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General

Subject: Policy to Invoke Standards for Fiber Optic Installations
Description:This document (2 pgs., 81k) cites the necessity to invoke standards for fiber optic installations aboard navy ships and for pierside connectivity. The document also establishes responsibility for evaluating component performance requirements and the need for enhanced requirements. [NSWCCD-SSES ltr 9504 Ser 96315/052 28 APR 2000]

Subject: Approval Process for Item Listing
Description:This document (8 pgs., 54k) addresses the appproval process for item lisiting in the Fiber Optic Recommended Components Parts List. [NSWCCD-SSES ltr 9504 Ser 9542/27 13 MAR 1998]

Subject: Approval Points of Contact
Description:This document (3 pgs., 167k) provides points of contact for suppliers to provide fiber optic components that they desire to have considered for placement on the Navy Fiber Optic Recommended Component Parts List. [NSWCCD-SSES ltr 5000 Ser 96315/002 28 Jan 2000]

Subject: Release of Data
Description: This document (2 pgs., 199k) addresses the following four issues: (1) Request for actual performance data obtained during component qualification testing (2) Enhanced performance requirements (3) Use of component testing versus assembly testing; and (4) Responsibility for products to conform to military specification requirements. [NSWCCD-SSES ltr 5000 Ser 96315/038 27 Mar 2000]

Subject: HAZMAT Transportation and Disposal Guidelines
Description: This document (2 pgs., 179k) addresses guidelines for the transportation and disposal of two-part epoxy and of isopropyl alcohol used in fiber optic connector terminations and cleaning procedures. Guidelines are provided for disposal of fiber ends and consumables used while working with epoxy also. This letter provides guidance that is general and appropriate for most, if not all applications. This guidance and the materials used are not meant to be all-inclusive and must be augmented/tailored for each service being performed (installation or repair) and for variations in local and state ordinances. Consult your activity Hazmat Officer for final guidance.
[NSWCCD-SSES ltr 5000 Ser 96315/067 19 May 2000]

Subject: Laser Safety Control Measure Guidelines
Description: This document (6 pgs., 635k) addresses guidelines to be used for laser safety measures when installing and servicing optical fiber communication systems (OFCS). Exposure to emitted optical power occurs only during installation and servicing where the optical path is not completely enclosed. When a connector is removed for visual inspection of the end face under magnification, using an eye-loupe, magnifier or microscope (optically aided viewing), then all of the emitted optical power can be focused on the eye. ANSI Standard Z136.2 defines four Service Group (SG) hazard classifications to cover the viewing conditions when fiber optic cables are disconnected. Fiber optic ancillary hazards with guidance for control measures are briefly addressed in enclosure (1). This letter provides guidance that is general and appropriate for most, if not all applications. This guidance is not meant to be all-inclusive and must be augmented/tailored for each site. Consult your activities Safety and Health Office for further guidance. [NSWCCD-SSES ltr 5000 Ser 96315/006 30 Sep 2000]

Subject: Optical Test Measurement Guide
Description: This document (66 pgs., 2 MB) addresses the requirements for performing optical test measurements on Fiber Optic Cable Topology (FOCT) components. Proper optical test measurement documentation and performance are required for test laboratory suitability status audits from the Defense Supply Center Columbus (DSCC), proper test performance to FOCT military specifications, and a complete review of test procedures and test reports. [NSWCCD-SSES ltr 9504 Ser 963210/06-005 31 Oct 2005]

Subject: QPL Test Clarifications
Description: This document (9 pgs., 281kb) addresses clarifications for the Qualified Products List (QPL) testing of fiber-optic shipboard ST connectors specified in MIL-C-83522/16 and ST-to-ST adapters specified in MIL-C-83522/17. [NSWCCD-SSES ltr 9504 Ser 9542/15 15 Aug 1997]

