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Inaugural Mission Package Detachment Crew Receives SUW MP Training

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Story Number: NNS090903-23
Release Date: 9/3/2009 8:51:00 PM

From Program Executive Office Littoral Mine Warfare Public Affairs

DAHLGREN, Va. (NNS) -- Sailors from the first Surface Warfare Mission Package (SUW MP) Detachment completed four weeks of hands-on training Aug. 21 on the SUW Gun Mission Module that will be a part of the littoral combat ship at the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) in Dahlgren, Va.

"Training Sailors to operate the SUW Gun Mission Module is a critical milestone," said Capt. Mike Good, littoral combat ship mission modules program manager.
"This is a key transition point from system development to a production and deployment phase for the Mission Modules Program."

Different Mission Modules comprise Mission Packages, a combined set of remote sensors, precision weapons, software components and off-board vehicles packaged in a modular fashion to easily and quickly swap in and out of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). One of three such packages, the SUW MP is specifically designed to combat small, fast boat threats to the fleet.

"I was with the Sailors everyday of their training. It was amazing to see how quickly they learned the system and became proficient in tracking targets. The SUW MP crew was formed from various commands and completed their four weeks of hands-on training on the same equipment they will deploy with," said SUW MP Training Lead Darrell Boyton.

SUW MP Detachment Sailors learned critical skills in pre- and post-firing procedures such as ammunition loading, misfires, power loss, elevation/azimuth drive-motor loss, and power up/shut down during their training. Once Sailors were familiar with the SUW MP, they learned to operate the Gun Weapon System at both local and remote stations by tracking live, high-speed maneuverable targets both at day and at night.

"The training we received from the Dahlgren team was above and beyond anything I expected," said Fire Controlman 2nd Class (SW) Justin Silva, SUW MP Detachment. "There was much more one-on-one time. These folks went out of their way to ensure we were trained and equipped to deploy."

The four weeks of training ended with a live-fire exercise for the students in which 164 rounds of ammunition were safely and successfully fired on target. Following the training, SUW MP Detachment Sailors will operate the SUW MP Gun Mission Module during the upcoming Structural Test Firing aboard LCS 1.

"This team worked closely with the SUW MP crew to provide hands on training of the SUW MP Gun Mission Module at Dahlgren," said Doyle Green, SUW MP lead, and NSWC Dahlgren. "It was very valuable to all participants to have the MP developers working directly with the end users."

Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Dahlgren, a field activity of Naval Sea Systems Command, is the technical direction agent for the SUW Mission Package, with NSWC Port Hueneme and Crane providing integrated logistics and testing support. The Program Executive Office Littoral and Mine Warfare's LCS Mission Modules Program Office manages the development and acquisition of LCS mission packages.

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