navy news NUWC Building Dedicated by Rhode Island Dignitaries U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, and U.S. Representative Patrick Kennedy were the guest speakers at a dedication ceremony for Building 1371, a new Missiles and Autonomous Systems laboratory at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division Newport, on Friday, February 23. The ceremony will took place inside the new $20.5 million facility, which is located at the northern end of the NUWC Division Newport complex. The building provides 100,000 square feet of secure laboratories and supporting office space in a four-story, steel framed, brick structure. The building will be shared by the Missiles/Precision Strike Division of the Platform and Payload Integration Department, and the Autonomous Undersea Vehicles and Advanced Acoustics Divisions of the Autonomous Systems and Undersea Surveillance Aligned Under Naval Oceanography Commander Undersea Surveillance (CUS), head of the Navy's Integrated Undersea Surveillance System (IUSS), was elevated to an echelon IV command Feb. 28 to serve under the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command (NMOC) at Stennis Space Center, Miss. The move united the Navy's Undersea Surveillance Command with the Navy's oceanography community. It culminated several months of discussion and study, continuing the reorganization of NMOC efforts to focus the Navy oceanography community's activities on the needs of its warfighting customers. NMOC is an Echelon III command under the lead of Fleet Forces Command. CUS, headquartered in Dam Neck, Va., previously was a command serving under the Naval Submarine Force. "We believe this is a natural partnership, and we are delighted that the Navy agrees," said Rear Adm. Timothy McGee, NMOC Commander. "CUS uses and monitors sensors in the Navy's ASW (anti-submarine warfare) effort, and the oceanography community analyzes and predicts acoustic ranges for the Navy's ASW effort." "We too agree that this partnership under the umbrella of NMOC is a good fit and will benefit both communities," said Capt. David Kern, who commands the Integrated Undersea Surveillance System. "NMOC is the Navy's recognized leader in multidimensional battlespace awareness and we are very pleased to be part of it. Under their leadership IUSS will ultimately realize stable, long-term officer manning and potential future benefits from developments in data processing and automation." "Operational supercomputing, performance modeling of ship operations, and the innovative ethos that delivered the undersea performance surface, will bring an increased capacity to the IUSS capability," McGee said. Naval oceanography provides global meteorology, oceanographic, and maritime geospatial-environmental information and services critical for safe and effective operations of the Navy and Marine Corps and the Department of Defense. More than 800 active duty, civilian and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) personnel serve the mission of CUS/IUSS through two shore facilities in the U.S., one in the United Kingdom, and five forward deployed surveillance towed array sensor system (SURTASS) ships. The organization provides world-wide maritime surveillance and cueing from undersea sensors to warfare commanders and intelligence partners in support of ASW and homeland security/defense (HLS/D). (Source: NavNews, By Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command Public Affairs) April 2007 India Set to Launch First Nuclear Sub India is set to launch its first nuclear submarine later this year which, if successful, will put the country in an exclusive club, according to a report on www.ibnlive.com. The project codenamed the Advanced Technology Vessel has been crawling since the 1970s. Reports now indicate that India has overcome the biggest problem or miniaturization of a nuclear power plant that is to be mounted on a submarine hull. The vessel will be launched in Vishakapatnam and sea trials for this submarine are slated to begin by 2010, and are expected to be fully operational by 2012. According to the report, the vessel displaces 6,500 tons and can stay submerged for up to 100 days. Armed with guided missiles, it will have a crew of 70 people. (Source: www.ibnlive.com) 16 MTR
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