Fairlead Participates in Panel Discussion at MMA Spring Meeting

16 February 2017


Arlington, VA, 16 February 2017 – VADM David Architzel, USN (Ret), President of Fairlead Boat Works, was a defense industry panelist at the Marine Machinery Association’s (MMA) 33rd Annual Spring Meeting, held 15-16 February in Arlington, VA in conjunction with the American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE) Technology, Systems & Ships (TSS) 2017 event.

The panel’s theme, “The Shipbuilding Team: How to Improve and Expand the Fleet“ was particularly timely so close to the Navy’s December 2016 release of a New Force Structure Assessment calling for a 355 ship fleet plan. VADM Architzel, representing industry, advocated the increased use and leverage of small business to significantly strengthen industry’s support to the Navy’s ship repair and construction plans. Architzel also talked to the burden and costs imposed on small businesses by the difficulties of the Navy’s acquisition process. Architzel stated “there are capabilities in the small business community supporting major primes and the Navy that can add significantly to the increased capacity necessary to meet the aggressive shipbuilding goals. Additionally, small businesses bring new technology, innovation, and responsiveness to help meet those goals.”

About Fairlead Integrated Power and Controls
Fairlead Integrated Power & Controls (FIPC), a division of Fairlead Integrated, has over the last decade developed technology and systems to efficiently control the use of fluids (air and water) in shipboard heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. These systems include militarized variable speed motor drives and electromechanical controls systems using the most innovative, latest technology and cost-effective commercial components that are packaged, militarized, and environmentally tested to meet rigid Navy specifications. These systems have been used in programs including the intelligent HVAC system in the Flexible Infrastructure Spaces in Ford Class aircraft carriers and in the Navy’s new High-Efficiency Super Capacity (HESC) chiller system slated for installation in December 2017 in USS John P. Murtha (LPD-27) and follow-on LPD, DDG Flight III, and LXR class ships.

About Fairlead Integrated
Fairlead Integrated is a veteran-owned, small business supplier of integrated electrical and control systems, large-scale mechanical fabrications and structures, precision machined metal components and subsystems, and advanced mobile containerized products. Fairlead’s products are part of mission critical systems in the U.S. Navy’s Nimitz and Ford-class aircraft carriers, Virginia-class submarines, all classes of surface combatants and amphibious ships including Arleigh Burke Class DDGs, San Antonio Class LPDs and the Littoral Combat Ship, and many classes of support and auxiliary ships of the Military Sealift Command, the Maritime Administration, and the U.S. Coast Guard. Additionally Fairlead provides repair and maintenance services to small boats and craft through its Fairlead Boat Works facility in Newport News, VA. Fairlead Integrated is headquartered in Portsmouth, VA with facilities in Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, and Newport News.

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