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Navy Selects Mikros for New Shipboard Networks

Mikros Systems Corporation, announced that it was recently awarded two new U.S. Navy contracts. The contracts cover follow-on work based on Mikros' AIRchitect-EMC wireless network design tool, "interference-aware" network design software which allows the Navy to optimize shipboard network design while avoiding interference with critical radar and communications systems. AIRchitect-EMC was developed by Mikros and subcontractor Intelli-Check - Mobilisa, (Port Townsend, WA) for the Navy under a SBIR Phase II development contract to study Radar Wireless Spectral Efficiency (RWSE). The first program is a subcontract to the Classified Wireless Networks for Embedded Forces program, which is a pilot program run by the Navy's PMW160 Program Office and funded by the Office of Naval Research Rapid Technology Transition program. AIRchitect-EMC will be used to help design a shipboard network for use by USMC Marine Expeditionary Forces, and networks will be installed on two LHD ships. This program is funded initially at $50,000 in FY08, with additional funding expected in FY09. The second program is funded directly by the Navy's PMW750 CVN program office, and covers network design studies for the new aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford. This program is funded initially at $100,000 in FY08 and if successful, may result in additional funding in FY09.


CVN 21 Program Manager Change of Command

Program Executive Officer (PEO) for Aircraft Carriers recently held a change of command ceremony for Capt. Michael Schwartz, who was relieved of his duties as CVN 21 program manager. In the same ceremony Capt. Brian Antonio assumed command as CVN 21 program manager. In a ceremony held after the change of command, Schwartz retired marking an end to his 26 years of service in the Navy. In August 2000, Schwartz reported to PEO Aircraft Carriers


Photo of the Day

A RIM-7 NATO Sea Sparrow surface-to-air missile launches from the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) during a missile attack simulation. The RIM-7 Sea Sparrow is a medium-range, rapid-reaction, missile weapon system that provides the capability of destroying hostile aircraft, anti-ship missiles and surface missile platforms. Enterprise and embarked Carrier Air Wing One (CVW-1) are currently underway in the Atlantic Ocean conducting Tailored Ship's Training Availability


Northrop Grumman Awarded $24.6m Planning and Design Contract for

Northrop Grumman Corporation received a $24.6 million planning and design contract for CVN 79, the second aircraft carrier of the CVN 78 Class. The company's Newport News sector will perform the work, which includes planning, feasibility studies, system development, engineering services and other design efforts. Enhancements being incorporated in the CVN 78 Class design include flight deck changes resulting in increased sortie rates;


Stennis Headed for Washington

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) departs Naval Air Station North Island, Calif., for her new homeport of Bremerton, Wash. The Stennis and its crew of over 2,500 Sailors and their families are moving as part of the regular rotation of carriers throughout the fleet. San Diego has been home for Stennis and her crew members for six years. U.S. Navy photo


Aircraft Carrier Suppliers Meet on Capitol Hill

Washington, D.C. – Representatives from more than 2,000 companies from around the country which provide parts and services for the construction and maintenance of aircraft carriers are meeting in Washington, D.C., this week to urge Congress to continue federal funding support for the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier programs. The parts and services suppliers are members of the Aircraft Carrier Industrial Base Coalition (ACIBC) and are meeting as part of the eighth annual Action Days Conference


DRS Technologies Awarded Navy Contracts Worth $47 M

DRS Technologies, Inc. has received several contracts with a total value of $47 million to provide power electronics and control equipment for several U.S. Navy combatant ship classes currently under construction and to provide advanced design work for the Navy's next-generation DD(X) destroyer and CVN(X) aircraft carrier programs. The contracts were awarded by various U.S. Navy shipyards, defense industry prime contractors and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs)


USS Ronald Reagan Commissioned in Norfolk

The Navy’s newest and most sophisticated nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), was commissioned July 12, 2003 at the Norfolk Naval Station in Norfolk, Va. Named after America's 40th president, Reagan is the ninth Nimitz-class aircraft carrier built by Northrop Grumman Newport News and the first carrier named for a living president. The keynote speaker for the commissioning ceremony was Vice President of the United States, Dick Cheney. Mrs


Four Carrier Strike Groups To Return From Summer Pulse ’04

After successfully demonstrating responsive, credible combat power across the globe by operating in five theaters with other U.S., allied and coalition military forces, four carrier strike groups (CSGs), including their associated ships, submarines, aircraft and more than 20,000 Sailors, are returning July 22 through July 26. These include forces from USS George Washington (CVN 73) (GW), USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), and USS Enterprise (CVN 65) CSGs


Nimitz CSG Ships Arrive in South Korea

The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) is moored near the Republic of Korean submarine Sohn Won-il (SSK 072) at Busan Naval Base. The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier is taking part in Exercise Key Resolve/Foal Eagle 2008, an annual joint exercise involving forces from the U.S. and the ROK. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Lou Rosales From Nimitz Carrier Strike Group 11 Public Affairs USS Nimitz (CVN 68)


Today in U.S. Naval History: June 20

Battle of Philippine Sea (WikiCommons)

Today in U.S. Naval History - June 20 1813 - Fifteen U.S. gunboats engage three British ships in Hampton Roads, Va. 1815 - Trials of Fulton I, built by Robert Fulton, are completed in New York. This ship would become the Navy's first steam-driven warship.


