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The US Navy has successfully fired a tactical missile from a SeaRAM launcher on-board its Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78), during a live-fire test in Rota, Spain.

The self-contained detect-to-engage ship self-defence capability, SeaRAM, replaced Porter’s aft close-in weapon system (CIWS) mount.

SeaRAM combines the sensor systems of a CIWS with an 11-round rolling airframe missile (RAM) launcher.

“The addition of this advanced weapon system to Porter’s arsenal is extremely welcome.”

USS Porter is the first of four DDGs to launch the Mk 15 SeaRAM missile system equipped with RAM Block 2 missiles.

The navy installed SeaRAM on Porter in response to a formal urgent operational need for forward-deployed naval forces in Europe.

USS Porter commanding officer commander Andria Slough said: "The addition of this advanced weapon system to Porter’s arsenal is extremely welcome.

"It is a culmination of the cooperation of several programme offices and agencies, both at sea and ashore, ensuring that out here on the front lines, we receive the capabilities we need, when we need them."

The live-fire combat systems ship qualification trial (CSSQT) represents the first cooperative effort between NAVSEA agencies and El Arenosillo Test Range off the coast of Huelva.

Programme Executive Office for Integrated Warfare Systems rear admiral Jon Hill said: "This team was able to go from white paper concept to live-fire testing in 12 months.

"Our weapons, ship integration, and testing experts coordinated across a number of commands and organisations to identify assets, execute critical engineering requirements, deliver equipment, complete system installation, and conduct testing on a foreign test range, all in record time; professionally and with the urgency of meeting a critical warfighting need."

Image: The guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) in the Indian Ocean. Photo: courtesy of US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Patrick Gearhiser (RELEASED).