The Combat Information Center, referred to as CIC or “Combat” for short, is the communications and electronics hub of the ship. During normal operations, CIC supports the bridge and the OOD by tracking and identifying surface and air contacts, coordinating with shoreside command centers via satellite communications systems, and communicating with other vessels via maritime radio traffic. Combat operates a variety of encrypted communications systems, two surface search radars, one fire-control radar, and an “identify-friend or foe” system, known as IFF. The CIC personnel also maintain the Shipboard Command and Control System (SCCS) and the Joint Operational Tactical System (JOTS) which provide real time navigation and tactical information to the watchstanders in Combat and on the bridge. When THETIS is working with Coast Guard or other U.S. military aircraft, CIC serves as air traffic control, providing communications and navigation information to the helo or airplane. The CIC watchstanders also have a secure data link to shoreside computer networks from which they can gather a wealth of information about possible targets of interest.
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