The US and UK can now benefit from a new state-of-the-art Integrated Undersea Surveillance System operations floor at Naval Ocean Processing Facility (NOPF) Dam Neck, say the US Navy.
The US Navy say that the new operations floor comes equipped with improved surveillance technologies for faster input and analysis of international waters, providing vital information for the United States and the United Kingdom.
“The new operations watch floor is a fantastic addition to our capabilities,” said Cmdr. Aaron Holdaway in a release, commanding officer NOPF Dam Neck.
“This is cutting-edge technology that has been years in the making between the United Kingdom and the United States to develop and to get installed into this building. It comes along with new software, new hardware and new mission capabilities marking a true achievement between our two countries.”
The surveillance team collaborates with the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force to conduct wide area maritime surveillance, providing critical information to both countries.
“The Sailors and Airmen, both US and UK, are what makes NOPF Dam Neck such a formidable asset in the battle for undersea dominance,” said Rear Adm. Paul Halton, OBE, Commander, Maritime Operations Royal Navy.
“While the future holds many challenges, there is also cause for great optimism; the mettle of our men and women will always be a deciding factor in the Anti-Submarine Warfare campaign.”
According to the release:
“The NOPF team works tirelessly, 24/7, 365 days a year, to monitor the ocean night and day in the spirit of the undersea warrior motto, ‘Nyns Us Convya Y’n Downder,’ which translates from Cornish to ‘No Sanctuary in the Deep.’
The ceremony of the expansion of NOPF is considered a true celebration of the US/UK partnership.”
NOPF Dam Neck was founded 40 years ago to support anti-submarine warfare and tactical forces by detecting, classifying, and providing timely reporting of information on submarines and other contacts of interest.
The NOPF international team also has direct links to associated surveillance towed array sensor system (SURTASS) ships, gathering long-term acoustic, oceanographic, and hydrographic information.