Acquisitions and Joint
■ Metal Shark Aluminum Boats, a
builder of boats for the Navy and
Coast Guard, is entering the shipbuilding business with the acquisition of a 25-acre waterfront property
in St. Mary Parish, La. The company
will build a 60,000 square-foot facility and transfer the construction of
offshore vessels larger than 40 feet in
length from its Jeanrette, La., facility.
■ Lockheed Martin and
Aero-vironment Inc. have announced an
agreement to jointly pursue opportunities in unmanned aircraft system (UAS) development. The focus
of the arrangement “relates to integrating Lockheed Martin mission
systems, ground systems and technology” with Aerovironment’s
Global Observer UAS, according to
a Lockheed Martin release.
■ Telephonics Corp. has formed a
joint venture with Mahindra in
Prithla, India, named Mahindra Telephonics Integrated Systems. The
venture will focus on development
and manufacture of radar technology.
■ Northrop Grumman has named
Thomas P. Mendez Jr. as vice president and controller for its Aerospace
Systems sector. Mendez, a former
member of the Marine Corps Reserve, has served as corporate director and assistant controller. Cathy
Rice, the company’s director of contracts for Military Aircraft Systems,
has been selected to become vice
president of contracts, pricing and
program business operations.
■ Boeing has named Ted Colbert
as chief information officer and
vice president of its information
technology organization. Colbert
previously developed and maintained the company’s information
■ Hydroid Inc. has appointed
Graham Lester, director of its European office, as vice president of
Sales & Marketing. Libbey Signell,
a program manager, has been
selected as vice president of operations, and Julie Ferland, formerly
vice president and principal engineer at Maritime Applied Physics
Corp., has been named as vice president of engineering.
■ Corporate Travel Management
has appointed retired ADM Robert
J. Natter as an independent nonexecutive director. Natter served as
the first commander of U.S. Fleet
■ Retired RADM Fred Byus has
been selected as general manager
of Battelle’s Maritime Systems
business unit. Byus, a former submariner, served at Battelle as vice
president of National Security’s
Navy Market Group and on the
board of Bluefin Robotics.
■ Willard Marine Inc. has named
Karen Jacquelin as director of marketing. Jacquelin has more than 20
years’ experience in advertising, marketing and business development.
■ The World Shipping Councilhas
appointed to its board of directors Tai
Soo Suk, president of Hanjin Shipping, and Morten Englestroft, chief
operating officer of Maersk Line.
■ Whitney Bradley & Brown Inc.
has appointed Steven Nagel as vice
president of Strategic Pricing and
Dro DerMinassian as vice president of business development for
Healthcare, OSD and Joint Force
■ Joseph L. Mejaly has been ap-
pointed vice president and general
manager of General Dynamics’
Ordnance and Tactical Systems’
Axle Tech International, which
manufactures axles, brakes and sus-
pension systems for off-highway and
specialty vehicles, including military
vehicles. Mejaly previously served as
vice president of Meritor Inc.
■ The first of a new class of guided-missile destroyer, Zumwalt, will be
christened April 12 at Bath Iron
Works, Bath, Maine.
■ The second Independence-class
Littoral Combat Ship, Coronado
(LCS 4), will be commissioned in
San Diego on April 12.
■ The missile-range instrumentation ship USNS Observation Island
(T-AGM 23) will be inactivated on
April 1. The ship, built in 1953 as
a commercial cargo vessel, was
commissioned in 1958 to test fire
submarine-launched ballistic missiles, and since 1981 has served in
its current role. It is being replaced
by the new USNS Howard O.
Lorenzen (T-AGM 25).
■ The Perry-class guided-missile
frigate USS De Wert (FFG 45) will be
decommissioned by April 4 after 30
years of service. The frigate is based
at Naval Station Mayport, Fla. ■
Reporting by Seapower Correspondent
Megan Scully. Managing Editor Richard
R. Burgess and Associate Editor John C.
Marcario contributed to this report.
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