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Archive for January, 2014



A Design and Production Genius – Andrew Higgins

LCVP (Higgins Boat)

This is a fantastic story about how Andrew Higgins won World War II for America.  The US Navy was not happy about this small boat builder on St. Charles Ave in New Orleans who designed and built a more superior landing craft than the US Navy.  This boat was called the LCVP (Landing Craft, Vehicle, Personnel) or Higgins Boat and it ended up being used extensively in amphibious landings in World War II.  World renowned historian and biographer, Stephen Ambrose tells this amazing story in a three part series.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

It’s hard to imagine any single person who had as large of an impact on our success in World War II as Andrew Higgins.

Andrew Higgins

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USCG Barque Eagle – Service Life Extension Program

USCG Barque Eagle

USCG Barque Eagle

We are excited to announce that we will be supporting the United States Coast Guard on the Service Life Extension Program (SLEP) for the USCG Barque Eagle. The Barque Eagle is the tall ship training vessel for the USCG Academy.  This vessel was built at the Blohm + Voss Shipyard in Hamburg, Germany in 1936.  At the close of WW2 this ship was taken by the U.S. from the Germans as a war reparation.  The Eagle’s datasheet can be found here.

Tridentis will be performing naval architecture and marine engineering services to extend the service life of this vessel.  This is a multiyear program including a tremendous amount of engineering work.  Some of the services we will be providing include:

  • Developing an approach to update the anchor windlass with a logistically supportable unit.
  • Recapitalizing the entire refrigeration plant with a logistically supportable system.  Replacing all of the reefer boxes with a standard Coast Guard configuration.
  • Consolidating the compressed air system and redesigning the system to USCG CFR standards for engine starting.

Tridentis is a small business subcontractor on this contract with The Columbia Group supporting the USCG Surface Forces Logistics Center

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