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October 2013 Issue

All-Platform LED Lighting System for New Navy Ships
Energy Focus Inc. (Solon, Ohio) is under contract to develop the all-platform, affordable LED (APALED) lighting project for the National Shipbuilding Research Program.

The APALED program, targeted specifically at new United States Navy ships, is to develop, build and test an all-platform, light-emitting diode lighting system, with the goal of creating a solution for replacement of the Navy’s one-, two- and three-bulb fluorescent fixtures.

The fixtures, utilizing Energy Focus M1 IntelliTube LED lamps, are expected to be used for general lighting in the 142 new vessels the Navy plans to build over the next 10 years.

Design Selected for the Royal Navy’s Type 26 Global Combat Ship
Rohde & Schwarz UK Ltd. (Fleet, England) has been down selected after a 12-month competition process run by BAE Systems (London, England) to be the partner for the design phase of the integrated communications system for the future Royal Navy’s Type 26 global combat ship.

The Rohde & Schwarz proposal for the Type 26 includes delivery of a communications system. It will reduce the life cost with respect to support and provide the Royal Navy with efficiency of resources, high system availability and operational performance, the company said.

Rohde & Schwarz have previously provided communications solutions to the Royal Navy’s Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers, River-class offshore patrol vessels and the Royal Fleet Auxiliary’s Bay-class vessels.

Damen Stan Patrol for Mexican Navy
The Mexican Navy and Damen Shipyards Group (Gorinchem, Netherlands) have signed a contract for a fourth Damen Stan Patrol 4207. The Dutch ship design and shipbuilding company will supply the Mexican Navy with the design and material package with which ASTIMAR 1 (the Mexican Navy yard in Tampico, Mexico) will build the patrol vessel. In addition, Damen will assist ASTIMAR 1 with technical support in order to optimize the delivery time and quality of the vessel.

The Damen Stan Patrol 4207 is designed to perform patrol duties in coastal areas and the economic exclusive zone. Other clients who operate similar vessels in the region include the navies and coast guards of Jamaica, Barbados, the Dutch Caribbean, Honduras, the Canadian Coast Guard and the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG). The USCG recently received five fast response cutters for the Sentinel-class, out of a series of 58, which are based on the same Damen Stan Patrol design.

Two previous patrol vessels, ARM Tenochtitlan (PC-331) and ARM Teotihuacan (PC-332) are already deployed by the Mexican Navy.

Lockheed Martin Completes LRASM Air-Launch Flight Test
Lockheed Martin Corp. (Bethesda, Maryland) completed a first flight test of the long range anti-ship missile (LRASM) in support of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the Office of Naval Research (ONR) program.

In the test over the Sea Range at Point Mugu, California, a U.S. Air Force B-1B from the 337th Test and Evaluation Squadron at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, released the LRASM. The missile navigated through all planned waypoints, transitioned to autonomous guidance and flew toward the maritime target using inputs from the onboard multimodal sensor. The missile then descended to low altitude for final approach to the target area, and positively identified and impacted the target.

LRASM is an autonomous, precision-guided, anti-ship standoff missile.

US National Park Service Signs Agreement with UK to Protect Ancient Shipwreck
Commodore Eric Fraser of the British Royal Navy represented the United Kingdom in signing a memorandum of understanding to protect the sunken ship HMS Fowey. The wreck is located in Biscayne National Park in Florida.

On June 27, 1748, HMS Fowey, a fifth-rate frigate, struck a coral reef and sank. The wreck was discovered inside the park by a local sport diver in the 1970s. U.S. National Park Service divers later identified the wreck as the HMS Fowey.

The HMS Fowey site is an archeological resource, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

The memorandum of understanding recognizes British title to the wreck and the intention of the National Park Service to continue to care for it in accordance with the Sunken Military Craft Act of 2004 and the UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage.

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