Mechanized and/or automated processes will reduce labor and improve quality during hull fabrication.
Improved cable pulling processes in VCS construction will reduce labor hours as well as injury claims and medical costs.
Applying a durability coating to GTC SONAR baffle tiles will increase the service life of the tiles and reduce total ownership cost.
This project developed a means of identifying and accounting for misalignment prior to final construction stages.
Improving SHT tile manufacturing and application processes will reduce cost and increase reliability while in service.
The tow cable maintenance winch will provide a means for shipboard maintenance of the cable between the RMMV and the towed minehunting sonar system.
Machining improvements will save significant costs in the manufacture of VCS propulsors, which are now made of nickel-based Alloy 625.
NMC and Ingalls developed and implemented an easy-to-use prototype mechanical arm to perform hull exterior abrasive blasting from a man lift during ship construction.
A less expensive, two-piece cast bracket will reduce weight and cost for the Freedom-variant LCS.
An SHT Debond Detector developed for new VCS construction has been modified for use on in-service VCS hulls.