KWAJALEIN ATOLL, Western Pacific - Naval Surface Warfare Center Port Hueneme participated in the U.S. military's largest and most complex missile defense flight test to date, Oct. 25, helping USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) to engage a low-flying cruise missile.
During the test, conducted by the Missile Defense Agency, an integrated air and ballistic missile defense architecture used multiple sensors and missile defense systems to engage five ballistic and cruise missiles at the same time.
The exercise was designed to test the performance of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense system, Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system, and Patriot Advanced Capability-3.
"This test was an excellent opportunity to see the three services - Air Force, Army and Navy - working closely together to plan and execute a multi system test event," said Kyle Bell, NSWC Port Hueneme Aegis BMD project manager. "The lessons learned will go toward developing our nation's Multi-Tiered missile defense capability."
Working with USS Fitzgerald and her crew, Port Hueneme personnel planned and executed the Aegis BMD portion of the live-fire test. Preparations and execution of the event included ensuring equipment readiness, providing training to the ship's workforce on the mission and engaging the missile test phase.
Ultimately, the test provided the Department of Defense a unique opportunity to refine operational doctrine and tactics. Program officials continue to assess and evaluate system performance based upon telemetry and other data obtained during the test.
NSWC Port Hueneme is a field activity of Naval Sea Systems Command and provides the U.S. Navy with weapon system in-service engineering, logistics, and test and evaluation. NSWC Port Hueneme is located at Naval Base Ventura County, Calif., where it employs more than 1,900 personnel.
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