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Old Dominion University's Frank Batten College of Engineering and Technology and the Combatant Craft Division (CCD) of the Naval Surface Warfare Center's Carderock Division, a field engineering organization of the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), will host a forum focusing on Department of Defense and government boats and craft Tuesday and Wednesday, May 17-18 at the Ted Constant Convocation Center.

The Multi-Agency Craft Conference (MACC), sponsored by the Naval Sea Systems Command PEO Ships PMS 325, will be held from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Constant Convocation Center. In-water demonstrations of sea craft will be held at Little Creek Naval Amphibious Base Thursday and Friday, May 19-20.

With the theme of "Technological Innovations/Tactical Applications," the conference aims to foster mutual understanding between military, government and commercial firms with a primary focus of promoting dialogue on common issues unique to boats and craft in their service. The current and future force protection, littoral warfare, and limited conflict missions place vital emphasis on stealthier, more capable craft to meet changing roles in the global warfare theater of today and tomorrow. MACC 2005 will examine emerging technology shaping combatant craft of the 21st century and explore innovations in newly developed boats and crafts and their associated systems.

MACC is not a marketing event. It is an opportunity to provide in-water and static displays of military and commercial boats and craft, exhibitions, demonstrations, keynote addresses and technical presentations on issues of interest to the boat and craft community.

For more information, visit the web site http://www.macregistration.com.

This article was posted on: May 12, 2005

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