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Military UUV Sonar

what other ships do we have that could
potentially do this?' The EPF is a good
one.''
Heagney points to a test with Naval
Warfare Development Command using
a British Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship, the
RFA Mounts Bay, to use elements of the
LCS MCM mission package from a vessel of opportunity, as a good example.
The test used elements of the mission
package including the common unmanned surface vessel (CUSV), the
Knifefish UUV, Airborne Laser Mine Detection system (ALMDS), Airborne Mine
Neutralization System (AMNS), the Mk
18 Mod 1 Swordfish and the Mk 18 Mod
2 Kingfish UUVs, and involved LCS
Squadron (LCSRON) 2 Helicopter Sea
Combat Squadron (HSC) 2 and HSC-28,
and EOD Mobile Unit 2.
" It's not necessarily the capability of
that one particular system, because we
assume the vehicle does what it's supposed to do, " said Heagney. " We want
to develop a concept for doing it. It's
proving that we can get it on the ship;
that there is battery storage and the
ability to recharge them; that there are
procedures down so we can actually get
it to the crane, and be able to safely deploy the vehicle in the water and then
be able to recover it. That's what we
want to demonstrate, because if you
put it in the water and tell it to 'go find
mines' it will find mines, right? But it's
all the ability to launch and recover
and do that from multiple ships. I
think that's what really adds to the
punch that the Navy can deliver. We're
not just tied to these couple ships to do
this mission. "
Heagney said his team brings the scientists out to sea with them. " We want
them to get out of the lab and see what
it's like to interface with the fleet. "
While the demonstrations and testing may seem pretty straightforward,
Heagney said the maritime environment is 'crazy difficult.'
" When we take a new technology out
on the water, or on a new or different
ship, or it's the first time an operator has
seen it, you will be shocked by the results
you have, " Heagney said. " And that's
why we do what we do. We learn. "
This article was written by Captain Edward
Lundquist, U.S. Navy (Retired).

Navy minemen assigned to Littoral Combat Squadron (LSCRON) 2, General Dynamic engineers and Office
of Naval Research scientists discuss the components of the Knifefish unmanned undersea vehicle (UUV)
aboard the Military Sealift Command expeditionary fast transport vessel USNS Spearhead. Knifefish is a
medium-class mine countermeasure UUV designed for deployment off the littoral combat ship. (U.S. Navy
photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Anderson W. Branch/Released)

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