C4iSR: Maritime

Surface Navy 2018: US Navy needs common bridges and radars, Fleet Forces commander says

11 January 2018

The US Navy (USN) has created confusion with the plethora of bridge-control configurations and commercial navigation radars it uses on its surface ships, Admiral Philip Davidson, commander of the US Fleet Forces Command, said.

Speaking at the 30th annual Surface Navy Association conference on 11 January, Adm Davison said that in trying to upgrade its surface ships by populating older ships’ bridges with modern bridge control equipment, the USN has created issues for training, certification, and operation.

“We’ve created a Frankenstein,” he said.

The mismatch was highlighted in the 1 November USN comprehensive review of the recent spate of collisions and other mishaps involving US surface warships in the Western Pacific.

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