Subject: Method to Measure Ferrule End Faces on Fiber Optic Connectors and Termini
Description: This document (12 pgs., 316k) addresses guidelines to be used for specifying and measuring the ferrule end face geometry on fiber optic connectors and termini. Measurement method addressed is one using an interferometer. It is recognized that no one standardized ferrule end face geometry is in current use by all Platforms (such as ship, aircraft or ground-based). Acceptance criteria for ferrule end face geometry is addressed for domed end face ferrules (configured with either a physical contact, PC, or a non-contact, NC, polish) and for flat end face ferrules (with a NC polish only). [NSWCCD-SSES ltr 9504 Ser 96315/067 31 Oct 2003]

Subject: Shock Test Guidance Document
Description: This document (38 pgs., 566 kb) addresses the requirements for performing the mechanical shock test per MIL-S-901 on Fiber Optic Cable Topology (FOCT) components. [NSWCCD-SSES ltr 9504 Ser 965/002, 01 Sept 2006] NOTE: The next revision to this document will add a note to Figure 7 stating "Intermediate plate and gusset material: 1/4" 5083 A1".

Subject: Fungus Resistance Test Guide
Description: This document (9 pgs., 567 kb) addressed the requirements for performing the fungus resistance test per MIL-STD-810 on Fiber Optic Cable Topology (FOCT) components. [NSWCCD-SSES ltr 9504 Ser 965/001 26 Jan 2007]

Subject: Allowance for Alternative Steps in Termination Process, Fabrication of Fiber Optic Cable Topology
Description: This letter (3 pgs., 585 kb) addresses allowance for alternative steps/processes used to terminate fiber optic cable assemblies. [NSWCCD-SSES ltr 9504 Ser 965/004 28 Feb 2007]

Subject: Installation Procedures for M28876 AFSI Multiple Terminus (Heavy Duty) Connectors
Description: This document (6 pgs., 134 kb) addresses installation procedures for M28876 AFSI connectors. Refer to MIL-STD-2042-5B for full materials list and procedures.

Subject: Policy to Invoke MIL-STD-2052A for Fiber Optic System Design
Description: This letter (3 pgs., 1.61 mb) documents the necessity to invoke MIL-STD-2052A for all shipboard fiber optic systems during the system design process and during any modernization efforts. [NSWCDD ltr 3910 Ser W23/011 2 Jun 2010]

Subject: Clarification about the History and Use of the Navy Fiber Optic Power (Loss) Budget 3DB Safety Margin
Description: This letter (4 pgs., 2.17 mb) provides the technical criteria used to establish the 3db safety margin required in MIL-STD-2052A. [NSWCDD ltr 3910 Ser W23/012 17 May 2010]

Subject: Policy to Invoke use of Patch Cords with 1000Base-LX over Multimode Fiber
Description: This letter (3 pgs., 1.46 mb) addresses the requirement to use patch cords with 1000Base-LX over 62.5 micron multimode fiber. [NSWCDD ltr 3910 Ser W23/014 16 Jun 2010]

Subject: Policy to Invoke for Geometry and Polishing, Fiber Optic Connector Ferrule End Face
Description: This letter (4 pgs., 1.48 mb) addresses the policy to implement for specifying the end face geometry and polish to be used for additions to and modifications of the existing fiber optic cable topology aboard Navy ships and for QPL test samples. [NSWCDD ltr 3910 Ser W23/006 8 Jun 2009]

Subject: MIL-PRF-64266 Configuration and QPL Test Sample Clarifications
Description: This letter (13 pgs., 435 kb) addresses the clarifications for the connector configuration and for QPL test samples specified in MIL-PRF-64266. [NSWCDD ltr 3910 Ser W23/005 8 Jun 2009]



Design
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Subject: Policy to Invoke Standards for Fiber Optic Installations
Description: This document (2 pgs., 81k) cites the necessity to invoke standards for fiber optic installations aboard navy ships and for pierside connectivity. The document also establishes responsibility for evaluating component performance requirements and the need for enhanced requirements. [NSWCCD-SSES ltr 9504 Ser 96315/052 28 APR 2000]

Subject: Policy to Invoke MIL-STD-2052A for Fiber Optic System Design
Description: This letter (3 pgs., 1.61 mb) documents the necessity to invoke MIL-STD-2052A for all shipboard fiber optic systems during the system design process and during any modernization efforts. [NSWCDD ltr 3910 Ser W23/011 2 Jun 2010]

