday. Ingalls last week received a
$2.38 billion contract to build the next ship in the class, Tripoli (LHA 7). The two ships are
the first in the new America class of amphibious assault ships. The ships are 844 feet long
and 106 feet wide and will be capable of carrying a Marine Expeditionary Unit, including
Marine helicopters, MV‐22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft and F‐35B Joint Strike Fighter aircraft,
allowing it to serve as a small aircraft carrier. (Source: Globe Newswire, 06/05/12)

USS Mississippi commissioned
PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- The $2 billion USS Mississippi nuclear submarine was set into active
duty Saturday at 11:28 a.m. by Navy Secretary Ray Mabus at the Port of Pascagoula in a
public event that drew spectators and dignitaries. The submarine arrived last week to the
commissioning site on the west bank of the Pascagoula River. (Source: Sun Herald,
06/02/12)


MAY 2012

Contract: Ingalls, $2.4B
Huntington Ingalls Inc., Pascagoula, Miss., is being awarded a $2,381,448,356 modification
to previously awarded fixed-price incentive contract for detail design and construction of the
Navy's next large-deck amphibious assault ship LHA 7, including crew familiarization,
technical manuals, and engineering and post-delivery industrial services. Work will be
performed in Pascagoula, Miss. (92.5 percent); Charlottesville, Va. (2.4 percent); Beloit,
Wis. (1.5 percent); Ocean Springs, Miss. (1.4 percent); Santa Fe Springs, Calif. (1.2
percent); and Brunswick, Ga. (1 percent), and is expected to be completed by June 2018.
The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity. (Source:
DoD, 05/31/12)

Brown to lead command
Capt. Brian B. Brown, who has been selected for the rank of rear admiral (lower half), will be
assigned as commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, Stennis Space
Center, Miss. Brown is currently serving as executive assistant to the director,
Oceanography, Space, and Maritime Domain Awareness, N2/N6E, Office of the Chief of
Naval Operations, Washington, D.C. (Source: DoD, 05/29/12) Before he was assigned to
Washington D.C., post in 2011, Brown headed the Naval Oceanographic Office at SSC.

Study finds sea life increase
MOBILE, Ala. -- Nearly four times as many fish, shrimp and crabs were in Alabama waters in
the fall of 2011 as there were before the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. That’s according to
data collected by the Dauphin Island Sea Lab. Scientists believe the months-long fishing
closure caused by the spill helps explain the dramatic increase. John Valentine, director of
Sea Lab, said the data indicates the waters in Alabama nearshore are in relatively good
shape. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 05/26/12)

USS Mississippi arrives
PASCAGOULA, Miss. – The USS Mississippi arrived in Pascagoula Friday to cheering
crowds. The 377-foot nuclear-powered attack submarine will be commissioned June 2, an
event expected to draw thousands. The Virginia-class sub was built by General Dynamics
Electric Boat in Groton, Conn., and will be assigned to Submarine Group Two. Electric Boat
and its major subcontractor, Huntington Ingalls Industries-Newport News, have received
contracts to build 18 of the subs. (Sources: multiple, including AP via Times-Picayune,
Mississippi Press, WKRG-TV, 05/25/12)

LPD 23 completes builder's trial
PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- Amphibious transport dock Anchorage successfully completed its
builder's trials last week, Ingalls Shipbuilding said Monday. LPD 23, under construction at
the company's Avondale, La., shipyard, is the seventh in the LPD 17-class to be built by
Ingalls. The 684-foot-long vessel's primary mission is to transport up to 800 Marines, their
fighting vehicles and aircraft. Builder's trials are meant to measure performance and identify
any possible construction discrepancies. (Source: Mississippi Press, Globe Newswire,
05/21/12)

Boat yard shutting down
MOBILE, Ala. – Harrison Brothers Dry Dock and Repair Yard is closing after 117 years. The
inventory is being sold in one chunk, and owner Bill Harrison III wants to clear and lease the
land. The yard has operated on the east bank of the Mobile River since 1895, but a
combination of factors, including a slack economy, led to the decision to close. (Source:
Mobile Press-Register, 05/17/12)

San Diego to be commissioned
SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- The Navy on Saturday will commission the newest San Antonio-class
amphibious transport dock ship, San Diego. The ship is named for the principal homeport of
the Pacific fleet. Adm. Mark Ferguson, vice chief of naval operations, will deliver the principal
address. Built by Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Miss., the ship is 684 feet long and
capable of embarking a landing force of about 800 Marines. Four turbo-charged diesel
engines power the ship to sustained speeds in excess of 22 knots. (Source: DoD, 05/17/12)

Contract: Ingalls, $133.8M
Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc., Pascagoula, Miss., is being awarded a $133,751,000 cost-
plus-fixed-fee not-to-exceed modification to previously awarded contract for advance
procurement of long-lead-time materials and pre-construction activities in support of
Landing Platform Dock 27. Work will be performed in Pascagoula, Miss., and is expected to
complete by June 2017. Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 05/15/12)

Austal confident
Austal is confident its contract with the U.S. Navy will not be affected by a move to
investigate purchase of the ships. A committee wants the Government Accountability Office
to look into how the U.S. Navy has dealt with problems associated with its 55-vessel Littoral
Combat Ship program, including rust issues. Austal USA is building the Independence class
version of the LCS in Mobile, Ala. Company CEO Andrew Bellamy told PerthNow he has
never felt more confident about the LCS program. (Source: PerthNow, 05/10/12)

