The cost of maintaining Navy ships is measured in billions of dollars and millions of man-hours. Requiring sailors to perform excessive, unnecessary, and often counter-productive maintenance does more than waste money. It also wastes that most precious of commodities — sailors' time.
The marine satellite communication business has many earmarks suggesting it is set to expand rapidly, with a recent run of corporate consolidations and a seemingly endless offering of new products and services designed to emulate the speed and reliability of landbased services at sea.
Advances in communication services for ships and boats is expanding rapidly, keeping pace with development cycles of landside installations. Last autumn. Inmarsat unveiled Fleet F55 and Fleet F33. the two new members of the Fleet family designed
United States spending for ocean ships and their subsystems during 1976-1985 could range from $10 billion to $16.4 billion, depending on the U.S. commitment and world demand, according to "Shipbuilding and Associated Subsystems," a Frost & Sullivan analysis of the industry.