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Innovation Boosts Fleet Readiness

In the new age of warfare, Navy has been using modern technologies to solve problems demonstrating the potential to increase fleet readiness even further and strengthen our Navy for the future.

Whether it’s additive manufacturing, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, unmanned systems or mobile applications, Navy has been implementing the newest technologies and increasing the rate of technological creation in the face of great power competition.

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Pilots See Promising Results from Use of Cold Spray Technology (Jan. 20, 2020)

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. (NNS) — Fleet Readiness Center East recently hosted the first-ever U.S. trials for a new cold spray technology application and saw promising results, program officials said. Read more on Navy.mil

NIWC Atlantic Creates Technical Videos for Fleet Sailors (Jan. 20, 2020)

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (NNS) — Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Atlantic wrapped up production on a set of technical training video programs designed for Sailors on how to perform network troubleshooting and maintenance in the fleet. Read more on Navy.mil

Midshipmen Get Virtual Start to Navy Pilot Training (Jan. 16, 2020)

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (NNS) — Midshipmen got a 360-degree view of flight training during Aviation Selection Night at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland marking a new era in technology for prospective flight students. Read more on Navy.mil

Navy Officials Break Ground for New Cyber Warfare Engineering Laboratory (Dec. 16, 2019)

DAHLGREN, Va. (NNS) — Navy officials, including Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) leadership, broke ground for a new Cyber Warfare Engineering Laboratory, Dec. 12. Read more on Navy.mil

NRL-Camera Aboard NASA Spacecraft Confirms Asteroid Phenomenon (Dec. 13, 2019)

WASHINGTON (NNS) — A U.S. Naval Research Laboratory-built camera mounted on the NASA Parker Solar Probe revealed an asteroid dust trail that has eluded astronomers for decades. Read more on Navy.mil

Navy Scientists Brief Top Tech to U.K. Navy Leaders, Reaffirm Collaboration (Dec. 10, 2019)

DAHLGREN, Va. (NNS) — U.S. Navy officials briefed U.K. Royal Navy Rear Admiral Hugh Beard and his delegation on current and emerging technological programs during a tour of Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD). Read more on Navy.mil

John C. Stennis Sailors 3D Print 300 Parts to Keep Systems Running (Dec. 6, 2019)

NORFOLK (NNS) — Sailors on the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) used an Advanced Manufacturing Lab (AML) onboard to produce about 300 plastic parts that were installed during a recent seven-month around-the-world deployment. Read more on Navy.mil

NRL, NASA Combine to Produce Sun Imagery with Unprecedented Clarity (Dec. 4, 2019)

WASHINGTON (NNS) — Early returns from the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory’s camera on NASA’s latest mission to study the Sun’s corona revealed on Dec. 4 a star more complex than ever imagined. Read more on Navy.mil

Navy Establishes ‘Tech Bridge’ in Charleston to Speed Innovation (Nov. 25, 2019)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (NNS) — Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition James Geurts today announced the creation of the Palmetto Tech Bridge in Charleston under the coordination of the Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Atlantic. Read more on Navy.mil

On Demand Manufacturing: Limited Only by the Engineer’s Imagination (Nov. 19, 2019)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (NNS) — Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Atlantic’s additive manufacturing (AM) team is exporting 3D on demand manufacturing (ODM) capabilities across the command, and across the globe. Read more on Navy.mil

Theoretical to Tactical: Veterans Turn Research into Naval Innovation (Nov. 19, 2019)

ARLINGTON, Va. (NNS) — A wetsuit to help Navy divers fight the deadly effects of hypothermia. A portable power source for warfighters serving in desolate combat zones. Read more on Navy.mil

Taking a Load off the Sailors’ Shoulders with Exoskeletons (Nov. 14, 2019)

KEYPORT, Wash. (NNS) — The Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division, Keyport is striving to take a load off the shoulders of the Sailors and civilian workforce by developing technology such as exoskeletons. Read more on Navy.mil

Eye on Innovation: Exoskeleton Technology Fits Norfolk Shipyard with Suits Straight Out of the Avengers (Nov. 13, 2019)

