Gulf Coast shipbuilding/maritime
DECEMBER 2014

Contract: Cymstar, $20.4M
Cymstar Services LLC, Broken Arrow, Okla., has been awarded a $20,368,605 modification
(P00002) to FA8621-14-C-6338 for operations and sustainment support for the C-130J
maintenance and aircrew training system devices, as well as material and travel costs to
support the effort. The work will be done at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., Keesler Air
Force Base, Miss., and Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, and is expected to be completed by
Dec. 31, 2015. Fiscal 2015 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of
$20,339,878 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management
Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
12/30/14)

Contract: Northrop, $19M
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Bethpage, N.Y., is being awarded a $19,082,605
modification under a previously awarded contract (N00024-06-C-6311) to provide
integration services for mission packages that will deploy from and integrate with the Littoral
Combat Ship (LCS). The Navy's plan is to use continuous evaluation of system maturity
through a disciplined system engineering framework to improve mission capability in
identified mission areas. LCSs mission packages will be optimized for flexibility in the littorals.
Mission package capabilities are currently focused on primary mission areas of mine warfare
emphasizing mine countermeasures, littoral anti-submarine warfare, and littoral surface
warfare operations, including prosecution of small boats. Work will be performed in
Bethpage (47 percent); Washington, D.C. (13 percent); Oxnard, Calif. (12 percent);
Dahlgren, Va. (9 percent); Panama City, Fla. (8 percent); San Diego, Calif. (7 percent);
Middletown, R.I. (2 percent); Hollywood, Md. (1 percent); and Andover, Mass. (1 percent),
and is expected to be completed by June 2015. Fiscal 2014 and 2015 research and
development; fiscal 2015 operations and maintenance (Navy); and fiscal 2014 and 2015
other procurement (Navy) contract funds in the amount of $2,400,000 will be obligated at
time of award and funds in the amount of $7,119,720 will expire at the end of the current
fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 12/30/14)

Contract: Austal USA, $14.4M
Austal USA, Mobile, Ala., is being awarded a $14,359,433 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to
a previously awarded contract (N00024-11-C-2301) to exercise an option for class services
in support of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program. Austal 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 completed by December 2015. Fiscal 2013 shipbuilding and conversion
(Navy) funding in the amount of $4,000,000 will be obligated at the time of award and 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, 12/19/14)

Ingalls, Signet get tax breaks
PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- Pascagoula leaders this week granted two 10-year ad valorem tax
exemptions to Ingalls Shipbuilding and Signet Maritime Corp. for new machinery and
equipment. The property receiving the exemption has a true value of some $19.2 million.
The bulk of that, about $18.1 million, is attributable to Ingalls Shipbuilding's Pascagoula yard.
Ingalls, which has more than 10,000 employees and an annual payroll of $596.5 million, is
receiving the exemption on hundreds of items. Tax exemptions such as these are granted by
cities and counties as an incentive for companies to invest in their local operations. (Source:
Mississippi Press, 12/18/14)

VT Halter cited in crane collapse
PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- VT Halter Marine shipyard in Pascagoula was cited by the U.S.
Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration for five safety
violations in connection with the collapse of two cranes June 25. Five employees were
injured when several cranes were moving a bow module of a ship. One crane hit the corner
of a tool and equipment warehouse where people were working. VT Halter was cited with
four serious violations for exposing workers to injuries, according to the OSHA report. OSHA
issued the citations Tuesday and the proposed penalties of $29,000. (Source: Sun Herald,
12/18/14)

Contract: Raytheon, $26M
Raytheon Co. Integrated Defense Systems, San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a
$26,050,551 cost-plus-fixed fee contract for life cycle engineering and support services for
LPD 17 class integrated shipboard electronic systems. This contract includes options which,
if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $132,122,998. Work will be
performed in San Diego (90 percent); Norfolk, Va. (4 percent); Pascagoula, Miss. (2
percent); Mayport, Fla. (2 Percent); and Japan (2 percent), and is expected to be completed
by December 2019. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting
activity (N00024-15-C-2414). (Source: DoD, 12/18/14)

Contract: Bath Iron Works, $21.1M
Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine, is being awarded a $21,192,127 modification to previously
awarded contract (N00024-12-C-2313) to exercise options for DDG 51-class lead yard
services. This work will provide class engineering and design services including technical
assistance to the follow shipbuilders in the interpretation and application of the detailed
design developed by Bath Iron Works, the lead yard contractor. Lead yard services include:
liaison for follow ship construction, general class services, class logistics services, class
design contractor services, class changes design services for follow ships, noise, shock,
and vibration program, and special studies. Work will be performed in Brunswick, Maine (69
percent); Bath (28 percent); Washington, D.C. (2 percent); and Pascagoula, Miss. (1
percent), and is expected to be completed by December 2015. Fiscal 2011 and 2012
shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) contract funds in the amount of $21,192,127 will be
obligated at time of award and 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,
12/11/14)

Ingalls, union extend contract
PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- Ingalls Shipbuilding's union workers agreed Monday to accept a
three-year extension to their contract, taking the current agreement to March 2018. The
agreement includes incremental raises and a bonus. The proposal was agreed upon by the
company and the Pascagoula Metal Trades Council and local chapters of the International
Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, United Federation of Special Police & Security Officers
and Office and Professional Employees International Union. The International Association of
Machinists did not ratify the agreement, but the union has asked for continued discussion.
(Source: Mississippi Press, Sun Herald, 12/01/14)

Contract: Lockheed, $54.6M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Mission Systems and Training, Moorestown, N.J., is being awarded
a $54,632,457 modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-14-C-5104) to
exercise option year one for ship integration and test of the Aegis weapon system (AWS) for
AWS baselines through advanced capability build (ACB) 12. The contract provides for Aegis
shipboard integration engineering, Aegis test team support, Aegis modernization team
engineering support, ballistic missile defense test team support, and AWS element
assessments. This contract will cover the AWS ship integration and test efforts for five new
construction DDG 51 class ships and the major modernization of five DDG 51 class ships. It
will additionally cover the integrated combat system modifications and upgrades for all
current ships with all AWS baselines up to and including ACB 12. Work will be performed in
Moorestown (30 percent); Norfolk, Va. (18 percent); San Diego, Calif. (18 percent); Bath,
Maine (13 percent); Pascagoula, Miss. (11 percent); Washington, D.C. (6 percent); Pearl
Harbor, Hawaii (2 percent); Syracuse, N.Y. (1 percent); and other locations (1 percent), and
is expected to be completed by November 2015. The Naval Sea Systems Command,
Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 12/01/14)


NOVEMBER 2014

Austal cited for OSHA violations
MOBILE, Ala. – Shipbuilder Austal USA was cited by the U.S. Department of Labor's
Occupational Safety and Health Administration for 12 safety and health violations following a
May 2014 complaint. Proposed penalties total $41,500. Citations were issued for lack of
standard railings on staircases, improperly secured gas cylinders, overexposure of workers
to copper fumes during welding operations, failure to ensure workers followed safety
procedures and other violations. The company has 15 business days from receipt of its
citations and proposed penalties to respond. OSHA has cited the facility three times in the
past five years. The shipbuilding told the Mobile paper that its total recordable incident rate
is "well below the industry standard" and maintaining worker safety is its "number one
priority" for the more than 4,200 workers in the Mobile shipyard. (Source: OSHA, al.com,
11/19/14)

Keel ceremony; NSC departure
PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- Ingalls Shipbuilding division on Wednesday authenticated the keel
of the sixth U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter, Munro (WMSL 755). The ship honors
Coast Guard Signalman First Class Douglas A. Munro, who died in 1942 on Guadalcanal
after evacuating a detachment of Marines. (Source: Huntington Ingalls Industries, 11/05/14).
On Saturday, the fourth National Security Cutter built at Ingalls, Hamilton (WMSL 753),
sailed from the Pascagoula shipyard and will be commissioned Dec. 6 in Charleston, S.C.


