Last Saturday, January 10th, Austal christened USNS Trenton (JHSV 5) at its shipyard in Mobile. The USNS Trenton is the fifth of 10 Joint High Speed Vessels (JHSV) that Austal has under contract with the U.S. Navy as part of an overall 10-ship block-buy contract worth over $1.6 billion.

The 338-foot catamaran vessel was named Trenton by Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, after the capital of the state of New Jersey and the site of George Washington›s first military victory during the American Revolutionary War. 

“Trenton displays American values of community, perseverance and resourcefulness at their very best. I chose to name the Joint High Speed Vessel after Trenton to honor those values and the men and women of the city as well as the state of New Jersey,” Mabus said.

“Trenton is a true testament to the successful partnership that has developed between Austal USA, the Military Sealift Command, and the Navy. We’re very happy with how well this program has matured as we prepare our 5th JHSV for trials and delivery in the coming months,” Austal USA President Craig Perciavalle said. 

Trenton will soon join four other JHSVs which have been delivered over the last two years including USNS Spearhead (JHSV 1) which recently left on her second deployment since delivered in 2012.

“Trenton and her sister ships are innovative ships with incredible amounts of speed, volume and flexibility for their size; capabilities the Navy will be able to leverage for decades to come,” Perciavalle said.
“The success of the program is the direct result of the hard work and dedication of so many incredible shipbuilding professionals here at Austal – the best I’ve ever worked with. We’re so thankful for the support the JHSV program has received, as evidenced by the addition of JHSV 11 in the recently passed appropriations bill, and we’re excited about the program’s future.”

The ship’s sponsor, Ms. Virginia A. Kamsky, is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Kamsky Associates, Inc. (KAI), a strategic advisory firm with offices in Beijing and New York City.

Over 300 naval and shipyard guests attended the ceremony, which was held alongside the USNS Trenton at Austal USA’s Vessel Completion Yard (VCY). The Honorable Ray Mabus, Secretary of the Navy, was the principal speaker at the event.

Three JHSVs and six Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) are currently under construction in Austal’s Mobile shipyard. They will launch one ship and send JHSV 5 out on Builder’s Sea Trials in the Gulf of Mexico before the end of January.

For the LCS and JHSV programs, Austal is teamed with General Dynamics Mission Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics.
For the JHSV program, General Dynamics is responsible for the design, integration and testing of the navigation and communication systems, C4I and aviation systems.

EXIT Realty recognizes top producers
Jeanice Durgin was recently awarded top producer award for 2014 by Exit Realty Lyon in Mobile. The award was based on her annual gross commissions. She was also inducted into the 2 million dollar club. 

“Jeanice has worked hard and this award is well-deserved recognition of that effort,” Sue Lyon, co-owner of EXIT Realty said. “Jeanice is a top notch and determined agent. Her hard work has paid off this year and this award proves that fact” 

Lora Parnell was also recently given the award as 2014’s top listing agent and top closing agent of the year. Parnell was inducted into the million dollar club. 

«Lora has worked hard and this award is well-deserved recognition of that effort,» Lyon said. 

EXIT Realty Corp. International based out of Toronto, Canada, supplies systems that provide industry-specific interactive sales training. A portion of every transaction fee collected by the company is applied to a charitable fund. To date, over $2 million has been pledged to Habitat for Humanity. 

Wilkins Miller adds Hudson and Pinochet
Wilkins Miller LLC, an accounting and advisory firm with offices in Mobile and Fairhope, announced the addition of Mary-Katherine Hudson and Michelle Pinochet. Hudson and Pinochet have joined the firm’s Mobile office as accountants with a concentration in audit and tax.

Hudson graduated in 2013 with a B.S. in Accounting from Mississippi State University and in 2014 with a Masters in Accounting from the University of South Alabama. She is currently the accounting chair for the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk.

Pinochet graduated Cum Laude from the University of South Alabama in 2012 with a Accounting and is currently enrolled at South Alabama in the Masters of Business Administration program with an expected graduation date of May 2015. 

Pinochet was a senior research analyst for the Center for Real Estate and Economic Development at USA during her graduate assistantship and also a student member of the Alabama Society of CPAs and Who’s Who among Students in American Universities and Colleges.

McDowell Knight announces new attorneys
Local law firm McDowell Knight Roedder & Sledge LLC. recently announced the addition of attorneys S. Fraser Reid III and J. Blair Newman as members of the firm effective January 1, 2015.

Reid practices in the firm’s commercial and business litigation group. He regularly handles business disputes, banking related cases, and other commercial matters involving economic damages. Before joining McDowell Knight in 2012, Reid spent six years litigating complex civil matters for a Charleston, South Carolina, plaintiff’s firm and two years as a law clerk for The Honorable Dennis W. Shedd of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Reid has been named a rising star by Alabama Super Lawyers (2013-2014). He earned his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2004 and is admitted to practice in South Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama.
Newman practices in the firm’s general litigation and business litigation group.  He frequently handles contract disputes, shareholder and partnership and limited liability company litigation, insurance coverage matters, and product liability cases.  Before joining McDowell Knight in 2011, Newman worked in the government enforcement and white collar crime group in the New York office of international firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. 
Newman earned his J.D., summa cum laude, from the University of Alabama School of Law and was a senior editor for the Alabama Law Review. He is admitted to practice in Alabama and New York.