Sea-Air-Space Exposition News

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  • on April 8, 2013
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SEAPOWER magazine brings you the latest headlines

from the Navy League’s 2013 Sea-Air-Space Exposition.

Visit www.seapowermagazine.org/sas for up-to-the-minute show coverage.

Here’s what’s happening this morning, and some news from the pre-show briefings held over the weekend:

Sea Service Leaders Kick Off 2013 Expo

By JOHN C. MARCARIO,

Seapower Associate Editor

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – The U.S. sea services’ strategic rebalancing and renewed focus on the Asia-Pacific region will be highlighted during the Navy League of the United States’ 2013 Sea-Air-Space Exposition April 8-10 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center at National Harbor, Md.

Under the theme “Maritime Crossroads: Strategies for Action,” the exposition will feature service members, industry leaders, international military and government delegations, and associated partners discussing a range of issues, sharing ideas and offering maritime solutions. The robust educational and professional development program will see panel and roundtable discussions and floor presentations covering on a wide variety of topics, including engaging in Asia, budget implications and execution, warfighting in cyberspace, a “rudder check” with senior enlisted leaders, Arctic operations and energy weapons.

This year’s Sea-Air-Space features more than 190 exhibitors, including 15 military commands. The more than 12,000 registrants include representatives from 48 countries and top officials from the U.S. Departments of Defense, Homeland Security and State, the Maritime Administration, Congress and the defense industrial base.

Navy League National President Philip L. Dunmire and Charles A. Hautau, Sea-Air-Space Committee chairman for the Navy League’s National Capital Council, will kick things off this morning, and will be joined in the opening ceremony by Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James. F. Amos and Vice Adm. John P. Currier, vice commandant of the Coast Guard. Greenert, Amos and Currier will then participate in the Service Chiefs Panel. Greenert is the Sea Services Luncheon keynote speaker today.

Paralympic Gold Medalist to Speak at Sea-Air-Space

ARLINGTON, Va. – Paralympic gold medalist Brad Snyder will speak at the Navy League Pavilion, Booth #2703, at 3:30 April 8, the first day of the three-day Sea-Air-Space Exposition, hosted by the Navy League of the United States at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Md.

K-Max Supports Special Operations Forces in Afghanistan

By RICHARD R. BURGESS, Managing Editor

ARLINGTON, Va. – The K-Max cargo unmanned aerial system has been supporting special operations forces (SOF) in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility, facilitated by the installation of an auxiliary fuel tank in the unmanned helicopter.

Jon McMillen, Lockheed Martin’s business development director for the K-Max program, told reporters at an April 5 briefing in Arlington in preparation for the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space Expo at National Harbor, Md., that the extra fuel tank was able to extend the reach of the K-Max to remote regions where SOF forces operate.

Lockheed Martin Completes Sea Fox Installation on MCMs in Persian Gulf
By RICHARD R. BURGESS, Managing Editor

ARLINGTON, Va. – Lockheed Martin has completed installation of the Sea Fox mine-neutralization munition on the three Avenger-class mine-countermeasures (MCM) ships deployed to the Persian Gulf. This was accomplished within a year of the generation of the Urgent Operational Needs Statement for an improved MCM capability.

Mark Somers, Lockheed Martin’s Sea Fox program director, told reporters at an April 5 briefing in Arlington in preparation for the Sea-Air-Space Expo, that testing of the Sea Fox system on USS Gladiator has been completed and that testing was scheduled for the systems installed on USS Sentry and USS Dextrous. The system also will be installed on four more MCMs.

Lockheed Martin Sees Potential Sales of 50 International LCSs

By RICHARD R. BURGESS, Managing Editor

ARLINGTON, Va. – Lockheed Martin officials estimate the potential for international sales of the Freedom-class Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) could reach 50 ships.

Doug Laurendeau, Lockheed Martin’s director of business development for ship and aviation systems, told reporters at an April 5 briefing in Arlington in preparation for the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space Expo that he was not at liberty to discuss specific proposals for competitions, but that he saw a potential international market for 50 LCS derivatives.