Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Curtis Wilbur Conducts Live Fire Exercise

PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 9, 2010) The guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) transits through rough seas in the Pacific Ocean.

On June 29 USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) conducted a live fire exercise, to test the readiness of it’s weapons systems.
The weapons test was a routine part of the ships summer patrol, the systems tested included the ship’s 5-inch gun and the ships 20mm close in weapons system (CIWS).
During the test, the ship fired five shells from its 5-inch gun, while the two CIWS mounts onboard each fired multiple bursts successfully.
“This test was important to make sure we can fire our guns if needed, and make the rounds land on target” Said Gunner’s Mate 1st Class Robert Jackson, “it was a big success, everything went off flawlessly.”
There was a lot more to the exercise than just pulling the trigger.  The crew spent the previous day prepping all of the necessary systems and loading live ammunition into the weapons.
“At the beginning of each deployment we have to spin the barrels and test the mount tracking before we put live ammo in the weapon,” said Fire Controlman 3rd Class Evelyn Ruiz (SW), one of the ships CIWS technicians.  “During todays shoot each mount successfully fired about 350 rounds.”
A great deal of coordination and planning went into the live fire to ensure the success of the exercise and the safety of those involved.
“This exercise required a lot of coordination between Sailors working in the mounts as well as in the combat information center on the bridge and even other ships, to make sure the range was clear and the timing was right,” said Lt. Anthony Massey, Curtis Wilbur’s weapons officer.  “The exercise proved successful we fired all the rounds we intended and they landed where we planed.”
With the ships weapons systems tested, and working up to standards the CURTIS WILBUR will continue on its summer patrol.
Curtis Wilbur is permanently forward deployed to Yokosuka Japan.  Curtis Wilbur is assigned to the George Washington Carrier task force, and is currently on summer patrol in the Western Pacific to promote security and stability in the region.

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