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CENTRIXS Online for CARAT and Naval Engagement Activity

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Story Number: NNS080813-13
Release Date: 8/13/2008 3:58:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Kim McLendon, Commander Task Force 73 Public Affairs

SURABAYA, Indonesia (NNS) -- Indonesian Navy Sailors trained on the Combined Enterprise Network Regional Information Exchange System (CENTRIXS) aboard USS Tortuga (LSD 46), July 21 as part of an annual Naval Engagement Activity (NEA).

CENTRIXS is a communication network that allows multinational partners to enhance their interoperability.

Similar to the Internet, CENTRIXS provides a secure means of communication. Partner countries can log on and communicate with one another one-on-one or open a chat session for a conference.

"It provides another form of communication, besides verbal, where ideas can be shared," said Lt. Christopher Sacra, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 1 operations officer. "It makes a common link between other nations in Southeast Asia."

Once they are processed into the system and their security clearances are issued, member nations can access the system. Ships access the system via satellites; a land base can use landlines. For more than five years, CENTRIXS has provided a means of communicating during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) and NEA.

Part of CENTRIXS, Collaboration at Sea (CAS) allows U.S. and host nations to post documents.

"Instead of e-mailing a PowerPoint presentation 50 times, it can be posted on the Web once," said Information Systems Technician 1st Class David Howard from Logistics Group Western Pacific, based in Singapore.

Another component of CENTRIXS is the Command and Central Personal Computer (C2PC). C2PC has map/location capability; partners need only access this feature to see where other ships are in the region. CENTRIXS, with C2PC and CAS, is a complete communication system offering various benefits.

"CENTRIXS allows us to help countries in need during a natural disaster," stated Senior Chief Information Systems Technician Roosevelt Harrison of DESRON 1. "It helps us work logistically to help countries in need."

U.S. Sailors are demonstrating the system for their Indonesian counterparts.

"Information exchange is easier and more secure, all information is in encryption," said Capt. A. Yasin Yaunar of the Indonesian Navy. "The C2PC allows situational awareness. I can see it as a useful information system when needed."

The NEA is an annual bilateral series of training exercises between the United States and Indonesia. This year, NEA activities include symposiums on combined military operations, medicine, and military law enforcement. The exercises also include an aviation seminar, a diving and salvage exercise, a force protection exercise, a joint construction project and a joint amphibious raid execution between U.S. and Indonesian marines.

For more news from Commander Task Force 73, visit www.navy.mil/local/clwp/.



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