Gulf Coast shipbuilding/maritime
DECEMBER 2013

Contract: Austal, $14M
Austal USA LLC., Mobile, Ala., is being awarded a $14,057,992 modification to previously
awarded contract (N00024-11-C-2301) to exercise options for class service efforts for the
Littoral Combat Ship program. Austal USA will provide engineering and design services as
well as affordability efforts to reduce LCS acquisition and lifecycle costs. Work will be
performed in Mobile (72 percent) and Pittsfield, Mass. (28 percent), and is expected to be
complete by December 2014. Fiscal 2013 shipbuilding and conversion, Navy and Fiscal
2014 research, development, test and evaluation contract funds in the amount of
$3,984,807 will be obligated at time of award. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the
current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 12/23/13)

Contract: BAE, $48.9M
BAE Systems Technology Solutions and Services, Rockville, Md., is being awarded a
$48,860,666 cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost reimbursable contract for services in support of the
Program Executive Office for Ships, Naval Sea Systems Command, PEO C41, and the Naval
Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division. Services provided will include the design, integration,
testing, installation, training, and support of shipboard Command, Control, Communications,
Computers, & Intelligence (C4I) electronic communication systems for ships of the U.S. Navy.
Work will be performed in St. Inigoes, Md. (50 percent); California, Md. (48 percent); Bath,
Maine (1 percent); and Pascagoula, Miss. (1 percent), and is expected to be completed in
June 2019. Fiscal 2011 and 2012 shipbuilding and conversion, Navy contract funds in the
amount of $48,860,666 will be obligated on this award, none of which will expire at the end
of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to FAR
6.302-1. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Patuxent River, Md., is the
contracting activity (N00421-14-C-0011). (Source: DoD, 12/23/13)

Contract: BAE, $32.9M
BAE Systems Southeast Shipyards Alabama LLC, Mobile, Ala., is being awarded a
$32,946,457 firm-fixed-price contract for the regular maintenance and overhaul of USNS
Supply (T-AOE 6). This contract includes two additional options which, if exercised, would
bring the cumulative value of the contract to $42,499,988. Work will be performed in Mobile,
Ala., and is expected to be completed by October 2014. This contract was competitively
procured with more than 50 companies solicited and three offers received. The solicitation
was posted to the Federal Business Opportunities website. U.S. Navy's Military Sealift
Command, Washington D.C., is the contracting activity (N00033-14-C-7508). (Source: DoD,
12/20/13)

Contract: Multiple, $95M
JCON Group, Construction and Design, Miami, Fla. (N69450-14-D-0754); Orocon --
Carother Joint Venture 1, Oxford, Miss. (N69450-14-D-0755); Mitchell Industrial Contractors
Inc., and Brasfield and Gorrie LLC, a Joint Venture, Madison, Ala. (N69450-14-D-0756);
PentaCon LLC, Catoosa, Okla. (N69450-14-D-0757); TMG Services Inc., Cleveland, Ohio
(N69450-14-D-0758), and Leebcor Services LLC, Williamsburg, Va. (N69450-14-D-0759);
are each being awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity multiple award design-build
construction contract for construction projects located primarily within the Naval Facilities
Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast area of responsibility. The maximum dollar
value including the base period and four option years for all six contracts combined is
$95,000,000. The work to be performed provides for, but is not limited to, new construction,
renovation, alteration, demolition, repair work, and any necessary design including:
industrial, airfield, aircraft hangar, aircraft traffic control, infrastructure, administrative,
training, dormitory, and community support facilities. JCON Group, Construction and Design
is being awarded task order 0001 at $8,696,000 for the construction of an enlisted dining
facility located at Naval Air Station, Meridian, Miss. Work for this task order is expected to be
completed by October 2015. All work on this contract will be performed primarily within the
NAVFAC Southeast AOR which includes Mississippi (48 percent), Florida Panhandle area
(48 percent), and in the remainder of the NAVFAC Southeast AOR (4 percent). The term of
the contract is not to exceed 60 months, with an expected completion date of December
2018. This contract was competitively procured via the Navy Electronic Commerce Online
website with 51 proposals received. These six contractors may compete for task orders
under the terms and conditions of the awarded contract. The Naval Facilities Engineering
Command, Southeast, Jacksonville, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 12/17/13)

LCS 6 launches in Mobile
MOBILE, Ala. -- The future USS Jackson (LCS 6) launched from the Austal USA shipyard in
Mobile Saturday. The future USS Milwaukee (LCS 5), will launch from the Marinette Marine
Corp. yard in Wisconsin next week. These ships are the first vessels procured under the
block buy contract awarded in 2010 and represent the true beginning of "serial production"
for the class. With serial production, the Navy is able to realize benefits such as improved
cost structure per vessel and reduced construction time. Following the launch, the ship will
undergo outfitting, and test and evaluation of its major systems at the Austal shipyard. The
ship's christening, a ceremony that marks the official naming of the vessel, is planned for the
spring. The LCS class consists of two variants, the trimaran design Independence variant,
and the monohull design Freedom variant. The ships are designed and built by two industry
teams, led by Austal USA and Lockheed Martin, respectively. Jackson is the third LCS
constructed by Austal USA. (Source: NNS, 12/15/13)

Edenzon retiring next year
Irwin F. Edenzon, corporate vice president and president of Ingalls Shipbuilding in
Pascagoula, Miss., will retire on Dec. 1, 2014, according to Huntington Ingalls Industries.
Edenzon will step down as president on March 31, 2014. The HII Board of Directors has
elected Brian Cuccias to succeed Edenzon in the position of corporate vice president and
president of Ingalls Shipbuilding, effective April 1, 2014. Edenzon was named as Ingalls
Shipbuilding president in 2011 and is responsible for all programs and operations at Ingalls
Shipbuilding. Cuccias currently serves as the vice president, amphibious ship programs, for
Ingalls Shipbuilding and will become vice president, program management, effective Jan. 6,
2014, until he assumes the president role in April. (Source: Huntington Ingalls Industries,
12/13/13)

Contracts awarded for academy building
PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- Jackson County supervisors Monday hired a grant administrator,
engineer and architect for a basic skills training annex addition on Ingalls Shipbuilding's
Haley Reeves Barbour Maritime Training Academy. A $1.3 million Hurricane Katrina
community development block grant will fund the project. The professional services
contracts were awarded to Gouras & Associates, Compton Engineering Inc. and Burk-
Kleinpeter-Lunsford Engineers/Architect. (Source: Mississippi Press, 12/09/13)

Contract: Sechan, $17.2M
Sechan Electronics Inc., Lititz, Pa., is being awarded a $17,212,201 firm-fixed-priced,
indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the procurement of the Target Detecting
Device (TDD) MK 71 Mod 1 to support the Quickstrike Mine Improvement program. This
contract will require the fabrication, assembly, integration, testing and delivering of the
hardware components which constitute TDD MK 71 Mod 1. TDD MK 71 Mod 1 has been
developed and fielded for use in the air-delivered Quickstrike mine shape MK 65, and is also
planned for use in two additional mines: Mine MK 62 and Mine MK 63. Work will be
performed in Lititz, Pa., and is expected to be completed by December 2018. The Naval
Surface Warfare Center, Panama City Division, Panama City, Fla., is the contracting activity
(N61331-14-D-0001). (Source: DoD, 12/09/13)

Contract: Ingalls, $39M
Huntington Ingalls Industries, Pascagoula, Miss., is being awarded a $39,051,995
modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-10-C-2203) for life cycle engineering
and support services on the Amphibious Transport Dock Ship Program LPD 17 class.
Services to be provided include post-delivery planning and engineering, homeport technical
support, Class Integrated Product Data Environment, data maintenance and equipment
management, systems integration and engineering support, LPD 17 class design services,
research engineering, obsolescence management, material support, emergent repair
provision (including warranty enforcement), training and logistics support; LPD 17 Integrated
Planning Yard support including ship alteration development and installation, material
management, Fleet Modernization Program planning, availability planning, configuration
data management, research engineering, logistics documentation, and other logistics and
executing activity coordination, and management of all related data within the Configuration
Data Manager's Database-Open Architecture. Work will be performed in Pascagoula, Miss.,
and is expected to be completed by December 2014. The Naval Sea Systems Command,
Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 12/06/13)

Contract: Jacobs, $11.3M
Jacobs Technology Inc., Fort Walton Beach, Fla., is being awarded an $11,341,989 cost-
plus-fixed-fee task order under the previously awarded General Services Administration
Alliant Multiple Award contract for information technology services (GS0QBG-09-D-0059-
GM01). This contract provides services for IT, information management, information
assurance product service delivery mechanisms, software development, engineering and
enterprise architectural compliance, server support services and information assurance
compliance. The level of effort for the base year is 177,270 man hours. Work will be
performed in China Lake, Calif. (82 percent); Point Mugu, Calif. (13 percent), and Norfolk,
Va. (5 percent), and is expected to be completed in January 2015. The Naval Air Warfare
Center Weapons Division, China Lake, Calif., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
12/05/13)

Contract: Austal USA, $8.2M
Austal USA, Mobile, Ala., was awarded an $8,247,342 modification to previously awarded
contract (N00024-11-C-2301) on Nov. 27 to exercise an option for littoral combat ship (LCS)
core 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 done in Mobile (60 percent) and Pittsfield, Mass. (40
percent), and is expected to be complete by November 2014. The Naval Sea Systems
Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 12/02/13)


NOVEMBER 2013

Contract: Lockheed, $10M
Lockheed Martin MST-Undersea Systems, Mission & Unmanned Systems, Riviera Beach,
Fla., is being awarded a $9,999,830 contract to lease the S301i, a commercially-classed dry
submersible vessel with lock-in/lock-out capability and to support risk mitigation research,
development, test, and evaluation for long-term Dry Combat Submersibles program
objectives in support of United States Special Operations Command, Program Executive
Office - Maritime. Work will be performed primarily at government facilities in Panama City,
Fla., with an 18 month expected completion date. Fiscal 2013 research, development, test
and evaluation funds in the amount of $5,813,830 are being obligated at time of award. U.S.
Special Operations Command, Tampa, Fla., is the contracting activity (H92222-14-C-0003).
(Source: DoD, 11/29/11)

VT Halter wins contract
PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- VT Halter Marine has secured a $350 million contract with Crowley
Maritime Corp. to build two container roll-on/roll-off ships. The vessels, designed by Wartsila
Ship Design, will be built in Pascagoula with construction beginning the first half of 2014 and
deliveries in mid- and late-2017. VT Halter Marine recently placed a floating drydock into
service providing repair for oil field support vessels, barges, coastal ships and more.
(Source: Mississippi Press, 11/25/13)

