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Navy christens littoral combat ship USS Billings

Navy christens littoral combat ship USS Billings

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July 3 (UPI) -- The Navy has christened its latest Freedom-class littoral combat ship the USS Billings at a ceremony Saturday in Marinette, Wis.Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin gave the primary address and Sharla Tester, wife of ranking member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Jon Tester, served as ships sponsor, breaking the ceremonial bottle of champagne across the ship's bow."The christening of the future USS Billings brings this great warship one step closer to joining the fleet, where it will, for decades to come, serve as a tribute to the great people of Billings and the state of Montana, as well as the highly skilled men and women who built our nation's newest littoral combat ship," acting Secretary of the Navy Sean Stackley said.The Freedom-class littoral combat ship built by Lo...
Arete Associates receives mine detection contract for Littoral Combat Ship

Arete Associates receives mine detection contract for Littoral Combat Ship

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June 23 (UPI) -- Arete Associates is being awarded a $ 8.5 million contract for the production of AN/DVS-1 Coastal Battlefield Reconnaissance and Analysis subassemblies.The contract will provide the AN/DVS-1 COBRA for the Navy's Littoral Combat Ship mine countermeasures role, the Department of Defense announced Thursday. The work will be conducted in Tuscon, Ariz., and is expected to be completed by December 2019.Fiscal 2017 Navy procurement funds in the amount of $ 8.5 million will be allocated upon award and will not expire at the end of the fiscal year.The AN/DVS-1 COBRA is designed for unmanned aerial vehicles to detect minefields and obstacles along coastal waters in anticipation for an amphibious assault. It will be carried on the MQ-8 Fire Scout unmanned helicopter deployed on the L...
Navy destroyer collides with container ship; sailors missing

Navy destroyer collides with container ship; sailors missing

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Seven sailors are missing and five others were injured after the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Fitzgerald collided with a Philippine container ship off the coast of Japan in the early hours of Saturday morning local time, the Navy's 7th Fleet said. One of the injured sailors medically evacuated by a Japanese coast guard helicopter was the ship's commanding officer. The Fitzgerald was operating about 56 nautical miles southwest of Yokosuka, Japan, when it hit the container ship at approximately 2:30 a.m. local time. The U.S. ship sustained damage on its starboard side and is experiencing flooding in some spaces, according to the 7th Fleet. Propulsion is limited. The 7th Fleet tweeted around 2 p.m. local time on Saturday, "Flooding has been stabilized and Sailors from #USSDewey are assisting i...
Sailors missing after U.S. Navy destroyer collides with ship in Pacific

Sailors missing after U.S. Navy destroyer collides with ship in Pacific

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June 16 (UPI) -- Seven U.S. sailors are unaccounted for and others were injured early Saturday after a Navy warship collided with a container ship in the Pacific off the coast of Japan, authorities said.The collision occurred in the Philippine Sea between the merchant ship and the U.S. Navy's guided missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald. The vessel's commanding officer, Cmdr. Bryce Benson, had to be medically evacuated from the ship, officials said.The Navy Times reported that the ship endured substantial damage and had limped back to land under its own power."The extent of number of personnel injuries is being determined," the 7th Fleet said in a statement Friday.The Navy said it was working with the Japanese Coast Guard to conduct a medical evacuation for one sailor, but did not specify if th...