All subsystems of a combat systemweapons,
search radar, communications, antisubmarine war-
fare, electronic warfare, and sonarinterface
through the naval tactical data systerdcombat direc-
tion system (NTDS/CDS) subsystems. These collec-
tively compose a single shipboard system.
All combat systems subsystems are very impor-
tant to the overall readiness of combatants. As a
senior technician and supervisor, you must work with
your fellow combat systems technicians, supervisors,
and operators to ensure a high state of combat sys-
tems readiness. Figure 4-1 illustrates the typical ex-
ternal components of a combat system.
Two reference manuals are vital to the training of
personnel in the operations of combat systems equip-
ment aboard ships. They are a combat systems train-
ing requirements manual and a combat systems
technical operations manual. Both of these manuals
are generic, ship-class-specific publications that may
be obtained aboard your particular ship.
COMBAT SYSTEMS TRAINING
A combat systems training requirements manual
(CSTRM) is developed for each class of ships in the
force. It specifies the standards of technical and oper-
ational training expected for all operators and tech-
nicians of that ship class.
COMBAT SYSTEMS TECHNICAL
Sophisticated combat systems integration is rap-
idly replacing the single-system operations found
aboard older combatants. To help these ships adopt
and maintain these technologically advanced sys-
tems, the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) has
directed that each ship within a ship class with
tactical data systems and related equipments installed
be provided with a combat systems technical opera-
tions manual (CSTOM).
Developed specifically for each ship of a class,
the CSTOM contains the necessary technical data to
provide the technicians with all aspects of systems
capabilities, operations, and maintenance.
Specifically, the CSTOM contains and organizes
the technical data that shipboard personnel need (1)
to operate and maintain the integrated combat sys-
tems, (2) to maintain material and personnel read-
iness, and (3) to define significant capabilities and
limitations of the combat system.
The CSTOM is also a reference for the following
The integration of systems and subsystems.
The readiness requirements for operational
and maintenance personnel.
The establishment of the ships electronic
readiness team to maintain on-line combat systems
The provision of text and graphic materials to
be used for both classroom training and self- instruc-
tion. Pictorial diagrams, rather than conventional
block diagrams, provide more-realistic training. Data
are presented in levels ranging from elementary to
detailed, allowing presentations to be made at the
appropriate educational level.