Completion of the first US Navy repair technology exercise

The US Navy has concluded its first-ever Repair Technology Exercise (REPTX)-2022 to demonstrate and evaluate several ship maintenance technologies.

REPTX took place at Naval Station Ventura County in Ventura County, Calif., between August 22 and September 1.

It was sponsored by the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Naval Systems Engineering and Logistics Directorate (05T) Office of Technology.

Teams from more than 60 technology companies, government labs and universities around the world participated in this event.

All activities and experiments for this exercise were conducted aboard the decommissioned United States Navy Spruance-class destroyer, also known as the Self-Defense Test Vessel.

The latest iteration of the exercise aimed to test and see if real-world fleet maintenance and battle damage repairs can be performed on ships while in operation.

Participants tested technologies in four areas, including visualization, command and control, advanced manufacturing, and expeditionary maintenance.

Janice Bryant, NAVSEA 05T Support Technology Program Manager, said, “It was a problem-focused event that fostered collaboration rather than competition.

“Many problems require a complex solution, and several participants have independent elements of that solution.”

About 20 reservists from the US Navy’s Surge Maintenance program also participated in REPTX and gained hands-on experience using remote-controlled robotics and familiarized themselves with various repair processes by watching videos on reality headsets. increased.

Activities undertaken by the reservists included measuring the depth of scrap metal using ultrasonic waves, untangling fouled propellers, identifying objects on the sides of the ship’s hull, and inspecting tight spaces inaccessible to humans. .

Various companies have tested their unmanned aerial vehicle to identify issues such as corrosion and search for misplaced items.

Other scenarios included the evaluation of various inspection and repair tools, ship-to-shore communication systems as well as above and below water viewing devices.

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