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NEWS | Sept. 30, 2022

NOPF Dam Neck Changes Name to Theater Undersea Surveillance Command Atlantic

By Commander, Submarine Forces, U.S. Pacific Public Affairs

Naval Ocean Processing Facility (NOPF) Dam Neck officially changed its name to Theater Undersea Surveillance Command Atlantic (TUSC LANT) during a ceremony held at the command on Sept. 30, 2022.

TUSC LANT is one of several Integrated Undersea Surveillance Systems (IUSS) commands under Commander Undersea Surveillance, conducting continuous maritime surveillance for undersea domain awareness. These IUSS commands provide timely and accurate acoustic intelligence reporting and cueing to all theater undersea warfare commanders using fixed, mobile, and deployable assets across the world.

“Naval Ocean Processing Facility Dam Neck was commissioned with a crew of approximately 8 officers and 50 enlisted on Oct. 1, 1979, marking her 43rd birthday tomorrow. ” said Cmdr. Kenny Myrick, commanding officer of TUSC LANT.

IUSS has its roots in the Sound Surveillance System (SOSUS) developed following World War II. The first SOSUS facility, Naval Facility Ramey Air Base Puerto Rico, was commissioned in 1954. SOSUS areas were operated by numerous dispersed monitoring naval facilities, which over time consolidated into the NOPF and now TUSC of today. 

“NOPFs were established to consolidate undersea surveillance naval facilities along both coasts of the United States,” said Myrick. “Today is critical milestone in our command’s history, With our current expanded mission and capabilities as well as the expected growth over the next decade, this name change better reflects the mission performed, the extent of our reach, and the increasing importance IUSS plays in protecting national security.”

The IUSS enterprise functions around the clock with fixed systems that are largely impervious to weather and seas, and mobile and deployable systems that operate anywhere and anytime in support of national defense priorities.