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Navy’s First 4G Network Will Head Out to Sea in March

 In late March, Danger Room has confirmed, the Navy will send the USS Kearsarge and USS San Antonio to the Persian Gulf with its brand new 4G LTE network.

And the Navy’s already expecting uploaded flicks of pirates. It’s even passing out free Android phones.

The network, first reported by Danger Room last year, is a microwave-based wireless wide-area network (WWAN) that will augment the satellite-based communications on board the amphibious assault ship Kearsarge and the transport dock San Antonio. The final phase of testing for the system began on board both ships, off the mid-Atlantic coast, about two weeks ago and should finish by Feb. 20. (The dock landing ship Whidbey Island won’t carry the network as planned last year, Danger Room has learned.)

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