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (NNS) — Have you ever imagined yourself as the titular character Iron Man — having a metal suit to aid you in saving the world? Well, Norfolk Naval Shipyard has become a champion in utilizing innovative exoskeleton suit technology. Similar to Iron Man, employees are able to use these flexible pieces of equipment to perform better at their jobs ergonomically. Read more on Navy.mil

Low-Tech War Games Inform High-Tech Decisions (Nov. 8, 2019)

KEYPORT, Wash. (NNS) — Rolling dice and moving game pieces might not seem relevant to 21st century warfare, but Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) is finding this low-tech means of war gaming has the potential to provide increased agility in the high stakes competition of high technology. Read more on Navy.mil

Information Warfare Center Supports Marine Technology at Island Marauder (Nov. 4, 2019)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (NNS) — In late September, Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Atlantic engineers and scientists traveled to Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, to support Marines using state-of-the-art communications systems during Island Marauder 2019. Read more on Navy.mil

  • NAVWAR Completes First Digital Model of Systems on USS Abraham Lincoln (Oct. 23, 2019)

SAN DIEGO (NNS) — Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NAVWAR) accomplished a significant milestone in the digital engineering transformation with completion of its first digital twin, a system-of-systems digital model, representing a set of information warfare capabilities that will be installed on USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) in fiscal year 2020. Read more on Navy.mil

  • Researchers Transmit Energy with Laser in ‘Historic’ Power-Beaming Demonstration (Oct. 22, 2019)

WASHINGTON (NNS) — It was the second day of a three-day-long tech demonstration at the David Taylor Model Basin at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Bethesda, Maryland, where attendees had gathered to stand around in the dark to look at something they mostly couldn’t see. Read more on Navy.mil

  • Navy Satellite Communications System Successfully Completes Key Test and Evaluation Phase (Oct. 16, 2019)

SAN DIEGO (NNS) — The Navy’s next-generation narrowband satellite communications system completed a critical test and evaluation phase and was assessed as operationally effective, operational suitable and cyber survivable. The successful completion of this testing demonstrates the system’s full operational capability and its readiness for forces to transition it into unrestricted operations. Read more on Navy.mil

  • NavyTests Experimental Technology at Trident Warrior 2019 (Sept. 20, 2019)

SAN DIEGO (NNS) — Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NAVWAR) tested tools and techniques to rapidly equip the warfighter with advanced capabilities during Trident Warrior 2019 (TW19), which ended Sept. 19 off the coast of San Diego. Read more on Navy.mil

Blimp Swarm Research

Researchers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory flew a fleet of 30 miniature autonomous blimps in unison to test the swarming behavior of autonomous systems. The blimps responded to each other while in flight and responded to changing conditions. Don Sofge, lead for the distributed autonomous systems group at NRL, and his team are working to further research for autonomous super swarms. Their goal is to fly more than 100 controlled miniature blimps this year.

  • NAVWAR Fosters Innovative Thinking at ‘Hack the Machine’ 2019 (Sept. 11, 2019)

SAN DIEGO (NNS) — Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NAVWAR) leaders encouraged participants at this year’s Hack the Machine competition to push traditional boundaries and explore unconventional solutions for warfighters September 6-8, at New Lab at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, in Brooklyn, New York. Read more on Navy.mil 

  • LAV Meets ARV: Researching the Marine Corps’ Next-Generation Light Armored Vehicle (Sept. 10, 2019)

ARLINGTON, Va. (NNS) — The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is sponsoring research to develop the next-generation Armored Reconnaissance Vehicle (ARV), slated to replace the Marine Corps’ current Light Armored Vehicle (LAV). Read more on Navy.mil

  • Corrosion Control: Topside Drone Keeps Vessels Ship-Shape (Sept. 9, 2019)

ARLINGTON, Va. (NNS) — The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) launches straight up from the deck of the USS Midway, its operator carefully maneuvering the UAV in front of the ship’s air traffic control tower. Along the UAV’s predetermined flight path, the camera mounted beneath the UAV captures ship imagery for a few minutes, and then zooms back down to its landing pad. Read more on Navy.mil

  • Navy IT Trains, Prepares IW Professionals to Protect, Defend America  (Sept. 4, 2019)

KINGS BAY, Georgia (NNS) — Information Systems Technician 1st Class Geneve Hails, a native of West Palm Beach, Florida, currently serves as an instructor at Information Warfare Training Command Virginia Beach, Learning Site Kings Bay, Georgia. Read more on Navy.mil

