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Undersea Technology: A Strategic Rhode Island Advantage

Molly Donohue Magee

In 1869, the U.S. Navy’s first research facility—the Naval Torpedo Station—was built on Newport, Rhode Island’s Goat Island. This rich history continues today, as the state is home to the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, which provides the technical foundation to ensure the U.S. Navy’s undersea superiority. Fitting for “the Ocean State,” we have identified more than 170 Rhode Island organizations that touch undersea technology—and we believe that is a conservative count. We are a cluster leader not just in New England but indeed in the entire country.

Anteon Awarded $23.6M Navy Contract

Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) has awarded Anteon a five-year contract valued at $23.6 million. Under this contract, Anteon will provide systems engineering and development support for NUWC's Communications and Electronic Support Measures Programs. The work will be performed in Newport, R.I., and Mystic, Conn. The NUWC provides the technical foundation for the conceptualization, research and development, modernization and maintenance of U.S. Navy undersea systems. Specific programs to be supported under this contract include the Common Submarine Radio Room, Submarine Satellite Communications Program, High Data Rate (HDR) Submarine Antenna, Multi-Function Mast Antenna and the Extremely Low Frequency Program. Joseph M.

Undersea Surveillance Aligned Under Naval Oceanography

Commander Undersea Surveillance (CUS), head of the Navy’s Integrated Undersea Surveillance System (IUSS), was elevated to an echelon IV command Feb. 28 to serve under the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command (NMOC) at Stennis Space Center, Miss. The move united the Navy’s Undersea Surveillance Command with the Navy’s oceanography community. It culminated several months of discussion and study, continuing the reorganization of NMOC efforts to focus the Navy oceanography community’s activities on the needs of its warfighting customers. NMOC is an Echelon III command under the lead of Fleet Forces Command. CUS, headquartered in Dam Neck, Va., previously was a command serving under the Naval Submarine Force.

HII Acquires Engineering Solutions Division

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) has acquired the Engineering Solutions Division of The Columbia Group, a designer and builder of unmanned underwater vehicles for domestic and international customers. As a previous stand-alone division within The Columbia Group, ESD is headquartered in Panama City Beach, Fla., and employs about 30 engineers, analysts, craftsmen and technicians. While ESD’s primary customer is the U.S. Navy, the company develops and builds specialized manned and unmanned undersea vehicles for military customers around the world. It has built or converted specialized craft for a variety of purposes, including support of submersibles and submarines, special warfare, testing of mine warfare systems, torpedo countermeasures and more.

NUWC Newport Holds Change of Command

Capt. Howard Goldman , right, reports that he has assumed command of Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division Newport to Rear Adm. Michael Jabaley, commander of NUWC (center), as the former commander of NUWC Newport, Capt. Todd Cramer,  looks on.

Capt. Howard Goldman relieved Capt. Todd Cramer as commander of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division Newport during a change of command ceremony on Friday, Nov. 14. A naval submariner originally from Baltimore, Md., Goldman is a 1987 graduate of Rice University in Houston, Texas, with a bachelor of science degreein mechanical engineering and a 2004 graduate of the U.S. Naval War College with a master’s degree in International Security and Strategic Studies. He also…

TE SUBCOM Closer to Delivering Undersea System

Company Demonstrates 100Gb/s-Based Transmission at 10Tb/s per Fiber Pair with First Generation Coherent Transmission Equipment. TE SubCom, a TE Connectivity Ltd. Company and an industry pioneer in undersea communications technology, today announced it has successfully demonstrated 100Gb/s coherent transmission over trans-Atlantic distances at ultra-high 10Tb/s total capacity on a single fiber. The test was completed using a prototype of the company’s new, first generation smarTEr C100 transceiver. “This significant customer demonstration builds on a 60-year track record of commitment to specialized, long-haul undersea transmission research and development and success in delivering capacity-record-setting undersea cable systems,” said David Coughlan, CEO, TE SubCom.

Ships Ready to Repair Undersea Cables

Taiwan's Chunghwa Telecom Co. said two repair ships will soon start fixing undersea cables damaged last week by an earthquake off the island's coast that resulted in a major disruption to telephone and Internet links across Asia. The two ships will take two to three weeks to complete their task, said a senior official at Chunghwa Telecom, Taiwan's largest telecommunications company, the International Herald Tribune reported. One of the ships is Japanese registered and sailed to Taiwan from Japan. The other, British registered, sailed to Taiwan from the Philippines, he said. Both are specially equipped to repair undersea cables and had to complete other repair work before setting out for Taiwan. The Dec.