OCTOBER 2014

Ingalls launches LPD 26
PASCAGOULA, Miss. – The Ingalls Shipbuilding division of Huntington Ingalls Industries
launched the company’s 10th amphibious transport dock, John P. Murtha (LPD 26). LPD 26
was moved on rail cars from land to the company’s floating drydock on Oct. 19. Work took
place last week to prepare the ship for today’s launch. Ingalls has built and delivered nine
ships in the San Antonio class of ships, with LPDs 26 and 27 remaining. LPD 27, named
Portland, is scheduled to launch in 2016. (Source: Huntington Ingalls Industries, 10/30/14)

Two HII women honored
Two Huntington Ingalls Industries employees were honored last week at the Society of
Women Engineers' annual conference in Los Angeles. Alma Martinez Fallon, from HII's
Newport News, Va., Shipbuilding division, and Dianna Genton, from the Ingalls Shipbuilding
division in Pascagoula, Miss., received recognition for their dedication to women in the
engineering profession. Genton, a naval architect, received an Emerging Leader Award,
one of only 10 given annually by the society. Genton is currently the technical lead for two
Office of Naval Research Manufacturing Technology programs at Ingalls. (Source: HII,
10/26/14)

Works begins on LNG-powered ships
PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- VT Halter Marine's Pascagoula shipyard has begun construction on
the first of two liquefied natural gas-powered roll-on/roll-off container vessels for Crowley
Maritime Corp. VT Halter announced the $350 million contract last November. Beginning of
construction was marked by a steel-cutting ceremony. Delivery of the two vessels is
scheduled for mid and late 2017. (Source: Mississippi Press, 10/22/14)

Contract: Austal, $8.4M
Austal USA LLC, Mobile, Ala., is being awarded an $8,440,860 cost-plus-fixed-fee
modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-11-C-2301) to exercise an option for
Littoral Combat Ship Core Class Services. Austal USA LLC will assess engineering and
production challenges, as well as develop, evaluate costs and schedule risks for
engineering change proposals and class baseline documentation in support of production
efforts. Work will be performed in Mobile (60 percent) and Pittsfield, Mass. (40 percent), and
work is expected to be completed October 2015. Fiscal 2014 shipbuilding and conversion
(Navy) funding in the amount of $8,440,860 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, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 10/14/14)

Navy to commission LHA 6
The Navy will commission its newest amphibious assault ship, USS America (LHA 6), during
a 1 p.m. EDT ceremony Oct. 11 in San Francisco, Calif. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus
will deliver the ceremony's principal address. Mrs. Lynne Pace, wife of retired U.S. Marine
Corps Gen. Peter Pace, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is serving as the ship's
sponsor. (Source: DoD, 10/10/14) Gulf Coast note: The ship was built by Ingalls
Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Miss.

Contract: Austal, $7.2M
Austal USA, Mobile, Ala., is being awarded a $7,214,198 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to a
previously awarded contract (N00024-11-C-2301) to exercise an option for post-delivery
support for Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) 8. This option exercise is for post-delivery support of
LCS 8 of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program. Austal 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 LCS 8's
sailaway and follow-on post-delivery test and trials period. Work will be performed in Mobile
(70 percent); Pittsfield, Mass. (20 percent); and San Diego, Calif. (10 percent), and is
expected to be completed by October 2016. Fiscal 2011 ship construction (Navy) funds in
the amount of $500,000 will be obligated at time of award and 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, 10/09/14)


SEPTEMBER 2014

Contract: Weeks Marine, $18.4M
Weeks Marine Inc., Covington, La., is being awarded an $18,383,017 firm-fixed-price
contract for maintenance dredging at Naval Weapons Station Earle. The work to be
performed provides for dredging the areas surrounding pier 3A and 4 including berths,
turning basin, terminal channel, and a portion of Sandy Hook Federal Channel. Work will be
performed in Earle, N.J., and is expected to be completed by September 2016. This contract
was competitively procured via the Navy Electronic Commerce Online website, with four
proposals received. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Mid-Atlantic, Norfolk, Va., is
the contracting activity (N40085-14-C-5232). (Source: DoD, 09/24/14)

Contract: Swiftships, $18M
Swiftships Shipbuilding, LLC, Morgan City, La., is being awarded an $18,000,000 not-to-
exceed contract for the accomplishment of continuous lifecycle support for the Iraqi navy.
This contract involves foreign military sales to Iraq. This contract will provide technical
expertise in preventative and planned maintenance, emergent repairs, and platform
overhaul support services for Iraqi patrol boats, off-shore vessels, and defender boats.
Work will be performed on Umm Qasr Naval Base, Iraq, and is expected to be completed by
October 2015. FMS funding in the amount of $9,000,000 will be obligated at time of award
and the contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was
not competitively procured pursuant to 10 U.S.C. 2304(c)(4). Per FAR 6.302-4(a)(2) - full
and open competition need not be provided for when precluded by the terms of an
international agreement or a treaty between the United States and a foreign government or
international organization, or the written directions of a foreign government reimbursing the
agency for the cost of the acquisition of the supplies or services for such government. The
Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity
(N00024-14-C-4217). (Source: DoD, 09/23/14)

Contract: Offshore Svc Vessels, $8.8M
Offshore Service Vessels, Inc., Cut Off, La., is being awarded an $8,798,690 modification
under a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00033-13-C-2001) to exercise a one-
year option for the time charter of maritime support vessel MV C-Champion. The vessel is
used as a platform for launching and recovering small boats; refueling and provisioning
small boats; and assisting with limited maintenance for small boats. The vessel also provides
support to maritime security operations. Work will be performed worldwide, and is expected
to be completed by October 2015. Working capital contract funds in the amount of
$8,798,690 are obligated for fiscal 2015 subject to availability of funds. No funds will expire
at the end of the current fiscal year. The U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command, Washington,
D.C., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/23/14)

Keel authentication held
PASCAGOULA, Miss. – Ingalls Shipbuilding today held a keel authentication ceremony for
the 30th Aegis destroyer built by the company. The ship, DDG 114, will be named the USS
Ralph Johnson in honor of Marine Corps PFC Ralph Henry Johnson, who was awarded the
Medal of Honor for actions during the Vietnam War. DDG 114 is scheduled to be delivered
to the Navy in 2017. (Source: Mississippi Press, 09/23/14)

JHSV 4 delivered to Navy
MOBILE, Ala. -- The Navy accepted delivery of Joint High Speed Vessel, the future USNS
Fall River, from the Austal USA shipbuilder, today. The delivery marks a major milestone, the
official transfer of the vessel from the shipbuilder to the Navy. USNS Fall River is the U.S.
Navy's fourth Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV). The vessels are non-combatant transport
ships built from a commercial design with limited modifications for military use. These ships
enable the fast, intra-theater transport of troops, military vehicles and equipment. Each
JHSV is capable of transporting 600 short tons 1,200 nautical miles at an average speed of
35 knots. The unique characteristics of JHSVs include a versatile off-load ramp and flight
deck for helicopter operations. This further enhances port access and the Navy's operations
in littoral areas. (Source: NNS, 09/15/14)

Hamilton delivered to Navy
PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- Ingalls Shipbuilding delivered the National Security Cutter Hamilton
(WMSL 753) to the U.S. Coast Guard today. The ship will be commissioned in Charleston, S.
C., on Dec. 6. It's the fourth Legend-class ship built by Ingalls, and three more are currently
under construction. A seventh NSC, Kimball (WMSL 756), is scheduled to begin construction
in early 2015. Hamilton will sail away from Ingalls on Nov. 1 en route to Charleston. The
ships are 418 feet long and displace 4,500 tons with a full load. They have a top speed of
28 knots, a range of 12,000 miles, an endurance of 60 days and a crew of 120. (Source:
Huntington Ingalls Industries, 09/15/14)


