First-in-class aircraft carrier goes to sea with satellite communications systems from Globecomm

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 US Navy fleet, the company said.

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.

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.

Huntington Ingalls Industries is America´s largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of professional services to partners in government and industry.

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.