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NSWC Panama City Demonstrates SUMMIT During S&T Event

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS110623-10
6/23/2011

From Naval Sea Systems Command Public Affairs

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (NNS) -- The latest advances in unmanned mine countermeasures technology are undergoing tests and exhibition during a science and technology demonstration hosted by Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Panama City for the Office of Naval Research (ONR), June 13-23.

"This event is an opportunity for the Navy to bring together sets of technologies that we've been working on for the past five years to demonstrate and evaluate them," said Dr. Sam Taylor, NSWC Panama City Automation Dynamics and Special Programs product line manager and branch head. "It also allows us to show technologies working in a relevant environment, under conditions similar to how they will be deployed once fielded."

Many of the demonstrated technologies are intended for incorporation into the littoral combat ship program, such as the LCS mine countermeasures mission package's SUMMIT project. SUMMIT, or Supervision of Unmanned Vehicles Mission Management by Interactive Teams, is the consolidation of multiple software suites, combining them into one user-friendly interface – similar to a personal computer's operating system – to control the mission package's systems.

"We have a seven-man watch team, and SUMMIT gives us the ability to better manage our people while we're on watch by sharing the tasks that have been assigned to our team," said LCS Mine Countermeasures Det. member, Senior Chief Petty Officer Robert Olson.

According to Taylor, SUMMIT was designed to remove the requirement of an individual operator dedicated to control one specific system, and can be used to control unmanned vehicles in shallow or deep waters.

"For the past three to four days, we've been demonstrating SUMMIT's ability to control multiple unmanned vehicles underway in St. Andrew Bay rotating several different operators to different control stations located here dockside," Taylor said. "SUMMIT effectively allowed tasks to be handed off among the watch-standing operators."

With the completion of successful dockside control tests, SUMMIT will move forward for underway, shipboard tests.

NSWC Panama City, a division of the Naval Surface Warfare Center and a field activity of the Naval Sea Systems Command, conducts research; development; test and evaluation; in-service support of mine warfare systems; mines; naval special warfare systems; diving and life support systems; and amphibious/expeditionary maneuver warfare systems.



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