The price tag for the second through the 20th in a series of new US frigates will be in the neighborhood of $950 million, with each frigate designed to carry 20 missiles. That's according to a report by the US Naval Institute, which notes that the first frigate will cost more.
With a fresh goal of 355 vessels, the US Navy is aiming for 38 amphibious assault ships in the mix, enough to meet the Marine Corps' stated requirements. The 10th San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship was commissioned in October and is now close to being turned over to the fleet.
The 2018 Fleet Maintenance and Modernization Symposium Call for Papers is open. FMMS is an annual event, alternating between Hampton Roads, Va., and San Diego, bringing together the entire naval ship maintenance and modernization community like no other forum. The 2018 FMMS will be held at the Virginia Beach Convention Center Sept. 17-20. Read the call for papers and submit online.
The American Society of Naval Engineers is pleased to announce the theme for the 2018 Technology, Systems and Ships Symposium: Designing, Building and Sustaining the Future Fleet. Join us June 18-20, at the FHI 360 Conference Center in Washington D.C.
Erosion is now threatening nine condominium complexes on Hawaii's Kahana Bay as winter waves batter West Maui's shoreline. Nearby where seawalls were built decades ago, erosion is taking a toll and endangering properties as sinkholes form.
More frequent droughts, fires and mudslides are expected to be part of California's future amid changing weather patterns, and one solution may come in the form of capturing more rainwater before it spills into the ocean. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is considering options in this regard, including public education and investment.
The sea level along Delaware's coast is rising at an accelerating rate even as more and more people flock to live near the water. In response, officials are urging residents to reconsider low-lying areas; officials are also taking steps to address increasingly frequent flooding.
Yucaipa, Calif.'s North Bench water resource plan started with three detention basins and now includes other flood control measures and various quality-of-life enhancements. Overall, the plan incorporates "drainage to reduce the risk of flooding on public and private properties throughout the city while recharging the groundwater aquifers via stormwater capture," City Manager Ray Casey says.
The South Florida Ecosystem Restoration program marked considerable progress in 2017. Regional and state agencies, as well as the US Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District, coordinated their efforts to address four water flow issues -- quantity, quality, timing and distribution -- and restore a portion of the historic flows to the area's "river of grass."
Sixty-one former or current military facilities across South Carolina are contaminated with toxins, states a ProPublica report based on data from the Environmental Protection Agency and Defense Department's Environmental Restoration Program. Six installations are identified as high risk, including the former Donaldson Air Force Base, with nine such sites, three of which are active.