By Ens. Zachary Thiesse, USS Momsen Public Affairs
USS Momsen, At Sea
(NNS) -- USS Momsen (DDG 92) flexed all aspects of its primary war fighting capability in a simulated tactical scenario Sept. 26.
Demonstrating advanced anti-subsurface, anti-surface, and anti-air techniques and tactics, Momsen watchstanders planned and executed a computer-based training scenario culminating in a live fire demonstration of the MK38 25mm Gun Weapon System. Overall, 32 air and surface contacts were tracked. Twelve were identified as simulated hostile tracks and were engaged with standard SM-2 missiles.
One hundred ten rounds of live 25mm ammunition were fired for the day. The Mk-38 is a 25mm automatic gun system that provides ships with a defensive and offensive gunfire capability for the engagement of a variety of surface targets. It is designed to provide close range defense against patrol boats, swimmers, floating mines, and various targets ashore; including enemy personnel, lightly armored vehicles and terrorist threats.
"We take pride in our training program," said Lt. Cmdr. Mike Ward, USS Momsen combat systems officer. "We continue to flex our systems with as realistic scenarios as possible, across all warfare areas, in order to increase proficiency and the 'muscle memory' needed in a fight."
By training for the most difficult and unpredictable scenarios, Momsen Sailors are ensuring they are ready to face any threat, at any time.
USS Momsen is currently underway on a scheduled deployment to the 7th and 5th Fleet areas of responsibility with Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group.
USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) is the flagship of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9, which consists of embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, San Diego-based guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG 71), and the embarked Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9, which includes the Everett-based destroyers USS Momsen (DDG 92) and USS Shoup (DDG 86), as well as the San Diego-based destroyers USS Halsey (DDG 97) and USS Sterett (DDG 104).
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