April 22, 2021
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At Sea
Manned and unmanned aircraft and surface vessels will work together in a Navy exercise to direct a missile to a surface target in an exercise running through April 26. The Unmanned Integrated Battle Problem 21 appears to be aimed at developing stand-off targeting ability for heavily defended areas.
Full Story: The Drive (4/20) 
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Lockheed Martin has created a new line of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance satellites that feature an open architecture and can be produced in large numbers to populate a constellation. "Digital engineering and manufacturing are accelerating our ability to deploy robust, future-focused constellations that feature leading-edge technology for our customers' missions," said Lockheed's Rick Ambrose.
Full Story: New Atlas (4/19) 
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In-Service Engineering
Strains on the industrial base for nuclear submarines have been exacerbated by the need to purchase replacement parts for Virginia-class attack submarines that are wearing out faster than expected. But the Navy has learned many lessons from the Virginia class and plans to apply them to the Columbia class.
Full Story: USNI News (4/20) 
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BWX Technologies will conduct naval nuclear reactor component manufacturing and material procurement activities for Columbia- and Virginia-class submarines under new contracts from the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program. The contracts, including future-year options, total about $2.2 billion.
Full Story: ExecutiveBiz (4/20) 
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Boats & Craft
Design work on the first fully electric US tugboat with autonomous technology is complete. The 82-foot tugboat, designed by Crowley Engineering Services, features fully modular batteries and an Azimuthing drive propulsion system.
Full Story: Seapower magazine online (4/19) 
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The recently overturned 265-class liftboat Seacor Power should serve as a reminder to crews to remain mindful of weather conditions, says naval architect David Bourg. Liftboats in the 265 class are designed remain afloat during 80 mph winds, but there are limits to a vessel's operating envelope, Bourg says.
Full Story: WDSU-TV (New Orleans) (4/15) 
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The Leading Edge
A team of three cross-warfare centers is developing a total ship Frigate Readiness Assessment Model, or FRAM, that uses digital tools to help identify systemic flaws prior to final design approval of the new Constellation-class frigate. "If there are components or systems that aren't going to help meet the requirements for the ship, we can address those early before it's actually fully built," said Colin Hathaway from the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division.
Full Story: DVIDS (4/15) 
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The Navy has awarded a $107.19 million contract to Huntington Ingalls in Pascagoula, Miss., to acquire long-lead-time materials for the eventual construction of a landing helicopter assault vessel. Mississippi's Senate delegation praised the Navy's decision.
Full Story: The Vicksburg Post (Miss.) (4/20) 
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Students at the University of Alabama at Huntsville have designed a storage system for a submersible that the Navy will consider for future use. Consultations and technical adjustments informed by finite element analyses throughout the project life cycle have yielded a design that is broadly different from the original concept.
Full Story: University of Alabama at Huntsville (4/20) 
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Virtual ISS is almost here, have you registered yet?! Join the American Society of Naval Engineers April 28-29 for Virtual ISS and tune-in to STEM engagement sessions, expert and young professional mentoring panels, technical paper sessions, and keynote remarks by RADM Huan Nguyen, USN, Deputy Commander for Cyber Engineering, NAVSEA - all with live Q&A! Register today before late registration rates start April 27, 12:00 EDT. The emphasis of this year's symposium will be on recent advances in intelligent systems and the challenges that lie ahead for the next generation of intelligent ships. Our virtual platform allows attendees to engage and network with exhibitors, speakers, and members of the engineering community! Visit our website to register today!
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Attention Authors: The MegaRust 2021 Call For Papers is OPEN! MegaRust is conducted annually to provide a consolidated focus on Navy corrosion issues, and ASNE is excited to bring the corrosion community together this September 21-23 at the Hampton Roads Convention Center in Hampton, VA! Join the corrosion conversation and submit a technical paper before the deadline, June 25. Visit our website for more information on paper topics and submission guidelines.
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