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Navy Tests Cloud Service Deployment on Ships

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Navy Tests Cloud Service Deployment on Ships

The U.S. Navy is exploring ways to make cloud technology deployment viable on its vessels.

According to Cmdr. Kevin White, combat systems officer aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln, satellite connectivity, such as Proliferated Low Earth Orbit satellite services, is accelerating the deployment of newly available capabilities, including the use of cloud services aboard ships. 

In the Flank Speed Edge project, the service branch tested the possibility of deploying the Navy’s broader cloud environment aboard the Lincoln. In addition to reaping the advantages associated with the P-LEO services, the project uncovered several limitations, including challenges associated with Windows updates, Federal News Network reported.

Aside from implementing Flank Speed Edge at sea, the Navy is also looking to deploy the solution on the ground. At the service’s 5th Fleet, Lt. Cmdr. Tricia Nguyen, a staff member at Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station Bahrain, said Flank Speed services proved to be more reliable than traditional overseas networks.

The military branch has been investing in cloud capabilities in recent years. In December, the Navy launched the SeaVision cloud-based application to offer improved maritime situational awareness, securing U.S. vessels from terrorists and other adversaries.

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