Contract: Silver Ships, $11.7M
Silver Ships Inc., Theodore, Ala., and Gravois Aluminum Boats LLC, doing business as
Metal Shark Aluminum Boats LLC, Jeanerette, La., are each being awarded separate firm-
fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity multiple award contracts for the
construction of high speed maneuverable surface targets (HSMSTs). The U.S. Navy
maintains an inventory of HSMSTs to be utilized mainly for weapon system test and
evaluation and fleet training exercises at nine seaborne target operating ranges. This effort
also includes trailers, shipping cradles and spares for a total estimated ceiling value of
$48,000,000 for both awards. Silver Ships is being awarded $11,683,129 and Gravois is
being awarded $13,782,379. Work will be performed in Theodore, Ala., and Jeanerette, La.,
and work is expected to be completed by November 2018. The Naval Sea Systems
Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 11/21/13)

Port gets new director
PENSACOLA, Fla.  -- Amy Miller, the Port of Pensacola’s former chief financial and human
resources officer, has been named director by Mayor Ashton Hayward. She’s the first female
director since the port’s inception in the mid-1700s, and the only woman currently serving as
port director in Florida. Miller takes over the job from Clyde Mathis, who joined the port as
director in 2006 and resigned Monday. A former journalist, Miller joined the port in 2002 as
manager of business and trade development. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 11/20/13)

Navy AUV sets record
The Naval Research Laboratory's Acoustics Division, with Bluefin Robotics, set a record 315-
mile long-endurance autonomous research mission using Reliant, its heavyweight-class
mine countermeasures underwater vehicle (AUV). Reliant, when equipped with a low
frequency broadband sonar system, is the prototype for the new U.S. Navy Knifefish mine-
hunter. The 20 foot long, 1,350 pound AUV left Boston Harbor and traveled south past Cape
Cod, then west through Nantucket Sound between Martha’s Vineyard and the mainland,
then south of Long Island to the approaches to New York City. It traveled at a depth of 10
meters and an average speed of 2.5 knots. The vehicle surfaced at 20-kilometer intervals to
report position via Iridium satellite and made Upper New York Bay with a 10 percent energy
reserve. The system is designed to help the Navy detect and identify undersea volume and
bottom mines in high-clutter environments. The Knifefish system is a part of the Littoral
Combat Ship mine countermeasure mission package. (Source: Business Wire, 11/20/13)
Gulf Coast note: Stennis Space Center, Miss., is home of an NRL detachment, the Naval
Oceanography Mine Warfare Center and the Naval Oceanographic Office, which operates a
fleet of unmanned underwater vehicles; A variant of the Littoral Combat Ship is built by
Austal USA in Mobile, Ala.; The Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City (Fla.) Division
conducts RDT&E in technologies for warfare in littoral regions, including mine warfare
systems and mines.

Signal adds two oil rigs
MOBILE, Ala. -- Signal International announced it’s been awarded a contract to repair two oil
rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. The company is now scheduled to repair six offshore oil rigs, a
backlog that will boost hiring at the company, officials said. Headquartered in Mobile, the
marine construction and offshore drilling firm operates shipyards and ship repair facilities in
Pascagoula, Miss. and Orange, Texas. All of the drilling rig repair work will be done in
Mississippi. (Source: al.com, 11/19/13)

Errant drone strikes cruiser
Two sailors were treated for minor burns after the guided missile cruiser USS
Chancellorsville was struck by an errant BQM-74 target drone. The Northrop Grumman-built
drone struck the left or port side of the ship Saturday while it was conducting tests of its
radar system off the coast of Port Mugu in Southern California. The Ticonderoga class
cruiser returned to its San Diego homeport on its own power Sunday. (Sources: multiple,
including AP via CSMonitor, 11/18/13; Los Angeles Times, RT com, 11/17/13) Gulf Coast
note: Chancellorsville (CG 62) was built by Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Miss.; Tyndall
Air Force Base and Eglin AFB use BQM-74 drones for training over the Gulf of Mexico.

Survey ship clears way
PHILIPPINE SEA -- The USNS Bowditch oceanographic survey ship was first on scene off the
coast of Tacloban, Republic of the Philippines, ensuring safe sea lanes in order for the
George Washington Strike Group to assist the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade in support
of Operation Damayan. Bowditch (T-AGS 62) is an oceanographic sampling platform for
surface, mid-water and ocean floor data collection. Surveys of this nature are required to
confirm bottom features and identify navigational hazards in the wake of a major storm. The
ship has been performing acoustical, biological, physical and geophysical surveys in the off-
shore waters of the Philippines since Typhoon Haiyan struck. Bowditch is operated by the
Military Sealift Command for the Naval Oceanographic Office, a component of the Naval
Meteorology and Oceanography Command headquartered at the Stennis Space Center,
Miss. The ship is one of six Pathfinder-class vessels with an all-civilian crew of professional
mariners and scientific support personnel. (Source: Task Force 70 Public Affairs, 11/17/13)

LHA 6 back from builder’s trials
PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- Ingalls Shipbuilding division's multipurpose amphibious assault ship
America (LHA 6) returned Saturday from successful builder's sea trials in the Gulf of Mexico.
Ingalls' test and trials team started with dock trials Monday and then spent five days
operating the ship at sea. During builder's trials, America performed all required sea trial
evolutions, including the operation of the gas turbine/electric-powered propulsion system.
Other tests included anchor handling, flight operations, and combat systems' evaluations.
The ship will now prepare for acceptance sea trials in late January to demonstrate the same
tests and operational success to the U.S. Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV).
(Source: Huntington Ingalls, 11/14/13)

Austal making waves
MOBILE, Ala. – Austal USA is building some of the most cutting-edge ships in the Navy
inventory, and it’s become the largest private sector employer in Mobile County. The
company, owned by Australia’s Austal, has invested $300 million since it first bought 10
acres on the Mobile waterfront in 1999. Employment is expected to reach 4,000 by the end
of the year. The company is building two types of aluminum hull vessels for the Navy, the
Littoral Combat Ship and the Joint High-Speed Vessel, and it has a backlog that bodes well
for the future. A feature story. (Source: al.com, 11/09/13)

Floating dry dock open
PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- VT Halter Marine Inc. said its new floating dry dock is now open for
business and already has its first customers. The 546-foot long dock is part of an overall
expansion plan at the south yard in Pascagoula. This is where VT Halter Marine is adding a
repair facility for semi-submersible drilling rigs and Panamax-size ships. The addition of the
floating drydock will allow the company to grow into the ship repair business and start a new
stream of revenue to its existing new-build business. The dock will establish VT Halter
Marine as a repair facility. (Source: Mississippi Press, 11/06/13)

UNO gets NRL grant
NEW ORLEANS – The University of New Orleans computer science department has been
awarded a five-year, $663,000 research contract by the Naval Research Laboratory to
develop next-generation defense mapping systems. The principal investigators on the
project are Mahdi Abdelguerfi, chairman of the computer science department, and John
Finigan, IT director of the department. The project builds on UNO's expertise in geospatial
mapping. The project is expected to use open-source software and commodity hardware
that will let the Navy process more map data faster and more cost effectively than the legacy
systems, Abdelguerfi said. (Source: Times-Picayune, 11/06/13)

Ingalls gets exemption gift
PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- Pascagoula Mayor Jim Blevins read a proclamation celebrating
Ingalls Shipbuilding's 75th anniversary, gave company President Irwin F. Edenzon a key to
the city, then the City Council voted to give the company a 10-year exemption on ad valorem
taxes. The tax exemption on about $18.4 million in property does not apply to school taxes.
Earlier this year, the Jackson County Board of Supervisors granted a similar tax exemption
worth about $100,000 a year or roughly $1.1 million over the life of the exemption. (Source:
Mississippi Press, 11/05/13)

Training center opens
PASCAGOULA, Miss. – Ingalls Shipbuilding officially opened the 70,000 square-foot Haley
Reeves Barbour Maritime Training Academy today with a ribbon-cutting. The building,
named for the former governor of Mississippi, will provide training for future Ingalls workers.
The two-story building has 24 classrooms, three computer labs, a library, a bookstore, 26
offices and conference rooms, and craft labs for the shipyard's various trades. Ingalls'
apprentice program involves comprehensive two- to four-year curriculum for students
interested in shipbuilding careers. (Source: Ingalls via Globe Newswire, 11/06/13)

DDG 113 keel authenticated
PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- Ingalls Shipbuilding held a keel authentication ceremony Monday
morning for the destroyer John Finn (DDG 113). The $783.5 million ship will be the 29th
Arleigh Burke-class destroyer built at Ingalls. DDG 113, which is now about 20 percent
complete, is expected to be delivered to the Navy in the third quarter of 2016. Ingalls also
has a contract to build a 30th destroyer, Ralph Johnson (DDG 114). Fabrication started in
September. (Source: Mississippi Press, 11/04/13)

Contract: USMI, $15.8M
United States Marine Inc., Gulfport, Miss., is being awarded a $15,827,132 indefinite-
delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for post-production and contractor logistical support
services for the combatant craft assault. The work will be performed in Gulfport, Miss., and is
expected to be completed by November 2017. Fiscal 2012 procurement funds in the amount
of $3,017,352 are being obligated at time of award. This award is the result of a sole source
acquisition. U.S. Special Operations Command, Tampa, Fla., is the contracting activity
(H92222-14-D-0001). (Source: DoD, 10/31/13)


OCTOBER 2013

First Zumwalt class launched
BATH, Maine -- General Dynamics Bath Iron Works successfully launched the Navy's first
Zumwalt-class destroyer Monday at the Bath, Maine shipyard. The future USS Zumwalt
(DDG 1000) will be the lead ship of the Navy's newest destroyer class, designed for littoral
operations and land attack. Construction on the ship began in February 2009, and it’s now
more than 87 percent complete. It will be delivered late next year. (Source: NNS, 10/29/13)
Gulf Coast note: The ship’s composite deck and hangar were built by Ingalls Shipbuilding in
Gulfport, Miss.

