Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division's (NSWCCD) Acoustic Research Detachment (ARD) assisted NAVSEA's Program Executive Office for Submarines, and Undersea Warfare Directorate in the year-long testing of the first Mobile Anti-Submarine Training Target (MASTT), which was delivered to Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Keyport's Detachment, in San Diego, Dec. 11.
MASTT is a first of its kind 80-foot-long, 60-metric-ton, autonomous submersible the Navy will use as a training target for both surface ships and submarines. The vehicle can operate either submerged or surfaced, and also can be remotely controlled when surfaced.
"MASTT is a unique, commercially designed and constructed autonomous underwater vehicle," said Karl Sette, ARD's MASTT Project Engineer. "It arrived here at the Acoustic Research Detachment a year ago, and since that time our team - along with the NAVSEA's Program Executive Office for Submarines and Undersea Warfare Directorate - has conducted builder's and acceptance trials on the ARD, Lake Pend Oreille test range to verify the systems meet the required performance capabilities to support the Navy's needs."
The ARD's facilities, capabilities, and test ranges on Lake Pend Oreille in Bayview, Idaho, provides the Navy and industry partners a deep, quiet, ocean-like environment for assessing a wide variety of research and development programs and large-scaled models.
Following MASTT's successful test and evaluation process, ARD personnel provided an independent assessment of the MASTT's capabilities, strengths, and design improvements to support subsequent operations; and assisted in packaging the unit for transit to NUWC Keyport's San Diego Detachment.
ARD's support of the MASTT test and delivery is tied to NSWCCD's technical capability in supporting unmanned vehicles naval architecture and marine engineering. Under this technical capability, NSWC Carderock provides
Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering expertise and facilities for the design, development, and testing of unmanned vehicles and their physical integration with existing and future manned naval vehicles.
NSWC Carderock's responsibilities span a broad range including science and technology, research and development, test and evaluation, product delivery and fleet support. NSWC Carderock leads the Navy in hull, mechanical and electrical engineering expertise and delivers technical solutions in order to build and sustain a dominant, ready and affordable fleet.
Headquartered in West Bethesda, Md., approximately 3,600 scientists, engineers, technicians and support personnel are located across the United States, which includes the Ship Systems Engineering Station in Philadelphia.