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August 2013 Issue

Royal Institution of Naval Architects Introduces New Maritime Award
The Royal Institution of Naval Architects in England and QinetiQ (Farnborough, England) are introducing an international award, which aims to recognize and encourage scientific and technological innovation in the maritime industry.

The award will acknowledge outstanding scientific or technological research in the areas of hydrodynamics, propulsion, structures and material. It will recognize innovations that have the potential to make significant improvements in the design, construction and operation of marine vessels and structures.

The award of £1,000 will be made annually to either an individual or an organization in any country. Nominations for the award may be made by any member of the global maritime community and will be judged by a panel of members of the Institution and QinetiQ. The award will be announced at the Institutionís annual dinner.

Mobile Landing Platform Departs San Diego
USNS Montford Point departed San Diego for Naval Station Everett, Washington. Montford Point is the U.S. Navyís first mobile landing platform (MLP) and is expected to be fully operational in 2015. The ship, crewed by 33 contract mariners, will perform system tests during the voyage. Montford Point is scheduled for final contract trials in September.

The MLP-class of modular, flexible ships belongs to Military Sealift Commandís Maritime Prepositioning Force. Contract mariners will operate and navigate the MLP ships on behalf of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps.

MLP is a flexible ship class that provides logistics movement from sea to shore supporting military operations. Leveraging float-on/float-off technology and a reconfigurable mission deck, the MLP provides a seagoing pier when access to onshore bases and support are unavailable. The platform includes add-on modules that support a vehicle staging area, vehicle transfer ramp, large mooring fenders and up to three landing craft.

Lockheed Martin Completes Captive Carry Tests
Lockheed Martin (Bethesda, Maryland) completed a series of long-range anti-ship missile (LRASM) captive carry flight tests at the Sea Range in Point Mugu, California.

The captive carry missions were flown aboard a U.S. Air Force B-1B from the 337th Test and Evaluation Squadron at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas.

The primary mission objectives were to collect telemetry for post-flight analysis, verify proper control room telemetry displays and simulate all the test activities that will occur in later air-launched flight tests.

LRASM is an autonomous, precision-guided, anti-ship standoff missile. Armed with a 1,000-pound penetrator and blast-fragmentation warhead, LRASM employs a multi-mode sensor, weapon data link and an enhanced digital anti-jam GPS to detect and destroy specific targets within a group of ships.

The LRASM program is in development with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the Office of Naval Research.

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