Station Pascagoula work set
PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- Haskell Co. of Jacksonville, Fla., has been awarded a $4.6 million U.
S. Coast Guard design-build contract for infrastructure work needed to support Fast
Response Cutters (FRCs) at Coast Guard Station Pascagoula. The work will ensure that
Station Pascagoula is ready to support the arrival of the soon-to-be-commissioned FRCs for
the end of 2014. Work will include renovations to three support buildings, shore-tie services,
pier utilities, fenders and cleats, along with the resurfacing of an existing parking lot. Haskell
recently completed similar work at USCG Station Key West in support of FRC arrivals there.
(Source: Seapower Magazine, 10/28/13)

NSC to be christened
PASCAGOULA, Miss. – The U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter Hamilton (WMSL
753), will be christened at Ingalls Shipbuilding Saturday. Hamilton is the fourth of eight
planned ships in the Legend-class of technologically advanced multi-mission cutters. The
ship is about 65 percent complete and will be finished in about a year and delivered to the
Coast Guard in the fall of 2014. It's named after Alexander Hamilton, a Founding Father and
founder of the U.S. Revenue Marine, precursor of the Coast Guard. The ship is 418 feet
long, will have a crew of 120 and be homeported in Charleston, S.C. Ingalls is building two
more cutters for the Coast Guard and has received a contract for another. (Sources: Sun
Herald, Mississippi Press, 10/25/13)

LCS 1 has flooding incident
Littoral Combat Ship USS Freedom (LCS 1), first in class of two LCS variants, suffered about
three feet of flooding in its bilge from discharge piping from the No. 1 gas turbine motor lube
oil cooler on Oct. 20. The Wisconsin-built steel monohull ship is currently pierside in
Singapore. The flooding is likely to only cause minimal operational impact. LCS 1 is
expected to return to its San Diego homeport by late December. (Source: Defense News,
10/21/13) Gulf Coast note: The Independence-class LCS variants are built by Austal USA in
Mobile, Ala.

Construction of tug underway
PASCAGOULA, Miss. – Construction of Signet Maritime’s seventh ASD tug in less than four
years, M/V Signet VIGILANT, is underway at Signet Shipbuilding & Repair in Pascagoula.
The 30 metric ton vessel will be the first Castleman Maritime design for Signet with delivery
slated for July 2014. The $10 million tug will operate from Signet’s International Operations
Center in Ingleside, Texas where it will perform rig escort, ship, and barge assist work.
(Source: Mississippi Press, 10/21/13)

Ingalls celebrates 75 years
PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- Ingalls Shipbuilding held a Family Day on Saturday to commemorate
75 years of building ships on the banks of the Pascagoula River. Mississippi's largest private
employer builds Aegis-guided missile destroyers, amphibious assault ships and amphibious
transport ships for the U.S. Navy and National Security Cutters for the U.S. Coast Guard. It
has more than 11,000 people working in South Mississippi. In addition to a weekly payroll of
about $15 million, the company from 2010 to 2012 paid $57 million in taxes. In addition to
the direct impact, there’s the indirect. Each manufacturing job at Ingalls creates three to five
additional jobs in small business and retail. (Source: Sun Herald, 10/19/13)

Contract: Lockheed, $21.3M
Lockheed Martin, Mission Systems and Training, Moorestown, N.J., is being awarded a
$21,350,270 modification to previously awarded contract for DDG 51 Combat System Ship
Integration Technical Data Packages and Design Budget Engineering Team Packages
associated with incorporating the AEGIS Weapon System and associated combat system
elements into DDG 51 class ships. Twenty-six percent of the work will be done in
Pascagoula, Miss., with 41 percent done in Moorestown, N.J., 26 percent in Bath, Maine, 5
percent in Washington, D.C., 1 percent in Port Hueneme, Calif., and Syracuse, N.Y. Work is
expected to be completed by September 2014. The Naval Sea Systems Command,
Washington D.C., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 10/18/13)

Somerset delivered to Navy
AVONDALE, La. -- Ingalls Shipbuilding has delivered the amphibious transport dock
Somerset (LPD 25) to the U.S. Navy. The DD 250 document officially signifying custody
transfer of the ship was signed by officials on the ship at the company's Avondale facility.
Somerset is the ninth ship in the San Antonio (LPD 17) class of ships Ingalls has delivered
to the Navy. The ship successfully completed builder's trials in August and U.S. Navy
acceptance trials in September. Ingalls has two more under construction at its Pascagoula,
Miss., shipyard. John P. Murtha (LPD 26) is slated for completion in 2016, and Portland
(LPD 27) will complete in 2017. (Source: Huntington Ingalls, 10/18/13)

Zumwalt christening postponed
WASHINGTON -- The Navy said today that the christening of the future USS Zumwalt (DDG
1000), originally scheduled for Oct. 19, has been postponed indefinately. "It is incredibly
unfortunate that we are being forced to cancel the christening ceremony for this great
warship," said Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, "but the ongoing government shutdown
prevents us from being able to honor Admiral Zumwalt's memory with a ceremony befitting
his and his family's legacy of service to our nation and our Navy." The ship is the first of a
new class of next generation destroyers designed for sustained operations in the littorals.
(Source: NNS, 10/11/13) The ship was built by Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine. Large
composite structures on the ship, including the deckhouse, were fabricated in Gulfport,
Miss., by Ingalls Shipbuilding.

Ship completes acceptance trials
AVONDALE, La. -- Huntington Ingalls Industries announced today that the amphibious
transport dock Somerset (LPD 25) returned from successful U.S. Navy acceptance sea trials
on Sept. 20. The company's ninth ship in the San Antonio (LPD 17) class returned to the
company's Avondale facility following three days of at-sea demonstrations and testing. The
684-foot-long vessel's primary mission is to transport up to 800 Marines, their fighting
vehicles and aircraft. Two other LPDs are also under construction at the Pascagoula, Miss.,
shipyard. John P. Murtha (LPD 26) is slated for completion in 2016, and Portland (LPD 27)
will complete in 2017. (Source: Huntington Ingalls Industries, 10/10/13) Previous

Ingalls starts 6th NSC
PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- Huntington Ingalls Industries' Ingalls Shipbuilding division has
started fabrication on the U.S. Coast Guard's sixth National Security Cutter, Munro (WMSL
755). Ingalls is currently building three NSCs and has delivered three that are serving as the
flagships of the Coast Guard's cutter fleet. NSCs are 418 feet long with a top speed of 28
knots, a range of 12,000 miles, an endurance of 60 days and a crew of 110. (Source:
Huntington Ingalls Industries, 10/08/13)

Signal hiring up
MOBILE, Ala. -- Mobile-based Signal International said that new contract awards over the
past month have prompted the company to hire 500 workers at its Pascagoula, Miss., yard
this year. Over the past month, Signal has been awarded multiple contracts to refurbish and
upgrade four offshore drilling rigs. All work is slated to be performed at the Pascagoula yard,
and the rigs are already arriving. Signal plans to increase its Mississippi workforce over the
next two months by 500 employees, said President and CEO Dick Marler. (Source:
Mississippi Press, 10/04/13)

Mobile shipyard chosen for build
MOBILE, Ala. -- BAE Systems' Mobile shipyard was chosen to build a subsea support vessel
for Oceaneering International Inc., a gas and oil field engineering company. The Houston-
based company will use the ship for its offshore drilling operations. Marin Teknikk, a Norway-
based company, designed the vessel. The MT6022 design will have a 250-ton crane
powered by energy efficient power and propulsion system. BAE Systems shipyards in Mobile
and Jacksonville, Fla., employ about 1,300. (Source: al.com, 10/03/13)

Signet gets new crawler crane
PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- Signet Shipbuilding & Repair in Pascagoula has purchased a new
heavy lift crane for new construction and repair. The 150-ton crawler crane will be used for
hauling small vessels and barges from the water, and loading/offloading marine equipment
while vessels are dockside. The crane also will enable the shipyard to fabricate several
large modules simultaneously, making assembly of the units more efficient and cost-
effective. The company is a division of Signet Maritime Corp. (Source: Mississippi Press,
09/30/13)

Contract: Lockheed, $23.2M
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Orlando, Fla., is being awarded a $23,171,609
cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-13-D-5250) for
Undersea Warfare (USW) Product Support across USW Systems. This contract modification
includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to
$49,791,479. This contract combines purchases for the U.S. Navy (97.4 percent) and the
government of Japan (2.6 percent) under the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program. Work
will be performed in Norfolk, Va. (56 percent); Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (22 percent); San Diego,
Calif. (8 percent); Mayport, Fla. (8 percent); Bath, Maine (3 percent); and Pascagoula, Miss.
(3 percent); and is expected to be completed by November 2013. Fiscal 2013 other
procurement, Navy; Fiscal 2010, 2011 and 2013 shipbuilding and conversion, Navy; Fiscal
2013 operations and maintenance, Navy and Fiscal 2013 research, development, test and
evaluation funding in the amount of $7,315,173 will be obligated at the time of award.
Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems
Command, Washington, DC, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/30/13)


SEPTEMBER 2013

LCS 4 delivered to Navy
MOBILE, Ala. -- The Navy accepted delivery of the future USS Coronado (LCS 4) during a
ceremony at the Austal USA shipyard Friday. Coronado is the fourth littoral combat ship to
deliver to the Navy, and the second of the Independence variant, noted for its trimaran hull.
Capt. Randy Garner, Commodore LCS Squadron One (LCSRON), was on hand to mark the
occasion. The ship will be commissioned in April 2014 and homeported in San Diego, Calif.,
with sister ships USS Freedom (LCS 1), USS Independence (LCS 2) and USS Fort Worth
(LCS 3). (Source: NNS, 09/27/13)

Contract: Horizon, $11.2M
Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc., Bayou La Batre, Ala., was awarded an $11,154,508 non- multi-
year, firm-fixed-price contract with options for the Shorty Baird Replacement which is one
inland river, all welded steel towboat for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Little Rock
District. The performance location is Bayou La Batre, Ala. The U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers Philadelphia District, Philadelphia, Pa., is the contracting activity (W912BU-13-C-
0062). (Source: DoD, 09/27/13)

Union ratifies Avondale contract
AVONDALE, La. -- Huntington Ingalls Industries said members of the New Orleans Metal
Trades Council and the Metal Trades Department approved a new collective bargaining
agreement with the company's Avondale subsidiary. The new contract runs from Jan. 6,
2014, to Jan. 6, 2019. Ingalls said in 2010 that it is closing the Avondale yard. Avondale is
looking to move into the energy marketplace. Ingalls also has a shipyard in Pascagoula,
Miss., and a composites facility in Gulfport, Miss. The Gulfport operation is also scheduled to
close. (Source: Huntington Ingalls Industries, 09/26/13)

