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April 2016 Issue

Undersea Acoustic Array
Upgraded and Redeployed

Sound & Sea Technology Inc. (SST) completed the successful recovery, upgrade and redeployment of an undersea acoustic array that is part of a system the U.S. Navy uses for subsea acoustic measurements. The array is moored near The South Tongue of the Ocean Acoustic Facility on Andros Island, Bahamas.

The system comprises two vertical high-gain measurement system array structures moored at 4,000 ft. depth; an underwater tracking and communication system; and a seafloor cable system (with shallow-water junction box) for power and telemetry from the Navy’s Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center shore facility on Andros Island to the underwater array.

US Coast Guard Reserve
Turns 75

The U.S. Coast Guard Reserve celebrated 75 years of serving the United States.

“The nearly 7,000 men and women that make up the Coast Guard Reserve want to use the opportunity of our 75th anniversary to thank the American public for the privilege of allowing us to serve them,” said Master Chief Petty Officer Eric L. Johnson, the most senior enlisted member of the Coast Guard Reserve.

The Auxiliary and Reserve Act of 1941 designated the Coast Guard Reserve as a military branch of the active-duty service. Since World War II, Coast Guard reservists have served in every major conflict or crisis the U.S. has faced, from the beaches of Normandy and Iwo Jima to the shores of the Gulf Coast for Hurricane Katrina.

“I cannot applaud enough the great work our reservists continually perform, time and time again, since 1941,” said Adm. Paul F. Zukunft, 25th commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard depends on the Reserve Force to be always ready to mobilize with critical competencies in boat operations, contingency planning and response, expeditionary warfare, marine safety, port security, law enforcement and mission support.

MARINS Inertial Systems
For Swedish Navy Subs

Saab has signed a seven-year contract with iXBlue, for which iXBlue will equip two type A26 next-generation submarines for the Swedish Navy with MARINS inertial systems, which use fiber-optic gyroscope technology.

Scheduled to be operational in 2024, the A26 is a high-tech submarine with proven modular design, built by Saab.

47 Scientists Selected for
Young Investigator Program

The U.S. Office of Naval Research has awarded $25 million through its 2016 Young Investigator Program (YIP) to 47 scientists whose exceptionally creative research holds promise across a range of naval-relevant science and technology areas, from robotics to solar cells.

The ONR YIP is one of the oldest and most selective scientific research advancement programs in the country. It funds early-career academic researchers whose scientific pursuits show outstanding promise for supporting the Department of Defense, while also promoting their professional development.

The funding supports laboratory equipment, graduate student stipends and scholarships and other expenses critical to ongoing and planned investigational studies. Typical grants are $510,000 over a three-year period, with additional funds available for equipment.

This year’s candidates were selected from 280 highly qualified applicants based on past performance, technical merit and potential scientific breakthrough. All are college and university faculty who have obtained tenure-track positions within the past five years.

Fifth MUOS Satellite
Delivered, Ready to Launch

The U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin have delivered the fifth Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, prior to its expected May launch.

MUOS-5 is the latest addition to a network of orbiting satellites and relay ground stations that is revolutionizing secure communications for mobile military forces. Users will be able to seamlessly connect beyond line-of-sight around the world and into the Global Information Grid.

MUOS-5 will complete the Navy’s baseline constellation and serve as an on-orbit spare. It will join MUOS-1, MUOS-2, MUOS-3 and MUOS-4 already on orbit. All four required MUOS ground stations are complete.

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