USS Portland conducts Laser Weapon System Demonstrator Test

May 22, 2020 – USS Portland (LPD 27) successfully disabled an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with a Solid State Laser – Technology Maturation Laser Weapon System Demonstrator (LWSD) MK 2 MOD 0 on May 16. LWSD is a high-energy laser weapon system demonstrator developed by the Office of Naval Research and installed on Portland for an at-sea demonstration. LWSD’s operational…

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U.S. Sailors, Marines train alongside Japanese soldiers in exercise Iron Fist

February 20, 2020 – The dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) and amphibious transport dock ship USS Portland (LPD 27), along with U.S. Marines, welcomed aboard Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade soldiers in support of exercise Iron Fist 2020, Feb. 3 through Feb. 14. More than 400 Marines attached to 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit…

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