Tag Archives: Office of Naval Research

Navy Making Room for Railguns in Next Warship, But No Extra Investments

Navy Making Room for Railguns in Next Warship, But No Extra Investments

High-speed camera image of the Office of Naval Research Electromagnetic Railgun located at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division, firing a world-record setting 33 mega-joule shot in 2010. ONR Photo

THE PENTAGON – The Navy’s next large surface combatant will have all the space, weight and power margins the sea service could need now and into the future to accommodate new weapons in development – but the director of surface warfare said the Navy would not accelerate weapons development to get them ready in time to outfit the new ships. Read More

Navy, Marines Testing Unmanned Systems to Learn Integration Lessons

Navy, Marines Testing Unmanned Systems to Learn Integration Lessons

Navy BAMS-D UAV forward deployed to the Middle East, Marine Multi-Utility Tactical Transports (MUTTs), Navy SeaHunter Unmanned Surface Vehicle

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The Navy hopes to eventually make unmanned systems just one tool among many for commanders to pick from. However, to get to that point the service will have to get unmanned systems into the hands of warfighters to work out the kinks, leaders said. Read More

LPD Portland Will Host ONR Laser Weapon Demonstrator, Serve as RIMPAC 2018 Flagship

LPD Portland Will Host ONR Laser Weapon Demonstrator, Serve as RIMPAC 2018 Flagship

The to-be-commissioned San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Portland (LPD 27) transits Guantanamo Bay during a brief fuel stop. The ship is currently on its way to home port in San Diego, and is scheduled to be commissioned in its namesake city of Portland, Oregon in April. US Navy Photo

ARLINGTON, Va. — Amphibious warship Portland (LPD-27) was tapped to host a laser weapon technology demonstration by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and to serve as the flagship of this year’s Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise in Hawaii. Read More

F-35C Aviators Carrier Qualify Aboard USS Abraham Lincoln

F-35C Aviators Carrier Qualify Aboard USS Abraham Lincoln

An F-35C Lightning II assigned to the Grim Reapers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101 lands on the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72). Abraham Lincoln is underway conducting training after successful completion of carrier incremental availability. US Navy Photo

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) recently notched some significant firsts for air operations, including using a new landing system during carrier operations and qualifying its first F-35C Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter aviators.
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USMC Warfighting Lab Harnesses Tech-Savvy From Young Marines

USMC Warfighting Lab Harnesses Tech-Savvy From Young Marines

Pfc. Edgar Langle, an infantryman with 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, operates a newly developed Modular Advanced Armed Robotic System in a field environment at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., July 8, 2016. The system was built by the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory to assist Marines in carrying gear and clearing buildings. US Marine Corps photo.

The Marine Corps Warfighting Lab has created a Non-Commissioned Officer Fellowship to bring young enlisted Marines into the lab and leverage their tech-savvy and adaptive approaches to warfare to shape future experiments. Read More

Office of Naval Research Set to Upgrade the 200-Year-Old Signal Lamp for Modern Stealth Communication

Office of Naval Research Set to Upgrade the 200-Year-Old Signal Lamp for Modern Stealth Communication

QM3 Karlo Broussard communicates with ships in Pearl Harbor using a signal lamp in the Naval Station Pearl Harbor Signal Control Tower in 2008. US Navy Photo

For more than 200 years the signal lamp was used by navies the world over to silently send messages over stretches of distant seas. But since the close of World War II the fundamentals behind the signaling device haven’t changed much, as new types of radio and digital communications surpassed the speed and reliability of visual signaling. Read More

Navy Accelerating Work on 'Snakehead' Large Displacement Unmanned Underwater Vehicle

Navy Accelerating Work on ‘Snakehead’ Large Displacement Unmanned Underwater Vehicle

A surrogate Large Displacement Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (LDUUV) is submerged in the water in preparation for a test to demonstrate the capability of the Navy’s Common Control System (CCS) at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Keyport in Puget Sound, Wash. in December 2015. US Navy Photo.

NATIONAL Harbor, Md. — The Navy’s Large Displacement Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (LDUUV) effort has split into two concurrent programs, one to continue experimenting with software and autonomy and the other as an accelerated acquisition program intended to put a boat in the water quickly. Read More

ONR Director To Tackle Tech Transfer Challenge Despite Lack Of Ships Free For Demos

ONR Director To Tackle Tech Transfer Challenge Despite Lack Of Ships Free For Demos

Rear Adm. David J. Hahn, right, relieves Rear Adm. Mat W. Winter as the chief of naval research (CNR) during a change-of-command ceremony at the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 18, 2016. US Navy photo.

Rear Adm. David J. Hahn, right, relieves Rear Adm. Mat W. Winter as the chief of naval research (CNR) during a change-of-command ceremony at the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 18, 2016. US Navy photo.

The Navy’s new chief of naval research vowed to work with the research community and the fleet to transition new technologies over the “valley of death,” the perennial problem of operationalizing technology that is made all the more challenging by a strained fleet with little time for experimentation. Read More

Navy Eliminates Unmanned Systems Office, Moves Programs to Other Directorates

Navy Eliminates Unmanned Systems Office, Moves Programs to Other Directorates

An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter, top, and an MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter make their approach towards the littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) during flight operations. US Navy photo.

An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter, top, and an MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter make their approach towards the littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) during flight operations. US Navy photo.

The Navy reorganized its Chief of Naval Operations staff (OPNAV) to eliminate the one-year-old Unmanned Warfare Systems directorate (OPAV N99) and instead will move unmanned systems into technology development or domain-based warfare directorates. Read More