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CHIPS Articles: NUWC Newport to host Advanced Naval Technology Exercise

NUWC Newport to host Advanced Naval Technology Exercise
By Jeffrey Prater, Public Affairs Officer - August 4, 2017
NEWPORT, RI -- The Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division Newport and the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Panama City Division in Panama City, Fla., will host the 2017 Advanced Naval Technology Exercise (ANTX) Battlespace Preparation in a Contested Environment (BPCE) Aug. 15-16. NUWC Newport will host its portion of the exercise at its Narragansett Bay Test Facility (NBTF).

ANTX is an annual multi-day event originally created by NUWC Division Newport to demonstrate future Navy technologies in action today. Naval warfare centers, universities, and industry partners have been invited to showcase their latest unmanned systems and related technologies. ANTX provides a low-risk environment in which scientists and engineers may evaluate their technological innovations at the research and development level before their technologies become militarized and integrated at the operational level.

ANTX17 BPCE will be a multi-site exercise, involving more than 20 lead participants, with many more collaborating. Technologies will be exercised at both the NBTF in Newport and NSWC Panama City Division operational areas, and will include fleet operators from Submarine Development Squadron 5 participating at both sites and virtually from Keyport, Washington.

Consistent with the Battlespace Preparation in a Contested Environment theme, prototypes will exercise the collection, fusion, and transmission of data, with coordination between autonomous undersea, surface, and air platforms and their operators. NUWC Newport will focus on prototypes providing intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) and NSWC Panama City will focus on the mine warfare mission (MIW); both sites will also exercise payload delivery and cross-domain unmanned air, surface and underwater vehicle operations.

The U.S. has national interests in all sea domains, from the sea floor to space. Each domain offers its own unique challenges and opportunities. Participants at ANTX17 BCPE will demonstrate the benefit of combining operations across these domains to optimize the Navy’s collective effectiveness throughout the maritime environment. These connecting links will allow the disparate parts to operate collectively, such that the contributions of each will enhance the warfighting effectiveness of the greater whole.

In addition to NUWC and NSWC sponsored initiatives, more than 20 additional organizations will contribute to the event. Exercises will encompass a broad collection of current work in unmanned systems, sensors, and other technologies of interest to the Navy and other maritime partners.

NUWC Newport is planning a media opportunity to see some of the exercises at the NBTF on Aug. 16 from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Representatives interested in attending should contact John Woodhouse at john.woodhouse@navy.mil or 401-832-4256 not later than Monday, Aug. 14 to register.

NUWC Division Newport, part of the Naval Sea System Command, is one of two divisions of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center. NUWC Division Newport’s mission is to provide research, development, test and evaluation, engineering and fleet support for submarines, autonomous underwater systems, undersea offensive and defensive weapons systems, and countermeasures. NUWC’s other division is located in Keyport, Washington. For more news from NAVSEA, go to www.navsea.navy.mil.

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