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MK 18 Team Members Earn Two-Star Accolades for Expeditious, Expeditionary Acquisition Support

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS121203-14

By Jacqui Barker, Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division Public Affairs

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (NNS) -- Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD) members of the MK 18 Mod 2 team were presented with two-star accolades Nov. 28.

Team members were commended for expeditiously delivering expeditionary Underwater Unmanned Vehicle (UUV) support to Commander, Fifth Fleet (COMFIFTHFLT) during a 10-month timeframe.

Letters of Commendation were presented to 14 team members during the MK 18 Mod 2 Program Management Review (PMR) held at NSWC PCD. Additional commendations will be presented to 16 more members of the team who were not present at the PMR. The recipients included 11 employees from NSWC PCD, and team members from Naval Sea Systems Command Program Executive Office Ships (NAVSEA PEO-Ships), Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, NSWC Carderock Division, NSWC Indian Head Division, and Space and Naval Warfare Center, Pacific (SPAWAR). All have been recognized for delivering the MK 18 Mod 2 UUV, and directly enhancing the mission capabilities of forward deployed Commander, U.S. 5th Fleet assets.

The 11 NSWC PCD employees recognized were: Lorene Adams; Nancy Chamberlain; Celeste Hansel; Dave Jennings; Bryan Johnson; Dave Junker, Peter Keddie; Amanda Mackintosh; James Morris; Nathan Waggoner and Dennis Weilert.

NSWC PCD Commanding Officer Capt. Scott Pratt, presented the letters of commendation on behalf of Marine Maj. Gen. Timothy Hanifen, during a command ceremony.

"The MK 18 Mod 2 UUV Detachment will be fully trained, equipped, and operationally prepared for employment keeping our sea lanes open to ensure the safety of our Sailors, Marines, and fellow Americans," Hanifen wrote. "The OSD (Office of the Secretary of Defense) and the Chief of Naval Operations, Expeditionary Warfare Division (N95), tasked the MK 18 Mod 2 acquisition team to accelerate delivery of the MK 18 Mod 2 UUV to meet emerging warfighter demands and your team executed brilliantly," Hanifen wrote in each letter of appreciation. "The unending devotion of your time and energy over the past 10 months, to identify, mitigate and resolve those areas of risk that were necessary to satisfy operational requirements was remarkable."

"This team has demonstrated how our Command's technical expertise continues to harness technology and delivers capabilities to forward deployed Sailors and Marines who need these solutions today and tomorrow," said Pratt. "Our Navy continues to improve our warfighting advantage through innovation and this team is a prime example of the fighting spirit, ingenuity, and boldness that has defined our U.S. Navy."

NSWC PCD Underwater Systems Development and Acquisition Branch Head Karen C. Borel (Code E15) leads several members of the MK 18 team and said the team achieved a "herculean" task.

"This herculean achievement is a result of a truly collaborative effort on the part of all of the team members," said Borel. "This team acted urgently and cohesively; they communicated extensively and often, and overcame any potential barriers that could have arisen as a result of the many different activities represented."

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