by Richard Tomkins
Washington (UPI) Oct 16, 2017
Construction of another San Antonio-class amphibious dock ship for the U.S. Navy has officially started at a Huntington Ingalls facility in Mississippi.
A keel authentication ceremony for the future USS Fort Lauderdale, LPD 28, took place Friday when modules for the ship were joined together, according to company officials.
"Authentication of the ship's keel is a major ship event and we're looking forward to leveraging the experience and expertise of the Ingalls Shipbuilding team to achieve future production milestones," Capt. Brian Metcalf, LPD 17-class program manager for Program Executive Office Ships, said in a press release.
San Antonio-class ships support the embarking, transporting, and landing of elements of over 800 Marines by landing craft, air cushion vehicles and helicopters, and support a variety of amphibious assault, special operations or expeditionary warfare missions.
LPD-28 will be the Navy's 12th San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship. It is scheduled for delivery in 2021.
Derco, UTC extend propeller distribution agreement
Lockheed Martin, parent company of Derco, said Tuesday that the extension is for a 20-year period.
Derco and UTC Aerospace Systems established their initial distribution agreement in 1997.
Derco under the agreement will distribute 54H60 spares in support of international operations. The 54H60 is used on Lockkheed Martin C-130B-H/L-100 Hercules.
"This agreement between Derco and UTC Aerospace Systems ensures seamless support to legacy C-130 operators worldwide," Derco President Brian Holt said in a press release. "Our investment in 54H60 inventory allows us to extend quantity break pricing and immediate availability to customers in support of their fleets."
UTC Aerospace Systems designs, manufactures and services propeller systems.
Washington (UPI) Oct 5, 2017
Britain's Ministry of Defense has amended its Maritime Support Delivery Framework contract with BAE systems to include Queen Elizabeth II carriers. The amendment carries the value of $91.5 million and is in effect until March 2019. The amendment also features a one-year extension option worth approximately $90 million. BAE Systems said it is now responsible for support services f ... read more
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