AUGUST 2014

Contracts: Multiple, $6B
Nine companies have each been awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity fixed-price
option-year two modifications for international ocean and intermodal distribution services
(Universal Services Contract-7). They are: Maersk Line Ltd., Norfolk, Va., estimated
$524,715,094, (P00211 to HTC711-12-D-W013); American President Lines Ltd., Inc.,
Scottsdale, Ariz., estimated $445,421,902 (P00120 to HTC711-12-D-W003); Farrell Lines
Inc., Norfolk, Va., estimated $141,326,919 (P00029 to HTC711-12-D-W008); American Roll-
On Roll-Off Carrier LLC, Park Ridge, N.J., estimated $138,236,665 (P00107 to HTC711-12D-
W004); Liberty Global Logistics LLC, Lake Success, N.Y., estimated $90,428,969 (P00075
to HTC711-12-D-W012); Hapag-Lloyd USA, LLC, Tampa, Fla., estimated $84,616,444
(P00065 to HTC711-12-D-W011); Central Gulf Lines Inc., Mobile, Ala., estimated
$35,555,037 (P00046 to HTC711-12-D-W005); Foss International Inc., Seattle, Wash.,
estimated $12,512,210 (P00025 to HTC711-12-D-W009); Matson Navigation Company Inc.,
Oakland, Calif., estimated $9,645,286 (P00034 to HTC711-12-D-W014). The modifications
bring the total cumulative face value of the program to $5,932,834,105. Work will be
performed worldwide as specified on each individual order, with an expected completion
date of Aug. 31, 2015. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2014 and 2015 transportation working
capital funds to be obligated on individual task orders. U.S. Transportation Command,
Directorate of Acquisition, Scott Air Force Base, Ill., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
08/28/14)

Contract: Textron, $21.9M
Textron Inc., New Orleans, La., is being awarded a $21,904,620 modification to a previously
awarded contract (N00024-12-C-2401) for the construction of Landing Craft, Air Cushion
(LCAC) 101 of the ship-to-shore connector (SSC) program. The SSC program is the
functional replacement for the existing fleet of LCAC vehicles, which are nearing the end of
their service life. It is an air cushion vehicle designed for a 30-year service life. The SSC
mission is to land surface assault elements in support of operational maneuver from the sea,
at over-the-horizon distances, while operating from amphibious ships and mobile landing
platforms. SSC provides increased performance to handle current and future missions, as
well as improvements which will increase craft availability and reduce total ownership cost.
Work will be performed in New Orleans (93.5 percent); Huntington Beach, Calif. (2 percent);
Chanhassen, Minn. (2 percent); Coronado, Calif. (1.5 percent); and Minneapolis, Minn. (1
percent), and is expected to be completed by August 2017. Fiscal 2014 research,
development, test and evaluation contract funds in the amount of $2,000,000 will be
obligated at time of award and 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,
08/27/14)

Hamilton wraps up sea trials
PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- Ingalls Shipbuilding division announced Monday the completion of
acceptance sea trials for the company's fourth U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter,
Hamilton (WMSL 753). The ship was underway for a two-day period in the Gulf of Mexico,
performing numerous tests and demonstrations of shipboard systems for the Board of
Inspection and Survey. There was extensive testing of the propulsion, anchor handling,
steering and combat systems. The testing culminated in the successful completion of a full-
power propulsion run. (Source: Ingalls Shipbuilding, 08/18/14)

New cutter to be christened
PASCAGOULA, Miss. — The fifth Legend class U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter,
James (WMSL 754), will be christened Saturday at Ingalls Shipbuilding. The ship is named
after Capt. Joshua James of the U.S. Life-Saving Service, which became part of the Coast
Guard in 1915. James is credited with saving hundreds of lives starting when he was 15. He
died in 1902. Vice Adm. Peter Neffenger, vice commandant, U.S. Coast Guard, will be the
keynote speaker at the christening. Mrs. Charlene James Benoit, great-great niece of the
ship's namesake, is the ship sponsor. Rep. Steven Palazzo, R-Miss., will also speak at the
ceremony. (Source: Ingalls, 08/13/14)

VT Halter launches ship
PASCAGOULA, Miss. – The 692-foot Marjorie C hit the waters of Bayou Casotte with a
mighty splash and hearty applause during a VT Halter Marine launching ceremony Saturday
morning. Marjorie C has the ability to carry 1,500 TEUs above and under deck, as well as
vehicles and over-high and wide cargo on 10 workable decks, and it will have a vehicle
shipping capacity of 2,750 units. At more than 25,000 metric tons, Marjorie C is the largest
vessel ever launched by VT Halter. It's being built for Honolulu-based Pasha Hawaii, which
offers transport between the West Coast and Hawaii for a variety of vehicles, yachts, heavy
machinery and oversized cargo. (Source: Mississippi Press, 08/09/14)

Ingalls delivers deckhouse
GULFPORT, Miss. -- Ingalls Shipbuilding has delivered the composite deckhouse for the
destroyer Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001) to the U.S. Navy. The 900-ton deckhouse provides
an advanced structure that will house the ship's bridge, radars, antennae and
intake/exhaust systems and is designed to provide a significantly smaller radar cross-section
than any other ship in today's fleet. The deckhouse will be placed on a barge and shipped
to General Dynamics Bath Iron Works in Maine to be integrated onto the steel hull of DDG
1001. Ingalls built and delivered the composite deckhouse and hangar for DDGs 1000 and
1001 at the company's Composite Center of Excellence in Gulfport. They are made almost
exclusively using cored composite construction processes. (Source: Ingalls Shipbuilding,
08/07/14) Previous

Halter earns new barge pacts
ESCATAWPA, Miss. - More ships are in the works to be built here at VT Halter Marine. The
company announced Friday it had been awarded new contracts to build two tug barges for
Brouchard Transportation Co., Inc. VT Halter Marine officials say the work will bring about 40
new jobs to South Mississippi. Construction on the tugs is set to begin this fall; and finished
by summer 2016. (Source: WLOX 08/01/14)


JULY 2014

Port hopes to ship vehicles
MOBILE, Ala. -- The Alabama State Port Authority has identified a site for a $54 million
automotive shipping terminal. Speaking to the Economic Development Association of
Alabama's Summer 2014 Conference at Point Clear, Jimmy Lyons, director and chief
executive of the Port Authority, said some of the vehicles produced in Alabama and
surrounding states are bound for other countries. But the port hasn’t been equipped to ship
cars. The new terminal would allow for roll-on, roll-off operations. The terminal could be
ready in a year or two. (Source: al.com, 07/29/14)

LCS to test Norwegian missile
USS Coronado (LCS 4) will get a chance at an historic moment in September when it fires
the first-ever surface-to-surface Norwegian missile from a Littoral Combat Ship in tests off
southern California. The Navy confirmed that Coronado, built in Mobile, Ala., by Austal USA,
would test-launch the Kongsberg Naval Strike Missile (NSM) where the Naval Air Warfare
Center maintains an extensively-instrumented missile range. (Source: Navy Times 07/24/14)

NSC completes builders trials
PASCAGOULA, Miss. – Huntington Ingalls Industries announced today the successful
completion of builder's sea trials for the company's fourth U.S. Coast Guard National
Security Cutter, Hamilton (WMSL 753). The ship, built by HII's Ingalls Shipbuilding, spent
three full days at sea testing the ship's propulsion, electrical, damage control, anchor
handling, small boat operations and combat systems, culminating in a four-hour, full-power
propulsion run. Ingalls has delivered the first three NSCs, and three more are currently
under construction. A seventh NSC, Kimball (WMSL 756), is scheduled to begin construction
in early 2015. (Source: Huntington Ingalls, 07/18/14)