Northrop gets NSC work
Northrop Grumman won a $6.9 million subcontract from Huntington Ingalls Industries to
supply the ship integrated control system (SICS) for the Coast Guard's sixth National
Security Cutter (NSC). Northrop Grumman will provide engineering services, installation,
integration, testing and commissioning of the SICS systems at the Ingalls Shipbuilding yard
in Pascagoula, Miss. Work will be performed in Charlottesville, Va., and Ocean Springs,
Miss., and in Pascagoula. Work will begin in late 2014. Northrop Grumman has supplied
SICS for five of eight planned NSCs. (Source: Northrop Grumman, 09/24/13)

Ingalls delivers DDG 1001 hangar
PASCAGOULA, Miss. – The Ingalls Shipbuilding division of Huntington Ingalls Industries has
delivered the composite hangar that will be used on the U.S. Navy's second Zumwalt-class
guided missile destroyer, Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001). The 220-ton structure will be
transferred to a shipping barge and sent to Maine in early October. Ingalls is building the
hangar, peripheral vertical launch system (PVLS) and composite deckhouse for Michael
Monsoor. The PVLS was delivered in July, and all that remains is the deckhouse delivery
expected in first quarter of 2014. (Source: Ingalls via Globe Newswire, 09/25/13)

Trinity delivers superyacht
GULFPORT, Miss. -- Trinity Yachts has finished a superyacht big enough for a king-size
berth complete with his and her baths yet with a shallow draft. The owner named it the
"Finish Line" and chose Trinity because he wanted the design and performance of the yacht
to serve as inspiration to other American yachtsmen to build in the United States. The yacht
will be on display at the Trinity Yachts stand during the 2013 Fort Lauderdale International
Boat Show, Oct. 31 through Nov. 4. The yacht has a speed of 23 knots and a range of more
than 3,600 nautical miles. (Source: Sun Herald, 09/24/13)

Northrop to build more LCS modules
BETHPAGE, N.Y. -- Northrop Grumman has received a $25.2 million contract from the U.S.
Navy for additional Littoral Combat Ship Mission Modules. The company will deliver three
mission module packages - two for surface warfare missions and one for mine
countermeasures. The LCS has three primary missions: mine warfare, antisubmarine
warfare and surface warfare. Each mission package involves the integration of manned and
unmanned systems operating across the air, surface and subsurface domains. To date,
Northrop Grumman has delivered two surface warfare mission modules and one mine
countermeasures mission module for LCS. The second and third Northrop Grumman-
produced mine countermeasures mission module and the third surface warfare mission
modules are currently in production. (Source: Northrop Grumman, 09/16/13) Gulf Coast
note: The Independence-class of the LCS is built in Mobile, Ala., by Austal USA.

Work begins on new destroyer
PASCAGOULA, Miss. – Work has begun on the Navy's next Aegis guided missile destroyer,
Ralph Johnson (DDG 114). It's the 30th Arleigh Burke Class destroyer built by Ingalls
Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Miss., part of Huntington Ingalls Industries. The start-of-
fabrication milestone signifies that 100 tons of steel have been cut for DDG 114. Ingalls
uses state-of-the-art robotic cutting machines to ensure the steel is cut and fabricated to
exact Navy specifications. Ralph Johnson is expected to be delivered in the first half of 2017.
(Source: Huntington Ingalls Industries, 09/13/13)

Ingalls, insurer reach settlement
PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- Huntington Ingalls Industries has agreed to release an insurance
claim in exchange for a cash payment of $180 million. In a filing with the U.S. Securities and
Exchange Commission on Monday, the company said it had previously disclosed that it has
been pursuing legal action against an insurer, FM Global. The filing said the claims were
related to losses and damages as a result of Hurricane Katrina, which hit the company's
shipyards in Pascagoula and Avondale, La., on Aug. 29, 2005. On Sept. 6, Huntington
Ingalls entered into a confidential settlement agreement, according to the filing. (Source:
Sun Herald, Mississippi Press, 09/10/13)

Shipbuilder’s composite center closing
Huntington Ingalls Industries announced Wednesday the closure of its Composite Center of
Excellence in Gulfport, Miss. HII President and CEO Mike Petters said it was a difficult but
necessary decision due to the Navy’s decision to use steel rather than composite structures
for the reduced number of Zumwalt-class ships. The facility will close by May 2014, after
current work is finished. The facility has 427 workers, of which some will be transferred to
other Huntington Ingalls operations. The company has a shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss. The
company’s shipyard in Avondale, La., is also on the chopping block. (Source: Huntington
Ingalls, 09/04/13)

Ship design lab getting upgrade
NEW ORLEANS – The University of New Orleans received $58,000 in donations from the
shipbuilding and maritime industry so it can upgrade its ship-design computer laboratory.
The lab is part of UNO's School of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. Hornbeck
Offshore Services of Covington gave $50,000; Eastern Shipbuilding Group of Panama City,
Fla., gave $5,000; Bollinger Shipyards of Lockport, $2,500; and Elliott Bay Design Group of
Seattle and New Orleans, $500. The ship-design lab helps prepare students for careers in
the maritime industry. The School of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering was
established in 1980. (Source: Times Picayune, 09/02/13)

LCS purchases may be smaller
The Office of Secretary of Defense reportedly supports limiting the number of Littoral
Combat Ship purchases to 24, a far cry from the Navy’s goal of 52 ships, sources told the
Defense News website. Twenty-four buys would end LCS procurement with the FY-15
Defense Department budget. The Navy, say sources, is countering with a no-lower-than 32
ship purchase number. The discussions are part of ongoing deliberations to formulate the
FY-15 budget, due to be submitted to Congress in February – but the deadline hasn’t
happened in at least five years. Source: Defense News, Sept. 2, 2013. (Source: Defense
News, 09/02/13) Gulf Coast note: The purchases are divided between Independence class
ships built by Austal USA in Mobile, Ala.; and Freedom class built in Marinette, Wis.


AUGUST 2013

Edenzon talks workforce
PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- Ingalls Shipbuilding President Irwin F. Edenzon spoke with the
Pascagoula Rotary Club Wednesday about the long-term future of the Pascagoula shipyard,
the effects of sequestration and workforce development. While the Pascagoula shipyard has
a list of big contracts into 2016, officials with Huntington Ingalls Industries are in constant
contact with the Pentagon hashing out the kinds of ships and the numbers of ships in the
Navy's long-range plan. Edenzon said the shipyard is ramping up to a workforce of about
13,000 in Pascagoula, so developing the next generation of shipbuilders is crucial to future
success. (Source: Mississippi Press, 08/28/13)

LCS 4 completes acceptance trials
MOBILE, Ala. -- The future USS Coronado (LCS 4) successfully concluded acceptance trials
after completing a series of graded in-port and underway demonstrations for the Navy's
Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV). Acceptance trials are the last significant
milestone before delivery of the ship later this fall. During the four-day trial, the Navy
conducted tests intended to demonstrate the performance of the propulsion plant, ship
handling and auxiliary systems. While underway, the ship successfully performed launch and
recovery operations with both the 7-meter and 11-meter rigid hull inflatable boats, a four-
hour full power run, surface and air self defense detect-to-engage exercises, and
demonstrated the ship's tremendous maneuverability performing tight turns and
accomplishing speeds in excess of 40 knots. Following commissioning, Coronado will be
homeported in San Diego with its sister ships USS Freedom (LCS 1), USS Independence
(LCS 2) and USS Fort Worth (LCS 3). The Independence-class LCSs are built in Mobile,
Ala., by Austal USA. (Source: NNS, 08/27/13)

Contract: Lockheed, $18.2M
Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training, Moorestown, N.J., is being awarded an
$18,175,946 modification to previously awarded contract for cruiser and destroyer
modernization testing efforts associated with the Aegis Combat System. Fifteen percent of
the work will be done in Pascagoula, Miss. Other work locations are Moorestown, N.J. (40
percent); Bath, Maine (15 percent); Washington, D.C. (12 percent); San Diego, Calif. (7
percent); Norfolk, Va. (7 percent); Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (2 percent); Port Hueneme, Calif. (1
percent); and Syracuse, N.Y. (1 percent), and is expected to be completed by August 2014.
Fiscal 2012 shipbuilding and conversion, Navy; fiscal 2013 operations and maintenance,
Navy; fiscal 2011 and 2012 other procurement, Navy; fiscal 2013 research, development,
test and evaluation funds in the amount of $18,175,946 will be obligated at time of award.
The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington D.C., is the contracting activity. (Source:
DoD, 08/19/13)

LPD 25 wraps up builder’s trials
AVONDALE, La. -- The future USS Somerset, LPD 25, successfully completed builder's trials
last week at Ingalls Shipbuilding's Avondale, La., yard, the U.S. Navy said. Builder's sea
trials are designed to test a ship's major systems, including combat, propulsion, ballasting,
communications, navigation and mission systems. The trials let the shipbuilder fix
deficiencies prior to Navy acceptance trials this fall. LPD 25 is the ninth ship of the LPD 17-
class of amphibious transport dock ships. Somerset is named for the passengers and crew
of United Airlines Flight 93, whose actions disrupted the terrorist hijackers causing Flight 93
to crash in Somerset County, Pa., in September 2001. (Source: Mississippi Press, 08/19/13)

Ingalls launches 4th NSC
PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- Ingalls Shipbuilding on Saturday launched Hamilton (WMSL 753),
the company's fourth Legend-class national security cutter for the U.S. Coast Guard. Ingalls
in 2010 received a $480 million contract to build Hamilton, slated to be delivered to the
Coast Guard in fall 2014. Hamilton is the fourth of eight planned ships in this new class of
technologically advanced multi-mission cutters. Bertholf, Waesche and Stratton have been
commissioned and are on duty. Hamilton will be christened Oct. 26 in Pascagoula. (Source:
Mississippi Press, 08/12/13)

Navy opts for steel deckhouse
After two Zumwalt-class destroyers were built with composite deckhouses, the Navy is
switching to a steel deckhouse for DDG-1002, the future USS Lyndon B. Johnson. The Navy
was reportedly unhappy with the costs of the composite structures. In a January solicitation it
indicated it might need a steel deckhouse. Earlier this month the Navy and General
Dynamics' Bath Iron Works inked a $212 million contract not only for the deckhouse, but the
hangar and aft peripheral vertical launching system (PVLS) modules for the ship. Zumwalt-
class ships were originally designed to replace the DDG-51 Arleigh Burke-class ships as the
Navy's primary destroyer force, but the Navy opted to build just three. The composite
deckhouses were built by Ingalls Shipbuilding's composite center in Gulfport, Miss. The
move raises questions about the use of composites for large-scale ship sections. (Sources:
PRNewswire, Aviation Week, Marine Log, 08/05/13) Previous

