February 25, 2021
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At Sea
Marines are training for a new mission that involves cooperation with the Navy and Coast Guard, and the guided-missile submarine USS Ohio is an early participant. The sub and crew have been working with a Marine expeditionary force near Okinawa to ensure the force can board the sub quickly at sea.
Full Story: Kitsap Sun (Kitsap Peninsula, Wash.) (free registration) (2/20) 
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Cybersecurity & Combat Systems
The Navy's lightweight torpedo and very lightweight torpedo programs will be advancing on several fronts this year. Among other things, testing is planned for a wing adapter kit for the MK 54 lightweight torpedo that will allow it to be dropped from higher altitudes and guided to an entry point on the water.
Full Story: The Jane Group (2/23) 
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In-Service Engineering
Newport News Shipbuilding will overhaul and refuel the nuclear carrier USS John C. Stennis under a new $2.99 billion contract. The multiyear project will strip the carrier of most of its current technology and replace it with new systems to support another 25 years of service.
Full Story: Daily Press (Newport News/Hampton, Va.) (free content) (2/20) 
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Boats & Craft
Contractors have begun work to prepare the USS Bonhomme Richard for towing by removing the ship's island. The removal is expected to reinforce the structural integrity of the fire-ravaged warship.
Full Story: United Press International (2/23) 
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The Leading Edge
Fifty-one percent of respondents to a survey by Verdict said stealth should be the primary reason to use carbon composites and aluminum in shipbuilding. Corrosion protection and higher speeds ranked second and third, respectively.
Full Story: Naval Technology (2/19) 
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The Navy has conducted a proof-of-concept test for Blue Water UAS, a long-distance, cargo-carrying drone capable of reaching ships at sea during periods of strong wind. The drone successfully conveyed a lightweight load from Naval Station Norfolk to the USS Gerald R. Ford in port.
Full Story: United Press International (2/23) 
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Leidos is expected to close in the second quarter on a $380 million deal to acquire design firm Gibbs & Cox, one of six companies developing a concept for the Navy's Large Unmanned Surface Vessels. The deal is expected to help Leidos strengthen its position in the market for unmanned naval systems.
Full Story: USNI News (2/23) 
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People
Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command Southwest has named the recipients of its 2021 awards for top designer (Richard Suda), civilian engineer (Dr. Michael Fraser) and military engineer (Cmdr. Peter Benson). "Our engineers are breaking down barriers and creating solutions for infrastructure modernization, resiliency, cybersecurity and mass telework in support of Navy and global missions," said Capt. Michael Oestereicher, NAVFAC Southwest commanding officer.
Full Story: DVIDS (2/23) 
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ASNE News
Hungry for knowledge? Register for ASNE's Virtual Professional Development Course to feed your mind and gain an introductory foundation to Combat Systems Engineering! Join us March 4 for "Introduction to Combat Systems Engineering," instructed by:
  • Thomas A. Pugh, President/CEO, Pugh Associates
  • Erika L. Parenti, Test & Evaluation Strategy Lead, Pugh Associates
  • CAPT Jim Barron, USN (Ret.)
  • Wayne Dietel, AEGIS Systems Engineer, Pugh Associates
The course presents a systematic approach for the development and management of complete combat systems, and presents the engineering effort that incorporates the systems engineering process, multidisciplinary teamwork, and product development needed to satisfy combat systems user requirements. Earn your ASNE Professional Development Hours and register today!
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In honor of naval engineers' celebration of "Pi" Day, ASNE has extended the special promotional significant discounted membership rate for U.S. Federal Government Civilian Employees and Active Duty Personnel! Visit our website to join the American Society of Naval Engineers before close of business on "Pi" Day: March 14. New ASNE members will not only receive awesome professional development benefits, but will be entered into a raffle drawing for exciting prizes! If you are already a member, take the opportunity to sponsor (pay for) a new member - and BOTH of you will be entered into the raffle drawing for inspirational prizes! Beware the Ides of March - if you wait to sign up until March 15 you will miss out on this once in a blue moon special promotion!
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