The battleship in the littoral Montgomery has fired three AGM-114L Longbow Hellfire missiles at the target on land this month. It was an initial LCS to do this.
While sailing in the Pacific Ocean the ship successfully hit the target from at a distance of several nautical miles on May 12, in a demonstration exercise conducted under the vessel’s surface-tosurface mission module the Navy stated.
“This test demonstrated the crucial next step to increasing the dangers that is the Littoral Combat Ship,” Cmdr. Dustin Lonero, Montgomery’s commanding officer, told an Navy press release. “Using Our speed as well as our low draft, we’re now specially designed to provide this level of firepower very close to shore, in aid of our warfighters and beach operators.”
The ship was partnered with an unmanned MQ-8C fire Scout helicopter to provide advanced targeting capabilities and bomb-hit analysis capabilities to destroy the targets on land the Navy stated.
“The new capability for LCS for maritime operations enhances its role in the shaping of operations within an amphibious or expeditionary warfare area,” said Lt. Michael Jones, a warfare techniques instructor from the Surface and Mine Warfare Development Center in the announcement.
The missile was launched in both Independent and Freedom variants of the littoral battle ship in the year 2019, according to the Navy.
The LCS was initially assigned the task of carrying out surface war, countermeasures against mines as well as anti-submarine warfare. However, the Navy’s budget for fiscal 2023 revealed that the service is planning to take on the anti-submarine war mission of LCS ships.
According to the Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michael Gilday The anti-submarine warfare system was not working well in tests.
In addition in the meantime, in the meantime, the Navy is also looking to retire certain LCS vessels, in line with the budget request for the service. The Navy is looking to retire 24 vessels from its fleet, which includes nine Freedom-variant littoral battle ships.
Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro said the service is focused on equipping ships with the proper capabilities to carry out their missions and said that vessels that aren’t equipped to combat dangers are ineffective.
“It does me no any good to have a lot and lots of vessels that don’t have the capability to deal with the real threat,” Del Toro said at the annual Navy League Sea-Air Space conference in April. “It’s an amalgamation of the proper capacity and capability to provide the appropriate level of lethality when we need it.”
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