'Ford' Anchor Aweigh at Newport News Shipbuilding

Anchor-handling test: Photo courtesy of HII

Huntington Ingalls Industries'  reports that its Newport News Shipbuilding division has successfully completed anchor testing on the aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), bringing the ship closer to its 2016 delivery to the U.S. Navy


Huge Hull for HMS Prince of Wales Ready for Delivery

Photo courtesy of BAE Systems

BAE Systems informed that a huge section of the U.K. Royal Navy’s second Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier, HMS Prince of Wales, was loaded onto a barge in Glasgow over the weekend ahead of its departure to Rosyth later this month.


HMS Queen Elizabeth Floats for the First Time

HMS Queen Elizabeth floats for the first time (Photo courtesy of BAE Systems)

The U.K.'s largest ever warship, HMS Queen Elizabeth, has today been floated out of the dock in which she was assembled. In an operation that started earlier this week, the drydock in Rosyth near Edinburgh was flooded for the first time to allow the 65,000-metric-ton aircraft carrier to float


US Sens. Kaine and Reed Visit Newport News Shipbuilding

Pictured with U.S. Sens. Tim Kaine and Jack Reed  in front of USS Abraham Lincoln are (left to right) Capt. Karl Thomas, the ship’s commanding officer; Todd West, director, Newport News’ RCOH program; and Chris Miner, Newport News’ vice president of in-service aircraft carrier programs. Photo by Chris Oxley, Huntington Ingalls Industries

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) hosted U.S. Sens. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Jack Reed (D-R.I.) Tuesday for a tour of the company's Newport News Shipbuilding division. The visit provided the senators an opportunity to meet shipbuilders and see construction progress being made on all programs across


Stennis Departs Dry Dock

USS John C. Stennis

  The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) has today departed the dry dock at Puget Sound Naval Shipyards and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PSNS & IMF) . The event marked the conclusion of the 9-month dry dock portion of Stennis’ Docking


Aircraft Carrier 'Control Tower' Module Installed at NNS

Module lift: Photo HII

Huntington Ingalls Industries says that its Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) division recently placed a new upper-level structure on top of USS Abraham Lincoln's (CVN 72) island, which is similar to an airport control tower. The aircraft carrier is undergoing its refueling and complex overhaul


Today in U.S. Naval History: May 7

Japanese aircraft carrier Shoho is torpedoed, during attacks by U.S. Navy carrier aircraft in the late morning of 7 May 1942. Photographed from a USS Lexington (CV-2) plane. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives

Today in U.S. Naval History - May 7 1779 - Continental Navy sloop Providence captures British brig Diligent off Cape Charles 1934 - USS Constitution completes tour of principal U.S. ports 1940 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt orders Pacific Fleet to remain in Hawaiian waters


HII Reports Q1 Earnings Jump

Newport NEws works on the USS Abraham Lincoln’s (CVN 72) refueling and complex overhaul (Photo by John Whalen/HII)

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) reported first quarter 2014 revenues of $1.59 billion, up 2 percent compared to the same period last year. First quarter diluted earnings per share was $1.81, compared to diluted earnings per share of $0.87 in the same period of 2013


Top Chinese Military Commander Visits America

General Fang visits LCS 4: Image USN

Chief of the General Staff, People's Republic of China, Gen. Fang Fenghui is on a scheduled two-day visit to San Diego hosted by Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet (C3F) Vice Adm. Kenneth Floyd.
 His visit is part of a week-long engagement hosted by Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, U.S. Army Gen


Unmanned Navy Carrier Aircraft Program: Progress Update

X-47B flies  near CVN 77: Photo credit USN

One year ago, Sailors watched an unmanned air vehicle take-off from a nuclear-powered carrier flight deck for the first time in naval aviation history, says Capt. Beau Duarte
, Unmanned Carrier Aviation program manager: "May 14, 2013 was an extraordinary day for the Navy


HII Hosts Defense UnderSec Frank Kendall

Undersecretary Frank Kendall Tours Ford: Photo HII

Huntington Ingalls Industries informs that it hosted Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, for a tour of the company's Newport News Shipbuilding division. Kendall visited the shipyard to learn more about cost-reduction efforts and to see the


Today in U.S. Naval History: June 2

USS Long Island (Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.)

Today in U.S. Naval History - June 2 1861 - USS Perry captures Confederate privateer Savannah 1941 - First aircraft escort vessel, USS Long Island (ACG-1), commissioned, then reclassified as an auxiliary aircraft carrier (AVC-1) on 20 August and finally reclassified as an escort carrier


US Navy Awards Contract To Dismantle Constellation

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The Navy competitively awarded a contract to International Shipbreaking Limited of Brownsville, Texas, for the towing, dismantling and recycling of conventionally powered aircraft carriers stricken from service, June 13.   Under the contract


SECNAV Orders Amphibious Transport Dock Ship to Gulf

USS Mesa Verde: Photo USN

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel today ordered the amphibious transport dock ship 'USS Mesa Verde' into the Arabian Gulf, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.
 The ship has completed its transit through the Strait of Hormuz, the admiral said in a statement.






 
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