US Navy Tests 3D Printed Critical Spares

By Vice Adm. Paul Grosklags (US Navy) 3-D printing works by using digital design data to build components in layers of metal, plastic and other materials. The component used in the V-22 test event – a titanium, 3-D printed link and fitting assembly for the engine nacelle – was printed at Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division in Lakehurst, New Jersey. This link and fitting … [Read more...]

U.S. Navy to Test Iron Man-Like Exoskeletons for Use in Shipyards

Defense contractor Lockheed Martin has received a contract for the U.S. Navy to evaluate and test two of its iron man-like exoskeletons for potential use in naval shipyards. The contract was awarded by the National Center for Manufacturing Scientists on behalf of the U.S. Navy and will involve the first procurement of the Lockheed Martin-designed 'FORTIS' exoskeletons for … [Read more...]

U.S. Navy Ready to Deploy Laser Weapon Prototype

The U.S. Navy is getting ready to deploy a prototype laser weapon technology reminiscent of something you would expect to see in a Star Wars movie. The prototype, an improved version of the Laser Weapon System (LaWS), will be installed on USS Ponce for at-sea testing in the Persian Gulf this summer, which was first announced by Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan … [Read more...]

US Navy Launches Official Anti-Pirate Video Game

Tired of reading about piracy online? Think you have what it takes to outsmart pirates? Well the US Navy is offering you an opportunity to help! At the Annual MARLO Conference, representatives from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA presented a new video game that encourages gamers to use innovative thinking and new approaches to combat Somali pirates. In … [Read more...]

US Navy Contracts Cubic Corp and Austal Shipbuilding to Create an LCS “Holodeck”

With a US Navy that is being stretched to, and in some cases, beyond its breaking point, keeping sailors at home while maximizing in-port training opportunities is vital to mission accomplishment, quality of life, and cost efficiency. In the past, at-sea training was really the only way to truly prepare for deployment, but truthfully, 6+ months of training, followed by a 9 … [Read more...]