DVIDS – News – Chief of Naval Operations Visits Underwater Vehicle Laboratory on Visit to NUWC Newport Division


NEWPORT, RI – Before concluding his visit to NUWC in Newport on June 28, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday must have taken one last look at Director of Submarine Warfare Eugene Hackney’s bulletin board describing Project Overmatch and its alignment in the underwater realm.

The goal of the Overmatch project is to create a network of ships, sensors, weapons and platforms to allow the Navy to better connect its operations in real time.

“This is essential for the future,” Gilday told Hackney before addressing the group gathered in the Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV) laboratory. ” Thanks for what you do. It is truly impressive – exceptional.

The poster session began with Newport Division Technical Director Ron Vien and Commanding Officer Captain Chad Hennings welcoming Gilday. They discussed the history of the command, its current position, and its future endeavors.

“If you think of the Navy’s submarine force as a wolf, we here in Newport Division are its senses and its teeth,” Hennings said.

Christopher DelMastro, Head of the Newport Division’s Platform and Payload Integration Department, then gave an overview of UUVs, focusing in particular on the Snakehead Large Diameter UUV.

“We are doing so many firsts in the Snakehead Project,” said DelMastro.

After Hackney’s presentation, Darlene Sullivan, Head of the Department of Submarine Warfare Electromagnetic Systems, informed Gilday of the Over-the-Horizon Submarine Buoy (SLOTH). She explained how the buoy works, as well as how scientists and engineers at the Newport Division quickly prototyped and delivered it to the fleet.

Will Roman, Head of Anti-Surface Warfare Mission Capabilities, and Hector Lopez, Head of Submarine Warfare Weapons, Vehicles and Defensive Systems Department, followed a discussion on weapons engagement and lethality, Novel on targeting and Lopez giving an overview of torpedoes.

“You have the best minds in the world working on this,” Lopez said. “Not that there are no challenges, but there are some really brilliant people who are tackling this. “

Rebecca Chhim, Director of Cyber ​​Security for Undersea Warfare (USW) Combat System Integration for Submarines and USW Systems, was next and spoke about cybersecurity. She discussed the need to be resilient in today’s and tomorrow’s cyber-contested environments, as well as how this is at the heart of our people, processes and products.

Marie Bussiere, Head of the Undersea Warfare Combat Systems Department, closed the visit with a presentation on the transformation of digital engineering and Live Virtual Constructive (LVC) Naval Sandbox initiatives.

“I could dive deep all day in all of these arenas,” Gilday said. “What you showed me today is really impressive.

Gilday’s visit to the Newport Division was part of a visit to several commands at Naval Base Newport.

Gilday began serving as an NOC on August 22, 2019. A surface warfare officer, Gilday is from Lowell, Massachusetts, and a graduate of the US Naval Academy.

At sea, he deployed with USS Chandler (DDG 996), USS Princeton (CG 59) and USS Gettysburg (CG 64). He commanded the destroyers USS Higgins (DDG 76) and USS Benfold (DDG 65) and subsequently commanded Destroyer Squadron 7, serving as the naval combat commander for the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group.

As General Officer, he served as Commander of Carrier Strike Group 8 aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), and as Commander of US Fleet Cyber ​​Command and US 10th Fleet .

His assignments include the Office of Naval Personnel, the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations and the staff of the Vice Chief of Naval Operations. Joint assignments include the executive assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the chairman’s naval aide.

As a General Officer, he has held joint positions as Director of Operations of the NATO Joint Forces Command in Lisbon; as Chief of Staff of NATO’s Naval Strike and Support Forces; Director of Operations, J3, for US Cyber ​​Command; and as Director of Operations, J3, for the Joint Staff. He recently served as Director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

He has been part of multiple award-winning teams and is a recipient of the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Senior Service Medal (four awards), Legion of Merit (three awards), Bronze Star, Navy and Navy Corps Medal of Honor with Combat “V” and Combat Action Ribbon.

The NUWC Newport Division is a US Navy shore-based command within Naval Sea Systems Command, which designs, builds and supports the US fleet of combat ships and systems. NUWC Newport provides research, development, testing and evaluation, engineering and fleet support for submarines, autonomous submarine systems, submarine offensive and defensive weapons systems and countermeasures associated with submarine warfare.

NUWC Newport is the oldest war center in the country, tracing its heritage to the Naval Torpedo Station established on Goat Island in Newport Harbor in 1869. Commanded by Captain Chad Hennings, NUWC Newport maintains large detachments at West Palm Beach, in Florida, and Andros Island in the Bahamas, as well as test facilities at Seneca Lake and Fisher’s Island, New York, Leesburg, Florida, and Dodge Pond, Connecticut.

Date taken: 07.02.2021
Date posted: 07.02.2021 11:44
Story ID: 400309
Location: NEWPORT, RI, United States

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