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Tow Cable Maintenance Winch

The tow cable maintenance winch will provide a means for shipboard maintenance of the cable between the remote multi-mission vehicle (in black) and the towed mine hunting sonar system (in white). US Navy Photo


The Navy Metalworking Center (NMC) is conducting a project to develop and test a tow cable maintenance winch and ruggedized stowage container that will support the maintenance of the Remote Minehunting System (RMS) tow cable aboard the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). Currently no winch meets Navy requirements to conduct shipboard periodic maintenance on the RMS tow cable.

Technical Approach

A project team will select and modify a commercial-off-the-shelf winch and ruggedized container (as required) and then evaluate them against functional, dimensional, and environmental requirements.


The new winch will be a Navy-qualified asset that will reduce the maintenance cost of the tow cables. Over the first five years of implementation, the RMS Program Office (PMS 403) intends to procure 26 units at approximately $200,000 per unit, which is less than a quarter of the cost of the winch that most closely meets the requirements. The result is a five-year acquisition cost savings of $17.5 million.


Implementation will require certification for shipboard use and approval from PMS 403 and the LCS Mission Modules Program Office (PMS 420). The winch, in its ruggedized container, will be integrated into the Mine Countermeasures Mission Packages used aboard LCS. PMS 403 will implement this system as part of the LCS Mine Countermeasures Module in July 2016.




Shreyansh Shah
PMS 403


Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training
PMS 403
PMS 420
Naval Surface Warfare Center, Panama City Division