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Navy Lab Hosts Ceremony

Senior U.S. Navy and government officials will open the Navy's new Magnetic Silencing Complex at 10:00 a.m. on October 7th, 2002 at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division (NSWCCD) in Bethesda. NSWCCD commander Captain Steven Petri USN and executive director Mr. James Fein welcome U.S. Senator Paul Sarbanes and U.S. Representative Connie Morella as speakers. The $7.6 million complex totals 39,000 square feet and houses unique facilities for measuring magnetic fields of scaled surface ship and submarine ferromagnetic models, as well as full-scale shipboard equipment. The Navy uses such facilities reducing the susceptibility of ships and submarines to magnetic sea mines and magnetic detection systems. Accomplishing this demands comprehending the underlying physics and testing with physical models. The payoff for the Navy is affordable, effective systems with minimized costs associated with full-scale testing. The complex incorporates an Electromagnetic Signature Facility, Deperming and Assembly Laboratory, Background Sensor Laboratory, and Magnetic Fields Laboratory. The latter is unique, a facility simulating ambient magnetic conditions a ship will encounter anywhere on Earth--the only U.S. laboratory allowing accurate measurement of magnetic fields underneath of full-size operating equipment and magnetic scale physical models.


Human-Powered Sub Races Held At Navy Lab

The U.S. Navy's David Taylor Model Basin provided the setting for the sixth running of the International Human-Powered Submarine Races (ISR), a biennial engineering design competition, held June 11-15 at the Naval Surface Warfare Center's Carderock Division in Bethesda, Md. This was the third time the event was staged in the 3,000-ft. test tank. The races are a challenge that began in 1989 and have grown to an event that has seen the participation of universities, high schools, corporations


MSI Norfolk Opens New Labs

In January 2003 MarineSafety International's Norfolk Center began training in its new Radar/ARPA and ECDIS Labs. The new facilities include a three station Radar and ARPA lab which was purchased from Buffalo Computer Graphics and an 8 station ECDIS lab comprised of networked PC's which can host any one of several ECDIS programs including ECPINS and TRANSAS, among others. This expansion was undertaken to meet emerging U.S. Navy requirements for


Pacific Northwest Service Members Learn Emergency Response

Sailors, Marines and Soldiers visited Naval Base (NB) Kitsap Bangor for a three-week emergency medical technician (EMT) course which concludes May 18. Service members packed the 40 seats available to learn about first response in a medical emergency. “A new policy has been implemented to require EMT training for Sailors aboard submarines,” said Senior Chief Hospital Corpsman (SS/FMF/NAC) Shane Reece, event coordinator


Howell Laboratories Names Allen President, CEO

Howell Laboratories, Inc. announces the promotion of David G. Allen to President and Chief Executive Officer to succeed Paul A. Wescott, Howell’s President since 1977 who is retiring. Allen has been with Howell since 1982 in a variety of positions, most recently as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago and lives in Raymond with his wife and two children. Howell Laboratories, an employee owned company


Geo Shipyard Delivers R/V Apalachee

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Geo Shipyard Inc, New Iberia, La, delivered the R/V Apalachee, a 64x21x9’, aluminum catamaran for Florida State University Coastal and Marine Laboratory, St Teresa, Florida. Designed by Fyffe Yachts with NC lofting by Eli Ring, VP of Advance Fabricating, both of Kemah, Texas, the 48 passenger T-boat will support a verity of research missions in the Gulf of Mexico. DeJong and Lebet, Inc., Jacksonville, Florida provided construction oversight and plan review.


Naval Engineering Introduces Computer-Based Training

Center for Naval Engineering (CNE) Learning Site Great Lakes launched the first phase of Computer-Based Training (CBT) Nov. 28 with the first wave of Basic Engineering Common Core (BECC) students breaking in the new curriculum in an Integrated Learning Environment (ILE). Cmdr. Eddie Oleykowski, director of training, CNE, Norfolk, Va., supervised as the first class of 25 students officially made the transition from instructor-led training to CBT


Undersea Warfare Center - Virtual Presence

The Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division Newport will become the first Department of the Navy command with a virtual world presence when it launches Virtual NUWC on Linden Labs’s 3D online world Second Life at the Undersea Defense Technology (UDT) Pacific Conference in Sydney, Australia, on Wednesday, November 5. (http://slurl.com/secondlife/USS%20Nautilus/125/80/26/) A virtual research and development facility covering 128 virtual acres representing the NUWC Newport campus


Northrop Grumman Donates Latest VMS to US Naval Academy Foundation

U.S. Naval Academy Foundation receives plus US$1-million In voyage management software from Northrop Grumman's Maritime Systems Business Unit. Northrop Grumman is donating the newest version of its VMS, which incorporates the Electronic Chart Display Information System-Navy (ECDIS-N) technology that has been selected by the Navigator of the Navy and is now the fleet standard. This version is currently installed, or under contract and scheduled for installation, on more than 200 U.S


