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Subcontract By Litton
Litton Industries has awarded
Westinghouse Electric Corpora- tion a multi-year subcontract with a potential value of $44.9 million to produce the main reduction gears for 30 U.S. Navy Spruance class destroyers, according to an announcement by Dr. R.L. Rod- erick, Litton Ship Systems presi- dent. The initial award covers the main propulsion reduction gear as- semblies on the first nine ships and totals $15.4 million.
Dr. Roderick stated : "This is one in a continuing series of significant major subcontracts that will be awarded on this important national defense effort to produce these ad- vanced multi-mission U.S. Navy destroyers. Within the next few months, subcontracts worth nearly 56 percent of the dollar value of each ship will have been awarded to hundreds of companies through- out the United States."
Previous awards on this program include a multi-year subcontract to
General Electric of Cincinnati with a potential of $130 million for marine gas turbine engines and a potential $101-million subcontract to General Electric of Syracuse for sonar systems.
Litton received the prime multi- year contract from the U.S. Navy with a potential total ceiling price of $2.14 billion for the production of 30 Spruance class (DD-963) destroyers in June 1970. Three ships were initially funded by 1970 appropriations providing for a ceil- ing price of $214 million. In Janu- ary 1971, Litton received an addi- tional authorization of $357.8 mil- lion for the second fiscal increment which provided for the production of six additional ships. This in- crement was the second in a plan- ned five consecutive fiscal year pro- curement program.
The subcontract to Westing- house calls for the design and pro- duction of 60 main reduction gear assemblies—two for each of the 30 Navy multi-mission destroyers.
These gears will reduce the speed of the marine gas turbine engine shafts—rotating at over 3,000 revo- lutions per minute—to the rota- tional speed required to drive the destroyer's controllable pitch pro- pellers.
Each gear assembly will weigh nearly 100 tons and are machined to within the close tolerances of a fine watch and must operate virtu- ally vibration free to assure a quiet ship for antisubmarine warfare missions. The gear assemblies will be built by Westinghouse Marine
Division at their plant in Sunny- vale, Calif.
These Spruance class ships, the first general purpose destroyer pro- duction program since the late 1950s, will be the backbone of the
U.S. Navy's destroyer forces in the 1970s and beyond. The destroyers were designed by Litton Ship Sys- tems Division's marine technology center at Culver City, Calif. They will be series-produced at Litton
Ship Systems' new ship manufac- turing facility at Pascagoula, Miss.
The new ship production plant, the most advanced in the world, will manufacture the destroyers using modular techniques.
Litton Industries, headquartered in Beverly Hills, Calif., is a major multinational corporation special- izing in products, systems and services for business, defense, ma- rine, industrial and professional markets.
Santa Fe Drilling
Names L.M. Jones
Lawrence M. Jones has been named vice president and regional manager, Western Hemisphere, for
Santa Fe Drilling Co.
Before moving to the company's new headquarters in Orange, Calif.,
Mr. Jones had been stationed in
London since 1968 as assistant manager, Eastern Hemisphere. In his new assignment, he is respon- sible for all Santa Fe drilling op- erations in North and South Amer- ica.
A 1956 petroleum engineering graduate of Colorado School of
Mines, Mr. Jones worked for Mo- bil Oil Co. five years before join- ing Santa Fe in 1961.
During his 10 years with Santa
Fe, Mr. Jones has been assigned to Peru, Chile, Venezuela, Iran,
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