  •  Navy Establishes ‘Tech Bridges’ to Boost Agility, Collaboration  (Sept. 3, 2019)

In the Navy’s effort to harness innovation, James Geurts, assistant secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, and Acquisition announced today the Navy’s plan to rapidly expand the Department of the Navy’s collaboration capabilities. Read more on Navy.mil

  • Researching the Natural World to Improve Robotic Technologies (Aug. 31, 2019) 

Researchers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory flew a fleet of 30 miniature autonomous blimps in unison to test the swarming behavior of autonomous systems. The blimps responded to each other while in flight and responded to changing conditions. Don Sofge, lead for the distributed autonomous systems group at NRL, and his team is working to further research for autonomous super swarms.

  • CNAF, X-Force Create Model to Improve Super Hornet Readiness (Aug. 23, 2019)

CORONADO, Calif. (NNS) — Graduate students from the University of California San Diego (UCSD) joined data scientists from Commander, Naval Air Forces (CNAF) at Naval Air Station North Island for the first-ever collaboration between the National Security Innovation Network’s (NSIN) X-Force Program and CNAF. Read more on Navy.mil

  • Study Uncovers a Strategy that Viruses use to Evade Immediate Immune Responses (Aug. 22, 2019)

WASHINGTON (NNS) — Researchers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) have identified a new algorithm that could help virologists better understand and treat infections caused by viruses like the Zika virus. Read more on Navy.mil

  • NIWC Atlantic Demonstrates Augmented Reality Technology to Increase Warfighter Safety (Aug. 21, 2019)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (NNS) — A Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Atlantic team is developing and refining a hands-free system to protect U.S. military members from inadvertently revealing their location via radio frequency (RF) waves. Read more on Navy.mil

  • New F-35 Modification Facility Brings Strategic Capability to FRCE (Aug. 20, 2019)

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. (NNS) — A recently-completed facility will bring a new strategic capability to Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE) and the F-35B Lightning aircraft line next year. When the new F-35 laser shock peening facility is fully operational in 2020, FRCE will be one of two sites in the world that will use laser technology to strengthen F-35 structural components. Read more on Navy.mil

  • NSWC Dahlgren Division Institutionalizes ‘Technical Excellence Framework’ to Ensure Warfighter Success (Aug. 13, 2019)

DAHLGREN, Va (NNS) — Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) institutionalized its Technical Excellence Framework to make a difference in the Fleet in terms of capability, quality, security and safety of warfare mission critical products, the command announced Aug. 13. Read more on Navy.mil

  • Carderock’s Composite-Patch Technology is an Alternative Repair Method for Sensitized Aluminum (Aug. 13, 2019)

WEST BETHESDA, Md. (NNS) — In a research lab such as Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division, a “win” is to see one’s research applied in real life. For engineers Daniel Hart, John Noland and Bruce Wells, not only have they been involved in the development and application of their research, but they have also transitioned it to the fleet. Read more on Navy.mil

  • Naval Information Warfare Centers Win Seven ‘Top Scientists, Engineers’ Awards (Aug. 13, 2019)

WASHINGTON (NNS) — The Navy’s much anticipated “Top Scientists and Engineers of the Year” awards have been announced. Naval Information Warfare Systems Command’s groundbreaking warfare centers, Naval Information Warfare Center Pacific (NIWC Pacific) and Naval Information Warfare Center Atlantic (NIWC Atlantic), received an impressive seven awards combined. Read more on Navy.mil

  • NUWC Division, Keyport Team Assesses Technology at Advanced Naval Technology Exercise (Aug. 13, 2019)

KEYPORT, Wa. (NNS) — A team of eight engineers and logisticians from the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division, Keyport spent two weeks in the field at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, helping the Marines assess new technologies during the Fight the Naval Force Forward Advanced Naval Technology Exercise (FNFF ANTX). Read more on Navy.mil

  • NMRC Maintains a Library of Diverse Bacteriophages to Fight multi-drug Resistant Infections (Aug. 7, 2019)

SILVER SPRING, Md. (NNS) — Naval Medical Research Center scientists presented their bacteriophage (phage) bioinformatics pipeline during the 2019 Evergreen Phage Meeting at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. Read more on Navy. mil 

