SOURCE: Globecomm Systems Inc.

Globecomm Systems Inc.

August 16, 2017 09:00 ET

First-in-class aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford goes to sea with pioneering broadcast, IP video and satellite communications systems from Globecomm

HAUPPAUGE, NY--(Marketwired - Aug 16, 2017) -

Highlights:

  • Introduces first IP video system for U.S. Navy fleet
  • Next generation broadcast and IP distribution system adds enhanced quality-of life communications and media services
  • New systems expected to bring cost savings along with scalability and future flexibility

Globecomm announced that the USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) -- the first in the new Ford class of nuclear-powered supercarriers commissioned July 22 -- is going to sea with a Globecomm-designed, multi-functional communications and entertainment system along with the first IP video system in the U.S. Navy fleet.

As a turnkey solutions provider / systems integration (SI) subcontractor to Huntington Ingalls Industries' Newport News Shipbuilding, Globecomm provided the USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) with an advanced satellite and fiber-optic based communications distribution infrastructure in addition to a newly improved SITE TV IP video system that provides the crew with live streaming media options, multimedia programming while at sea, as well as pier-side cable services. These innovative systems are expected to deliver tremendous cost savings along with superior quality, scalability and the flexibility to add new capabilities and services in the future.

"This was an engineering-intensive, five-year design, integration, assembly and testing program that represents a significant technological upgrade to the Navy's existing analog system for video acquisition and onboard content delivery," said Globecomm EVP & GM, Government Solutions, Dwight Hunsicker. "Our team was fully commited to bringing the highest level of operational availability and capability with its groundbreaking solution to the Navy's most advanced carrier."

A 10G fiber optic backbone supports the system as well as the ship's video surveillance capabilities. The system includes interface to the ship's onboard video production studio where live and/or pre-recorded broadcasts can be accessed and viewed. Other capabilities include video on demand (VoD), digital signage and collaborative access to webcasting and video sharing applications.

USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) is the lead ship of the new Ford class of aircraft carrier, the first new class in more than 40 years. Commissioning of CVN 78 begins the phased replacement of Nimitz-class carriers.

CVN 78 honors the 38th president of the United States and pays tribute to his lifetime of service in the Navy, in the U.S. government and to the nation. During World War II, Ford attained the rank of lieutenant commander in the Navy, serving on the light carrier USS Monterey (CVL 26). Released from active duty in February 1946, Ford remained in the Naval Reserve until 1963. Ford was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1948, where he served until President Nixon tapped him to become Vice President in 1973; he then served as President of the United States from 1974-1977.

About Huntington Ingalls Industries
Huntington Ingalls Industries is America's largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of professional services to partners in government and industry. For more than a century, HII's Newport News and Ingalls shipbuilding divisions in Virginia and Mississippi have built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder. HII's Technical Solutions division provides a wide range of professional services through its Fleet Support, Integrated Missions Solutions, Nuclear & Environmental, and Oil & Gas groups. Headquartered in Newport News, Virginia, HII employs nearly 37,000 people operating both domestically and internationally. For more information, visit:

About Globecomm
Since 1994 Globecomm has provided robust connectivity for Land, Sea and Air transport of video, voice, and data with zero downtime to the most remote locations on Earth -- and under the most treacherous conditions. Its comprehensive Satellite, Fiber, Cellular and CDN infrastructure and services are entrusted to provide the smartest solutions for mission-critical RF and IP communications to Government, Maritime, Media, Enterprise, Wireless Mobile and IoT customers in over 100 countries. Along with its award-winning engineering expertise, the company also specializes in system design and integration; end-to-end hosted and managed services; and media infrastructure, video cloud platform and IPTV services.

Headquartered in Hauppauge, NY, Globecomm has locations in Maryland, New Jersey, Virginia, the Netherlands, South Africa, Germany, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates and Afghanistan.
www.globecomm.com