USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Receives Conquest Surveillance and Warning System

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USS Eisenhower is the First Aircraft Carrier Deployment of "C-SAW" System

ASACS provides a means to acoustically communicate with vessels at greater range. Not only will ASACS help determine intent of approaching vessels, both for friends and foes, but it will also provide Commanding Officers with more reaction time to make decisions about their own force protection.

The USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, CVN 69, departed Naval Operating Base, Norfolk on 16 October with the recently introduced Conquest Surveillance and Warning System (C-SAW), developed under contract to the US Navy as the Advanced Shipboard Acoustic Communication System (ASACS). Prior to the deployment, Conquest installed five C-SAW systems in strategic locations aboard the nuclear aircraft carrier and provided members of the crew's security staff with system operation and maintenance training. The system provides the security staff with a means to visually monitor vessels in the vicinity of the aircraft carrier during the day or night, determine their distance from the carrier, and notify them of any encroachment into the established Naval Vessel Protection Zone (NVPZ) using a strobe light and high intelligibility acoustic hailing system. The system utilizes Conquest's proprietary Distant Energy Frequency Tailoring (DEFT®) processor to ensure that all acoustic messages have high intelligibility at any range up to or exceeding one mile. In addition, a user wearing a headset connected to the C-SAW unit can listen to sounds emanating from the direction of the target, further improving operator situational awareness.

Thomas Gallagher, Office of Naval Research Science Advisor to Naval Air Forces, has been Conquest Innovations' fleet liaison during ASACS development and fleet introduction. According to Mr. Gallagher, "ASACS provides a means to acoustically communicate with vessels at greater range. Not only will ASACS help determine intent of approaching vessels, both for friends and foes, but it will also provide Commanding Officers with more reaction time to make decisions about their own force protection."

The C-SAW System allows security personnel to visually monitor activities around US Naval vessels or other high value fixed assets and provide intelligible acoustic and visual warnings to vessels or individuals entering restricted areas. The C-SAW can be delivered as a manually operated, stand alone system or, as part of a larger, networked, remotely operated monitoring and warning system depending on specific customer requirements. A variety of system options are available including a Laser Dazzler® which is also available from Conquest Innovations.

Steven Bradbury, Conquest's Director of Operations, participated in the recent deployment of the system on the USS Eisenhower. "All of the components came together perfectly, from the C-SAW units fabricated at our Kingston, Washington Headquarters to the shipboard mounting systems manufactured in Brunswick, Maine. I was extremely impressed with how quickly the security team was able to come up to speed on system operation. After a few minutes of training, they were able to operate the system flawlessly without guidance. They also seemed pleased to have a means available to warn away inadvertent intruders and help determine when escalation of force is warranted."

Conquest is the premier provider of long-range audio communications systems for government, law enforcement, security, and personnel safety applications. The company is headquartered in Kingston, Washington and also has offices in Freeport, Maine and San Diego, California. Recently, Conquest has provided air droppable and airborne loudspeakers systems to the U.S. Special Operations Command, and shipboard systems to the US Navy.

USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Website: http://www.eisenhower.navy.mil

For additional information, please contact Conquest Innovations, LLC:

http://www.conquestinnovations.com
Conquest Innovations, LLC, Kingston, Washington 98346
P. (206) 407-3319    F. (206) 407-3874

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