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June 2012 Issue

Got a Pirate Problem? There’s Even an App for That
The Office of Naval Research’s (ONR) International Collaborative Development for Enhan­ced Maritime Domain Awareness (ICODE MDA) project will receive $1 million this fall to produce software for improving automation, small-target detection and intent detection of pirates at sea, the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics announced in May.

Along with Space and Naval Warfare (SPAWAR) Systems Center Pacific (SSC Pacific), ONR will partner with scientists from Chile’s Technical University of Federico Santa Maria to build Web-based, open-source applications for use by sailors and maritime operators to analyze data and other information to combat pirates, drug smugglers, arms traffickers and illegal fishermen. The software will be compatible with multiple maritime network systems so navies can use the tools and share information for global operations.

The work in Chile is part of a larger project that encompasses nations in Africa, where ICODE MDA has been underway with researchers at the University of Ghana, University of Pretoria, University of Mauritius, and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in South Africa.


‘Great Green Fleet’ to Have First Demonstration During RIMPAC in June, US Navy Says
The Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012 exercise, scheduled from June 29 to August 3 around the Hawaiian Islands, will feature the first demonstration of a U.S. Navy’s “Great Green Fleet,” a strike group of aircraft carriers powered by biofuels.

During the demonstration, U.S. surface combatants and carrier-based aircraft will evaluate the cross-platform utility and functionality of biofuels. Prototype energy initiatives, such as solid-state lighting, online gas turbine waterwash and energy management tools, will also be demonstrated.

U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said the biofuels, which are not derived from food stocks, have been tested on ships and aircraft, but the demonstration will show that an entire strike group running on these fuels can operate together, CNN reported. The following ships will participate in the Great Green Fleet demonstration: USS Nimitz (aircraft carrier), USS Princeton (cruiser), USS Chafee (destroyer), USS Chung Hoon (destroyer) and USNS Yukon (oiler).


Austal Sets Keel of US Navy’s JHSV-3
Austal (Henderson, Australia) in May laid the keel for the third joint high-speed vessel (JHSV). The vessel is one of nine 103-meter JHSVs designed by Austal under contract with the U.S. Navy.

The keel-laying marks the beginning of final assembly, Austal said. Five modules have been moved from Austal’s module manufacturing facility and erected in the final assembly bay in their pre-launch position. The rest will follow over the coming months.

In April, the Austal-constructed USNS Spearhead (JHSV-1) successfully completed builder’s sea trials in the Gulf of Mexico. The trials involved more than 50 demonstration events testing the ship and its systems in preparation for final inspection by the U.S. Navy before delivery.


HMS Ocean Prepares for Security Operations During 2012 Olympic Games in London
The HMS Ocean, the largest ship in the Royal Navy, was moored at Greenwich, England, to act as the logistics hub for maritime operations during an nine-day military exercise in May to prepare security measures for the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England. During the games, HMS Ocean will also provide accommodation for some of the venue security force working at a variety of Olympics locations.

In the police-led operation, named “Exercise Olympic Guardian,” a number of small craft were on the River Thames, including boats operated by Royal Marines from 539 Assault Squadron and 43 Commando Fleet Protection Group, and P2000 patrol boats. Four Royal Navy Lynx helicopters and four Army Air Corps Lynx helicopters also operated from the ship.


LCS-3 Completes Acceptance Trials
The third littoral combat ship (LCS), USS Fort Worth (LCS-3), successfully completed its U.S. Navy acceptance trials in May and will be delivered to the Navy this summer, said contractor Lockheed Martin (Bethesda, Maryland).

Fort Worth is the second surface combatant designed and built by a Lockheed Martin-led team, which included Marinette Marine Corp. (Marinette, Wisconsin) and Gibbs & Cox Inc. (Arlington, Virginia). The trials, conducted in Lake Michigan, included a 4-hour full-power run and both surface and air detect-to-engage demonstrations of the ship’s combat management system.


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