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Mission Package Computing Environment Installed on LCS-1

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS080627-11
Release Date: 6/27/2008 2:55:00 PM

From Program Executive Officer for Littoral and Mine Warfare

MARINETTE, Wis. (NNS) -- The first installation of the U.S. Navy's Mission Package Computing Environment (MPCE) occurred aboard Pre-Commissioning Unit Freedom (LCS-1) in Marinette, Wis., June 9.

"This installation brings us one step closer to Freedom's commissioning later this year," said Capt. Mike Good, program manager, littoral combat ship (LCS) mission modules.

The MPCE hardware is permanently installed into the LCS seaframe. The MPCE is networked with the combat management system to support mission planning, execution, post mission analysis and tactical picture data exchange with the seaframe.

Naval Surface Warfare Center, Panama City Division (NSWC PCD) led the team that successfully installed, configured, and verified MPCE Version 1.6 hardware and network components for all three Mission Packages.

"This is a major milestone accomplished via outstanding efforts of a collaborative technical team of industry and government participants," said Dave Tubridy, littoral systems integration department head at NSWC PCD.

MPCE enables the three different LCS mission packages (mine, surface, and anti-submarine), to defeat asymmetric "anti-access" threats such as mines, quiet diesel submarines and fast surface craft throughout the world. The LCS class is designed for operation in near-shore environments yet capable of open-ocean operation.

For more news from Naval Sea Systems Command, visit www.navy.mil/local/navsea/.

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