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Production of W76-1/Mk4A Arming Fuzing Subsystem completed on time and budget

Life Extension Program milestone achieved WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) has completed production of the U.S. Navy-sponsored Arming Fuzing Subsystem in support of the W76-1/Mk4A Life Extension Program (LEP) on time and on budget. The subsystem is a key component of the W76-1 LEP that will extend the original warhead service life from [...]

USS Monterey Deploys as Surge Force

By Lt. j.g. Christian Kurowski, USS Monterey (CG 61) Public Affairs NORFOLK (NNS) -- The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG 61) departed Naval Station Norfolk Oct. 16, for a surge deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet and U.S. 6th Fleet areas of operation.Monterey is deploying to support maritime security operations and to increase theater security cooperation and forward naval [...]

UK hopes to stay involved in Copernicus post Brexit

LONDON — The Oct. 13 launch of the air-pollution-monitoring satellite Sentinel 5P was a bittersweet moment for the UK space sector. The craft, part of the European Commission’s Copernicus Earth-observation program was built by Airbus Defence and Space in Stevenage, some 50 kilometers north of London. With the country’s pending withdrawal from the European Union, questions remain to what extent [...]

Science is the nucleus of NNSA

Nuclear Science Week is an international celebration of the atomic world. Just as the nucleus is at the center of the atom, nuclear science is at the heart of NNSA’s national security missions. Monday: Powering the Nuclear Navy The Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program plays an essential role in efficiently powering nautical deployments around the globe. More than 45 percent of [...]

Comfort Welcomes Newest Arrival

By Petty Officer 1st Class Ernest Scott, Navy Public Affairs Support Element East CARIBBEAN SEA (NNS) -- The sound of two bells rang through the passageways of the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) as the announcement passed over the ship's one main circuit."Sara Victoria Llull Rodriguiz, born this day Oct. 14, arriving!"With Comfort underway in the [...]

Navy to Christen Submarine South Dakota

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Navy will christen its newest attack submarine, the future USS South Dakota (SSN 790), during a 10 a.m. EDT ceremony Saturday, Oct. 14, at General Dynamics Electric Boat Shipyard in Groton, Connecticut.Governor of South Dakota Dennis Daugaard will deliver the ceremony's principal address. The submarine's sponsor is Mrs. Deanie Dempsey, wife of the 18th Chairman of [...]

DIUx likely to continue radar initiative in spite of setback

SAN FRANCISCO — The U.S. Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx), a Pentagon team charged with finding cutting-edge technologies to solve pressing national security problems, is not likely to abandon efforts to obtain radar data and analysis from commercial firms in spite of a recent setback. Bloomberg reported Oct. 6 that House and Senate Defense Appropriations subcommittees opposed the Pentagon’s plan [...]

US Navy Completes USS John S McCain Transport Preparations

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- U.S. Navy ocean engineering specialists announced that they had completed preparations to transport USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) to Yokosuka, Japan, for repairs Oct. 11.The specialists, assigned to Naval Sea Systems Command's Supervisor of Salvage and Diving (SUPSALV), led preparations for ship transport by way of the Merchant Vessel (MV) Treasure following the destroyer's at-sea collision [...]

KCNSC employees recognized for contributions to stockpile stewardship

More than 340 individuals from 11 teams at the Kansas City National Security Campus received recognition recently for their technical collaboration supporting NNSA’s Defense Programs. Michael Thompson, NNSA’s assistant deputy administrator for Major Modernization Programs, presented the Defense Programs Awards of Excellence, including three Exceptional Achievement winners, in a ceremony in Kansas City. “The work you do is vital to [...]

Russia’s Rockot delivers Europe’s Sentinel-5P satellite to orbit

A Russian rocket launched a European Earth sciences satellite early this morning. The Rockot lifted off from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia at 5:27 a.m. Eastern carrying the Sentinel-5P satellite. The spacecraft is designed to demonstrate the ability to monitor air quality for use on later Sentinel-5 satellites. The satellite is the latest in the overall Copernicus program of [...]

USS Cole Holds Remembrance Ceremony

By Lt. j.g. Travis Greenaway, SURFLANT public affairs NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) (NNS) -- The guided-missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG 67) crew, families and guests gathered together at Naval Station Norfolk to commemorate the 17th anniversary of the ship's bombing, with a wreath-laying and "Roll Call of Heroes," Oct. 12.The remembrance ceremony honored and celebrated the 17 shipmates who perished in [...]

Largest all-electric satellite to date completes orbit-raising in record time

LONDON — Eutelsat’s newest satellite reached its target position in the geostationary orbit this week only four months after its launch, setting an industry record for the fastest all electric orbit-raising. Eutelsat-172b was launched June 1 along with Viast-2 aboard an Ariane 5 rocket. The satellite’s builder Airbus said the record time had been achieved thanks to a set of [...]

General Atomics ramping cubesat production, muses railgun smallsat launcher

WASHINGTON — General Atomics is better known for building Predator combat drones and mining uranium than building spacecraft, but that could change as the company develops an interest in building defense-focused cubesats. Also in the realm of possibility: using expertise from building railguns to design a large, electromagnetic cannon as a means to orbit small satellites. Nick Bucci, vice president [...]