Iwo Jima Completes Missile Exercise

USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) successfully completed a missile exercise (MISSILEX) off the coast of Virginia, Feb. 9. Following the detection of the simulated threat, Iwo Jima fired one Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM), striking a remotely controlled, subsonic missile drone meant to simulate an anti-ship cruise missile. SSDS is Iwo Jima’s primary defensive weapon, making maintenance on radars and weapons a top priority for the Combat Systems team. Year round, the crew tests the system’s sensors and missile cells, performs maintenance on its gears and motors, and conducts corrosion control…

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