The Navy is keenly interested in what is over the horizon or under the surface of the ocean. Maritime Patrol Reconnaissance Aircraft (MPRA) have filled a critical role since the 1960’s. Through sonobouys and onboard sensors, these aircraft sweep the ocean (above and below) to find the enemy. To do this well, the Navy uses aircraft that have long endurance, and stuff them full of sensors and sonobouys that can collect information. The intelligence that is gleaned is directly fed into the National Intelligence Community. It’s a critical piece of the operational picture and situational awareness the warfighter depends on.
The annual Surface Navy Association Symposium is where BIG NAVY gathers together to contemplate high level fleet issues with top leadership. Thanks to COVID (never thought I’d say that!) this year’s conference was virtually available to anyone with a computer and a credit card. The Chief of Naval Operations started off the week and was followed by outstanding presentations from all the major Naval leaders. We capture some of the highlights here.