space
space
Peshtigo Times
space
space
space
Perspectives
* From My Window
space
space
Sports Shorts
* Online Tools Show Banned Baiting and Feeding Areas
* Hunters Encouraged To Have Deer Tested For CWD
* Hunters Buying Licenses Can Make Donation To Boost Habitat Work
* Coleman Falls to Tough Iola-Scandinavia
* Oconto/Wausukee Meet ends at Sectional Semis

space
Peshtigo Fire
space
e-Edition
Now Available
For more information
click here
dot
THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
space
dot
space
070418frontmarinevisit.jpg

ON BOARD-The Honorable Richard V. Spencer, Secretary of the United States Navy, and his wife, Polly Spencer, donned hard hats on Thursday, June 28 to tour the Fincantieri Marinette Marine shipyard. Photo above shows them aboard LCS 13 (USS Wichita), during the tour. He is on the far right, and Mrs. Spencer, in the white shirt, is standing next to him. She has been chosen to be sponsor of LCS 27, the future USS Nantucket, which is also being built at the Marinette shipyard. The Wichita was lunched and christened in Marinette in September of 2016 and is afloat on the Menominee River undergoing finishing touches before being turned over to the Navy.

Navy Secretary Spencer Visits Marinette Marine

Issue Date: July 5, 2018

Secretary of the Navy, The Honorable Richard V. Spencer, visited the Fincantieri Marinette Marine shipyard, the home of Freedom-Variant Littoral Combat Ship production on Thursday, June 28. The Lockheed Martin-led Team Freedom has delivered five ships to the U.S. Navy to date, with two more scheduled for delivery this year. This was Spencer's first visit to the Marinette shipyard. Spencer was sworn in as the 76th secretary of the Navy on Aug. 3 of 2017.

 "It is truly great to see what is being produced up here with the American worker," Secretary Spencer said during a shipyard tour. "We're producing a ship that based on price is exceptional. We're also going to increase the capabilities of these ships and they're going to be an integral part of the small surface combatants."

Spencer was impressed by the facilities at the shipyard and pleased with the dedicated and capable workforce. Of the LCS program in general, Spencer declared, "This country should be really proud, of both the producers and the product"The balance between the product, price and performance is incredible!" He thanked all the workers for their efforts to build an excellent product for America. "Thank you for getting behind national defense and supporting it," he told them.

Spencer visited to view the modernized production line and tour LCS 13, the future USS WICHITA. The Wichita was launched and christened in September of 2016. With him for the tour was his wife, Polly Spencer, sponsor for LCS 27, the future USS Nantucket, which is to be built at Marinette Marine. Marinette Marine was awarded the construction contract for this ship on Oct. 6, 2017.

LCS is a fast, agile, mission-focused- platform designed for operation in near-shore environments yet capable of open-ocean operation, designed to defeat threats such as mines, quiet diesel submarines and fast surface craft. The vessels can be constructed in components, and are outfitted with reconfigurable payloads called "mission modules," which can be changed out quickly, depending on the assignment and the need.

The LCS class consists of two variants - the Freedom variant , with odd numbered hulls, and the Independence variant, with even numbered hulls, are designed and built by two industry teams.

Contract for USS Freedom (LCS1), was awarded in 2008 and she was commissioned in 2013. The Freedom variant is a steel monohull design. The Freedom team is led by Lockheed Martin and the vessels are constructed at the Fincantieri Marinette Marine Shipyard in Marinette.

The Independence variant is an aluminum trimaran design originally built by an industry team led by General Dynamics Bath Iron Works for LCS 2 and LCS 4. Currently, Independence variant LCS (LCS 6 and subsequent even-numbered hulls) are constructed by Austal USA in the company's Mobile, Alabama, shipyard. Spencer said cost and performance of the two variants of the LCS are very similar."

Asked about the future of the LCS program, Spencer said the LCS design "is a great platform that we're going to add to and build on."Asked how many LCS will be built, and when contracts will be awarded, Spencer said the needs of the Navy and the overall health of the nation's industrial base need to be balanced. He said it is important to keep the excellent workforce at both Marinette and Mobile busy, without layoffs, to prevent having skilled and experienced workers move somewhere else.

Asked about possible impact of the recently imposed tariffs, Spencer replied, "We'll have many conversations when it comes to tariffs."

He said Marinette Marine is a contender for the new Frigate, the vessel he apparently was referring to when he said they will expand and improve the LCS platform, and the contract is to be awarded by 2020. "This shipyard has two entries," he said.