Contract: Enterprise Ventures, $12.5M
Enterprise Ventures Corp., Johnstown, Pa., is being awarded a $12,529,511 firm-fixed-price
contract for the production of 12 carriage, stream, tow, and recovery system kits in support
of the Naval Air Systems Command, MH-60S Airborne Mine Countermeasures Program. The
objectives of the program are to design, fabricate, test, and integrate a system for the
carriage, stream, tow and recovery of all five airborne mine countermeasures sensors to
support the mission of the MH-60S helicopter. The contract includes an option that would
bring the cumulative value to $31,969,022. Work will be performed in Johnstown, Pa., and is
expected to complete by November 2014. Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City
Division, Fla., is the Contracting Activity. (Source: DoD, 05/11/12)

New cutter leaking
The Associated Press reports that a Coast Guard cutter built by Ingalls Shipbuilding in
Pascagoula, Miss., will have to be put in dry dock for repairs. Temporary repairs were made
to the four leaks found in April on the USCG Stratton. The 418-foot long ship, the third ship
of its class, is homeported in California and was delivered to the Coast Guard in September
2011. No similar problems have been found in the other two ships of the class. (Source:
Associated Press via the Sun Herald, Mississippi Press, others, 05/08/12) The $551 million
Stratton (WMSL 752) can reach a top speed of 28 knots and carries a crew of 110. The first
two ships of the Legend class are the Bertholf (WMSL 750) and Waesche (WMSL 751).

Hangar heads to Maine
GULFPORT, Miss. – A composite helicopter hangar built by Ingalls Shipbuilding in Gulfport
is heading for Bath Iron Works in Maine. The 60 foot wide structure took nearly two years to
construct. Another, even larger composite structure, the deckhouse is still being built and is
expected to be shipped to Maine this summer. (Source: WLOX-TV, 05/07/12)

Contract: Lockheed Martin, $7.7M
Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Sensors, Moorestown, N.J., is being awarded a
$7,708,000 modification to previously awarded contract for DDG 51-class and CG 47-class
Aegis combat system installation, integration, testing, and fleet life-cycle engineering
support of the Program Executive Officer for Integrated Warfare Systems. The required
engineering for DDG 51-class and CG 47-class ships includes program management and
operation support, quality assurance, configuration management, ship design integration,
fleet lifecycle engineering support, installation support, firmware maintenance, combat
system test and evaluation, Navy-furnished material support, special studies, and future-
ship integration studies. Work will be performed in Moorestown, N.J. (55 percent); Norfolk,
Va. (18 percent); Baltimore, Md. (15 percent); San Diego, Calif. (5 percent); Bath, Maine (2
percent); Washington, D.C. (2 percent); Pascagoula, Miss. (1 percent); Port Hueneme, Calif.
(1 percent); and Syracuse, N.Y. (1 percent). Work is expected to completed by September
2012. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 05/07/12)

LHA 7 to be named Tripoli
Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced Friday the selection of USS Tripoli as the
name for the Navy's next large-deck amphibious assault ship, LHA 7. It will be the third ship
to be named Tripoli, a name that commemorates the capture of Derna in 1805 by a small
force of U.S. Marines and about 370 soldiers from 11 other nations during the First Barbary
War. LHA 7 has an increased aviation capacity to include an enlarged hangar deck and
more that will support helicopters, tilt rotors and Joint Strike Fighters F-35B aircraft. (Source:
DoD, 05/04/12) Gulf Coast note: LHA 7 is being built by Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula,
Miss.

JHSV keel-laying held
MOBILE, Ala. – Austal USA hosted its own version of the traditional keel-laying ceremony
Thursday for the third Joint High Speed Vessel. About 100 people gathered for the
ceremony. JHSVs are designed to transport troops, equipment and supplies quickly
throughout theaters. They are equipped with helicopter landing pads and can quickly
maneuver and operate in shallow waters. The full program consists of 10 vessels and is
potentially worth over $1.6 billion. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 05/03/12)

Sub delivered ahead of schedule
GROTON, Conn. -- General Dynamics Electric Boat today delivered the nuclear-powered
attack submarine Mississippi, SSN-782, to the U.S. Navy 363 days ahead of contract
schedule and more than $60 million below target cost. John Holmander, vice president and
Virginia program manager for General Dynamics Electric Boat, noted that the ship is at the
most combat-ready state of any Virginia-class submarine at delivery. Mississippi, the ninth
ship of the class, will join the fleet in a commissioning ceremony June 2 in Pascagoula, Miss.
(Source: General Dynamics, 05/02/12)

USS Independence arrives in S.D.
SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- The littoral combat ship USS Independence, LCS 2, arrived at Naval
Base San Diego May 2, completing the ship's maiden voyage to her homeport.
Independence, commissioned in 2010, is the first Independence-class ship to transit the
Panama Canal, conduct a foreign port visit and arrive in San Diego. After two years of
training off the coast of Florida, the ship's transit from Mayport to San Diego marks the
successful completion of testing the ability of the ship's Mine Countermeasures mission
package to detect, localize, and destroy mines in a tactical environment. (Source: NNS,
05/02/12) Gulf Coast note: The ship was built by Austal USA in Mobile, Ala.

