Since the 1950s, Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD), then called the Mine Defense
Laboratory, has been a leader in the development of side-scan sonar systems for the U.S.
"With this new building, we will be better positioned to provide mine defense capabilities to the U.S.
Naval forces depend on mine defense systems to clear sea mines from strategic waterways, which carry 90 percent of international trade.
The Exelis mine defense business relocated from Amityville, N.Y.
Exelis has announced receiving a $13 million contract to provide the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane, Ind., with depot level repair, maintenance and modifications for two mine defense
systems being fielded with the U.S.
Exelis has received a contract worth a $13 million to provide depot level repair, maintenance and modifications for two mine defense
systems presently fielded with the U.S.
Airborne units will continue to support anti-mine legacy units through the first decade of the 21st century, said Henry Sheetz, acting program manager for airborne mine defense. "By then, some of the 53Es will start to be grounded, because they will reach the end of their service life," he explained.
The final decision about when and how much to reduce the current dedicated mine defense fleet will be made by the Department of the Navy's top leadership.
Contract Awarded to provide the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane, Ind., with depot level repair, maintenance and modifications for two mine defense
systems currently fielded with the U.S.
These factors, combined with a lack of emphasis on the difficulties that would be encountered while assaulting a small area with layered coast artillery and mine defenses
, doomed the naval operation before it even began.