3 Navy ships to get microwave-based WWAN in 2012

The Navy plans to install microwave-based wireless wide area network (WAN) on three ships by the end of 2012 as an initial step to give the fleet sufficient bandwidth to support smart phones similar to that available to warfighters in other branches of the military, reports Spencer Ackerman at Wired's Danger Room blog.

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Navy to test 4G LTE command and control network at sea

The three ships that will receive 4G LTE are the amphibious assault ship U.S.S. Kearsarge, the amphibious transport dock U.S.S. San Antonio and the dock landing ship U.S.S. Whidbey Island, the story said.

The ships’ communications systems will continue to receive connectivity from satellites; in other words, the wireless WAN will supplement, not replace the ships' satellite connections, the story said.

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