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Future USS Paul Ignatius Successfully Completes Acceptance Trials
Dec. 21, 2018 - Pascagoula, Miss. – The future USS Paul Ignatius (DDG 117) successfully completed acceptance trials on Dec. 20, returning to Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Pascagoula shipyard after spending two days at sea in the Gulf of Mexico.

Maiden Voyage Complete, Michael Monsoor Arrives Home
Dec. 14, 2018 - SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The future USS Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001) arrived at its homeport of San Diego Dec. 7, successfully completing her sail around from Bath Iron Works (BIW) in Bath, Maine to California, the home state of her namesake – Medal of Honor recipient, Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Michael A. Monsoor.

Surface Combat Systems Community Officially Opens New High-Fidelity Trainer
Dec. 11, 2018 - SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The Center for Surface Combat Systems (CSCS) hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Combined Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD)/Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Trainer (CIAT), onboard Naval Base San Diego (NBSD), Dec. 6.

Future USS Lyndon B. Johnson (DDG 1002) Launched at Bath Iron Works
Dec. 11, 2018 - BATH, Maine (NNS) -- The future USS Lyndon B. Johnson (DDG 1002) was launched Dec. 9 at General Dynamics-Bath Iron Works shipyard.

USS John S. McCain Leaves Dry Dock, Continues Repairs in Yokosuka
YOKOSUKA, Japan (Nov. 27, 2018) The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) is pulled towards a pier after departing from a dry dock at Fleet Activities Yokosuka. McCain is departing the dock after an extensive maintenance period in order to sustain the ship's ability to serve as a forward-deployed asset in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations.
Nov. 29, 2018 - YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) -- USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) achieved a major milestone this week as it successfully launched from dry dock and moored pierside at Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Nov. 27.

Construction Begins on Future USS Patrick Gallagher
BATH, Maine (Nov. 9, 2018) U.S. Sen. Susan M. Collins makes the initial cut of steel for the future USS Patrick Gallagher (DDG
127) at Bath Iron Works.  The ship is named for Lance Cpl. Patrick Gallagher, Marine Corps Vietnam veteran and Navy Cross recipient.  (U.S. Navy photo/Released)
Nov. 9, 2018 - BATH, Maine - The construction of the future USS Patrick Gallagher (DDG 127) is officially underway at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works (BIW) shipyard.

Honoring Fallen SEAL as Future USS Michael Monsoor Departs Bath
BATH, Maine (Nov. 9, 2018) The future USS Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001) departs the Bath Iron Works shipyard.  She is en route to Coronado, Calif., where she will be commissioned on January 26, 2019.  Following commissioning, Michael Monsoor will begin combat systems activation, testing and trials.  Michael Monsoor is the second of three ships in the Zumwalt class of destroyers.  (U.S. Navy photo/Released)
Nov. 9, 2018 - BATH, Maine -- The future USS Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001), the second ship in the Zumwalt-class of destroyers, departed General Dynamics’ Bath Iron Works (BIW) shipyard in Bath, Maine on Nov. 9.

Fabrication Begins on Future USS Bougainville (LHA 8)
Paul Bosarge, burner workleaderman, starts fabrication on Bougainville (LHA 8) with others observing, from left, Frank Jermyn, LHA 8 ship program manager; Lance Carnahan, Steel Fabrication director; Marine Corps Capt. J.D. Owens, representing SUPSHIP, Gulf Coast; and Ricky Hathorn, Hull general superintendent.
Oct. 16, 2018 - PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- On Oct. 15 the future USS Bougainville (LHA 8) started fabrication at Huntington Ingalls Industries' (HII) shipyard.

First in Class Ship, Future USNS John Lewis (T-AO 205), Starts Construction
Sept. 21, 2018 - SAN DIEGO - A ceremony was hosted at General Dynamics-National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (GD-NASSCO) shipyard to celebrate the start of construction of the Navy's first John Lewis-class Fleet Replenishment Oiler, the future USNS John Lewis (T-AO 205), Sept. 20.

Keel Authenticated for the Future USNS Puerto Rico (EPF 11)
Aug. 9, 2018 - MOBILE, Ala. – A ceremony celebrating the keel authentication of the Navy’s 11th Spearhead-class Expeditionary Fast Transport ship, the future USNS Puerto Rico (EPF 11), was held at the Mobile, Alabama shipyard of Austal USA, the ship’s manufacturer. Puerto Rico will be the third ship in naval service named after the commonwealth of Puerto Rico, honoring its historically strong ties to the military.

Fabrication Begins on Amphibious Assault Ship Richard M. McCool, Jr.
July 30, 2018 - PASCAGOULA, Miss. - Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) started fabrication of the 13th LPD 17 San Antonio class ship, LPD 29, July 30, 2018 at their shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi. The start of fabrication signifies that the first 100 tons of steel have been cut.

Johnson relieves Bauer as Surface Maintenance Engineering Planning Program Commanding Officer
July 20, 2018 - PORTSMOUTH, Va. – Capt. Andrew P. Johnson relieved Capt. David Bauer as Commanding Officer, Surface Maintenance Engineering Planning Program (SURFMEPP) in a ceremony at Norfolk Naval Shipyard July 20.

