S. Navy's Manager of New Destroyer Program
Louisville and Tours MTTC
||Dick Gilbert, (right)
Technology Director at MTTC, discusses the latest Technology Transfer projects with USN
Captain Fred Parker. MTTC's Technology Transfer efforts match commercially produced
products with military needs, saving taxpayers millions of dollars per year.
17, 2000; Louisville KY- The local chapter of the American Society of Naval Engineers
(ASNE) invited U.S. Navy Captain Fred Parker, Program Manager for the DDG-51 (Arleigh
Burke Class) Guided Missile Destroyer, to speak at their April 17th meeting.
During his visit to Louisville, Captain Parker toured the MTTC and reviewed some of our
Technology Transfer projects.The MTTC Technology Transfer project for DDG-51 Louvers directly
affected the ships in the DDG-51 program. We also explained the MTTC's role in the
following Technology Transfer projects: Low Maintenance Bilge Paint, Stratica Deck Tile,
Superbolt Fasteners, Watertight Door Hinges, K-Flex/Ecotherm Insulation and Topside
In addition to the MTTC, Captain Parker also visited the
Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Pt. Hueneme Division, Louisville Detachment, United
Defense and Raytheon at the Technology Park of Greater Louisville. The DDG-51 Class
Destroyer program contracts with United Defense and Raytheon to supply shipboard ordnance
to the Navy.
Captain Parker's visit was important to the entire defense complex at the Technology
Park of Greater Louisville, because the Captain's program is responsible for a
multi-billion dollar annual expenditure for shipbuilding at both Bath Iron Works in Bath,
Maine and at Ingalls Shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi. It is the only active combatant
shipbuilding program in the Navy. Since Naval Ordnance Station closed, many people have
forgotten that private contractors are still overhauling Navy torpedo tubes, gun barrels,
and decoy launchers, and producing main battery guns and PHALANX Close-In Weapon Systems.
In addition, NSWC Pt. Hueneme Division still conducts In-Service Engineering Agent duties
at the former Ordnance Station. The DDG-51 Program presents a significant opportunity for
the Louisville defense manufacturing community, and we were honored to have Captain Fred
Parker visit our facilities and review our progress and accomplishments.
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