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USS Momsen Enters SRA period

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Story Number: NNS070504-07
Release Date: 5/4/2007 12:45:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Douglas G. Morrison, Fleet Public Affairs Center Detachment Northwest

EVERETT, Wash. (NNS) -- USS Momsen (DDG 92) began a ship's restricted availability (SRA) period April 25 at Naval Station Everett, with scheduled sea trials July 17.

For the next three months, the ships crew, contractors and Sailors from the Intermediate Maintenance Facility (IMF) Detachment Everett will work on maintaining, updating and replacing many of the ship’s systems.

While guided-missile destroyer Momsen is pierside at its homeport, it will undergo renovations on its Close-In Weapons System (CIWS) and its surface capabilities to aid against small boat attacks. Additionally, she will receive a new Tactical Tomahawk Weapons System (TTWS).

“TTWS is going to make us one of the most capable strike platforms in the Pacific fleet,” said Fire Controlman 1st Class (SW) Vito Scardetta. “The new system we’re having installed is the latest and greatest out there for the Block 4 Tomahawk cruise missile.”

Scardetta also said he was exited about the mission capabilities the TTWS system will add to the ship. Adding that since it is land-attack cruise missile, Momsen will pave the way for air strikes.

Some Momsen Sailors said they are happy to have the added defensive capabilities as an effective deterrent of attack.

“Our CIWS will be [a] great self-defense weapons system which I hope we never have to use,” said Fire Controlman 1st Class (SW) Michael Gonowg, “It will protect against incoming missiles and also has some surface capabilities to defend us against small boat attacks.”

Other ship modifications include an Automated Digital Network System (ADNS) to increase communication capabilities.

“The ADNS will increase bandwidth for internet usage,” said Information Systems Technician 1st Class (SW) Richard Combardi. “It will also provide more phone lines, so we are really exited about getting it.”

Also the Sailors are enthusiastic about a self-service laundry mod that will improve their quality of life.

“We have a lot to do, but we are off to a great start,” said Chief Warrant Officer Randy Black, system’s test officer and SRA coordinator. “The Sailors of the Momsen are working to get the ship prepared for its next deployment.”



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