Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Atlantic's U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) team successfully repaired the OE-82 UHF satellite communications antenna system aboard USCG Cutter Douglas Munro (WHEC 724) Dec. 24-26.
The team endured harsh weather conditions with limited support during the Christmas holiday routine and completed all objectives, including the replacement of the cutter’s aft antenna and the repair of the forward antenna slip ring assembly at Dutch Harbor, Alaska, located in the Aleutian Islands 1,200 miles off Alaska's mainland.
Despite encountering several significant challenges including traveling to a remote location on short notice just before the holidays, arranging other logistics to facilitate the repair and making expedited repairs on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, the team completed the five-day task in only three days.
The USCG team also overcame additional challenges, including coordinating the delivery of a 670-pound crate of equipment to Dutch Harbor's remote location in just over two weeks and arranging for a crane operator to work at the port during the holidays.
“The team did an outstanding job facilitating crane operations in the extreme cold weather conditions, providing updates to our sponsor and providing overall coordination and support for the technical assistance despite the holiday and time difference,” said John White, USCG team lead. “The government and contractor team members displayed a high level of commitment and dedication to supporting the sponsor and the warfighter. It was a job well done!”
The efforts of the joint government and contractor team helped quickly return the cutter to its normal operations of supporting search and rescue, law enforcement and fisheries management for USCG Pacific Area and Defense Forces West (PACAREA) and District 17. The cutter, which uses military satellite communications for a long-range secure type-one tactical network to coordinate critical operations for each of these missions, was also supporting a polar security mission for U.S. Northern Command.
“Thank you to all the people who worked silently in the background and after hours to make the whole time difference not even matter… Bravo Zulu!" said USCG Chief Warrant Officer Nicholas E. Medalis, the Command, Control, and Communications Engineering Center (C3CEN) Radio Frequency Communications Division (CT-R), military satellite communications system support agent.
The USCG team provides engineering sustainment, modernization and acquisition support services for USCG platforms, delivering the latest technology and advanced capabilities ensuring an optimum state of readiness in support of USCG missions.
NIWC Atlantic provides support to multiple USCG platforms, including the Medium Endurance Cutter, High Endurance Cutter, National Security Cutter and Icebreakers. USCG and NIWC Atlantic have a long partnership spanning over two decades of providing technical expertise to ensure USCG platforms remain in an optimum state of readiness for Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Intelligence (C4I) communications.
NIWC Atlantic provides systems engineering and acquisition to deliver information warfare capabilities to the naval, joint and national warfighter through the acquisition, development, integration, production, test, deployment, and sustainment of interoperable C4ISR, cyber and information technology capabilities.