MQ-8C now initial operation capable

The U.S. Navy declared initial operational capability for the Northrop Grumman MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter on June 28. It clears the way for the unmanned air vehicle to begin fleet operations and training. The MQ-8C is to deploy aboard the Navy's littoral combat ships in...

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VT Halter starts on third berthing barge

PASCAGOULA, Miss. - VT Halter Marine has started construction on the third auxiliary personnel lighter – small (APL(S)) for the Navy. APL(S) is a new class of berthing barges commissioned by the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA). VT Halter was awarded a $77.9 million...

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Contract: BAE Systems, others $747M

BAE System Technology Solutions and Services Inc., Rockville, Md. (N00039-19-D-0031); Serco Inc., Herndon, Va. (N00039-19-D-0032); and Scientific Research Corp., Atlanta, Ga. (N00039-19-D-0033), are each awarded a cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost-only...

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Credit union marks 80 years

OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. - Navigator Credit Union, with more than 43,000 members, celebrated 80 years of service on Monday. Founded in 1939 by seven shipyard workers at Ingalls, it has 13 branches stretching from Daphne, Ala., to Gulfport, Miss., and assets of $340 million. Navigator...

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Another company in commerce center

GAUTIER, Miss. - A ribbon cutting event was held Tuesday for the second business to set up shop inside a condominium center in Gautier. The center is a first for the state of Mississippi, where businesses purchase a unit rather than rent. Bishop Insurance Agency opened its fourth...

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Plans move forward on mall money

GAUTIER, Miss. - Gautier city leaders voted to move forward with the application process to request funding for the Singing River Mall property Tuesday. The city and Jackson County Board of Supervisors will submit an application for funding through the Gulf Coast Restoration Fund...

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VT Halter expanding yard, workforce

Because of a new contract with the U.S. Coast Guard, VT Halter Marine will invest $37.5 million to expand operations in Pascagoula, Miss. The project is expected to create 900 jobs over the next five years. The $745 million contract is for the design and construction of a Polar...

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Contract: Boeing Co., $13.4M

The Boeing Co., Huntington Beach, Calif., is awarded a $13,353,939 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to a previously-awarded contract (N00024-18-C-4103) for design agent and technical services for the AN/USQ-82(V) family of systems consisting of the Data Multiplex System, Fiber...

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Census: Jackson County population up

Jackson County's population grew 2.6 percent between 2010 and 2018, according to population estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau. The counties along the coast were among the few areas of Mississippi that experienced growth. Harrison County grew...

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Contract: HII, $931.7M

PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE: HII) announced today that its Ingalls Shipbuilding division has been awarded a cost-plus-award-fee contract with a potential total value of $931.7 million for planning yard services in support of in-service littoral combat...

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