From NAVFAC EXWC and NECC Public Affairs
PORT HUENEME, Calif. (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center and NAVFAC's Expeditionary Programs Office hosted a design review in conjunction with a demonstration of the latest standardized tent camp facility, May 3-5.
The goals of the review were to reduce expeditionary equipment procurement and operational costs by bringing the end users together and offering the optimal number of configurations to meet Type Commanders' mission requirements.
The design review allowed expeditionary Navy units an opportunity to learn setup and storage procedures of these state-of-the-art deployable systems, which encompass new energy savings features in the final design configuration.
"Our EXWC team has worked hard to put together a great program for this design review," said NAVFAC EXWC Commanding Officer Capt. Jay Mitchell during his opening remarks to the design review facilitators. "The focus of this review is on expeditionary facilities, specifically the medium and small Combat Operations Centers, and improved integrated berthing."
"These new COC configurations are engineered to support SPAWAR's Navy Enterprise Command and Control (NETC2) and are energy efficient, assemble quickly and store easily in containers. Our intent is to meet your mission requirements with a consensus for the final facilities, everyone can live with," said Mitchell to the design review participants.
EXWC's Expeditionary Programs Department (EX) worked in conjunction with NEPO on the improved engineering design and efficiencies of the STCF. This is the third design review since the initial planning conference was held in March 2012.
The STCF is a true product of teamwork and alignment between the SYSCOM and end user. NEPO is the program manager, setting priorities, funding and Table of Allowance (TOA) requirement changes, and EX provides the engineering, logistics, fielding and sustainment to the program. Type Commanders or end users define their requirements, prioritize fielding, and provide necessary feedback to improve the system through NEPO.
The uniqueness of the NETC2V2 from its predecessors is the energy conservation measures that were built into its design. Advanced Medium Mobile Power Systems, Improved Environmental Control Units, LED lighting, and tent liners combine to reduce energy usage in the maritime operations center.
"The Navy's expeditionary enterprise continues to field modernized, deployable tent capabilities that use up to 30 percent less energy than the previous generation," said Lt. Cmdr. Jim Langlois, Navy Expeditionary Combat Command TOA deputy director. "The key technologies being leveraged are advanced environmental conditioning units, fuel efficient generators, LED lighting and high efficiency insulating liners."
"An environment of jointness has been a key contributor to these advanced technologies," said Capt. John Carson, the NEPO director. "The Navy leveraged the work accomplished by the U.S. Army's Product Manager for Force Sustainment Systems for these energy saving features."
The redesigned COC will provide command and control operations by continually monitoring and recording tactical and non-tactical operations in theater.
NAVFAC's COC facilities are scheduled for procurement and fielding through fiscal year 2020.