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USS Mobile Bay Gets "Smart" at NASSCO

USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) recently completed an eight-month Extended

Dry-docking Selected Restricted Avail- ability (EDSRA) at National Steel and

Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO), the highlight being the installation of the

SMART SHIP and All-Electric alter- ations, the first time that both of these actions have been performed simultane- ously. Mobile Bay will utilize data obtained during the two alterations in order to develop their modified manning

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Numerous other jobs and alterations were also performed during the EDSRA.

This simultaneous installation of

SMART SHIP and All-Electric required extensive Ship's Force training to ensure the correct operation of new equipment.

In addition. Mobile Bay was a returning forward deployed unit that had experi- enced a crew exchange just a few months prior to the start of the availabil- ity.

The Northrop Grumman SMART

SHIP installation team also conducted 12 days of intensive crew training under the direction of NAVSSES installation managers Summer Clark and Bill

Anderson.

Raytheon Marine to Supply T45

Destroyer's IBS

This month in Amsterdam Raytheon

Marine will present its newest version of its integrated "BridgeControl."

Raytheon Marine's new bridge console design will be installed first time on the new class T45 destroyer for the Royal

Navy of the United Kingdom. The new design includes TFT screens for the main work stations like Radars, ECDIS and Conning display in modular con- soles.

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DCS Wins Navy SBIR

Contract For $670K

Dimensional Control Systems (DCS) was awarded a $670,000 Phase II Small

Business Innovative Research (SBIR) contract from Office of Naval Research (ONR) to develop a dimensional varia- tion control software tool specific to the shipbuilding industry. The technology basically adapts processes used in the auto and aerospace industry for more than 20 years, industries that have used computer simulation during product design to assess the impact of part and assembly dimensional variation on pro- ducibility.

The application of this technology in shipbuilding has the potential to allow shipbuilders to predict and resolve dimensional problems at the product definition stage.

Bender Shipbuilding has agreed to be a Beta Site for this development work.

In addition. General Dynamics Electric

Boat and Northrop Grumman Ingalls

Shipyard will provide informational support for this effort.

Other shipyards and ship design firms which would like to participate should contact Ramesh Kumar of DCS at tel: (248) 786-0145 or email: kumarr@3dcs.com 42 Maritime Reporter & Engineering News

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