Remote Minehunting System Tow Cable Maintenance Winch with integral ruggedized container. (NMC photo)
The Office of Naval Research (ONR) honored a Navy Metalworking Center (NMC) project team with a 2016 Technology Transition Achievement Award for its successful and timely acquisition and transition of the Tow Cable Maintenance Winch (TCMW) into the PMS 406 Remote Minehunting System (RMS) program.
The TCMW is designed to provide a means for shipboard maintenance of the cable between the Remote Multi-Mission Vehicle and the towed minehunting sonar system. Previously, the Navy did not have a winch that met Navy requirements for conducting shipboard periodic maintenance on the RMS tow cable. The NMC-led team developed and tested a winch and ruggedized container that meets all functional, dimensional, and environmental requirements and costs less to construct than the commercial-off-the-shelf winch that most closely met the requirements. The winch and container are intended for implementation by the RMS Program Office and In-Service Engineering Agent to support RMS operations and deployment.
The project, which was funded by ONR’s Technology Insertion Program for Savings, was recognized for the exceptional effort required for rapid transition of new technology into a program of record for improving system performance or decreasing operations or support costs.