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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...
Navy declines to reinstate Capt. Crozier after USS Theodore Roosevelt outbreak

Navy declines to reinstate Capt. Crozier after USS Theodore Roosevelt outbreak

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June 19 (UPI) -- The Navy announced Friday it will not reinstate the captain of the USS Theodore Roosevelt who was relieved of his position after sounding the alarm about a coronavirus outbreak that killed one sailor and infected nearly 1,000. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday said Capt. Brett Crozier won't receive any further punishment for his handling of the outbreak on the ship or his letter that brought attention to the situation. Advertisement "I will not reassign Capt. Brett Crozier as the commanding officer of the USS Theodore Roosevelt, nor will he be eligible for future command. Capt. Crozier will be reassigned," Gilday said. The Navy relieved Crozier of his position on the aircraft carrier in April after he sent a letter to Navy leaders calling attention to the serious...
Lockheed nabs $70.2M for Aegis development for Navy, foreign partners

Lockheed nabs $70.2M for Aegis development for Navy, foreign partners

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June 9 (UPI) -- Lockheed Martin was awarded a $ 70.2 million contract to support Aegis development for the Navy, as well as the governments of Japan, South Korea and Norway, the Pentagon announced Tuesday. The contract funds Aegis weapon system upgrades to the U.S.S. Ticonderoga and U.S.S. Arleigh Burke, as well as Aegis ballistic missile defense and foreign military sales requirements. Advertisement It also supports continued technical engineering, configuration management, associated equipment/supplies, quality assurance, information assurance and other operations and maintenance efforts required for the Aegis development and test sites. The Aegis combat system is capable of simultaneous operations against multi-mission threats: anti-air, anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare. It was ...
Kenneth Braithwaite sworn in as Secretary of the Navy

Kenneth Braithwaite sworn in as Secretary of the Navy

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May 29 (UPI) -- Kenneth J. Braithwaite, appointed by President Donald Trump in 2017 as U.S. ambassador to Norway, was sworn in Friday as Secretary of the U.S. Navy. A retired rear admiral, Braithwaite is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, the University of Pennsylvania, the Naval War College and the Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. His business career includes positions with Atlantic Richfield and St. Thomas Health System in Nashville. Advertisement The Senate confirmed Braithwaite last week after his May 7 testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee, in which he offered a negative assessment of current Navy management. "It saddens me to say [that] the Department of the Navy is in troubled waters due to many factors, primarily the failings of leade...
Northrop Grumman awarded $123.5M to integrate Navy LAIRCM system

Northrop Grumman awarded $123.5M to integrate Navy LAIRCM system

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May 1 (UPI) -- Northrop Grumman received a $ 123.5 million contract modification Friday to integrate the Department of Navy Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures system onto aircraft for the U.S. military and two allied governments. The deal funds integration of the DON LAIRCM system onto aircraft for the Navy, Army and Air Force, as well as the governments of Norway and New Zealand. The DON LAIRCM system, a variant of the Air Force's LAIRCM system, is a defensive system for aircraft designed to defend against surface-to-air infrared missile threats. It combines two-color infrared missile warning sensors -- which detect oncoming missile threats and send information to the processor, which then notifies the crew -- with the Guardian Laser Transmitter Assembly. In May 2019 Northrop Grumm...