The US Navy has completed installation of consolidated afloat network and enterprise services (CANES), the first operational next-generation tactical afloat network, on-board the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68).
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.
Developed by Northrop Grumman, the CANES is designed to create a modernised C4ISR architecture and to 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.
Built by Newport News Shipbuilding, all of the nine nuclear-powered Nimitz-class carriers have the capacity to accommodate more than 6,000 personnel on each vessel.
Capable of cruising at a maximum speed of 30k, the 317m-long Nimitz-class carriers are armed with three Raytheon GMLS Mk29 eight-cell launchers for Nato Sea Sparrow surface-to-air missiles.
The USS Nimitz is undergoing a planned incremental availability at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility and will receive scheduled maintenance and upgrades.
The CANES programme is scheduled to be installed on more than 190 ships, submarines and maritime operations centres by 2021.
The first CANES installation took place aboard USS McCampbell (DDG 85) in November 2013.
Image: USS Nimitz (CVN 68) at Naval Base Kitsap Bremerton. Photo: courtesy of U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryan J Mayes/Released.