Problem: During an along-side Underway Replenishment,
at least two crewmen are required to tend the current phone and distance lines.
Solution: Determine if commercial electronic devices
such as hand-held laser range-finders (distance) and walkie-talkies (telephone) can
operationally replace the current system.
Navy Cost Avoidance:
This is an operational issue. There is
no reduction in maintenance requirements.
Fleet Impact: 2
person reduction in watch station requirements by eliminating the need for line tenders
sea testing was conducted in April, 2002. A final test report was
issued in May. The Navy has requested that MTTC conduct additional
at-sea testing to see if a "billboard-type" distance display
will meet the needs. Planning is ongoing.
Surface Ships, including MSC.