NSWC Port Hueneme Hosts Community Leaders
By Alyce Moncourtois, Command Communications Office
Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Port Hueneme Division hosted the Regional Defense Partnership for the 21st Century (RDP-21), a group of local government, business and civic leaders who share a common interest in supporting the vital existence of Naval Base Ventura County.
“Our command periodically meets with this group to bring them up to date on what we are doing—items such as technical achievements, Navy ship visits, economic vitality, business revenue, and other significant issues,” said NSWC Port Hueneme Division Commander Capt. Bill DeBow. “Our intent is to give them a clear picture of how our work plays a significant role in national defense, and how we are a major contributor to the local economy.”
NSWC Port Hueneme Division Technical Director Tim Troske led the presentation citing several of the command’s most important technical achievements in the past year and briefly describing their relevance to the sailors at sea.
“Among the many terrific things our engineers do here at Port Hueneme, one of the most important is the testing conducted on the Self Defense Test Ship,” said Troske. “This unique Navy asset allows us to test combat and weapon system capabilities on a decommissioned ship via remote control from one of our engineering facilities—it is a great use of taxpayer dollars.”
After the briefing, RDP-21 guests were given a tour of the Mission Package Support Facility— another unique asset of the command that plays a vital role in the Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship mission module sustainment.
NSWC Port Hueneme is a field activity of Naval Sea Systems Command and provides the global United States Navy fleet with combat and weapon system in-service engineering, logistics, and test and evaluation. NSWC Port Hueneme is located at Naval Base Ventura County, Calif., where it employs more than 1,900 personnel.