Contract: Ingalls, $23.5M
Huntington Ingalls Inc., Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Miss., is being awarded a
$23,499,948 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-13-C-2402) for early
industry involvement associated with the LHA(R) Program Flight 1 (LHA 8) ship design to
initiate an affordability design phase. The early industry involvement contracts were
awarded to U.S. shipyards that have the facilities and resources to build a large deck
amphibious assault ship without major re-capitalization. Work will be performed in
Pascagoula and is expected to be completed by May 2015. Fiscal 2014 research,
development, test and evaluation contract funds in the amount of $19,740,760 will be
obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval
Sea Systems Command, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 07/17/14)

Crowd bids farewell to LHA 6
PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- Crowds gathered on both sides of the river to send off the Navy's
newest amphibious assault ship Friday morning. America, LHA 6, set sail from Ingalls
Shipbuilding at about 9:30 a.m. LHA 6, which can accommodate 1,059 crew and 1,687
Marines, is slated for a commissioning on Oct. 11 in San Francisco, Calif. It will be
homeported in San Diego. The ship can carry a variety of aircraft, including 12 MV-22
Osprey vertical takeoff and landing aircraft, nine F-35B joint strike fighters, four AH-1Z Viper
attack helicopters, four CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters and two MH-60S search and
rescue helicopters. (Source: Mississippi Press, 07/11/14)

Ingalls starting on 8th NSC
PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- Ingalls Shipbuilding has been awarded a $76.5 million fixed-price
contract from the U.S. Coast Guard to purchase long-lead materials for the eighth National
Security Cutter (NSG), Midgett (WMSL 757). Construction and delivery of Midgett would take
place at the company's Pascagoula facility. The funds will be used to purchase steel, the
main propulsion systems, generators, electrical switchboards and major castings. NSGs, the
flagships of the Coast Guard's cutter fleet, are designed to replace the 378--foot Hamilton-
class high-endurance cutters. Ingalls has delivered the first three NSGs. The fourth,
Hamilton (WMSL 753), will have builder's sea trials later this summer. The fifth, James
(WMSL 754), recently launched and will be christened in August, and the keel for the sixth
NSC, Munro (WMSL 755), will be laid later this year. (Source: Ingalls, 06/30/14)

Rolls-Royce closing plant foundry
PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- Rolls-Royce North America is closing the foundry at its Pascagoula
plant and expects to lose 24 of the 47 employees it has there. The plant casts and hones
ship propellers, and the downsizing will take place over the next 18 months. "The
shipbuilding and ship repair business is shrinking and our customers are looking for steep
price reductions," said Joel Reuter, vice president of communications for Rolls Royce North
America. While the plant won't pour the castings for huge ship propellers, they will be
brought to the facility for machining from other foundries. The Pascagoula plant has been in
business for decades and in the early 2000s added the high-end machining operations.
Rolls-Royce also operates outdoor jetliner engine test stands at Stennis Space Center,
Miss. (Source: Sun Herald, Mississippi Press, 06/26/14)

Cranes fall at shipyard
PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- Five people were injured, one seriously, after the collapse
Wednesday of two cranes moving part of a ship under construction at VT Halter Marine,
authorities said. The accident was at the yard on Bayou Casotte Parkway. Jack
Prendergast, executive vice president of VT Halter, said a group of cranes in the yard were
lifting a bow module at the time. Two of the largest cranes in the yard collapsed and one hit
the corner of a warehouse where people were working. Prendergast said investigators
include the crane company, his team, the insurance carrier, the state DEQ and the local
police department. (Source: Sun Herald, 06/25/14)

LHA 7 keel authenticated
PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- The keel laying and authentication ceremony for the amphibious
assault ship, the future USS Tripoli (LHA 7) was held at the Huntington Ingalls Industries
Pascagoula shipyard Friday.  The ceremony traditionally marked the first step in ship
construction. With today's advanced modular shipbuilding, the keel laying ceremony now
recognizes the joining together of a ship's components and is a major milestone in the ship's
construction. Fabrication of Tripoli started in July 2013. The design of the future Tripoli is
more aviation-oriented. It features an enlarged hangar deck, realignment and expansion of
the aviation maintenance facilities, a significant increase in available stowage for parts and
support equipment, and increased aviation fuel capacity. The ship will be the first LHA
replacement ship to deliver fully ready to integrate the entire future air combat element of
the Marine Corps, including the F-35B. LHA 7 will be 844 feet long and will be capable of
operating at speeds of over 20 knots. (Source: NNS, 06/21/14)

Keel ceremony set
PASCAGOULA, Miss. — Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant will
speak Friday at a keel authentication ceremony at Ingalls Shipbuilding for the amphibious
assault ship Tripoli (LHA 7). LHA 7 will join LHA 6 as the first two ships in the new America
class of amphibious assault ships for the Navy. It will accommodate 1,204 crew and 1,871
troops. (Source: Sun Herald, 06/19/14)

Command getting new leader
Capt. Timothy C. Gallaudet, selected for the rank of rear admiral (lower half), will be
assigned as commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, Stennis Space
Center, Miss. Gallaudet is currently serving as executive assistant to
Oceanographer/Navigator of the Navy, N2/N6E, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations,
Washington, D.C. (Source: DoD, 06/02/14)


MAY 2014

Contract: Northrop, $20.9M
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Bethpage, N.Y., is being awarded a $20,917,239
modification under previously awarded contract (N00024-06-C-6311) to provide integration
services for mission packages that will deploy from and integrate with the Littoral Combat
Ship (LCS). The Navy's plan is to use continuous evaluation of system maturity through a
disciplined system engineering framework to improve mission capability in identified mission
areas. LCS mission packages will be optimized for flexibility in the littorals. Work will be
performed in Bethpage (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 January 2015. Fiscal 2014 and 2015
operations and maintenance (Navy); fiscal 2014 and 2015 research, development, test and
evaluation; and fiscal 2015 other procurement (Navy) funding in the amount of $20,917,239
will be obligated at time of award. Contract funds in the amount of $5,611,140 will expire at
the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is
the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/30/14)

Halter delivers Bouchard ATB
South Mississippi’s VT Halter Marine has delivered an ocean-going articulated tug barge
(ATB) to Bouchard Transportation, a 96-year-old New York state total service oil barging
company. The 80,000 barrel-holding Denise A. Bouchard tug will join the firm’s existing
ATBs as part of its fleet expansion strategy. VT Halter Marine began construction of the 112-
foot Bouchard tug in March 2013 and laid its keel two months later at its Moss Point Marine
facility in Escatawpa, Miss. The vessel is the sister ship of the Evening Star, which was
delivered in October 2012. (Source: Ship Technology, 05/30/14)

Vessels for Egypt hitch a ride
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Two fast missile craft built in Mississippi for the Egyptian Navy were
loaded onto a civilian transport ship in Pensacola Bay Sunday. The publication Defense
News reports that the crafts' officers have been training at NAS Pensacola since July 2013.
(Source: Pensacola News Journal, 05/25/14) VT Halter Marine of Pascagoula, Miss., in 2011
received a four-craft contract valued at $807 million to build the vessels. A story in the
Mississippi Press at that time said the first vessel would be delivered in the fourth-quarter of
2012. The craft perform coastal patrol, surveillance, interdiction, surface strike and naval
battle group support. Egypt planned to use the vessels to patrol its coastal waterways of the
Red Sea, Mediterranean Sea and Suez Canal.