Newpark Drilling Fluids Opens New World Headquarters

Newpark Drilling Fluids, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Newpark Resources, has opened its new world headquarters and laboratory facility in Katy, Texas. Newpark Drilling Fluids President Bruce Smith joined his executive staff in welcoming employees to their new home. The facility is located on 11 acres along Houston’s I-10 energy corridor just off Mason Road. Newpark’s acclaimed research and development laboratory including field services lab occupies 37


Navy Updates Plans for a Changing Arctic

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"This updated Navy Arctic Roadmap prepares the U.S. Navy to respond effectively to future contingencies, delineates the Navy's Arctic leadership role within the Defense Department, and articulates the Navy's support to achieve national priorities


Handy, Quick Legionella Tests for Cruise Ships

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Albagaia announced is range of Hydrosense Legionella testing kits which are designed to suit the marine industry. Shipping has been increasingly hit by demands of officialdom in health and safety compliance viz a viz Legionella. Vessels failing tests can be stuck in port for days awaiting remedial


Singapore, UK Researchers Team up for Maritime R&D

L to R - H.E. Antony Phillipson, British High Commission; Prof. Don Nutbeam, Vice-Chancellor, University of Southampton; The Rt Hon David Willetts MP, Minister for Universities and Science of the United Kingdom; Prof. Raj. Thampuran, Managing Director, A*STAR; Prof. Alfred Huan, Executive Director of Institute of High Performance Computing, A*STAR; Prof. Ajit Shenoi, Director, Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute; Dr Lou Jing, Institute of High Performanc

Building on the fruitful past decade of U.K.-Singapore cooperation in scientific research and development, A*STAR’s Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC) and the Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute (SMMI) officially launched a joint laboratory in Maritime and Offshore


NRL Hosts Shipboard Fire Robotics Consortium

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The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) Laboratory for Autonomous Systems Research (LASR), partner in the Navy's Damage Control for the 21st Century project (DC-21), recently hosted robotics research teams from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) and the


Planet Ocean Get UK AXYS Watchman Contracts

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Planet Ocean inform that they are supporting the UK Met Office and Plymouth Marine Laboratory to gather real-time Met-Ocean Data with their AXYS Watchman (WM-500) data acquisition and telemetry systems. The WM-500 can be configured to control a large variety of


Port of Hueneme Hi-Tech Security Drill Deemed a Success

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The security drill was the first since the rollout of the Port’s new Maritime Advanced Systems and Technology Lab (MAST) program and involved an Offshore Platform Security Threat Awareness and Response Program exercise (OPSTAR) conducted by the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for


Australia’s Largest Research Vessel Ready for Launch

Australia’s new research vessel, Investigator

At the end of 2013, the team of Sembawang Shipyard of Singapore and Teekay Shipping Australia will hand over the new scientific Research Vessel Investigator to her owners, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), an agency of the Federal Government of Australia.


Newport News Shipbuilding Apprentice School Opened

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Huntington Ingalls Industries has announced that its Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) division has officially opened its new Apprentice School, located at 3101 Washington Ave. in downtown Newport News. Apprentices, faculty and staff were joined by Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, U.S. Reps


Sustainable Marine Energy Lab Established in Japan

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KEI System Ltd (KEI) and Eco Marine Power (EMP) have jointly established the Aquarius Innovation Lab in Osaka, Japan, which includes an indoor test centre plus an outdoor area for evaluating the performance of hardware such as solar panels, rigid sails & wind power devices.


Norwegian Cruise Ship to Pilot High-tech Satellite Modem

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MTN Communications (MTN) announces its partner, Norwegian Cruise Line (Norwegian), is pioneering the new iDirect X7 high-performance satellite modem on its Norwegian Breakaway ship. MTN installed the X7 after a six-month test process in its Miramar, Fla. engineering lab


Legionella Tests for Pax and Cruise Vessels

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Scottish environmental engineers Albagaia announced the latest range of Hydrosense Legionella testing kits specifically designed to suit the marine industry. Shipping has been increasingly hit by demands of officialdom in health and safety compliance viz a viz Legionella


Unmanned Systems & Autonomy Are Force Multipliers, Says Admiral

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Focus Area Forums, are an initiative of Rear Adm. Matthew Klunder, the chief of naval research. The goal: bring together experts and find new and low-cost ways to support Navy and Marine Corps priorities, and advance disruptive technologies for our Sailors and Marines


What’s in Your Engine Oil?

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Volvo Penta Oil Analysis Program Helps You Plan Engine Maintenance, Troubleshoot Problems and Avoid Unplanned Repairs Volvo Penta of the Americas is offering customers an Oil Analysis Program designed to make it easy to obtain expert diagnostics of engine oil


Northrop Grumman Offers Engineering Scholarships

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Individual $10,000 scholarships to be awarded over four years to one student from each of Maryland's 23 counties and Baltimore City . Applications are now being accepted for the 12th annual Northrop Grumman Corporation Engineering Scholars competition, which will provide  $240


Radioactive Ocean Website Garners Support

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) has teamed up with the public to build the most comprehensive and up-to-date dataset on marine radiation levels in the aftermath of the 2011 Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant disaster. With no U.S


 
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