LPD 27 keel authenticated
PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- The keel of Ingalls Shipbuilding’s 11th amphibious transport dock
ship Portland (LPD 27) was authenticated Friday at the company's shipyard. Bonnie Amos,
wife of Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Amos, authenticated the keel of Ingalls'
latest San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock. Portland is now about seven percent
complete and is scheduled to be delivered to the Navy in 2017. (Sources: Sun Herald,
Mississippi Press, 08/02/13)


JULY 2013

Portions of DDG 1001 delivered
PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- Ingalls Shipbuilding has delivered the final aft peripheral vertical
launch system assemblies for the Navy's second Zumwalt-class guided missile destroyer,
Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001). The PVLS distributes the missile launchers in separate four-
cell launcher compartments along the ship's hull. It’s an alternative to the traditional
centralized missile magazines found on DDG 51-class ships. Four assembly units make up
the aft PVLS, and the first two units were delivered in July 2012. The latest two units were
delivered a week early. Ingalls also builds the vessel's hangar and composite deckhouse at
its composite center of excellence in Gulfport, Miss. The ships are assembled at General
Dynamics' Bath Iron Works in Maine. (Source: Mississippi Press, 07/24/13)

Contract: SAIC, $10.2M
Science Applications International Corp., McLean, Va., is being awarded a $10,196,609
modification under a previously awarded contract to exercise an option for services
supporting Military Sealift Command's (MSC) information technology ashore operations.
These services assist MSC's command, control communications and computer systems in
merging the physical, financial, contractual, and performance attributes of its IT investments
to enable cost-efficient, timely business decisions. Work will be performed in Washington, D.
C. (74.7 percent); Norfolk, Va. (16.9 percent); San Diego, Calif. (5.9 percent); Pensacola,
Fla. (2.4 percent); Scott Air Force Base, Ill. (less than 1 percent);Yokohama, Japan (less
than 1 percent); and Naples, Italy (less than 1 percent), and is expected to be completed by
July 2014. The Military Sealift Command, Washington Navy Yard, D.C., is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 07/16/13)

State might fund academy annex
PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- Ingalls Shipbuilding has applied for a $1.3 million Hurricane Katrina-
related community development block grant to add a basic skills training annex to the nearly
complete Haley Reeves Barbour Maritime Training Academy. The Jackson County Board of
Supervisors agreed to request proposals for professional services, such as engineering, for
the project. The project is a 4,105-square-foot multi-purpose classroom that will be able to
hold 320 people in an auditorium-style setup. The room will be equipped with projectors and
other technology need for presentations. (Source: Mississippi Press, 07/15/13)

Maritime worker demand high
The demand for jobs in South Mississippi's maritime industry is higher than ever. Huntington
Ingalls, VT Halter Marine and Trinity Yachts are constantly seeking skilled workers for new
projects. Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, along with coastal industries, are
training and placing these workers quickly, but the demand remains high. "We've never
seen it higher than what it is right now," said John Shows, MGCCC associate vice president
for community campus and career technical education. (Source: Sun Herald, 07/11/13)

New supply vessels to be built
NEW ORLEANS, La. -- Edison Chouest Offshore will build more than 40 new vessels
to meet demand for offshore oil and gas support in the Gulf of Mexico, the Arctic
and Brazil. The new vessels continue a build campaign the Galliano-based
company launched in 2011. Edison Chouest did not disclose the cost of the newest
round of builds. Most of the construction work will be spread among Chouest's
four U.S.-affiliate shipyards -- North American Shipbuilding in Larose, LaShip in
Houma, Gulf Ship in Gulfport, Miss., and Tampa Ship in Tampa, Fla. (Source: AP via
nola.com, 07/10/13)

Contract: Raytheon, $14.2M
Raytheon Integrated Defense System, Portsmouth, R.I., is being awarded
$14,211,010 for cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order #0004 under a previously
awarded Basic Ordering Agreement for upgrading the AN/AQS-20A mine hunting
sonar 3493-AS-780-9 configuration with a high frequency wide band forward look
sonar and multi-function side looking sonar and associated components. The work
will be performed in Portsmouth, R. I., and is expected to be completed by
September 2014. Fiscal 2013 Research, Development, Test and Evaluation funding
in the amount of $2,500,000 will be obligated at the time of award. Contract funds
will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not
competitively procured in accordance with 10 U.S.C. 2304(c) - only one responsible
source and no other supplies or services will satisfy agency requirements,
Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Panama
City Division, Panama City, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 07/01/13)


JUNE 2013

Contract: Northrop, $19.4M
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Bethpage, N.Y., is being awarded a $19,360,601
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. Work will be performed in Bethpage, N.Y.
(44 percent); Oxnard, Calif. (16 percent); Washington, D.C. (14 percent); Panama
City, Fla. (10 percent); Dahlgren, Va. (8 percent); San Diego, Calif. (4 percent);
Hollywood, Md. (2 percent); Andover, Mass. (1 percent); and Middletown, R.I. (1
percent); and is expected to be completed by June 2014. Fiscal 2013 Research,
Development, Test and Evaluation funding in the amount of $5,931,600 will be
obligated at the time of award. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington D.C.,
is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 06/28/13)

Keel laying at Austal
MOBILE, Ala. -- Austal USA held a keel laying ceremony Tuesday to mark start of
construction on a new Littoral Combat Ship. The LCS is the future USS
Montgomery, and is expected to be delivered to the U.S. Navy in 2016. The Navy's
LCS class ships are optimized for missions in coastal waters. Montgomery is one of
the Independence-class variants of the LCS being built by Austal USA at its Mobile
River yard. (Sources: multiple, including al.com, 06/25/13, UPI, 06/26/13)

Cedar Point site of meeting
OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. -- The newly-founded Science Center for Marine Fisheries
held its first-ever meeting at the Thad Cochran Marine Aquaculture Center in
Ocean Springs Friday morning. Funded by the National Science Foundation and
the University Cooperative Research Center, the SCMF utilizes academic,
recreational and commercial fisheries resources to address urgent scientific
problems limiting sustainable fisheries. The University of Southern Mississippi is
the lead institution of the SCMF, with the Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences the
partner institution. For USM President Rodney Bennett, it was his first visit to the
GCRL Cedar Point teaching site. (Source: Mississippi Press, 06/21/13)

Contract: Lockheed, $9.9M
Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training, Moorestown, N.J., is being awarded a
$9,931,106 modification to previously awarded contract for DDG Modernization testing
efforts associated with the Aegis Combat System and MK 59 Decoy Launcher System
shipcheck studies onboard DDG 62. Work will be performed in San Diego, Calif. (40
percent), Norfolk, Va. (38 percent), Moorestown, N.J. (8 percent), Washington, D.C. (7
percent), Port Hueneme, Calif. (3 percent), Bath, Maine (2 percent), Pascagoula, Miss. (2
percent), and is expected to be completed by September 2013. The Naval Sea Systems
Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 06/17/13)

Ingalls gets $76.8M NSC contract
PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- Huntington Ingalls Industries' Ingalls Shipbuilding division
today received a $76.8 million fixed-price contract from the U.S. Coast Guard to
purchase long-lead materials for Kimball (WMSL 756), the company's seventh
National Security Cutter (NSC). Construction and delivery will be performed at the
company's Pascagoula facility. Funds will be used to buy major items for Kimball,
such as steel, the main propulsion systems, generators, electrical switchboards
and major castings. Ingalls has delivered three NSCs. Ingalls' fourth NSC, Hamilton
(WMSL 753), will launch later this year and be christened on Oct. 26. The keel was
recently laid on the fifth cutter, James (WMSL 754), and construction will begin on
the company's sixth cutter, Munro (WMSL 755), later this year. (Source: Huntington
Ingalls, 06/14/13)

JHSVs, LCSs named
WASHINGTON -- Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced Thursday the next
three joint high speed vessels (JHSV) will be named USNS Yuma, USNS Bismarck
and USNS Burlington, and two littoral combat ships (LCS) will be named USS
Billings and USS Tulsa. The JHSVs, all 338 feet long and built by Austal USA in
Mobile, Ala., are named after small American cities and counties. Yuma (JHSV 8)
honors the city in Arizona and will be the fourth ship to bear this name. Bismarck
(JHSV 9) is the first naval vessel to be named after North Dakota's capital city, and
Burlington (JHSV10) is the first to be named for the city in Vermont. The LCSs are
named to recognize cities that are one of the five most-populated communities in
a state. Billings (LCS 15) is named in honor of Montana's largest city and will be the
first ship to bear the name. Tulsa (LCS 16) will be the second ship named for
Oklahoma's second-largest city. Billings, a Freedom-variant LCS, will be 378 feet
long and built in Marinette, Wis., and Tulsa, an Independence-variant LCS, will be
419 feet long and built by Austal. (Source: DoD, 06/06/13)

Austal launches JHSV
MOBILE, Ala. -- Austal USA launched its third Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV), USNS
Millinrocket. The 338-foot aluminum catamaran is part of a $1.6 billion, 10-ship
program with the U.S. Navy. The vessels are designed to be fast, flexible and
maneuverable in shallow waters, travel at an average speed of about 40 mph and
transport troops, weapons and cargo. The ship will undergo final outfitting before
sea trials and delivery to the Navy later this year. (Source: al.com, 06/06/13)

Contract: Ingalls, $3.3B
Huntington Ingalls of Pascagoula, Miss., is being awarded a $3,331,476,001 fixed-
price incentive, multiyear contract for construction of five DDG 51 class ships, one
in each of fiscal 2013-2017. This contract includes options for engineering change
proposals, design budgeting requirements and post-delivery availabilities, which,
if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $3,386,092,948.
Work will be performed in Pascagoula, Miss. (56.3 percent), with additional work
sites in Ohio, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia and other
locations. Work is expected to be completed by July 2023. This contract was
procured via a limited competition between Huntington Ingalls and Bath Iron
Works. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 06/03/13)


MAY 2013

Sea lions find new home
GULFPORT, Miss. -- Four young sea lions stranded on California beaches have a
new home at the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies. More than 1,000 sea lion
pups have been abandoned on California beaches since January, more than three
times the usual number. The reason for the stranding is unclear, but without their
mothers' milk and protection, the sea lions are starving. IMMS is the only public
display facility in the United States that has a permit to acquire stranded sea lions,
said Moby Solangi, executive director of IMMS in Gulfport. It’s the first public
display facility outside California to receive the abandoned pups. (Source: Sun
Herald, 05/27/13)

