Evers to commit $31M in budget plan for Marinette Marine
MARINETTE, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers said Thursday he plans to commit $31 million in his budget plan to help shipbuilder Marinette Marine.
Evers went to Marinette in northeastern Wisconsin to announce his proposal to help the shipbuilder expand its shipyard and infrastructure. The expansion will help Marinette Marine compete for a $10 billion federal shipbuilding contract, he said.
New congressman named to subcommittee overseeing shipyards
BATH, Maine (AP) — Maine's newest member of Congress has been appointed to a pair of subcommittees that could allow him to influence policy about shipbuilding, which is a major employer in the state.
Democratic Rep. Jared Golden was appointed last week to the House Armed Services Committee. He was named on Wednesday to the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee and the Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee.
Master shipbuilder dies after fall at Virginia shipyard
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — A master shipbuilder has died from injuries sustained in a fall at a shipyard in Newport News, Virginia.
News outlets report sheet metal worker specialist James Goins was injured at Newport News Shipbuilding in December and died early this month. Shipbuilding spokesman Duane Bourne says Goins had been a shipbuilder for more than 41 years.
Historic Vinyard Shipyard could one day be part of Riverwalk
MILFORD, Del. (AP) — Restoring the old Vinyard Shipyard in Milford has been a labor of love for Sudler and Joan Lofland.
The lifelong Delawareans purchased the historic shipyard in 1995 and have refurbished the buildings to a museum-like quality with hopes of one day turning the historic site over to the city for all to enjoy.
That passion led to Joan becoming one of the leading authorities on the Vinyard Shipyard and the history of shipbuilding in Milford and along the Mispillion River.
Navy to name destroyer for Vietnam POW who became senator
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — A U.S. Navy destroyer to be built in Mississippi will be named for a former Vietnam prisoner of war who became a U.S. senator from Alabama.
3D printing may be a new future in Navy ship construction
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — An arm passes across a plate in the big machine, depositing powdered metal before a laser fuses it all together.
Wipe. Zap. Wipe. Zap.
Hour by hour, and layer by painstaking layer, the machine, a 3D metal printer built by 3D Systems, hums away.
Wipe. Zap. Wipe. Zap.
"This build has over a thousand layers so it's just slowly making its way through," Dan Hebert, an engineer at Newport News Shipbuilding said. "It'll take a little over a day. It runs continuously."
Virginia shipyard announces buyout offers, restructuring
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — The Virginia shipyard that's the sole builder of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers is offering buyouts to a little more than 10 percent of its workforce.
Audit: Decade of delays in Navy submarine upkeep cost $1.5B
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — An audit by the U.S. Government Accountability Office says chronic delays in maintaining the U.S. Navy's attack submarine fleet have cost taxpayers about $1.5 billion since 2008.
Navy’s expansion plans spur recruitment effort at shipyards
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Leaders of Virginia's Navy shipbuilding and repair industry are launching an effort called "America Builds and Repairs Great Ships."
The Virginian-Pilot reported Wednesday that the effort's goals include attracting and training more workers to coastal Virginia's shipyards and supply shops.
Latest US Coast Guard ship leaves Mississippi shipyard
PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) — The seventh in a series of ships for the U.S. Coast Guard has left Ingalls Shipbuilding on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Ingalls spokesman Bill Glenn said the National Security Cutter Kimball sailed away from the Pascagoula shipyard on Saturday. The ship was delivered to the Coast Guard in September and is bound for Hawaii, where it's supposed to be commissioned in January and based afterward.
Reward offered for info about fire at Gulf Coast shipyard
MOSS POINT, Miss. (AP) — There's a $10,000 reward up for the arsonist who set two large structures on fire at a Mississippi Gulf Coast shipyard.
The fire that caused about $2.5 million in damages at a Moss Point shipyard is being investigated as an arson case.
The Sun Herald reports two large buildings at VT Halter Marine were set on fire in September. Who started it, and why, remain unknown.
