USS Gonzalez Returns from Deployment

October 27, 2019 – USS Gonzalez (DDG 66) returned to her homeport of Norfolk, Oct. 26, 2019. The ship is returning home after a successful seven and a half-month deployment under U.S. 2nd, 5th, and 6th Fleets. “Gonzalez’s performance during an independent Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) deployment was outstanding,” said Cmdr. Christopher Schwarz, commanding officer of Gonzalez. “All missions were…

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Romania-U.S. Partnership Deters Russian Aggression

October 8, 2019 – The relationship between the United States and Romania has never been more important. The United States, Romania and 17 other countries recently conducted the 19th annual Sea Breeze, multinational maritime naval exercises held in Ukraine. More than 3,000 personnel, 32 warships, and 24 aircraft participated in the exercises, which were co-hosted by the U.S. and Romania.…

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Japan’s Latest AEGIS Destroyer Launched

July 17, 2019 – Japan Marine United Co., Ltd. (President: Kotaro Chiba, Head Office: Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture) launched the 2016 warship for the Ministry of Defense in Japan today at the Yokohama Works Shishi Plant. Prior to the launch ceremony, the ship was named “Haguru,” after “Hakuoyama” in Yamagata Prefecture. The ship will be completed and delivered in March…

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USS Porter Returns to Rota

February 14, 2019 – USS Porter (DDG 78) returned to Naval Station Rota, Spain, for a scheduled training and maintenance availability (TRAV), Feb. 13. Porter departed Rota, Dec. 27, 2017, and began her sixth Forward-Deployed Naval Force (FDNF) patrol in support of regional allies and partners, and U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa. “The crew performed admirably during…

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USS McFaul Deploys

January 25, 2019 – USS McFaul (DDG 74) departed Naval Station Norfolk, Jan. 25, on a regularly-scheduled deployment to conduct maritime security operations. The ship, and its roughly 300 Sailors, is trained and ready to conduct a wide range of tasks, to include ballistic missile defense. “The Silent Warriors of McFaul are strong, focused, resilient and self-sufficient; which is critical…

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USS Donald Cook Begins 8th FDNF Patrol

January 14, 2019 – USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) departed Naval Station Rota, Spain resuming its eighth forward-deployed naval forces (FDNF) patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations, Nov. 19, 2018. Donald Cook was in Naval Station Rota for a training and maintenance availability (TRAV) period. While in port, the crew performed maintenance that was unable to be…

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Standard Missile-3 intercepts ballistic missile target during Japanese test at sea

September 12, 2018 – The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and the United States Missile Defense Agency completed a successful intercept flight test in cooperation with the U.S. Navy off the coast of Kauai in Hawaii. A Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) SM-3® Block IB missile intercepted a ballistic missile target, marking the first time Japan has tested the sophisticated interceptor as…

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US, Japan, Korea Conduct BMD Exercise

The maritime forces of the United States, Japan, and Republic of Korea are conducting a trilateral link exercise (LINKEX) Oct. 24 – 25 in seas east of the Korean peninsula and waters near Japan to promote communications, interoperability and partnership in the 7th Fleet area of operations. The exercise will employ tactical data link systems to exchange track data among…

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Aegis Combat System Successfully Completes Series of Air and Missile Defense Tests During NATO Exercise

The U.S. Navy and Missile Defense Agency, supported by Lockheed Martin, successfully conducted a series of Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) tests in the Atlantic Ocean during Formidable Shield 2017 (FS-17) from Sept. 24 – Oct. 17, 2017. Naval forces from eight NATO nations participated in the exercise. Formidable Shield is designed to demonstrate and improve allied interoperability in an integrated…

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AMDR Tested off Hawaii

The U.S. Navy successfully conducted a simultaneous Air and Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) flight test with the AN/SPY-6(V) Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) off the west coast of Hawaii, Sept. 7. At 1:38 p.m., Hawaii Standard Time, (7:38 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time) a short-range ballistic missile target and multiple air-to-surface cruise missile targets were simultaneously launched. AN/SPY-6(V) AMDR searched…

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Latest Aegis Combat System is Successful Against Medium Range Ballistic Missiles

USS JOHN PAUL JONES, supported by the U.S. Navy, Missile Defense Agency and Lockheed Martin, successfully fired two Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) Dual I missiles against a medium-range ballistic missile target from the Aegis Combat System August 30th. During the test, the system detected, tracked, engaged and launched both missiles to intercept a Medium Range Ballistic Missile target. This exercise marked…

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Kratos Advanced Medium Range Ballistic Missile Target Supports Successful Test of the Advanced Missile Defense Radar

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc., a leading National Security Solutions provider, announced today that Kratos’ Space & Missile Defense Systems (SMDS) Division successfully supported the U.S. Navy as they completed the second test of the AN/SPY-6(V) Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) against a live ballistic missile target. The successful test was conducted on July 27, 2017 against an…

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USS Lake Erie Certifies, Prepares to Deploy

April 10, 2017 – USS Lake Erie (CG 70) completed ballistic missile defense (BMD) certification, April 5, off the coast of Southern California in preparation for deployment. The goal of BMD is to use surveillance and interception techniques to defend the U.S. and allied countries from ballistic missiles. “These teams have been training for nearly a year,” said Lt. Christina…

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Next Generation Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System Successfully Engages Medium Range Ballistic Missile Target

 February 6, 2017 – USS John Paul Jones, supported by the U.S. Navy, Missile Defense Agency and Lockheed Martin, used the latest evolution of her Aegis Combat System to detect, track, engage and launch a missile to intercept a Medium Range Ballistic Missile target. This exercise marked the first shipboard demonstration of the Aegis Baseline 9.2 (BMD 5.1) Ballistic Missile…

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