Diagram illustrating the functional relationship between the in-water and onshore structures that make up the Submarine Warfare Training Field (USWTR). The Navy’s Naval Aviation Training Systems and Ranges program office (PMA-205) upgrades the existing system and installs the second and third increments, advancing capability by increasing the size and capacity of the training range.
NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Maryland – The Navy’s Naval Aviation Training Systems and Fields Program Office (PMA-205) is advancing Submarine Warfare Training Fields II and III (USWTR) increments, improving and expanding the capability of training fields.
In Increment I, the USWTR team managed the installation of the ocean sensor and coastal electronics subsystems located off the coast of Florida. As part of Increments II and III, the Navy is upgrading systems previously installed at other USWTR locations in the Pacific and Caribbean Oceans areas.
“I am extremely proud of the team for bringing this ability to the fighter. This effort includes a complicated recapitalization of the deep water range and new shallow water construction, which will enable submarine warfare training as well as testing and evaluation, ”said Lt. Cmdr. Paulstephen Chierico, co-leader of the PMA-205 ocean systems team. “These ranges will be essential to our national security and will serve our sailors and navies for the next quarter century.”
USWTRs allow ships, submarines, and aircraft to track targets on the surface and below the surface for anti-submarine warfare training. The ranges each include large quantities of submarine cables, sophisticated acoustic sensors, and onshore control, display and processing facilities, providing a realistic training environment that increases capacity.
“This is a critical recapitalization and expansion of our submarine warfare training capabilities, serving air, surface and submarine forces. Each location provides a unique underwater environment required to challenge platform systems and test crew tactics, techniques and procedures. Said Captain Lisa Sullivan, PMA-205 Program Manager.
The PMA-205 provides lifecycle acquisition of naval aviation training platforms, general training systems, training field instrumentation systems and distributed mission training centers to provide Navy and Marine Corps pilots, Navy flight officers, aircrews and maintenance technicians with the training equipment required to provide superior operational readiness and readiness. The program office manages flight simulators, part-task trainers, maintenance trainers, airborne and submarine training field instruments, threat systems and associated study programs to ensure optimal performance for naval aviation.