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May 2016 Issue

SharpEye Radar for
UK Royal Navy

Working in association with Lockheed Martin Integrated Systems UK, which has signed a £44 million contract with the Ministry of Defence (MOD), Kelvin Hughes will supply SharpEye radar systems for Royal Navy frigates, mine countermeasure vessels, RFA support vessels, fast patrol boats and submarines. Five shore facilities will also benefit from SharpEye technology.

The contract with Lockheed Martin includes options for the introduction of navigation radar systems for future Royal Navy platforms.

GE Powers New Expeditionary
Base Mobile Ship

Approximately 80,000 tons and 784 ft. long, with a beam of 164 ft., Expeditionary Base Mobile (ESB) 4 is an extremely stable platform for sea base operations. Enabled by GE’s electric power and propulsion system, and built by General Dynamics, National Steel and Shipbuilding Co. (NASSCO), ESB 4 will be able to operate at a speed of 15 kt. with an endurance of over 9,500 naut. mi.

“There is a growing interest in full electric and hybrid propulsion solutions for naval applications, as they offer increased efficiency, flexibility and reliability while saving money over the lifetime of the ship,” said Adam Kabulski of GE’s Marine Solutions.

The vessel is scheduled to launch in mid-2017, with delivery in 2018.

SST Installs Lifesaver Energy
Platform at Wave Energy Test Site

Sound & Sea Technology, Inc. (SST) successfully installed the Lifesaver Energy Platform (LEP) at the U.S. Navy’s Kaneohe Bay Wave Energy Test Site (WETS) offshore Hawaii.

The Lifesaver Energy Platform is the first wave energy conversion (WEC) device to be deployed at one of the new WETS deepwater test berths and supports the Navy’s interest in advancing renewable energy for Department of Defense applications.

The Lifesaver Energy Platform will be tested in ocean conditions and evaluated for reliability and power output performance relative to wave height over approximately six months.

JFD Submarine Rescue Contract
With Indian Navy

JFD was awarded a £193 million contract by the Indian Navy for the design, build and supply of two complete submarine rescue systems, and a 25-year all-inclusive annual maintenance contract.

Equipment will be designed, manufactured, integrated and tested by JFD prior to shipping to India for final commissioning and trials.

Talon V/UHF Radio to be Installed
On Peruvian Navy Helicopters

The Rockwell Collins Talon V/UHF tactical radio system has been selected by the Peruvian Navy to be installed on its SH-2G Super Seasprite helicopters. The Talon radio will provide secure voice and data communication capabilities to support missions such as surface and sub-surface maritime, blue-water and littoral surveillance, and search and rescue.

Digital Preview Processor For Canadian Navy’s ADAC
GeoSpectrum Technologies was awarded a contract to provide a Digital Preview Processor (DPP) to the Canadian Navy’s Acoustic Data Analysis Centre (ADAC) for post-mission analysis. The DPP system will be based on GeoSpectrum’s TruView sonar processing system.

Atlas Elektronik Canada and Pernix Technology will help the team develop key data interfaces. The team’s efforts include ensuring the new DPP TruView can interface with Atlas Elektronik Canada’s Osprey post-mission analysis processor to provide a smooth analysis workflow.

Three Men Rescued From Remote
Island With Big ‘Help’ Sign

Three men were discovered by a U.S. Navy P-8A maritime surveillance aircraft on the uninhabited island of Fanadik, Micronesia. Three days earlier, the men’s 19-ft. skiff capsized after leaving Pulap, Micronesia, hit by a large wave. The men swam overnight to Fanadik.

The P-8A, attached to Patrol Squadron (VP) 5 and operating from Misawa, Japan, responded to a call for assistance from the U.S. Coast Guard and located the men as they waved life jackets and stood next to a large “help” sign made of palm leaves.

A small boat from Pulap recovered the men from the island with no reported injuries.

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