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August 2015 Issue

U.S. Coast Guard Commissions NSC James
The fifth national security cutter (NSC), James (WMSL-754), built by Huntington Ingalls Industries, was to be commissioned August 8 in Boston. The ship will then be stationed in Charleston, South Carolina, alongside Ingalls’s fourth NSC, Hamilton (WMSL-753).

Ingalls has delivered five NSCs and has two more under construction.

Earlier this year, Ingalls was awarded a construction contract for an eighth NSC.

NSC-5 is named to honor Capt. Joshua James, who was credited with saving more than 600 lives.


STEAM Training Program to Help At-Risk Youth Develop Careers
A program sponsored by the U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR) will open the door to professional career opportunities for at-risk and historically under-represented youth through training in the fields of science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM).

The “Animate My Action Plan” program is a partnership between the National Guard Youth Foundation and Royer Studios. Youth participating in the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Academies receive specialized, technology-based vocational arts training, followed by apprenticeships focused on Web content development writing, video, photography, graphics, animation and data management, with an emphasis on developing interest in STEAM-related careers.

The ONR-supported STEAM effort is slated for an initial three-year period, and may serve as a model vocational training program to be replicated.

Studies have found the program significantly improves the likelihood of earning a high-school diploma or GED for youth who had previously dropped out of school. Participants were 86 percent more likely to attend college and ultimately earn 20 percent more in income than their peers.


Swedish Navy Patrol Boats To Get Sonar Upgrade
Swede Ship Marine will install new Kongsberg Maritime sonar systems as part of a major rebuild and lifetime extension of five patrol boats for the Swedish Navy. The new sonars will replace the previous model Simrad SS576 sonars.

With 22 m in length and a displacement of 62 t, the Tapper-class fast patrol boats operate in extremely shallow water and require sonars capable of high performance in such environments.

The Kongsberg Maritime sonar selected for this upgrade will be used for anti-submarine warfare, mine and obstacle detection and navigation, and is designed for use in shallow water.

The rebuild and lifetime extension project has already started, with the first vessel being prepared for the work in the shipyard.


Astrophysics X-Ray System Deploys to Pacific Aircraft Carrier
Astrophysics Inc. has deployed the first ruggedized X-ray system from a contract won last year from the U.S. Navy.

After passing the factory acceptance test by skilled Navy personnel, the X-ray System was deployed to an aircraft carrier in the Pacific fleet to help protect entry control points at seaports around the world.

The X-ray System will be used to screen visitors and personnel before they embark and to accelerate offloading processes.


MUOS-4 Delivered for August Launch

Delivered by the U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin, the fourth Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite arrived at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, prior to its expected August launch aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

MUOS-4 will be part of a network of orbiting satellites and relay ground stations that is revolutionizing secure communications for mobile military forces, the company said. Users with operational MUOS terminals can seamlessly connect beyond line-of-sight worldwide. MUOS’s new smartphone-like capabilities include simultaneous crystal-clear voice and video and mission data on a high-speed Internet Protocol-based system.

“MUOS allows troops all over the world to talk, text and share mission data seamlessly, while traveling, like a cellular network, without having to worry about where they are in relation to a satellite,” said Iris Bombelyn of Lockheed Martin.

The MUOS network is expected to be operational by year-end. MUOS-1, MUOS-2 and MUOS-3 launched respectively in 2012, 2013 and January 2015. All four required MUOS ground stations are complete.


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