Contract: Ingalls, $11.5M
Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc., Pascagoula, Miss., is being awarded a $11,497,083
modification to previously awarded contract to exercise an option for fiscal 2012 class
services in support of class product fabrication, delivery, engineering, engineering support
and integrated logistics support of the Zumwalt Class (DDG 1000) destroyer. Work will be
performed in Pascagoula, Miss. (95 percent), and Gulfport, Miss. (5 percent), and is
expected to be completed by October 2012. The Naval Sea Systems Command,
Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 04/30/12)


APRIL 2012

Group critical of Lockheed LCS
A report from a watchdog group was highly critical of the Lockheed Martin version of the
Littoral Combat Ship, and recommending dropping it in favor of the Austal USA variant built
in Mobile, Ala. The Project on Government Oversight said it reviewed internal Navy
documents, and in a letter delivered to House and Senate leaders said the Lockheed vessel
has a history of hull cracks, equipment failure and other design problems making it unsafe
for service. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 04/25/12)

Exploration command center opens
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- Mississippi State University's new Science and
Technology Center here is now home of the country's seventh National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration Exploration Command Center. The center, using "telepresence
technology," enables research scientists at sea and colleagues on shore to simultaneously
view live video streams from underseas. The MSU-led Northern Gulf Institute and NOAA's
Office of Ocean Exploration and Research are coordinating the first use at Stennis of this
technology. A key part of the effort is the Okeanos Explorer, the NOAA exploration flagship
currently probing the floor of the Gulf of Mexico. Telepresence technology enables scientists
aboard vessels to be in constant contact with others ashore through a combination of high-
definition cameras and remotely operated underwater vehicles. The network includes an
Internet-enabled intercom system for voice communication as the ship's remotely operated
vehicles send a continuous stream of live video and data. (Source: MSU, 04/24/12)

Nelson: Name ship after P.C.
PANAMA CITY, Fla. – Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., has written to Secretary of the Navy Ray
Mabus to request a Navy ship be named after Panama City. According to a letter dated
Thursday, “Panama City has a long history in Mine Warfare beginning in 1945 when the
Navy moved the U.S. Navy Mine Countermeasures Station to Florida.” The mission, size and
responsibilities for the activity has expanded to meet the military’s needs. The Navy
operation in Panama City more recently has played a key role in development of the Littoral
Combat Ship Mine Hunting and Mine Neutralization missions, the letter said. (Source:
Panama City News Herald, 04/20/12)

DDG 1002 named Johnson
WASHINGTON -- Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus said Monday that the next Zumwalt-class
destroyer will be named the USS Lyndon B. Johnson, after the nation's 36th president. The
ship, DDG-1002, is the third ship of the Zumwalt class being built by General Dynamics' Bath
Iron Works in Maine. The ships, designed for sustained operations in the littorals and land
attack, are 600 feet long with a speed of 30 knots. (Source: NNS, 04/16/12) Gulf Coast note:
Ingalls Shipbuilding's Gulfport operation supplies the composite deckhouse and other
composite sections for the Zumwalt ships.

Alcoa sends Amah tips to Austal
Alcoa said it's delivered a set of two "ready for installation" aluminum Amah tips to Austal
USA for use on the future Littoral Combat Ship USS Jackson (LCS 6). An Amah tip is the
leading edge of the all-aluminum, trimaran-type vessel's outrigger, or amah, and is more
than seven feet across and weighs 850 pounds. The LCS 6 is currently being built for the U.
S. Navy at Austal's Mobile, Ala., shipyard. A second set of Amah tips for the USS
Montgomery (LCS 8) will be delivered to Austal next month. (Source: Business Wire,
04/16/12)

Maritime robots grab spotlight
Two new maritime robots, both with Gulf Coast ties, have been unveiled recently. Today at
the Navy League's Sea-Air-Space Exposition in Maryland, General Dynamics unveiled a
quarter-scale model of the Surface Mine Countermeasure Unmanned Undersea Vehicle,
"Knifefish." It's a heavyweight-class minehunting, unmanned undersea vehicle designed for
the Littoral Combat Ship mine countermeasure mission package. Development and
manufacturing work on this program is done in Greensboro, N.C., Fairfax, Va., Quincy,
Mass., Braintree, Mass., and Panama City, Fla. A version of the LCS is built in Mobile, Ala.,
by Austal USA. (Source: General Dynamics, 04/16/12) Last week in New Orleans, Textron
showed off the Common Unmanned Surface Vessel at its Textron Marine and Land Systems
shipyard. The 39-foot long unmanned system can navigate and patrols the high seas on its
own and reach 28 knots. It can be controlled remotely from 10 to 12 miles away, or further
away it can be switched to a satellite control system. (Source: multiple, including New
Orleans Times Picayune, 04/12/12)

River tug delivered
BAYOU LA BATRE, Ala. -- Horizon Shipbuilding of Bayou La Batre has delivered an inland
river tugboat to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The 58-foot M/V General Irwin was
christened March 30 in Eufaula. The vessel will be used in operations and maintenance
work. Horizon, with about 240 employees, spent 13 months on the tug, built under a contract
valued at $3.8 million. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 04/11/12)

