The United States Department of Defense has awarded Austal USA, as the prime contractor, a $21,070,175 order against a previously awarded Basic Ordering Agreement (BOA) to accomplish the Post Shakedown Availability (PSA) execution for the Littoral Combat Ship USS Manchester (LCS 14).
NATO and its partners are increasing their investment into ocean sciences into their defence budgets, not only for the enduring need for oceanographic and hydrographic survey to ensure safe navigation of international waters and the vast collection of commercial and ecological uses of environmental data, but also for navies to maintain their strategic relevance at sea.
The CMRE's role in increasing skills and investment in ocean science to protect NATO's strategic maritime priorities
Navies across the world are shifting their strategic thinking onto oceanographic and hydrographic vessels, ocean systems, submarines and maritime unmanned vehicles as they could enable them to achieve maritime dominance over adversaries. NATO's Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation is in the lead when it comes to research and experimentation of new technologies in ocean science to address security and defence issues within NATO nations. Dr Catherine Warner, Director of the Centre, gave Defence IQ her expert insight on the role of the CMRE in supporting NATO's maritime strategic interests and strengthening cross-sector relationships and the potential of new technologies in this operational environment.
Communication and data sharing are a vital element of successful combined operations and C2 structures across all allied systems must be interoperable and compatible in order to achieve true interoperability.
Defence IQ had the opportunity to discuss with Commander Andreas Uhl from the Department of Planning in the Group Future Development of the German Navy, on the need for better interoperability between allies during multinational operations and what needs to be done to make 'interoperability-by-design' a reality.