Brown gets new assignment
The Navy today announced today that Rear Adm. (lower half) Brian B. Brown, selected for
promotion to rear admiral, will be assigned as deputy commander, Joint Functional
Component Command Space, U.S. Strategic Command, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
Brown is currently serving as commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography
Command, Stennis Space Center, Miss. (Source: DoD, 05/16/14)

HII to enter energy market
Huntington Ingalls Industries of Newport News, Va., parent of Ingalls Shipbuilding in
Pascagoula, Miss., announced today that it entered an agreement to acquire
UniversalPegasus International Holdings, a provider of engineering and project management
services to the domestic and international energy markets. The transaction, subject to
customary reviews, is expected to close in June. The holding company has some 1,500
employees and has provided a broad range of engineering and project management
services to the energy industry for over 50 years. (Source: Huntington Ingalls, 05/16/14)

Contract: Ingalls, $12.2M
Huntington Ingalls Inc., Pascagoula, Miss., is being awarded a $12,168,588 modification to
previously awarded contract (N00024-12-C-2312) to exercise options for DDG 51 class
follow yard services (FYS). The FYS provides necessary engineering, technical, material
procurement and production support; configuration; class flight upgrades and new
technology support; data and logistics management; lessons learned analysis; post-delivery
tests 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 tests and trials. Work will be performed in Pascagoula (97 percent)
and Washington, D.C. (3 percent), and is expected to be completed by May 2015. The
Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 05/13/14)

PC to award LCS computers pact
Panama City, Fla., Naval Surface Warfare Center intends to award a sole source firm fixed-
price commercial order to DY4 Inc., (DBA) Curtiss Wright Controls Defense Solutions of
Ashburn, Va., to acquire 36 SVME-181-100 single board computers. These computers have
been specifically evaluated and tested against Naval Sea Systems Command technical
requirements for Littoral Combat Ships' multi-vehicle control system. (Source: FedBizOps,
05/08/14) Panama City NSWC also produces the plug-in, mine-countermeasures warfare
package for LCS. Austal USA in Mobile, Ala., builds one of the two variants of LCS for the
Navy.

Ingalls launches WMSL 754
PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- Ingalls Shipbuilding launched the U.S. Coast Guard National
Security Cutter James (WMSL 754) on Saturday. It’s the company's fifth NSC. Ingalls' launch
process moves the ship on rail cars over to the company's drydock. The dock is moved
away from the pier and then flooded to float the ship. Tugs then guide the ship to its
berthing area where it will complete construction. Ingalls has delivered the first three NSCs
and has three more under construction, including James. Hamilton (WMSL 753) will undergo
sea trials this summer and is expected to deliver later this year. Ingalls' sixth NSC, Munro
(WMSL 755), began construction late last year and will be launched in the fourth quarter of
2015. The seventh ship, Kimball (WMSL 756), is scheduled for delivery in the first quarter of
2018. The Legend-class ships are 418 feet long and have a top speed of 28 knots, a range
of 12,000 miles, an endurance of 60 days and a crew of 110. (Source: Ingalls Shipbuilding,
05/06/14)

NOLA to host navigation session
The Coast Guard, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Army Corps of
Engineers will hold 2014 discussions on navigational aid technology and how it will affect the
future of America's waterways. New Orleans will host one of those Future of Navigation-21st
Century Waterways sessions on May 7 at 1350 Port of New Orleans Place. The venues are
for open communications between federal agencies and U.S. Maritime Transportation
System stakeholders to discuss joint federal initiatives to use technology to support a safe,
efficient, secure and environmentally-sound marine transport system. The public listening
sessions are to provide the maritime communities and waterways stakeholders with
opportunities to express emerging needs for navigational information and service systems
necessary to improve the f transiting of the nation's waterways. For additional information
contact Lt. Torrey Jacobsen at (202) 372-1543. (Source: Coast Guard, 05/01/14)

Austal-built JHSV completes ops
The Navy's first-in-class Joint High Speed Vessel, USNS Spearhead (JHSV 1), left the U.S.
6th Fleet area of operations Friday after more than three months deployed within the
European and African theaters. Spearhead embarked a Marine squad for a crisis response
exercise off the coast of Liberia; conducted maritime security operations, two multinational
maritime exercises - Saharan Express and Obangame Express – and bi-lateral maritime law
enforcement operation. The crew also delivered 46 pallets of humanitarian items, 22.5 tons,
donated by private companies to non-governmental organizations as part of the U.S. Navy's
Project Handclasp in Lagos, Nigeria. (Source: Navy News Service, 05/03/14) Gulf Coast
note: Spearhead was delivered by Austal USA, Mobile, Ala., to the Navy in December 2012.
It has contracted to build nine JHSVs. Previous: JHSV joins exercise; JHSV 1 on maiden
deployment

LCS supporter Work confirmed
Retired Marine Colonel, and Littoral Combat Ship supporter, Robert Work was confirmed by
the Senate on April 30 as the new deputy secretary of defense. That places the 27-year
military veteran as the Defense Department’s front man to battle with Congress over military
pay, Tricare fees, weapons systems and the rebalance of forces. The 61-year-old Work, a
former Navy undersecretary who clashed in confirmation hearings with Sen. John McCain, R-
Ariz., over support for the LCS, will also be closely watched by the defense industry. After
retiring from the Marines, Work became a senior fellow for maritime affairs and later VP for
strategic studies at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. He was Navy
undersecretary from 2009-13. (Source: Military.com, 05/01/14) Gulf Coast note: Austal USA
shipyard in Mobile, Ala., builds one of the two Littoral Combat Ship variants.


APRIL 2014

JHSV participates in exercise
GULF OF GUINEA – The Navy’s first-in-class Joint High Speed Vessel, the Austal-built USNS
Spearhead (JHSV 1), participated in exercise Obangame Express along with European,
Atlantic and African partners April 16-21. The U.S. Africa Command-sponsored exercise is
designed to improve cooperation, interdiction expertise and information sharing among West
and Central African maritime forces. JHSV 1, built in Mobile, Ala., is scheduled to visit more
than 22 nations while traveling more than 15,000 nautical miles. (Source: Navy News
Service, 04/23/14) Previous

Contract: Northrop, $25M
Northrop Grumman, Annapolis, Md., is being awarded a $25,000,000 modification to
previously awarded contract (N61331-10-D-0009) for the continuation of depot level repair,
maintenance, related engineering services, change kits and integrated logistics support
documentation for the AN/AQS-14A Sonar Detecting Set, AQS-24 Mine Hunting System,
ALQ-141 Acoustic Minehunting/Minesweeping System, USM-668 Intermediate Level Test
Equipment (ILTE) and the Modified USM-668A ILTE and the Swivel Slip-Ring Assembly.
Work will be performed in Annapolis, Md., and is expected to be completed by February
2015. No funding will be obligated at time of award and contract funds will not expire at the
end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division,
Panama City, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 04/22/14)

Contract: General Dynamics, $28.7M
General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine, is being awarded a $28,697,034
undefinitized contract action modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-09-C-
2302) for Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) class design services. LCS class design services
provide necessary engineering, program, and technical support for LCS class ships. This
includes class baseline design services, class documentation services, class engineering
studies and interim support services. Work will be performed in Bath, Maine (54 percent);
Pittsfield, Mass. (45 percent); and Mobile, Ala. (1 percent), and work is expected to be
complete by May 2015. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 04/22/14)

Contract: Alion, $25M
Alion Science and Technology Corp., Washington, D.C., is being awarded a $25,002,968
modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-12-C-4401) for additional professional
support services in support of the Surface Warfare Directorate. This modification will
continue professional support services in support of SEA21 Surface Warfare Fleet Support.
Specific services include, but are not limited to: program management, engineering,
logistics, technical, planning and readiness, fleet introduction training and financial
management support services. Work will be performed in Washington, D.C. (56 percent),
Norfolk, Va. (23 percent), San Diego, Calif. (6 percent), Pascagoula, Miss. (6 percent), Bath,
Maine (3 percent), Mayport, Fla. (2 percent), Japan (2 percent), and other locations less
than 1 percent (2 percent), and is expected to be completed by September 2014. Fiscal
2014 operations and maintenance, Navy contract funds in the amount of $24,762,968 will be
obligated at time of award and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea
Systems Command, Washington D.C., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 04/14/14)

