Gulf Coast shipbuilding/maritime
SEPTEMBER 2015

Groundbreaking held for center
OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. – The University of Southern Mississippi held a ground breaking for
the Marine Education Center at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory. The facility replaces
the J.L. Scott Marine Education Center that was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
The 28,000-square-foot center will function as the education and outreach arm of the Gulf
Coast Research Lab. It has waterfront access and boat dock, and includes six structures
that will house exhibits, classrooms, labs and more. (Source: University of Southern
Mississippi, 08/31/15)


AUGUST 2015

VT Halter breaks ground
PASCAGOULA -- Gov. Phil Bryant spent the day before Election Day in South Mississippi
breaking ground on a $7.5 million blast and paint facility that will bring another 40 jobs to
the VT Halter Marine's Pascagoula shipyard. Bryant kicked in $2 million in Hurricane Katrina
funds through a Community Development Block Grant. VT Halter will invest about $5.5
million for the enclosed blast and paint facility that will be built at the north end of the
shipyard at Bayou Casotte. (Source: Sun Herald, WLOX-TV, 08/03/15)

Contract: HII, $16.6M
Huntington Ingalls Inc., Pascagoula, Miss., is being awarded a $16,614,562 cost-plus-award-
fee modification to previously awarded contract N00024-12-C-4323 to provide long lead-
time material procurement, management services, and incremental level of effort for CG-47-
class cruisers. The contract is for planning yard services for CG-47-class cruisers and DD
963-class destroyers. Huntington Ingalls provides necessary engineering, technical,
planning, ship configuration, data, and logistics efforts for CG 47 and DD 963 lifetime
support for both maintenance and modernization. Work will be performed in Pascagoula and
is expected to be completed by September 2016. The Supervisor of Shipbuilding,
Conversion, and Repair, Gulf Coast, Pascagoula, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
07/31/15)


JULY 2015

Contract: HII, $93M
Huntington Ingalls Inc., Pascagoula, Miss., is being awarded a $93,034,622 modification to
previously awarded contract (N00024-12-C-4323) to provide incremental level of effort, long
lead-time material procurement, and management services for CG-47-class cruisers. Work
will be performed in Pascagoula and is expected to be completed by September 2016.
Fiscal 2015 operation and maintenance Navy funding in the amount of $11,399,088 will be
obligated at time of award and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The
Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion, and Repair, Gulf Coast, Pascagoula, is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 07/30/15)

Ingalls shows off shipyard
PASCAGOULA, Miss. – Huntington Ingalls Industries gave its first tour of its Shipyard of the
Future to editors Wednesday. The Shipyard of the Future initiative means a new dry dock,
better-trained employees, easier access to work space and more covered areas to keep
workers out of the elements, officials said. The yard already has 40 percent more covered
area than it did 25 years ago. The program is funded in part with $20 million from
Mississippi bonds and $40 million from HII. The company, long known for its heavy
manufacturing, has also branched out. This year it bought a company that’s building and
testing undersea drones out of Panama City, Fla., and now owns an undersea-pipeline
design company in Houston working in the oil and gas industry. (Source: Sun Herald,
07/29/15)

Propellers delivered for Zumwalt
PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- Rolls-Royce has delivered twin fixed-pitch propellers to Bath Iron
Works in Maine for installation on the future USS Zumwalt, first ship of the DDG 1000
destroyer class. The provision of the twin fixed-pitch propellers marks the completion of the
power and propulsion system delivery from Rolls-Royce, following the MT30 main turbine
generator sets and the RR4500 auxiliary turbine generator sets, which already have been
installed and tested. The five-bladed nickel aluminium bronze propellers measure more than
18 feet in diameter and weigh nearly 60,000 pounds apiece. The propellers were cast and
machined at the Rolls-Royce facility in Pascagoula. The production of the unique pattern,
designed by Naval Sea Systems Command, began more than six years ago, with the first set
of finished propellers being delivered by Rolls-Royce from Pascagoula to Bath Iron Works in
May. (Source: Seapower Magazine, 07/28/15)

Ingalls begins destroyer fabrication
PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- Ingalls Shipbuilding has marked the start of fabrication for the
Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer Delbert D. Black (DDG 119). The start of
fabrication signifies that 100 tons of steel have been cut. The ship is named in honor of
Delbert D. Black, who served as a gunner's mate and was aboard the battleship USS
Maryland during the attack on Pearl Harbor. Black served in three wars and was the first
Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy. Delbert D. Black is the 32nd Arleigh Burke-class
destroyer to be built at Ingalls. From this point on, shipbuilders will assemble the ship using
modular construction, where pre-fabricated units are constructed separately and later lifted
in place and integrated with other units. To date, Ingalls has delivered 28 Arleigh Burke-
class destroyers to the Navy. (Source: HII, 07/21/15)

