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JMAST PAC Provides Demonstration for Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS090916-23
Release Date: 9/16/2009 4:14:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sandra DeMunnik, Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Joint Maritime Ashore Support Team Pacific (JMAST PAC) demonstrated its capability to provide operational commanders with an ability to command and control assigned forces via secure video, voice and data systems during all aspects of joint military operations at Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet Headquarters Sept. 11-15.

JMAST PAC provides the operational commander with an ability to command and control assigned forces via secure video, voice and data systems during all aspects of joint military operations.

To do this, JMAST stages its personnel and equipment to be ready to deploy within 48 hours of orders from Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet and is fully operational within 24 hours of reaching its destination.

The 3rd Fleet demonstration displayed JMAST PAC's command and control capabilities in supporting an operational level joint force commander and staff.

"They [JMAST PAC] can provide you with a quick set-up, alternate command post or augment your existing head quarters or ashore services with additional support most anywhere," said Senior Chief Information Systems Technician Thomas Morrill, 3rd Fleet Message Center leading chief petty officer.

In the past, 3rd Fleet ships were the only alternate command post available for contingency situations. Today a JMAST facility can benefit a Maritime Operations Center (MOC) because all the resources available are dedicated to the staff, he said.

Recently, while in Thailand for another mission, the JMAST PAC team was called upon to provide command center support in the aftermath of a cyclone that hit Burma earlier this year. This capability was used for the rapid response team until a more permanent Command and Control Center could be deployed and constructed for support.

"This deployable unit is a small part of the tactical community," said Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Communication Systems Planner, Chief Warrant Officer Vanderla Akaka, "and it's a vital asset to the Navy or any branch of service needing communication support."

Each deployment and demonstration serves to identify command and control needs of the commander, future system requirements, and refines the concept of operations essential to mission completion.

JMAST PAC is a rapid response, mobile, self-sustainable Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Intelligence (C4I) support system. It is designed to provide scalable, ashore, command and control capability to a designated Joint Task Force Commander, Joint Force Maritime Component Commander, or a MOC within U.S. Pacific Command's Area of Responsibility.

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