Navy Extends Use Of MARISAT Satellite Service An Additional Year

COMSAT General Corporation announced recently that the U.S.

Navy has extended its contract for use of each of the three satellites in the MARISAT System for an additional year. The renewal provides an option for the following year as well. The provision of this additional service is valued at about $16 million per year.

The MARISAT System began providing communications service to the Navy in the Atlantic region in March 1976, in the Pacific region in June 1976, and in the Indian region in January 1977. The Navv leases UHF capacity in all three MARISAT satellites for fleet communications between its own fixed and mobile terminals.

The MARISAT System, developed and operated by COMSAT General, is the world's first maritime s a t e l l i t e communications system. Each of the three MARISAT satellites operates at three different frequencies: UHF for Navy service; and L-Band and C-Band for the commercial shipping and offshore industries.

Services to the international maritime market include telephone, telex, facsimile, and data communications.

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