October 14, 2021
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At Sea
The Navy is carrying out two investigations of the incident in which the attack submarine USS Connecticut struck an underwater object in the South China Sea. A veteran sonarman has explained the difficulties of underwater navigation that might have contributed to the collision of the Connecticut, which is now undergoing preliminary repairs in Guam.
Full Story: USNI News (10/10),  The Drive (10/11) 
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Cybersecurity & Combat Systems
The Navy is looking to accelerate its response to cyberthreats by using product architecture domain modeling to judge the security of naval platforms, systems and subsystems. Vendors have been asked to produce PADM prototypes that could offer advantages over the current system of seven-step risk management.
Full Story: ExecutiveBiz (10/12) 
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Genasys will be providing long-range acoustic devices for the Navy as part of a previously announced three-year, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract. The deal involves the replacement of first-generation LRADs with the longer-range LRAD 1000Xi system for extended communications.
Full Story: Naval Technology (10/13) 
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In-Service Engineering
The Navy has awarded a contract to McQ to develop a predictive sensor system that uses vibration and power data to track wear of critical machinery components before they fail. The system will rely on cost-effective tools that won't interfere with machinery already in place.
Full Story: WorkBoat (10/12) 
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Norfolk Naval Shipyard and mechanical engineer Drew Eckel worked together to 3D print a condenser replication review stand that can be used to identify defects in condenser tubes for naval propulsion systems. The review stand will be used across three of NNSY's testing and technical support divisions.
Full Story: DVIDS (10/13) 
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Boats & Craft
Silver Ships has been selected to build as many as 110 Naval Special Warfare Surface Support Craft and Coast Guard Special Purpose Craft and Law Enforcement vessels. The work comes under an $8.2 million delivery order that could grow to $51.6 million if all options are exercised.
Full Story: Marine Log (10/7) 
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The Leading Edge
The Navy will take a further look at Sarcos Defense's modular, dexterous and teleoperated Guardian XT robotic system for maintenance, modernization and sustainment. The robot is seen as an alternative to human presence in challenging or dangerous situations.
Full Story: Naval Technology (10/13) 
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French defense contractor Naval Group has publicly revealed a demonstrator of an extra large and uncrewed underwater vehicle for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions. The vessel has a 10-ton displacement and its design includes an underbelly mission bay.
Full Story: Naval News (Paris) (10/12) 
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The American Society of Naval Engineers is eager to announce that the virtual component of FMMS is available to register and view the event worldwide! Please note that virtual FMMS attendance provides access to the keynote speakers and panels that take place on 18 and19 October in the San Diego Convention Center (SDCC) Ballroom, as well as ALL the SDCC Innovation Theater speakers! Visit our website to register for this virtual event. After registration, and within 24 hours of the start of FMMS (i.e. on October 17), you will receive a private link to the virtual application through email. The email will include all the information that you will need to log in and start viewing the informative content of FMMS! Please Note all times on the ASNE ~ FMMS agenda indicate local times [PDT].
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