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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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March 19, 2012

The following explanation of "sequestration" was prepared by Shipbuilders Council of America for their members.  As an SCA member, VSRA feel it is important to give our members the benefit of this well-done primer.

"Given the robust attention that has been and will continue to be given to the matter of sequestration and how it will affect U.S. business and industry, we want to make sure you are informed on the subject in order to effectively participate in this important national discussion.  Attached for your reference is a brief backgrounder on the history of sequestration and the current state of affairs.  We hope this document provides you with a baseline understanding of the concept of sequestration, and we plan to provide you periodic updates as the debate progresses."



March 14, 2012

The following was received from Dave Shutter, Security Manager at NSSA, concerning the Solid Curtain / Citadel Shield force protection expercise that begins next week. This WILL impact ship repair work on the bases. Please plan accordingly.


Just a reminder, Solid Curtain/Citadel Shield kicks off next week and will run through 3/24 (0900). This exercise will be occurring throughout the United States at all Naval Installations. Elevation of FPCON and increased security measures are anticipated at all CONUS Navy installations for the duration of the exercise.


Attached is the Letter of Instruction (LOI) for the upcoming SC/CS12 event scheduled for next week.

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Sequestration Impact Survey - Please HELP!

March 13, 2012


The Budget Control Act (BCA) of 2011 mandated the Pentagon find $489 billion in savings in the next decade, an amount reflected in the FY13 budget currently before Congress. Under sequestration, that figure could double if President Obama and Congress fail by the end of this year to cut an additional $1.2 trillion in government spending over the next decade. If sequestration cuts were imposed, defense spending would be reduced by another roughly $500 billion in additional cuts over the next ten years starting January 1, 2013. The cuts would occur across the board at the Program element level. This takes any flexibility away from making selective cuts where they might have the least impace. The fate of the potential $500 million in additional cuts can not yet be determined, and there is no consensus on the outcome.

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PEO Ships to Speak at Joint ASNE / VSRA Dinner

March 09, 2012

ASNE March Dinner Meeting

Presented by the Tidewater Section of ASNE

& the Virginia Ship Repair Association



When: Wednesday, March 21st, 2012 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Where: Marriott Springhill Suites ~ 6350 Newtown Road, Norfolk

How: RSVP by NOON, Tuesday the 20th@

Pay on-line with credit card or pay at the door

Questions: Mike D’Amato @ 757-226-1114 //

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W R Systems, Ltd. Appoints Dave Edwards as President and COO

March 08, 2012

WR Systems, Ltd. (WRSystems) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dave Edwards as President and Chief Operating Officer (COO). Edwards joined the Virginia-based company in 1996; he replaces Founder Raymond Yu, who retired in November 2011.

Edwards was the chief architect of the company’s Engineering Services Division (ESD), which now employs more than 200 employees in the Norfolk location. Collectively, WRSystems has become a major supplier to the US Federal Government, and supports the US Navy and other departments with high-tech marine electronics, communications, sensor technologies, program management and field-based support, on a 24-hour basis.

Edwards recently led the company’s diversification strategy into the commercial maritime market. By leveraging existing ties with major commercial maritime shipping companies, Edwards seized a market opportunity to develop groundbreaking sensor technology that helps ship owners meet ever-tightening environmental air pollution regulations. ‘Our Emsys™ offering has shown the wider maritime community the strengths that WRSystems and its team of professionals have to offer. Using a “second generation” laser sensor, we have moved the emissions monitoring market forward by years’.

The Emsys project is part of a wider diversification effort that allows the company to expand and operate in new global markets. By establishing a global partner network, a foundation has been laid for the company’s growth as an International player. WRSystems plans to build on the successful reputation generated by Emsys by introducing future commercial maritime products and services.

Edwards credits the team for WRSystems’ success. ‘Recruiting the very best professionals is only part of the picture. Our team is formidable and is empowered with the tools to succeed. The next few years are going to be pivotal in the growth of the organization. This appointment is truly an honour and I thank the Board of Directors of WRSystems for the confidence they have placed in me’.

W R Systems, Ltd., Named 2012 Best Places to Work in Virginia

March 02, 2012

W R Systems, Ltd., was recently named as one of the 2012 Best Places to Work in Virginia. The annual list of “Best Places to Work” was created by Virginia Business and Best Companies Group.

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Governor Control Systems Awarded ISO 9001:2008 Certification

March 02, 2012

Governor Control Systems, Inc. (GCS) has been awarded ISO9001:2008 certification by Lloyds Register Quality Assurance (LRQA).

GCS achieved certification following in-depth assessments of all aspects of its business by LRQA. Audits of the GCS locations clearly showed how company-wide implementation of best practices has resulted in improved overall processes and led to successful certification. 

The technical expertise, progressive training and customer focus of GCS is a natural fit with the ISO Quality Management System and therefore assured smooth implementation of the ISO 9001:2008 accreditation.

ISO 9001:2008 is the latest revision of the ISO Quality Management System standard recognized worldwide.

About Governor Control Systems, Inc.

Founded in 1998, Governor Control Systems, Inc. (GCS) is a privately held company specializing in the design, installation, service and repair of rotating and reciprocating equipment control solutions. Headquartered in Florida, USA, with branches in Louisiana and Virginia, GCS offers a comprehensive range of products for the service, repair, and system upgrades of engine and turbine control and monitoring equipment. GCS is part of the MSHS Group of companies, providing turn-key solutions for prime movers in the power generation, industrial and marine markets.

W R Systems, Ltd., Awarded Contract for USS PONCE (LPD 15) Bridge

February 24, 2012

W R Systems, Ltd., (WRSystems), of Norfolk,VA, has been awarded a contract with Military Sealift Command (MSC) for the design, installation, commissioning, and testing of new electronic equipment of the bridge onboard USS PONCE(LPD 15).  The USS PONCE bridge electronics transition team, led by WRSystems, consists of:  J&L Marine Electronics –Portsmouth,VA; Delphinus Engineering Inc. –Norfolk,VA; Raytheon Inc –San Diego,CA; S&S Metals & Plastics –Jacksonville,FL; and BB&G Inc. –Chesapeake,  VA.

USS PONCE, a ship originally built in the 1970s as an amphibious transport ship, is undergoing necessary overhauls to serve as an Afloat Forward Staging Base (AFSB) in the US Central Command area of responsibility.  As an AFSB, USS PONCE will be commanded by a US Navy captain and manned by a combined crew of officers, enlisted Sailors, and Military Sealift Command civilian service mariners.  The upgrades to the USS PONCE bridge electronics package are critical to the ship’s objectives for the equipment specifications, installation, commissioning, testing, training, and demonstration trials needed to meet the new International Maritime Organization (IMO) compliance regulations.  The contract is a single award with a Period of Performance from February 3, 2012, through June 15, 2012.

Defense Contractor Incentives Bill Moves Forward in Richmond

February 24, 2012

By: Keith Walker <> | Inside NoVA
February 23, 2012

Del. Luke Torian’s House Bill 406 recently passed the Virginia Senate on a 38-to-1 vote with one abstention and is now on the way to Gov. Bob McDonnell’s desk.

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