US Navy sets up mobile EM capability to test FDNF ships’ combat systems

27 March 2018 (Last Updated March 27th, 2018 12:09)

The US Naval Sea Systems Command's Shipboard Electronic Systems Evaluation Facility (SESEF) programme has set up a new mobile electromagnetic (EM) testing and evaluation capability at Naval Base Guam.

US Navy sets up mobile EM capability to test FDNF ships’ combat systems
Naval Base Guam’s mobile command post. Credit: US Navy / Released.

The US Naval Sea Systems Command’s Shipboard Electronic Systems Evaluation Facility (SESEF) programme has set up a new mobile electromagnetic (EM) testing and evaluation capability at Naval Base Guam.

It has been established in order to support the combat systems of the US Navy 7th Fleet’s Forward-Deployed Naval Force’s (FDNF) ships.

The US Navy’s SESEF programme has been designed to create a permanent, full-capability facility at Naval Base Guam.

The facility is currently expected to be operational by 2020.

"The facilities are designed to carry out real-time readiness evaluations of EM systems within an operational environment, as well as provide real-time data analysis."

Naval Base Guam commanding officer captain Hans Sholley noted that the collaboration between the SESEF partners and the Naval Base Guam emergency management team, which operates the mobile command post, has helped provide an immediate fleet capability at a reduced cost.

Sholley said: “I’m glad that we could assist them and take advantage of utilising the mobile command post for other uses outside of real-world emergency situations, while they establish their permanent presence in Guam.”

The Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Newport is responsible for providing project management and technical support services for the SESEF programme.

It has also partnered with Naval Base Guam, the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Keyport Detachment Pacific, and the US Navy and US Marine Corps Spectrum Office Pacific to design, install and test the new mobile EM capability.

SESEFs are located near fleet concentration areas and are intended to deploy latest and advanced systems that radiate or receive EM energy, thereby functioning as a reliable partner for the two-party testing, analysis and troubleshooting of shipboard EM sensor systems.

Additionally, the facilities are designed to carry out real-time readiness evaluations of EM systems within an operational environment, as well as provide real-time data analysis, while minimising the time required for testing.