Submarine Vermont christened at Connecticut shipyard
GROTON, Conn. (AP) — The Navy's newest nuclear-powered attack submarine was christened Saturday at a Connecticut shipyard, a $2.7 billion vessel packed with the latest war-fighting technology.
Jill Biden christens Navy submarine at Virginia shipyard
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — The wife of former Vice President Joe Biden has christened the U.S. Navy's newest Virginia-class attack submarine.
Jill Biden is the sponsor of the new USS Delaware. On Saturday, she broke a ceremonial bottle across the submarine's bow at a Virginia shipyard.
In her Saturday speech, Biden honored the submarine's 136 officers and crew, saying they were "the very best our Navy has to offer." During World War II, her father served as a Navy signalman.
Joe Biden visits shipyard ahead of USS Delaware christening
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden visited a Virginia shipyard that builds aircraft carriers and submarines.
News outlets report that Biden met Friday with union leaders and workers at Newport News Shipbuilding at the union hall in Newport News. The former vice president who's among several Democrats who could run for president in 2020, stopped to shake hands with several people on his way into the building Friday afternoon.
The Latest: Navy: No evidence of shooting at shipyard
PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) — The Latest on a report of an active shooter at a Virginia shipyard (all times local):
The Navy says it has found no evidence of a shooting aboard a barge in a Virginia shipyard after a report of an active shooter.
Navy spokesman Jim DeAngio said in a statement Thursday that officials received a report of an active shooter aboard a barge next to the USS Carter Hall, which is in the General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Co. shipyard.
Jill Biden to christen USS Delaware at Virginia shipyard
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden plan to visit a Virginia shipyard that builds aircraft carriers and submarines.
The Daily Press reported Wednesday that Joe Biden will meet Friday with union leaders as well as workers at Newport News Shipbuilding. The former vice president is among several Democrats who could run for president in 2020.
Edwards: New plans for former Avondale Shipyard site
AVONDALE, La. (AP) — Four years after it was shuttered for good, Avondale Shipyards is getting a new lease on life.
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Ad blasts Democratic candidate over defense votes
BATH, Maine (AP) — Independent congressional candidate Marty Grohman has launched a new campaign ad criticizing Democratic Rep. Chellie Pingree over her votes on defense funding.
The Times Record reports Grohman says in the ad that Pingree has voted against the National Defense Authorization Act and in turn, "voted against Maine jobs."
Shipbuilder considering Portland or Seattle for Army project
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A shipbuilding company with a $1 billion contract with the U.S. Army is choosing between Portland and Seattle to set up a production line for new landing vessels.
The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Portland-based Vigor Industrial says it's planning to make the decision within the next 60 days.
Ingalls awards $68M contract to rebuild Mississippi shipyard
PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) — A construction company says it has won a $68 million contract to help rebuild part of a Pascagoula shipyard that was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Los Angeles-based Tutor Perini Corp. says Huntington Ingalls Industries has awarded the contract to Roy Anderson Corp., a Gulfport based subsidiary.
The company says work is supposed to begin in the next 30 days and be completed next fall.
China says 3 senior naval technicians drowned in storm prep
BEIJING (AP) — Three senior Chinese naval technicians drowned earlier this week while securing a research ship during a storm, state media reported.
State broadcaster CCTV said the three were attached to the No. 760 Institute in the northeastern port of Dalian where much of China's most advanced naval design and development work is done.
Website haijun.360.com said the institute used the ship, the 2,300-ton Beidiao993, to experiment with sonar and underwater acoustics.
Report: cost to dismantle carrier to exceed $1 billion
WASHINGTON (AP) — A government report says the cost to dismantle a decommissioned nuclear-powered aircraft carrier sitting in a Virginia shipyard may exceed $1 billion.
A report this week from the Government Accountability Office comes as the Navy decided what to do with the former USS Enterprise, the Navy's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier.
PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) — A shipbuilding firm in Mississippi is hiring hundreds of skilled workers after it was awarded several contracts for the U.S. military.
Bath Iron Works settles complaint case with the EPA
BATH, Maine (AP) — Bath Iron Works says it will pay $355,000 to settle a claim that the company allegedly failed to submit Toxic Release Inventory reports to the Environmental Protection Agency.