U.S. Navy Launches the Future USS Frank E. Petersen Jr.
July 16, 2018 - PASCAGOULA, Miss. – The future USS Frank E. Petersen Jr. (DDG 121) was launched on July 13 at Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) shipyard.

Burlington (EPF 10) Completes Builder's Trials
July 5, 2018 - MOBILE, Ala. - The Navy's tenth Expeditionary Fast Transport vessel, Burlington (EPF 10), successfully completed Builder's Trials, June 29.

DDG 51 Program Marks Start of Construction Milestones at BIW and HII
May 17, 2018 - WASHINGTON - The Navy's Arleigh Burke class (DDG 51) destroyers continue to achieve shipbuilding milestones with start of construction at both shipbuilders, Bath Iron Works (BIW), Bath, Maine, and Huntington Ingalls Industries, Pascagoula, Mississippi.

Keel Laid for Future USS Daniel Inouye
Irene Hirano Inouye, future USS Daniel Inouye (DDG 118) sponsor and wife of the late Sen. Daniel Inouye, presents her initials on the keel plate following the ship’s keel authentication ceremony in Bath, Maine, May 14. The ceremony symbolically recognizes the joining of modular components and the ceremonial beginning of the ship. 

The ship's namesake, Daniel Inouye, served as a United States Senator from Hawaii from 1963 until his death in 2012. Sen. Inouye received the Medal of Honor for his heroism while serving with the 442nd Infantry Regiment in Italy during World War II. During an assault on April 21, 1945, he lost his right arm but continued to fight until the Regiment's position was secured. 

Arleigh Burke destroyers are multi-mission surface combatants that serve as integral assets in global maritime security, engaging in air, undersea, surface, strike and ballistic missile defense, as well as providing increased capabilities in anti-submarine warfare, command and control, and anti-surface warfare. (RELEASED)
May 14, 2018 - BATH, Maine -- The keel of the future USS Daniel Inouye (DDG 118) was ceremoniously laid on May 14 at the Bath Iron Works (BIW) shipyard.

Future USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116) Completes Acceptance Trials
Future USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116)
May 4, 2018 - BATH, Maine - The future USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116) successfully completed acceptance trials May 3 after spending a day underway off the coast of Maine.

Navy Accepts Delivery of Future USS Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001)
BATH, Maine -- Cmdr. John Bauer, DDG 1000 program manager's representative, signs paperwork accepting delivery of the future USS Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001).  Following a crew certification period, Michael Monsoor will transit to its homeport in San Diego, California, for commissioning in January 2019.
April 24, 2018 - BATH, Maine – Today the Navy accepted Hull, Mechanical and Electrical (HM&E) delivery of the future USS Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001) from shipbuilder General Dynamics Bath Iron Works (BIW).

Future USS Thomas Hudner Successfully Completes Builder's Trials
BATH, Maine (March 28, 2018) The future USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116) commences builder's trials.  Trials completed March 31 after the ship spent four days underway off the coast of Maine.
April 2, 2018 - Bath, Maine - The future USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116) successfully completed Builder's Trials on March 31 after spending four days underway.

RFP Released for USCG's Heavy Polar Icebreaker
March 5, 2018 - The U.S. Navy, in collaboration with the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) under an Integrated Program Office (IPO), released a request for proposal (RFP) on March 2, 2018, for the advance procurement and detail design for the USCG's heavy polar icebreaker (HPIB), with options for detail design and construction (DD&C) for up to three HPIBs. The IPO is using a full and open competition strategy for DD&C; a single contract award will be made in FY 2019.

USNS Burlington Launched
March 1, 2018 - MOBILE, Ala. - The U.S. Navy's tenth Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF) vessel, Burlington (EPF 10), was launched at Austal USA's shipyard, March 1.

Navy Accepts delivery of USNS Hershel “Woody” Williams
171019-N-N0101-110 WASHINGTON (Oct. 19, 2017) An undated artist rendering of the future expeditionary sea base USNS Hershel
Feb. 22, 2018 - SAN DIEGO– The Navy accepted delivery of its second Expeditionary Sea Base (ESB) ship, USNS Hershel “Woody” Williams (ESB 4), Feb. 22.

Future USS Michael Monsoor Successfully Completes Acceptance Trials
Feb. 2, 2018 - BATH, Maine -- The Navy’s next generation destroyer, the future USS Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001), successfully completed acceptance trials on Feb. 1.

Keel Laid for Future USNS Miguel Keith
Jan. 30, 2018 - SAN DIEGO - The future USNS Miguel Keith (ESB 5) held a keel laying ceremony on Jan. 30 at the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard, San Diego.

USNS Hershel Williams Completes Integrated Trials
USNS Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams (ESB 4) is preparing to be floated out and launched at the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard, Aug. 19. In the background, USS Boxer (LHD 4) is undergoing maintenance and modernization. (Courtesy photo by General Dynamics NASSCO)
Jan. 23, 2018 - SAN DIEGO – USNS Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams (T-ESB 4), successfully completed the first Integrated Trials for an Expeditionary Sea Base (ESB) ship Jan. 19, sailing from and returning to General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Co. (NASSCO) shipyard in San Diego.