MAYPORT, Fla. (NNS) -- Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC) convened the second in a series of quarterly Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Tactical Action Working Groups (TAWG) 2.0 at Naval Station Mayport, Florida, Jan. 30-31.
TAWG 2.0 brought together 125 technical, tactical, and operational LCS and Surface Warfare subject matter experts to continue laying the foundation for future development and refinement of tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTP) for the platform.
"At LCS TAWG 2.0 we built on the solid foundation laid at LCS TAWG 1.0 and reviewed half of the draft LCS Manual chapters, refining recommendations for Surface Warfare Advance Tactical Training (SWATT) and improved warfighting capabilities," said Cmdr. Michael Brasseur, SMWDC Sea Combat Division LCS TAWG lead. "The LCS manual is modeled after SEAWOLF and TOP GUN manuals and will provide the LCS warfighter with a one-stop shop for TTP."
The LCS TAWG is organized into four syndicates that are co-chaired by LCS commanding officers and SMWDC representatives including Warfare Tactical Instructors (WTIs). Each of the four syndicates - Core Sea Frame, Surface Warfare (SUW) mission package, Anti-submarine Warfare (ASW) mission package, and Mine Counter Measure (MCM) mission package - are responsible for designing advanced tactical training and making technical recommendations for improved capability, and LCS manual chapters.
While looking to the future of LCS, TAWG 2.0 included Ghost Fleet author Peter Singer as a special guest. Singer challenged Navy participants to think innovatively about the future tactical employment of LCS. The working group will continue quarterly meetings with LCS TAWG 3.0 scheduled for Apr. 25-26 in San Diego.
"The LCS TAWG is an exciting opportunity to work with the technical, tactical, and operational experts to shape how LCS Sailors will tactically employ the Core Sea Frame and its mission packages," said Cmdr. Tony Hyde, commanding officer, USS Fort Worth (LCS 3). "It is revolutionizing Navy-wide tactical development by creating LCS products that are easily accessible, executable and updatable for our tactical watchstanders. This forum will further ensure that as our ships and crews deploy, they will be ready to answer the nation's call."
SMWDC manages and develops doctrine and TTPs for the Surface Fleet across all warfare mission areas. Continued LCS TAWG events are exemplary of SMWDC's commitment to this effort through collaboration with key stakeholders and end users of LCS doctrine and TTPs.
SMWDC, LCS stakeholders, and TAWG participants are working with urgency to provide the LCS warfighter with tactical guidance for ongoing and upcoming Numbered-Fleet deployments. Joint Interagency Task Force - South presented a concept of U.S. 4th Fleet LCS operations to perform the counter transnational organized crime mission that will likely provide valuable find, fix, track, target and engage opportunities. This mission translates well with other SUW missions.
Beginning in 2013, littoral combat ships have successfully completed three deployments, including USS Coronado's (LCS 4) recent 18-month deployment where she operated with navies of 16 nations; participated in 11 multilateral and bilateral exercises; made 10 strategic port visits across the region; and fired a Harpoon surface-to-surface missile using the MQ-8B Fire Scout to successfully strike a target beyond visual range. Leveraging lessons learned from these deployments, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 7 briefed the recently completed Coronado deployment, with a bottom line message that the fleet needs LCS now, and it needs them ready upon arrival.
SMWDC continues to increase the lethality and tactical proficiency of the Surface Fleet as the Surface Warfare community's Warfighting Development Center (WDC). It is headquartered at Naval Base San Diego with four divisions in Virginia and California focused on Sea Combat, Integrated Air and Missile Defense, Amphibious Warfare, and Mine Warfare.
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