The EPA alleged the shipyard also failed to comply with all the requirements in its storm water permit. The EPA said Tuesday that the settlement will resolve all alleged violations of the Clean Water Act, including claims of failing to submit TRI reports for various heavy metals and chemicals.
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The nation's newest aircraft carrier returned to a Virginia shipyard Sunday for a year of planned upgrades and fixes, marking the next phase in the development of the Navy's most advanced and scrutinized warship.
The USS Gerald R. Ford's stay at Newport News Shipbuilding will address some well-publicized problems, many of which have involved its cutting-edge systems.
Maine lawmakers cheer restoration of shipyard funds
BATH, Maine (AP) — Members of Maine's congressional delegation say they're relieved a defense spending bill has been stripped of a provision that would have taken $250 million in funding away from Bath Iron Works.
Delegation members lobbied against an amendment to the U.S. Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2018 that would have taken the funding away from a destroyer program.
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — British defense company BAE Systems has won a 35 billion Australian dollar ($26 billion) contract to build Australia's new fleet of nine navy frigates, the government said on Friday.
The company's Type 26 Global Combat Ship will be the design for the frigate program to replace the eight aging Anzac-class frigates, which have been in service since 1996.
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — The Virginia company that builds the nation's aircraft carriers and some of its submarines plans to hire nearly 7,000 people in the next five years and will partner with the state to recruit and train those workers, officials said Tuesday.
The announcement reflects the growing need for skilled workers at shipyards that serve the U.S. Navy. It hopes to significantly expand its fleet of ships, from 284 to 355, in the coming decades.
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — A draft report issued by a Navy command raises concerns about a lack of skilled workers in nuclear-related fields at Newport News Shipbuilding in Virginia.
The report reviewed by the Daily Press raises no safety concerns but says the lack of workers could delay future projects.
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — The U.S. Navy's brand-new $12.9 billion aircraft carrier is headed back to a Virginia shipbuilding yard after problems were discovered during sea trials.
Billed as a next-generation warship, the USS Gerald R. Ford already needs upgrades and fixes.
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — The nation's next aircraft carrier is now 75 percent structurally complete.
The Virginian-Pilot reported Monday that a 750-metric-ton section was installed on the main deck of the future USS John F. Kennedy. The ship has been under construction at Newport News Shipbuilding in Virginia since 2015.
Norwegian Viking ship drops anchor in Massachusetts
ESSEX, Mass. (AP) — Cape Ann's fleet of vintage row and sail vessels has a new addition, one that hearkens back to mists of Viking heritage forged in the fjords of western Norway.
The Polaris, a 37-foot reconstruction of an original Viking coastal fishing vessel dating to 1030 A.D., has made its way across country to the Essex Shipbuilding Museum from its birthing boat yard on Fidalgo Bay in Anacortes, Washington.
PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) — One of Mississippi's largest employers, a shipyard that builds vessels for the Navy and Coast Guard, announced Thursday that it is rebuilding and reopening part of its operation that was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Virginia-based Huntington Ingalls Industries said Ingalls Shipbuilding is reconstructing a shipyard in Pascagoula over the next two years.
PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) — The U.S. Navy is adding another $57 million to what it's paying a Mississippi shipyard to repair a destroyer damaged in a June collision that killed seven sailors.
The additional contract for repairing the USS Fitzgerald was awarded Tuesday to Ingalls Shipbuilding of Pascagoula, Mississippi. The destroyer arrived at Ingalls in January. A June 17 collision with a Philippine-flagged container ship caved in parts of the Fitzgerald above and below the waterline.
PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) — Recently retired U.S. Senator Thad Cochran announced a multimillion-dollar contract for the U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter 10.
Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula will provide the work for the more than $90 million contract, The Clarion-Ledger reported Sunday.
An experienced and distinguished command team has been announced for the USS Montana.
The Virginia Class nuclear-powered attack submarine is under construction at Newport News Shipbuilding and is expected to be commissioned as part of the U.S. Navy fleet in 2020.
