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February 2015 Issue

MUOS-3 Launches, Responds to Commands
The third Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite, which was built by Lockheed Martin (Bethesda, Maryland) for the U.S. Navy, is now responding to commands after being launched in January. An initialization team is operating the MUOS-3 satellite from the Naval Satellite Operations Center located at the Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu, California.

The MUOS satellite constellation operates like a smartphone network in the sky, vastly improving current secure mobile satellite communications for warfighters on the move. Unlike previous systems, MUOS provides users an on-demand, beyond-line-of-sight capability to transmit and receive high-quality, prioritized voice and mission data, on a high-speed Internet Protocol-based system.

MUOS is the Navy’s next-generation secure mobile satellite communications system, which will eventually replace the legacy Ultra High Frequency (UHF) Follow-On system. The MUOS constellation is expected to provide warfighters full global coverage before the end of 2015. MUOS-1 and MUOS-2, launched respectively in 2012 and 2013, are already operational and providing high-quality voice communications. MUOS-4 is on track to launch later this year.

JHSV-5 Christened at Austal’s Alabama Shipyard
Austal (Mobile, Alabama) christened USNS Trenton (JHSV-5) at its shipyard in Mobile. USNS Trenton is the fifth of 10 joint high-speed vessels (JHSVs) that Austal has under contract with the U.S. Navy as part of an overall 10-ship, block-buy contract worth more than $1.6 billion.

The 338-foot catamaran vessel was named “Trenton” by Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, after the capital of the state of New Jersey and the site of George Washington’s first military victory during the American Revolutionary War.

RAdm. Mathias Winter Becomes New Chief of US Naval Research
The U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR) began a new era as RAdm. Mathias W. Winter—a decorated aviator with advanced degrees in computer science and national resource strategy—was sworn in as the chief of naval research (CNR).

“As the next chief of naval research, I look forward to leading the ONR team in stretching the limits of physics and discovering the next generation of breakthrough technologies to ensure a dominant, capable and relevant naval force for the future,” said Winter.

“Our Navy/Marine Corps research enterprise has a rich history of discovering and inventing game-changing technologies that has truly shifted the corpus of human knowledge and enabled our sailors and Marines to retain the decisive warfighting advantage where it matters, when it matters.”

Winter will oversee a nearly $2 billion budget for naval science and technology programs. ONR supports scientific efforts around the world, from basic and conceptual research to applied research and even quick-turnaround technologies requested by sailors and Marines. Winter also will serve as director of Innovation Technology Requirements, and Test and Evaluation (OPNAV-N84).

He relieves RAdm. Matthew L. Klunder, who is retiring from the Navy after 32 years of naval service and three years as CNR.

Phoenix Upgrades Deep Drone ROV for US Navy
Phoenix International (Largo, Maryland) completed an upgrade of the U.S. Navy’s 8,000-foot-depth-rated ROV Deep Drone. All work was performed under a multiyear contract with the U.S. Navy’s Office of Supervisor of Salvage and Diving (SUPSALV).

The upgrade included installing a new umbilical, sonar, high-definition camera, LED lighting system, an updated frame, and a new foam pack. In addition, and at the heart of the upgrade, Phoenix installed a completely new programmable logic controller-based vehicle control system.

US Navy to Add Five More Nixies From Boeing
Boeing (Chicago, Illinois) will provide the U.S. Navy with five additional AN/SLQ-25C surface ship torpedo defense systems. Known as “Nixie,” the system lures torpedoes away from intended targets by mimicking a ship’s acoustic signature. It is currently installed on all U.S. Navy combatant ships, as well as the vessels of more than 20 other naval forces.

Work under the $6.5 million contract will be done in Lemont Furnace and Smithfield, Pennsylvania.

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