PACIFIC OCEAN -- USS Sterett (DDG 104) and USS Dewey (DDG 105) conducted a missile intercept test, Feb. 16, resulting in the successful intercept of drone targets using the Standard Missile-2 (SM-2) Block IIIA.
The SM-2 is the Navy’s primary surface-to-air defense weapon and is an integral part of the AEGIS Weapon System onboard Arleigh Burke-class destroyers. Its primary missions include fleet area air defense and ship self-defense.
The drones were launched from San Clemente Island. Dewey detected and tracked its target drone with the onboard AN/SPY-1D(V) radar using the Aegis Baseline 7.2.1B weapon system. Upon acquiring and tracking the target, Dewey fired an SM-2 Block IIIA guided missile which intercepted the target drone.
“We got to really test the capabilities of our systems today and we couldn’t be more excited about the successful execution of the event,” said Fire Controlman Second Class Kyle Rettinger, who participated in the missile exercise.
During a post firing debrief with the Air Defense team, the fire control officer, Lt.j.g. Corbin Judstra complimented the sailors on their performance.
“You folks are some of the most highly trained tacticians in the Fleet. It was great to be able to see your technical skills on display during a live missile shoot. I am extremely proud to have been a part of it,” Judstra said.
The success of this evolution reflects months of integrated training between Sterett and Dewey in preparation for their upcoming deployment.
“Today’s success is a huge milestone in Sterett and Dewey’s integrated defensive hardening,” said Cmdr. Anthony Webber, commanding officer of Dewey. “The crew put in long hours of tedious preparation in order for this evolution to come to fruition. This capability is vital to our overall mission and our ability to defend against threats around the world.”
For more information on USS Dewey, please visit http://www.public.navy.mil/surfor/ddg105/Pages/default.aspx