The new "Naval Systems" column will appear bi-monthly, written by Ed Walsh, editor of Naval Systems Update and a former Senior Editor at Sea Power. His work on naval and military technology has appeared in numerous publications, including The Wall Street Journal. He served as a communications-electronics officer while on active duty with the U.S. Marine Corps.
Operational evaluation of the Nulka shipboard electronic decoy aboard the destroyer Stump (DD-978) is expected to be completed this fall, probably as early as October, paving the way for the start of production and deliveries of decoy rounds and launchers for front-line surface combatants. Installations on board Whidbey Island (LSD-41)-class dock landing ships should begin as early as next summer.
The Royal Australian Navy, which is teamed with the U.S. Navy on the program, expects to carry out sea trials during the same time frame, aiming at installing Nulkas on its new Anzac frigates and older Adelaide class guided-missile frigates. The Canadian Navy also has decided to purchase Nulkas.