"Onward with Valor"
NSWC Port Hueneme Readies USS Benfold for RIMPAC

PORT HUENEME, Calif. (NNS) -- Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Port Hueneme completed a six-day assessment June 17 of USS Benfold's (DDG 65) systems in preparation for the ship's participation in upcoming Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise.

The assessment provided an opportunity for the ship's crew to have a dialogue with the engineers who help design the systems they are using, and allowed engineers to evaluate systems at the deckplate level.

"Port Hueneme's engineers have been indispensible in preparing our weapons systems for live-fire exercises with RIMPAC, and an upcoming INSURV inspection.," said Cmdr. Kevin Brand, Benfold's commanding officer.

During the assessment, NSWC Port Hueneme engineers and technicians provided services on the MK 41 Vertical Launching System, AN/SPY-1 Phased Array Radar, MK 99 Fire Control System, Aegis Integrated Combat System, Operational Readiness Test System, Harpoon/Tomahawk Cruise Missile Guidance and Launching Systems, MK 15 Phalanx Close-In Weapons System, combat systems, interior communication switchboards, underway replenishment systems, and future combat systems.

In addition, NSWC Port Hueneme's team provided logistics and technical documentation, and training on operations and maintenance topics such as Sailor-to-engineer distance support and strike group interoperability.

"USS Benfold's talented professionals, coupled with our Port Hueneme team of engineers, logisticians, and support personnel, ensured a very successful combat systems and underway replenishment assessment," said Chief Fire Controlman (SW/AW) Danny Long, NSWC Port Hueneme assessment team officer-in-charge. "The support and dedication from both teams further enhanced the ship's operational readiness as the crew prepares for an upcoming RIMPAC deployment. Having this assessment early and prior to this deployment will make a positive impact on this warfighter's mission capability."

Ship assessments are one of the many services NSWC Port Hueneme provides in support of shipboard readiness.

NSWC Port Hueneme, a field activity of the Naval Sea Systems Command, is the Navy's premier in-service engineering and logistics center. The warfare center provides test and evaluation, in-service engineering, and integrated logistics support for weapon and combat systems installed aboard U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships, and other foreign navy fleets. NSWC Port Hueneme's focus is to provide safe, effective, and affordable weapon systems.

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