Marine center plans unveiled
OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. — The University of Southern Mississippi's Gulf Coast Research
Laboratory unveiled plans for a new $17 million marine education center. The center will be
built on Cedar Point land the university bought in Ocean Springs several years ago. It
replaces the old center that Hurricane Katrina destroyed on Point Cadet in Biloxi ten years
ago. Land is being cleared, and construction should take about 18 months. Most of the
costs are being paid by FEMA. (Source: WLOX-TV, 07/21/15)

LCS 20 named
The next Independence variant littoral combat ship will be named USS Cincinnati (LCS 20).
It will be the fifth ship in naval history to be named Cincinnati. The ship will be built with
modular design incorporating mission packages that can be changed out quickly as combat
needs change in a region. These mission packages are supported by detachments that
deploy both manned and unmanned vehicles, and sensors in support of mine, undersea,
and surface warfare missions. Cincinnati will be built by Austal USA in Mobile, Ala. It will be
419 feet long and be capable of operating at speeds in excess of 40 knots. (Source: DoD,
07/19/15)

Contract: HII, $15.4M
Huntington Ingalls Inc., Pascagoula, Miss., is being awarded a $15,363,387 modification to
previously awarded cost-plus-award-fee contract (N00024-12-C-4323) to provide long lead-
time material procurement, management services, and incremental level of effort for
Ticonderoga-class cruisers. Huntington Ingalls will provide necessary engineering,
technical, planning, ship configuration, data and logistics efforts for both maintenance and
modernization. Work will be performed in Pascagoula and is expected to be completed by
September 2016. The Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion, and Repair, Gulf Coast,
Pascagoula, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 07/17/15)

NSC James leaves Ingalls
PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- The National Security Cutter James (WMSL 754) sailed away from
Ingalls Shipbuilding on Sunday, one month after being delivered to the United States Coast
Guard. It will be commissioned on Aug. 8 in Boston. The ship will then be stationed in
Charleston, S.C., alongside Ingalls' fourth NSC, Hamilton (WMSL 753). National Security
Cutters are 418 feet long and displace 4,500 tons with a full load. They have a top speed of
28 knots, a range of 12,000 miles, an endurance of 60 days and a crew of 120. (Source: HII,
07/14/15)


JUNE 2015

Contract: AAI, $11M
AAI Corp., Hunt Valley, Md., is being awarded a $10,966,798 modification to previously
awarded contract (N00024-14-C-6322) to exercise options for engineering services for the
Unmanned Influence Sweep System (UISS) program. The UISS is one of the systems, which
will allow the Littoral Combat Ship to perform its mine warfare sweep mission. UISS will target
acoustic, magnetic, and magnetic/acoustic combination mine types only. The UISS Program
will satisfy the U.S. Navy's need for a rapid, wide-area coverage mine clearance capability,
required to neutralize magnetic/acoustic influence mines. UISS seeks to provide a high area
coverage rate in a small, lightweight package with minimal impact on the host platform. Work
will be performed in Hunt Valley (72 percent); Slidell, La. (24 percent); Hauppauge, N.Y. (2
percent); Columbia, Md. (1 percent), and Lemont Furnace, Pa. (1 percent), and is expected
to be completed by December 2016. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C.,
is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 06/29/15) One of the two Littoral Combat Ship
types are built in Mobile, Ala.

VT Halter chief retires
PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- Bill Skinner has decided to retire after two decades at VT Halter
Marine. Skinner’s career in shipbuilding spanned 46 years. Jack Prendergast was named as
the CEO and new president by the board of directors. Prendergast spent three decades in
the Navy and rose to the rank of rear admiral. He worked for Lockheed Martin before joining
VT Halter Marine. (Source: Sun Herald, 06/18/15)

Contract: Multiple, $35M
The Columbia Group Inc., Panama City, Fla. (N61331-15-D-0016); Atlantic Diving Supply
Inc., Virginia Beach, Va. (N61331-15-D-0017); EDO Corp., Panama City (N61331-15-D-
0018); and Piping Systems International Inc., Bay Minette, Ala. (N61331-15-D-0019), are
being awarded a $35,000,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, multiple
award supply contract for the provision of hardware, materials and supplies to support the
expeditionary warfare and maritime programs. Examples of programs being supported
include the Landing Craft Air Cushioned vehicles, Deployed Joint Command and Control
systems, dive and life support systems, Seal delivery vehicles, and Navy Experimental Dive
Unit projects. Under the terms of the contract, the companies will compete for individual
delivery orders over a five-year period. At the time of award, The Columbia Group is being
awarded $10,000; Atlantic Diving Supply is being awarded $10,000; EDO is being awarded
$10,000; and Piping Systems International is being awarded a delivery order for $126,968
and a delivery order for $20,035. Work will be conducted in various Navy ship homeports
and is expected to complete in June 2020. These contracts were competitively procured via
the Federal Business Opportunities website, with three offers received. The Naval Surface
Warfare Center Panama City Division, Panama City, is the contracting activity. (Source:
DoD, 06/15/15)

