Military Vessels

Cyclone Class from the
Special Boat Squadron

U.S. Military Shipboard Systems

Coastal has a long history in manufacturing shipboard weather stations. In fact, the WEATHERPAK® was co-developed by Coastal and the Navy for shipboard use. Currently Coastal provides a variety of systems for the U.S. Military.

All of the ships in the Special Boat Squadron were initially fitted with WEATHERPAK® 500s and are currently in the process of being upgraded to the WEATHERPAK® 2000, which includes a sonic anemometer, pressure, relative humidity and air temperature sensors. The WEATHERPAK® 2000 is a form/fit/function upgrade/replacement. It requires none of the equipment on the ship to WEATHERPAK® be altered (mounting brackets, cabling, displays etc.) – the new system is plug and play replaceable!

All of the TAG-60 Navy Research vessels have Coastal shipboard weather stations that output data directly to a display and into their navigational system. This is a multi-year program and so is supported by Coastal’s logistics concept, which is form/fit/function availability for all future systems.

The USS Abraham Lincoln was fitted with a Coastal system as a demonstration system installed by Sperry Marine. Constraints on ship space mandated that the weather station be mounted only several yards away from a radar system powerful enough to "weld loose welding rods to the deck." Because of the sealed nature and single point grounding of the system – it worked flawlessly even under these adverse conditions.

Coastal weather stations are built with three fundamental principles:

  1. To be expandable for the future intergration of hardware, software, sensors, displays and delivery systems.
  2. Build on open protocols to enableintergration with third party systems.
  3. And constructing simple design to allow for easy diagnostics, trouble shooting and maintenance and easy replacement of individual components.

Below is a diagram illustrating one of our more sophisticated shipboard systems:

Shipboard System Diagram

Since sensors are distributed much further apart on a ship the diagram is altered somewhat so that each sensor has a Universal Sensor Interface. This allows data coming back to the distribution and display devices to be in the same format – regardless of the sensor. This simplifies greatly any central processing and makes changing out components simple and fast. The diagram illustrating this architecture is shown below:

Coastal’s technology and vast array of COTS weather station are ready to fit any ship of any size and need. Accommodating legacy systems while still being able to expand to allow new sensors, new technologies or meet new requirements is a hallmark of our systems.

Standard Sensors:

Wind speed and direction, relative humidity, air temperature, dew point, barometric pressure, visibility, present weather, cloud height, lightning detection, freezing rain, conductivity, water temperature, dissolved oxygen, salinity, and others. Please contact us for a complete listing.   (Sensor Specifications)


Standard ships power.


A variety of displays is available including, Flat panel, Vacuum fluorescent, LCD, and all monitor types.

User Interface/Display Software:

Several packages and third party software are available for specialized applications. Coastal makes INTERCEPT® software to collect, display, archive and share data.

Standard Shipboard Products:

WEATHERPAK® Shipboard Weather Station       C-5 SAM/N™ Shipboard Weather Station

Please contact us for complete information on Coastal's weather stations.

Coastal's Shipboard Brochure (PDF)        Estaciones Meteorológicas a Bordo (PDF)