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US Navy shipyards harness laser technology for ship assessments, training

16 July 2019
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The Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) and Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (PSNS) are looking to laser scan US Navy (USN) ships to better assess the vessels and conduct related work on them.

Previously, yard workers and supervisors would have to rely on hand drawings for ship checks, but navy engineers say laser scans provide more accurate, precise and actual virtual snapshots of ship components, navy officials noted in a recent release.

NNSY's Radiological Control Special Projects and Refueling Division has been collaborating with the Nuclear Fluid Systems, the Mechanical Engineering Division, the Nuclear Refueling Engineering Division, and shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) to create laser scans of vessels - as well as develop virtual training simulations for the NNSY.

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