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Navy Conducts USS Milwaukee Live-Fire Exercise With Surface-to-Surface Missiles

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180511-N-N0101-113 ATLANTIC OCEAN (May 11, 2018) The Freedom variant littoral combat ship USS Milwaukee (LCS 5) fires an AGM-114L Longbow Hellfire missile during a live-fire missile exercise off the coast of Virginia, May 11, 2018. Milwaukee fired four Longbow Hellfire missiles that successfully struck fast inshore attack craft targets during a complex warfighting environment utilizing radar and other systems to track the targets. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)

The U.S. Navy has conducted a live-fire missile exercise with USS Milwaukee, concluding the first phase of the surface-to-surface missile module developmental testing under the Littoral Combat Ship Mission Modules program.

The Freedom variant LCS launched four longbow Hellfire missiles to inshore craft targets in a simulated complex warfighting scenario, during the test that took place Friday off the coast of Virginia, the Navy said Wednesday.

The ship’s crew made use of radars and various systems to detect the missiles’ targets.

The exercise also marks the first LCS-based integrated firing of an SSMM. The Navy expects to field and achieve initial operational capability of the SSMM in 2019.

Shawn Johnston, captain of LCS Squadron Two, stated that the SSMM testing’s next phase will be performed with the USS Detroit LCS.

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