SEAPOWER / NOVEMBER 2016
sive workplace,” including combating the crime of sexual assault,
treating personnel suffering from
traumatic brain injury and posttraumatic stress syndrome; addressing suicide; increasing child care
hours and maternity leave; increased
co-location for couples; and providing a three-year career intermission.
Coast Guard Awards
Contract for Lead
Offshore Patrol Cutter
The Coast Guard has awarded a
contract to Eastern Shipbuilding
Group Inc., Panama City, Fla., for
the production of the lead Offshore
Patrol Cutter (OPC) and up to
eight follow-on cutters, the service
The total award was valued at
$110.29 million. The contract has a
potential value of $2.38 billion with
the options to produce nine cutters.
The OPC acquisition will replace
the service’s aging fleet of medium-endurance cutters, some of which
are more than 50 years old. Each
OPC will feature a flight deck and
advanced command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance equipment.
The OPC will provide a capability
bridge between the National Security
Cutter and the Fast Response Cutter,
which operates closer to shore.
“The Offshore Patrol Cutter
acquisition is the Coast Guard’s
highest investment priority, and we
are proud to announce this import-
ant milestone,” Commandant
Adm. Paul F. Zukunft said in a
Sept. 16 release from the Coast
Guard. “The Offshore Patrol Cutter
will replace our aging medium-
endurance cutters and provide
the majority of offshore presence
by the Coast Guard’s cutter fleet.
Whether combating transnational
organized criminal networks off
Central America or patrolling in
the increasingly accessible Arctic,
the Offshore Patrol Cutter will
ensure our nation’s maritime secu-
rity and economic interests are pre-
served for decades to come.”
The first OPC is expected to be
delivered in fiscal 2021. The ser-
vice plans to build 25 OPCs. The
Coast Guard currently is evaluat-
ing homeporting options.
n Hughes Network Systems LLC
has signed an agreement with Airbus
Defence and Space to expand their
business partnership to serve growing tactical military communications
requirements around the globe.
n Nammo Group has announced
plans to acquire Berger Bullets, a
manufacturer of rifle bullets.
n Jim Chilton has succeeded Craig
R. Cooning, who retired as president of Boeing’s Network & Space
Systems. Chilton was vice president of Boeing’s Strategic Missile &
Defense Systems. In conjunction
with Chilton’s promotion, Boeing
created a new Strategic Defense
& Intelligence Systems sector
by combining Strategic Missile &
Defense Systems with its Electronic
& Information Solutions (E&IS)
sector, led by Chris Raymond, currently E&IS vice president and general manager.
n L- 3 WESCAM appointed Mike
Greenley president. Greenley
joined L- 3 after serving as vice president and general manager of CAE
n Russ Spray, president and chief
executive officer (CEO) of
Tur-bomeca USA has retired after a
50-plus-year career in helicopters.
He was succeeded by Thierry Der-rien, former president/CEO of Safran
Electronics and Defense Systems.
n Brian Olsen has resigned as
engineering services president of
LMI Aerospace Inc. for a position
in another company. Engineering
Services Chief Operating Officer
Jay Inman is overseeing Olsen’s
duties while LMI evaluates options
for a future leader of that business
n Dr. David Johnson has joined the
Center for Strategic and Budgetary
Assessments as a senior fellow.
He previously served as a vice
president of Science Applications
n Huntington Ingalls Industries
has promoted Matt Needy to vice
president of the Virginia-class sub-
marine program and fleet services
at the company’s Newport News
Shipbuilding division. He succeeds
Jim Hughes, who retired on Sept.
30. Needy previously served as the
company’s program director for the
The company also promoted
Brad Mason to vice president of its
Newport News Shipbuilding division and president of its AMSEC
LLC subsidiary. Mason will succeed
Harris Leonard, who will retire in
December after 31 years of service.
n Retired Vice Adm. Al Konetzni
has joined the advisory board of
World Patent Marketing.
n Astronics Corp. appointed three
new independent directors to its
board: Jeffry D. Frisby, president
and CEO of Triumph Group Inc.;
Warren C. Johnson, retired president of the Moog Aircraft Group;
and Neil Kim, retired executive
vice president for Operations and
Central Engineering at Broadcom.
n Airbus Group appointed Rodin
Lyasoff CEO of A³, the advanced
projects and partnerships outpost
of Airbus Group in Silicon Valley.
He succeeds Paul Eremenko
who became Airbus Group’s chief
technology officer. Lyasoff previously served as a project executive at A³. n
Reporting by Seapower Correspondent
Megan Scully of CQ Roll Call.
Managing Editor Richard R. Burgess
contributed to this report.