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Operational Impacts of the Aegis Cruiser Smartship System

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The Chief of Naval Operations guidance over the past few years has challenged the fleet with finding ways to increase efficiencies while maintaining overall readiness as a highly effective force. In addition, todays ships must be continuously ready and surge capable in accordance with the Fleet Response Plan. One way to meet these goals is to leverage technologies that will optimize ship manning and streamline shipboard training. The Smartship installation in the USS Antietam CG 54, when used in synergy with a flexible manning concept Core Flex, the conversion of steam systems to all-electric, and the development of web-based administrative tools enables the ship to meet and exceed these challenges. Antietam uses the enabling tools of virtual training devices and simulators in conjunction with IT-21 installation and Core Flex to reduce underway watchstanding requirements and increase ship readiness, personnel qualifications, and training depth throughout the ship. These combined efforts reduce required unit level training time, increase situational awareness, and dramatically decrease the administrative burden on personnel. Innovative ideas for leveraging technology to increase control and monitoring capability, and adapting training organizations around new functionality allows for increased readiness and war fighting power. Employment of this technology is key. Unit level training time and required manning are decreased through automation. Situational awareness is increased through web enablement and a better common operating picture. This leads to a higher level of unit effectiveness and readiness while directly supporting Strike Group needs and Fleet Commander ideology, and clearly setting the foundation for future innovations.

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  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Cybernetics
  • Marine Engineering

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