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ShipTech 2018 Brings Together Navy and Industry Leaders to Discuss Advanced Manufacturing Solutions


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ShipTech 2018, held March 27 and 28 in Charleston, South Carolina, featured an impressive lineup of technical and general session speakers, including Navy and industry leaders. Pictured is Rear Admiral David J. Hahn, Chief of Naval Research, Office of Naval Research.


Nearly 300 people attended ShipTech 2018, a two-day defense manufacturing conference for the domestic shipbuilding industry, its supplier base, the U.S. Navy Program Offices, and the U.S. Navy-sponsored shipbuilding research programs.

ShipTech attendees and speakers exchanged information about the Navy’s shipbuilding priorities and industry’s latest manufacturing technology developments that will help the Navy reach its goals. The overarching objective is to reduce total ownership cost of naval ships while enhancing the competitiveness of the domestic shipbuilding industry.

Keynote addresses were given by RADM David J. Hahn, Chief of Naval Research, Office of Naval Research; and RDML Lorin C. Selby, Chief Engineer and Deputy Commander for Ship Design, Integration and Naval Engineering, Naval Sea Systems Command.

Dr. David E. Walker, Portfolio Director, Office of Naval Research, moderated the program, which also included briefs from John U. Carney, Director, Navy ManTech Program, Office of Naval Research; and Rick Spaulding, National Shipbuilding Research Program/Vice President, Central Planning and Process Excellence, Ingalls Shipbuilding. Panel discussions centered on “Lead Ship vs. Follow-on Ship Cost Differential” and “Integrated Warfare Systems” and included leaders in key Navy program offices and industry.

The technical sessions featured briefs and posters in these categories:

• Joining Technologies
• Product Design
• Production Processes
• Shipbuilding Processes and Technologies
• Additive Manufacturing
• Innovative Technologies
• Mixed Reality Technologies
• Robotics

ShipTech is sponsored by the Office of Naval Research and the Navy ManTech program and is supported by Accelerated Development & Support Corporation and the Navy Metalworking Center, which is operated by Concurrent Technologies Corporation.

Click here for a brief slide show highlighting ShipTech’s activities.

For more information, contact:
Mr. Rob Akans
Senior Technical Director