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SCA Weekly Report | August 22-26, 2022

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SCA Weekly Report | August 22-26, 2022







Registration for the 2022 SCA Fall Membership Meeting is now open. The meeting will be held at the Warwick Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia, PA on October 12-13, 2022. 





Download a schedule of events HERE.





The SCA has reserved rooms at the Warwick Rittenhouse Square at a preferred room rate of $349 per night. CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR ROOM




The exhibition hall encourages greater interaction between SCA shipyard and partner members, offering the opportunity for members to demonstrate their product or services directly to potential customers.


If you are interested in exhibiting at this event, please review the Exhibitor Packet HERE.



Proposed EDA Transfer: WMEC to Uruguay


The Navy is proposing the transfer of one USCG 210’ Reliance Class Medium Endurance Cutter to Uruguay under the Excess Defense Articles (EDA) program.

Please respond to Lee Ann Carpenter by September 2, 2022 with any concerns. A non-response will be considered as agreement to the transfer.


Lee Ann Carpenter

Bureau of Industry & Security

US Department of Commerce






Navy Christens Third ‘Overlord’ Robot Ship, More on Tap

The U.S. Navy on Tuesday welcomed its third Overlord unmanned surface vessel into the fleet, as the service prepares to ramp up its USV experimentation at sea and ashore. Mariner, built by Gulf Craft in Louisiana and managed by prime contractor Leidos, was delivered in March and christened Aug. 23 at the U.S. Naval Academy. It is already outfitted with a government-furnished command-and-control system, a virtualized Aegis Combat System, an autonomous navigation system and more. After a few more upgrades and testing, it will head out to California and begin operations in fiscal 2023, the Navy’s program executive officer for unmanned and small combatants, Rear Adm. Casey Moton, told reporters during a tour. Read more HERE.


Kitchener: Navy to Increase LCS Numbers to Six in the Pacific

The Navy will build its Littoral Combat Ship presence in the Western Pacific to six vessels in the next few years, a top service official said last week. Commander of Naval Surface Forces Vice Adm. Roy Kitchener told reporters today that the service will have LCS well into the future.


“As far as the [trimaran-hulled] Independence class, we continue to deploy them to the Western Pacific, trying to keep that 3.0 presence out there and build it, probably to around six here in a few years,” Kitchener told reporters ahead of his remarks at the Surface Navy Association’s 2022 Waterfront Symposium. Currently, there are three LCS operating in the Indo-Pacific region -- Jackson (LCS-6), Charleston (LCS-18) and Oakland (LCS-24).




CSBA Report: China’s Navy Could Have 5 Aircraft Carriers, 10 Ballistic Missile Subs by 2030

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy possesses the resources to field up to five aircraft carriers and 10 nuclear ballistic missile submarines by 2030, according to a new think tank report on Beijing’s ongoing military expansion.


Using the its computer assisted Strategic Choices Tool, the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessment’s study, “China’s Choices,” found, “the PLA has the resources necessary to continue its modernization over the 2020s,” according to the report.


For “China’s Choices,” CSBA assumes, as a starting point, Beijing’s military will grow at a rate of 3 percent above inflation into the early 2030s according the tool’s model.


In explaining the report and how the tool was used, Jack Bianchi, a principal author, said Thursday that CSBA was not trying to predict China’s actual defense budget since Beijing is no longer breaking out equipment, training and sustainment and personnel costs in figures it releases.


CSBA also did not try to determine the cost of a frigate or aircraft, but rather looked at the military from a “broad, strategic level,” Bianchi said.


For the Peoples Liberation Army Navy, this can translate into more frigates, missile-boats and diesel electric submarines that can be used for regional defense as well as pressure Taiwan, as China aims to unite the island with the mainland.




U.S. Advances Plans for Offshore Wind in Maine

The U.S. Department of the Interior recently announced next steps to bring offshore wind energy to the Gulf of Maine. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has made available a Request for Interest (RFI) and Request for Competitive Interest (RFCI) in the Federal Register for public comment.


“President Biden has set ambitious goals to address the climate crisis, and in response the Interior Department is taking historic steps to develop a robust and sustainable clean energy future,” said Secretary Deb Haaland. “Today’s announcement for the Gulf of Maine represents one of the many milestones that this Administration has achieved to advance offshore wind development, create good-paying jobs, and lower consumer energy costs, while collaborating with our government partners, Tribes and key stakeholders to protect biodiversity, advance environmental justice and safeguard other ocean uses.”




U.S. to Continue Record Crude Exports in 2023 as Energy Crisis Deepens

U.S. crude sales overseas are set to hit fresh records through next year as American oil increasingly takes market share in Europe. Earlier this month, weekly government figures showed an unprecedented 5 million barrels a day of U.S. crude being exported. Shipments are poised to average over 4 million barrels a day over the next few months and into next year, according to the most optimistic in the oil industry. US suppliers that have captured market share across Europe will likely hold onto it over the next two years as other producers, including those in the North Sea and West Africa, have not been growing their output as steadily, said Conor McFadden, head of oil for Europe at Trafigura.


Denmark Eyes $5.4 Billion Return to Naval Shipbuilding

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues to have repercussions in the Baltic. Already, Finland and Sweden have sought to join NATO. Now, long-time NATO member Denmark is planning to invest up to DKK 40 billion (about $5.4 billion) in naval shipbuilding and new warships. “Within the next few years, the defense forces will have to replace a large number of ships. This means purchases in the region of DKK 40 billion. The new partnership will make recommendations so that the Danish maritime defense industry can share in these investments. For the benefit of the Danish defense industry, Danish jobs and not least for Denmark’s security,” said Defense Minister Morten Bødskov.


Conrad Delivers New Hopper Dredge to North Carolina

EJE Dredging Service, as part of a public/private partnership with Dare County, has taken delivery of a new shallow-draft hopper dredge on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The newbuild, Miss Katie, departed from Conrad Shipyard in in Morgan City, LA on August 13, and arrived at its new home port in Wanchese on August 19. The dredge is the result of a years-long collaboration between Dare County officials and Greenville, N.C.-based EJE Dredging Service, a private partner that owns and operates the 156-foot-long dredge.




If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the SCA staff.