The USS WILLIAM P. LAWRENCE (DDG 110) launches multiple SM2 missiles from its forward and aft vertical launch systems. (U.S. Navy file photo)
USS WILLIAM P. LAWRENCE (DDG 110) Completes Under Sea Warfare Certification for Combat Systems Ships Qualification Tests (CSSQT)
The USS WILLIAM P. LAWRENCE (DDG110) congratulates their Undersea Warfare (USW) team for a job well done during Combat Systems Ship’s Qualification Tests (CSSQT).  The undersea warfare segment of CSSQT lasted two days and consisted of six live Over the Side (OTS) torpedo firings, a Vertical Launch Antisubmarine Rocket (VLA) firing, and a Light Airborne Multipurpose System (LAMPS) helicopter torpedo exercise.  Many hours of rehearsals and equipment preparations set the team up for success.  Teamwork and unit cohesion were two major factors contributing to the success of the exercise.

“During rehearsals we [the sonar watch team] practiced pretty relentlessly. Now it just seems the dress rehearsals were actually more difficult than the real deal,” said Petty Officer Third Class Nathan Hamlet, from Edmond, Oklahoma.

Petty Officer Second Class Jason Town from Louisville, Kentucky, played a key role in the exercises as Fire Control Operator. “My 7th Fleet experiences gave me a strong antisubmarine warfare background. I have not been involved in anything as challenging and truly rewarding as bringing the USS WILLIAM P. LAWRENCE to life, and part of bringing her to life involved the most fun part of my career so far, seeing that VLA leave the launcher. The USW team proved the capabilities of this ship should never be underestimated. I’m proud to be a part of that team.”

At the debrief in Combat Information Center it was abundantly clear that the Undersea Warfare team had performed safely, efficiently and professionally as praise was garnered from both military and civilian leadership across the board.

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