Air-independent Underwater System Demonstration

ONR selects Hamilton Sundstrand for demonstration of energy-dense PEMFC based air-independent propulsion system. UTC Aerospace Systems' legacy Hamilton Sundstrand business was recently awarded a contract by the U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR) to demonstrate an energy-dense air independent power system for an undersea vehicle as part of ONR's Long-Endurance Undersea Vehicle Propulsion (LEUVP) Program. UTC Aerospace Systems is a unit of United Technologies Corp. This Program will develop an energy storage system that will allow an undersea vehicle to carry out a longer mission with additional capabilities. UTC Aerospace Systems, together with UTC Power and Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.…

Cala Corp. Submits To Proposal to Build The UnderSea Resort Ships

Cala Corp. trading under the ticker of CCAA has submitted its proposal to Northrop Grumman Ship Systems for the construction of the first Undersea Resort Ships in history. The proposal was submitted to NGSS top naval engineers in Avondale, Louisiana about three weeks ago to determine whether the project can be integrated commercially in their NGSS shipyard. Northrop Grumman is the nation's sole industrial designer, builder and refueler of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and one of only two companies that design and build nuclear-powered submarines. Their business is also one of the nations leading providers and life-cycle supporters of major surface ships for the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, international navies and commercial vessels.

CNE Delivers Keynote Address at Undersea Defense Conference

From Commander, Naval Forces Europe-Commander, U.S. The commander of Allied Joint Force Command Naples/U.S. Naval Forces Europe addressed participants of the Undersea Defense Technology (UDT) Europe 2007 conference and exhibition June 5. “Someone here may be responsible for the technology that changes the face of undersea warfare,” said Adm. Harry Ulrich during his address. UDT Europe 2007 is the largest established underwater defense event in Europe, bringing together key military leaders, scientists and technologists with defense manufacturers and suppliers. The event is designed to support the strategic priorities to improve maritime security and safety and respond to any contingency or consequence through raising awareness of undersea warfare missions and operations in the region.

NUWC Dedicates $11m Facility

The Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division Newport cut the ribbon and officially dedicated a new $11 million Maritime Subsurface Sensor Operations Laboratory on Tuesday, Aug. 16. Sen. Jack Reed and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse attended the event, as well as Rep. David Cicilline. NUWC attendees included the Warfare Center Commander Rear Adm. Thomas Wears and NUWC Technical Director Donald McCormack, and the NUWC Newport Technical Director Dr. Paul Lefebvre. "This project resulted in a significant addition to the towed array facility and a major upgrade to our capabilities," said Wears. Under construction since its July 31, 2009 ground breaking, the 40,000-square-foot, single-story laboratory provides secure workspace for the testing, refurbishment, and maintenance of towed arrays.

Subcom Successfully Demonstrates New 4-Port Branching Unit

MORRISTOWN, NJ, USA – May 2, 2011 –TE SubCom (SubCom), an industry pioneer in undersea communications technology, today announced it has successfully completed testing of its new 4-port branching unit, making it the first undersea communications supplier to offer the solution and paving the way for the deployment of multilayered undersea telecommunication networks. An upgrade from the standard 3-port branching unit (BU), the 4-port BU is capable of handling three separate power paths and enables alternative powering configurations.

Fukushima Experimental Offshore Floating Wind Farm Project Progresses

Towing three-column semi-sub at Nagasaki port.

A consortium made up of Marubeni (project integrator), the University of Tokyo (technical advisor), Mitsubishi, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Japan Marine United, Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding, Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation, Hitachi, Furukawa Electric, Shimizu, and Mizuho Information & Research has been participating in an experimental offshore floating wind farm project sponsored by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry since March 2012. At present, the construction of the three-column semi-sub as part of the second phase has been successfully completed.

Unmanned Undersea Minehunter Model Displayed

Representatives from the U. S. Navy's Program Executive Office, Littoral Combat Ships Unmanned Maritime Systems Program Office and General Dynamics unveiled a quarter-scale model of the Surface Mine Countermeasure Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (SMCM UUV), known as "Knifefish," at the Navy League's Sea-Air-Space Exposition being held at the Gaylord National Resort. Knifefish is a heavyweight-class, minehunting, unmanned undersea vehicle designed for deployment by forward operating forces, and will be a part of the Littoral Combat Ship Mine Countermeasures Mission Package. The SMCM UUV system will allow Navy commanders and sailors to detect and identify mines in high-clutter underwater environments without putting sailors in harm's way.

Cramer Commander, Naval Undersea Warfare Center

Capt. Todd W. Cramer relieved Capt. Michael W. Byman as Commander, Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Newport, July 16, in a ceremony at the warfare center. Rear Adm. Thomas Wears. Commander, Naval Undersea Warfare Center was the guest speaker. "Captain Byman fostered an environment that valued uniqueness and diverse perspectives" said Wears. Byman, who has served as Commander of NUWC Newport since Aug. 2005, will report to the Navy's Submarine Acoustic Systems Program Office (PMS 401) in Washington D.C. He holds the distinction for serving as Commander of NUWC Newport for the longest period in the command's 141 year history. "NUWC's technical capabilities derive from the combination of the talent…

