a. Mine Warfare UUV Platoon: Responsible for
operational test and evaluation of new UUV technology for both Surface Mine Countermeasures (SMCM) and Underwater Mine Countermeasures (UMCM), providing MCM baseline and tactical surveys for strategic and operational Intelligence Preparation of the Operational Environment (IPOE), and mine hunting capability to MCM commanders.
b. Naval Oceanography ASW Team (NOAT): NOATs are experts in ASW-related environmental analysis, forecasting, and planning. They complement the skills resident in other experts like ACINT specialists, sonar system operators, and IMAT MTT TDA trainers. They deploy to provide direct support to ASW Commanders and staffs at the theater, strike group, DESRON, and MOCC levels. A team is typically composed of 2 to 3 personnel to provide on-scene planning and analysis support to ASW operations and to act as a forward liaison element to the ASW Reachback Cell. NOAC Stennis teams support all CONUS-based carrier strike group staffs through workups and deployments as well as fly-away teams for ASW operations and major exercises in the Second, Third, Fifth, and Sixth Fleets. NOAC Yokosuka deploys NOATS in support of forward deployed naval forces, and supports CTF-74, CTF-72, CTF-57, CTF-54, and CDS-15 planning. Most NOATs are continuously supporting multiple units and may provide support remotely via email, chat, etc.
c. Strike Group Oceanography Team (SGOT): Provide timely, comprehensive and tactically relevant METOC products and services in direct support of deploying Carrier Strike Group (CSG), Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG), and Amphibious Readiness Group (ARG) Commanders, assigned units, staff and other U.S. and Joint or Coalition forces, as directed. The SGOTs are departments within the Fleet Weather Centers (FWC) in Norfolk and San Diego.
All operational CVN and LHA/D class ships embark an SGOT to augment the ship's OA division underway. Teams typically consist of an Aerographer's Mate (AG) Chief, three AG Forecasters (NEC 7412), and four AG Technicians (NEC 0000). The role of an SGOT is to act as organic METOC support to the OA Division Officer and embarked staffs afloat, and to assist in the integration of METOC impacts into warfighter mission planning. Onboard LHA/Ds the SGOT coordinates all METOC support with the embedded MEU forecasters to provide comprehensive support to their respective ARG.
d. Mobile Environmental Team (MET): A smaller MET is utilized to support specific warfighting missions. A MET Team typically consists of one AG Forecaster and one AG Technician, but will flex based on the mission. METs are deployed based on the following prioritization, along with input from the Numbered Fleet METOC Officer:
JTF-Civil Support, Humanitarian Assistance / Disaster Relief (HA/DR) Missions
Flag Staff, Maritime Headquarters, Major Fleet Exercise, and Surge Operations Support
Maritime Security Operations and Theater Security Cooperation Support
United States Coast Guard (USCG) Support
North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Support
e. Fleet Survey Team (FST): Safety of navigation support is provided by the Naval Oceanographic Office (NAVOCEANO) located at Stennis Space Center, MS and its collocated subordinate command, Fleet Survey Team (FST). NAVOCEANO and FST can produce navigation products for short-term use by U.S. Navy vessels when neither NGA nor NOAA can meet immediate operational requirements. Additionally, FSTs maneuverability can allow rapid collection, analysis and dissemination of shallow water bathymetric data that provides an expeditionary safety of navigation capability that focuses on one-time use products that give the user qualitative vice quantitative information to support expeditionary ship-to-shore movement.