Equity firm buys into shipyards
Private equity firm Littlejohn & Co. of Greenwich, Conn., now has an ownership
stake in Gulf Coast Shipyard Group, which owns Trinity Yachts and TY Offshore
shipyards in Gulfport and New Orleans. The dollar amount of the deal was not
disclosed. John Dane III, CEO of the shipyard group, says the company plans $9
million of improvements at its Gulfport yard, which will allow it to build more ships
each year. Trinity, which builds large private yachts, has about 700 employees. TY
Offshore builds offshore supply vessels and tank barges. (Sources: Multiple,
including AP via Sun Herald, Maritime Executive, Marine Log, 05/28/13)

Research lab to open new building
OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. – The first new building at the Gulf Coast Research Lab
since Hurricane Katrina in 2005 opened today. State, local and educational leaders
were on hand to celebrate the opening of the new $1.2 million Field Studies
Building. Field Studies is one of the major missions of the lab that was established
in the late 1940s by the Institutes for Higher Learning. It now belongs to the
University of Southern Mississippi. (Source: Sun Herald, 05/27/13)

Suits filed in Indian worker case
GULFPORT, Miss. -- About 33 Indian guest workers filed a lawsuit against Mobile,
Ala.-based Signal International claiming they were tricked out of money and forced
to work in barbaric conditions at the Pascagoula facility. The suit was filed in U.S.
District Court in Gulfport, and requests a jury trial. It’s one of three new suits
aimed at Signal. Two others were filed in Texas on behalf of 17 and 33 workers,
respectively. The Southern Poverty Law Center said that in addition to those suits,
more than 100 additional workers will be represented by other firms and
organizations. (Source: Mississippi Press, 05/22/13)

JHSV completes acceptance trials
MOBILE, Ala. -- USNS Choctaw County, the Navy's second Joint High Speed Vessel
(JHSV 2), completed acceptance trials earlier this month in the Gulf of Mexico,
according to the Naval Sea Systems Command. The Austal USA-built JHSV is an all-
aluminum, non-combat catamaran transport ship. Choctaw County is slated for
delivery in June and is part of a 10-ship contract valued at $1.6 billion. The first
vessel in the order, the USNS Spearhead, also built by Austal, was delivered to the
Navy in December 2012. (Sources, Naval Sea Systems Command, 05/16/13, al.com,
05/20/13)

Contract: L-3, $8M
L-3 Global Communications Solutions, Victor, N.Y., is being awarded an $8,093,065
firm-fixed-price General Services Administration delivery order to acquire
Hawkeye III Lite tri-band antennas and Hawkeye diplexer kits for the Deployable
Joint Command and Control Rapid Response kits and Sensitive Compartmented
Information kits for the expeditionary command and control suite. This contract
includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this
contract to $10,530,855. Work will be performed in Panama City, Fla., and is
expected to complete by September 2013. This contract was not competitively
procured in accordance with 10 U.S.C. 2304(c)(1), only one responsible source and
no other supplies or services will satisfy agency requirements. The Naval Surface
Warfare Center Panama City Division, Panama City is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 05/20/13)

Maritime Academy nears completion
PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- Classes should be underway at Ingalls Shipbuilding's Haley
Reeves Barbour Maritime Training Academy by the end of summer. The academy,
funded through a Hurricane Katrina community development block grant, is meant
to provide a skilled workforce and will help Ingalls expand its 2- to 4-year
apprentice program to about 1,000 students. Mobile, Ala.’s Ben M. Radcliff
Contractor Inc. was awarded the $15.6 million contract to construct the facility. It
should be complete by August. (Source: Mississippi Press, 05/19/13)

Keel authenticated for cutter
PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- Ingalls Shipbuilding division today authenticated the keel of
the company's fifth U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter, James (WMSL 754). It’
s named for Joshua James, credited with saving more than 600 lives along the
New England coastline during a nearly 60-year career in the 1800s with the U.S.
Life Saving Service. Ingalls has delivered three National Security Cutters to the
Coast Guard. The fourth ship, Hamilton (WMSL 753), will be christened on Oct. 26.
(Source: Ingalls via Globe Newswire, 05/17/13)

VT Halter dry dock arrives
PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- A floating dry dock arrived at VT Halter Marine's Pascagoula
shipyard from the Philippines as part of the company's multimillion-dollar south
yard expansion. The 546-foot dry dock will help the company offer ship repair of
semi-submersible drilling rigs and Panamax-size ships. The new repair facility will
create about 400 new jobs while diversifying the company's offerings and
increasing its customer base. The company currently employs about 2,200 workers
at its Moss Point, Pascagoula and Escatawpa yards. (Source: Mississippi Press,
05/16/13)

Contract: Ingalls, $8.9M
Huntington Ingalls Inc., Pascagoula, Miss., is being awarded an $8,964,961
modification to previously awarded contract to exercise options 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. Work will be done in Pascagoula (97
percent) and Washington, D.C. (3 percent), and is expected to be completed by
May 2014. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 05/16/13)

Barge, tug christened
PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- VT Halter Marine and Crowley Maritime celebrated a
partnership Thursday morning with the christening of a tug and a barge. VT Halter
built the 600-foot long barge, called 750-3, which has the capacity to hold 330,000
barrels of petroleum products. The companion tug Liberty had been built at a
shipyard in Washington state. They were christened separately at a double
ceremony at VT Halter's Bayou Casotte shipyard. (Source: Sun Herald, 05/02/13)

Hybrid squadron launched
SAN DIEGO -- The Navy Thursday introduced its first squadron combining manned
and unmanned helicopters. Helicopter Maritime Strike 35, "the Magicians," with
140 sailors, will combined eight manned MH-60R Seahawks with 10 unmanned MQ-
8B Fire Scouts and will work off coastal combat ships. The Navy expects the
squadron to make its first deployment in early 2014 on the littoral combat ship Fort
Worth, with two Fire Scouts and one Seahawk. Pilots will fly the drones from a
control room inside the ship or even on shore. The Fire Scouts will reside at the
Rancho Bernardo campus of Northrop Grumman, said the squadron's commanding
officer. Fire Scouts can stay aloft at least eight hours, compared to the Seahawk's
3.3 hours. The Navy has been testing the Fire Scout since 2007 and deploying it
since 2009, using it for counter-narcotics operations and in Afghanistan. (Source:
Reuters, UT-San Diego, 05/02/13) Gulf Coast note: Fire Scouts are built in part in
Moss Point, Miss.; Austal USA in Mobile, Ala., builds one version of the littoral
combat ships. Previous

Contract: Concurrent Tech, $8.4M
Concurrent Technologies Corp., Johnstown, Pa., is being awarded an $8,359,958
modification to previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract
to provide additional engineering and fabrication services in support of the
ongoing development and testing for the carriage, stream, tow and recovery
system. Work will be performed in Johnstown and is expected to be completed by
February 2015. The Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division, Panama
City, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/02/13)

Ingalls shareholders get update
PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- Huntington Ingalls Industries shareholders got an update
Wednesday on company plans to continue improvements on aircraft carrier Gerald
R. Ford, get started on two new carrier programs and sign a construction contract
for aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy. In addition, Ingalls expects a decision "soon"
from the Navy on a destroyer program, "an award very important to the future of
Ingalls," Huntington Ingalls President Mike Petters said. Thirty-two Huntington
Ingalls Industries shareholders met for the annual meeting on Wednesday, help in
Pascagoula for the first time. Ingalls has between 75,000 and 85,000 total
shareholders, according to a company representative. (Source: Sun Herald,
05/01/13)

LPD 23 to be commissioned
The Navy will commission the amphibious transport dock ship, Anchorage, in its
namesake city in Alaska May 4 during a ceremony at the Port of Anchorage.
Anchorage is named in honor of the largest city in Alaska. Adm. Cecil Haney,
commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, will deliver the ceremony’s keynote address. The
24,900-ton Anchorage, LPD 23, was built by Huntington Ingalls Industries -
Avondale Shipyard in Louisiana. The ship is 684 feet long with an overall beam of
105 feet. Anchorage is the seventh amphibious transport dock ship in the San
Antonio class. (Source: DoD, 05/01/13)

Ingalls to build 6th USCG NSC
PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- Huntington Ingalls Industries announced today that the U.S.
Coast Guard has awarded a $487 million, fixed-price-incentive-fee contract to its
Ingalls Shipbuilding division to build the sixth National Security Cutter, Munro
(WMSL 755). NSCs, the flagships of the Coast Guard's cutter fleet, replace the 378‐
foot Hamilton-class high-endurance cutters, which entered service during the
1960s. Ingalls has delivered the first three. The fourth, Hamilton (WMSL 753),
currently at 40 percent complete, is scheduled to launch this summer and will be
christened in October. Keel-laying for the fifth NSC, James (WMSL 754), is set for
May 17. A long-lead material contract for Munro was awarded in 2012, and all
associated equipment has been ordered. (Source: Globe Newswire, 05/01/13)


APRIL 2013

Ingalls called fit-friendly
PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- Huntington Ingalls Industries said Monday that its Ingalls
Shipbuilding division has received a Platinum Award in the American Heart
Association's Fit-Friendly Worksite program. This is the highest level recognized
by the AHA for companies that demonstrate progressive leadership in making the
health and wellness of their employees a priority. Huntington Ingalls Industries
designs, builds and maintains nuclear and non-nuclear ships for the U.S. Navy and
Coast Guard and provides after-market services for military ships around the
globe. (Source: Globe Newswire, 04/29/13)

Exelis tapped for MK105
VAN NUYS, Calif. -- ITT Exelis has been awarded a contract valued at more than $10
million to provide one MK 105 Mod 4 airborne minesweeping system for the Naval
Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division in Panama City, Fla. Introduced to the
Navy fleet in 1972, the Exelis MK 105 system has been used in every major mine-
clearance operation. The Navy’s MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter tows the system
through the water, and twin magnetic tails, consisting of open-electrode magnetic
sweeps, are towed behind the sled, detonating mines to clear the water for
vessels. The work will be done in Panama City by the Exelis radar, reconnaissance
and undersea systems business area, which designs and develops integrated
minesweeping systems for the U.S. and allied navies. (Source: Business Wire,
04/29/13)

