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USS Nimitz Addresses Fiber Security with Network Upgrade

Navy’s oldest aircraft carrier installs FiberPlex gear

ANNAPOLIS JUNCTION, Md. — Network security has been battened down on the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier thanks in part to new fiber-optic communications equipment by FiberPlex Technologies.

The U.S. Navy’s oldest and most prominent aircraft carrier has installed FiberPlex SATCOM serial data transmission equipment as part of its new Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services (CANES) system, which went into service earlier this spring. Using TEMPEST-tested and approved FiberPlex EAI-530 transceivers into optical cable, the carrier’s communications link is now isolated from radiated data and noise occurring inside the ship.

The use of fiber and FiberPlex’s fiber-optic technology will help prevent the possibility of classified or secure information from being transmitted from the ship, according to FiberPlex.

The carrier’s IT department, Automated Data Processing (ADP), put the new network infrastructure in service to increase operational security, efficiency and communication capabilities. It includes approximately 1,300 new workstations used by sailors to conduct research and run operations.

Overall, the new CANES networking system consolidates information and offers secured network speed and internet access for soldiers onboard.