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January 2016 Issue

Dual Robot for Removal
Of Vessel Exterior Cladding

ICM has developed a robot for the U.S. Navy to strip coatings using heat induction technology. The dual robot comprises two standard ICM robots integrated to function together. The payload being tasked on this dual robot was in the 85-lb. range. In addition, the robot needed to climb over significant surface obstacles and surface irregularities. A potential use for this ICM robot would be to remotely remove the thick rubber-like exterior cladding from nuclear submarines when they are in dry dock for repairs or during decommissioning.

Damen Delivers First Tug
For Moroccan Navy

The Royal Moroccan Navy has taken delivery of a Damen Stan Tug 2208. The 22-m-long vessel, named Al Mounkid, is the first tug to join Morocco’s sizeable naval fleet.

With the new vessel, the Royal Moroccan Navy will considerably reduce its dependence on commercial operations.

Wastewater Management System
For Dutch Navy Vessel

The HNLMS Mercuur (A900), a Royal Netherlands Navy submarine support and torpedo recovery vessel undergoing retrofit work, is to be fitted with a MEPC 227(64)-compliant wastewater management system from ACO Marine.

The scope of supply is based around ACO Marine’s type-approved Maripur NF-50 advanced membrane bioreactor treatment plant and includes a Lipator NS2 grease separation system for the pretreatment of galley water, a gray water transfer system, and aeration equipment for the ship’s wastewater and sludge tanks.

Delivery and commissioning of the wastewater management plant was to take place December 2015.

US Navy Releases More Funding
For LCS-23 Construction

The U.S. Navy has issued a Lockheed Martin-led industry team the balance of funding of $279 million for the construction of the future USS Cooperstown (LCS-23).

The funding, approved by Congress, provides the financing required to maintain the cost and schedule of this critical national asset. Congress provided $79 million in advanced procurement funding for LCS-23 in March 2015.

US, Korea Navies Conduct
Clear Horizon MCM Exercise

U.S. Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron (HM) 14, Detachment 1, and Mine Countermeasure Squadron (MCMRON) 7 has completed the bilateral mine countermeasures exercise Clear Horizon with the Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy.

Exercise Clear Horizon is an annual bilateral exercise between the U.S. and ROK navies that focuses on increasing capabilities and coordination between ships and aircraft in mine countermeasures in international waters surrounding the Korean peninsula.

Approximately 330 U.S. Navy personnel assigned to HM-14 and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 5 participated in the latest exercise, which included U.S. and ROK units practicing clearing shipping routes and conducting training surveys.

In an effort to improve coordination and communication regarding flight deck operations, HM-14 teamed up with an ROK Navy ship to perform numerous take-off and landing drills with an MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter.

US Navy Accepts MUOS-4
Comms Satellite

Following successful on-orbit testing, the U.S. Navy accepted the fourth Lockheed Martin-built Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite.

MUOS-4 is the latest addition to a network of orbiting satellites and relay ground stations that is revolutionizing secure communications for mobile military forces. Users with operational MUOS terminals can seamlessly connect beyond line-of-sight around the world and into the Global Information Grid. MUOS’s new commercial, cellular-based capabilities include simultaneous, crystal-clear voice, video and mission data over a secure high-speed Internet Protocol-based system.

MUOS-4 completes the initial constellation, providing the MUOS network with nearly global coverage. Mobile forces, equipped with MUOS terminals, will soon be able to communicate with each other virtually anywhere on Earth.

MUOS-4 will be relocated spring 2016 to its on-orbit operational slot in preparation for operational acceptance. The satellite joins MUOS-1, MUOS-2 and MUOS-3, and four required MUOS ground stations. MUOS-5, an on-orbit spare, will be launched in 2016.

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