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Harbormaster Command and Control Center (HCCC)

Formerly called Port Control Command Center (PCCC)

Primary Purpose The HCCC will be a rapidly deployable or

pre-positioned system that will provide vessel

tracking, cargo visibility, and port/beach

control capability. The HCCC will provide 24

hour a day continuous near real-time vessel

tracking, cargo visibility, and communications

with and between Army, Navy, USCG, USMC, Air

Force, commercial and host nation vessels and

elements. To allow the continuous flow of vital

concepts of operation, situational awareness,

common operating picture data and threat analysis

data to smaller Army watercraft assets whose

C4ISR package is not designed to collect, analyze

and respond to such information.

Sub-Functions The Army requires the capability to perform

Logistics-Over-The-Shore /Joint

Logistics-Over-The-Shore (LOTS/JLOTS) operations,

intra-theater lift of forces, sustainment, and

recovery and salvage of degraded ports in an

austere environment. The HCCC will allow the

coordination of port and cargo handling assets;

and the ability to collect and disseminate

meteorological and bathymetric data to shipping

within the operational area, establish vessel

traffic and separation schemes, safe haven plans,

beaching lanes, berthing and hazardous

material/ammunition berthing and anchoring.

Equipment Requirements The HCCC shall consist of

Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) and Government

Furnished Equipment (GFE). Subsystems will be

designed and produced for rigorous long-term

employment with low maintenance. The HCCC shall

be supported by both military and contract

personnel. The HCCC will possess the capability

to be seamlessly integrated into existing C4ISR

architecture appropriate for its mission profile.

In order to ensure full compliance with the

continued evolution of the Joint C4ISR

Operational Architecture, the HCCC will utilize

military and COTS C4ISR assets which are modular

in nature and fully conform to the Joint

Technical Architecture (JTA). The system shall

consist of a single command and control center

plus two remote mobile sensor platforms capable

of data sharing with the central facility or

operating independently of the central facility.

Connectivity Requirements The HCCC will allow HF, UHF, VHF, Marine Band,

Tactical, and Satellite voice and data

communications (secure and non-secure) with and

between strategic sealift ships, Army, Navy,

USCG, USMC, Air Force, civilian and host nation

vessels in support of force projection and

theater sustainment operations. The HCCC will

connect to data communications networks. The

HCCC must be compliant to data communications

protocols and data standards supported by ABCS,

JTA, JTA-Army, and DII-COE.

Crypto Requirements The HCCC shall have the capability of providing

secure communications for sensitive classified traffic with the highest degree of low probability of detection (LPD) and low probability of intercept (LPI).

Normal Locations Transportation Harbormaster Operations

Detachments (THOD). The HCCC will operate in

austere ports and LOTS/JLOTS environments. THOD

personnel must have the capability to perform

PMCS, trouble shooting, and diagnosis and repair

mission essential equipment.

Information Managed The HCCC will provide C4ISR support to and

between the Joint Task Force commander, the

LOTS/JLOTS commander, Army, Navy, USCG, USMC, Air

Force, commercial and host nation vessels as

well as other DoD assets in the operational area.

The HCCC will possess the capability to

exercise short and long-range communications by

data and voice in secure and non-secure modes,

provide COP inject and access the tactical

Internet. Additionally, the HCCC will provide

weather and bathymetric data to supported

elements. The HCCC will possess the capability

to be seamlessly integrated into existing C4ISR

architecture appropriate for its mission profile.

The HCCC will gather, integrate, assess and

react to information from a variety of sources.

These sources include HF, UHF, VHF, Marine Band,

Tactical, and Satellite voice and data

communications (secure and non-secure); vessel

tracking information from surface radar and

visual/thermal imaging sources; weather

information from National Oceanographic and

Atmospheric Administration (NOAA); and satellite

images. Once assessed, this information will be

used as needed to direct assets in-bound to, or

operating in, the area of operations (AO).

Products Created The HCCC will provide command and control to all

vessels in-transit to and operating in the AO.

This may include military or commercial

pre-positioned vessels, surge sealift vessels,

sustainment vessels, Army lighters, and host

nation vessels. The HCCC will coordinate with

land based units for operational decisions, as

well as, gather and forward to all vessels in the

area weather and bathymetric data. The HCCC

must collect bathymetric data to insure that

vessel approaches remain clear of obstruction or

to relay vessels operating in the area the

absence or destruction of vitally important

navigation/channel markers. All systems, radar,

electronic charting and visual/thermal imaging

devices, shall be linked to provide a total

common operating picture in a concise, easy to

interpret format. The HCCC shelter shall house

the entire C4I suite consisting of

secure/non-secure HF, VHF, UHF, SATCOM, Global

Positioning System (GPS), thermal and visual

imaging system, Global Command and Control System

Marine and marine radar.

Lead Service/Contractor United States Army/TBD.

Current Fielding Status Not fielded yet. Still in the development

process, the Operational Requirements Document

(ORD) draft is close to the final product. A

prototype of the HCCC is expected to be built

this year with procurement to commence NLT FY03.

The product expected to be acquired will be a

modified version of the system the Navy uses for

their Port Security Units. The system will have

two mobile stations (two HMMWVs packed with C4I)

and one base station.

Known Problems Currently there is no single system that affords

the capability of near real-time vessel tracking,

asset visibility, harbor/beach berthing and

queuing assignments, secure and non-secure high

frequency communications, maritime band

communications, satellite communications,

tactical communications and land link

communications with and between Army, Navy, USCG,

USMC, Air Force, commercial and host nation

vessels in support of force projection,

protection, sustainment and intratheater

operations.

DIICOE Compliance Rating Not yet rated.

Point of Contact CWO3 Ray Aube (USA), HQ CASCOM, Comm: (804)

734-0337, DSN: 687-0337

E-mail address: auber@lee.army.mil

Mr. Lynn Ridley (contractor), HQ CASCOM

Updated by Captain M. S. Grosz, USMC, CCSC-01
 

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