Contract: CACI Tech, $20M
CACI Technologies Inc., Chantilly, Va., is being awarded a $20,150,158 modification
to previously awarded contract for professional support services in support of
Program Executive Office Littoral Combat Ships. Services include professional
services in the areas of: program management and acquisition support, technical
and engineering support, business and financial management support and
logistics support. Work will be performed in Washington D.C. (89.9 percent);
Norfolk, Va. (4.2 percent); San Diego, Calif. (2.2 percent); Panama City, Fla. (1.8
percent); Newport, R.I. (1.3 percent); and Monterey, Calif. (0.6 percent), and is
expected to be complete by October 2013. The Naval Sea Systems Command,
Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 04/25/13)

GCRL, education center growing
OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. -- The University of Southern Mississippi's Gulf Coast
Research Laboratory is growing. Near-term plans call for opening an 8,300-square-
foot, four-classroom and lab addition in May and long-term plans call for erecting
an $18 million Marine Education Center, the education and outreach arm of the lab.
Eric Powell, director of the lab, said GCRL with a 200-person staff is among the
largest marine research labs in the country and supplies nationally recognized
marine disease research. GCRL and MEC leaders met with the Jackson County
Board of Supervisors earlier this month to share the plans for growth. (Source:
Mississippi Press, 04/23/13)

JHSV to be christened
MOBILE, Ala. -- The Navy will christen the Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV)
Millinocket Saturday during a 10 a.m. CDT ceremony here. Vice Adm. William R.
Burke, deputy chief of Naval Operations for Warfare Systems, will deliver the
ceremony’s principal address. Karen G. Mills, administrator of the U.S. Small
Business Administration, will serve as the ship’s sponsor. The future USNS
Millinocket is the first naval vessel to be named in honor of Millinocket and East
Millinocket, Maine. The 338 foot-long aluminum catamaran is being constructed by
Austal USA in Mobile, Ala. (Source: DoD, 04/19/13)

Contract: BIW, $12.6M
Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine, is being awarded a $12,599,317 modification to
previously awarded contract to exercise an option for Littoral Combat Ship (LCS)
Class Design Services. LCS Class Design Services provide necessary
engineering, program, and technical support for LCS Class ships. This effort
includes class baseline design services, class documentation services, class
engineering studies, cost estimating support, LCS ship transition, and liaison for
ship construction and post delivery with the class design agent for LCS 6 and
follow. Work will be performed in Bath, Maine (52 percent); Pittsfield, Mass. (47
percent); and Mobile, Ala. (1 percent), and is expected to be completed by June
2014. Fiscal 2012 Shipbuilding and Conversion, Navy funding in the amount of
$12,599,317 will be obligated at time of award. Contract funds will not expire at the
end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C.,
is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 04/15/13)

Fire sends LCS back to Mobile
The Austal-built Littoral Combat Ship Coronado experienced a fire in its starboard
diesel exhaust while conducting a high-speed demonstration on its second day of
sea trials in the Gulf of Mexico, according to Defense News. LCS-4 is the second
variant on the Independent class built in Mobile, Ala. The fire was put out
immediately and there were no reported injuries. Coronado returned to the
shipyard Friday night. (Source: Defense News, 04/14/15)

Offshore supply vessel launched
ESCATAWPA, Miss. -- VT Halter Marine launched and christened HOS Commander,
the first of 10 vessels that Covington, La.-based Hornbeck Offshore Services will
use to supply deepwater offshore exploration. The offshore supply vessels
represent about a $442 million contract for VT Halter, who is building 6 of them at
the Moss Point Marine yard in Escatawpa and 4 at the Halter Moss Point yard. The
boats, called Super 320 Class OSVs, are designed to carry about 20,900 barrels of
liquid mud and have 11,863 square feet of deck area. (Source: Mississippi Press,
04/09/13)

Contract: BAE Systems, $8.3M
BAE Systems Electronics Ltd, Maritime Services Division, Portsmouth, U.K., is
being awarded an $8,268,703 modification to previously awarded contract that
includes firm-fixed-price contract line item numbers for program management and
support and calibration and maintenance services and a cost-plus-fixed-fee CLIN
for engineering services support. This modification will complete production and
delivery of Archerfish neutralizers (destructor, mine neutralization, Airborne EX64
Mod 0 Archerfish) system upgrade provides a significant reliability and
performance improvement to the current MK-105, increasing the U.S. Navy's
capability to conduct quick response, high speed airborne mine countermeasures
for the next decade. Work will be performed in Portsmouth, U.K., and is expected
to be completed by September 2014. The Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama
City Division, Panama City, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 04/10/13)

Oceanographers win humanitarian award
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- A modeling capability developed by
oceanographers at Stennis Space Center that predicts the likelihood of pirate
attacks received an international humanitarian award from Computerworld
magazine. IDG’s Computerworld Honors Program selected the Naval Meteorology
and Oceanography Command as a 2013 Laureate in the field of Safety and Security
for its development of the Pirate Attack Risk Surface (PARS). The PARS model
produces a forecast of shipping vulnerability due to piracy at a certain latitude,
longitude, and time. The Honors Program, founded in 1988, recognizes
organizations and individuals who have used information technology to advance
public welfare, benefit society and business, and change the world for the better.
(Source: Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, 04/09/13)

Composite hangar milestone reached
GULFPORT, Miss. -- Ingalls Shipbuilding achieved a milestone in the construction
of the composite hangar that will be used on the Navy's second Zumwalt-class
guided missile destroyer, Michael Monsoor. The shipbuilder’s composites facility
in Gulfport turned the inverted hangar to an upright position, or ship-shape, which
is an important and necessary feat in the construction schedule of this
component. (Source: Ingalls Shipbuilding via Globe Newswire, 04/08/13)

State Senate honors Ingalls
JACKSON, Miss. -- The Mississippi Senate honored Pascagoula’s Ingalls
Shipbuilding Thursday on its 75th anniversary as the state's largest private
employer. Sen. Brice Wiggins of Pascagoula introduced a resolution commending
Ingalls on its anniversary and thanked Sen. Michael Watson of Pascagoula for
putting together the resolution. Wiggins noted that Ingalls employs some 10,000
workers in Mississippi and 37,000 nationwide. (Source: Mississippi Press, 04/04/13)

Arlington commissioning set
The Navy will commission the newest San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock
ship, Arlington, during a 12:30 p.m. EDT ceremony April 6 at Naval Station Norfolk,
Va. The ship is named for the county of Arlington and honors the first responders
and the 184 victims who died when American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the
Pentagon Sept. 11, 2001. The ship is 684 feet long and is the eighth of the LPD-17
class to be built by Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Miss. (Source: DoD,
04/04/13) Previous

Horizon triples capacity
BAYOU LA BATRE, Ala. -- Horizon Shipbuilding Inc. of Bayou La Batre said is has
tripled the company's production capacity with the recent acquisition and
development of its “West Yard” facilities. Located directly across the Bayou from
its main yard, the “West Yard” adds about 22 acres to Horizon’s footprint, including
3,000 feet of waterfront, three production bays, and multiple launch ways,
according to a company press release. Horizon, with 240 workers, has built ships
for the Navy, Coast Guard, Army Corps of Engineers and for commercial
transportation and oil service companies in America, Nigeria, Colombia, Iraq and
Mexico. (Source: al.com, 04/02/13)


MARCH 2013

Shipyard expansion ready for bid
PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- VT Halter Marine's multimillion-dollar south yard expansion
is ready for bid, as Jackson County Port Authority commissioners agreed
unanimously to advertise the project for bid at a Thursday morning special
meeting. The new ship repair facility, to be built at the Bayou Casotte shipyard in
Pascagoula, will create about 400 new jobs while diversifying the company’s
offerings and increasing its customer base. The company currently employs about
2,200 workers at its Moss Point, Pascagoula and Escatawpa yards. (Source:
Mississippi Press, 03/28/13)

VT Halter launches ship
MOSS POINT, Miss. -- The 253-foot oceanographic survey vessel U.S. Naval Ship
Maury was christened and launched Wednesday at VT Halter Marine's shipyard.
The all-steel T-AGS 66 is an enhanced version of the T-AGS 60 class used by the
Navy to gather data and provide information to the military and improve undersea
warfare technology and ship detection. It can carry a crew of 67. It was named in
honor of Matthew Fontaine Maury, the first superintendent of the United States
Naval Observatory an author of the first textbook of oceanography. He was also
considered the father of world meteorology. He died in 1873. VT Halter has built six
of the original T-AGS 60s. (Source: Mississippi Press, 03/27/13)

GD wins $26M contract for MK46
STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. -- General Dynamics Land Systems has been awarded a
$25.7 million contract to produce eight MK46 30mm Naval Weapon Systems for the
U.S. Navy for use on San Antonio-class (LPD-17) ships and the Littoral Combat Ship
(LCS) class. The MK46 is an all-weather, day/night, fully stabilized weapon system.
General Dynamics has delivered 30 MK46 systems to the Navy since 2005. It is the
main deck gun for LPD-17 ships and is the secondary gun battery for Littoral
Combat Ships. Work will be done in Woodbridge, Va.; Tallahassee, Fla.; Lima, Ohio;
Westminster, Md.; Sterling Heights, Mich.; and Scranton, Pa. Deliveries are
scheduled to begin in September 2014. (Source: General Dynamics via
PRNewswire, 03/26/13) San Antonio-class ships are built in Pascagoula, Miss., and
one of two versions of the LCS is built in Mobile, Ala.

