Tag Archives: Naval Sea Systems Command

USNS Miguel Keith Delivered After Repairs to Fix Dry Dock Flooding Damage

USNS Miguel Keith Delivered After Repairs to Fix Dry Dock Flooding Damage

The future USNS Miguel Keith (ESB-5) departs General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Co. shipyard in San Diego, Calif. During the weeklong acceptance trials, the Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey conducted comprehensive tests to demonstrate and evaluate the performance of all of the ship’s major systems. NASSCO photo.

The Navy accepted delivery of USNS Miguel Keith (T-ESB-5), the expeditionary sea base that was damaged while under construction when its dry dock flooded in July 2018 and subsequently set back by about six months.

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USNI News Video: Navy Asks Civilians to Solve Persistent Problems in Weekend Hack-A-Thon

USNI News Video: Navy Asks Civilians to Solve Persistent Problems in Weekend Hack-A-Thon

A team of participants working on the high-pressure air compressor during Hack the Machine competition at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York City on Sept. 7, 2019. US Navy Photo

NEW YORK – Two years ago, the Navy invited a group of civilian data experts to study how the service could better predict maintenance on surface ships. A short time into the exercise at MIT, a major problem popped up – the data was bad. Read More

Navy Shortening Maintenance Times for Surface Ships, But Repair Industry Still Overloaded

Navy Shortening Maintenance Times for Surface Ships, But Repair Industry Still Overloaded

Master Chief Boatswain’s Mate Claus Moser communicates with sailors in the forecastle of the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD-8) while off-loading the starboard anchor chain in 2017. US Navy Photo

SAN DIEGO, Calif – The Navy has a large backlog of surface ship maintenance it is trying to dig out of; that’s not new. And while the sea service and ship repair industry are making some progress in cutting back on administrative and other burdens that slow down maintenance availabilities, the contractors here in San Diego are so backed up that the Navy has received zero bids for several recent maintenance availabilities. Read More

Arleigh Burke Destroyers Are Most Viable Option for Near-Term Navy Presence in Arctic

Arleigh Burke Destroyers Are Most Viable Option for Near-Term Navy Presence in Arctic

Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Oscar Austin (DDG-79) transits the Arctic Circle Sept. 5, 2017. US Navy Photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In the high latitudes, where presence increasingly equals power, the U.S. Coast Guard shoulders much of today’s mission load. But experts think the Arleigh Burke destroyers of the future could share the operational burden.

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NAVSEA Harnessing Big Data to Dig Out of Ship Maintenance Backlog

NAVSEA Harnessing Big Data to Dig Out of Ship Maintenance Backlog

Rear Adm. Stephen Evans, left, commander of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 2 and Rear Adm. Sara A. Joyner, right, take a tour of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) on Aug. 26, 2019. US Navy Photo

The following post has been updated to correct the name of a submarine referred to in the story. On Friday, Vice Adm. Tom Moore referred to attack submarine USS Asheville (SSN-758) not USS Nashville.

The heads of the Navy’s ship maintenance efforts want to get destroyer work back on track using new data tools and an under-development predictive schedule to prevent another major backlog in repair work. Read More

GAO Report on Navy Frigate Program

GAO Report on Navy Frigate Program

The following is the Aug. 9, 2019 Government Accountability Office report, Guided Missile Frigate: Navy Has Taken Steps to Reduce Acquisition Risk, but Opportunities Exist to Improve Knowledge for Decision Makers. Read More

Navy Embracing Quicker Software Development Model to Leverage New HM&E Data Collection

Navy Embracing Quicker Software Development Model to Leverage New HM&E Data Collection

Electronics Technician 3rd Class Brent Vigil, from San Diego, runs diagnostic testing on an antenna aboard the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG-70) during a replenishment-at-sea. US Navy Photo

SAN DIEGO – The Navy’s chief engineer thinks the Navy could make better use of ship-readiness data if the service could adopt a faster process to write and field software, and he’s eyeing the upcoming launch of a new readiness-monitoring system as an opportunity to be more agile in software development.

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Rear Admiral Relieved from NAVSEA Job Due to Inappropriate Relationship

Rear Admiral Relieved from NAVSEA Job Due to Inappropriate Relationship

Rear Adm. Stephen Williamson, then the director of Fleet Maintenance, U.S. Pacific Fleet, addressed Hampton Roads area engineering duty officers (EDO) during the EDO Road Show in January 2017 hosted by Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center onboard Naval Station Norfolk, Va. US Navy photo.

Rear Adm. Stephen Williamson was relieved from his duties as the Naval Sea Systems Command director of industrial operations due to an inappropriate personal relationship, service told USNI News on Friday. Read More

Surface Warfare Directorate Still Considering Large Combatant Requirement; MUSV RFP Released

Surface Warfare Directorate Still Considering Large Combatant Requirement; MUSV RFP Released

Sea Hunter, an entirely new class of unmanned sea surface vehicle developed in partnership between the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), recently completed an autonomous sail from San Diego to Hawaii and back—the first ship ever to do so autonomously. Sea Hunter is part of ONR’s Medium Displacement Unmanned Surface Vehicle (MDUSV) project. US Navy photo.

ARLINGTON, Va. – The new director of surface warfare is still considering what the Navy needs from upcoming manned and unmanned surface ship programs and how to get the best capability for the dollar. Read More