The US Navy’s America-class amphibious assault ship USS Tripoli (LHA 7) has successfully completed its combat system ship qualification trials (CSSQT).

Completion of the trials, which were conducted earlier this month, marks a major milestone in the ship’s readiness.

During CSSQT, the USS Tripoli’s weapons systems were put through a wide range of tests to assess their functionality in an operational environment.

Mass communication specialist 3rd Class Erica KR Higa reported that the vessel’s combat systems suite demonstrated capability to communicate and disable incoming threats.

Tripoli command, control, communications computers, combat systems and interoperability (C5I) officer lieutenant commander Paul Gillett said: “This test is designed to go through all of the things that form the backbone and execution of combat systems.

“This was just one of several at-sea periods where the team not only had to practice but execute complex events. This was a huge win for the crew because they got to see all of that hard work come to fruition.”

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As part of the qualification phases, the team performed several tests on the ship’s self-defence systems to validate their performance.

This included testing the vessel’s radars and operating the Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM), Nato Sea Sparrow, and Close-In Weapon System (CIWS).

Program Executive Office, Ships Amphibious Warfare Programs programme manager captain Cedric McNeal said: “I can’t say enough about how pleased we are with Tripoli’s performance during the post delivery test and trials phase, and their recent successful completion of the combat systems ship qualification trials is just another step in the right direction towards fleet introduction for this ship.

“This is just one of many milestones that LHA 7 has met on the path to becoming a command-and-control centre of capability for Amphibious Ready Groups in the future fight.”

The ship, homeported in San Diego, is assigned to Amphibious Squadron 7. It will now undergo further certifications and qualifications to prepare it for real combat situations with the navy.

USS Tripoli was commissioned in July last year. It has been built by Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division.