'Hollywood to the Navy' Program Shows Entertainment Industry Why Platforms Matter

Story Number: NNS140729-19Release Date: 7/29/2014 11:10:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Joshua Nistas, Navy Office of Information West

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Entertainment industry professionals toured Navy commands, July 24-27, as part of the Navy Office of Information West's (NAVINFO West) 'Hollywood to the Navy' (HTTN) program.

Hollywood to the Navy works to familiarize entertainment industry professionals with the Navy's assets, capabilities and highly-trained personnel.

Tours included the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific (SSC Pacific), Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Three, the guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53), and the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Hampton (SSN 767).

Aditya Sood, president of Genre Films, said he was very interested in the robotics and communications displayed at SSC Pacific; the Navy's premier research, development, test, and evaluation laboratory for communications, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance systems.

"From my perspective as a film producer, I'm always interested in what cutting edge ideas we can hopefully integrate into the movies that we are making," said Sood. "There is actually so much value in showing people things they don't know and haven't seen before. That is entertaining in itself."

Sood was particularly intrigued by one of SSC Pacific's methods of radio communication that uses fountaining water as an antenna to receive music through a receiver.

For Jason Brown, executive vice president at the Sean Daniel Company, tours of John Paul Jones and Hampton assisted his vision for an upcoming, futuristic television project.

"To be authentic to the way our Navy works, which will be the Navy in the future, and to get the authenticity of that and the experience of what it's like to live in confined spaces...and how people operate in them, it's enormously helpful," said Brown.

For more information about HTTN programs and NAVINFO West's role in Hollywood, visit www.facebook.com/NAVINFOWEST.

For more news from Navy Office of Information, West, visit www.navy.mil/local/navinfowest/.

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