USS Zumwalt Conducts Live-Fire Missile Exercise

USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) conducted her first in-class, live-fire missile exercise, as the crew prepares for their maiden employment. During the live-fire exercises, Zumwalt’s crew engaged live targets with a series of Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile Block 1 (ESSM) (RIM 162D) and the Standard Missile 2 (SM-2) as part of the stealth destroyer’s final air defense testing. “Demonstrating the capability…

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Directed Energy Lab Laboratory Opening at Point Mugu

The Navy’s exclusive Directed Energy Systems Integration Laboratory (DESIL) is officially open for business at Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu as Navy senior leaders, and local officials, including Camarillo Mayor Charlotte Craven and representatives from Harper Construction Co. Inc. attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new facility on Dec. 3. DESIL is an 18,500-square-foot, three-story facility that will allow…

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Navy Announces Release of Draft Environmental Assessment for MQ-25A Stingray Home Basing

October 29, 2020 – The Navy is proposing to home base a new carrier-based unmanned air system at Naval Base Ventura County in Point Mugu, California. This system is known as the MQ-25A Stingray. The Stingray will serve as a tanker capable of refueling aircraft in flight. The Stingray will also be capable of conducting intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance operations.…

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USS Zumwalt Launches First SM-2 Launch from MK57 VLS off Point Mugu

October 19, 2020 – The USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) successfully executed the first live fire test of the MK 57 Vertical Launching System with a Standard Missile (SM-2) on the Naval Air Weapons Center Weapons Division Sea Test Range, Point Mugu, Oct. 13. As the first-in-class ship, USS Zumwalt successfully demonstrated its capability to detect, track and engage an Anti-Ship…

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Navy’s Only Directed Energy Lab on a Sea Test Range Breaks Ground at NBVC Point Mugu

May 6, 2020 – Demonstrating that Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) remains open for business despite the global pandemic, Navy leaders and private contractors broke ground Tuesday, May 5 at Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC)’s Point Mugu for what will become the fleet’s only dedicated facility to test, fire and evaluate complete laser weapon systems in a maritime environment. The…

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