USS John Paul Jones
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Sailors on board USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) witnessed the arrival of first part of the Multi-Mission Signal Processor (MMSP)
USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) First warship to receive Multi-Mission Signal Processor installation
By Lt.j.g. Pah Yip, Public Affairs, USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53)
SAN DIEGO - Sailors on board USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) witnessed the arrival of first part of the Multi-Mission Signal Processor (MMSP) Dec. 6 at BAE Systems ship repair in San Diego. John Paul Jones is the first Warship to be outfitted with MMSP which marks the beginning of the next-generation naval war fighting capability.

MMSP was delivered direct from its assembly facility, Lockheed Martin Mission Systems of Moorestown, N. J., then crane-lifted into the ship where MMSP found its new home. The second part of MMSP is scheduled to arrive early next month.

“Loading MMSP in John Paul Jones is the next step for us in putting the Navy’s future combat system to sea. We’re excited to be a part of this project.” said Cmdr. Jon Duffy, Commanding Officer of John Paul Jones.

This equipment set enables Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense and Air and Missile Defense to perform together more effectively. Combining proven SPY-1 radar and MMSP into a single combat systems platform reduces cost, streamlines logistic and training requirements and enhances the Navy’s already impressive Integrated Air Missile Defense warfare capabilities.

USS John Paul Jones is currently undergoing its Combat Systems modernization as part of the DDG Modernization program. DDG 53 is the first DDG to receive the upgraded COTS open architecture computing infrastructure, SPY-1D transmitter upgrades, and MMSP. This potent combination will enable DDG 53 to become the first Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) destroyer, adding integrated/multi-mission Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) to the DDG 51 Class ships. USS John Paul Jones previously completed her hull, mechanical and electrical upgrades in 2010. The availability is scheduled to be completed in 2013.

More Aegis Weapon Systems equipped guided missile destroyers will receive this installation as the Aegis Modernization Program continues.
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