Mobile Landing Platform Ship Takes to the Water
General Dynamics Nassco launched the future logistics ship USNS Montford Point recently, though the event was not as dramatic as past launches.
Instead of sliding down an incline to San Diego Bay, the water came to the ship. Nassco admitted water into the dry dock where the Montford Point was being built, and then the ship made its exit to a berth nearby.
The ship is 91 percent complete. The U.S. Navy plans to christen the ship in March and take delivery in May.
The 785-foot-long auxiliary ship is the first of three mobile landing platforms Nassco is building for the Navy. The ship, based on the Alaska-class tanker, has a depressed midsection. Among other things, it can serve as a floating pier at sea.
— Brad Graves
ViaSat Receives Orders for Communications Terminals
ViaSat Inc. said recently that it received $33.9 million worth of production orders for communications electronics called MIDS-LVT. The initials stand for multifunctional information distribution system low volume terminals. Some 63 percent of the order is going to the U.S. armed forces while 37 percent is a foreign military sale to the government of Turkey. The terminals support secure voice communications as well as data communications. Some terminals also work with TACAN, the military’s tactical air navigation system.
— Brad Graves
Turner Begins $10M Military Academy Project
Turner Construction Co. has begun work on a $10 million athletic facility project at the Army and Navy Academy in Carlsbad.
A statement from Turner said the project, known as Duffield Sports Center, will include an athletic facility building, along with a press box, new bleachers, a football field, and a baseball field with dugouts.
The two-story press box facilities will include restrooms, concessions and executive suites, with quarters for home and visiting team coaches.
A two-story athletic building will house a gymnasium seating approximately 650, along with locker rooms and related training and administrative spaces.
The Army and Navy Academy is among the nation’s top military boarding schools, using a core curriculum of college prep courses based on University of California entrance requirements. Turner Construction is based in New York City and has regional operations in San Diego.
— Lou Hirsh
Glacier Water Services Acquires Local Vendor
Glacier Water Services Inc., an operator of water vending machines, said it completed the acquisition of Aqua Fill, a water vendor based in Oceanside. Terms of the transaction weren’t disclosed.
Aqua Fill has about 1,600 water vending machines located mainly in the western U.S. Glacier said following the acquisition, it owns about 23,000 machines in 46 states and Canada.
In the second quarter ended July 1, Glacier reported a net loss of $1.2 million on revenue of $28 million.
That compared with a net loss of $1 million on revenue of $26 million for the like quarter of 2011.
— Mike Allen