US Navy

Construction of sixth ESB underway

Construction of sixth ESB underway

Construction started on the sixth Expeditionary Sea Base (ESB), the future USNS Hector A Cafferata Jr (ESB 8) at General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (GD NASSCO) on 8 August 2023. ESBs are designed to be flexible and used in a range of military operations supporting multiple operational phases, similar to the Expeditionary Transfer […]

US Navy names future USNS Navajo

US Navy names future USNS Navajo

The US Navy named the first Navajo-class towing, salvage and rescue ship, USNS Navajo (T-ATS 6), in a ceremony on 26 August 2023 in Houma, Louisiana. The future USNS Navajo will be operated by the Military Sealift Command. The vessels will replace the existing Powhatan-class T-ATF fleet ocean tugs and Safeguard-class T-ARS rescue and salvage […]

HII awarded DDG 1000 modernisation contract

HII awarded DDG 1000 modernisation contract

HII’s Ingalls Shipbuilding division has been awarded a US$154.8 million contract modification for work on USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000). Zumwalt arrived in Pascagoula on 19 August 2023 after leaving San Diego earlier in the month. The ship will enter a modernisation period and receive technology upgrades including the integration of the Conventional Prompt Strike (CPS) […]

Four Arleigh Burke destroyers get life extension as first Flight III unit joins fleet

Four Arleigh Burke destroyers get life extension as first Flight III unit joins fleet

The Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Surface Warfare Division (N96) has approved a service-life extension for four Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers as the first of a newly upgraded version of the surface combatant enters service. USS Ramage (DDG 61), homeported in Norfolk, Virginia in the US, and USS Benfold (DDG 65), based in […]

Bahrain plans FMS upgrade for FFG-7 frigates

Bahrain plans FMS upgrade for FFG-7 frigates

The US Navy has outlined plans for the upgrade of two of the oldest surface combatants still serving in the Middle East region. Acting on behalf of the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) International Fleet Support Program (PMS 326), the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division (NUWC) Keyport has canvassed industry interest in the modernisation of […]

Leonardo DRS awarded Columbia-class propulsion contract

Leonardo DRS awarded Columbia-class propulsion contract

Leonardo DRS has been awarded contracts valued at more than US$1 billion, when fully funded to provide integrated electric propulsion components for the US Navy’s next-generation Columbia-class submarine. The Columbia-class submarines will replace the fleet of Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines. The integrated electric propulsion components will be manufactured in the company’s Fitchburg, Massachusetts, Menominee Falls, […]

Huntingdon Ingalls Shipbuilding receives additive manufacturing approval

Huntingdon Ingalls Shipbuilding receives additive manufacturing approval

Huntingdon Ingalls Shipbuilding (HII) says its Newport News Shipbuilding division recently received approval as a vendor to provide additive manufacturing components to Naval Sea Systems (NAVSEA) platforms. Certification enables NNS to use additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, to fabricate pipefittings or other potential components for use on aircraft carriers, submarines and other NAVSEA platforms. In […]

Bollinger awarded contract for sixth berthing barge

Bollinger awarded contract for sixth berthing barge

Bollinger Shipyards has been awarded a detailed design and construction contract for the sixth Auxiliary Personnel Lighter–Small (APL(S)) 67-class berthing and messing barge. Construction will take place at Bollinger Mississippi Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Mississippi and is due to begin in the second quarter of 2023. The previous five APLs were built by VT Halter Marine, […]

Aircraft carrier Roosevelt completes sea trials after 18-month upgrade

Aircraft carrier Roosevelt completes sea trials after 18-month upgrade

The US Navy aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) completed an 18-month docking planning incremental availability at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility on 21 March 2023. Work completed during the availability, which began on 10 September 2021, included a variety of regularly scheduled maintenance as well as modernization upgrades. The project […]

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