West Bethesda, Maryland - Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert visited Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division (NSWCCD) and hosted an All Hands call to address Navy civilian employees, including scientists and engineers largely responsible for designing fleet ships and ship systems, today.
"I am truly honored to be here, and I want to talk about what it is that we, big Navy, do with the things that you design and test for us," said Greenert.
During his visit, Greenert met with NSWCCD leadership, Commanding Officer Capt. Richard Blank and NSWCCD Technical Director Dr. Tim Arcano.
"We are thrilled to have the top leader of our Navy visit Carderock and see first-hand what we do, from ship design and integration technology to develop hull forms and propulsors," said Blank.
Greenert spoke one-on-one with NSWCCD's scientists and engineers, touring facilities which included the 3,200 foot-long David Taylor Model Basin (DTMB). The DTMB contains three separate basins that have wave making capability as well as a carriage that has the capacity to move ship models through the water at speeds of up to 50 knots.
Greenert also watched a demonstration in the newly renovated, state-of-the-art Maneuvering and Seakeeping (MASK) wavemaker facility. The MASK holds 12 million gallons of water and is equipped with 216 individually controlled, electromechanical wave boards that create extreme and realistic ocean environments.
"Technology is moving fast, and some of that technology is being grabbed and put into military systems," said Greenert. "What you do here, make no mistake, is a major part of our advantage. When I talk to the folks who design and test the technology, what you do is astounding; it not only is good ship building, but it's also good ship design."
The highlight of the CNOs visit was an All Hands Call he hosted with NSWCCD employees. During the call, Greenert received questions from the audience and discussed topics such as the littoral combat ship (LCS), the new America class amphibious assault ship, the joint high speed vessel (JHSV), and the DDG 1000 program, whose model is currently being tested in the MASK wavemaker facility.
During the question and answer period, Greenert was asked about his Print the Fleet initiative concerning additive manufacturing, or 3-D printing. Greenert took the opportunity to applaud the NSWC 3-D printing efforts that are being coordinated at Carderock.
"It was a great honor to be recognized for our efforts in additive manufacturing," said Dr. Jennifer Wolk, a materials engineer who leads the additive manufacturing program at NSWCCD. "The CNOs vision for innovation in this new technology will enable us to better support the fleet in developing new materials, designs and standards for future use."
"It is a testament to the great work at NSWC Carderock, and across the Navy enterprise, that he sees the future impact of this technology on our fleet," said Wolk.
The CNO is the senior military officer of the Department of the Navy. The CNO is a four star admiral and is responsible to the secretary of the Navy for the command, utilization of resources, and operating efficiency of the operating forces of the Navy and of the Navy shore activities assigned by the Secretary.
NSWC Carderock, a field activity of the NAVSEA, leads the Navy in hull, mechanical and electrical engineering. Headquartered in West Bethesda, Maryland, NSWCCD employs approximately 3,600 scientists, engineers, technicians and support personnel and includes the Ship Systems Engineering Station located in Philadelphia as well as detachments in Norfolk, Virginia; Cape Canaveral, Florida; Andros Island, Bahamas; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Memphis, Tennessee; Bangor, Washington; Ketchikan, Alaska; and Bayview, Idaho.