LCS christening slated
MOBILE, Ala. -- The Navy will christen its tenth littoral combat ship (LCS), the future USS
Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10), during a ceremony Saturday, June 13 at Austal USA shipyard.
LCS 10 is named after former United States Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. The LCS class consists
of the Freedom variant and Independence variant, each designed and built by different
industry teams. The Freedom variant team is led by Lockheed Martin and the Independence
variant team is led by General Dynamics, Bath Iron Works and Austal USA. (Source: U.S.
Navy, 06/11/15)

Newest NSC delivered
PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- Ingalls Shipbuilding delivered the National Security Cutter James
(WMSL 754) to the U.S. Coast Guard Friday. The ship will sail in mid-July to Boston for an
Aug. 8 commissioning. It’s the fifth Legend-class ship built for the Coast Guard by Ingalls.
The NSC class is 418 feet long and has a top speed of 28 knots and a range of 12,000
miles. The ship has a crew of 120. The cutter is named to honor Capt. Joshua James of the
U.S. Life-Saving Service, who is credited with saving over 600 lives and is considered one of
the most celebrated lifesavers in the world. (Source: HII, 06/05/15)

Contract: KOAM, $15M
KOAM Engineering Systems Inc., San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a $15,057,815 cost-
plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for marine design and
engineering services to support the Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Va., for ship
repair and conversion. This contract includes an eight-month base period and four one-
year option periods, which if exercised, will bring the contract value to $76,130,261. Work
will be performed in Portsmouth (95 percent); San Diego, Calif. (2 percent); Jacksonville,
Fla. (1 percent); Bremerton, Wash. (0.5 percent); Pascagoula, Miss. (0.5 percent); Sasebo,
Japan (0.5 percent); and Yokosuka, Japan (0.5 percent). Work is expected to be completed
by January 2016; if all options are exercised, work will be completed by January 2020. Naval
Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center Norfolk, Contracting Department Norfolk,
Va., is the contracting activity (N00189-15-D-0015). (Source: DoD, 06/02/15)

Contract: Lockheed, $31M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Moorestown, N.J., is being awarded a $31,015,536 modification to
previously awarded contract (N00024-14-C-5104) to exercise options 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 Pascagoula, Miss. (28
percent); Bath, Maine (28 percent); Norfolk, Va. (25 percent); San Diego, Calif. (15
percent); and Moorestown (4 percent), and is expected to be completed by June 2017. The
Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
06/02/15)


MAY 2015

Future shipyard bond bill signed
PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- Gov. Phil Bryant visited Huntington Ingalls Industries Ingalls
Shipbuilding division Thursday to participate in a ceremonial signing of a $20 million bond
bill supporting Ingalls' "Shipyard of the Future" project. The investment will go toward
current building improvements, new covered facilities providing better work areas for
shipbuilders, and enabling more work to be accomplished out of the weather. The
infrastructure improvements also include a new dry dock that will allow Ingalls to translate
and launch ships from various locations in the shipyard. HII will match the state's investment
on a 2:1 scale. (Source: Ingalls, 05/28/15)

Contract: Ingalls, $14.5M
Huntington Ingalls Inc., Pascagoula, Miss., is being awarded a $14,524,779 cost-plus-award-
fee modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-12-C-2312) to exercise options for
DDG 51 class destroyer follow yard services (FYS). The FYS provides liaison; technical
support; engineering, design, and configuration management; systems engineering team
and turnkey, and crew indoctrination and orientation. Work will be performed in Pascagoula
(97 percent); Washington, D.C. (2 percent); and Bath, Maine (1 percent), and is expected to
be completed by May 2016. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/13/15)

Ingalls picks two VPs
PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- Huntington Ingalls Industries announced today the appointment of
two vice presidents at its Ingalls Shipbuilding division. George Jones has been appointed
vice president of operations, and Tim Farrell has been appointed vice president of new
Navy programs. Jones will be responsible for all facets of ship construction through delivery.
He is responsible for enhancing cost and schedule performance, process and facility
improvements and driving production strategies across all Ingalls programs. Farrell, who
was most recently vice president of operations, he will lead efforts to capture new
shipbuilding contracts. (Source: Huntington Ingalls via Globe Newswire, 05/12/15)

JHSV to be christened
MOBILE, Ala. -- The Navy will christen the future USNS Brunswick (JHSV 6) Saturday during
a 10 a.m. CDT ceremony. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus will deliver the ceremony's
principal address. Named for a seaport city located on the southeast coast of Georgia,
Brunswick is the fourth ship to bear the name. The 338 foot-long aluminum catamaran is
under construction at the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile. (Source: DoD, 05/08/15)

