RMS Remote Minehunting System
The RMS program was structured to develop interim contingency systems to provide the Fleet with near term capability to meet immediate needs for organic, offboard mine reconnaissance systems. The time and resources required to develop and procure a system that met all of the operational requirements drove the need for interim systems. The near term capability was important because the capability did not exist. The program was based on four variants described below.
(V)1 - (V)1 was a prototype (previously referred to as RMOP) that was procured with mostly NDI components. It was a single system developed using existing equipment which includes the Dolphin semi-submersible and the AQS-14 sonar system. The (V)1 was completed in FY95. The Navy operated the (V)1 in Exercise Kernel Blitz from the USS John Young (DD973) in March 1995. This system successfully demonstrated the concept of a limited mine reconnaissance capability from a surface combatant. It was operated and maintained by civilian personnel at NSWC/CSS. Because (V)1 had no launch and recovery system, it had to be launched and recovered from shore or from a commercial craft with sufficient deck space for the Mil Van and that was outfitted with the proper handling equipment.
(V)2 - This variant comprised a (V)1 with launch and recovery capability from a Spruance Class destroyer. The (V)2 was intended to be operated by shipboard personnel after being trained by personnel from NSWC/CSS.
(V)3 - This variant was to be a new vehicle that would employ the same sensor suite as (V)1/V(2). The new vehicle was required to be developed to meet the operational requirement for the RMS. The new vehicle was intended to eventually be capable of over-the-horizon operations, and would be capable of being launched and recovered from Spruance-class destroyers. This system was expected to be the first variant introduced to and operated by the Fleet.
(V)4 - This variant met the full operational requirements. It was also intended to be fully integrated into the AN/SQQ-89, and to have an integral launch and recovery system. Ships being considered to host (V)4 included, but were not limited to, Spruance and Arleigh Burke class destroyers, Ticonderoga-class cruisers, Iwo Jima- and LPD 17-class amphibious assault ships, Oliver Perry-class frigates, and 21st Century-class surface combatants including the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS.
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