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Northrop Grumman Donates Software to Support the U.S. Naval Academy and Honors Midshipman
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The company donated 135 licenses of its recently upgraded Voyage Management System (VMS) software to the
The company also presented the Elmer A. Sperry Junior Navigator of the Year Award to Ensign Eric Young '15, USN. The award recognizes a member of the 2015 graduating class who demonstrated outstanding navigating skills and knowledge during his or her four years at the academy.
"Northrop Grumman is pleased and honored to continue our longtime partnership with the
The VMS software incorporates the latest version of the Electronic Chart Display and Information System-Navy (ECDIS-N) which was selected by the navigator of the U.S. Navy and is now a fleet standard. The donation enables future naval officers to achieve proficiency with the same navigation software on their vessels after they receive their commissions. This software is already installed or under contract for installation on more than 200 U.S. Navy ships, submarines and educational facilities.
"The support of corporate partners like Northrop Grumman makes it possible for the Academy and the Brigade to benefit from resources, including software, that would otherwise be unavailable to them, greatly enriching the midshipman educational experience," said John Rudder '78, senior director of development for the
Northrop Grumman is the
The VMS software donations and the Elmer A. Sperry Award are naval support traditions at Northrop Grumman. This is the sixth year the company has sponsored the Elmer A. Sperry Award. The company originally donated VMS software in 2001 and this year's gift brings the total amount of donated software to more than
The Elmer A. Sperry Junior Navigator of the Year Award was established by the company to honor Elmer A. Sperry, who founded Sperry Marine (now part of Northrop Grumman) in 1910. Sperry invented the first marine gyrocompass in 1908 and earned more than 350 patents during his career in the maritime industry.
The VMS software will be used by midshipmen in the Academy's computer lab, classrooms and underway operations, allowing sailors to learn relevant navigational skills that will enhance their situational awareness while standing watch on the bridge and improving overall safety at sea.
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