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August 22, 2022

US Navy commences new Repair Technology Exercise

The REPTX exercise aims to bolster the ability of the US Navy to maintain its vessels in good shape.

Around 60 technology suppliers are set to participate in the US Navy’s Repair Technology Exercise (REPTX) to test multiple ship maintenance technologies and services.

It is being conducted at Naval Base Ventura County, California from 22 August to 2 September.

This event is part of the advanced naval technology exercise Coastal Trident-2022, which is being held from June to September.

The 12-day-long exercise will see technology suppliers, including academia government and private industry, evaluating a range of products and services, which can eventually allow the US Navy sailors to perform repairs during operations.

As part of REPTX, the Naval Sea Systems Command’s (NAVSEA) Naval Systems Engineering and Logistics Directorate Technology Office (NAVSEA 05T) has shortlisted 65 technologies.

It includes inspection and repair tools, uncrewed aerial vehicles and submersibles, ship-to-shore communication systems, additive manufacturing equipment and above- and below-water visualisation devices. 

Participants will showcase technologies focused on four key areas, including visualisation, command-and-control (C2) aids, forward manufacturing and expeditionary maintenance.

All participants will assess their products’ capability to handle real-world fleet maintenance challenges along with assessing and repairing the potential battle damage.

The event will also involve technical demonstrations and field experiments aboard the US Navy’s self-defence test ship, a decommissioned 563ft-long Spruance-class destroyer.

An asset used by Naval Surface Warfare Centre, Port Hueneme Division (NSWC PHD), the Spruance-class vessel is used for testing naval weapons and emerging technologies.

NSWC PHD commanding officer captain Andrew Hoffman said: “Our priorities as a warfare centre are to deliver and sustain readiness, modernise and maintain the current fleet, and field surface fleet of future.

“REPTX demonstrates these priorities by allowing both industry, government and academia to work side-by-side while exploring innovative maintenance concepts that we can rapidly deliver to forward-deployed warfighters.”

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