MIND THE GAP: The top admiral in charge of the U.S. Navy’s Fleet Forces Command says the sea service needs to craft an “aggressive and effective” integration and testing plan for new, so-called organic mine countermeasure (MCM) capabilities before it retires legacy systems like aging workhorse rotorcraft. The new systems, which would be based aboard the nascent Littoral Combat Ship and others, include airborne MCMs like the Raytheon AN/AQS-20, a towed deep-water mine detection system. “The ...

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