USS WILLIAM P. LAWRENCE (DDG 110) Qualifies in Naval Surface Fire Support
by ENS Terrell USS WILLIAM P. LAWRENCE Public Affairs
The USS WILLIAM P. LAWRENCE (DDG 110) recently qualified in Naval Surface Fire Support (NSFS) for deployment readiness and Combat Systems Ships Qualification Trials on San Clemente Island. To qualify, WILLIAM P. LAWRENCE, shot 109 rounds onto targets on San Clement Island from its 5 inch gun. The ship’s NSFS team had to pass an intense team trainer in July in order to be permitted to fire live rounds on San Clemente Island. One of the key players on the team was the radio telephone talker, OS2 Williams, from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, whose job was very crucial to the success of the shoot because he received and sent all the required data to and from the spotters in order to conduct a successful mission. As the radio telephone talker OS2 would call into the spotters and let them know when our gun is up and the team is ready for calls for fire. Once the mission target data came over the radio OS2 would record all the target data and repeat it back to the spotter to confirm that we received the correct information. When OS2 received the gun target line data from the team’s gun console operator he would relay the data to the spotters who would then give the team permission to fire. “While being on the NSFS team was sometimes overwhelming it was well worth the training and knowledge which made our team’s outcome a success,” The NSFS team received calls for fire from a spotter on the island, and the spotter gave them the location of their targets in a variety of different methods. This gave the team real battle scenario training so that if a platoon of Marines is on a foreign beach and they need suppression of enemy forces the USS WILLIAM P. LAWRENCE will be ready and able to respond.