Over the past 10 years, the Freedom-variant industry team invested more than $120 million to modernize the Marinette shipyard, hire more than 1,000 people and trained a new workforce. This private investment optimized the shipyard for serial production at a rate of two Littoral Combat Ships per year.

Recently there have been plans to construct only two LCS each year, one of each variant,until construction of the Frigate can get underway.

Late last year Marinette Marine asked Marinette County to help finance some improvements at the shipyard, including purchase of equipment that would enable them to eliminate the sideways launch into the Menominee River that is required by current facilities.

Earlier this year County Board failed to approve a $50 million low interest loan that had been proposed for Marinette Marine. At the meeting on Tuesday, June 26, County Board Chair Mark Anderson suggested, as the subject of a future meeting, that they should still try to do something tangible to show support for the firm, which is the county's largest employer. Arguments in favor of the loan had included contentions that a show of firm community support would give them a better chance of winning the Frigate contract when it is awarded in 2020. The shipbuilder awarded that contract is likely to be building the vessels over the next 15 to 20 years. In February, the firm was awarded the contract to design the Navy's new guided-missile frigate, FFG(X).

The Lockheed Martin-led LCS team is comprised of shipbuilder Fincantieri Marinette Marine, naval architect Gibbs & Cox, and more than 800 suppliers in 42 states. Spokesmen for the team say the LCS is the Navy's most affordable surface combatant shipbuilding program.

Spencer brings a somewhat unique combination of military and business experience to his position. A Connecticut native, Spencer graduated from Rollins College in 1976 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. Upon graduation he joined the United States Marine Corps and served as an H-46 pilot until 1981 before departing active duty to enter the private finance sector.

He then worked on Wall Street for 16 years with responsibilities centered on investment banking services and a particular focus on strategic advisory services and capital market underwriting.  After three years as president of Crossroads Investment Management LLC, a leading venture capital and private equity fund-of-funds investment firm, Spencer joined Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. (NYSE-ICE), the leading electronic commodity futures exchange, as chief financial officer. From 2007 to 2017 he was the managing director of Fall Creek Management, LLC. During that time he also served on the board of directors of several other firms.

His charitable activities include board service on the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, The Community Foundation of Jackson Hole, Teton County Search & Rescue Foundation, Veterans Campaign/Center for Second Service, and Honoring Our Vets. He also served on the Defense Business Board and the Chief of Naval Operations Executive Panel.


Recent stories, opinions and photos

Issue Date Department Headline
11-15-2018Perspectives
From My Window

11-15-2018Perspectives
Country Cousin

11-08-2018Obituaries
Richard W. Alfredson, Sr.

11-08-2018Obituaries
Steven R. Butterfield

11-08-2018Obituaries
Fay E. Carlsen

11-08-2018Obituaries
Kathleen A. Kilpela

11-08-2018Obituaries
Gertrude L. Pillath

11-08-2018Obituaries
Evert J. Ramstrum

11-08-2018Obituaries
Marvel A.Elbe

11-08-2018Obituaries
Carol A. Schlesner

11-08-2018Obituaries
Viola E. Anderson

11-08-2018Obituaries
Bernard C. Barker

11-08-2018Obituaries
Florence L. Brofka

11-08-2018Obituaries
Gregory Carlson

11-08-2018Obituaries
Lorraine A. Kahle

11-08-2018Obituaries
Jerry L. Kell

11-08-2018Obituaries
John S. Kowalczyk Jr.

11-08-2018Obituaries
Louis F. McClain

11-08-2018Obituaries
Ruby D. Nelson

11-08-2018Obituaries
Richard B. Peterson

11-08-2018Obituaries
Jeanette C. Robison

11-08-2018Obituaries
Margaret Shaffer

11-08-2018Obituaries
Germaine D. Simonson

11-08-2018Obituaries
Lorrayne Surprise

11-08-2018Obituaries
Richard J. Tickler

11-08-2018Obituaries
Phebe White

11-08-2018Obituaries
Waleria Wojcik

11-08-2018Sports
Online Tools Show Banned Baiting and Feeding Areas

11-08-2018Sports
Hunters Encouraged To Have Deer Tested For CWD

11-08-2018
Thunder Roll to Win in 2018-19 Season Opener

11-08-2018Sports
Hunters Buying Licenses Can Make Donation To Boost Habitat Work

11-08-2018Perspectives
Country Cousin

11-08-2018Perspectives
From our readers

11-08-2018Perspectives
From My Window

11-08-2018Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Church Pie/Bake Sale Nov. 21

11-08-2018Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Red Hats Nov. 8

11-08-2018Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Blood Drive is Nov. 27th

