The US Navy has awarded a shipbuilding contract to Lockheed Martin and Fincantieri Marinette Marine (FMM) for an additional Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) vessel, bringing the total LCS orders to 16.

The companies will equip the LCS 31 ship with new capabilities based on naval operational testing, sailor feedback, and fleet deployments.

Construction on the ships will be begun in the second half of 2019 at the FMM naval shipyard in Wisconsin, US.

Lockheed Martin and Fincantieri have so far delivered seven LCS vessels.

Cantiere Navale Vittoria has secured a contract from the Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) to build a new offshore patrol vessel (OPV) in support of its force modernisation programme.

The new P71 vessel will replace the former Irish Navy OPV P62, which has been in service with the AFM since 2015.

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The new OPV will be 74.8m-long and can operate at speeds more than 20k. The vessel will be powered by two 5,440kW engines.

Construction of the vessel will be started in the first quarter of 2019, while delivery will be made in the second half of 2020.

Cantiere Navale Vittoria is a shipbuilding company based in Italy.

The US Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) has awarded a $250m contract to Global PCCI for the maintenance of emergency ship salvage material (ESSM) system.

“The new P71 vessel will replace the former Irish Navy OPV P62, which has been in service with the AFM since 2015.”

The contractor will provide services related to emergency response equipment stockpiles to support and augment the capabilities of the naval fleet in the areas of pollution response, diving, and salvage.

The services will also support the underwater ship husbandry maintained by the Supervisor of Salvage, SEA 00C.

The work under the contract will be performed at various locations worldwide until January 2024.

Bell Boeing has secured a $143.86m contract to deliver logistics and engineering support for the V-22 aircraft in service with the US Navy, US Marine Corps, and the US Air Force.

The company will provide original equipment manufacturer (OEM) expertise using data analytics to improve the maintainability and mission readiness of the V-22 multirole combat aircraft.

It will also deliver training and trainer support, maintenance planning, and support equipment for the CMV-22B variant ordered by the US Navy in 2018.

The contract has an 11-month base period and four additional one-year periods. The contractual work will be performed in Texas and Pennsylvania, US.

Seaspan Shipyards has awarded a support services contract to L3 MAPPS to provide engineering services for the Royal Canadian Navy’s Joint Support Ships (JSS).

L3 MAPPS will provide the integrated platform management system (IPMS), an advanced computer-based technology to control and monitor platform machinery and systems aboard the JSS.

The first ship in the JSS-class, HMCS Protecteur, is under construction at Seaspan’s shipyard in Vancouver, Canada. The vessel is expected to be delivered in 2023.