Royal Thai Armed Forces exercise with US ships | Anti-drone laser system installed on destroyer | Aerojet tapped to develop torpedo propulsion system
February 27, 2020
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At Sea
Thai forces welcomed crews of the dock landing ship USS Green Bay and the amphibious assault ship USS America as they arrived for Exercise Cobra Gold. The annual exercise began Tuesday and will extend through March 6.
Full Story: WFRV-TV (Green Bay, Wis.) (2/25) 
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Cybersecurity & Combat Systems
The Navy's first Optical Dazzling Interdictor has been installed aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey. The laser system is designed to disable drone sensors.
Full Story: New Atlas (2/22) 
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Aerojet Rocketdyne will develop a new propulsion system for the MK 54 MOD 2 Advanced Lightweight Torpedo under a $63.2 million transaction authority. The funds will go toward production of an advanced prototype of a stored chemical energy propulsion system power plant and afterbody/tailcone to be fitted to the torpedo.
Full Story: Naval Technology (2/25) 
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The Unmanned Influence Sweep System has received Milestone C approval from the Navy's Program Executive Officer for Unmanned and Small Combatants. The UISS, which is designed for littoral combat ships, features a mine countermeasures unmanned surface vehicle and a towed minesweeping payload for influence sweeping.
Full Story: Naval Sea Systems Command (2/26) 
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Propulsion
MAN Energy Solutions will be providing eight Tier III-compliant engines for Quebec-based Ocean Industries to power four azimuth stern drive tugboats for the Royal Canadian Navy. The contract also includes selective catalytic reduction technology to aid Tier III compliance.
Full Story: Marine Log (2/21) 
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Boats & Craft
The Navy's fiscal 2021 budget request includes $30 million for work on a future medium amphibious ship and an additional $30 million to develop a future medium logistics ship. The amphibious ship will be a stern-landing vessel that supports ship-to-shore operations, and the logistics ship will support theater lift requirements.
Full Story: USNI News (2/20) 
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Lake Assault Boats will produce 119 Force Protection-Medium patrol boats for the Navy under a five-year, $56 million contract. The 33 foot-long boats feature twin 225-hp outboard motors and an aluminum V-hull with a polyurethane foam collar wrap.
Full Story: Naval Technology (2/25) 
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The Leading Edge
China's forays into the Pacific and its addition of long-range weapons are game-changers that will force the US Marine Corps to be less predictable and more mobile, according to Marine Corps Commandant Gen. David Berger. He supports the idea of developing a "Lightning carrier," an amphibious assault ship equipped with as many as 20 F-35B stealth fighters.
Full Story: Business Insider (2/19) 
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The future USS Delbert D. Black, an Arleigh Burke-class Flight IIA destroyer, has successfully completed three days of builder's trials in the Gulf of Mexico. Acceptance trials for the DDG 119 are scheduled for March.
Full Story: United Press International (2/24) 
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People
Lt. Cmdr. Christopher J. McDowell, the public works officer assigned to Naval Support Activity Panama City in Florida, was honored by the Naval Facilities Engineering Command as the Navy's 2020 Military Engineer of the Year. McDowell was also a finalist at the National Society of Professional Engineers' Federal Engineer of the Year Awards.
Full Story: WMBB-TV (Panama City, Fla.) (2/25) 
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ASNE News
ASNE's taking Fleet Maintenance & Modernization Symposium to the East Coast! Join us September 14-17 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center for guest speakers, panelists, presentations, and unique opportunities to interact with ship/craft operators, designers, engineers, suppliers, and other technical experts. Early Bird registration ends July 1! The deadline to submit a paper abstract is March 15, view our website for topics and submission guidelines. Purchase a sponsorship or exhibit space online, or contact sponsorships@navalengineers.org. For all things FMMS, click here!
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In partnership with the ASNE Flagship section, ASNE staff hosted Family Fun Day over the weekend on Saturday, February 22nd! Over 100 attendees gathered at the Alexandria, VA headquarters to connect members together and raise awareness of the many things ASNE can provide each family. Some of the awesome activity highlights include boat-building, robot races, NAVSEA Carderock Coding, FLEET arcade (ASNE's free naval engineering game), and plenty of professional society and community networking opportunities! If you missed out, don't worry! ASNE has plenty of other fun events that can be found on our website!
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