By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Christian B. Martinez
BREMERTON, Wash. – The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) will be the first aircraft carrier to receive a new network infrastructure designed to improve operational efficiency while strengthening security measures and performance.
The Consolidated Afloat Network Enterprise Services (CANES) system is the consolidation and enhancement of five shipboard legacy network programs and will provide the common computing environment
infrastructure for command, control, communications, computers and intelligence (C4I).
“CANES is a new and improved approach at implementing a robust network infrastructure and the services it provides,” said Lt. Cmdr. Jimmie Nelson, Stennis’ Combat Systems Information Officer, from Magee Miss. “It takes advantage of current virtualization technology, theoretically allowing a simpler, more efficient management of multiple servers working on a single computer.”
By upgrading cyber security and C4I systems, CANES represents a key aspect of the Navy’s plan for the modernization of information technology across the fleet. This improved degree of standardization will reduce the number of network variations among individual ships.
“The [civilian] contractors, along with ship’s cable team personnel, are doing a fantastic job with the task of removing older, worn cables and installing new ones,” said Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Brian Bennett, from Newark, N.J. “The relocation of data to new hardware will be led by systems administrators on Stennis working alongside Space and Naval Warfare Systems (SPAWAR) engineers.”
“Stepping into CANES will be like stepping into a new sports car,” said Nelson. “It comes with all the new technologies and it is built for speed.”
The CANES program is managed by the Program Executive Officer for C4I.
Stennis is currently undergoing a Docking Planned Incremental Availability (DPIA) maintenance period at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility.