SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The Navy successfully completed Remote Multi-Mission Vehicle (RMMV) launch handling and recovery testing aboard USS Independence (LCS 2), Aug. 27.
During the test, the Navy launched and recovered the RMMV at sea.
The test validated design improvements in the RMMV, its recovery equipment and the ship's twin boom extensible crane (TBEC). The test also demonstrated the crew's ability to communicate with two off-board RMMVs simultaneously.
"The Mine Countermeasures Detachment and the test team executed a dozen successful launches and recoveries," said Michelle Clark, the LCS Mission Modules assistant program manager for Test and Evaluation. "This was our best launch and handling event by far."
The RMMV, an unmanned, semisubmersible used for mine hunting is part of the mine countermeasures mission package - one of three packages being developed for the LCS program. The offboard vehicle, along with its AN/AQS-20A sonar demonstrated 23 hours of continuous in-water operations during the test.
"The MCM Mission Package represents a significant improvement over currently fielded mine-hunting systems," said Capt. John Ailes, program manager for LCS Mission Modules. "It will allow the Navy to keep our ships safely out of the minefield."
MCM initial operational test and evaluation is scheduled for completion in 2015. That will be the Navy's final step to achieving initial operational capability for the package.
The Program Executive Office for Littoral Combat Ships is responsible for delivering and sustaining the fleet's littoral mission capabilities. The consistent delivery of high-quality warfighting assets, while balancing affordability and capability, are key to supporting the nation's Maritime Strategy.
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