Posts Tagged ‘defense’

Lawmakers back plan to shift personnel to Seabee base

U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-Miss.), are supporting a U.S. Navy plan to station additional personnel at the Naval Construction Battalion Center Gulfport this year. The Navy has informed the Mississippi lawmakers of its intent to relocate the Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 14 (NMCB) to Gulfport, […] [...]

Northrop Grumman begins production of five NATO drones

MOSS POINT — Northrop Grumman Corp. has started work on five drones to be delivered to NATO. Jim Edge, with NATO’s Alliance Ground Surveillance Management Agency, and other leaders were on hand yesterday at Northrop’s Unmanned Systems Center in Moss Point for the start of production on the first drone. The Mississippi Press reports that […] [...]

Pensacola-based company wins contract for air station demolition

MERIDIAN — A Florida company has been awarded a contract to demolish four buildings at the naval air station in Meridian. The Meridian Star reports that Gulf Coast Architectural Group Inc., based in Pensacola, got the contract from the Naval Facilities Engineering Command. The initial task order for $117,879 was awarded for planning associated with […] [...]

Cochran: Navy to move Seabee personnel to Coast facility

GULFPORT — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) says he is encouraged by the U.S. Navy’s plan to move Seabee personnel to the Naval Construction Battalion Center Gulfport within a year. The Navy has informed Cochran, the vice chairman of the Senate Defense Appropriation Subcommittee, of its intent to transfer Seabee personnel to Gulfport. The permanent duty […] [...]

Huntington Ingalls christens fourth Coast Guard cutter

PASCAGOULA — Huntington Ingalls Shipbuilding has christened its fourth U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter. Linda Papp, wife of U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Robert Papp, was the ship’s sponsor during the christening Saturday at the Pascagoula shipyard. The Hamilton (WMSL 753), about 65 percent complete, is expected to be finished in about a year. […] [...]

New $50M Rolls-Royce engine test stand opens

HANCOCK COUNTY — Rolls-Royce has officially opened the company’s second jet engine test stand. Located at the Rolls-Royce Outdoor Jet Engine Test Facility at NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center, the test stand represents a $50-million corporate investment and will create 35 new jobs. The Outdoor Jet Engine Test Facility performs jet engine testing on […] [...]

Shipyard begins fabrication of another Coast Guard cutter

PASCAGOULA — Huntington Ingalls Shipbuilding has started construction on a sixth national security cutter for the Coast Guard. The vessel will be called the Munro (WMSL 755). Ingalls was awarded the contract in May. A third cutter, Stratton (WMSL 752) was commissioned in 2012. Two more are currently under construction at Ingalls in Pascagoula. Ingalls […] [...]

Columbus AFB runway reopens after $32M improvement project

COLUMBUS — Columbus Air Force Base has reopened its 12,000-foot long center runway. The $32-million project involved replacing 10,000 feet of old runway with a 10-inch thick, 200-foot wide concrete surface. The runway was built in 1959. CAFB officials say less than 20 percent pavement life remained on the asphalt surface before construction began in […] [...]

Ingalls to shutter shipyard next year due to cuts in destroyer program

GULFPORT — Huntington Ingalls Industries says it will close its Gulfport shipyard by May 2014. In an announcement this morning, the Newport News, Va.-based company said the shutdown is necessary because of a reduction in work for the Navy’s Zumwalt-class destroyers. Company president and CEO Mike Petters said the Navy has switched to steel for […] [...]

State submits proposal for drone-testing site

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — A consortium of companies and universities in Alabama and Tennessee are hoping to develop a site where drones would be tested. If approved, the facility could become one of only a half-dozen sites approved by the Federal Aviation Administration for research involving unmanned aerial systems, more commonly known as drones, the news […] [...]

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