The US Navy’s Wasp-class amphibious assault ship, USS Wasp (LHD 1), has successful completed the combat systems ship qualification trial (CSSQT), marking its readiness for upcoming deployment.
The amphibious assault ship has been not deployed since 2004.
In November 2014, USS Wasp’s outdated combat systems were upgraded with the ships self-defence system (SSDS) after completion of a successful CNO availability at BAE System’s shipyard.
Wasp commanding officer captain Kurt Kastner said: "We have a newly installed combat system and ship’s network that will take the crew some time to train on.
"We also have a very compressed schedule with basic phase events, flag officer high interest port visits, and the joint strike fighter operational testing. Any one of those issues alone would be challenging, but we have to face all of them."
During the first phase of CSSQT, Wasp primarily focused on in-port maintenance and training the combat systems crew with the battle force tactical trainer (BFTT). It also completed a simulated missile exercise in order to prepare for real combat situations.
The second phase included a tracking exercise in which Wasp tested its air detect, track and engage capabilities, and its close-in weapons systems (CIWS) as part of a gunnery exercise.
USS Wasp, which already completed a number of trials to prove its capability, will now undergo flight deck qualifications for the remainder of its current underway.
In addition, it is scheduled for well deck qualifications during its next underway, which will set Wasp for a 2016 Marine Expeditionary Unit/Amphibious Ready Group deployment.
Image: The US Navy’s multipurpose amphibious assault ship, USS Wasp (LHD 1). Photo: courtesy of US Navy, photo by mass communication specialist 2nd class Zachary L Borden.