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Next Generation Port Security Barrier
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Waterside security is one of the Chief of Naval Operations’ priorities for force protection. The current Port Security Barrier (PSB) is part of a class of barriers referred to as net-capture or Type I barriers. Fleet experience with this PSB design has yielded recommendations for a next generation Type II barrier. Through CTTSO, the Navy is testing and evaluating a commercial-off-the-shelf water barrier system manufactured by HALO Maritime Defense Systems that provides increased protection against small boat attacks in a reduced footprint and at a lower lifecycle cost.
HALO system configurations and mooring plans can be tailored to the force protection goals of the customer. Configurations typically include a combination of a static double-wall barrier and a remotely operated gate and barrier.
A HALO system consisting of a 300-foot Guardian(tm) gate attached to two Sentry(tm) support platforms is undergoing a long-term, operational and environmental test and evaluation at Norfolk Naval Station, Virginia. Over an eight-month period spanning fall and winter weather conditions, testing will include monthly evaluations of: semi-automated gate opening and closing capability; system resilience, structural integrity, and connection strength; and, effects of the natural environment, waves, and currents on HALO system components. Data collection from this test will inform a major Navy acquisition decision on Type II barriers for maritime force protection of critical assets at domestic and overseas bases.