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Innovative Integration

The Electric Ships Office (PMS 320) was established in 2007 to coordinate and develop advanced electric power and propulsion technologies across the U.S. Navy’s Fleet. PMS 320 is actively developing and providing simpler, affordable, and more capable ship’s power systems with increased power density for many Navy platforms.

Dr. Susan K. Avery, president and director of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, welds the keel at an authentication of the Keel Ocean-class Research Vessel AGOR 27            

Today's Integrated Electric Ships. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy)
The U.S. Navy’s Fleet is faced with the challenge of meeting increasing electrical power demands for advanced sensors and weapons while reducing vulnerabilities associated with a dependence on foreign sources of petroleum. PMS 320’s approach will deploy matured, appropriate architectures, systems and components to meet the emerging mission load requirements of existing and future ship acquisition programs. The technical approach employs common elements such as zonal electrical distribution, power conversion modules, power generation modules, energy storage modules and electric power control modules as enablers along an evolutionary development path.

PMS 320 is implementing this mission by developing common components, transitioning Science and Technology (S&T) into current and future U.S. Navy platforms, and focusing Navy and industry investments. The Electric Ships Office is governed by an Executive Steering Group (ESG), chaired by COMNAVSEA, with Flag level representation from appropriate ship platform and warfare systems PEOs, OPNAV resource sponsors, the Navy technical community and the Chief of Naval Research.

As the technological sophistication of ballistic and anti-ship cruise missiles increases and their proliferation expands, the fielding of enhanced sensor and weapon system capabilities is required. The evolution of asymmetric threats requires new technology solutions for lethal and non-lethal shipboard defense systems. Several high energy weapon technologies may be introduced over the next several years to enhance mission capabilities. Furthermore, as new technologies are introduced, the power requirement is expected to rise. To meet this need affordably, a paradigm shift from traditional to integrated architectures will close the affordability gap, enabling access to all installed power and enhancing mission capability