  • Maritime Modernized Training: Capitalizing on Virtual Technology (Aug. 6, 2019)

PENSACOLA, Florida (NNS) — Virtual training at Surface Warfare Officers School (SWOS) Command has been an integral aspect of preparing sea-bound warriors to serve on surface combatants as officers, enlisted engineers, and enlisted navigation professionals for more than two decades. Read more on Navy.mil

  • Carderock Uses High-Fidelity Signature Simulation to Train Surface Combat Systems (Aug. 5, 2019)

WEST BETHESDA, Md. (NNS) — In the world of simulations, getting a system to act as close to authentic as the real-world situations it represents is always the main goal. Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division develops high-fidelity acoustic simulation and training systems, giving naval personnel the ability to practice combat scenarios virtually. Read more on Navy.mil

  • Land Systems Integration Team Is Leader in Model-Based Systems Engineering (Aug. 2, 2019)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (NNS) — The Land Systems Integration (LSI) Division at Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Atlantic continues to be an enterprise leader in Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) for their work on land systems modernization and integration. Read more on Navy.mil

Battleship USS Oklahoma Underwater Disinterment and Recovery Project

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) had made it their mission to use improved technology to help reunite service members and their families. Recent advances in technology have allowed scientists and researchers to explore underwater landscapes in search of the remains of missing Sailors.

Virtual Reality Tactical Training Developed by ONR TechSolutions

The Office of Naval Research Global TechSolutions-sponsored Tactically Reconfigurable Artificial Combat Enhanced Reality package consists of a virtual-reality headset, a backpack, a state-of-the-art simulated weapon designed to deliver realistic recoil, and a software package that creates multiple and adaptable simulation scenarios for security personnel to experience.

  • Inspiring the Next Generation of Scientists: U.S. Naval War College Holds 7th Annual Starship Poseidon STEM Camp (July 22, 2019)

NEWPORT, R.I. (NNS) — Twelve teenagers stared intently into the pool. There was little chatter. Even cell phones were put away, mostly. Read more on Navy.mil

3D MEDICAL APPLICATIONS CENTER: Software and Digital Application

In the video below, see how Navy medicine is using advanced software technologies utilized by 3D printers to create devices and prosthesis at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Maryland.

  • NAVSEA TIIL Gets Cold Spray Down Cold (July 10, 2019)

KEYPORT, Washington (NNS) — The Naval Sea Systems Command’s Tactical Innovation Implementation Labsprinted toward the future with the Cold Spray Sprint in January, an effort that kicked off the deployment of cutting-edge cold spray technology to shipyards and depot-level maintenance centers. Read more on Navy.mil

  • NAVWAR Enterprise Launches Artificial Intelligence Prize Challenge with $150,000 Offerred in Prizes (July 9, 2019) 

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (NNS) — The Navy kicked off the Artificial Intelligence Applications to Autonomous Cybersecurity Challenge, a prize competition seeking innovative machine learning and artificial intelligence solutions for real-world cybersecurity challenges. Read more on Navy.mil

  • Navy Data Platform Consolidates Business Intelligence Capabilities  (July 9, 2019)

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (NNS) — Naval Supply Systems Command Business Systems Center launched Navy Data Platform, a standardized business intelligence and data platform that supports Navy supply-chain data-analytic capabilities. Read more on Navy.mil 

  • Eye on Innovation: Making Huge Strides in Virtual Reality at Norfolk Naval Shipyard  (July 3, 2019)

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (NNS) — Imagine conducting ship checks and training aboard a ship without ever leaving your office. At Norfolk Naval Shipyard, this has become a reality thanks to virtual reality. Read more on Navy.mil


Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division’s Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Laboratory, based under the Sea-Based Aviation and Aeromechanics Branch, develops UAS for the maritime mobility mission of Carderock. This is a video feature on the lab, located at West Bethesda, Maryland.

