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Unique operational planning for the naval commander

The dynamic and diverse nature of modern naval warfare – where even a single vessel may be expected to undertake everything from counter-piracy operations to disaster relief – places great demands on planning capabilities. For every mission, every time.

When composing as well as executing orders, the combination of timeliness and accuracy is crucial to ensure success. And with its comprehensive and collaborative planning capabilities, SitaWare Maritime can help you take maritime operations planning to the next level.

Video: SitaWare Maritime Command & Control

SitaWare Maritime ensures seamless interoperability with partners and enables cohesive C2 across task forces and domains. Benefitting from the latest technology developments, the software strengthens and optimises planning capabilities for naval commanders.

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Collaborative planning for commanders and their staff

As the sources of information available are more varied and widespread than ever before, the orchestration of plans across units and headquarters has become complex. To juggle input from multiple people, places, and platforms at the same time, collaborative planning is an essential part of a modern maritime C2 system like SitaWare Maritime.

With its comprehensive collaborative planning environment, SitaWare Maritime assists commanders and their staff in developing the best course of action to achieve their missions. More specifically, SitaWare Maritime makes it possible to develop and share plans, including related documents and messages, with all staff members – and to continuously adapt as the mission unfolds.

Whenever an update or a new order is available, the operators receive a notification of the changes, for example as a chat message. They can then import the new information in a few clicks – without the need to load an entirely new plan.

A complete toolbox for unique operational planning

To ensure effective planning, tasking, and communication across maritime units, SitaWare Maritime features an extensive planning toolset. Among other things, it includes:


A collaborative text editor

that enables multiple users to work on the same document simultaneously, with instant updates on all clients.

An operational message editor (IRIS Forms)

that enables users to create tactical messages like OPGEN/OPTASK in the embedded editor, using existing data.

Overlay sketching functions

that helps users to visualise the development of the plan and the subsequent execution of operations.

A document repository

that provides users with a library to save plan elements and share them with all others, even automatically.

Briefing tools

that assist users with continuous updates of selected pictures and layers, ready for briefing.

A synchronisation matrix

that organises tasks assigned to units, operations phases, and decision points in an easy-to-read overview.

Tactical decision aids

that support users with tools such as dispositions and navigational aids to plan and execute an operation.

Overcoming cumbersome message management with a structured template

A significant challenge for many commanders with planning responsibility is the information they receive via Message Text Format (MTF). At first, they need to read these messages. Then, they have to extract the most important points. And finally, they have to manually enter these into a Combat Management System (CMS). It goes without saying that this is a labour-intensive and time-consuming process, with too many opportunities for human errors.

To add an extra challenging layer to the workflow, commanders face many of the same issues when creating plans and orders themselves.

To overcome the cumbersome task of message management, SitaWare Maritime introduces automated processes and a simplified user interface. Together, these bring significant benefits to commanders when writing new orders and introducing changes as missions unfold.

Importantly, SitaWare Maritime enables commanders to compose messages in a structured template by using the IRIS Forms solution as an integrated message editor. Firstly, this eliminates the errors that would otherwise be introduced when free writing many lines of text. And secondly, it also reduces labour and time demands – while strengthening information assurance simultaneously.

The planning benefits of a cluster and size small

The comprehensive planning functionality of SitaWare Maritime can be considered as a web of detailed, well-thought-out, and interconnected technical features. Each and every one brings advantages – and together, their strengths only grow. Two of the features deserve a little extra attention: the cluster organisation and the small-size of planning layers.

  • The collaborative planning capability, which enables multiple users to work in a single planning environment at the same time, is achieved by organising individual servers in a cluster. This ensures that data is continuously shared and synchronised between the users.
  • The planning layers that commanders use are built in very small sizes. Actually, down to kilobytes even. This makes it possible to transfer information over limited bandwidth, as is typically the case of HF communications.


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