USS Spruance has Boeing's GEDMS

Oct. 26, 2011 at 7:03 AM
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FAIRFAX, Va., Oct. 26 (UPI) -- The newly built Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyer USS Spruance has been outfitted with Boeing's Gigabit Ethernet Data Multiplex System.

The system is a data transfer network that provides a highly reliable, redundant, mission-critical, IP-based network.

"Inclusion of GEDMS in the Navy's DDG modernization program highlights the continued confidence the Navy has in our ability to provide innovative and advanced solutions to the fleet," said Chris Devine, director of Information Dominance for Boeing subsidiary Argon ST.

"Commissioning of the USS Spruance (DDG111) marks the successful completion of nearly two years of hard work and dedication by Argon in cooperation with the U.S. Navy."

Boeing said GEDMS provides increased capabilities to support data transfer for the upgraded hull, mechanical and electrical systems introduced into the fleet with DDG 111. Additional benefits include manpower reduction and increased crew safety by using video and sensors for monitoring of remote or confined spaces.

"The fielding of GEDMS marks a significant milestone in providing a maintainable, highly reliable and survivable mission critical network that supports the new threats and enhanced missions that our destroyers must meet," said Henry Hubbard, Navy GEDMS program manager.

Boeing delivered the first DMS system in 1989 to the Navy for installation aboard the USS Arleigh Burke. As the DDG new ship construction continued, the DMS was upgraded to a Fiber-Optic Data Multiplex System to support evolving needs.

In August 2010, the Navy replaced the copper-based DMS systems installed on the Arleigh Burke and the USS John Paul Jones with the high performing GEDMS, the latest variant in the DMS family of networks.

The Navy completed sea trials and testing of GEDMS on the Spruance in March.

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