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Enterprise Combat Systems Department Hits Its Target

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS051116-17
Release Date: 11/16/2005 3:24:00 PM

By Airman Jacob McGrath, USS Enterprise Public Affairs

ABOARD USS ENTERPRISE (NNS) -- USS Enterprise's (CVN 65) Combat Systems Department Sailors put their tracking and firing systems to the test in November as part of TSTA (Tailored Ship’s Training Availability).

“The goal was to shoot two telemetry missiles and qualify against a stream raid for our Battle 'E' qualification,” explained Fire Controlman 3rd Class Robert Williams, a fire control systems operator.

Combat Systems Department's CS-7 Division personnel fired the missiles at drones launched from Fleet Combat Training Center Atlantic Dam Neck. The unmanned, remote-controlled drones were programmed on a flight path around the ship, where they came to an initiation point and then engaged the ship.

“From the start,” Williams said, “each of my radar set console operators had solid tracks on the targets. I received an order to engage, so I set my firing parameters and fired on the drones. Both shots we fired were well within the kill radius.”

“We did some really cool things during this exercise,” said Chief Fire Controlman (SW/AW) Shane Barrington, of CS-7 Division. “We tested all of our detection and tracking systems, but we didn’t do it alone. We had major help from Weapons Department, who supplied every missile used. Operations Department, as well, had a tremendous amount to do with this evolution. Even the galley helped out a lot, making us meal packages. A lot of time and effort on the parts of a lot of people went into this.”

After a 14-month Extended Selected Restricted Availability at Northrop Grumman Newport News Shipyard, Enterprise has spent the last several weeks testing all the new components and systems. Combat Systems is no exception. “We were not only testing new battle orders and tactics,” remarked Williams, “but new configurations of the missiles as well.”

“RAM (Rolling Airframe Missile) 1 and RAM 2 just got on our ship,” stated Barrington, who also said Enterprise was the first naval vessel to fire the latest modification of the RAM launcher.

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