SSC getting new research center
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- NASA's Stennis Space Center will be the home of the
National Oceans and Applications Research Center, Gov. Phil Bryant said Wednesday at
the ribbon-cutting for the Infinity Science Center. NOARC will combine the capabilities of
NASA, NOAA and the Navy to analyze and understand the Gulf of Mexico watershed and
other oceans NOAA monitors. Bryant said the center will be the "Woods Hole of the South,"
a reference to the world-renown center in Massachusetts. NOARC data could be used to
develop environmental management best practices, identify optimal sites to build
infrastructure and help guide coastal restoration efforts. NOARC will leverage a partnership
with the Mississippi Enterprise for Technology to help encourage the development of small
businesses that benefit from NOARC data. NOARC will be funded with remaining monies that
BP granted to Mississippi during the response to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion.
The center will receive initial funding of $500,000 to provide for basic startup needs.
(Sources: Sun Herald, WLOX-TV, press release, 04/11/12) Stennis Space Center is home to
30 agencies, including NASA and NOAA. It's also the center for the Navy's oceanographic
work.

Avondale still on track to close
Huntington Ingalls Industries is sticking to plans to close its Avondale shipyard near New
Orleans, the company's Chief Executive Officer, Michael Petters, said in an interview in
Bloomberg's Washington office. Shipbuilding will end at Avondale by mid- to late-2013, after
it delivers its last amphibious ship. The company continues to seek a partner, such as a
heavy manufacturer that will develop an alternative use, Petters said. The closure plans
were first announced in 2010 when HII was still part of Northrop Grumman. The company is
consolidating its Gulf Coast work at the company's shipyards in Pascagoula and Gulfport,
Miss. (Source: Bloomberg, 04/10/12)

Sub completes sea trial
GROTON, Conn. -- The nation's newest nuclear-powered attack submarine, Mississippi
(SSN-782), returned to the Electric Boat shipyard following the successful completion of its
first voyage in open seas. During the alpha sea trials, Mississippi submerged for the first
time and conducted high-speed runs on and under the surface to demonstrate that the
submarine's propulsion plant is fully mission-capable. Mississippi is the ninth ship of the
Virginia Class. The submarine will be commissioned June 2 in Pascagoula, Miss. Electric
Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics. (Source: General Dynamics,
04/09/12)

Contract: Northrop Grumman, $27M
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Aerospace Systems, Melbourne, Fla., is being awarded
a $27,058,492 modification to previously awarded contract for the procurement of the
AN/AES-1 Airborne Laser Mine Detection System (ALMDS) low rate initial production. Work
will be performed in Melbourne, Fla. (36.2 percent); Tucson, Ariz. (34 percent); St. Charles,
Mo. (12.5 percent); Irvine, Calif. (8 percent); San Clarita, Calif. (5 percent); and Edgewood,
N.Y. (4.3 percent). Work is expected to be completed by April 2014. The Naval Surface
Warfare Center Panama City Division, Panama City, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source:
DoD, 04/05/12)

Contract: Ingalls, $50.3M
Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc., Pascagoula, Miss., is being awarded a $50,300,000
modification to previously awarded contract for procurement of additional long lead time
material in support of the LHA replacement, Flight 0, amphibious assault ship, LHA 7. Work
will be performed in Pascagoula, Miss., and is expected to complete by May 2013. Naval Sea
Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 04/04/12)

Titanium hulls in the future?
ARLINGTON, Va. -- An Office of Naval Research-funded project is producing a full-size ship
hull section made with marine grade titanium using a welding innovation that could help
bring titanium into future ship construction. Researchers at the University of New Orleans
School of Naval Architecture and Textron Marine and Land Systems are demonstrating the
project, and expect to have a complete hull this summer. Friction-stir welds more than 17
feet long joined the titanium alloy plates for the section's deck. Friction-stir welding works
well for most aluminum alloys, but titanium is hard to join by the same process because of
the high temperatures required. The researchers overcame that problem by using new
titanium friction-stir welding methods developed by Florida-based Keystone Synergistic
Enterprises Inc., with funding from both ONR and the Air Force. The processes were scaled
up and transferred to the National Center for Advanced Manufacturing in New Orleans,
which is a partnership between UNO, NASA and Louisiana. (Source: Office of Naval
Research, 04/03/12)


MARCH 2012

Ingalls gets NSC contract
PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- Huntington Ingalls Industries said its Ingalls Shipbuilding division has
received a $76 million fixed-price contract from the U.S. Coast Guard to purchase long-lead
materials for a sixth National Security Cutter. Construction and delivery of the yet-to-be-
named WMSL 755 will be performed at the company's Pascagoula facility. A second phase
of the contract, when awarded, would bring the overall value to $88 million. The cutters are
418 feet long and displace 4,500 tons with a full load. They have a top speed of 28 knots, a
range of 12,000 miles, an endurance of 60 days and a crew of 110. (Source: Globe
Newswire, 03/30/12)

Sequestration threatens LCS
The Pentagon would expect hundreds of thousands of layoffs across the defense industry if
lawmakers don’t act to avert an additional $500 billion in defense budget cuts that could
take effect in January 2013. Frank Kendall, the Defense Department's acting
undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics, said the cuts would force the
Pentagon to break many contracts, including the Navy's contracts with Lockheed Martin and
Austal USA for littoral combat ships. (Source: Reuters, 03/29/12)

