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Sailors aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt removed after COVID-19 diagnosis

Sailors aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt removed after COVID-19 diagnosis

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Oct. 16 (UPI) -- Two new cases of the COVID-19 virus were reported aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, a Navy spokesman confirmed on Friday. "USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) identified a small number of Sailors who tested positive for COVID-19 while conducting routine training at sea, Oct. 15, 2020," Cmdr. Zachary Harrell of the Naval Air Forces told The Hill. Advertisement "The sailors self-reported after experiencing symptoms, received immediate medical treatment, and were transported off the ship for isolation," Harrell told the New York Times, which first reported the new cases. On Tuesday, the ship left its homeport of San Diego for sustainment exercises, to be followed by two deployments within the same readiness cycle, known as a "double pump." The names of the aff...
U.S. Navy develops software to track COVID-19 cases aboard ships

U.S. Navy develops software to track COVID-19 cases aboard ships

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Aug. 14 (UPI) -- Damage control software to track the spread of the COVID-19 virus is being rolled out to U.S. Navy vessels, the Naval Sea Systems Command said on Friday. The software will be delivered in laptop computers to171 surface ships, and will be used to repurpose the existing Advanced Damage Control System, officials said. Advertisement The system has been used to manage and store data related to incidents from ship collisions and fires to enemy attacks. With the onset of the pandemic, the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Philadelphia Division proposed upgrading the system to help ships manage and mitigate the impact of the virus, officials said. The software already contains templates for chemical or biological attacks, and can track personnel, plot boundaries around quarantined a...
NASA sets May 27 date for historic first SpaceX launch with crew aboard

NASA sets May 27 date for historic first SpaceX launch with crew aboard

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ORLANDO, Fla., April 17 (UPI) -- NASA has set May 27 for SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule to launch astronauts from Florida -- the first such launch from U.S. soil since the space shuttle program ended in 2011. "NASA will once again launch American astronauts on American rockets from American soil!" NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine tweeted Friday. Astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley are scheduled for the "Demo 2" flight to the International Space Station. It will be the maiden crewed flight for the Crew Dragon capsule. Elon Musk's SpaceX flew a successful demonstration flight to the space station in March 2019. The mission would be the first launch of American astronauts aboard an American rocket and spacecraft since the final shuttle mission on July 8, 2011, with the exception of Virg...
Pilots complete carrier qualifications aboard USS Gerald R. Ford

Pilots complete carrier qualifications aboard USS Gerald R. Ford

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April 13 (UPI) -- The aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford completed its qualifications for pilots in its first Fleet Replacement Squadron exercise, the U.S. Navy announced Monday. The training, known as carrier qualifications, was concluded in early April in the Atlantic Ocean where the carrier, whose home port is Newport News, Va., is deployed. The FRS trains pilots, naval flight officers and maintainers on specific front-line aircraft they have been assigned to fly, some of whom may be training for current and upcoming deployments. It was conducted during the ship's month-long "Independent Steaming Event 9, in which it independently executed a training schedule without tasking from higher authority. The event ended on Sunday. The USS Gerald R. Ford is regarded as the world's largest a...
FLIR Surveillance awarded $12.6M for sensors aboard littoral combat ships

FLIR Surveillance awarded $12.6M for sensors aboard littoral combat ships

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Aug. 16 (UPI) -- FLIR Surveillance Inc. received a $ 12.6 million contract for supplies, repairs and upgrades to sensor systems aboard U.S. Navy littoral combat ships. The contract, announced Thursday by the Defense Department, refers to FLIR's Saffire III Electro-Optics Sensor Systems. The systems offer image stabilization, long-range and thermal imaging and color and low-light cameras. The systems are useful in search and rescue operations, reconnaissance, border and coastal patrol and target identification, the manufacturer said. Thousands of the ball-shaped 22-pound systems, which attach to horizontal planes of a vessel or aircraft, have been affixed to helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft, as well as on the shallow-water littoral combat ships. The unit includes an optional sensor sys...