US Navy cruiser passes ballistic missile defense certification

USS Lake Erie (CG 70) is underway during composite training unit exercise with the Nimitz carrier strike group in preparation for an upcoming deployment. Photo: US Navy

U.S. Navy’s Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG 70) completed ballistic missile defense (BMD) certification on April 5, off the coast of Southern California as part of deployment preparations.

The goal of BMD is to use surveillance and interception techniques to defend the U.S. and allied countries from ballistic missiles.

“These teams have been training for nearly a year,” said Lt. Christina Appleman, a native of China Lake, California, the BMD warfare lead. “They have come a long way and have learned to anticipate each other’s movements and work smoothly.”

Teams used multiple scenarios to train crew members to defend the ship and other assets, and prepare them for possible threat engagements worldwide.

Our BMD certification builds my confidence about this deployment,” said Fire Controlman 1st Class Adrianna Anderson, a native of Warner Robins, Georgia, and radar systems controller. “I am very happy about the way this team works together and how we have grown together.”

Lake Erie is underway with the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group conducting a composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX). COMPTUEX tests the mission readiness of the strike group as its assets perform as an integrated unit.

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