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Vice Admiral William H. Hilarides 43rd Commander of NAVSEA



Vice Admiral William H. Hilarides became the 43rd Commander of NAVSEA on June 7, 2013. Rear Admiral Thomas J. Kearney is the current Vice Commander of NAVSEA. William J. Deligne is currently the Executive Director.




The Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) is the largest of the United States Navy's five "systems commands," or materiel (not to be confused with "material") organizations. NAVSEA consists of four shipyards, nine "warfare centers" (two undersea and seven surface), four major shipbuilding locations and the NAVSEA headquarters, located at the Washington Navy Yard, in Washington D.C.

NAVSEA's primary objective is to engineer, build and support the U.S. Navy's fleet of ships and its combat systems. NAVSEA accounts for one quarter of the Navy's entire budget, with more than 150 acquisition programs under its oversight.

The other Navy systems commands are:

Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR)
Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR)
Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC)
Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP)




The Naval Sea Systems Command was established on 1 July 1974 with the merger of the Naval Ship Systems Command with the Naval Ordnance Systems Command. The Naval Ship Systems Command was established in 1966 replacing the Navy's Bureau of Ships (BuShips). Established in 1940, BuShips succeeded the Bureau of Construction and Repair, which had been responsible for ship design and construction, and the Bureau of Engineering, which had been responsible for propulsion systems.



Business with NAVSEA


NAVSEA keeps America's Navy #1 in the world by providing operationally superior and affordable ships, systems and ordnance for today, for tomorrow, and for the Navy after next.


NAVSEA currently contracts for the following services:


 - Ships, shipboard weapons and combat systems

 - Design and integrating

 - Maintenance and repair

 - Modernization and conversion

 - Technical, industrial and logistic support

 - Other professional services, such as engineering, finance and program management


For current procurement opportunities and general contracting information, business should visit:


FedBiz Ops is the single government point-of-entry (GPE) for Federal government procurement opportunities over $25,000. Government buyers are able to publicize their business opportunities by posting information directly to FedBizOpps via the Internet. Through one portal - FedBizOpps (FBO) - commercial venders seeking Federal markets for their products and services can search, monitor and retrieve opportunities solicited by the entire Federal contracting community.


Seaport Program


SeaPort Enhanced (SeaPort-e) is the Navy Virtual SYSCOM Commanders' (NAVAIR, NAVSEA, NAVSUP and SPAWAR) integrated approach to contracting for support services. SeaPort-e has made electronic procurement of Engineering, Financial, and Program Management support services a reality. The SeaPort-e portal provides a standardized means of issuing competitive solicitations amongst a large & diverse community of approved contractors, as well as a platform for awarding & managing performance-based task orders. This unified approach allows SeaPort-e service procurement teams to leverage their best work products, practices and approaches across the Navy's critical service business sector.


NAVSEA Long Range Acquisition Forecast 


NAVSEA's Long Range Acquisition Forecast (LRAF), covering FY12 through FY14, is now available. NAVSEA's LRAF creates a demand signal visible to a wider range of industry and should contribute to better support of our requirements including the distinct prospect of fostering increased competition.


Small Business Opportunities


Small Businesses are encouraged to visit the Department of Defense Office of Small Business Programs and the Navy's Office of Small Business Programs.


NAVSEA can assist small businesses, including veteran-owned, service-disabled veteran-owned, HUBZone, small disadvantaged, and women-owned small business concerns in marketing their products and services to NAVSEA.





FOIA requests may be sent to:

Naval Sea Systems Command
Attention: SEA COS5
1333 Isaac Hull Avenue, S.E.
Washington, DC 20376


FOIA requesters who have questions about their requests, should contact the NAVSEA FOIA Requester Service Center, Public Liaison at 202-781-4124 or

Inspector General

The Naval Sea Systems Command Inspector General Hotline provides an opportunity to report significant cases of abuse of authority, mismanagement, fraud/waste and abuse.


Toll free: (800) 356-8464

Inspector General Action Request (IGAR)

Fax: 202-685-7748 

Naval Sea Systems Command

Attn: Inspector General
1333 Isaac Hull Avenue, SE
Washington Navy Yard, DC 20376 



For contractual questions contact Lt. Cmdr. Christopher Wilson at or by phone at 202-781-0527, or Tracey Carothers at or by phone at 202-781-0480.

For technical questions contact the Navy's Peter Scala by email at or by phone at 202-781-3360.









WASHINGTON, 28 March 2013. U.S. Navy researches are kicking off a long-term program to develop advanced acoustic and image signal processing for detecting, tracking, and attacking enemy ships and submarines with advanced anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and anti-ship warfare technologies.

The Naval Sea Systems Command in Washington has issued a presolicitation (N0002413IWS5A01) for the Research Interests In Advanced Undersea Technologies In The Areas Of Submarine And Surface Ship Acoustic, Imaging, And Combat System Signal Processing program.

