USS O’Kane Conducts Anti-submarine Warfare Exercise

Story Number: NNS060927-21Release Date: 9/27/2006 3:05:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW/AW) Chris Fowler, USS O'Kane Public Affairs

PACIFIC OCEAN (NNS) -- Operating off the coast of southern California, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS O'Kane (DDG 77) concluded a 16-hour anti-submarine warfare (ASW) active/passive track exercise, Sept. 22.

According to Chief Sonar Technician (SW) Bill McCandless, O'Kane's ASW evaluator, the exercise was designed to allow O'Kane's operators to search, track and report contact with a simulated diesel submarine, as part of the strike group's search attack unit.

"This is really all about command and control," said McCandless, a Titusville, Penn., native. "I already know my operators know how to work the gear. Now we are working on coordination with the rest of the strike group."

O'Kane's participation in the event is geared toward coordinating efforts for the upcoming deployment.

"We are building up from a single asset (surface only) to engaging in a more lethal, multi-dimensional (aviation, surface and sub-surface assets) ASW exercise," said McCandless.

Sonar Technician 1st Class Troy Hunsberger, O'Kane's sonar supervisor said the exercise went very well.

"We were the first ship to pick up the contact by using our tactical towed array sonar," Hunsberger said. "We maintained the contact for several hours, and were able to cross correlate our fixes with other ships from the strike group."

The exercise was a resounding success, said McCandless.

"Our operators were able to search and track the contact both actively and passively," he said. "We know that operators can work the gear, and now the combat information center watch teams have been able to working on command and control by coordinating their efforts with the rest of the strike group."

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Guided-missile destroyer USS O'Kane (DDG 77), makes its wake through the Pacific waters near Hawaii during the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2006.
Official U.S. Navy file photo of USS O'Kane (DDG 77).
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