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NAVSEA Newswire - July 2009

JUL10-08:       NSWC Port Hueneme Leads First USS Stockdale CSSQT
From Naval Surface Warfare Center Port Hueneme Public Affairs
PORT HUENEME, Calif. - Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Port Hueneme engineers successfully led the Combat Systems Ship Qualifications Trials (CSSQT) aboard USS Stockdale (DDG 106) July 6.

This was the first CSSQT for USS Stockdale, which was commissioned in April 2009.

CSSQT is a series of at-sea exercises and tests to verify shipboard combat and weapon systems have been installed properly and can be operated and maintained safely and effectively by the crew.  The CSSQTs are conducted by NSWC Port Hueneme, the Navy's in-service engineering agent for combat and weapons systems for surface ships.

By testing and enhancing ships' systems capabilities, NSWC Port Hueneme, a field activity of Naval Sea Systems Command, directly supports fleet readiness.

NSWC Port Hueneme filled the project engineer and project officer roles for CSSQT, which achieved two major milestones.

The initial milestone was the first launch of a digital Mk 54 Over-the-Side Exercise Torpedo using AEGIS 7.1R, which provides a fully Digital Fire Control Interface (DFCI) capable combat system.  The digital Mk 54 is a combination of Mk 46 and Mk 50 technologies, as well as advanced COTS electronics.  The Mk 54 achieved Initial Operational Capability (IOC) in 2004.

"This torpedo will provide the fleet with a 'smarter' way to conduct undersea warfare operations in the future, with substantial improvements in performance and crew employment options," said NSWC Port Hueneme Combat Systems Test & Evaluation Branch Manager Mike Roth.

The second milestone was the first successful testing of Multifunctional Information Distribution System on Ship (MOS) Low Velocity Terminal (LVT).

"MOS LVT provides the fleet a much improved Link 16 (communication) architecture by enhancing operational effectiveness with joint and other coalition forces," said Roth.

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