11-08-2018Community - Wausaukee
Holiday Harmony at Marinette Center Dec. 8

11-08-2018Community - Crivitz
Town of Lake Gets Loan

11-08-2018Community - Crivitz
Blood Drive at Crivitz Nov. 9th

11-08-2018Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Man Wins $150,000 in Lottery

11-08-2018Community - Crivitz
Seth Alfaro to Speak in Crivitz

11-08-2018Community - Coleman
Coleman Utility Board To Meet Tues., Nov 13

11-08-2018Community - Coleman
Coleman To Finalize Some Referendum Project Plans

11-08-2018Community - Coleman
Pound Christmas Parade Dec. 8th

11-08-2018Community - Coleman
Golden Agers List Card Club Winners

11-08-2018Front Page
Officers Honored

11-08-2018Front Page
Incumbents Returned To Posts In Marinette County

11-08-2018Front Page
Budgets Top Agenda For Peshtigo Council Nov. 7

11-08-2018Front Page
Riverside Cemetery Board To Consider Rules Change

11-08-2018Front Page
Holiday Tour of Homes Set for Nov. 30, Dec. 1

11-01-2018Front Page
PHS To Honor Area Veterans Nov. 9th

11-01-2018Front Page
Marinette County Taxes Are Down Slightly Again

11-01-2018Front Page
Oconto To Consider Requests For ATV/Snowmobile Routes

11-01-2018Front Page
City, School Officials Share Ideas For Traffic Safety At High School

11-01-2018Front Page
Town of Peshtigo Fire Commission Hears 2019 Equipment Requests

11-01-2018Sports
Coleman Falls to Tough Iola-Scandinavia

11-01-2018Sports
Oconto/Wausukee Meet ends at Sectional Semis

11-01-2018Sports
Woller, Hansen Lead Area Runners at State

11-01-2018Sports
Six Teams & Individuals Win State Cross Country Championships

11-01-2018Community - Coleman
Beaver Church Booyah Lunch, Raffle Nov. 4th

11-01-2018Community - Coleman
Coleman Lioness Big 1 in 10 Raffle Nov. 10

11-01-2018Community - Coleman
Craft Show at Coleman Nov. 17

11-01-2018Community - Coleman
Coleman School Pre-K Screening

11-01-2018Community - Crivitz
$150,000 Lottery Ticket in Crivitz

11-01-2018Community - Crivitz
Fall Harvest Unity Dinner is Nov. 4th

11-01-2018Community - Crivitz
ALA Marinette County Collect Member Dues

11-01-2018Community - Crivitz
Thanksgiving Dinner at Northwood's Church

11-01-2018Community - Wausaukee
Legion Post 66 Vets Day Dinner Nov. 3rd

11-01-2018Community - Wausaukee
Hunters Supper at St. Augustine Nov. 17

11-01-2018Community - Wausaukee
Bake Sale Nov. 17 at Wausaukee Church

11-01-2018Community - Wausaukee
Blood Drive  November 26th Wausaukee School

11-01-2018Perspectives
From My Window

11-01-2018Perspectives
From Our Readers

11-01-2018Perspectives
Country Cousin

11-01-2018Obituaries
Janice Wankowski

11-01-2018Obituaries
Ann Hassman

11-01-2018Obituaries
Richard J. Anglehart

11-01-2018Obituaries
Allan E. Anglemyer

11-01-2018Obituaries
Clarence Dionne, Jr.

11-01-2018Obituaries
Marjorie C. Hanson

11-01-2018Obituaries
Michael U. Jonas

11-01-2018Obituaries
Barbara L. Macht

11-01-2018Obituaries
Clara L. Mathias

11-01-2018Obituaries
John F. Miller

11-01-2018Obituaries
Elizabeth A. Mullins

11-01-2018Obituaries
Eric R. Niemi

11-01-2018Obituaries
Olga L. Schneider

11-01-2018Obituaries
Jerold Wendt

11-01-2018Obituaries
Patricia M. Wiandt

11-01-2018Obituaries
David A. Zeitler

10-25-2018Obituaries
Connie B. Ball

10-25-2018Obituaries
Linda M. Barrette

10-25-2018Obituaries
Wallace J. Beaudry

10-25-2018Obituaries
Chris L. Champagne

10-25-2018Obituaries
Michael Cronick Sr.