Ingalls to fill 3,000 positions
PRICHARD, Ala. -- Huntington Ingalls Industries plans to hire about 3,000 people for
its Pascagoula, Miss., facility over the next 12 months to fulfill existing ship orders.
A job fair to help fill those positions will be held at 5 p.m. Friday at the Sunlight
District Auditorium located at 809 Seminary Street in Prichard. Bill Glenn, manager
of public affairs for Ingalls Shipbuilding, confirmed the company has partnered
with a consortium of ministers across the Gulf Coast to help attract the necessary
applicants to fulfill such a strong demand for skilled workers. (Source: al.com,
03/20/13)

Contract: Austal USA, $20M
Austal USA LLC., Mobile, Ala., is being awarded a $19,987,274 modification to
previously awarded contract to exercise options for class service efforts and
special studies, analyses and reviews for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program.
Austal USA LLC 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), and is expected to complete by March 2014. Fiscal
2012 Shipbuilding and Conversion, Navy funding in the amount of $19,987,274 will
be obligated at time of award. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the
current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/15/13)

Hydroid UUV in full production
Hydroid Inc. of Pocasset, Mass., has begun full-rate production the Navy Littoral
Battlespace Sensing (LBS) Unmanned Underwater Vehicle. The Navy conducted
more than a year of test and evaluation before ordering the LBS UUV. The end
user of the UUVs will be the Naval Oceanographic Office at NASA's Stennis Space
Center, Miss., which acquires and analyzes open oceans, coastal waters, and
harbors data. The U.S. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) in
San Diego ordered the immediate production of three LBS UUVs, based on the
Hydroid REMUS 600 UUV, and one Shipset consisting of a launch and recovery
system (LARS), a LARS flat rack, a mission van, a maintenance van, and vehicle
support equipment. The REMUS (Remote Environmental Measuring Units) UUV
projects funders include the U.S. Office of Naval Research in Arlington, Va.; the U.
S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in Arlington, and the
United Kingdom Ministry of Defence in London. Hydroid is a subsidiary of
Kongsberg Maritime AS in Kongsberg, Norway. (Source: Military and Aerospace
Electronics, 03/08/13)

LPD leaves Pascagoula
PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- Ingalls Shipbuilding's amphibious transport dock Arlington
left the Pascagoula yard Friday morning, headed toward Norfolk for an April 6
commissioning. LPD 24 is a 684-foot-long vessel designed to transport up to 800
Marines, their fighting vehicles and aircraft. It’s the 8th in the LPD 17-class to be
built by the company. The ship is named Arlington for Arlington County, Va., where
American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, killing 184
people. (Source: Mississippi Press, Sun Herald, 03/08/13)

Keel-laying ceremony held
MOBILE, Ala. -- BAE Systems Southeast Shipyard Alabama LLC held a keel-laying
ceremony this week for the second of two dump scows being built for Illinois-
based Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co. Construction of the 295-foot-long, 62-foot-
wide Hull 108 started in October, as did construction of the first dump scow, Hull
107. Both vessels will be delivered by August. The vessels are used to transport
and dump sediments acquired while dredging waterways. (Source: Mobile Press-
Register, 03/06/13)

Contract: Bath Iron Works, $12.3M
Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine, is being awarded a $12,326,893 modification to
previously awarded contract to exercise an option for post-delivery support for
the USS Coronado (LCS 4). Bath Iron Works will perform the planning and
implementation of deferred design changes that have been identified during the
construction period. The corrections and upgrades are necessary to support
Coronado's sailaway and follow-on post-delivery test and trials period. Work will be
performed in Mobile, Ala. (76 percent); Bath, Maine (18 percent); and Pittsfield,
Mass. (6 percent), and is expected to be complete by February 2014. Fiscal 2009
Shipbuilding and Conversion, Navy funding in the amount of $12,326,893 will be
obligated at time of award. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current
fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 03/04/13)

Contract: Austal, $681.7M
Austal USA, Mobile, Ala., is being provided funding in the amount of $681,721,789
under previously awarded contract for construction of two fiscal 2013 Littoral
Combat Ships. Work will be performed in Mobile, Ala. (51 percent); Pittsfield, Mass.
(13 percent); Cincinnati, Ohio (4 percent); Baltimore, Md. (2 percent); Burlington,
Vt. (2 percent); New Orleans, La. (2 percent) and various locations of less than two
percent each totaling 26 percent. Work is expected to be complete by June 2018.
Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea
Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
03/04/13)


FEBRUARY 2013

VT Halter wins contract
PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- VT Halter Marine said it has secured a contract to build an
articulated tug barge, with an optional second unit, for Bouchard Transportation
Co. The option must be exercised within 60 days of the initial contract award, the
company said in a news release. The barge is 625 feet by 91 feet by 47 feet, has a
250,000-barrel capacity and will be used to transport liquid petroleum.
Construction will begin in April at VT Halter Marine’s Pascagoula facility, with
delivery scheduled for mid-2015. (Source: Mississippi Press, 02/13/13)

HII eyes energy for Avondale
Huntington Ingalls Industries will open an office in Houston to help market its
closing Avondale shipyard. The company is pursuing opportunities in the energy
infrastructure market for the yard. Located on the Mississippi River near New
Orleans, the 268-acre facility has the potential to employ up to 10,000 highly skilled
craft workers, the company said. (Sources: Mississippi Press, Globe Newswire,
02/05/13) HII owns Ingalls Shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss.


JANUARY 2013

Navy seeks alternate deckhouse
The U.S. Navy is looking at building an alternative deckhouse for DDG-1002, the
final proposed Zumwalt-class destroyer. The current Zumwalt deckhouse is
uniquely designed and constructed of composite materials at Ingalls Shipbuilding
in Gulfport, Miss.. At 900 tons, the deckhouse packs the ship’s bridge, radars,
antennas and intake/exhaust systems into a structure designed to provide a
significantly smaller radar cross-section than any other ship in today’s fleet. But in
a Jan. 3 solicitation the Navy said it has a potential requirement for a steel
deckhouse. The solicitation comes as the Navy and Ingalls have begun
negotiations on building the ship’s deckhouse. (Source: Aviation Week, 01/25/13)

Ingalls awards STEM grants
PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- Schools along the Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana coast
will get nearly $110,000 in Ingalls Shipbuilding grants for science, technology,
engineering and mathematics lessons in their classrooms. Ingalls awarded 26
grants at a Pascagoula shipyard ceremony this morning. In five years the company
has awarded nearly $430,000 in grants to area schools. It hopes to see a return on
the investment in the future in the form of qualified, dependable employees. The
grants will fund items such as robotics kits and competitions, science labs and
equipment. (Source: Mississippi Press, 01/25/13)

LPD 17 hull as BMD platform?
Huntington Ingalls, builder of the Navy's San Antonio-class amphibious transport
dock ship, is floating the idea of continuing production of the LPD 17 hull in
Pascagoula, Miss., as a platform for ballistic missile defense and other missions.
Ingalls officials said at the Surface Navy Association's National Symposium Jan. 16
that they are sharing the idea of Flight II variants with Navy officials. The company
is investing internal R&D money to design the variant, and is just beginning to
pitch the concept to the military, said Irwin Edenzon, president of the Ingalls
Shipbuilding. "We're getting some encouragement that it might be a good idea.
Nobody is running out, writing us a contract or sending us money, but we are
talking to people who say, 'You know this thing sounds like it might make sense to
look into.'" If the idea catches on, it would keep the LPD 17 production line running
following deliveries of the 11th and final San Antonio-class ship in 2017. (Sources:
IHS Janes, National Defense Magazine, 01/18/13)

Ship crew rescued
The Coast Guard helped saved 12 sailors after their 170-foot research ship
capsized about 141 miles south of Pensacola. The Seaprobe reported the ship was
flooding and 12 crewmembers had to abandon ship on life rafts. An aircrew from
the Coast Guard Aviation Training Center in Mobile, Ala., was first to arrive and
stayed until helicopter rescue crews arrived. A helicopter crew from ATC Mobile
airlifted five of the stranded sailors, and a second helicopter crew from the Coast
Guard Air Station in Clearwater, Fla., hoisted the remaining seven sailors to safety.
(Source: Mobile Press-Register, 01/18/13)

Center for Gulf Studies formed
The need for a comprehensive understanding of the waters and resources of the
Gulf of Mexico has prompted the University of Southern Mississippi to take the
lead in formation of the new Center for Gulf Studies (CGS). The center is a
partnership between Southern Miss, Mississippi State University, the University of
Mississippi and Jackson State University. Administered through the Southern Miss
Department of Marine Science at Stennis Space Center, CGS seeks to serve
Mississippi and the region with a scientifically-based understanding of ecosystem
status and trends with special emphasis on improved forecasting abilities to
ensure sustainable coastal and ocean ecosystems of the Gulf of Mexico. Dr. Monty
Graham, chair of the Department of Marine Science at Southern Miss, is the acting
director of the center. (Source: University of Southern Mississippi, 01/16/13)

Contract: Austal, $7M
Austal Hull 130 Chartering, LLC, Mobile, Ala., is being awarded a $6,968,500
modification under a previously awarded firm, fixed-price contract to exercise a
six-month option period for the worldwide charter of one U.S.-flagged
passenger/cargo ferry. The vessel will support the Marine Corps, Third Marine
Expeditionary Force, and will operate out of Okinawa, Japan. Work will be
performed at sea worldwide, and is expected to be completed by August 2013.
Military Sealift Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity. (Source:
DoD, 01/14/13)

USM eyes marine algae as fuel
Researchers at the University of Southern Mississippi Department of Marine
Science are studying turning marine micro-algae into fuel as part of a global push
aimed at finding reliable alternative fuel sources. Under the direction of Dr. Donald
Redalje, the school’s Marine Sciencce lab at Stennis Space Center, Miss., is
studying algae grown from Mississippi coastal waters. While biofuel blends have
already found their way to naval war ships and test flights on commercial airliners,
Redalje and his team are looking for ways to streamline the process. "All the oil we
are pumping out of the ground, what was it? Most people think dinosaurs. No. It
was all marine micro algae," said Redalje, who's trying to recreate the process that
until now has taken millions of years. "We know this works, the trick is how do we
produce enough of it, cheaply enough to be a marketable product?" (Source: PR
Web, 01/09/13)

Alternatives for Avondale possible
The Avondale shipyard near New Orleans is being considered by Hunting Ingalls
Industries as a commercial construction and engineering projects site instead of
for end-of-year closure, Huntington Ingalls Industries’ shipbuilding CEO Mike
Petters said Thursday. HII is in discussions with companies to covert the shipyard
facilities to work on energy and infrastructure projects across the Southeast.
(Source: Reuters, 01/10/13)

Ingalls looking into over charges
PASCAGOULA, Miss. – Ingalls is looking into time-charging irregularities by
employees, and is using an outside third party to help. The irregularities were
discovered by company personnel. Ingalls has not said if the employees are still
working at the company. Ingalls builds ships for the Navy and Coast Guard.
(Source: WKRG-TV, 01/11/13)

Signet delivers barge
PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- Signet Maritime Corp. has delivered Signet 141, a 140-foot
deck barge that will be available for charter throughout ports in the Gulf of Mexico
and assist customers in the growing Port of Pascagoula. The Pascagoula facility
began construction of the new vessel, which was designed by Farrell and Norton
Naval Architects of Newcastle, Maine, in May. Signet 141 was christened Dec. 20.
(Source: Mississippi Press, 01/02/13)