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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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  • 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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