HII marks first year
Huntington Ingalls Industries marked its first year of operations after its spinoff from Northrop
Grumman when CEO Mike Petters rang the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange on
Thursday. Huntington Ingalls has two sectors: a Newport News facility in Virginia and Ingalls
Shipbuilding on the Gulf Coast, which oversees the Pascagoula, Miss., yard, a composite
yard in Gulfport, Miss., and an Avondale, La., yard that will close next year. The Ingalls yard
in Pascagoula builds warships for the Navy and Coast Guard and is one of the state’s
largest private employers. HII finished four ships, started construction on two, received new
construction contracts on three and is at the halfway point on structural work for the aircraft
carrier Gerald R. Ford. (Sources: Sun Herald, 03/29/12, Mississippi Press, 03/30/12)

Contract: General Dynamics, $27M
General Dynamics Information Technology, Herndon, Va., is being awarded a $27,091,748
indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for information technology engineering and
mission sustainment services in support of the commander, Naval Meteorology and
Oceanography Command, Stennis Space Center, Miss. Sixty percent of the work will be
done at SSC. Other sites are Monterey, Calif. (20 percent); Washington, D.C. (10 percent);
San Diego, Calif. (8 percent); and Bahrain, Saudi Arabia (2 percent). Work is expected to be
completed by April 1, 2013. The NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support, Mechanicsburg, Pa., is
the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/29/12)

DDG-1000 completes key test
The future USS Zumwalt completed a major developmental test Tuesday, demonstrating the
integration of the engineering control system software and the ship’s integrated power
system, the Naval Sea Systems Command announced Thursday. The test, which marks the
successful completion of the second of two developmental tests, verified the software and
hardware compatibility and interoperability between the ECS hardware and the IPS. The
Ingalls composite center of excellence in Gulfport, Miss., builds composite deckhouse and
hangars for the Zumwalt and the Pascagoula yard builds steel units that support the
composite deliveries and the aft peripheral vertical launch system ship sections. Bath Iron
Works in Maine ultimately assembles the vessels. (Source: Mississippi Press, 03/23/12)

Austal wins safety award
MOBILE, Ala. -- Shipbuilder Austal USA has earned the Award for Excellence in Safety from
the Shipbuilders Council of America, a national trade association of the shipbuilding
industry. Notice of the award, the fourth in a row for Austal, was announced by the company
in a news release on Thursday. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 03/22/12) Austal builds
littoral combat ships and joint high-speed vessels for the U.S. military.

Robot to robot refueling tested
WASHINGTON -- The Naval Research Laboratory successfully demonstrated the robotic
fluids transfer from a stationary platform to an unmanned surface vehicle in wave heights
greater than three feet. The Rapid Autonomous Fuel Transfer project was able to track the
motion of a Sea Fox naval vessel, emplace a magnetic refueling fitting to an on-board
receptacle and complete fluids transfer. The testing was done at the Army Aberdeen Test
Center wave simulator facility. Further robotic transfer tests may include land-based
autonomous vehicles and unmanned aerial vehicle. (Source: NRL via Business Wire,
03/20/12) Gulf Coast note: This region is heavily involved in unmanned systems, including
aerial and maritime, and is a major shipbuilding region; the NRL has an operation at Stennis
Space Center, Miss.

Engineers design UxV controllers
PANAMA CITY, Fla. – Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division scientists and
engineers have designed unmanned system controllers for a younger generation of sailor
raised on video-game controllers. The latest proof-of-concept uses an Xbox Kinect to deliver
gesture-based robotic controls. It’s been demonstrated as a viable interface for human-
machine interaction with omni-directional vehicles. Gesture-based robot control and similar
approaches that utilize "human-centric" interaction with unmanned-systems opens a door to
the future of effective human-robot teams in which communication is natural. Speech,
gestures, and facial expressions, are intuitive and can reduce training requirements.
(Source: NNS, 03/16/12)

Navy orders four LCSs
Contracts for four more Littoral Combat Ships were awarded March 16 by the Navy, bringing
the total number of LCS vessels under order or in service to 12. Lockheed Martin received
$715 million for two ships and Austal USA received $691.6 million for two ships. In Mobile,
Ala., where Austal builds its LCS, the award will fund the shipyard's fifth and sixth LCSs. The
vessels, meant for minesweeping, submarine-hunting, anti-piracy efforts and special forces
operations, represent the third funding increment to be awarded under a 10-ship, $3.8
billion deal that Austal secured in December 2010. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, Navy
Times, 03/16/12)

Contract: Lockheed Martin, $20M
Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Sensors, Moorestown, N.J., is being awarded a
$20,000,000 modification to previously awarded contract exercising an option for
integration, installation, and testing of the Aegis combat system on DDG 51-class ships. The
tasks to be accomplished include planning, technical data package development, test
procedure development, test engineering, installation engineering, and combat system test
engineering. Work will be performed in Moorestown, N.J. (37 percent); Bath, Maine (25
percent); Pascagoula, Miss. (22 percent); San Diego (6 percent); Washington, D.C. (5
percent); Norfolk, Va. (3 percent); Port Hueneme, Calif. (1 percent); and Syracuse, N.Y. (1
percent), and is expected to be completed by September 2012. Naval Sea Systems
Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/16/12)

