San Diego, CA. - Admiralty visited USS BENFOLD (DDG 65) on Tuesday to learn about the capabilities of one of its Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) allies. Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy Vice Admiral Paul Maddison toured the Arleigh Burke Destroyer to interact with the crew and to observe the latest simulator systems offered in the fleet.
Down in Combat Information Center, Fire Control Officer LTJG Ben Drought spoke to BENFOLD’s various mission capabilities while operating in a maritime environment with international allies. Having served at NORAD from 1999 to 2002, VADM Maddison sparked a conversation concerning the advantages of sea based BMD platforms versus the ground based BMD systems.
BENFOLD’s Navigation Officer LTJG William Hughes also displayed the ship’s Integrated Bridge and Navigation System (IBNS) that simulated BEFNOLD driving under the iconic Coronado Bridge. Thanks to the view in the Pilot House, VADM Maddison was able to compare the simulated bridge to the actual bridge just a few piers up the harbor. “I have never seen a system quite like this on a ship,” remarked the Admiral.
VADM Maddison speaks with GSEC Ray Quezada about the benefits of simulators used onboard naval vessels.
Admiral Maddison stopped by Central Control Station to see BENFOLD’s new Total Integrated Work Station (TIWS) system. Here, GSEC (SW) Ray Quezada explained to the guests how watch stander’s proficiencies are developed while remaining at ‘cold iron’. “This system allows the Sailors to see a wide range of causes and effects and learn how to respond to them, all at the push of a button,” said GSEC.
“Team BENFOLD is grateful for the chance to strengthen the ties between us and our northern neighbors while simultaneously highlighting what Arleigh Burke Destroyers can bring to a combined forces maritime environment,” remarked BENFOLD’s Commanding Officer, CDR Rich LeBron.
USS BENFOLD is an Arleigh Burke Destroyer home ported out of San Diego, CA. A member of Destroyer Squadron One, she is scheduled to conduct BMD exercises in partnership with the Missile Defense Agency before receiving an extensive upgrade that will give her one of the most modern Combat Systems on the waterfront.