10-25-2018Obituaries
Gerald F. Degrand

10-25-2018Obituaries
James Duer

10-25-2018Obituaries
Gary R. Effenberger

10-25-2018Obituaries
Dean Grant

10-25-2018Obituaries
Linda M. O'Leary

10-25-2018Obituaries
Kenneth W. Race

10-25-2018Obituaries
Robert L. Reeser, Jr.

10-25-2018Obituaries
Randy L. Shehow

10-25-2018Obituaries
Leatha A. Sokolowski

10-25-2018Obituaries
Evelyn S. VanHese

10-25-2018Obituaries
Sterling H. Zickuhr

10-25-2018Sports
Oct. 31 Deadline To Purchase Sturgeon Spearing Licenses

10-25-2018Sports
Area Runners Head To State Meet in Wisconsin Rapids

10-25-2018Sports
Rangers/Blue Devils Advance to"Sectional Semis

10-25-2018Sports
Tough Opening Round For Area Teams; Coleman is Sole Survivor

10-25-2018Perspectives
Country Cousin

10-25-2018Perspectives
From our readers

10-25-2018Perspectives
From My Window

10-25-2018Community - Wausaukee
Crivitz, Wausaukee Lions Give Awards

10-25-2018Community - Wausaukee
Christy Fisher Speaks to Wausaukee Students

10-25-2018Community - Wausaukee
Middle Inlet Recycling Center Opened Oct. 6

10-25-2018Community - Crivitz
American Legion Auxiliary Meet

10-25-2018Community - Crivitz
Woman's Club Gives Donation

10-25-2018Community - Crivitz
Seth Alfaro to Speak in Crivitz

10-25-2018Community - Crivitz
Fall Harvest Unity Dinner is Nov. 4th

10-25-2018Community - Coleman
Coleman Students Tour Washington D.C. Sites

10-25-2018Community - Coleman
Senior Club To Meet Nov. 5th

10-25-2018Community - Coleman
Heart and Pat Benatar Tribute at Equity Hall

10-25-2018Community - Coleman
Concealed Carry Class Nov. 13

10-25-2018Front Page
Free Burgers

10-25-2018Front Page
Proposed Marinete County Tax Levy Is Down Slightly

10-25-2018Front Page
Propose Peshtigo City Tax Equal To Last Year

10-25-2018Front Page
Town Of Peshtigo Hear Zoning Request

10-25-2018Front Page
Peshtigo School Budget Meeting Set For Oct. 29

10-18-2018Obituaries
Joseph Bikowski

10-18-2018Obituaries
Kurt Burge

10-18-2018Obituaries
Agnes Campbell

10-18-2018Obituaries
Byford A. Carter

10-18-2018Obituaries
Sandra Dubovenko

10-18-2018Obituaries
Lorraine M. Ehlert

10-18-2018Obituaries
Roger C. Eklund

10-18-2018Obituaries
Kathryn A. Firgens

10-18-2018Obituaries
Terry Flannery

10-18-2018Obituaries
Jamie Glish

10-18-2018Obituaries
Dean Grant

10-18-2018Obituaries
Mary P. Gribbons

10-18-2018Obituaries
Mildred R. Haulotte

10-18-2018Obituaries
Donald Hirsch

10-18-2018Obituaries
Harold K. Johnson

10-18-2018Obituaries
Wayne F. Louis

10-18-2018Obituaries
Daniel O. Lynch

10-18-2018Obituaries
Ida F. Maske

10-18-2018Obituaries
Linda E. Nicklaus

10-18-2018Obituaries
Matthew A. Neshek


space
Peshtigo Times
WEB Poll!
Should President Trump send the military to our southern borders to prevent illegals from coming in?
space Yes
No
Undecided
space
TO VOTE CLICK
YES, NO or UNDECIDED

Suggest a Question
space .
space
FRONT
space
.
space
CLASSIFIEDS
space
.
space
COMMUNITY
space
.
space
GUEST BOOK
space
.
space
NEWS
space
.
space
OBITS
space
.
space
PERSPECTIVES
space
.
space
SPORTS
space
.
space
SUBSCRIBE
space
.
space
.
space
PESHTIGO FIRE
space
.
space
CUSTOM PRINTING
space
.
space
TIMES' SAVER
space
.
space
Click for Peshtigo, Wisconsin Forecast
FORECAST
space
Quick...
News or Ad Search
Enter News key words.
Enter Ad key words.



Peshtigo Times
841 Maple St
PO Box 187
Peshtigo, WI 54157
Phone: 715-582-4541
Email:
News@
PeshtigoTimes.com

space
Fax: 715-582-4662
© 2000-2018
All right reserved
space
Powered by
WEB Media
Interactive
COMMUNITY
WEB sites