In June of 2006, off the coast of San Diego, CA, Naval Special Clearance Team 1 (NSCT-1) — now called Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit One (EOD MU-1) — in cooperation with the Office of Force Transformation, conducted Over the Horizon (OTH) mine clearance operations exercise named "HOWLER."
The purpose of the exercise was to rapidly exploit the VSW (Very Shallow Water) MCM (Mine Counter Measures) environment by using various, dissimilar, manned and unmanned systems and technologies such as: UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle), UUV (Unmanned Underwater Vehicle), USV (Unmanned Surface Vehicle), MMS (Marine Mammal System), and Combat Swimmers, simultaneously without detection or contact from the enemy.
Under NSCT-1 leadership, the Stiletto prototype was utilized in a variety of specific mission sets to transform the Concept of Operations (CONOPS) by allowing multiple sensor technologies and Combat Swimmers to deploy simultaneously in the area of operation (AO).
Exercise "Howler" was an overwhelming success with the results and feedback from the operators and senior leadership being extremely favorable and was enthusiastically deemed "transformational."
Based on this history, EOD MU-1 senior leadership has officially expressed a strong desire to work alongside MSHIPCO on the design, employment and evolution of the Stiletto MOC in support of MCM and VSW MCM operations.