Cutter completes acceptance trial
PASCAGOULA, Miss. – Ingalls Shipbuilding’s fifth U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter
(NSC), James (WMSL 754), has successfully completed acceptance trials. The Ingalls-built
NSC spent two full days in the Gulf of Mexico proving the ship's systems. Ingalls has
delivered four NSCs and has three more, including James, under construction. Earlier this
year, a construction contract was awarded for an eighth NSC. NSCs are 418 feet long with a
54-foot beam 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: Ingalls via
Globe Newswire, 05/04/15)


APRIL 2015

Contract: T. Carroll, $6.6M
T. Carroll Associates Inc. Silver Spring, Md., is being awarded a $6,573,962 indefinite-
delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the procurement of engineering
services for vulnerability, recoverability, and hardening studies of ship structures, shipboard
equipment, submarines, combatant craft, and Marine Corps vehicles. Work will be
performed in West Bethesda, Md. (93 percent); Newport News, Va. (3 percent); Washington,
D.C. (1 percent); Quantico, Va. (1 percent); Aberdeen, Md. (1 percent); and Ft. Walton
Beach, Fla. (1 percent). Fiscal 2014 research, development, test, and evaluation (Navy)
funds in the amount of $128,574 will be obligated at time of award and will expire at the end
of the current fiscal year. The Naval Surface Warfare Center - Carderock Division, West
Bethesda, Maryland, is the contracting activity (N00167-15-D-0004). (Source: DoD,
04/30/15)

DDG 113 to be christened
PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- The Navy will christen the newest guided missile destroyer, the
future USS John Finn (DDG 113), May 2 during a 10 a.m. CDT ceremony at Ingalls
Shipbuilding in Pascagoula. It's the 63rd Arleigh Burke class destroyer. The new destroyer
honors Lt. John Finn, who received the Medal of Honor for heroism during the first attack by
Japanese airplanes at Pearl Harbor. Finn manned a .50-caliber machinegun mounted on an
instruction stand in a completely exposed section of the parking ramp. Wounded multiple
times, he had to be convinced to leave his post. After receiving first aid, he returned to the
squadron area to supervise the rearming of returning planes. (Source: DoD, 04/30/15)

Contract: multiple, $35M
Atlantic Diving Supply Inc., Virginia Beach, Va., (N61331-15-D-0013); EDO Corp., Panama
City, Fla. (N61331-15-D-0014); and Piping Systems International Inc., Bay Minette, Ala.
(N61331-15-D-0015), are each being awarded firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-
quantity, multiple award supply contracts for the provision of hardware, materials and
supplies to support the littoral and mine systems and science and technology programs.
Examples of programs being supported include the Organic Airborne Mine Countermeasure
Systems, Remote Minehunting Systems, unmanned maritime systems, mine warfare
programs, Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) mission module integration, LCS fleet introduction
and sustainment, seaframe construction, MH-60 integration, acoustics, magnetics, electro-
optics, signal processing, automatic target recognition and senor and data fusion. The
maximum dollar value, including the base period and four option years, for all three
contracts combined is $35,000,000 and the companies will compete for individual delivery
orders. Work will be conducted in various Navy ship homeports and is expected to complete
in April 2020. At time of award, Atlantic Diving Supply is being awarded a delivery order for
$15,028, EDO Corp. is being awarded a delivery order for $82,221, and Piping Systems
International Inc. is being awarded a delivery order for $220,012. Fiscal 2015 operations
and maintenance (Navy) funds in the amount of $317,261 will be obligated at the time of
award, and funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. These contracts were
competitively procured via the Federal Business Opportunities website, with three offers
received. The Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division, Panama City, is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 04/23/15)

Contract: Austal, $11M
Austal USA, Mobile, Ala., is being awarded an $11,038,412 cost-plus-award-fee order
against the previously awarded basic ordering agreement (N00024-15-G-2304) to provide
engineering and management services for advance planning and design in support of the
post shakedown availability for the littoral combat ship Pre-Commissioning Unit Jackson
(LCS-6). Austal will provide design, planning, and material support services for the vessel.
Efforts will include program management, advance planning, engineering, design, material
kitting, liaison, and scheduling. Work will be performed in Mobile (77 percent); and Fairfax,
Va. (23 percent), and is expected to be completed by September 2016. Fiscal 2015
shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) funding in the amount of $10,363,723 will be obligated
at time of award and will not expire at the end of this fiscal year. The Supervisor of
Shipbuilding, Conversion, and Repair-Gulf Coast, Pascagoula, Miss., is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 04/16/15)