Avondale opportunities explored
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. -- Huntington Ingalls Industries said it will conduct a study with Kinder
Morgan Energy Partners, LP to explore redeveloping Huntington Ingalls Industries' Avondale
shipyard in Louisiana. Since the July 2010 announcement to close Avondale, HII has sought
a way to redevelop the facility. The study will explore and evaluate best-use opportunities.
Once the study is completed, HII and Kinder Morgan Energy Partners may pursue the
formation of a joint venture for Avondale site. The site on the Mississippi River offers access
to major markets by truck, rail and sea. (Source: Huntington Ingalls, 04/11/14)

Ingalls to deliver LHA 6
PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- Ingalls Shipbuilding will deliver the amphibious assault ship America
(LHA 6) on Thursday. The ceremony begins with the ship’s crew marching through the
shipyard at 11 a.m., followed by a noon ceremony. America-class ships are 844 feet long
and 106 feet wide. It will have a crew of 65 officers and 1,687 troops. The America class will
be capable of carrying a Marine Expeditionary Unit, including Marine helicopters, MV‐22
Osprey tiltrotor aircraft and F‐35B Joint Strike Fighter aircraft. The ship has an increased
aviation capacity to include an enlarged hangar deck, realignment and expansion of the
aviation maintenance facilities, a significant increase in available stowage for parts and
support equipment, and increased aviation fuel capacity. (Source: Ingalls, 04/09/14)

Ingalls to hire 2,500 this year
Brian Cuccias, Ingalls Shipbuilding’s new president, said the Pascagoula shipyard is looking
to hire 2,500 craft workers this year. He made the comment during a Huntington Ingalls
Industries overview at the Navy League Sea Air Space 2014 Expo in Washington. “We’re
well on our way to that,” said Cuccias, noting that Mississippi's largest employer now has
12,000 workers. "We have a real push to pull veterans into the yard.” The shipyard has a
$10 billion backlog of work into 2018, including a $3.3 billion contract to build five DDG 51
class ships. (Source: Mississippi Press, 04/08/14)

JHSV to test railgun
The Navy plans to test a prototype electromagnetic railgun aboard a joint high speed vessel
in fiscal year 2016, the service said today. It will mark the first time an EM railgun is
demonstrated at sea. Railguns use an electromagnetic force, known as the Lorenz Force, to
rapidly accelerate and launch a projectile between two conductive rails. The launch is at
such high velocities that it can achieve greater ranges than conventional guns and
maintains enough kinetic energy that it doesn't require any kind of high explosive payload.
High-energy EM railguns are expected to be lethal and effective against multiple threats,
including enemy warships, small boats, aircraft, missiles and land-based targets. The final
system will be able to launch guided, multi-mission projectiles to a range of 110 nautical
miles. The Navy is using a JHSV because of its available cargo and topside space and
schedule flexibility. A final decision has not been made on which ship classes will receive a
fully operational railgun."Energetic weapons, such as EM railguns, are the future of naval
combat," said Rear Adm. Matt Klunder, the chief of naval research. "The U.S. Navy is at the
forefront of this game-changing technology." (Source: NNS, 04/07/14) Gulf Coast note:
JHSVs are built by Austal USA in Mobile, Ala.

Two LCS versions praised
The Austal and Lockheed Martin versions of Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) performed well in a
major war game last week and surprised some "enemies" with their capabilities, a top Navy
admiral said on Tuesday. Rear Admiral Thomas Rowden, director of surface warfare for the
Navy, said the war game held at the Navy War College in Rhode Island underscored the
effectiveness of the new smaller warships in potential future conflicts, even in deeper waters.
"This is going to be a force to be reckoned with," Rowden told reporters on a
teleconference, noting that U.S. Navy officials went home after the weeklong exercises with a
new appreciation for the Navy's newest class of warships. (Source: Reuters, 04/01/14) Gulf
Coast note: One version of the LCS is built by Austal USA in Mobile, Ala.

Navy to commission LCS Coronado
The Navy will commission its newest littoral combat ship, the future USS Coronado (LCS 4)
during an April 5 ceremony at Naval Air Station, North Island in Coronado, Calif. Vice Chief
of Naval Operations Adm. Mark Ferguson will deliver the ceremony's principal address. The
ship is the fourth littoral combat ship and the second of the Independence variant. USS
Coronado will be outfitted with reconfigurable mission packages and focus on a variety of
mission areas including mine countermeasures, surface warfare and anti-submarine
warfare. The ship was built by Austal, USA, in Mobile, Ala. (Source: NNS, 04/02/14)

Contract: Austal, $6.7M
Austal USA, Mobile, Ala., is being awarded a $6,726,406 modification to previously awarded
contract (N00024-11-C-2301) for fabrication and assembly of a live fire test module in
support of the Navy's Independence variant littoral combat ship survivability testing program
which is critical to class qualifications and ships eventual deployment. Work will be
performed in Mobile, Ala., and is expected to be completed by March 2015. Fiscal 2013
research, development, test and evaluation funding in the amount of $6,726,406 will be
obligated at the time of award and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The
Supervisor of Shipbuilding Gulf Coast, Pascagoula, Miss., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 04/02/14)

New commander at SUPSHIP
OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. – Capt. Joseph M. Tuite relieved Capt. Stephen W. Mitchell as
Supervisor of Shipbuilding (SUPSHIP) Gulf Coast in a ceremony at the Ocean Springs Civic
Center March 28. Tuite previously served at Supervisor of Shipbuilding Gulf Coast (SSGC)
in Pascagoula, Miss., as LHD 8 production officer from June 2003 to February 2006, and
then returned to work with SSGC in March 2010 as program manager’s representative for
the LPD program. He assumed the position of SSGC executive officer in July 2012. Mitchell
is retiring after a 30-year career in the Navy. (Source: Seapower magazine, 03/31/14)


MARCH 2014

Ingalls wins NSC contract
PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- Ingalls Shipbuilding division has received a $497 million fixed-price,
incentive-fee contract from the U.S. Coast Guard to build a seventh Legend-class National
Security Cutter (WMSL 756). Construction on the ship will begin in January 2015. Ingalls has
delivered the first three NSCs and has three more under construction. Hamilton (WMSL 753)
is 81 percent complete and will deliver in the third quarter of 2014; James (WMSL 754) is 52
percent complete and will launch in April, and the sixth NSC (WMSL 755) began construction
late last year and is scheduled for launch in the fourth quarter of 2015. The seventh ship,
WMSL 756, is scheduled for delivery in 2018. (Source: Huntington Ingalls, 03/31/14)

Signal gets contract
MOBILE, Ala. -- Signal International’s ship repair yard in Mobile has been awarded a $4.5
million contract to repair and drydock a Navy tanker, the 615-foot-long USNS Lawrence H.
Gianella. The ship will arrive at Signal Ship Repair facility in May and  stay for 45 days. The
ship is a Military Sealift Command vessel that normally delivers petroleum for the Defense
Department. It is managed by Houston, Texas-based Ocean Ships, Inc. Signal plans to hire
as many as 150 employees to repair the ship, starting at the beginning of May. (Source: al.
com, 03/28/14)

