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US Navy’s Unmanned Influence Sweep System Achieves Milestone C
The Unmanned Influence Sweep System, accompanied by an escort vessel, heads out for an Operational Assessment mission off the coast of South Florida in November 2019. The UISS consists of an unmanned surface vehicle and a towed minesweeping payload for influence sweeping of magnetic, acoustic and magnetic/acoustic combination mine types while keeping warfighters out of the minefield.
Feb. 26, 2020 - WASHINGTON — The Program Executive Officer for Unmanned and Small Combatants (PEO USC) has granted

Future USS Delbert D. Black Completes Builder's Trials
PASCAGOULA, Miss. (Feb. 22, 2020) The future USS Delbert D. Black sails in the Gulf of Mexico for builder's trials in late February. The Flight IIA Arleigh Burke-class destroyer successfully completed builder's trials Feb. 22 and will be underway again in March for acceptance trials.
Feb. 24, 2020 - PASCAGOULA, Miss. – The future USS Delbert D. Black (DDG 119) successfully completed Builder's

USNS Newport (EPF 12) Launched
The U.S. Navy's 12th Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF) vessel, the future USNS Newport (EPF 12), was launched at Austal USA's shipyard in Mobile, Alabama, Feb. 20. EPFs support a variety of missions including overseas contingency operations, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, support of special operations forces, theater security cooperation activities and emerging joint sea-basing concepts.
Feb. 21, 2020 - MOBILE, Ala. – The U.S. Navy’s 12th Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF) vessel, the future USNS

Navy leverages workforce; delivers C-ISR capability rapidly to surface fleet
James F. Geurts, assistant secretary of the Navy for research, development and acquisition (ASN RDA), recently visited the USS Dewey (DDG 105) and spoke to the ship’s company about the quick progress made on the ODIN
installation.
Feb. 20, 2020 - The U.S. Navy recently installed the first Optical Dazzling Interdictor, Navy (ODIN), a laser weapon

Secretary Geurts visits Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard with an eye on the future
James F. Geurts, assistant secretary of the Navy for research, development and acquisition, looks into Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility’s Dry Dock #3. In Fiscal Year 2022 once the last Los Angeles-class submarine availability is complete, the shipyard’s Dry Dock #3 will become obsolete due to its size. To maintain and grow PHNSY & IMF’s nuclear maintenance capacity and provide best value to taxpayers, the Shipyard Infrastructure Optimization Program will optimize this critical shipyard location.
Feb. 14, 2020 - Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, HAWAII -- James F. Geurts, assistant secretary of the Navy for

Keel Laid for Future USNS Cherokee Nation (T-ATS 7)
Tribal leaders from the Cherokee Nation, U.S. Navy officials from Program Executive Office Ships and executives from Gulf Island Shipyards look on as the initials of the Principle Chief of the Cherokee Nation, The Honorable Chuck Hoskins, Jr. and the Deputy Speaker of the Cherokee Nation Tribal Council, The Honorable Victoria Mitchell Vazquez (ship sponsor) are cut into the keel of the future USNS Cherokee Nation (T-ATS 7) in a ceremony at the Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center here.
Feb. 13, 2020 - HOUMA, La. - A keel laying ceremony was held Feb. 12 for the future USNS Cherokee Nation (T-ATS 7),
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