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Mason, Spanish Navy to Participate in Combined CSSQT

Navy Newsstand

Story Number: NNS030714-17

Release Date: 7/15/2003 4:59:00 AM

From Naval Sea Systems Command Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Naval Sea Systems Command program executive office for integrated warfare systems (PEO IWS) and the Spanish F-100 program office are conducting the air defense portion of a combined combat systems ship qualification trials (CSSQT) with the Spanish navy July 17-22 off the coast of Wallops Island, Va.

USS Mason (DDG 87) and the Spanish frigate Alvaro de Bazan (F 101) are participating in the CSSQT, a series of at-sea exercises and tests to verify shipboard systems have been installed correctly, and can be operated and maintained safely and effectively. The CSSQT includes interoperability testing, simulated and live gun firings, and will culminate in standard missile firing exercises.

This is the first combined Aegis CSSQT with an allied Navy, according to Dean Kimelheim, head of PEO IWS' test and evaluation division. The trials will allow both Mason and Alvaro de Bazan to jointly test their Aegis weapon systems, and command, control, communications, computers, and intelligence systems.

"Alvaro de Bazan is the first European naval ship with the Aegis weapon system," explained Kimelheim. "This combined CSSQT is a big deal for both navies, because it allows us to test our capabilities together, and enhance our interoperability with our European allies."

In addition to improving interoperability, the CSSQT's objectives are to enhance coalition warfare and identify potential areas for improvements in systems performance.

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