The US Navy and the US Marine Corps (USMC) have concluded the Ship-to-Shore Maneuver Exploration and Experimentation Advanced Naval Technology Exercise (S2ME2 ANTX) 2017 at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California.
Exercise S2ME2 ANTX 2017 involved several sailors, marines, and civilian employees and contractors of the DoD, and was intended to demonstrate various emerging technology innovations.
It also included members of industry, academia and the Naval Research and Development Establishment, including the Office of Naval Research and several research laboratories associated with the US Navy.
The exercise provided direct feedback and technical evaluations from participating personnel and senior leaders, which may help change the way the US Navy and USMC address prototyping and the rapid procurment of technology.
Office of Naval Research Technology director David E. Walker said: “The large scope of this exercise allows the navy and Marine Corps to make informed decisions about future generations of technology for use by the warfighter.
“This pairing of sailors and marines with scientists and technologists will help move innovation at a faster pace.”
Exercise S2ME2 ANTX focused on five capability areas of amphibious operations, including ship-to-shore manoeuvre, weapons fire support and effects, clearing assault lanes, command and control, and information warfare.
The technologies demonstrated during the exercise comprised unmanned and autonomous vehicles integrated with sensors to gather intelligence in the air, on land and underwater.
During each amphibious beach demonstration, unmanned surface and underwater vehicles approached the shore first, gathering intelligence about battlespace conditions, including threats and obstacles.
The exercise aimed to offer a precise picture of what troops might face when leaving their vessels and vehicles during critical situations.
Several other systems that have been sponsored by the Office of Naval Research and the Naval Research Laboratory were demonstrated throughout S2ME2 ANTX.
The systems include the Battlespace Exploitation of Mixed Reality (BEMR) Lab, Mine Warfare Rapid Assessment Capability, and Coalition Tactical Awareness and Response.
Image: An unmanned aerial vehicle launches from a multi-utility tactical transport vehicle after exiting from an autonomous assault amphibious vehicle during Exercise S2ME2 ANTX 2017. Photo: courtesy of Navy photo by John F. Williams.