Huntington Ingalls Industries announced that the Virginia-class submarine Indiana (SSN 789) was launched into the James River at the company’s Newport News Shipbuilding division. The boat was moved to the shipyard’s submarine pier for final outfitting, testing and crew certification.
In a move that will secure the future of naval shipbuilding in Australia for decades to come, Austal Limited joined ASC Shipbuilding to announce its teaming agreement for the build of the SEA5000 Future Frigates Program. Under this arrangement, ASC Shipbuilding and Austal will act as one in support of the program, pooling their complementary strengths, skills and experience.
Damen Shipyards Group recently visited Adelaide to further consolidate their partnership with ASC Shipbuilding and Forgacs Marine and Defence (Forgacs) (ASC Forgacs Shipbuilding) to build twelve Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV) for the Australian Navy and to explore domestic and export opportunities for both the commercial and naval markets.
The fourth and final 125 class frigate (F125) for the German Navy was christened Rheinland-Pfalz at the Hamburg site of thyssenkrupp Marine Systems. Following the christening of the first three frigates Baden-Württemberg, Nordrhein-Westfalen and Sachsen-Anhalt this is a further important step toward completing the F125 shipbuilding program.
Austal celebrated the christening of Expeditionary Fast Transport ship USNS City of Bismarck (EPF 9) with a ceremony at its state-of-the-art shipyard on May 13. City of Bismarck is the ninth of 12 Expeditionary Fast Transport vessels (EPF) that Austal has under contract with the U.S. Navy as part of a contract worth over $1.9 billion.