NSC has successful trials
PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- Huntington Ingalls Industries announced the successful completion
of builder's sea trials for the company's fifth U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter,
James (WMSL 754). The ship, built at HII's Ingalls Shipbuilding, spent three days in the Gulf
of Mexico testing all of the ship's systems. Ingalls' test and trials team led the sea trials and
conducted extensive testing of the propulsion, electrical, damage control, anchor handling,
small boat operations and combat systems. This culminated in the successful completion of
a four-hour, full-power propulsion run on James. Ingalls has delivered four NSCs and has
three more, including James, under construction. A construction contract was just awarded
for an eighth NSC last week. (Source: HII via Globe Newswire, 04/07/15)

Contract: CACI, $11.8M
CACI Technologies Inc., Chantilly, Va., is being awarded an $11,807,528 modification under
previously awarded contract N00024-14-C-6307 for professional support services in
support of Program Executive Office Littoral Combat Ships. CACI Technologies will provide:
(1) program analysis, development, control, and monitoring support; (2) administration,
communication and human resources; (3) business, finance, and cost estimating; (4)
technical and engineering support; (5) information technology; and (6) life cycle support.
Work will be performed in Washington, D.C. (90 percent); Norfolk, Va. (4 percent); San
Diego, Calif. (2 percent); Panama City, Fla. (2 percent); Newport, R.I. (1 percent); and
Monterey, Calif. (1 percent), and is expected to be completed by June 2015. Fiscal 2014
research, development, test and evaluation, fiscal 2014 operations and maintenance
(Navy), and fiscal 2015 other procurement (Navy) contract funds in the amount of
$11,807,528 will be obligated at time of award. Contract funds in the amount of $10,686,573
will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command,
Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 04/03/15)

Contract: HII, $12.3M
Huntington Ingalls Inc., Pascagoula, Miss., is being awarded a $12,299,265 modification to
previously awarded contract N00024-14-C-2410 for additional LX(R) Amphibious Ship
Replacement Program early industry involvement for preliminary design efforts. The LX(R)
Amphibious Ship Replacement Program awarded early industry involvement contracts to two
U.S. shipyards (Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc., Ingalls Shipbuilding Division, and General
Dynamics NASSCO) that have the facilities and resources to build a large amphibious ship
without major re-capitalization. The contractor(s) will be required to continue to perform
design efforts, special studies, analyses, and reviews in support of the LX(R) Amphibious
Ship Replacement Program. The tasking may include efforts related to systems
engineering, marine engineering, naval architecture, cost estimating and computer
modeling. The early industry involvement contracts will enable the shipyards to investigate
ship designs and production cost reduction opportunities and to participate in the
preliminary design evolution and reviews. Input from the shipyards will help the government
refine its analysis and produce sound design products and cost estimation relationships.
The participation of these two shipbuilders in the early design and preliminary design
phases captures total ownership cost reduction opportunities upfront, when larger savings
may be achieved, prior to ship detail design and construction. Work will be performed in
Pascagoula and is expected to be completed by October 2016. Fiscal 2015 research,
development, test and evaluation contract funds in the amount of $7,200,000 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,
04/03/15)

Contract: Seemann Composites
Seemann Composites Inc., Gulfport, Miss., is being awarded a $49,944,504 indefinite-
delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with one cost-plus-fixed-fee line item for the design,
fabrication and testing of various structural components for naval surface and sub-surface
vessels using a proprietary Resin Infusion Molding Process (SCRIMP). This contract will use
an advanced composite fabrication technique to design and fabricate prototype
components, support installation, perform material testing, and provide test support to the
government for various marine components and structures using the SCRIMP fabrication
process to support the fleet. The company will provide complete and tested prototypes and
end items as deliverables via individual completion type delivery orders. Work will be
performed in Gulfport and is expected to complete by April 2020. Fiscal 2015 research,
development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $5,000,000 will be obligated at
time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not
competitively procured as it is a follow-on to a Small Business Innovation Research Phase III
contract. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division, Ship System Engineering
Station, Philadelphia, Pa., is the contracting activity (N65540-15-D-0015). (Source: DoD,
04/02/15)

CNO stresses versatility of LCS
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert and Rep.
Jeff Miller, R-Fla., stressed the versatility of the Independence-class Littoral Combat Ships
(LCS) at a press conference at Naval Air Station Pensacola. After touring the USS
Independence (LCS 2) with the congressman, the CNO highlighted the value of the LCS's
ability to be repackaged for multiple missions. "The thing that is of value about the LCS is
that she has great volume, high speed, and is modular," said Greenert. "What that means is
you can change out packages to perform different missions." The ship has been testing its
new anti-mine warfare technology in the Gulf of Mexico since Feb. 20, and will be docking
between sorties at NAS Pensacola throughout its training operation. (Source: NNS,
04/01/15) Two variants of the LCS are being built. The Independence class is built by Austal
USA in Mobile, Ala.