  • Junior Navy Scientists, Engineers Develop Integration Capability for Electric Weapons   (June 13, 2019)

DAHLGREN, Va. (NNS) — Six junior Navy technologists recently out of college proved the potential of their project known as PEGASUS (Power and Energy Generation Analysis SimUlation System) to integrate electric weapons and electric propulsion systems aboard Navy ships. Read more on Navy.mil 

  • Navy’s 3D Submarine Radio Room Training Technology Adapted for USMC Tactical Communicators  (June 13, 2019)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (NNS) — Naval Information Warfare Center Atlantic developed and fielded 3D virtual training technology traditionally used by Navy submariners as part of a New Equipment Training package designed for U.S. Marine Corps communicators. Read more on Navy.mil

  • Laser Focus: ONR Global and the Competition for High-Intensity Lasers (June 4, 2019)

ARLINGTON, Va. (NNS) — In the 1990s, the United States was the leading innovator and dominant user of high-intensity laser technology, according to a 2017 report published by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. Read more on Navy.mil

  • Carderock’s McAllister Talks Future of Unmanned Vehicles  (May 28, 2019)

WEST BETHESDA, Md. (NNS) — Before the turn of the century, futurists imagined today looking something like an episode of “The Jetsons,” with robots doing the dull and dirty work in every home, and pilotless flying cars providing seamless transportation. Read more on Navy.mil

  • Marines Make Virtual Training Reality for Naval Aviators  (May 20, 2019)

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (NNS) — The dream of becoming jet pilots was almost within their reach. Self-confessed mechanical engineering geeks, the Occhipinti brothers commissioned as second lieutenants in the United States Marine Corps in 2013. Read more on Navy.mil

  • NAVSEA and NUWC Division, Keyport’s 3D Blueprint for the Future  (May 16, 2019)

KEYPORT, Washington (NNS) — Naval Sea Systems Command Tactical Innovation Implementation Lab is advancing and maturing additive manufacturing (AM, also known as 3D printing) technology into the naval shipyards to support the fleet through Print Sprint II. Read more on Navy.mil

  • NRL Introduces Newly Acquired Aircraft for Airborne Research  (May 14, 2019)

WASHINGTON (NNS) — The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory and the Navy’s premier science and technology research squadron, Scientific Development Squadron ONE (VXS-1), unveiled the UV-18 “Twin Otter” as the newest addition to the squadron’s unique fleet of aircraft research platforms. Read more on Navy.mil

The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory™s exclusive science and technology research squadron, Scientific Development Squadron ONE (VXS-1), Warlocks, add the twin engine, Twin Otter aircraft to their versatile fleet, which include three NP-3C and P-3C Orions, an RC-12 King Air, and 12 TigerShark Unmanned Aircraft Systems.
  • NAVSUP Showcases Innovation at Sea Air Space Expo 2019  (May 6, 2019)

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. (NNS) — Naval Supply Systems Command showcases innovative technology and processes at this year’s Sea Air Space Exposition, May 6-8, in National Harbor, Maryland. Read more on Navy.mil

  • Modernization Takes Navy Enterprise Resource Planning to the Cloud  (May 6, 2019)

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (NNS) — From purchase request to final delivery, a well-coordinated orchestra of technology and people work in harmony to ensure Navy supply-chain integrity. Read more on Navy.mil

  • Data, Web, and Artificial Intelligence: Navy’s Next Frontier  (May 6, 2019)

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (NNS) — As information technology rapidly advances, the use of mobile applications and artificial intelligence will continue to impact Navy decision-makers well into the future. Read more on Navy.mil

  • Mobile Devices Enhance Navy Inventory Control  (May 6, 2019)

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (NNS) — Navy Mobile Computing teams from Naval Supply Systems Command Business Systems Center are deploying mobile technology and support to deliver improved logistics readiness to the fleet. Read more on Navy.mil

  • NUWC Division, Keyport Strives to Leap Ahead in Virtual Reality  (May 2, 2019)

KEYPORT, Wa. (NNS) — The Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division, Keyport is bringing what used to be science fiction to the world of science fact through the development of practical augmented reality and virtual reality technology. Read more on Navy.mil

  • Eye on Innovation: NNSY T&I Lab Hosts Shipyard Sharing Program  (May 1, 2019)

PORTSMOUTH, VA (NNS) — The Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) Technology and Innovation Lab strives to break down barriers and bring technologies of the shipyard to the forefront, aiding employees who aim to make their jobs safer and more efficient through NNSY’s Innovation Program. Read more on Navy.mil

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