Category: Industry News

Global Receives Grant monies for Apprenticeship Program

Governor Tom Wolf announced today over $20,000 in new funding for Global/SFC Valve Inc., through Pennsylvania’s Pre-Apprentice and Apprenticeship Grant Program (Apprenticeship Program), a statewide program that offers assistance to registered apprenticeship programs.

“Apprenticeship Program funding mutually benefits businesses and apprentices ready to learn, allowing Global/SFC Valve, Inc., to specifically train apprentices for in demand machinist positions to support their operations—one being a critical supplier to the United States Navy—while funneling trainees into manufacturing careers,” said Gov. Wolf. “My administration is proud to support Global/SFC Valve, Inc., as they strategically grow and provide new opportunities in Somerset County.”

The project received $21,203, which will enable Global/SFC Valve Inc., to train three apprentices to become machinists capable of working on the Navy nuclear valves for United States aircraft carrier and submarines.

Although a major supplier for the United States Navy, in a rural region, Global/SFC Valve Inc., has struggled to hire experienced machinists. This funding will support on-the-job training in addition to classroom training for apprentices.

“Global is very thankful for this grant to fund our apprenticeship program. In the past two years, we have held classes for two of our veteran employees to receive their Journeyman papers. We also have three recent graduates from the local area school districts that have started this program. These apprentices are eager to be learning valuable new skills all while earning their paycheck,” said Global/SFC Valve Inc. President and CEO Linda Heining.

Global/SFC Valve Inc. supplies the highest quality underway replenishment systems, as well as standard valves and fluid control systems, along with many other maritime products and services to the U.S. Navy.

The Pre-Apprentice and Apprenticeship Program works to increase apprenticeship availability to Pennsylvania employers to assist them with their talent recruitment and development. Funding is provided to eligible applicants for the purpose of reaching the goal of increasing apprenticeship accessibility across the state. Eligible uses of funds include expenses related to instruction that complements on-the-job learning.

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On October 10, 1845 the US Naval Academy Opens

The United States Naval Academy opens in Annapolis, Maryland, with 50 midshipmen students and seven professors. Known as the Naval School until 1850, the curriculum included mathematics and navigation, gunnery and steam, chemistry, English, natural philosophy, and French. The Naval School officially became the U.S. Naval Academy in 1850, and a new curriculum went into effect, requiring midshipmen to study at the academy for four years and to train aboard ships each summer—the basic format that remains at the academy to this day.

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US Navy's Most Unique Ship Looks Like Noah's Ark

The U.S. Navy’s most unique ship is headed from Mississippi to Japan. Named APL 67, this brick-shaped ship is known as a berthing barge and is quite similar to Noah’s Ark.

This special vessel has been designed to accommodate sailors when their warships are temporarily uninhabitable.

The APL 67 is grey white. It is 267 feet long and 68.7 feet wide. It rises about four stories above the water and is primarily featureless.

Its enormous size has led many to compare it to Noah’s Ark. (The Ark, was considerably huge 525 feet and 87 feet wide measurements.)

VT Halter Marine, an American shipbuilding company, constructed it in Pascagoula, Mississippi.

Presently, it is travelling to San Diego Naval Base and will then travel across to Fleet Activity Yokosuka, Japan. Fleet Activity Yokosuka across the Pacific Ocean is home to the Seventh Fleet of the U.S. Navy.

The ship has no engine, sensors, or weapons. It is most like to never leave the port. But it can still accommodate a total of 74 officers and 537 enlisted personnel on board. Sailors will stay on the barge for short periods while their assigned ships are undergoing maintenance work.

The vessel will be a favourable temporary residence for crew members who need to live nearby the port for ant inter-deployment training cycles or respond immediately to emergencies. The barge is also towable to any new location and put up as living quarters for the sailors.

For instance, when the ship goes to Yokosuka, Japan, the Navy will not have to seek out 300 hotel rooms for the crew. It can easily act as a floating hotel. In addition to that, the barges are also usable for humanitarian purposes and many other temporary projects.

The U.S. Navy hold several barges across the globe. APL 67 is one such barge of the four that is specifically built for the Navy. It is constructed by VT Halter Marine.

Article by: MI News Network - July 26, 2021

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She Was a Pioneering Navy Submarine Officer. Now She's Headed to Space

Lt. Cmdr. Kayla Barron, one of the first women to serve on a Navy submarine, is now one step closer to being one of the first women to walk on the Moon.

Barron, 33, who commissioned as a Navy officer in 2010, was selected by NASA out of a pool of approximately 18,000 people to join the 2017 astronaut candidate class.

"I think I've been lucky to be in the right place at the right time for some of these big changes, the submarine force being a great example. They opened the community to women during my senior year at the Naval Academy, allowing me to volunteer to serve in that community," Barron said.

She would ultimately serve on the Ohio-class ballistic submarine Maine, where she'd complete three patrols in the job of division officer.

For her first spaceflight, Barron will serve as a mission specialist for the SpaceX Crew-3 mission to the International Space Station. The mission is slated for launch "no earlier than Sunday Oct. 31," according to a NASA Commercial Crew Program post.

In addition to the upcoming SpaceX Crew-3 mission this fall, Barron is also set to take part in NASA's Artemis program, which aims to "send the first woman and next man to the Moon" by 2024.

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Global SFC/Valve Corporation is taking part in the ACIBC Action Days.

ACIBC represents more than 2,000 businesses from 46 states that supply parts, equipment and services for the construction and maintenance of U.S. Navy aircraft carriers.  Established in 2004, ACIBC seeks to preserve the strenght of the aircraft carrier force and promote the value of the aircraft carrier industrial base as a vital part of the nation's overall defense structure. 


Picture and Information taken from ACIBC website.

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