MARCH 2015

Contract: Textron, $84M
Textron Inc., New Orleans, La., is being awarded an $84,087,094 modification to previously
awarded contract N00024-12-C-2401 to exercise an option for construction of Landing
Craft, Air Cushions (LCACs) 102 and 103 and their associated technical manuals under 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. The
SSC program involves air cushion vehicles 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 (42 percent); Indianapolis, Ind. (20
percent); Camden, N.J. (14 percent); Norway (7 percent); Great Britain (4 percent); Livonia,
Mich. (4 percent); Huntington, Calif. (2 percent); Eatontown, N.J. (2 percent); San Diego,
Calif. (2 percent); Chanhassen, Minn. (1 percent); Corona, Calif. (1 percent); and Gold
Beach, Oregon. (1 percent), and is expected to be completed by September 2019. The
Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
03/31/15)

Ingalls awarded DDG contract
PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- Huntington Ingalls Industries' Ingalls Shipbuilding division has
received a $604.3 million contract modification to fund construction of the Arleigh Burke-
class (DDG 51) Aegis guided missile destroyer DDG 121 for the U.S. Navy. The ship is the
third of five DDG 51 destroyers the company was awarded in June 2013. The five-ship
contract, part of a multi-year procurement in the DDG 51 program, allows Ingalls to build
ships more efficiently by buying bulk material and moving the skilled workforce from ship to
ship. With the contract, Ingalls will be building DDGs over the next decade. Ingalls has
delivered 28 Arleigh Burke-class destroyers to the Navy. Destroyers currently under
construction at Ingalls are John Finn (DDG 113), Ralph Johnson (DDG 114), Paul Ignatius
(DDG 117) and Delbert D. Black (DDG 119). (Source: HII via Globe Newswire, 03/30/15)

Research vessel arrives
GULFPORT, Miss. -- A 135-foot research vessel that will study marine science issues
reached its home port Sunday, becoming the University of Southern Mississippi's newest
and largest research vessel. The Point Sur, a $1 million investment, reached the state Port
of Gulfport after a three-week voyage from Monterey, Calif. Southern Miss, the state's
designated marine sciences institution, bought the vessel and paid for the trip with a $1
million grant from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. Officials said the
purchase price was $875,000 and it cost $125,000 to sail the ship from California and
through the Panama Canal to Gulfport. "It is the first oceanographic-class research vessel
homeported in the northern Gulf of Mexico east of the Mississippi River,” said Monty
Graham, chairman of the Southern Miss department of marine science. Among those
awaiting for the ship's arrival were graduate students at USM, Stennis Space Center and the
Gulf Coast Research Lab in Ocean Springs. Jim Franks, senior research scientist at GCRL,
said the ship "will expand our research horizons for sure." (Source: Sun Herald, 03/29/15)

Ingalls wins NSC contract
PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc. received a nearly $500 million
contract to build an eighth National Security Cutter (NSC-8) for the U.S. Coast Guard at its
Ingalls Shipyard in Pascagoula. U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., chairman of the Senate
Committee on Appropriations, announced the award Friday. Cochran worked to provide
$76.5 million in fiscal year 2014 funding for long-lead materials needed to maintain the
production line for the construction of the 418-foot NCS-8. (Source: Sun Herald, 03/27/15)

Trenton finishes acceptance trials
The Austal USA-built USNS Trenton completed acceptance trials in the Gulf of Mexico, the
Navy said Tuesday. The 338-foot, aluminum Joint High Speed Vessel was tested for a week
by the Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey. Trenton is the fifth JHSV catamaran built for
the Navy. The ship is capable of carrying 600 short tons of cargo at an average speed of 35
knots. After trials, the ship will be delivered to the Military Sealift Command. The first four
ships in the class have already been delivered. (Source: al.com, 03/24/15)

LPD 26 to be christened
PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- Huntington Ingalls Industries' Ingalls Shipbuilding division will
christen the company's 10th amphibious transport dock, John P. Murtha (LPD 26), on
Saturday, March 21. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi will be the featured speaker at
the christening. Ms. Donna S. Murtha, daughter of ship's namesake, is the ship sponsor.
Mrs. Joyce Murtha, wife of the ship's namesake, will also attend. The ship is named for John
P. Murtha, who represented Pennsylvania's 12th Congressional District for 36 years, from
1974 until his death in 2010. (Source: HII, 03/16/15)

