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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 station change requests would involve ...

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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. It will be delivered to ...

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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 Rolls-Royce civil aircraft engines, including ...

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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 has delivered the first three ...

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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 March. Col. Jim Sears, the ...

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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 use in future ships. The ...

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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 site Al.com reported. Alabama and ...

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Ingalls president concerned about shipyard's future

PASCAGOULA — Ingalls Shipbuilding President Irwin F. Edenzon says his company has contracts to keep it business into 2016. The future, he says, has him concerned. “I’m hiring 3,000 people and have a $10 billion backlog that’s pretty healthy,” Edenzon said in a civic club speech this week in Pascagoula. “My business is very good. Where’s it going to be ...

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Marine transport ship passes sea trials in the Gulf

PASCAGOULA — Huntington Ingalls Industries says the amphibious transport dock Somerset is back from three days of successful sea trials in the Gulf of Mexico. It’s one of three such ships named for 9/11 attack sites. It’s named for the Pennsylvania county where a hijacked airliner crashed after passengers stormed the cockpit. Ingalls program director Mike Duthu said in a ...

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