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BAE Systems Restructures Naval Sector

Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carrier under construction. (Photo: U.K. Royal Navy)

BAE Systems has reached agreement in principle with HM Government on measures to enable the implementation of a restructuring of its U.K. naval ships business. The agreement will result in the restructuring of the contract for the Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carrier program, provision of additional shipbuilding work prior to the start of the Type 26 Global Combat Ships program and rationalization of the U.K. naval ship business to match future capacity requirements. In 2009, BAE Systems entered into a Terms of Business Agreement (ToBA) with the Ministry of Defense that provided an overarching framework for significant naval shipbuilding efficiency improvements in exchange for commitments to fund rationalization and sustainment of capability in the sector. The agreements announced today, together with an anticipated contract for the design and manufacture of the Type 26 Global Combat Ships program, will progressively replace that ToBA. Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carrier BAE Systems, with the other participants in the Aircraft Carrier Alliance, has agreed changes to the Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carrier contract. Under the revised terms, the contract will be amended to accommodate program changes and activities previously excluded from the contract. Under the new Target Cost contract the industrial participants’ fee will move to a 50:50 risk share arrangement providing greater cost performance incentives


Final Section of BAE Aircraft Carrier Rolls onto the Clyde

The BAE Systems built Aft Island of the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier will be loaded onto a sea-going barge on June 11 before its journey from the company’s Scotstoun site to Rosyth. This is the last major section of the Queen Elizabeth Aircraft Carrier and has been completed ahead of schedule by the team on the Clyde. The Aft Island is the Carrier’s air traffic control center. Angus Holt


HMS Prince of Wales Hull Departs for Rosyth

Hull section of HMS Prince of Wales (Photo: BAE Systems)

A huge section of hull for HMS Prince of Wales, the second Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier, has today begun its delivery voyage from HM Naval Base Portsmouth – the future home of the Queen Elizabeth Class. Mick Ord, Managing Director at BAE Systems Naval Ships, said, “This is a significant milestone for the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier program and a particularly proud one for the team in Portsmouth whose contribution to delivering the nation’s flagships


British Navy Looking to Preserve 'Illustrious' Legacy

HMS Illustrious: Photo courtesy of MOD

The Ministry of Defence is looking for ideas on how best to preserve the legacy of the Royal Navy's Invincible-Class aircraft carriers.The last of the ships, 'HMS Illustrious', is due to retire in late 2014 after 32 years of distinguished service that has seen her involved in operations around the world. Following the announcement last year that the 22,000-tonne ship will be preserved in some form, MOD is now inviting private companies


CAE Awarded U.S. Navy Contracts

CAE has been selected to supply electric plant control systems for the largest and most advanced warship in naval history, the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), as well as for the U.S. Navy’s latest LPD 17 class amphibious ship, the USS New York (LPD 21). The total value of these contracts is approximately C$12 million. CAE will provide prime contractor Northrop Grumman Newport News with computer-based control system technology for the USS George H.W. Bush


Northrop Grumman Names Baugh to Director in the Technology Development

Northrop Grumman Corporation’s Newport News sector has appointed Dale Baugh to the position of director of aircraft carrier life cycle support programs. He reports to Irwin F. Edenzon, vice president of technology development and fleet support at Northrop Grumman Newport News. His responsibilities include supporting the Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier program by meeting life cycle support, customer and company objectives


Curtiss-Wright Awarded $14.6M in Contracts

Curtiss-Wright Corporation announced it has been awarded $14.6 million of contracts from Northrop Grumman Newport News to design and manufacture engineered pumps for use on the United States Navy's next generation CVN-21 Class aircraft carriers. The pumps will be manufactured by Curtiss-Wright's Flow Control segment located in Phillipsburg, NJ, and delivered in 2008 and 2009. Construction on the first aircraft carrier is scheduled to begin in 2007


USS Abraham Lincoln Coming Home

USS Abraham Lincoln - Suez Transit: Credit USN

 Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln due soon at Naval Station Norfolk after 8-month deployment. Commanded by Capt. John D. Alexander, Lincoln departed Naval Station Everett, Wash., her home since January 1997, in December 2011 for a scheduled change-of-homeport deployment to Virginia where she is due for a four-year refueling complex overhaul (RCOH). During the RCOH period, Lincoln's nuclear reactors will be refueled


Northrop Grumman to Christen George H. W. Bush Carrier

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, George H. W. Bush (CVN 77) will be christened on Saturday, Oct. 7 at Northrop Grumman's Newport News shipyard. The ship's namesake and 41st President of the United States, George H. W. Bush, is scheduled to attend the ceremony and will become the first president in the history of the shipyard's 120-year history to participate in his namesake ship's christening. President Bush's wife Barbara and their daughter, Doro Bush Koch, will also attend. Mrs


U.K.'s New Aircraft Carriers Get Babcock IWMS

Queen Elizabeth-class Under Construction: Photo credit Builders

Babcock delivers final Integrated Waste Management System (IWMS) component for UK’s new Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers. The Babcock-designed IWMS handles the various fluid and solid waste streams generated onboard the aircraft carriers and processes these until the products are benign and compatible with International Maritime Organisation (IMO) requirements for overboard discharge, or can be stored efficiently until landed


