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June 2015 Issue

USNS Brunswick Christened at Austal Shipyard
Austal celebrated the christening of USNS Brunswick (JHSV-6) with a ceremony at its shipyard in Mobile, Alabama. The ship is the sixth of 10 joint high-speed vessels (JHSVs) that Austal has under contract with the U.S. Navy as part of a 10-ship block-buy contract.

JHSV-6 was scheduled to launch before the end of May.

The 338-foot shallow-draft aluminum catamaran is a multimission, noncombatant transport vessel.

Three JHSVs and seven littoral combat ships (LCSs) are currently under construction in Austal’s Mobile shipyard.


ARTEMIS Handheld Diver Navigation To Integrate Micron Sonar
Tritech (Aberdeen, Scotland) has delivered 55 Micron sonars to Blueprint Subsea (Ulverston, England) as part of their order fulfillment for a number of global naval consignments.

The Micron sonars are to be integrated into Blueprint Subsea’s ARTEMIS system, a handheld diver navigation solution that encompasses a subsea control and display unit, rechargeable battery pack, neutral buoyancy swim board and GPS buoy.

As a low-power, lightweight sensor, Micron provides long-range detection and short-range capability, making it suitable for diver naval operations such as target search and identification. It utilizes digital chirp technology for improved range resolution and, in this configuration, provides the diver with a forward-looking 90° field of view.


PSS CDS, Intersect Sentry Test Successfully on Stiletto
The U.S. Navy’s experimental vessel, Stiletto, was underway during a recent successful test of a Raytheon Co. (Waltham, Massachusetts) advanced intelligence solution during operations at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Virginia.

The technology was created by combining two proven Raytheon technologies: the Persistent Surveillance System Cross Domain Solution (PSS CDS) and Intersect Sentry.

The successful test was conducted as part of the Stiletto Maritime Technology Demonstration Program.

PSS CDS receives critical data from multiple sensors and offers two-way sharing of information and commands across both classified and unclassified domains. Intersect Sentry is an automation and analysis tool that creates alerts from a variety of intelligence, sensor and reconnaissance data streams according to parameters defined by the user.

During the Navy demonstration, Intersect Sentry automatically analyzed data streams and sent alerts to the PSS CDS for simultaneous display across various networks, creating a common operating picture for different users operating at multiple classification levels.


NSC James Completes Acceptance Trials
The fifth U.S. national security cutter (NSC), James, successfully completed several days of rigorous acceptance trials to ensure it meets contractual requirements and is ready for delivery to the Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard and the U.S. Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey conducted the acceptance trials in Pascagoula, Mississippi, and at sea in the Gulf of Mexico.

Representatives from the Board of Inspection and Survey inspected all of James’s systems, tested its shipboard equipment, examined the quality of construction and evaluated its performance and compliance with the contractual specifications to identify any noteworthy deficiencies that need to be corrected prior to delivery.

The Board of Inspection and Survey will soon make a formal recommendation regarding the cutter’s acceptance to the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard will work with the shipbuilder, Huntington Ingalls Industries (Newport News, Virginia), to adjudicate identified discrepancies prior to James’s acceptance.

James is the fifth of eight planned NSCs.


US Navy Awards Serco Price Fighters Contract
Serco Inc. (Reston, Virginia) has been awarded a single-award indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity Price Fighters contract to provide cost, price and engineering analyses for the U.S. Navy. The contract has a $20 million ceiling value over a one-year base period and three one-year options, plus a six-month option period. Under the contract, Serco will continue providing engineering-based cost analysis supporting the Navy, Army, Air Force and Department of Defense in negotiating lower prices on weapons systems and parts. The Price Fighters program was established to support federal government acquisition officials as they make critical procurement decisions.


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