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SCA Weekly Report | April 3-7, 2023

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SCA Weekly Report | April 3-7, 2023





In observance of Good Friday, the SCA Weekly Report is publishing today, Thursday, April 6, 2023.



Registration Now Open:

2023 SCA Spring Membership Meeting


May 17-18, 2023

20 F St. NW

Washington, D.C. 20001


Registration for the 2023 SCA Spring Membership meeting in Washington, D.C. is now open. The meeting will be held at the Adams and Reese offices at 20 F St. NW, Washington, D.C 20001.


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Proposed EDA Transfer of Special Operations Craft to Hungary


The U.S. Navy has requested the grant transfer of three (3) Special Operations Craft - Riverine (SOC-R) boats to Hungary under the Excess Defense Articles (EDA) program. The SOC-R boats will advance U.S. foreign policy interests in the region.


If you have any objections to the grant transfer, please let Tosca Fischer know by COB April 11. A non-response will be considered as agreement to the transfer.  


Tosca Fischer

Trade and Industry Analyst

Office of Strategic Industries and Economic Security

Bureau of Industry and Security

U.S. Department of Commerce






Gilday Expects New Force Structure Assessment to Call for More than 373 Ships

The U.S. Navy will submit another force structure analysis to Congress by mid-June that is likely to show a requirement for more ships compared to today’s target of 373 and actual inventory of 296, according to CNO Adm. Mike Gilday. During an event at Sea Air Space this week, Gilday said that he believes the ongoing assessment will show the need for a larger fleet based on “what I see on a day-to-day basis with respect to demand, the wargames that I participate in, and what I believe to be the importance of the naval force in a maritime fight.”


As for the changing composition, he said the 2022 National Defense Strategy and classified force size and construct documents will inform the study. “We see those guidelines come alive in defense planning scenarios that are really foundational to the analysis we do,” he said, without addressing what those changes may be.


He added, in response to a question from Senate Appropriations Committee defense panel ranking member Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME): “I can’t see it getting any smaller than 373 manned ships.”


Collins noted in her question that the upcoming study must be submitted directly from the Navy to Congress, without being filtered through higher-ups at the Pentagon, to “empower the CNO” to convey the true requirement for a naval force.


The size of the fleet has been a major point of contention between the Navy and lawmakers in recent years. The Navy has for years conducted studies showing the need for more than 300 ships, then for 355 ships, and now for 373. The actual size of the fleet, on the other hand, has shrunk during that time. Lawmakers have pushed to buy more ships than the Pentagon-approved budgets have asked for across the last two presidential administrations, and lawmakers have pushed back against Navy plans to decommission ships early that have become too worn down and challenging to repair.


Navy to Finalize Large Unmanned Surface Vessel (LUSV) Requirements Later this Year

CNO Mike Gilday told reporters at Sea Air Space that “The [capabilities development document] is being developed right now to deliver in 2023. That actually lays out the specific requirements for LUSV,” he said.


The CDD lays out the key requirements for the LUSV – thought to be about the size of an offshore support vessel for the oil and gas sector – that will go to industry. The Navy will buy its first LUSV in 2025, with a total of nine to go under contract by Fiscal Year 2028, according to the service’s five-year shipbuilding outlook issued with the FY 2024 budget proposal. The Navy has set aside $117.4 million in its budget request to continue developing prototypes to help refine the requirements


As part of the Navy’s emerging Distributed Maritime Operations (DMO) framework, “the LUSV will be capable of weeks-long deployments and trans-oceanic transits and operate aggregated with Carrier Strike Groups (CSGs), Amphibious Ready Groups (ARGs), Surface Action Groups (SAGs), and individual manned combatants,” reads the Navy’s FY 2024 budget documents.




Turbine Construction Approved for First Large US Offshore Wind Farm

The U.S. Department of the Interior has completed the necessary reviews clearing the way for the start of turbine construction offshore between Rhode Island and New York for South Fork Wind. This will be the first commercial-scale, offshore wind energy project to start turbine construction in federal waters in the United States.


The development is being called a major milestone towards meeting the U.S.’s goal to deploy 30 gigawatts of offshore wind energy by 2030. It is also the first since the DOI in January moved to streamline processes by shifting responsibilities, including workplace safety and environmental compliance, from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE).




First US-Built SOV for Offshore Wind Marks 50% Completion Milestone

Louisiana shipbuilder Edison Chouest Offshore, along with Ørsted and Eversource, celebrated the construction progress on the first American-built offshore wind service operations vessel (SOV) during an event in Houma, Louisiana on April 4. The shipyard was marking the 50 percent completion milestone for the ECO Edison while the wind farm developers highlighted the benefits for the U.S. shipbuilding industry from the emerging wind power industry and the use of the expertise in offshore operations from the U.S. Gulf Coast.


The companies reported a year ago that work had begun on the first SOV which will be 262 feet long. It will provide accommodations for approximately 60 technicians and engineers for the operation and maintenance of Ørsted and Eversource’s Revolution Wind, South Fork Wind, and Sunrise Wind projects in the Northeast United States.


Platypus Marine to Partner with Damen Shipyards on New FCS

Damen Shipyards and Platypus Marine Inc. have agreed to build a new 87.9' aluminum Jones Act FCS2710 fast crew supply vessel (FCS). The FCS2710 will fill a gap in not only the offshore wind market, but also has the capability of filling roles in oil, mining, and remote construction on the West Coast, Platypus Marine said. The design of the FCS 2710 combines the catamaran platform with the smooth sailing behavior of the Sea Axe hull shape, providing optional seakeeping characteristics and on-board comfort, according to Platypus.


Gladding-Hearn Completes Pilot Launch Refit

The Tampa Bay Pilots Association has taken delivery of Tampa, a Chesapeake Class pilot boat originally built by Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding in 2003, after an extensive refit at the Somerset, MA, shipyard. The boat was ordered when Gladding-Hearn first introduced the Chesapeake class of mid-size, high-speed launches. In 2015, the Tampa pilots also took delivery of the shipyard’s first Chesapeake Class MKII, which incorporates the performance benefits of Volvo Penta’s IPS 2 pod system.




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