Contract: Austal, $19.7M
Austal USA, Mobile, Ala., is being awarded a $19,692,295 modification to previously
awarded contract to exercise options for special studies, analyses, review and class service
efforts for the Littoral Combat Ship program. This effort will assess engineering and
production challenges and evaluate the cost and schedule risks from affordability efforts to
reduce LCS acquisition and lifecycle costs. Work will be performed in Mobile, Ala. (72
percent) and Pittsfield, Mass. (28 percent). Work is expected to be complete by March 2013.
The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity. (Source:
DoD, 03/14/12)

Mine-sweep system overhauled
PANAMA CITY, Fla. -- ITT Exelis has completed its first overhaul of a mine-sweeping system
for the U.S. Navy. The Naval Surface Warfare Center in Panama City, Fla., awarded this
sole-source indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract in 2009, which has a potential
value of $49 million. The refurbishment extends the life of this MK-105 Mod 4 Airborne Mine
Countermeasure Influence Sweep unit for another 10 years. (Source: ITT Excelis via
Business Wire, 03/12/12)

Shipyards finish repairs
MOBILE, Ala. -- BAE Systems Southeast Shipyards and Austal USA finished a four-month
repair and maintenance job on a Navy research vessel. The companies in November
announced they were teaming up to work on the Sea Fighter, an experimental vessel based
out of Panama City, Fla., an aluminum catamaran that the Office of Naval Research uses to
test technologies it will use on its littoral combat ships and joint high-speed vessels. (Source:
Mobile Press-Register, 03/08/12)

Signet tugs perform tow
PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- The Noble Max Smith rig that’s been under repair at Signal
International's west shipyard was moved Monday by the newest of Signet Maritime's tug
fleet. The Signet Constellation and the Signet Stars & Stripes were used along with the tugs
Daniel Colle, Natalie Colle and John Colle for the rig tow to Signal's east yard on Bayou
Casotte. In addition, a 5,000 horsepower, $13 million tug built by Signet at the Pascagoula
yard, the Signet Weatherly, left this week for a 520-mile trip to Ingleside, Texas. (Source:
Mississippi Press, 03/06/12)

Fire-fighting robot planned
A robot designed to fight shipboard fires will be tested aboard the ex-USS Shadwell in
Mobile, Ala., in late September 2013. Scientists at the Naval Research Laboratory formed a
team to develop a humanoid robot that could fight fires on the next generation of combat
ships. The robot, the Shipboard Autonomous Firefighting Robot or SAFFiR, is designed to
interact with people and perform tasks normally performed by humans. It will be equipped
with a variety of sensors to let it see through smoke, and will also have fire suppressors and
extinguishing agents on its upper torso. It will be able to walk in all directions, balance in sea
conditions and traverse obstacles. It will also be capable of making its own decisions and
respond to gestures as part of the fire-fighting team. The former Shadwell is a unique fire
test ship, where full-scale fire and damage control tests are conducted in a realistic ship
environment. (Source: Business Wire, 03/07/12)

Details of commissioning coming
PASCAGOULA, Miss. – Gov. Phil Bryant will be in town Monday for a news conference to
formally announce details of the commissioning of the USS Mississippi in Pascagoula in
June. Mayor Robbie Maxwell said the sub will carry the state’s name all over the world. Jerry
St. Pe, former Ingalls Shipbuilding president, said about 5,000 people are expected to
attend the commissioning. The Navy pays for the ceremony itself, while donations pay for
receptions, gifts and special celebrations. The fundraising effort by the USS Mississippi
Commissioning Committee will be discussed during Monday's press conference, according
to the city of Pascagoula. (Source: Mississippi Press, 03/01/12)


FEBRUARY 2012

FST finishes Colombia survey
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - The Naval Oceanographic Office Fleet Survey Team
from Stennis Space Center completed survey operations in the coastal waters of Cartagena,
Colombia Feb. 23. The surveys of Cartagena Bay provided an opportunity to assist
Colombia in surveying the area including the Magdalena River in Barranquilla. The FST
used a 10 meter SeaArk survey boat equipped with multiple types of depth sounding
equipment. The data is processed at SSC, then sent to the National Geospatial Intelligence
Agency to update the nautical charts. The host nations receive a copy of the final dataset,
allowing them to include the updated information in their charts. The FST conducts about 14
surveys a year worldwide. The Naval Oceanographic Office, part of the Naval Meteorology
and Oceanography Command, collects and analyzes global ocean and littoral data. (Source:
NNS, 02/24/12)

Cutters not in budget
The Coast Guard is asking for $683 million to build one Bertholf-class national security
cutter, the sixth of a planned eight-ship class built by Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula,
Miss. But there is no request this year for long-lead funding for the seventh or eighth NSCs,
and the service’s five-year capital investment plan shows no money for new Bertholfs
beyond the sixth ship. (Source: Navy Times, 02/24/12)