Subject: Clarification about the History and Use of the Navy Fiber Optic Power (Loss) Budget 3DB Safety Margin
Description: This letter (4 pgs., 2.17 mb) provides the technical criteria used to establish the 3db safety margin required in MIL-STD-2052A. [NSWCDD ltr 3910 Ser W23/012 17 May 2010]



Component Usage
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ST Connectors:

Subject: Criteria for Shipboard Usage of Military Fiber Optic Components
Description: This document (3 pgs., 248k), the second update, addresses the general criteria for using military fiber optic components onboard Naval ships. [NSWCCD-SSES ltr 9504 Ser 9542/09 30 MAY 1997]

Subject: Issues with Mismatching, Mating, Polishing, and proper application of MIL-SPEC ST and COTS Connectors
Description: This document (3 pgs., 248k) provides information on the issues relating to mismatching, mating, polishing and determining proper placement of MIL-SPEC ST and COTS connectors. [NSWCCD-SSES ltr 9504 Ser 96315/055 28 APR 2000]

Subject: MIL-C-83522/16 ST Connector Corrected Designation
Description: This document (2 pgs., 21k) addresses the designation to be used for specifying ST connectors qulaified to MIL-C-83522/16. [NSWCCD-SSES ltr 9504 Ser 9542/08 30 MAY 1997]

Subject: Usage of Commerical Off-The-Shelf (COTS) Fiber Optic Components
Description: This document (4 pgs., 105k) provides information on the requirements for the proper utilization of COTS items and recommendations on the applicability of and requirements for COTS fiber optic components used in Navy shipboard applications. [NSWCDD ltr 3910 B35-GDB 08 FEB 1984]

Subject: User Notification, MIL-C-83522/16 ST Connector, Incorrect Parts Supplied
Description:This document (2 pgs., 77k) addreses Qualified Prodicts List (QPL) ST connectors made by Lucent Technologies that were assembled and shipped with a non-QPL spring.
[NSWCCD-SSES ltr 9504 Ser 9542/26 13 MAR 1998]

Cable:

Subject: Criteria for Shipboard Usage of Military Fiber Optic Components
Description: This document (3 pgs., 248k), the second update, provides recommendations on applications for thermoset and thermoplastic cable jackets. [NSWCCD-SSES ltr 9504 Ser 9542/09 30 MAY 1997]

Subject: Requirements for Zip Cord Cable
Description: This document (3 pgs., 248k) provides information on requirements for zip cord cable.
[NSWCCD-SSES ltr 9504 Ser 96315/055 28 APR 2000] (page 3, subpara d)

Subject: Requirements for Usage of Commericial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) Cable
Description: This document (4 pgs., 105k) provides information on the requirements for usage of COTS cable. [NSWCDD ltr 3910 B35-GDB 08 FEB 1984]

Subject: Procurement of Cable for Navy Shipboard Installations
Description: This document (2 pgs., 83k) addresses a Navy request to use Military Specification parts for Navy fiber optic cable procurements. [NSWCCD-SSES ltr 9504 Ser 9524/317]



Pierside Connectivity
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Subject: Policy to Invoke for Pierside Connectivity Test Requirements After Installation
Description: This document (2 pgs., 148k) addresses the requirements for performing the optical power verification tests, as part of the pierside connectivity, after the installation of fiber optic cable links. [NSWCCD-SSES ltr 9404 Ser 96315/053 28 APR 2000]

Subject: Outstanding Fiber Optic Issues for Pierside Connectivity Applications
Description: This document (1 pgs., 296k) addresses three outstanding topics for pierside connectivity with enclosures to provide details for each topic. [NSWCCD-SSES ltr 9504 Ser 96315/054 28 APR 2000]



Installation
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Subject: Issues with Metal Ferrules
Description: This document (3 pgs., 248k) provides information on the issues relating to metal connector ferrules. [Ser 96315/055 28 APR 2000]

