PANAMA CITY, Fla. –
Naval Sea Systems Command Warfare Center leadership from around the country assembled on the Emerald Coast to continue their mission to serve as the Navy’s principal research, development, test and evaluation assessment activity for surface/undersea systems and subsystems, Feb. 22 - 23.
The 10 Division – One Team Enterprise uses these opportunities to combine strategic vision with their respective fields of expertise to provide unique value to the Navy. The aim is to provide a bridge between the technical community and the warfighter using design, development, and field solutions for urgent operational fleet needs.
Traditionally, these meetings occur biannually, however this event was the largest in-person gathering since 2020. Rear Adm. Kevin Byrne, NAVSEA Warfare Centers commander, explained why these meetings are vital to NAVSEA’s One Team mindset.
“Although leadership regularly communicates across the Warfare Center Enterprise, it’s important for the team to get together in person to engage more deeply on topics that impact the entire One Team. These meetings allow us to engage in strategic planning while also addressing the tactical challenges that lie ahead,” said Byrne. “But what’s just as important as the formal agenda topics are the informal exchanges and collaborative discussions that happen organically during these meetings.”
The nearly 50-member delegation, consisting of warfare center commanding officers, technical directors and headquarters staff leadership, navigated a full schedule covering a myriad of topics and briefs. The visit also included a tour of NSWC PCD’s diverse mission sets to include stops at the Landing Craft Air Cushion hangar, diving and life support special operations and a technology expo featuring 21 different projects from NSWC PCD departments.
“Hosting the Commanding Officers and Technical Directors of all the Warfare Center divisions, as well as RDML Byrne and his staff, gives us an excellent opportunity to showcase the skills, talent, and work being done here at PCD in a face-to-face personal way. It also is an excellent way to stimulate future collaboration, since the COs and TDs will go back to their divisions with a clear idea of the sort of work we do,” said Capt. David Back, NSWC PCD commanding officer. “As the smallest of the Warfare Center divisions, it’s always a good day when we can ‘punch above our weight class’ and host large events like this, especially when it is so expertly coordinated and executed. Bravo Zulu to everyone involved!”
NAVSEA’s pursuit is to enable maritime superiority for today’s Navy, tomorrow’s Navy, and the Navy after next by committing to deliver relevant technologies, solutions, and support as the Navy’s trusted partner.