Contract: Austal USA, $321.7M
Austal USA, Mobile, Ala., is being awarded a $321,725,461 modification to previously
awarded contract for the exercise of construction options for Joint High Speed Vessels 8 and
9. The JHSV will provide high speed, shallow draft transportation capability to support the
intra-theater maneuver of personnel, supplies, and equipment for the Navy, Marine Corps,
and Army. Work will be performed in Mobile, Ala. (48 percent); Pittsfield, Mass. (9 percent);
Franklin, Mass. (3 percent); Philadelphia, Pa. (3 percent); Atlanta, Ga. (2 percent); Chicago,
Ill. (2 percent); Gulfport, Miss. (2 percent); Slidell, La. (1 percent); Iron Mountain, Mich. (1
percent); Houston, Texas (1 percent); Dallas, Texas (1 percent); Chesapeake, Va. (1
percent); Milwaukee, Wis. (1 percent); Brookfield, Wis. (1 percent); various sites throughout
the United States (5 percent); and various sites outside of the United States (19 percent).
Work is expected to be completed by April 2016. The Naval Sea Systems Command,
Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 02/24/12)

Contract: Huntington Ingalls, $70M
Huntington Ingalls Inc., Pascagoula, Miss., is being awarded a not-to-exceed $70,000,000
cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to previously awarded contract for advance procurement of
long-lead-time materials in support of LPD 27, the 11th ship in the San Antonio (LPD 17)
class. Work will be performed in Pascagoula, Miss., and is expected to be completed by April
2012. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 02/23/12)

Eastern shipbuilding expands
PORT ST. JOE, Fla. -- Eastern Shipbuilding Group of Panama City will lease 20 acres at a
Port of St. Joe paper mill site to expand its shipbuilding and repair business. The
announcement comes less than a month after the signing of a Memorandum of
Understanding between the St. Joe Co. and the Port of Port St. Joe Port Authority to develop
and market the port. St. Joe’s former paper mill site is some 180 acres. The mill site is also
adjacent to a turning basin and navigational channel. St. Joe also owns about 4,700 acres
of undeveloped land adjacent to the site. ESG is currently in the process of filling 500 new
positions needed to meet its current and future contracts for vessel manufacturing. (Source:
The Star, Panana City News Herald, 02/21/12)

Contract: Northrop Grumman, $18.7M
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Bethpage, N.Y., is being awarded an $18,704,042
modification to previously awarded contract to provide engineering and production planning
services for mission packages that will deploy from and integrate with the Littoral Combat
Ship. Mission package capabilities are currently focused on primary mission areas of mine
warfare emphasizing mine countermeasures, littoral anti-submarine warfare, and littoral
surface warfare operations, including prosecution of small boats. The LCS mission
packages are developed and acquired separately from the LCS sea frame. Work will be
performed in Bethpage, N.Y. (45 percent); Washington, D.C. (20 percent); Panama City,
Fla. (20 percent); Ventura County, Calif. (10 percent); and Dahlgren, Va. (5 percent). Work
is expected to be completed by December 2012. The Naval Sea Systems Command,
Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 02/15/12)

Navy names five new ships
Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced Wednesday the names of the next five Navy
ships. Three Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyers will be named the USS John
Finn, the USS Ralph Johnson, and the USS Rafael Peralta, named after heroes in three
different conflicts. The two littoral combat ships will be named after two American
communities, the USS Sioux City and the USS Omaha. (Source: DoD, 02/15/12)

Contract: Signal, $14.5M
Signal Ship Repair, LLC, Mobile, Ala., was awarded a $14,484,630 firm-fixed-price contract.
The award will provide for the services in support of engine replacements, engine auxiliary
systems modification and repair of dredge wheeler. Work will be performed in Mobile, Ala.,
with an estimated completion date of Jan. 15, 2013. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,
Philadelphia, Pa., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 02/13/12)

LCS to be named Giffords
The next Independence variant of the littoral combat ship will be named the USS Gabrielle
Giffords, the former Congresswoman and long-time supporter of the military and veterans.
The announcement was made Friday by Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus. Giffords
survived a shooting during while at an outside event in Arizona in which several other people
died. Mabus said the ship’s sponsor will be Roxanne Green, mother of Christina-Taylor
Green, a 9-year-old who died in the shooting. The 419-foot long ship, LCS 10, will be built
by Austal USA in Mobile, Ala. It’s the 13th ship to be named for a living person since 1850.
(Source: Navy, 02/10/12)

Commissioning site changed
The Navy has decided to move the commissioning of the $2 billion USS Mississippi from
Gulfport to Pascagoula, Rep. Steven Palazzo, R-Miss., said Tuesday. The commissioning of
the submarine was moved after the Navy raised concerns about the channel depth in
Gulfport. The commissioning will be June 2, but it’s not yet been determined at which
terminal in the Pascagoula harbor the ceremonies will take place. The Navy's newest attack
submarine was christened in Connecticut in December. (Source: Sun Herald, Mississippi
Press, 02/07/12)

Contract: Ingalls, $9M
Huntington Ingalls Inc., Pascagoula, Miss., is being awarded a $9,000,000 modification to
previously awarded contract for additional long lead time material in support of the LHA
Replacement Flight 0 amphibious assault ship, LHA 7. Work will be done in Pascagoula and
is expected to be completed by May 2013. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington,
D.C., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 02/06/12)