Subject: Policy to Invoke Standards for Fiber Optic Installations
Description: This document (2 pgs., 81k) cites the necessity to invoke standards for fiber optic installations aboard navy ships and for pierside connectivity. The document also establishes responsibility for evaluating component performance requirements and the need for enhanced requirements. [NSWCCD-SSES ltr 9504 Ser 96315/052 28 APR 2000]

Subject: Awareness of Proper Splice Tray Holder Installation
Description: This letter (3 pgs., 173 kb) is intended to heighten awareness to proper installation of splice tray holder side arm brackets and lid. [NSWCDD ltr 3910 Ser W64/026 1 NOV 12]


Testing
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Subject: Shipboard Applications Proper Measurement of Cable Assembly Link Loss
Description: This document (7 pgs., 116k) addresses the necessity and requirement to perform a cable assembly link loss in accordance with MIL-STD-2042. Improper, measurement loss techniques are being used by some installation personnel. Recent problems with unacceptable measurement losses obtained were a result of measurement loss procedure used and not component flaw or installer fabrication technique. Use of proper measurement loss procedure will ensure accurate and repeatable data are obtained. [NSWCCD-SSES ltr 9504 Ser 9542/11 30 MAY 1997]

Subject: Policy to Invoke for Pierside Connectivity Test Requirements After Installation
Description: This document (2 pgs., 148k) addresses the requirements for performing the optical power verification tests, as part of the pierside connectivity, after the installation of fiber optic cable links. [NSWCCD-SSES ltr 9404 Ser 96315/053 28 APR 2000]

Subject: Optical Test Measurement Instrumentation, Qualified Products List, Test Suitability for Fiber Optic Cable Topology Components
Description: This letter (4 pgs., 169 kb) addresses the intent of the Optical Test Measurement Guide, in defining the requirements for the optical test measurement systems used in the optical test measurements during Qualified Products List (QPL) testing of Fiber Optic Cable Topology (FOCT) components. [NSWCCD-SSES ltr 9504 Ser 965/005 23 MAR 2007]


Logistics
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Subject: Outstanding Fiber Optic Issues for Pierside Connectivity Applications
Description: This document (1 pgs., 296k) addresses three outstanding topics for pierside connectivity with enclosures to provide details for each topic. [NSWCCD-SSES ltr 9504 Ser 96315/054 28 APR 2000]

Subject: Approaches to Fiber Optic Cable/Harness Replacement/Repair
Description: This document (6 pgs., 642k) addresses the guidelines to be used for determining the applicable approach to replacement or repair of fiber optic cables and harnesses. The intent of this document is to specify policy or define the approaches along with guidance for the selection. [NSWCCD-SSES ltr 9504 Ser 96315/021 1 APR 2003]

Subject: Approaches to Cleaning Ferrule End Faces, Fiber Optic Connectors and Termini
Description: This document (9 pgs., 1241k) addresses the guidelines for cleaning of the ferrule end face on fiber optic connectors and termini. The intent of this document is to define the approaches along with guidance for the selection. [NSWCCD-SSES ltr 9504 Ser 96315/038 13 JUN 2003]


Blown Optical Fiber
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Subject: Clarification on Cable Saddle Requirement
Description: This letter (2 pgs., 167kb) clarifies the cable saddle requirement of MIL-STD-2042B, Part 4, Paragraph 4.1.5.2.4. [NSWCDD ltr 3910 Ser B35/003 10 MAR 2006]

Subject: Intent of MIL-STD-2042B Ball Bearing Test on Unpopulated Tubes
Description: This letter (2 pgs., 107kb) clarifies the intent of the Ball Bearing (BB) Test requirement of MIL-STD-2042B part 6 on unpopulated tubes. [NSWCDD ltr 3910 Ser W13/025 29 AUG 2007]

Subject: Policy for the Use of Single-Tube Blown Optical Fiber Cable
Description: This letter (3 pgs., 695 kb) clarifies the requirements for the use of single-tube Blown Optical Fiber (BOF) cable for Navy-specific shipboard applications. [NSWCDD ltr 3910 W60/011 9 JUL 2014]


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