US Navy Aircraft Carrier Leaves Drydock

About 500 shipbuilders assisted with the undocking of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) on Monday. Lincoln was moved from a dry dock to an outfitting berth at Newport News Shipbuilding, where its refueling and complex overhaul will be completed. Photo by Ricky Thompson/HII

Newport News Shipbuilding completes drydock work for aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72); refueling and complex overhaul With tugboats guiding it into the James River, the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) was moved from one of Newport News Shipbuilding’s drydocks to


USS America Joins the Fleet

Sailors and Marines assigned to amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) man the rails as they bring the ship to life during Americas commissioning ceremony. America is the first ship of its class and the fourth to bea

  USS America (LHA 6), the Navy's newest and most technologically advanced amphibious assault ship, was commissioned during a formal ceremony at Pier 30/32 during San Francisco Fleet Week, Oct. 11. More than 8,000 friends, family members and invited guests gathered in front of the ship to


UK Aircraft Carrier’s Center Blocks Completed

Photo: Cammell Laird

Cammell Laird has completed its first center blocks for a second aircraft carrier set to become the centerpiece of Britain’s military capability. The Birkenhead marine and engineering services company has fabricated and outfitted two blocks for the new Prince of Wales aircraft carrier


Navy to Commission USS America

USS America (LHA 6)

  The Navy will commission its newest amphibious assault ship, USS America (LHA 6), during a 1 p.m. EDT ceremony Saturday, October 11, 2014, in San Francisco, California.   Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus will deliver the ceremony's principal address. Mrs. Lynne Pace, wife of retired U


SENER Opens UK Office

uilding of the SENER premises in Manchester

SENER opened an Engineering and Construction division in Manchester to reinforce its presence in the United Kingdom.   The group already has work sites set up in the UK and it maintains a close 25-year relationship with Rolls Royce through ITP


Successful MTG Light Off for USS Zumwalt

Photo courtesy of Rolls-Royce

The future USS Zumwalt, the first ship of the DDG 1000 multimission destroyer class, performed a successful Generator Light-Off of its first Main Turbine Generator Set (MTG) this week, Rolls-Royce announced. The ship is now power self-sufficient enabling follow-on systems testing and trials.


Gas Turbine Acceptance Test Completed for S. Korea Navy

Photo courtesy of Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce has reached a milestone in the Republic of Korea Navy’s FFX frigate program, with the successful completion of acceptance tests for the MT30 gas turbine. The MT30, which will power the FFX Batch II frigates, is the world’s most power-dense marine gas turbine


HMS Prince of Wales Assembly Begins

Photo courtesy of BAE Systems

Construction of HMS Prince of Wales, the second of two new aircraft carriers for the U.K. Royal Navy, has moved forward with the docking of two of the ship’s largest hull sections – Lower Block 02 and Lower Block 03. The movement of the blocks into the dock at Rosyth marks the


Newport News Selects Paramarine Design Software

The aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). Photo by Chris Oxley

QinetiQ’s Paramarine Ship and Submersible Design Software has been selected by Newport News Shipbuilding (NSS) as its primary naval architectural software. QinetiQ Paramarine Software will be used for all ships designed and built at its shipyard, including use on the U.S


HMS Illustrious Decommissioned

HMS Illustrious

HMS Illustrious – the last of the Royal Navy’s Invincible-class aircraft carriers – was decommissioned at Portsmouth Naval Base today, marking the end of her 32-year career. The ship’s White Ensign was lowered for the final time during the decommissioning ceremony in


Aircraft Carrier Hull Ready for Delivery

Photo: BAE Systems

A large section of HMS Prince of Wales has been loaded out of its dock hall in Portsmouth ready for delivery to Rosyth for final assembly of the second Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier to begin. The 6,000-metric-ton section, called Lower Block 02


General Atomics Wins Contract for US Aircraft Carrier

U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) awarded General Atomics (GA) an initial sole-source contract for Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) and Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) for the CVN 79 aircraft carrier to be named John F. Kennedy.


USS Abraham Lincoln's Final Mast Section Installed

David Bazemore welds a ceremonial plate into the new mast on the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Also pictured (left to right) are Capt. Ronald L. Ravelo, incoming commanding officer, CVN 72; Ken Mahler, Newport News vice president, Navy Programs; Capt. Karl O. Thomas, outgoing commanding officer, CVN 72; Bruce Easterson, program director, CVN 72 RCOH; and Newport News shipbuilder Leary Putrell. Photo by Chris Oxley/HII

Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII), marked a major milestone this week in the refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH) of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). The shipyard installed the final section of the ship's main mast: the


Carrier Hull Section Arrives in Rosyth

A section of HMS Prince of Wales hull in transit to Rosyth (Photo courtesy of BAE Systems)

A huge section of HMS Prince of Wales has arrived in Rosyth as the dockyard prepares for final assembly of the second Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier, shipbuilder BAE systems announced. The 8,000-metric-ton hull section, known as Lower Block 03


Hellfire Missile Firing a First for New Navy Helicopters

Helicopters successfully fired its Hellfire Missile

  The Royal Australian Navy’s newest maritime combat helicopter, the MH-60R Seahawk ‘Romeo’, has successfully fired its first ‘Hellfire’ missile in the United States. The AGM-114 Hellfire air-to-surface missile was fired by Navy’s 725 Squadron from






 
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