The US Navy has officially declared full operational capability for its Undersea Warfare Training Ranges Increment I (USWTR INC I) programme.

Announced by the US Naval Air Systems Command, the latest milestone has been achieved one year and a month ahead of schedule.

The USWTR programme is being managed by Ocean Systems Fixed Ranges team, under the Naval Aviation Training Systems and Ranges programme office (PMA-205).

The critical underwater training range has been designed to provide realistic training to the forces for enhancing the overall fleet readiness.

It also supports the tactical development of different naval vessels, including submarine, surface combatants and aircraft, to improve the undersea warfare capabilities.

Other INC I missions include providing shallow water and regional conflict operations training.

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PMA-205 programme team lead Brandi Payne-Tapponnier said: “Since completing installation, fleet has conducted four exercises on Increment I range, to include critical anti-submarine warfare exercises, which shape future exercises and further advance capabilities the navy has to offer.

“USWTR INC I allows for timely and accurate feedback of training performance to exercise participants and ability to rapidly reconstruct training event, enhancing quality of complex training scenarios.”

The training programme comprises of three increments, of which the INC I involved the team to install ocean sensor and shore electronics subsystems off the coast of Florida.

For INC I and II, the team is working to upgrade several systems that have already been installed at USWTR and other ranges in the Pacific Ocean region and in the international waters of the Caribbean Sea.

PMA-205 programme manager captain Kevin McGee said: “These ranges are essential to our national security and provide critical support to helicopter maritime strike, maritime patrol and reconnaissance and Navy ship communities.”