The US Navy has completed installation of consolidated afloat network and enterprise services (Canes), the first operational next generation tactical afloat network, onboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile vessel USS McCampbell (DDG 80).
Prior to installation of the Northrop Grumman-developed CANES, USS McCampbell has undergone sea trials to demonstrate how the network would perform in an operational environment while meeting mission needs.
The CANES was successfully installed during approximate five-month scheduled maintenance of the ship at US Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan.
Northrop Grumman Information Systems defense systems division vice-president and general manager Mike Twyman said: "We’re pleased to be getting excellent feedback for the quality of our work and the improved C4I services provided by CANES."
The CANES aims to install a common infrastructure for dozens of command, control, intelligence and logistics applications, while eliminating several legacy and standalone computing networks.
Designed to create a modernised C4ISR architecture, the programme will streamline and update shipboard network systems for improved interoperability and affordability across the fleet.
The navy initiative also provides an adaptable and responsive information technology platform to rapidly meet changing soldiers’ needs with enhanced security while significantly reducing development, deployment and lifecycle costs.
Commissioned in August of 2002, USS McCampbell has an overall length of 509ft and can cruise at speeds of more than 30k.
The CANES programme is scheduled to be installed on more than 190 ships, submarines and maritime operations centres by 2021.
Image: USS McCampbell sails in formation during exercise Foal Eagle 2013. Photo: courtesy of US Navy.