The Coast Guard's Deepwater team this fall will power up the command and control system installed on board the service's second National Security Cutter (NSC) Waesche (WMSL-751), which is under construction at Northrop Grumman's Pascagoula, Mississippi, shipyard. The light-off marks the start of testing for the CG-C2 (Coast Guard Command & Control) system, an architecture of sensors, communications systems, and processors designed to a highly common configuration for new Deepwater cutters and aircraft. The Deepwater program began in the mid-1990s as a comprehensive rebuilding of the Coast Guard's fleet of cutter and aircraft, many of which were nearing the ends of their services lives. The first of the cutters, the Bertholf (WMSL-750), was commissioned 4 August in Alameda, California.
Naval Systems: Deepwater Under (Command and) Control
By Edward J. Walsh