Fukushima Offshore Floating Wind Farm Update

Towing the three-column semi-sub at Nagasaki po

A consortium has been participating in an experimental offshore floating wind farm project sponsored by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry since March 2012. Preparatory works for the installation of the 7MW oil pressure drive-type wind turbine on the three-column semi-sub floater at Onahama port, Fukushima, are almost completed and delivery of the floater from Nagasaki to Onahama has started today as part of the second term. Assembly and setting of two units of the 7MW oil pressure drive-type floating wind turbines…

Experimental Floating Wind Farm Nears Installation

Towing the three-column semi-sub at Nagasaki port

Launched in March 2012, the Fukushima experimental offshore floating wind farm project sponsored by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry is nearing the installation phase as preparatory works for the installation of the 7MW oil pressure drive-type wind turbine on the three-column semi-sub floater at Onahama port, Fukushima, are almost completed and delivery from Nagasaki to Onahama has started today. Participating in the experiment is a consortium comprised of Marubeni (project integrator)…

EDGE Facility to Develop, Deliver Security Capabilities

Center in Nova Scotia will focus on rapidly delivering new technologies and capabilities to the Royal Canadian Navy as they transition to future fleet. General Dynamics Canada announced the opening of the 17th EDGE facility in the EDGE Innovation Network. The new Undersea Warfare EDGE Innovation Centre in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, will become a vital resource that brings Canada’s top naval technology suppliers together with academia and government to develop leading-edge, operation-enhancing capabilities for the Royal Canadian Navy and ally naval fleets around the world as they look to reestablish critical capability in the face of new threats.

NUWC Newport Dedicates New Research Facility

Cutting the ribbon, from left, Dominic Galluci, P&S Construction; RI Congressman James Langevin; RI Governor Lincoln Chafee; Rear Adm. Michael Jabaley, commander, NUWC; Capt. Todd Cramer, commander, NUWC Division Newport; Mark Rodrigues, head NUWC's Platform and Payload Integration Department; Blair Decker, General Dynamics/Electric Boat; and RI Senator Jack Reed.

The Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division Newport dedicated a new $24.9 million Virginia Payload Tube Facility (VPTF) with a ribbon cutting today, Wednesday, October 15. The ceremony was followed by an opportunity for businesses with an interest in the technology to tour the facility and learn about its capabilities. Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee, U.S. Senator Jack Reed and U.S. Congressman James Langevin attended the ceremony. “Since forming the Torpedo Station on Goat Island, [NUWC] has been the center of cutting-edge research of undersea technologies,” Reed said.

NUWC Division, Newport Signs EPA with New Bedford Whaling Museum

Photo: Naval Undersea Warfare Center

Capt. Michael R. Coughlin, commanding officer of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division, Newport, and James Russell, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the New Bedford Whaling Museum (NBWM), signed an education partnership agreement (EPA) for undersea acoustic research during a brief ceremony on Friday, March 31. Under the EPA, NUWC Newport will provide research, expertise, and material on the Navy's historic and current role in marine mammal research in conjunction with the museum’s recently acquired collection of historic marine mammal recordings…

NAVSEA Warfare Centers Realign

As part of the Naval Sea Systems Command's efforts to become more efficient throughout the organization, the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) and the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) are being realigned. This will allow the centers to operate across organizational boundaries and respond more quickly and effectively to the needs of the Fleet. The realignment is the result of NAVSEA's focus to support Sea Power 21 and the Chief of Naval Operations' unique challenge to NAVSEA's leadership to find ways to become more efficient and effective. This new concept of operations for the warfare centers will do that, and it will also improve the credibility and standing of the warfare centers within the Navy and meet Navy cost-savings targets. COMNAVSEA, VADM Phillip M.

JCSSG Ships Train in Hawaii

USS John C. Stennis Strike Group (JCSSG) ships commenced an undersea warfare exercise (USWEX) in the Hawaiian operating area on Monday as part of the strike group's final test and evaluation before arriving in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR) and western Pacific Ocean. Exercises like this are conducted several times throughout the year in the waters near Hawaii for maritime commanders to asses the undersea warfare capabilities of deploying strike groups. "We're taking part in an undersea warfare exercise as directed by the commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet," said Master Chief Sonar Technician (Surface) Lucas Stiles, an anti-submarine warfare (ASW) analyst assigned to the Commander Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 21.

Navy Objection May Sink LNG Project

The U.S. Navy could help scuttle plans of a developer that would have LNG tankers trolling through the Navy's torpedo test range in Rhode Island's Narragansett Bay, according to a report in the Boston Herald. Last month, the Naval Undersea Warfare Center asked federal regulators to reconsider the decision to approve a new liquefied natural gas storage facility in Fall River – which would get its LNG via giant ships passing through the bay. The developer, Weaver's Cover LLP, has criticized the center's intervention in the controversial case, saying it was made too late. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission earlier this year temporarily put a freeze on all proceedings until it can decide whether it should rehear the Weaver's Cove LNG proposal.

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