WASHINGTON - Three NAVSEA employees received 2013 Department of the Navy (DoN) Test and Evaluation (T&E) awards, NAVSEA announced March 27. These awards recognize outstanding efforts and achievements of military and civilian personnel and teams in the field of test and evaluation.
Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock's Robert Kollars, Signatures Analysis and Characterization division head was awarded the Department of the Navy Test and Evaluation Lifetime Achievement Award. Kollars is a recognized national and international authority on acoustic radiated noise signature and submarine silencing efforts. As part of his nearly 30 years of service to the country, he has made numerous contributions in the development of technology that have ensured U.S. dominance in the area of anti-submarine warfare.
Kollars has been instrumental in assessing near-term and long-range implications of technology and signature characteristics on acoustic stealth and also played a key role in developing innovative data measurement techniques and data analysis tools that have improved the capability to understand acoustic signatures and optimized the conduct of the associated full scale acoustic test efforts.
Richard Thornton, a Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) mathematician, was named the civilian award winner in the Small Program Outstanding Tester category. This award recognizes a workforce member who has provided exceptional T&E execution and support for a small DoN program, including non-programs of record and urgent operational needs projects. Thornton is the alteration installation team manager and test director for several critical submarine projects and has played an essential role in the successful accomplishment of programmatic milestones and delivery of systems to fleet operators.
In 2013, he spearheaded fleet testing of two highly complex warfare systems, both of which expand the Navy's unmanned systems capability into previously uncharted areas. As test director for one project, Thornton led a diverse Navy, laboratory and contractor team that successfully demonstrated unmanned undersea vehicle (UUV) launch and recovery. As NUWC's technical program manager and test director for the experimental fuel cell Sea Robin Project, he led a government-contractor team that demonstrated successful torpedo tube launch and transition to flight of a fuel-cell powered unmanned aerial system from a submerged submarine.
Naval Surface Warfare Center, Panama City's Amanda Bobe was awarded the civilian aspiring tester award for serving as the lead test director for a project involving an accelerated upgrade and fielding of the MK 18 Mod 2 Unmanned Underwater Vehicle System. Bobe's team took a User Operational Evaluation System (UOES), accelerated its production, changed its intended operating environment, evaluated its performance, re-wrote tactics, evaluated the SSAM and ATLAS sensors, trained operators, built new and adapted existing support equipment, and delivered to the fleet an initial capability in five months and full capability in 20 months. The team accomplished this on an accelerated schedule without sacrificing the technical rigor and discipline required in evaluating and preparing the MK 18 Mod 2 for delivery on schedule and as promised.
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