Naval and merchant maritime experts partnered to deliver enhanced maritime domain awareness (MDA) for the first time during the ‘Rim of the Pacific’ (‘RIMPAC’) exercise 2018 drills during the month of July, US Navy (USN) officials said.
MDA is the ability to maintain situational awareness of sea-going vessel movements, and is used to assess the normal patterns of life on major trade routes. This capability is a critical supporting element in the effort to maintain freedom of navigation, USN officials noted.
USN officials cited a need to develop better MDA in the wake of last year’s rash of collisions between service surface warships and merchant vessels.
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