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DD(X) Team Looks to Carderock Division for Expertise

Wavelengths: An Employee's Digest of Events and Issues (NAVSEA Carderock)

October/November 2002

By Jim Mays

PHILADELPHIA AND WEST BETHESDA-The Navy and its DD(X) design agent Northrop Grumman are developing a technologically advanced family of ships to meet the operational requirements of tomorrow's Fleet. This future family of ships will be based on a new destroyer design, DD(X), featuring stealth and electric ship technologies that have been under development for years at Carderock Division.

NSWCCD is providing two types of support. First, Northrop Grumman, as the prime contractor, needs a mix of naval architecture, marine engineering, systems analysis, systems definition, acquisition and planning, testing facilities, and other technical services in support of the DD(X) development. Besides contractor support, the DD(X) Program Office (PMS 500) needs a similar mix of expertise to support design approval and certification.

The Division has the expertise to support design development and evaluation of advanced ship hull, mechanical and electrical (HM&E) systems for DD(X). HM&E engineering spans the spectrum from problem analyses, program definition, research and development, design, manufacture, installation, testing, and life-cycle support.

NSWCCD will furnish technical capabilities to Northrop Grumman under a Work for Private Parties Agreement. The work effort is divided into seven functional areas related to ship platform systems. These areas are:

  • Signature and Silencing Systems.
  • Vulnerability and Survivability Systems.
  • Machinery Systems and Components.
  • Hull Forms and Propulsors.
  • Structures and Materials.
  • Environmental Quality Systems.
  • Ship Integration and Design.

Northrop Grumman will have overall control and responsibility for the project. The Division will receive written work assignments, called Task Orders, with control and responsibility limited to the satisfactory execution of those segments of work specified in the Task Orders. Systems integration will require limited support to various subcontractors and laboratories working in other areas, such as combat systems, ordnance, and logistics.

Carderock Division is also supporting PMS 500 with personnel in all the above areas, as well as ship cost and producibility. The people supporting the Program Office are collectively referred to as DD(X) Tech Team (TT). Their primary functions are to provide design approval support, deliverable reviews and approvals, and the expertise needed to make the Government a smart buyer. Additionally, NSWCCD hosts a collocated site (DD(X) Design Support Center) in Building 17 for required interaction between DD(X) Tech Team personnel.

Responding to Northrop Grumman Statements of Work, the Division will bring expertise to bear on this important Fleet system design over the next three years. These efforts build on the NSWC CD efforts during earlier phases of the program over the past five years.

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