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USS Bainbridge CIC Participates in Neptune Warrior

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Story Number: NNS070520-05
Release Date: 5/20/2007 10:05:00 AM

By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Coleman Thompson, Fleet Public Affairs Center Atlantic

ABOARD USS BAINBRIDGE (NNS) -- The Combat Information Center (CIC) aboard USS Bainbridge (DDG 96), played a vital role during the Neptune Warrior training course from April 23–May 3.

Neptune Warrior is a course created by the Joint Maritime Operational Training Staff (JMOTS); it's purpose is to increase interoperability among NATO coalition forces.

Inside the CIC, Sailors used the latest technology to detect the horizon and help to guide the ship’s systems, from navigation and communications to the weapon systems on board.

“We’re part of driving the ship,” said Operational Specialist Seaman Ciria Stewart, from the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). “We do navigation and we help the bridge out -- let them know where we need to be at a certain point in time -- and we track things that are around us.”

The CIC also works to disseminate the information they receive to the other ships in its strike group during the exercise.

“We're going to exercise better ways to share the intel and information with our allied partners,” said Lt. Kenneth Myrick, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 22 intelligence officer. “I've taken all of this intel that we're going to be getting in from the exercise and planning out the best procedures to share this information.”

Neptune Warrior participants included France, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States.

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