6/24/2014 
USS Russell Leaps into Next Generation Computing
From Past to Present

SAN DIEGO – The guided missile destroyer USS Russell (DDG 59) recently completed installation of the Cooperative Afloat Networks Enterprise Services (CANES) program.

Leveraging lessons learned from the first few ships in the fleet to receive the upgrade, Russell was the first ship to complete installation in only seven days. Previous installations required over a month.

The CANES program brings major improvements to the security and convenience of computers aboard Russell. Security advantages include easier patching with the latest updates, distributed server architecture and automatic backups. The Sailors enjoy numerous benefits from the new system, including faster computers, a newer operating system (Windows 7), remote trouble shooting, and fewer corrupted profiles. The system even includes a Space and Naval Warfare System Command (SPAWAR) designed Wi-Fi network that ship’s laptops and printers can connect to, thereby increasing the number of spaces usable for computer work.

Transitioning the ship’s computer system from its legacy past to CANES was no small feat. All of the user accounts, as well as server data, had to be migrated to new computers and servers running completely different operating systems.

When asked how Russell was able to bring the new system online in only a fraction of the time of previous installations, Chief Information Technology Specialist (Surface/Information Dominance) Antonio Roberts stated “It’s all about planning,” said Chief Information Systems Technician (SW/IDW) Antonio Roberts. “We learned valuable lessons from the ships that went before us, and planned ahead.” He further elaborated “Our solid relationships with SPAWAR were key.”

The Navy began installing CANES on its ships at the end of 2013. CANES supports the priority of building a relevant and capable future force and the vision statement of using new technologies and operating concepts to sharpen our warfighting advantage against evolving threats, part of the “Sailing Directions” released by Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert.

The current plan is to have the system installed on more than 190 ships, submarines and Maritime Operations Centers by 2021.

“I’m incredibly excited that Russell was chosen as one of the first ships to receive this major technology upgrade,” said Cmdr. James Harney, Russell’s commanding officer. “This system will bring major improvements to our sailors’ quality of life and work effectiveness.”

Russell is assigned as part of Destroyer Squadron 1. The ship is approaching the end of a year-long $80 million Extended Dry Dock Selective Restrictive Availability (EDSRA) at the BAE Shipyard in San Diego. Surface Warfare Magazine

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