PORTSMOUTH, Va. (NNS) -- The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) mounted a new mast in preparation for the Navy Capstone suite Aug. 20.
The ship's combat systems department is preparing its spaces for the suite, scheduled to be installed during the ship's drydock planned incremental availability (DPIA) in Portsmouth, Va., and the new mast will hold the majority of the suite, Saturday Aug. 20.
"Capstone is one of the congressionally mandated upgrades for aircraft carriers to improve its self-defense capabilities," said Cmdr. Dwight Warnock, combat systems officer, from Greenup, Ky. "Every division in combat systems will have upgrades."
Combat systems department is scheduled to receive upgraded equipment such as the Automated Digital Network System (ADNS) for communications and cooperative engagement capability that will enable the ship to assess possible threats and an upgrade in the close-in weapons system.
"One thing we will see is improved system reliability," said Warnock. "Since we're getting all new equipment across the board, we'll be ready when we come out of the shipyard. The new capabilities are extended range missiles, infrared cameras on close-in weapons system mounts and more aligned, integrated missile defense."
Some of the upgrades are crucial for keeping Sailors morale high while at sea, making the ADNS increment III one of the most important pieces of new gear, said Lt.j.g. Brian Fields, communications officer and CS-1 division officer, from Kailua, Hawaii.
"ADNS is our 'magic box,' " said Fields. "It's a bandwidth management and distribution tool. It takes all of our communications paths and feeds all of it to this 'magic box' and out the other side comes all the internet protocol services that we provide. It is an important piece of gear that enhances Sailors' quality of life."
With all of the new equipment comes new training to go along with it. The Sailors in each combat systems division will be required to learn the how to use it via advanced training.
"The new equipment is great," said Information Technician 3rd Class David Mahon, from Redmond, Wash. "I'm excited for systems operational verification and testing. It's an upgrade for troubleshooting and it's an upgrade for the crew, as far as communicating with your loved ones with social media applications and e-mail."
Truman is scheduled to complete the DPIA in early May 2012.
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