Navy will christen USS Jackson
MOBILE, Ala. -- The Navy will christen its newest littoral combat ship, the future USS Jackson
(LCS 6) in a ceremony at the Austal USA Shipyard here Saturday at 10 a.m. CDT. Secretary
of the Navy Ray Mabus will deliver the principal address and Dr. Katherine Holmes Cochran
will serve as the ship's sponsor. Cochran is the daughter of Mississippi U.S. Senator Thad
Cochran. LCS 6 is the first U.S. Navy vessel christened in tribute to the capital city of
Mississippi, and honors the state's deep ties to the U.S. Navy and the shipbuilding industry.
Jackson will continue to undergo outfitting and testing at Austal USA. The ship is expected to
deliver to the Navy in early 2015 following acceptance trials. (Source: U.S. Navy, 03/20/14)

Contract: HII, $602M
Huntington Ingalls Inc., Pascagoula, Miss., is being provided funding in the amount of
$601,990,190 under previously awarded contract (N00024-13-C-2307) to fund construction
and exercised options for one DDG 51 class ship in fiscal 2014. The modification also
provides $79,400,000 in advanced procurement funding for the fiscal 2016-2017 ships.
Work will be performed in Pascagoula, Miss. (56.3 percent); Cincinnati, Ohio (6.9 percent);
Walpole, Mass. (4.5 percent); York, Pa. (1.9 percent); Camden, N.J. (1.4 percent); Erie, Pa.
(1.3 percent); Charlottesville, Va. (1 percent), and other locations less than one percent
(26.7 percent), and is expected to be completed by July 2023. 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, 03/14/14)

NGI partners with Mexico researchers
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- A research consortium led by Mississippi State
University has partnered with a group of institutions in Mexico to advance the study of the
Gulf of Mexico's ecosystem. The Northern Gulf Institute and the Consorcio de Instituciones
de Investigación Marina del Golfo de México (CiiMar-GoM) signed a memorandum of
agreement to support joint research activities of the Gulf of Mexico Alliance, the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency and other
organizations and governmental agencies with an interest in research and educational
programs for the Gulf of Mexico region. Headquartered at the MSU Science and Technology
Center at Stennis Space Center in Hancock County, NGI is a NOAA cooperative institute
whose members include the University of Southern Mississippi, Louisiana State University,
Florida State University, Dauphin Island Sea Laboratory and MSU. In addition, NGI has an
agreement with the Harte Research Institute of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi to
support joint research activities. (Source: NGI, 03/14/14)

Ingalls makes appointment
PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- Ingalls Shipbuilding has announced that Mike Lipski will be the
company's vice president of business development, effective April 1. Lipski will be
responsible for coordinating capture team efforts for new contracts and managing all
business development activities. This includes working with the company's government and
customer relations teams to optimize business development activities with the U.S. Navy and
U.S. Coast Guard. Lipski began his career with Ingalls in 2007 and since November 2012
has been director of business development and strategic planning for Ingalls. (Source: HII
via Globe Newswire, 03/12/14)

Keel laying for future Trenton
MOBILE, Ala. -- Austal USA held a keel laying ceremony for the future USNS Trenton on
Monday. Trenton is the fifth joint high speed vessel. The ship will be christened in the earlier
part of this year after the final phases of assembly. Austal, the general contractor for the
$1.6 billion joint high speed vessel program, is building 10 of the ships for the Navy. Four of
them have already been launched. (Source: al.com, 03/10/14)

Contract: Austal, $683.7M
Austal USA, Mobile, Ala., is being provided funding in the amount of $683,716,119 under
previously awarded contract (N00024-11-C-2301) for construction of two fiscal 2014 littoral
combat ships. The three contract line items being funded for each ship are for the basic
seaframe construction, selected ship systems integration and test, and selected ship
systems equipment. 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, and is expected to be complete by June 2018. Fiscal 2014 shipbuilding
and conversion, Navy contract funds in the amount of $683,716,119 will be obligated at time
of award and 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, 03/10/14)


FEBRUARY 2014

Contract: Austal, $7.1M
Austal USA, Mobile, Ala., is being awarded a $7,120,153 modification to previously awarded
contract (N00024-11-C-2301) to exercise an option for post-delivery support for the USS
Jackson (LCS 6). Austal USA will perform the planning and implementation of deferred
design changes that have been identified during the construction period. Work will be
performed in Mobile, Ala. (70 percent); Pittsfield, Mass. (20 percent); and San Diego, Calif.
(10 percent) and is expected to be completed by September 2015. Fiscal 2010 shipbuilding
and conversion, Navy funding in the amount of $7,120,153 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, 02/28/14)

Hagel expands of LCS reservations
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said his “considerable reservations” about the Littoral
Combat Ship led him to bar planning for any more than 32 ships, 20 fewer than the Navy’s
$34 billion program. “I have considerable reservations as to whether this is what our Navy
will require over the next few decades,” Hagel said in a memorandum to Navy Secretary Ray
Mabus. The document was obtained by Bloomberg News. Questions have been raised
about the ship’s cost and survivability in high-intensity combat. The LCSs are lightly armed
and intended to operate in shallow coastal waters. One variant is made in Marietta, Wis., by
Lockheed Martin and the other in Mobile, Ala., by Austal USA. (Source: Bloomberg,
02/26/14)

Port deal promises 100 jobs
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- The Port of Pensacola has struck a deal with a company that's
promising 100 jobs. Offshore Inland will be leasing an empty warehouse and building on
adjacent property to manufacture flexible pipes. The company expected to provide the port
with $250,000 a year in revenue. Offshore Inland will invest $10 million to $12 million in
construction. The city offered an incentive of cheaper rent contingent on the company
delivering on the jobs. (Source: WEAR-TV, 02/19/14)

HII shut out by CG
Bath Iron Works, Bollinger Shipyards and Eastern Shipbuilding have been awarded first
phase contracts in a $12 billion Coast Guard ship program. Huntington Ingalls Industries,
with major shipyards in Newport News, Va., and Pascagoula, Miss., and the government’s
No. 1 shipbuilder, was shut out. Bath, of Maine, is part of General Dynamics, the No. 2
shipbuilder for the U.S. government, according to Bloomberg Industries. Each of the winning
companies will receive design contracts valued at between $21 million and $22 million for
the Offshore Pagtrol Cutters. Bollinger is in Lockport, La., and Eastern in Panama City, Fla.
The ships will have increased range and endurance, larger flight decks and improved
surveillance capabilities, according to the Coast Guard. (Sources: Bloomberg, 02/12/14,
MarineLog 02/11/14)

VT Halter launches tug barge
PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- VT Halter Marine in Escatawpa on Tuesday launched the ocean-
going articulated tug barge Denise A. Bouchard. Construction of the 112-foot vessel began
in March 2013, and the keel was laid in May 2013 at VT Halter Marine’s Moss Point Marine
facility in Escatawpa. Upon delivery, the ATB tug will be paired with Barge B. No.284 and
enter into Bouchard’s fleet service in New York, N.Y. (Source: Mississippi Press, 02/11/14)

Marine service provider leaving
MOBILE, Ala. -- International Shipholding, a marine services provider, will relocate to New
Orleans by the end of 2015. The company, which employs 135 in Mobile, has been in the
city nearly seven years at the RSA Battle House Tower downtown. The company founded in
1947, which left New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, was lured back with a $10.3 million
incentives package. (Source: nola.com, 02/05/14; al.com, 02/07/14)

Forrestal begins final voyage
The long-decommissioned USS Forrestal, the Navy’s first super aircraft carrier, began its
final voyage Tuesday from the East Coast to a Texas scrapyard. After 38 years of service,
the 1,067-foot ship began its 17-day towing voyage down the Delaware River and eventual
crossing of the Gulf of Mexico to All Star Metals in Brownsville. The Navy contracted with the
metals firm for 1-cent in October to dismantle the ship. In 1967 while the ship was in the Gulf
of Tonkin, a fire claimed the lives of more than 130 sailors. Future Sen. John McCain was on
the flight deck in his A-4 Skyhawk at the time and escaped the fire. (Source: Fox News,
02/04/14) Gulf Coast note: The Forrestal was assigned to Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla.,
in 1991 to replace the USS Lexington as the Navy’s training carrier. But the Navy later
decided to decommission the ship.

