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S.A.M.E. Project of the Year

The Guantanamo Bay (GTMO) to Puerto Rico (PR) Submarine Fiber Optic Cable (SFOC) Project was selected by the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) as the 2019 project of the year (POY). The project awarded was a large effort done by Naval Facilities Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center (NAVFAC EXWC) in partnership with the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA).

Scope Summary:

Designed and installed a submarine fiber optic cable system from Naval Station Guantanamo Bay (GTMO) to Puerto Rico, including shore station infrastructure at the Puerto Rico Air National Guard (PRANG) Radar Station, Punta Salinas, Puerto Rico. The system connects Department of Defense Information Systems Network (DODIN) nodes between the continental United States (NAP of the Americas, Miami) with GTMO, via Puerto Rico. The GTMO - Puerto Rico cable system segment creates a self-healing, low-latency fiber optic ring, serving the DOD communications needs of GTMO, Puerto Rico, and other locations in the Caribbean, thereby significantly enhancing communications for all DOD missions, and personnel who live, serve, work, and visit in the AOR.

Truston was contracted by NAVFAC EXWC to provide the cable landing station, related equipment, fabrication, shipping, and installation in support of this project. Read the entire project details here.

The award was celebrated at the 46th Annual Engineer Week Banquet, on 22 February 2019, at The Grand Salon at Cal State University Channel Islands, One University Drive, Camarillo, CA.

Congratulations to the Truston project team and all of the GTMO-PR SFOC Project Team members!

Read NAVFAC's press release here.

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