The US Navy has collaborated with strategic industry partners to launch a new programme, Class 1 Common Operating Picture (CL1P), to optimise fleet readiness.

The partners are Cubewise, International Business Machines (IBM) and Four.

Official launch of the programme was marked by a ribbon-cutting ceremony aboard USNS Robert E Peary (T-AKE 5), a Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo ship.

It was attended by various senior officials and representatives from the companies.

The new programme, spearheaded by US Fleet Forces Command fleet ordinance and supply director rear admiral Matt Ott, will focus on eliminating stovepipes of data and information flow, concurrently removing additive steps that sailors currently use.

It will eventually provide enhanced end-to-end subsistence visibility that will deliver improved mission vibrancy and naval readiness.

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The CL1P has been developed to deliver a real-time or near real-time data to the naval fleets to support decision-making process across the ‘optimised fleet response plan’, which also includes ability to expand and maintain fleets.

Ott said: “The technology we plan to employ may start with food, but to me, it is commodity agnostic and marries the right elements that drive integration across our supply chain ecosystem.”

The chosen companies will be required to develop a proof-of-concept that will showcase collaborative planning, forecasting accuracy and business intelligence reporting capabilities to match supply with demand, while minimising overall supply chain risk.

The technological backbone of these supply-demand matching models will be IBM’s Planning Analytics with Watson, an artificial intelligence-infused, integrated planning solution.

CL1P will also boost operational endurance to directly support Class-I supply chain stakeholders, such as Naval Supply Systems Command, Defense Logistics Agency, numbered Fleets and the logistics task forces.