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Truman Hosts Missile Exercise

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Story Number: NNS070525-10
Release Date: 5/25/2007 11:43:00 AM

By Mass Communications Specialist Seaman James Fallon, USS Harry S. Truman Public Affairs

NORFOLK (NNS) -- The USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) conducted a NATO Sea Sparrow Missile exercise at sea May 21.

“The missile exercise was an outstanding event, the test went outstanding and we received an 'outstanding' on the shoot,” said Lt. Cmdr. Lonnie Phillips, tactical action officer under instruction.

Phillips said the purpose of the missile exercise is twofold. One it is to train the combat systems team watch standards and teach the fire control men to defend the ship. He said the secondary purpose is to qualify the combat team, ensuring they are qualified to go to war and launch these weapons if need be.

“If we are [deployed] and the bad guys decide to attack Truman, this exercise gave the ship and its company confidence that this combat system team will respond correctly,” said Phillips.

The combat systems team faced many obstacles during the missile exercise. Phillips said the biggest was making sure all small boats and marine mammals were clear of the exercise. He added, it was also difficult making sure the combat systems communications worked efficiently, effectively and that everybody knew what they were doing.

The combat systems team overcame these obstacles through training and track exercises they conducted throughout the week, explained Fire Controlman 2nd Class (SW/ AW) Steven Deluna.

The combat systems team has been training since leaving the shipyards in January, said Phillips, and this was their chance to put everything they have been training for into action.

“I heard from the flight deck it was miraculous,” said Fire Controlman 2nd Class Clifford Anderson. “From what I’ve heard, we had an outstanding kill on the first target.”

Phillips said the targets that were used to test the missiles were two unmanned drones driven by someone on land. He said the drones were launched somewhere around Oceana, flown to an initial point and fired at the ship in air speeds of 450 knots.

“I’m the one who fired the ordnance on the two drones today,” said Fire Controlman 2nd Class (SW) Bo Erwin.
Erwin said there was no difference between the training exercises they have with the actual live-firing exercise.

“We train like we fight, and today’s exercise couldn’t have gone any better,” said Erwin. “The radar tracked right on the ordnance -- right where they are suppose to go and it was perfect.”

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