NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- The first phase of Trident Warrior 2009 (TW09) started with a series of briefings for stakeholders, industry and media aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Nassau (LHA 4) in Norfolk.
As the flagship for TW09, Nassau hosts two-thirds of the 95 experiments focusing on expediting cyberspace technology to the warfighter.
"The media had no idea there were so many experiments taking place under one roof on a ship this size," said Brad Poeltler, TW09 deputy director. "They were impressed by how sophisticated naval warfare has become and the communications capabilities of the Nassau as well."
TW09 is sponsored by 2nd Fleet and directed by Naval Network Warfare Command (NETWARCOM), which focuses on at-sea technical experimentation of critical maritime technologies.
"This is great stuff," said Capt. Carl Conti, director of NETWARCOM's FORCEnet Innovation and Experimentation.
"Our goal is to change the autonomy of how we do business. It will help us save time, money and lives by taking people out of the equation and replacing them with machines. We're trying to make lives better at sea, and Trident Warrior is one way for us to do that."
TW09 is a team effort with assistance from Nassau, 2nd Fleet, 4th Fleet, 6th Fleet, USS Normandy (CG 60), USS Bulkeley (DDG 84), USS Farragut (DDG 99), USS Alexandria (SSN 757) and multiple U.S. Navy and Air Force aircraft.
As the largest and most complex afloat experiment to date, the TW09 consists of 95 technologies and the participation of government sponsors and industry sources to test cyberspace concepts and capabilities at sea, testing them in a real-world environment and learning what is useful and should be implemented or advanced on a fast track.
"This experiment is important because it allows us to take existing and emerging technologies to sea, put them through rigorous tests and see what works and what doesn't so we can learn those lessons and make the appropriate changes," said Cmdr. David Varnes,
TW09 technologies are organized into 12 focus areas including networks, coalition, information operations, command and control, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, electronic warfare, distance support, information awareness/cross-domain solutions and maritime domain awareness.
Nassau Commanding Officer Capt. Ronald Reis said he is eager to get to sea and explore the technologies and collaborative tools TW09 brings aboard Nassau.
"As Nassau celebrates 30 years of service, we're thrilled to participate in Trident Warrior and witness how it enhances global maritime partnerships and regional stability," said Reis. "We are warfighters who belong at sea, so exciting to be a part of this process and see cutting-edge technology operating aboard the Navy's top gator."
TW09's leaders said the findings and recommendations from experiments will be vital for Navy leadership to make informed decisions on the current and future course for FORCEnet and the role of cyberspace in future combat.
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