US Navy’s NUWC achieves new milestones with virtualised submarine CCS

24 December 2020 (Last Updated December 24th, 2020 12:13)

Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division Newport, a US Navy shore command within the Naval Sea Systems Command, has achieved new milestones with a virtualised AN/BYG-1 submarine combat control system (CCS).

US Navy’s NUWC achieves new milestones with virtualised submarine CCS
USS Virginia. Credit: U.S. Navy photo by General Dynamics Electric Boat.

Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division Newport, a US Navy shore command within the Naval Sea Systems Command, has achieved new milestones with a virtualised AN/BYG-1 submarine combat control system (CCS).

The system, which has been created and fielded by NUWC Division Newport’s Undersea Warfare Combat Systems Department, underwent first live-fire demonstration and deployment of a new machine learning application.

The AN/BYG-1 CCS is designed to carry out equivalent CCS functionality with one-fourth of hardware footprint.

Program Executive Office, Submarines (PEO SUB) program executive officer rear admiral David Goggins said: “While the team still has a lot of work to do, the successes are the culmination of an outstanding collaboration among multiple programmes, fleet, industry and warfare centre teams.

“This is a prime example of the TEAM SUB ability to deliver critical capability on a short timeline from concept to execution!”

The AN/BYG-1 Virtual Twin (vTwin) was installed in June on a Hawaii-based Block III Virginia-class submarine.

In September, the system was used for pre-setting and launch of two exercise torpedoes. It has also shown its capability of swiftly deploying a new technology by successfully uploading and executing a machine learning/artificial intelligence application.

NUWC Newport offers research, development, testing and assessment for submarines, autonomous underwater systems, undersea offensive and defensive weapons systems and related countermeasures.

Earlier this year, the entity supported remote installation of a fathometer on a ship in Pearl Harbor.

Fathometers help in determining the depth of water and allows the ships to safely navigate across the sea.