For Moblo, working together is key to staying on schedule at the shipyard.
Moblo has a long history with SPY-6, having supported early testing of the radar when “there was only one array face, no ship and almost every week was another test event, so it was very fast and feverish,” he said.
While that experience was memorable, it pales in comparison to sea trials.
“The sea trials are always eventful,” Moblo said. “They push every button, turn every knob on the ship for the first time. You’re out at sea going full speed ahead. Guns being fired … so much activity, so fast.”
It’s during those exercises and daily integration that Moblo also gains a better insight of what it’s like for sailors working in a tight space, particularly on the destroyer class.
“There’s not a lot of room to roam around,” Moblo said. “Every nook and cranny are crammed with equipment.”
Moblo is sure to have more cramped spaces in his future.
The U.S. Navy is putting the radar on all new destroyers, as well as aircraft carriers, amphibious ships and frigates – every class of ship. Some of the work is already underway at the Huntington Ingalls Industries, or HII, shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi, where Raytheon is integrating:
- SPY-6 (V)2 onto the future USS Richard M. McCool (LPD 29) and has completed the first sea trial.
- SPY-6 (V)1 onto the future USS Ted Stevens (DDG 128).
- SPY-6 (V)2 onto the future USS Bougainville (LHA 8).
Work has started at other shipyards, where the company is integrating:
- SPY-6 (V)3 onto the future USS John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) at HII in Newport News, Virginia.
- SPY-6 (V)3 onto the future USS Constellation (FFG 62) at Fincantieri Marinette Marine in Marinette, Wisconsin.
But first, Larrabee, Juliano and Moblo enjoyed the fruits of their efforts at a commissioning ceremony.
“It represented 10 years of work essentially rolled up into a defining moment,” Larrabee said. “I’m not the most emotional person in the world, but I may have shed a tear or two.”