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Navy Holds Keel-Laying Ceremony for Future USS Carl M. Levin Destroyer

The U.S. Navy held a keel-laying ceremony for future USS Carl M. Levin at General Dynamics’ Bath Iron Works shipyard in Bath, Maine, the Naval Sea Systems Command said Friday. The Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, designated as DDG 120, is intended for missions such as anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare, maritime security, missile defense and command and control.

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Navy Completes Integration Testing of Mine Countermeasures Drones for LCS Fleet

The U.S. Navy has completed shipboard integration testing for two unmanned systems on a littoral combat ship in an effort to enhance the vessel’s mine countermeasures capabilities. The service said Thursday that it tested the Knifefish unmanned undersea vehicle and the Unmanned Influence Sweep System aboard the USS Independence

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General Dynamics Shipyard Hosts Launching of Future USS Lyndon B. Johnson Destroyer

The U.S. Navy launched the future USS Lyndon B. Johnson on Sunday at the General DynamicsBath Iron Works shipyard in Bath, Maine, the Naval Sea Systems Command said Monday. The multi-day launching saw the Zumwalt-class destroyer transferred from a land-level platform to a dry dock where fine-tuning operations will take place once the dock is flooded and the ship is afloat on the Kennebeck River.

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Marines Nearing Finalization of New Cloud Strategy; William Williford Quoted

The U.S. Marine Corps is making final touches on a new cloud strategy expected to receive approval before the end of 2018, C4ISR reported Wednesday. William Williford, executive director of USMC's Systems Command, told C4ISRNET at a recent defense summit that the strategy builds on the U.S. Navy's own version.

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Hector Lopez to Lead Undersea Warfare Technical Efforts at NUWC Division Newport

Hector Lopez, former deputy head of Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Newport's Undersea Warfare Weapons, Vehicles and Defensive Systems Department, has been named the department's head. Lopez will lead over 650 personnel working to support research, development, acquisition and in-service efforts concerning unmanned vessels, torpedoes and other defense systems, Naval Sea Systems Command said Friday.

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Vice Adm. Thomas Moore: NAVSEA Plans to Modify Maintenance Contract Strategy With Private Shipyards

U.S. Navy Vice Adm. Thomas Moore, head of Naval Sea Systems Command, has said NAVSEA plans to introduce changes to the multiple-award contract/multi-order strategy in an effort to improve the contracting process with private yards for ship maintenance work, USNI News reported Wednesday. NAVSEA has started a pilot program that aims to combine ship maintenance availabilities to provide private yards with a “little more stable and predictive work” and facilitate on-time delivery of ships, Moore said Tuesday at the American Society of Naval Engineers’ Fleet Maintenance and Modernization Symposium.

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Navy Awards Penn State’s Applied Research Lab Potential $2B National Security Tech R&D Contract

Pennsylvania State University’s Applied Research Laboratory has received a potential 10-year, $2.11 billion contract from the Naval Sea Systems Command to research and develop technology platforms to aid U.S. national security efforts. “Under this new agreement, ARL scientists and engineers will expand their vital role developing research that advances science and …

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