Navy 4G LTE network operational on two ships headed to Persian Gulf

The Navy will send the USS Kearsarge and USS San Antonio to the Persian Gulf in late March with its brand new 4G LTE network, reports Wired's Danger Room blog.

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The network is a microwave-based wireless wide-area network that will augment the satellite-based communications on board the amphibious assault ship Kearsarge and the transport dock San Antonio, the story said.

The final phase of testing for the system began on board both ships earlier this year and is expected to be completed by Feb. 20, the story said.

Between 300 and 400 sailors and Marines who go through training on the 4G LTE network will be equipped with LG smart phones running Android, the story said.

The devices will facilitate calls, text, and data transfer between ships from up to 20 nautical miles’ distance, the story said.

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