In the early 1950s, teams from EMD, EPD and
Target Rock helped design and build systems for the USS Nautilus,
the world's first nuclear powered submarine. Engineers at Peerless
were responsible for developing the first instrumentation and
control microprocessor equipment aboard nuclear submarines.
Curtiss-Wright Flow Control's partnership with
the Navy continues today as the leading supplier of mission-critical
applications for Nimitz Class aircraft carriers and Virginia
Class submarines, as well as next generation Gerald Ford Class
EPD first supplied the U.S. Navy
with a "Worthington" direct-acting steam pump sold in 1847. This
was used for boiler feedwater service on the USS Powhatan, a
bark-rigged paddle frigate, also known as a side-wheel steamer.
The ship was launched by the Norfolk Navy Yard in February 1850
and commissioned in September 1852.
Next generation products include the development of
an electro-magnetic aircraft launch system and advanced aircraft carrier
arresting technology which enable more efficient control systems to capture
aircraft landing on the deck of a carrier. CWFC is working to create an
advanced power supply for the Army's new electro-magnetic weapon system
development program. And it continues to support the entire naval fleet
with leading edge pumping, propulsion, valve and control systems and solutions.