The China Lake Museum presents Hidden History series

The China Lake Museum presents Hidden History seriesChina Lake Museum Allie Winerly–

The China Lake Museum is presenting a new lecture series: Hidden History. This lecture series will center around the hidden stories behind some of China Lake’s most important contributions to naval warfare. These stories will not only share the technical challenges faced in developing these capabilities, programmatic obstacles, but more importantly, anecdotes seldom captured in formal histories. The lectures will highlight the determination and the risks China Lake engineers and leaders have taken to deliver cutting-edge capabilities to our warfighters when the bureaucracy was often not interested or motivated to embrace these concepts.

The first in a series, “The Vertical Launch ASROC Story” will be presented by Scott O’Neil, former Naval Air Weapons Center China Lake Executive Director.

The presentation will be held on Wednesday, February 23rd, 6:30PM at the Ridgecrest Regional Hospital Conference Room. Admission is free.

O’Neil will share stories of the challenges and risk in developing the underpinning technology, selling and doing in-house weapon systems development, working with other Navy labs, and bringing on a contractor to productionize the design and manufacture the weapon.

Lastly O’Neil will share personal experiences, euphoria in achieving success and assessment of some of the lessons learned.

Laura Austin File Photo: Scott O’Neil, former Naval Air Weapons Center China Lake Executive Director.

Story First Published: 2022-02-18