Contract: Austal, $6.5M
Austal USA LLC, Mobile, Ala., is being awarded a $6,502,918 modification to previously
awarded contract (N00024-11-C-2301) to exercise an option for special studies, analyses
and review efforts for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program. Austal will provide
engineering and design services to reduce acquisition and lifecycle costs for the
Independence variant LCS. Work will be performed in Mobile (72 percent) and Pittsfield,
Mass. (28 percent), and is expected to be complete by March 2016. Fiscal 2014
shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) funding 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, 03/13/15)

VT Halter Marine launches tug
ESCATAWPA, Miss. -- VT Halter Marine recently launched the Articulated Tug Barge (ATB)
tug Kim M. Bouchard, the first of two ATB tugs under a major expansion program for
Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc., Melville, N.Y. The launch was held at VT Halter Marine's
Moss Point Marine shipyard in Escatawpa, near Pascagoula. Used to transport liquid
petroleum, construction of this unit began January 2014 with delivery scheduled for June
2015. (Source: Marine Log, 03/04/15)


FEBRUARY 2015

Purchase of vessel OKd
JACKSON, Miss. —The State College Board has approved the University of Southern
Mississippi's purchase of a new research vessel. Southern Miss will buy the Point Sur from
the San Jose State University Research Foundation for $1 million. Funding came in a grant
from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. The purchase provides the
school with a vessel that can be used for research projects in the Gulf of Mexico. It will take
about three weeks for the 135-foot vessel, built in 1980, to travel from its port in Monterrey,
Calif., to Gulfport. (Source: Hattiesburg American, 02/26/15)

Contract: Ingalls, $6.7M
Huntington Ingalls Inc., Pascagoula, Miss., is being awarded a $6,730,000 modification to
previously awarded contract (N00024-05-C-2221) for the first increment of the Coordinated
Shipboard Allowance List (COSAL) in support of USS America (LHA 6). The items from the
LHA 6 COSAL support outfitting the ship for testing and deployment. The COSAL is the
process whereby equipment is identified along with their repair parts, consumables and
material for logistical support. The COSAL specifies the range and depth of all equipment
which has been validated to be onboard a ship. Included in this allowance are operating
space items, storeroom items, repair parts, special tools and maintenance assistance
modules required to maintain the ship. Specific repair part allowances are designated
during the COSAL process to support preventive and corrective maintenance during
extended and un-replenished periods at sea. The COSAL is instrumental in supporting fleet
and vessel readiness for mission. Work will be performed in Pascagoula and is expected to
be completed by February 2016. Fiscal 2012 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) funding in
the amount of $6,730,000 will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of
the current fiscal year. The Supervisor of Shipbuilding Gulf Coast, Pascagoula, is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 02/23/15)

Guest workers awarded $14.1M
NEW ORLEANS – Five Indian guest workers were awarded $14.1 million by a federal jury
Wednesday on claims they were defrauded and made to live in squalid conditions after
being lured to work in Pascagoula, Miss., after Hurricane Katrina. More than 200 other
workers' claims are pending against Signal International LLC of Mobile, Ala., at marine and
fabrication company. The suit claimed Signal falsely promised to help the workers apply for
and receive greens cards. But the plaintiffs said they were the victims of a labor-trafficking
scheme by Signal, an immigration lawyer and an Indian labor recruiter. The trial represented
the first in a series of suits spearheaded by the Montgomery-based Southern Poverty Law
Center. The company said it disagrees with the ruling and is evaluating all of its options,
including an appeal. (Sources: multiple, including AP via Sun Herald, Mississippi Press,
02/18/15)

Contract: Bath Iron Works, $13M
Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine, is being awarded a $13,027,540 cost-plus-award-fee/cost-
plus-fixed-fee modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-12-C-2313) for DDG 51
Class Flight III upgrade design services and associated data. The main goal of the Flight III
upgrade is to replace the SPY-1D(V) radar with the Air and Missile Defense Radar. This
modification to the existing DDG 51 Class Lead Yard Services contract will allow for DDG 51
Class Flight III upgrade design efforts, along with procurement of Design Vendor Furnished
Information in support of the Flight III design. One percent of the work will be done in
Pascagoula, Miss., but most will be done in Brunswick, Maine (69 percent); Bath (28
percent); and Washington, D.C., and is expected to be completed by December 2017. The
Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 02/06/15)

Contract: Ingalls, $13.5M
Huntington Ingalls Inc., Pascagoula, Miss., is being awarded a not-to-exceed $13,503,584
cost-plus-award-fee modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-12-C-2312) for
DDG 51 Class Flight III upgrade design services. The main goal of the Flight III upgrade is to
replace the SPY-1D(V) radar with the Air and Missile Defense Radar. This modification to
the existing DDG 51 Class Lead Yard Services contract will allow for DDG 51 Class Flight III
upgrade design efforts, along with procurement of Design Vendor Furnished Information in
support of the Flight III design. Work will be performed in Pascagoula (98 percent) and
Washington, D.C. (2 percent), and is expected to be completed by February 2016. The
Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
02/06/15)


