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Information Systems Technician 3rd Class Jamira Jenkins joined Rear Adm. Brendan McLane, Commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic, to celebrate the successful first-of-its-kind launch of a shipyard-based Wireless Connectivity Bridge while the ship is in BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair shipyard.
220318-N-N2201-001.JPG Photo By: Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jonathan Wideman

Norfolk, VA - Sailors say goodbye to ‘dial-up’ speed internet! USS Wasp’s (LHD-1) Information Systems Technician 3rd Class Jamira Jenkins joined Rear Adm. Brendan McLane, Commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic, to celebrate the successful first-of-its-kind launch of a shipyard-based Wireless Connectivity Bridge while the ship is in BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair shipyard. To achieve this milestone the Navy partnered with a top civilian tech firm to create the bridge, which allows for much faster shipboard internet connectivity speeds. Historically, IP services for ships during a shipyard availability were restricted to 0.5 mega bites per second, which meant the browser was likely to time out before it could connect to sites. “It’s the fastest internet I’ve ever seen in the Navy,” said Capt. Kevin Zayac, Wasp commanding officer. “Once the Wireless Bridge came online we began producing an output two to three times that of what we were realizing previously. And when you consider the limited work stations in the shipyard environment and the enormous number of personnel needing computer access to complete their tasks it is a very big deal to our bottom line, and ultimately our readiness.”


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