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Project Description

Rugged All-Weather LCD Monitors used for Radar and ECDIS on the USS Mount Whitney

Client: US Navy

Product: RuggedVision N24-HBOB

Key Features:  Fully IP67 Sealed, High Brightness (1500cd/m2), Custom Case and Colour, Optical Bonding (to reduce risk of condensation).

Project Details

USS Mount Whitney is a Blue Ridge-class command ship of the United States Navy under the Military Sealift Command; it is the flagship of the United States Sixth Fleet and it’s home-port is Gaeta in Italy.

Alleged to be the most sophisticated Command, Control, Communications, Computer and Intelligence ship ever commissioned, USS Mount Whitney incorporates various elements of the most advanced C4I equipment and gives the embarked Joint Task Force Commander the capability to effectively command all units under his or her command.

We were asked to work closely with Kelvin Hughes to manufacture a custom outdoor display system that was able to withstand the conditions of being on the bridge-wing of the ship in any weather conditions and to clearly display the ECDIS chart system supplied by Kelvin Hughes Ltd.

Their initial enquiry was for two 24″ large format displays to be positioned on the bridge-wings of the ship. The monitors would act as an extension of their current ECDIS navigation system, to enable the Captain or crew members to view the maps with ease – even when in the worst of weather conditions.

The bridge-wings are a structure of the ship which sit higher, but also hang over each side so that the side of the ship can be monitored when docking or at sea.

The displays that we manufactured for the USS Mount Whitney were our RuggedVision N24-HBOB and they requested for the colour to be a custom RAL of ‘Battleship Grey’, which would in-keep with the rest of the ship. We ensured that the displays had ‘Optical Bonding’ as this would completely eliminate the chance of condensation behind the front panel. So the image clarity was never obscured. This type of rugged LCD display solution took over 3 months in the design phase to ensure that every detail was covered to ensure the clients overall satisfaction.

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