JANUARY 2015

Panama City firm acquired by HII
Huntington Ingalls Industries said today that it is buying the Panama City, Fla.-headquarters
of the Engineering Solutions Division of The Columbia Group, a designer and builder of
unmanned underwater vehicles for domestic and international customers. As a previous
stand-alone division within The Columbia Group, ESD employs some 30 engineers,
analysts, craftsmen and technicians. ESD will operate as the Undersea Solutions Group, a
subsidiary of HII, and will report to Newport News (Va.) Shipbuilding's Submarine and Fleet
Support division. (Source: HII, 01/30/15) HII’s Ingalls Shipyard in Pascagoula builds surface
ships for the U.S. Navy, and the National Security Cutters for the U.S. Coast Guard.

Signet delivers tug
PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- Signet Maritime has taken delivery of its ninth technologically
advanced ASD tug in less than four years, company leaders said. The Signet Vigilant was
constructed at Signet Shipbuilding and Repair in Pascagoula. The 30-metric-ton bollard
pull, EPA Tier 3 compliant, ASD vessel is the first Castleman Maritime design for Signet. The
new tug will operate from Signet's Pascagoula division, where it will perform rig escort, ship
assist and barge assist work. (Source: Mississippi Press, 01/27/15)

Union rates released
The percent of wage and salary workers who were members of unions in 2014 was 11.1
percent, down 0.2 percent from 2013, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.
The number of union members, 14.6 million, was little different from 2013. But the drop from
1983, the first year for which comparable union data are available, was significant. In that
year the union membership rate was 20.1 percent, and there were 17.7 million union
workers. In the four states that are part of the I-10 aerospace corridor, the rate went up
slightly in three of the four and remained the same in the other. Mississippi had the lowest
union membership with a rate of 3.7 percent, same as in 2013. Louisiana had a union
membership rate of 5.2 percent in 2014, up from 4.3 in 2013, and Florida had a union
membership rate of 5.7 percent, up from 5.4 in 2013. Alabama's union membership rate was
10.8 percent in 2014, up from 10.7 in 2013. (Source: GCAC, 01/23/15)

Keel ceremony held for ship
PASCAGOULA, Miss. — VT Halter Marine has laid the keel for the first of two liquefied
natural gas-powered combination container roll-on/roll-off ships for Crowley Maritime Corp.
A ceremony was held Wednesday at the Pascagoula shipyard. The keel laying marks the
ceremonial beginning of the ship's construction. The keel forms the backbone of a ship. The
two vessels will be built at the Pascagoula facility, with deliveries scheduled for mid- and late-
2017. (Source: Mississippi Press, 01/21/15)

Work begins on 7th NSC
PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- Ingalls Shipbuilding has officially started fabrication on the U.S.
Coast Guard's seventh National Security Cutter, Kimball (WMSL 756). Designed to replace
the 378-foot Hamilton-class High-Endurance Cutters, Ingalls has delivered the first four
ships in the class and is currently building three more NSCs, with advance procurement
funding already secured for an eighth ship. The NSCs are 418 feet long with a 54-foot
beam, displacing 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, 01/20/15)

Contract: Int. Marine, $16.6M
International Marine and Industrial Applicators LLC, Spanish Fort, Ala., is being awarded a
$16,609,224 firm-fixed-price contract to provide management, material support services,
labor, supplies, and equipment deemed necessary to perform depot-level preservation
support on USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Work will be performed in Bremerton, Wash., and is
expected to be completed by June 2016. Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate
Maintenance Facility, Bremerton, is the contracting activity (N4523A-15-C-0003). (Source:
DoD, 01/12/15)

Contract: General Dynamics, $26.2M
General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS), Sterling Heights, Mich., is being awarded a not-to-
exceed $26,207,278 firm-fixed-price contract for the production of MK 46 MOD 2 Gun
Weapon Systems for the Littoral Combat Ship Mission modules and DDG 1000 Zumwalt
Class Destroyer Close-In Gun System with associated Remote Console Assembly units.
Work will be performed in Sterling Heights (60 percent), Anniston, Ala. (25 percent), Lima,
Ohio (7 percent), Tallahassee, Fla. (6 percent), and Scranton, Pa., (2 percent), and is
expected to be completed by November 2016. GDLS is the sole manufacturer for the MK 46
MOD 2 gun weapon system which has been selected to support the anti-surface warfare
requirements for LPD-17, LCS and DDG 1000 class ships. The Naval Sea Systems
Command, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity (N00024 15-C-5344).
(Source: DoD, 01/09/15) Gulf Coast note: Austal USA builds one variant of the LCS in
Mobile, Ala.; Ingalls builds the LPD-17 class ship in Pascagoula, Miss.