The Navy's Program Executive Office for Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (PEO C^sup 4^I), supported by Lockheed Martin Tactical Systems, this spring completed operational evaluation for a common submarine radio room (CSRR) on board the guided-missile submarine Ohio (SSGN-726) and the ballistic-missile boat West Virginia (SSBN-736). The CSRR is intended to provide commonality benefits including reduced development costs and flexibility for upgrades and technology enhancements for all Navy submarine classes.
The West Virginia evaluation, carried out during February and March, included an eight-day at-sea period in the Jacksonville, Florida, operating area. The Ohio tests started in January and were completed in May. The Ohio is one of four former SSBNs-the others are the Michigan, Florida, and Georgia (SSGNs-727 through -729)-to be modified as SSGNs.