(CRANE) - At the invitation of Senator Dan Coats, Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert, Chief of Naval Operations, made his first visit to Naval Support Activity Crane to tour Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, a field activity of Naval Sea Systems Command.
Admiral Greenert and Senator Coats were joined on the tour by Congressman and Senator-Elect Joe Donnelly, Congressman Todd Young and Lieutenant Governor-Elect Sue Ellspermann. All were on hand to learn how the Warfare Center supports the Warfighter and the Navy's fleet.
At the Admiral's request, the tour began with briefings in NSWC Crane's Spectrum Warfare Department to learn how Crane's Electronic Warfare expertise is critically important to controlling the battlefield and inhibiting the enemy's will to operate in the electromagnetic spectrum. This expertise leads to NSWC Crane's leadership in providing solutions to the fight against Improvised Explosive Devices (IED)-one of the largest threats in today's combat environment.
Admiral Greenert also toured NSWC Crane's Radar division to understand what the Warfare Center is doing to gain efficiencies in support of the AEGIS Weapons System as well as understanding the Special Mission capabilities in Test and Evaluation of systems. The facility is a premier location for research and development and testing for the nation's Expeditionary Forces' Weapons and allows experts to perform and analyze mission critical scenarios.
The media and special guests were treated to opportunities to see the NSWC Crane developed Ground Based Operational Surveillance System (GBOSS) while awaiting the media event. As a tower-based system that provides continuous, real-time surveillance, electro-optic day and infrared cameras, radars and wireless data to communicate with Warfighters on the ground as well as unmanned aerial systems and ground sensors-GBOSS has been a vital system against IEDs in Iraq and Afghanistan.
"It is an honor to have the Chief of Naval Operations visit NSWC Crane," said NSWC Crane Commanding Officer Colonel Alan Pratt. "I believe our workforce took advantage of the opportunity to answer his questions in Electronic Warfare and to address his concerns about affordability of other systems fielded by NSWC Crane. We appreciate Senator Coats, Admiral Greenert and our other elected officials taking time out of their busy schedule to familiarize themselves with our technology expertise and support to the Warfighter."
Located on NSA Crane, the third largest Naval installation in the world, NSWC Crane is a Naval laboratory with research and development efforts that support the Warfighter by providing capabilities in Special Missions, Strategic Missions and Electronic Warfare/Information Operations.
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