Ingalls buys Moss Point space
PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- Ingalls Shipbuilding has bought the 12.26-acre former 84 Lumber
property with 94,000 square feet of warehouse space, officials said today. Ingalls President
Irwin Edenzon said it’s "another component of our strategy to consolidate facilities." The
purchase gives Ingalls the ability to store and deploy material in proximity to the shipyard.
The property is to be ready for use by fall 2014. Ingalls Shipbuilding is a division of
Huntington Ingalls Industries. (Source: Huntington Ingalls Industries, 02/05/14)

LHA 6 back at shipyard
PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- The amphibious assault ship America, LHA 6, returned to Ingalls
Shipbuilding Friday after successful acceptance sea trials in the Gulf of Mexico. Ingalls' test
and trials team demonstrated more than 220 test events to the U.S. Navy's board of
inspection and survey (INSURV). America-class ships are 844 feet long with a speed in
excess of 20 knots. They'll accommodate a crew of 1,059 and will be capable of carrying a
Marine Expeditionary Unit, including Marine helicopters, MV‐22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft and F‐
35B Joint Strike Fighter aircraft. (Source: Ingalls, 02/04/14)

Last Avondale ship leaves yard
The USS Somerset, expected to be the last Navy ship built at Huntington Ingalls Industries’
Avondale shipyard, left Monday headed to Philadelphia for a March 1 commissioning. The
684-foot amphibious transport dock ship is the third ship named after the Sept. 11, 2001
terrorist attack. The first one, USS New York, was built in Avondale and the Arlington was
built in Pascagoula, Miss. Somerset is the county in Pennsylvania where United Airlines
Flight 93 crashed. Avondale, which has been targeted for closure for several years,
delivered its first Navy ship in 1951. HII is seeking an energy-industry partner to keep the
shipyard open. (Source: Times-Picayune, 02/03/14)


JANUARY 2014

QinetiQ wins NRL contract
RESTON, Va. -- QinetiQ North America today announced it was awarded a $12 million, three-
year strategic contract for ocean modeling, remote sensing, and physical oceanography
programs to support the Naval Research Laboratory at Stennis Space Center, Miss. Ocean
circulation patterns, temperatures and depths are constantly changing. Mapping and
prediction models are critical to naval strategy, informing fleet and special mission
deployment decisions, military planning exercises, satellite calibration, and fleet design for
ships, submarines and other maritime vessels. One of project included in this contract is to
continue developing the Hybrid Coordinate Ocean Model, HYCOM, a new global, high
resolution ocean prediction system that improves situational awareness and the ability to
predict future ocean environments. (Source: PRWeb, 01/29/14)

LCS 4 leaves Mobile
MOBILE, Ala. -- The Navy's newest littoral combat ship, the future USS Coronado (LCS 4),
departed from the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Ala., today en route to her commissioning
site in Coronado, Calif. Coronado is the fourth littoral combat ship delivered to the Navy, and
the second LCS of the aluminum, trimaran Independence variant. It’s scheduled to be
commissioned April 5, and will be homeported in San Diego, Calif. (Source: NNS, 01/27/14)

Harvey Gulf ship launched
GULFPORT, Miss. -- Gulf Coast Shipyard Group Inc. announced the launch of the first of six
Harvey Gulf International Marine dual-fuel offshore supply vessels. Incorporating clean-
burning LNG technology, these vessels position Harvey Gulf as a leader in the
environmental application of liquefied natural gas, the company said in a news release. The
first of these GCSG-built Harvey Gulf OSVs will be moved to GCSG’s newly commissioned
space at the Port of Gulfport in mid-March for final completion and testing. The vessel will be
christened and put into service a few months later. (Source: Mississippi Press, 01/22/14)

Silver Ships to build supports boats
THEODORE, Ala. -- Silver Ships was recently awarded a contract to provide 36 surface
support craft vessels to the Navy. The aluminum boats will be used for open-water utility
functions, including ocean diver support and medical transport. Silver Ship builds custom
aluminum boats for the military, municipalities and other commercial customers. The
Theodore-based company has been in business since 1985. (Source: al.com, 01/18/14)

Pentagon to cut LCS orders
The Navy has been told to cut its order for littoral combat ships from 52 to 32 vessels,
Pentagon sources told Defense News. A Jan. 6 memo from Acting Deputy Defense
Secretary Christine Fox detailed the decision after the Defense Department received its
2015 budget guidance. Three of the ships are already in service with a fourth to be
commissioned in the spring. The Navy originally planned to build 52 LCS, with 12 of those
coming from Austal USA which has production facilities in Mobile. (Source: Defense News, al.
com, 01/15/14)

JHSV 1 on maiden deployment
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- The Navy's first joint high-speed vessel departed Joint
Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Ft. Story Thursday on its maiden deployment to the U.S. 6th
Fleet Area of Responsibility. USNS Spearhead, JHSV 1, is expected to remain in U.S. 6th
Fleet until May 2014 and sail to the U.S. 4th Fleet area of responsibility through the end of
fiscal year 2014. While deployed, the ship will undergo planned experimentation and testing
to determine the ship's capabilities. Spearhead, built by Austal USA in Mobile, Ala., is fast,
flexible and maneuverable and used for intra-theater transport. The 338-foot catamaran is
equipped with a 20,000-square foot mission bay that can be adapted to multiple uses.
Spearhead and the other JHSVs in its class can move more than 600 tons of troops and
equipment 1,200 nautical miles. The ship's flight deck can also support flight operations for
a wide variety of aircraft, including a CH-53 Super Stallion. (Source: NNS, 01/16/14)

VT Halter lays barge keel
PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- VT Halter Marine laid the keel for one of two articulated tug barge
units being built for Bouchard Transportation Co. Construction of the two units began in
April at VT Halter Marine's Pascagoula facility, with delivery scheduled for mid 2015. 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. (Source: Mississippi Press, 01/13/14)

Signet moves forward on upgrade
PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- Signet Maritime Corp. is investing $7.2 million in infrastructure
improvements at its Pascagoula shipyard, Signet Shipbuilding & Repair. The work will
support an increased workload and future growth, the company said, and includes a 150-ton
crawler crane, dredging and renewal of a 1,000-foot waterfront bulkhead, a new fabrication
shop, an expanded drydock and concrete base for vessel repairs and an improved sand
blasting and painting area. (Source: Mississippi Press, 01/13/14)

Navy to christen JHSV
The Navy will christen Joint High Speed Vessel Fall River on Jan. 11 during a 10 a.m. CST
ceremony in Mobile, Ala. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus will deliver the ceremony’s
principal address. Diane Patrick, the first lady of Massachusetts, will serve as the ship’s
sponsor. Upon delivery to the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command, Fall River will be
designated as a United States naval ship and will have a core crew of 21 civilian mariners
who will operate and navigate the ship. The 338 foot-long aluminum catamaran was built d
by Austal USA in Mobile (Source: DoD, 01/09/14)

Workers finishing up LNG fuel tank
NEW ORLEANS – Lockheed Martin workers this month will put the finishing touches on the
first 90-foot long, stainless steel liquefied natural gas fuel tank being built for Wartsila, a
Finnish company that designs engines and propulsion systems for ships. The tank and
another one being built at Michoud Assembly Facility will be installed on two new LNG-
powered offshore supply vessels being built by New Orleans-based Harvey Gulf
International Marine. The U.S. shale drilling boom has led to cheap and abundant natural
gas. Low prices and tightening emissions standards have prompted more U.S. companies to
consider building ships, trucks and trains fueled by natural gas. Multibillion-dollar plans for
plants to produce, store and ship LNG are springing up across the country. (Source: nola,
01/03/14)