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — In 1979, Jan Hooks ended up on the wrong end of a policeman's riot stick when she fought for union recognition at the Newport News shipyard.
Rickie Pike experienced a different sort of pain. He was blackballed by members of his own family for his union views.
The Latest: More money for schools, health, foster care
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on the Mississippi Legislature's deadline for budget and bond bills (all times local):
Mississippi is set to spend more money on education, health programs and foster care in the budget year that begins July 1.
Negotiators from the state House and Senate have agreed on most details of a roughly $6 billion state budget. They filed budget bills for most state agencies Saturday night.
The full House and Senate will start voting on budget and bond bills Sunday.
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese media reports say the country is planning to build a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier capable of remaining at sea for long durations, in what would be a major upgrade for its increasingly formidable navy.
The China Shipbuilding Industry Corp. issued a statement this week saying initial work had begun on the ship, the Communist Party newspaper Global Times and Hong Kong's South China Morning Post said Thursday.
Bath Iron Works fights to preserve tax incentive
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Bath Iron Works is fighting to preserve a 20-year-old tax credit program that is worth tens of millions of dollars and set to end this year.
Democratic Rep. Jennifer DeChant is sponsoring a bill to extend such benefits for another two decades. The Shipbuilders Tax Credit was created specifically to encourage Bath Iron Works to make significant hires and investments.
Police say road rage made man shoot and kill motorcyclist
PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) — Police blame road rage after a south Mississippi man shot and killed a shipyard worker.
Local media report that Luis Soto Jr. of Gautier (GO-shay) was arrested for shooting at a motorcycle and vehicle late Thursday in Pascagoula. A shift change at Ingalls Shipbuilding had produced a burst of traffic.
Wisconsin ports, harbors receive $8M for improvements
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Harbor Assistance Program has awarded about $8 million in grants to improve transportation and access at ports and harbors across the state.
Door County's Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding received the largest grant, Wisconsin Public Radio reported. The $3.6 million grant will be used for dock wall construction and dredging.
Damaged Navy ship arrives in Mississippi for repairs
PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) — Greeted by sailors and flag-waving residents, a U.S. Navy destroyer damaged in a June collision that killed seven sailors arrived Friday for two years of repairs at a Mississippi shipyard.
Damaged Navy ship to arrive Friday at Mississippi shipyard
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A U.S. Navy destroyer damaged in a June collision that killed seven sailors is expected to arrive at a Mississippi shipyard Friday.
Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula announced the USS Fitzgerald's arrival Thursday, inviting area residents to wave flags as the ship is carried up the Pascagoula River aboard a transport ship.
Mississippi shipyard gets initial $63M to repair destroyer
PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) — The U.S. Navy has awarded an initial $63 million contract to a Mississippi shipyard to repair a damaged destroyer.
The Navy on Friday announced the contract with Ingalls Shipbuilding, part of Virginia-based Huntington Ingalls Industries.
Mississippi shipyard union members vote to extend contract
PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) — Members of five unions at a Mississippi shipyard that's part of America's largest military shipbuilding company have voted in favor of a labor contract extension.
Huntington Ingalls Industries said in a news release that the five unions at the Ingalls Shipbuilding division in Pascagoula approved a four-year extension of their collective bargaining agreements on Tuesday.
Institute created to spur developments in undersea vehicles
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Two public universities have partnered with a U.S. Navy contractor to research undersea vehicle technology and train people to work in the field.
The University of Connecticut, University of Rhode Island and submarine manufacturer General Dynamics Electric Boat established the National Institute for Undersea Vehicle Technology at UConn's coastal Avery Point campus in Groton, Connecticut, this month.
Lawmaker to weigh extending tax credits for Bath Iron Works
BATH, Maine (AP) — Navy shipbuilder Bath Iron Works wants to extend a tax credit for up to $3.5 million a year, which it says is needed to remain competitive.
The Times Record reports that the Maine Legislature will consider a proposal to continue the tax credit that's due to expire in 2018.