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Congressman Randy Forbes Listening Session in Chesapeake - May 14th

April 23, 2012

JOIN CONGRESSMAN RANDY FORBES ON MONDAY
MAY 14
6:30 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.)

CHESAPEAKE CONFERENCE CENTER

 

This town hall-style forum will include brief information from a Congressional delegation. A moderated “open mic” will allow participants to
• SHARE YOUR STORIES
• VOICE YOUR OPINIONS
• ASK HOW DEFENSE CUTS WILL IMPACT YOU

 

Concerned citizens, military retirees, veterans, small business owners, defense contractors, and local Chambers of Commerce are invited to attend.

 

The Defending our Defenders LISTENING SESSION seeks to allow citizen input about the danger defense budget cuts present to national security, our men and women in uniform and local economies nationwide. More information is available at
www.forbes.house.gov

WR Systems Press Release

April 23, 2012

W R Systems, Ltd., Awarded Follow-on Contract Award N65236-12-D-4806 for SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic.

W R Systems, Ltd. (WRSystems), of Norfolk,VA, along with URS Federal Services, Inc. (prime) and other team members, has been awarded the Submarine C5I & NC3 Engineering, Technical, and Logistic Support follow-on contract from SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic.

Work under this contract includes engineering, technical, analysis and assessment, logistical, life cycle, and program management support for VIRGINIA Class (SSN 774) Non-Propulsion Electronics Systems and Submarine Warfare Federated Tactical Systems (SWFTS) C5I systems and subsystems installed in SSN 21, SSN 688/I, SSBN 726, SSN 774, and SSGN Class Submarines and SUBOPAUTH shore facilities. This contract is valued at $27,746,842 for the base year plus one option year.

New Rules for Adding to Work Packages of CNO Availabilities

April 23, 2012

Commander, Navy Regional Maintenance Center (CNRMC), RDML Dave Gale, has issued a new CNRMC NOTICE 4791 providing Navy polich on "Adding Work to Availability Work Packages (AWP) for Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Availabilities.

You can find the Notice HERE.

W R Systems Press Release

April 16, 2012

John Pyron, Vice President of W R Systems, Ltd., and Director of Federal Business for the Engineering Services Division located in Norfolk,VA, has been elected Vice President of the Tidewater Association of Service Contractors (TASC).  TASC is an organization dedicated to excellence in contracting in the public and private sectors. Mr. Pyron is a retired Navy officer with over 25 years experience in program management and marketing, and earned his BSBA from UNC-Chapel Hill and his MBA from Vanderbilt University.

"The Yard" - NNSY Wins!

April 16, 2012

Norfolk Naval Ship Yard took home the prize for bragging rights to be called "THE Yard" on the Rumble in the Morning show

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Governor Announces Virginia on Track to Install America's First Offshore Winde Turbine

April 02, 2012

Approval Today Advances Governor's Goal to make Virginia "The Energy Capital of the East Coast

 

RICHMOND VA“ Governor McDonnell announced today that the Virginia Marine Resources Commission has voted unanimously to approve proposed construction of a 479-foot-tall, five-megawatt wind turbine generator prototype in the lower Chesapeake Bay, three miles off the Eastern Shore town of Cape Charles. The construction of the prototype turbine is scheduled to be completed in late 2013, which would be before other offshore wind energy projects are slated to be built in other parts of the country. The expected design life of the prototype turbine is expected to be 20 years or more. The submarine cable system is expected to last more than 100 years.This prototype is a significant step forward in Governor Bob McDonnell's goal to pursue an "all of the above” energy approach including wind, coal, nuclear, oil, and renewable energy projects making Virginia the energy capital of the East Coast. The project now requires approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and review by the U.S. Coast Guard.

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The Maritime Minute - 3/29/12

March 30, 2012

AMP TO ADMINISTRATION: U.S. VESSELS READY, WILLING & ABLE TO TRANSPORT FUEL TO NORTHEAST:   With concerns that refinery closures in the Northeast may cause gas prices to increase further, the American Maritime Partnership (AMP) notified the Administration that American vessels have ample capacity to transport petroleum to the region from the Gulf of Mexico. AMP’s letter comes after a federal analysis omitted key data about the domestic shipping industry’s overall capacity. “Today, there is more than adequate American tank vessel capacity to address any additional refinery closures,” the AMP Board of Directors wrote in a letter to Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Homeland Security Secretary Ja net Napolitano and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. Click here to read more

 NAVY LEAGUE POLICY STATEMENT SAYS JONES ACT VITAL TO NATIONAL SECURITY:  A recently released annual policy statement from the Navy League of the United States says the Jones Act is critical to U.S. economic, homeland and national security. The policy statement says the Navy League supports "The Jones Act and Passenger Vessel Act, which are important to economic and national security because they protect critical national infrastructure and provide added sealift capacity through the VISA, an expanded pool of trained and experienced mariners to crew U.S. government-owned sealift assets and help sustain the U.S. shipbuilding and repair industrial base that is vital to the U.S. Nav y and Coast Guard."  Click here to read more

 SHIPPING SEASON UNDERWAY ON GREAT LAKES:  The Great Lakes Jones Act fleet has shaken off its winter slumber. The first ship got underway on March 5 and the active fleet has been steadily growing since then. The March 24 opening of the locks at Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., means shipping is in full swing again. Click here to read more

   

American Maritime Partnership ("AMP") is the voice of the U.S. domestic maritime industry, a pillar of our nation‘s economic, national, and homeland security. More than 40,000 American vessels built in American shipyards and crewed by American mariners ply our waters 24/7, and this commerce sustains nearly 500,000 jobs, $29 billion in labor compensation, and more than $100 billion in annual economic output according to a study by PricewaterhouseCoopers for the Transportation Institute. So efficient are these vessels that they carry a quarter of the nation‘s cargo for only 2 percent of the national freight bill, and being American owned, built and crewed helps make America more secure.

Wanted: Workers with diploma, skills

March 26, 2012
Close to 20,000 skilled jobs in ship repair and shipbuilding will be available in Hampton Roads in the next five to seven years. But a diploma will be required.
MALCOLM BRANCH

THE VIRGINIA Ship Repair Association is proud to join WHRO and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting in supporting the “American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen” initiative. We believe the future of Hampton Roads and our vital maritime industry depends on encouraging young people to graduate and become contributing members of our community.

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Congressional Budget Resolutions UPDATE

March 21, 2012

Here is another excellent resource from Shipbuilders Council of America

As part of SCA's effort to keep our members informed in a timely manner of budget deliberations and activity that will ultimately affect U.S. business and industry, attached for your your reference is a brief synopsis of the budgets presented this week by the House and Senate budget committees.  We hope this document provides you with a working knowledge of this year's congressional budget resolution process, and we will update you with relevant budget toplines and allocations as the process continues.

CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET RESOLUTIONS

TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY ANNOUNCES SMALL SHIPYARD GRANTS

March 20, 2012

Transportation Secretary LaHood Announces $9.98 Million to Strengthen U.S. Shipyard Competitiveness

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced $9.98 million in grants to 15 small shipyards throughout the United States to pay for modernizations that will increase productivity and help the country’s small shipyards compete in the global marketplace.

“In cities and towns across America, shipyards are creating jobs and keeping our nation's economy growing," said Secretary LaHood. "These small shipyard grants reflect the Obama administration's commitment to strengthening our transportation systems and creating an economy that's built to last."

The U.S Maritime Administration’s (MARAD) Small Shipyard Grants Program provides equipment and technical skills training for America’s maritime workforce, helping these businesses compete in the global marketplace while creating well-paying jobs at home.

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