NSWC Panama City Supports MCM Demonstration

October 2, 2019 – As the lead engineering activity for Mine Countermeasure (MCM) Mission Packages (MP), the Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD) provided equipment, personnel, and expertise to demonstrate the modular capability of the MCM MP aboard USNS Hershel “Woody” Williams (T-ESB 4) earlier this month. The demo included embarkation of the Mine Countermeasures Unmanned Surface Vehicle (MCM USV) with Unmanned Influence Sweep System, the Knifefish Mock-up Unit (KMU), mass models for the Airborne Laser Mine Detection and Airborne Mine Neutralization Systems, the Mission Package Portable…

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LCAC 66 disassembled, removed from fleet service

August 22, 2019 – After nearly 25 years of mission tests, Landing Craft, Air Cushion (LCAC) 66 will be disassembled and demolished signifying its removal from fleet service. The primary role of the LCAC is to provide sustained, over the horizon, ship-to-shore movement of Marine Corps personnel and equipment during amphibious assaults. It is also used during humanitarian relief missions to transport personnel. “LCAC 66 became an in-service special asset assigned to Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD) in December 1994,” said Mitch Martin, NSWC PCD, lead…

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USNS Spearhead Supports Fleet Experimentation

July 29, 2019 – USNS Spearhead (T-EPF 1) recently completed a two-day underway. Spearhead sailed in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Key West, Fla., to conduct fleet experiments with multiple unmanned aerial and undersea systems, to include the V-BAT vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicle (UA), Scan Eagle UAV and Knifefish unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV). Spearhead also tested the assured position, navigation and timing (PNT) system. Dr. Christopher Heagney, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet science advisor coordinated the fleet experimentation for the underway period.…

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Pearl Harbor Minesweeper Ship Bell arrives at NSWC PCD

March 13, 2019 – The bell from the USS Tern, a lapwing-class minesweeper, that rescued 47 men and fought fires on the USS West Virginia and USS Arizona for two days after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor will soon be on display in the lobby of the Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD). “This bell is an important artifact that represents an important day in Navy history,” said Capt. Aaron Peters, NSWC PCD commanding officer. “It is a connection with history and is a reminder of the…

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SAIC Wins $37 Million Seaport-e Task Order

March 4, 2019 – Science Applications International Corp (SAIC) won a $37 million Seaport-e task order to provide mission support services to the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Panama City Division. “We help make sure the JEXC2 networks and infrastructure operate at peak performance to give the Warfighter full access to the best available command and control systems.” “We’re proud to expand our current support to NSWC PCD Joint Expeditionary Command and Control program, or JEXC2, on this new task order,” said Jim Scanlon, executive vice president and general manager of…

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