MANAGEMENT ON THE MOVE
Jul 09. Canada awards Naval Engineering Test Establishment contract. Peter MacKay, Canadian Minister of National Defence and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway, and the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC), has announced the award of a contract to engineering firm Weir Canada Inc for the operation of the Naval Engineering Test Establishment (NETE), headquartered in Montreal. (Source: MoD Defence Contracts Bulletin)
13 Jul 09. A Winnipeg-based aerospace company is undertaking a multi-million dollar upgrade to a manufacturing facility to produce fighter planes for the U.S. and other NATO forces. Magellan Aerospace’s Bristol Aerospace division is in the preliminary stages of developing a plan to invest $120m in its Winnipeg facility for the production of a new generation fighter-bomber. “There are a number of plans and options still being evaluated,” said Scott McCrady, senior director of marketing with Magellan. (Source: Google)
13 Jul 09. Ramsey to receive mods and upgrades at Rosyth. Sandown class minehunter HMS Ramsey has arrived at Rosyth for a six month Support Period Docking (SPD) to be undertaken by Babcock, which will include a number of upgrades and modifications as well as maintenance work, and will benefit from the established partnering between Babcock and the MoD. Capability upgrades will include installation of the Seafox Mine Disposal System (MDS) and magazine ammunition protection modifications as well as installation of a new upgraded high pressure (HP) air system. The vessel will also receive the new polymer-based foul-release paint system to the outer bottom, which improves both the ship’s speed and fuel efficiency. A full hull survey and repair package, and renewal and repair of all ship side valves, will also be undertaken, while other major work will include: modifications to improve living quarters; installation of a new hot climate vegetable locker; Sonar 2093 maintenance; re-siting of five tonnes of ballast; painting of weatherdeck and superstructure; renewal of internal deck coverings; servicing of air conditioning plants; and shafting/propulsion system inspection and maintenance, among other work.
16 Jul 09. Navy and Army Name First Three Joint High Speed Vessels. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and Secretary of the Army Pete Geren today announced the names of the first three Joint High Speed Vessels as Fortitude (JHSV 1), Vigilant (JHSV 2) and Spearhead (JHSV 3).
11 Jul 09. A Lockheed Martin-led industry team held a keel-laying ceremony at Marinette Marine’s shipyard today for Fort Worth, the U.S. Navy’s third Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). The LCS is an agile warship designed to operate in the world’s coastal waters and provide the Navy with fast, maneuverable and shallow-draft ships aimed at maximizing mission flexibility. In March 2009, the Navy awarded the Lockheed Martin team a fixed price incentive fee contract to construct Fort Worth, which will be delivered in 2012. The team’s first LCS, USS Freedom, was commissioned in Milwaukee by the Navy in November 2008. The Lockheed Martin-led LCS team includes naval architect Gibbs & Cox, ship builders Marinette Marine Corporation, a Fincantieri company, and Bollinger Shipyards, as well as domestic and international teammates.
13 Jul 09. Northrop Grumman Corporation redelivered the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), to the U.S. Navy July 11. The redelivery follows the completion of a successful three-and-a-half-year evolution known as a refueling and complex overhaul. The project was performed by the company’s Shipbuilding sector in Newport News, Va. And was completed within budget.
PLANT CLOSURES, JOB LOSSES AND STRIKES
14 Jul 09. About 600 Lockheed Martin employees received word July 14 they would be out of work, victims of the Pentagon’s decision to cancel the VH-71 presidential helicopter pro