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L3 awarded $73.7M for Navy submarine photonics mast programs

L3 awarded $73.7M for Navy submarine photonics mast programs

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June 25 (UPI) -- L3 Technologies Inc. was awarded a $ 73.7 million contract for repair, upgrades and overall services for the U.S. Navy's submarine photonics mast programs. Ninety-eight percent of the work will be performed at the company's plant in Northampton, Mass., the Department of Defense announced Monday, and is expected to be completed by June 2025. Naval fiscal 2019 other procurement funding in the amount of $ 2.1 million will be obligated on the first delivery order at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. A photonics mast is a sensor on a submarine that functions much like a periscope but without requiring a periscope tube. This prevents water leakage in the event of damage. Virginia-class submarines include two photonics masts that host visi...
Navy takes delivery of littoral combat ship USS Cincinnati

Navy takes delivery of littoral combat ship USS Cincinnati

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June 24 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy accepted delivery of its newest littoral combat ship, to be named the USS Cincinnati, in ceremonies in Mobile, Ala. The ship, designated LCS 20, is a relatively small surface vessel designed for near-shore Navy operations, and is the 10th in the Navy's Independence class. The delivery on Friday marks the official transfer of the ship from its builder, Austal USA, to the Navy. It will be commissioned and officially named in ceremonies later this year in Gulfport, Miss. "This is a great day for the Navy and our country with the delivery of the future USS Cincinnati," said Capt. Mike Taylor, LCS program manager. "I look forward to celebrating the commissioning of this great ship alongside the crew later this year. This ship will play an essential role in in ca...
Pence: U.S. Navy hospital ship to help displaced Venezuelans

Pence: U.S. Navy hospital ship to help displaced Venezuelans

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June 18 (UPI) -- Vice President Mike Pence said Tuesday that a U.S. Navy hospital ship will set sail to relieve pressure from the strain of increasing numbers of displaced Venezuelans. The ship, departing Tuesday from Miami, has a five-month medical assistance mission with scheduled stops including Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, Panama, Saint Lucia, and St. Kitts and Nevis. Pence said he was pleased to be in Miami "for the departure of the USNS Comfort, bringing the compassion of the American people to those suffering here in our hemisphere and around the world." The vessel will push off for its second deployment to Latin America in the last six months, Pence said. In the next five months, the crew of the USNS Comfort will continue America's ...
Navy removes ‘space’ from Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command

Navy removes ‘space’ from Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command

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June 4 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy has removed "space" from the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command and added "information" in a rebranding effort that emphasizes information warfare. The agency's new name is the Naval Information Warfare Systems Command. Adm. John Richardson, the Chief of Naval Operations, announced the immediate name change Monday at the Information Warfare Senior Leadership Symposium in Washington, D.C. "We have been on a steady drumbeat since the issuance of the Design for Maintaining Maritime Superiority to further normalize information warfare into the way we do operations and warfighting in the Navy," Richardson said in a news release. "Today, we will take an important step in that direction as we rename the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command to the Naval Info...
Two U.S. Navy ships pass through Taiwan Strait as tensions with China rise

Two U.S. Navy ships pass through Taiwan Strait as tensions with China rise

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May 24 (UPI) -- Two U.S. Navy ships moved through the Taiwan Strait this week, adding to tensions with China amid a trade dispute between the two nations. This is the fifth time this year U.S. warships have sailed through 110-mile wide strait separating Taiwan from the Chinese mainland. The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Preble and fleet replenishment oiler USNS Walter S. Diehl traveled through the waters Wednesday and Thursday, U.S. Seventh Fleet public affairs officer Clay Doss told Bloomberg News. "The ships' transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the U.S. commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific," Doss said. "The U.S. Navy will continue to fly, sail and operate anywhere international law allows." The U.S. warships sailed north through the strait by follow...