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GBS Group News Nov 29, 2023

The GBS Group Expands Maritime Operations Into The Great Lakes Region

The GBS Group is expanding its maritime operations into the Great Lakes region. The Virginia Beach-based engineering firm has acquired Finn Marine LLC and hired the company’s founder and owner, Kevin G. Covell, to guide the company’s expansion plans. “Kevin’s impressive background and experience in all aspects of commercial and…

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GBS Group News Sep 29, 2023

Mackinaw Second Contract Award

On 07 August 2023, the U.S. Coast Guard awarded The GBS Group a contract to perform maintenance and support of the Integrated Power System (IPS) for the USCGC Mackinaw (WLBB 30).  The contract covers a base year plus four option years and follows a previous 5 year contract that GBS…

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GBS Group News Sep 27, 2023


On 11 July 2023, The GBS Group was awarded a contract from the Military Sealift Command (MSC) to design, build, install, and commission an Integrated Bridge System (IBS) along with various Pilot House Upgrades for the USNS Mercy (T-AH 19).   This award follows successful IBS design projects that GBS has…

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GBS Group News Sep 27, 2023

NOAA PA GA Dial Telephone Award

On 13 September 2023, The GBS Group was awarded a contract from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to design, build, install, and commission a new Public Address/ General Alarm (PA/GA), and Dial Telephone system for the Fisheries Research Ships Pisces, Oscar Dyson, Reuben Lasker, and Bell M. Shimada.  …

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Employee Highlight Jul 07, 2023

Julia Bedwell guides project control – and her career – at GBS

Need a hand at GBS? Ask Julia. Need to know how something at GBS is planned, bought, addressed, protected, marketed, sold or otherwise accounted for? Just ask Julia Bedwell. Chances are she knows, or else she knows someone who does. And she’s always ready to help. Julia is our GBS…

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Employee Highlight Mar 01, 2023

Meet Joshua Panzarella, The “Coolest Nerd You Know.”

It was an ordinary college “audiotronics” course that first got Joshua Panzarella plugged into the world of electronics. But it would ignite a passion for engineering and all things electronics that Josh brought to GBS 5 years ago, working with NAVSEA Code 515 on the Aegis Ashore Missile Defense System.

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GBS Group News Dec 21, 2022

GBS Group Named Sperry Marine’s Top Reseller For 2022

What a fantastic way to close out another amazing year at The GBS Group! GBS was recently named Sperry Marine’s Top Reseller in the Americas for 2022 at the International Work Boat Show held in New Orleans, and ranked among the company’s Top 5 resellers worldwide. “This is truly a…

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GBS Group News Dec 14, 2022

Employee Highlight: Christine Bontempi

At GBS, Maritime Engineer Christine Bontempi discovers a place to learn and grow When Christine Bontempi first decided to join The GBS Group, her plan was simply to develop her expertise as an automation engineer. She never dreamed it would be so rewarding. A native of Philadelphia, Christine had earned…

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Employee Highlight Jun 22, 2022

Can-do spirit propels GBS mechanical engineer Kurt Jarchow

The Philippine Navy ship was completely stuck on a coral reef, its 18-ton propellers and shafts badly bent. To the Philippine Navy, the ship – a former U.S. Coast Guard frigate – was more than just a ship. Its mere presence alone made it an important and valuable asset in…

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GBS Group News Apr 12, 2022

The IT Man

After 15 years, Juan Fernandez is still guiding our corporate infrastructure into the future When he was in the 6th grade, Juan Fernandez heard that the local library was offering free training on computer programming.  And that was his favorite kind of fun. So that summer, he’d walk 3 miles…

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