Northrop Grumman has donated over $3 million in navigation software to the US Naval Academy.
The donation, valued at more than $3 million, will be used by the Academy’s Department of Seamanship and Navigation to instruct midshipmen in the operation of advanced electronic navigation systems. Since 2001, Northrop Grumman has donated more than $9 million of navigation software, services and training to the Foundation.
The company’s Sperry Marine business unit developed the ICW lessons to provide end-user training for its Voyage Management System (VMS) navigation software, which uses state-of-the-art electronic charting systems to automate traditional pencil-and-paper-chart navigation techniques. The 16 ICW lessons cover all aspects of VMS operations. They incorporate feedback from the U.S. Navy fleet, as well as course critiques from Sperry Marine’s classroom training programs.