JANUARY 2012

The budget and shipbuilders
Shipbuilders in Pascagoula, Miss., and Mobile, Ala., will feel an impact from the Pentagon's
budget plan outlined Thursday. Littoral Combat Ships built by Austal USA in Mobile and
Marinette Marine in Wisconsin will get expanded roles. The Navy intends to base some in
Singapore and Bahrain. The 15 LCSs that were to be purchased from 2013 to 2017 was
trimmed to 13, but the largest shipbuilding reduction would cut eight of nine planned Austal
Joint High Speed Vessels. The budget proposal also delays by a year the start of
construction for the Huntington Ingalls LHA-8 large-deck amphibious vessel, but doesn't slow
Navy plans to buy additional Arleigh Burke-class DDG-51 destroyers from General
Dynamics and Huntington Ingalls. (Source: Bloomberg, 01/26/12)

Navy seeks more HII cost-cutting
WASHINGTON -- The Navy is working with Huntington Ingalls to drive down costs on the CVN
78 aircraft carrier and LPD amphibious ships under construction. Navy acquisition chief
Sean Stackley said HII hit the cost ceiling established in a fixed price contract for LPD-22,
the second ship delivered at the Ingalls shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss. He told reporters at
the Surface Navy Association's annual conference that subsequent ships in the class were
also over target, but showing improvement. HII Chief Executive Mike Petters said the
company had already taken charges for the cost overruns on the LPD ships 22 through 25,
but said the company was doing better with LPD 26, which is in the early stages of
production. (Source: Reuters, 01/12/12)

Two agencies push STEM training
For NASA and the Navy, ensuring there's a pool of talent versed in science, technology,
engineering and math is crucial, and both agencies have programs in place to pique the
interest of the next generation of workers. The National Aeronautics and Space
Administration, with a center at Stennis Space Center, Miss., and the Navy, a tenant at SSC,
are reaching Mississippi students through several programs. Between January and
November 2011, nearly 1,000 educators and 10,000 students have been served through
SSC programs. And this year the Navy will launch "Mission Ocean," a year-long submarine-
related program. (Source: Alliance Insight, "NASA, Navy push STEM training," January 2012)

Contract: SAIC, $10.6M
Science Applications International Corp., Mclean, Va., is being awarded a $10,647,009
modification to a previously awarded, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the Deep Sea
Operations Program to introduce surveillance that operates at extreme ocean depths to
detect quiet submarines. The exercising of this 15-month option brings the cumulative value
of this contract to an estimated $12,199,237. Work will be conducted at contractor facilities
in Arlington, Va. (27 percent); Long Beach, Miss. (27 percent); San Diego, Calif. (22
percent); Austin, Texas (17 percent); Germantown, Md. (six percent); and Melbourne, Fla.
(one percent). Work is expected to be completed April 11, 2013. The Space and Naval
Warfare Systems Center Pacific, San Diego, Calif., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
01/12/12)

Navy to christen LCS Coronado
MOBILE, Ala. -- The Navy will christen the Littoral Combat Ship Coronado, Saturday, Jan.
14, during a 10 a.m. CST ceremony in Mobile, Ala. The Assistant Secretary of the Navy for
Research, Development & Acquisition, Sean Stackley, will deliver the principal address. The
ship’s name recognizes the city of Coronado, Calif., and honors the city’s deep ties to the U.
S. Navy. Coronado has been home to Naval Air Station North Island and Naval Amphibious
Base, since 1917. Two previous ships have been named after this city. Designated LCS 4,
Coronado is designed to operate in littoral seas and shallow water to counter mines,
submarines and fast surface craft threats in coastal regions. Constructed by Austal USA,
Coronado is the second of the Independence-variant in the LCS class. (Source: DoD,
01/12/12)

SSC experts to chair event
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- Two oceanographers from NASA's Stennis Space
Center will chair a conference on ocean sensing and monitoring. The International Society
of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) Defense Security and Sensing's fourth
Ocean Sensing and Monitoring conference is scheduled for April 23-27 in Baltimore, Md. It
will be chaired by Weilin "Will" Hou and Bob Arnone, both oceanographers in the
Oceanography Division at Naval Research Laboratory at Stennis Space Center. Hou
developed the conference for SPIE and has chaired the event with Arnone since 2008. The
conference will focus on research and development efforts in the open and coastal ocean
with respect to defense and security interests. An emphasis will be placed on in situ and
remote monitoring, deep-sea operations, forecasting, new technology and techniques,
monitoring of unique events, and environmental limitations and impacts of note to those in
the homeland security and defense sectors. (Source: Naval Research Laboratory, 01/11/12)

Contract: Lockheed Martin, $20.6M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Baltimore, Md., is being awarded a $20,616,676 modification to
previously awarded contract for MK 41 Vertical Launching System production support
material, interim support parts, and equipment in support of DDG 51 class construction. The
MK 41 VLS provides a missile launching system for CG 47 and DDG 51 class surface
combatants of the U.S. Navy, surface combatants of allied navies, and Aegis Ashore
requirements for Missile Defense Agency's Ground Ballistic Missile Defense Program. It is
the primary missile launching system aboard Navy combatants used to store, safe, inventory
and launch missiles of various types. Work will be performed in Baltimore, Md. (41.1
percent); Lewisburg, Tenn. (19.1 percent); Fort Walton Beach, Fla. (18.8 percent);
Johnstown, Pa. (9.2 percent); Simpsonville, S.C. (5.5 percent); Clearwater, Fla. (3.2
percent); and Sterling Heights, Mich. (3.1 percent). Work is expected to be completed by
June 2015. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 01/10/12)