Four Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers of Destroyer Squadron 28 conducted an integrated missile firing exercise (MISSILEX) in the Virginia Capes, June 5.
USS Gravely (DDG 107), USS Bulkeley (DDG 84), USS Gonzalez (DDG 66) and USS Ramage (DDG 61) took part in the test firing exercise.
Each ship fired a Standard Missile (SM-2) equipped with telemetry to track missile performance. Gravely assumed duties for planning the exercise and orchestrated several rehearsal opportunities to prepare for the firing event. The exercise was intended to increase watch team proficiency and assess weapon and combat system performance of the firing train.
Gravely, Bulkeley, and Gonzalez will deploy together with the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) and Carrier Strike Group 8 later this year. Ramage will independently deploy around the same time.
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