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Navy Demonstrates VLS Reloading in Port of San Diego

Sailors aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Spruance (DDG 111) guide practice munitions into the ship’s Forward Vertical Launch System (VLS) cells during a proof-of-concept evolution at San Diego, October 4. US NAVY / Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Taylor Crenshaw

SAN DIEGO – The U.S. Navy is scheduled to demonstrate vertical launch system rearming aboard the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Spruance (DDG 111) at Naval Air Station North Island and in San Diego Harbor Oct. 4-7, Commander, U.S. Third Fleet Public Affairs said in an Oct. 6 statement

This will be the first time the Navy has tested VLS reloading from an offshore support vessel platform, using Military Sealift Command’s fleet experiment vessel, MV Ocean Valor.

The demonstration is being conducted to provide a proof of concept that an Offshore Support Vessel can reload the weapons system while docked and while the vessel is at sea, with the aim of extending VLS reloading capability in expeditionary environments. .

Launch system reloading has already been tested, in 2016 and 2019, using other Military Sealift Command platforms.

Spruance, named for Admiral Raymond A. Spruance, who commanded US forces at the Battle of Midway, is based in San Diego. The ship returned to Naval Base San Diego in August after a seven-month deployment with Carrier Strike Group 3 in the U.S. 3rd and 7th Fleets. Spruance was also one of 38 ships from 26 partner nations that participated in Exercise Rim of the Pacific 2022 in the Hawaiian Islands area of ​​operations from June through August.

Built in 2002, the MV Ocean Valor is an MSC contract vessel that supports logistics experimentation for the delivery of fuel, stores, passengers and ammunition.

The demonstration will not include live ammunition and there is no danger to San Diego residents, the harbor or marine life.


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