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U.S. Navy Develops and Tests Maritime Autonomy in a Box

Scientists and engineers at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division have developed a way to change unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) mission information as easily as updating an app on your cell phone.

DARPA TUNA Program Successfully Wraps Up First Phase

DARPA’s Tactical Undersea Network Architecture (TUNA) program recently completed its initial phase, successfully developing concepts and technologies aimed at restoring connectivity for U.S. forces when traditional tactical networks are knocked offline or otherwise unavailable. The program now enters the next phase, which calls for the demonstration of a prototype of the system at sea.

Huntington Ingalls Industries Launches 7th National Security Cutter

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Ingalls Shipbuilding division launched the National Security Cutter Kimball (WMSL 756) on December 17. Kimball is the seventh NSC Ingalls has built for the U.S. Coast Guard; christening is scheduled for March 4.

U.S. Navy Tests Autonomous Swarmboats in Chesapeake Bay

Autonomous unmanned swarming boats were put through their paces in a recent demonstration in the lower Chesapeake Bay with results that show dramatic new possibilities for autonomy in future naval missions.

Secretary of the Navy Announces Need for 355-ship Navy

The Secretary of the Navy announced the results of the 2016 Force Structure Assessment (FSA), a year-long effort which began in January that was conducted to evaluate long-term defense security requirements for future naval forces at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia.

Future USS Gabrielle Giffords Completes Acceptance Trials

Future Independence-class littoral combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) successfully completed its acceptance trials Nov. 18. The trials consisted of a series of in-port and underway demonstrations for the Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV).

Unmanned Vehicles Figure Prominently in Mine Countermeasures Exercise

U.K.-U.S. Mine Countermeasures (MCM) Exercise 17-1 concluded in the Arabian Gulf, Nov. 17. The 38-day, bilateral exercise between the U.S. Navy and U.K. Royal navy was designed to provide an opportunity for both nations to share knowledge of MCM techniques.

Kraken Receives Financial Contribution from Government of Canada

Kraken Sonar Inc. announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Kraken Sonar Systems Inc., will receive a non-refundable financial contribution of up to $485,000 from the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP).

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