Researchers will brief industry on details of the program on 16 April 2013 in Manassas, Va. Briefings will be classified secret. The first phase of the program asks companies to submit white paper proposals no later than 21 March 2014.

The program centers on basic and applied research in imaging; passive/active signal processing; automation, contact management, contact followers, and target motion analysis; information management; embedded training; mission planning; sonar tactical decision aide; intuitive operator interface/operator machine interface (OMI); onboard real time reconstruction tool; torpedo detection, classification, and localization; anti-torpedo defense; electronic warfare; and navigation.

Navy researchers say they plan to test these approaches in system prototypes before moving promising technologies quickly to the fleet through a variety of acquisition programs.

The program was in two phases. The first phase invited offerors to submit white papers in each technology area describing technical approach, experience, capabilities, past performance, and cost estimates.




  Navy ship sinking after torpedo attack


Two Navy ships sinking after torpedo attacks.



Companies were invited to participate in the second phase based on their white paper submissions. The second phase will be over a maximum of five-years, and will include maturing the technology and system prototypes for laboratory and at-sea testing.

Industry-day briefings will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on 16 April 2013 at Lockheed Martin Corp., Building 102/Management Center, Room K135 9255, in Manassas, Va. Briefings are open only to those with secret clearances.

Although white papers will be accepted until 21 March 2014, Navy researches are encouraging industry to submit white papers by mid-May 2013 for each technology area. The Navy intends to complete its review of white papers for each applicable technology area as early as mid-July 2013.

Send white papers by post to Navy Lt. Cmdr. Christopher Wilson care of Cognizant Contracting Activity: Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command, ATTN: Code 02524, 1333 Isaac Hull Ave., SE, Washington Navy Yard, Washington, DC 20376.




Alvin DSV - Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Deepsea Challenger - Mariana Trench, James Cameron 2012

HMS Astute 1st of Class BAE Systems

HMS Vanguard- Trident

INS Sindhurakshak - explosion & sinking

Littoral combat vessels

Lusitania - Torpedo attack

Nuclear submarines lost at sea

Predator - Covert submarine hunter/killer

Seawolf - Autonomous wolf pack deployment of Predator mini-subs

Torpedoes - UUV anti submarine weapons

Trieste - World record depth - Mariana Trench 1960

U20 - Kapitan Leutnant Walther Schwieger

USS Alabama

USS Bluefish WWI submarine

USS Bluefish - Nuclear submarine

USS Flying Fish

USS Jimmy Carter - Seawolf class fast attack nuclear submarine

USS Nautilus - 1st nuclear submarine & subsea north pole passage

USS North Dakota - 11th Virginia class submarine 

USS Scorpion - Lost at sea with all hands




Gerald Ford Class - USA

Nimitz - USA

Queen Elizabeth - UK




Bismarck - Battleship - Germany

HMS Neptune - Leander class cruiser 1941 WWII

Type 23 - Duke class frigate - UK

Type 26 - Global combat ship - UK

Type 45 - Daring class destroyer - UK

Electric prototype - USA

USS Stark Iran-Iraq war & Exocet missiles

US Navy swarm drone






HMS Astute as a target for drone submarine hunters


DRONE SUBS - The submerged nuclear submarine above is in grave danger, because the submarine hunter-killer (HK) on the surface above it is a drone that can either track the submarine and pass information to a network of marine drones, or, in times of hostilities - sink the submarine as soon as it is located with torpedoes or depth charges.


A submarine might get lucky and evade the HK, wolf pack, but once the position of a submarine is known and transmitted, it will never be safe and from then on the drone HKs will converge upon it. The mission of drone HKs is to find enemy submarines: persistently. The secondary objective of drone HKs is to sink destroyers and aerial drones that may be sent out to hunt them.


COST EFFECTIVENESS - By a process of attrition, drone HKs will decimate an enemy fleet and financially frustrate any state, even a super power. The maths is simple. A drone HK cost only a few $million with no loss of life, compared to a manned destroyer which costs a small fortune and kills hundreds of crew. The traditional investment in huge floating iron coffins becomes wasted capital.


UNMANNED SUBMARINES - The logical conclusion is to eliminate the crew from submarines and bring in countermeasures. The technology exists to enable this, but submarines, either manned or unmanned will need to be supported by friendly surface drones where aerial and marine drones like that shown could make their situation untenable. Thus, the main reason for maintaining a fleet of nuclear submarines, namely to be able to launch a nuclear strike, is neutralized. Contact BMS to find out more.








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OPERATION NEPTUNE - A naval battle royal with NATO chasing a stolen nuclear submarine captained by environmental terrorists, who destroy another oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, after Deepwater Horizon, then sink an aircraft carrier and one of the submarines chasing them. Amidst the carnage, Charley Temple and John Storm move their budding relationship up another gear and still manage to save the day. If you enjoyed Battleship, Under Siege, or Pacific Rim, you'll love this story.






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