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9 February 1989 Fiber Optic Local Area Networks In U. S. Navy Surface Ships
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Proceedings Volume 0989, Fiber Optic Systems for Mobile Platforms II; (1989)
Event: O-E/Fiber LASE '88, 1988, Boston, MA, United States
While the benefits of fiber optics have been known for over a decade, the implementation of fiber optics into the U.S. Navy has only begun to accelerate in the last few years. Reason dictates that this must be a carefully planned and controlled process. Standardization of fiber optic components, in type and performance, is the first and most important step in fiber optic system development. There is no doubt that fiber optics will have a great impact on shipboard data communications systems. The coincident evolution of fiber optic technology and distributed data transfer architectures (Local Area Networks) will enable ship designers to dramatically improve shipboard combat system performance and survivability. Data transfer architectures such as the Survivable Adaptable Fiber Optic Embedded Network (SAFENET) are currently being developed for implementation into the U.S. fleet before the end of the century. This paper will address the physical media portion of the SAFENET network architecture currently being developed by the Navy laboratories and industry. Additionally, it will highlight the supporting development of fiber optic component standards.
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Gair D. Brown and Joseph P. Ingold "Fiber Optic Local Area Networks In U. S. Navy Surface Ships", Proc. SPIE 0989, Fiber Optic Systems for Mobile Platforms II, (9 February 1989);


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