Engineers are stepping up to help meet the deadly challenge of the coronavirus pandemic. Alan Brown highlights some of these efforts, including engineering new types of urgently needed medical ventilators and repurposing factories to produce them.
The first cases of coronavirus aboard a deployed US warship have been confirmed on the USS Theodore Roosevelt in the Philippine Sea. Three of the carrier's sailors tested positive and were placed in quarantine with plans to fly them to another location.
The landing of an F/A-18E Super Hornet marked the USS Gerald R. Ford's 1,000th recovery of a fixed wing aircraft using the aircraft carrier's Advanced Arresting Gear. The Ford also had its 1,000th successful launch with the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System.
The heavyweight F21 torpedo from France's Naval Group carries roughly 660 pounds of explosives and can be remotely guided at high speeds to hit a target as far away as 31 miles. It is powered by an oxide-aluminum electric battery that can only be activated by seawater.
Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems will support the combat management system of the Navy's littoral combat ships under a $789 million contract. Work will include developing, integrating, testing and delivering future combat system baseline upgrades for in-service ships.
Researchers at Lehigh University ran simulations on the oscillating tail fins of cetacean species to ascertain their propulsive efficiency. They focused on whales and dolphins to gather the relevant kinematic data for a model that could lead to much more efficient and fish-like underwater vehicles.
The future Virginia-class submarine USS Vermont has completed alpha sea trials, General Dynamics Electric Boat announced. The trials tested propulsion and the initial tightness dive during the sub's first underway period.
Many Navy shipbuilding activities fall under the "critical infrastructure" category and for now are expected to continue during the coronavirus pandemic. Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly says there haven't been any major disruptions to production capacity yet, but expects that will change.
Navy Cmdr. Garth Storz has relieved Capt. Jason Geddes as commander of the Virginia-class fast-attack nuclear submarine USS Colorado. Geddes is taking up a new assignment with the Undersea Warfighting Development Center.
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