TAX CONFERENCE

The recently enacted "American Jobs Creation Act" gives significant tax breaks to a number of U.S. industries--including shipping.

MARINE LOG and BLANK ROME will present a senior level seminar CHANGES IN U.S. TAXATION OF SHIPPING INCOME in Stamford, Conn. on April 5 & 6, 2004

Make sure you know how the new tax rules work!

DD(X) Acquisition
What's your opinion of the proposal to award the DD(X) destoyer program to just one yard?

It makes sense for the taxpayer
the taxpayer would be over a barrel


Raytheon concept of  Cobra Judy replacement ship

March 22, 2005

Navy issues CJR replacement ship solicitation

The Navy has issued a solicitation for the Cobra Judy Replacement program ship.

The new ship will replace the T-AGM 23, USNS OBSERVATION ISLAND (see earlier story).

The replacement ship is referred to as the Missile Range Instrumentation Ship, T-AGM(R). T-AGM(R) will be the support platform for the Cobra Judy Replacement (CJR) program. The CJR program will provide worldwide, high-quality, high-resolution, multi-wavelength radar data.

The Navy currently has a contract in place for the replacement radars, mission suite equipment and mission systems integration and installation efforts.

The T-AGM(R) will be a U.S. flagged new construction ship classed in accordance with ABS standards, certified by the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) and designed/built to SOLAS requirements and other commercial and regulatory body rules and regulations.

The ship is to have helicopter facilities in accordance with NAVAIR Air Capable Ship Aviation Facilities Bulletin No. 1J for Level III (Day Only), Class 5 (Hover Operations in excess of 15 ft), MH-60S operations. The maximum length overall is not to exceed 712 feet, the maximum beam is not to exceed 106 feet, the maximum navigation draft is not to exceed 27 feet and the air draft is not to exceed 136 ft.

The T-AGM(R) is be capable of using all current T-AGM 23 USNS OBSERVATION ISLAND facilities and ports. The T-AGM(R) will be capable of performing mission operations in wave heights of 8-13 feet and surviving in wave heights of 25-46 feet. A Military Sealift Command (MSC) Civilian Mariner (CIVMAR) crew or an MSC contracted civilian crew will operate the ship. The ship will be designed for a full complement of 88 persons berthed in 62 single staterooms and 13 double staterooms. Dedicated interior mission space with a combined usable deck area of no less then 1,254 square meters is required.

Mission system power requirements are estimated at 8MW at a five (5) knot loitering speed. The T-AGM(R) is required to support two deck mounted mission radar arrays and a topside antenna area is required to accommodate approximately 38 communication antennas. A horizontal separation of 30 meters and a vertical separation of 11 meters is required for the deck mounted mission radars.

The distance from the bridge wings to the closest mission radar shall be no less then 30 meters. The estimated weight of the upper mission radar array is 298 long tons and that of the lower mission radar array is 270 long tons.

The projected service life of the T-AGM(R) will be 30 years. The ship is required to be fully supportable within the current commercial and DoD supply chains.

The ship will have the capability to conduct independent and unreplenished operations for up to 70 days with an operational range of at least 12,000 nautical miles at a sustained speed of 20 knots at 80% of the Maximum Continuous Rating (MCR).

The Navy plans to conduct the T-AGM(R) procurement in two phases.

Phase I will contract for a concept/preliminary design with the award of only two firm fixed price contracts.

Phase II will be for detail design and construction of the ship.

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