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Navy Completes Yearly Missile Exercise With USS Iwo Jima

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180209-N-QJ850-048 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Feb. 9, 2018) A rolling airframe missile is launched from the forward missile battery of the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) during a missile exercise. The Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in Europe and the Middle East. The Iwo Jima ARG embarks the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and includes Iwo Jima, the amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21), the dock landing ship USS Oak Hill (LSD 51), Fleet Surgical Team 8, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 28, Tactical Air Control Squadron 22, components of Naval Beach Group 2 and the embarked staff of Amphibious Squadron 4. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Andrew Murray/Released)

The U.S. Navy has performed an exercise with the USS Iwo Jima firing a rolling airframe missile against an unmanned missile drone.

The test was done as part of USS Iwo Jima’s yearly tradition of sensor and missile maintenance checks for the ship’s self-defense system, the Navy said Tuesday.

Under the yearly tradition, the amphibious assault ship’s crew also performs maintenance for gears and motors to ensure that USS Iwo Jima’s physical integrity is not compromised due to daily exposure to sun and salt water.

Capt. Joseph O’Brien, the ship’s commanding officer, led the exercise that took place off Virginia’s coast.

“That’s everything from scenario trainings throughout the entire year in the combat information center to a plethora of maintenance hours to include daily operability tests, bi-weekly checks, and monthly checks to ensure that the RAM launchers are performing at their best condition,” said Fire Controlman 2nd Class Damian Blackwell.

USS Iwo Jima’s CIC holds the responsibility of ensuring that the RAMs accurately track targets.

The ship is used to aid maritime security efforts in cooperation with European and Middle Eastern forces, and will join other naval vessels to compose the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit.

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