The US Navy’s San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21) and Harpers Ferry-class dock landing ship USS Oak Hill (LSD 51) have completed a live-fire exercise.

USS New York conducted the live-fire missile training in preparation for its upcoming deployment with the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group.

During the exercise, LPD 21 fired missiles at a drone using its self-defence Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) system. USS Oak Hill is also part of the amphibious ready group.

USS New York Fire Controlman Chief Christopher Campbell said: “We are doing this exercise to verify full operation of our kill chain for our RAM system.

“The weekly overall combat system operability tests and RAM’s daily system tests assess every part of the kill chain except the actual launch of the missile. This is our opportunity to ensure that the missile will launch prior to deployment.”

Warships assigned to the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group are taking part in the Surface Warfare Advanced Tactical Training (SWATT) exercise in the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Virginia.

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The exercise is intended to maintain readiness, proficiency and lethality.

Fire Controlman 2nd Class Austin Jones said: “Preparation for this exercise started a month or longer before we even loaded the missiles.

“All the fire controlmen have accomplished more than 150 man-hours of maintenance in preparation for this shoot. The exercise was a way to show how effective training in the combat systems department has been and how prepared the New York is to use the RAM system on board.”

In addition to the fire controlman, the exercise involved combat watchstanders and bridge watch teams, Jones added.

Last year, USS New York completed a six-month deployment as part of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group (ARG).

The group was deployed in support of a maritime and theatre security operation in the US 6th Fleet area of operations.