Mud recovered from mudslides in Montecito, Calif., is finding a new use on nearby beaches. Up to 300,000 cubic yards of mud is being trucked to serve as an erosion bulwark in the surf zone at Goleta and Carpinteria beaches.
The USS Portland plans to demonstrate the Navy's new laser weapons system at this year's Rim of the Pacific war games in Hawaii. The system, under development for three years, is due to be installed soon on the amphibious vessel.
The Newport Division of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center is drawing heavily on partnerships and collaboration with local entities "because no single government, industry or academic institution can succeed alone," writes Donald McCormack, the center's director. "Collaboration leads to innovation," McCormack writes, and "innovation leads to more collaboration" that creates a whole greater than the sum of its parts.
Another US aircraft carrier and a new amphibious assault ship are taking up positions near the Korean Peninsula ahead of the Olympics next month. Major exercises with US ally South Korea have been postponed until after the Games, but that hasn't prevented North Korea from characterizing the US moves as an "unpardonable military provocation."
The USS Wasp amphibious assault ship is now on duty in Japan as the first forward-deployed warship with F-35B Joint Strike Fighter aircraft. The Wasp takes the place of the USS Bonhomme Richard, which has been based in Japan since 2012.
A single type of missile launcher could be used across a wide range of Navy ships with an adaptable deck launcher now being developed by BAE Systems. The ADL was designed originally for aircraft carriers alone.
Maintenance, alterations and modifications for the USS Princeton are included in an $18.8 million service contract awarded to BAE Systems. The work is scheduled in San Diego and should be completed by September.
Huntington Ingalls will install a GE LM2500 marine gas turbine propulsion module as it builds the Navy's 75th DDG Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, the USS Jack H. Lucas. GE Marine Systems has already shipped the module; DDG destroyers are powered by four GE turbines in a combined gas turbine and gas turbine configuration, or COGAG.
Fairbanks Morse plans to begin construction next year of the main propulsion diesel engines to power the Navy's 13th San Antonio landing platform dock ship. Delivery is expected in 2020 at Huntington Ingalls in Pascagoula, Miss.
Cruise missile capability will be built into the Coast Guard's new heavy icebreaker. Russian icebreakers are already being built to carry cruise missiles, but their US counterpart won't have them initially, as Coast Guard Commandant Paul Zukunft continues to seek cooperation with Russia.
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