A U.S. Navy destroyer took part an ‘Air Defence Live Fire Event’ off the Scottish coast in the form of ‘Live Fire with a Purpose’ to satisfy the intent of Theatre Certification requirements.

The destroyer was part of the US SIXTH Fleet, and was in UK waters undertaking Exercise Joint Warrior 20-2 – a UK hosted, multi-lateral training exercise designed to provide NATO and allied forces with a unique multi-warfare environment to prepare for global operations.

Image via Qinetiq.

According to an e-mail received this morning from Qinetiq:

“To undertake the LFWAP activity, the ship broke away from the exercise on the UK East Coast and travelled to MOD Hebrides. Range capabilities at MOD Hebrides are provided through the Long Term Partnering Agreement (LTPA), a joint contract between QinetiQ and the MOD to deliver test & evaluation services across 16 core MOD sites in the UK.

The live fire exercise for the US SIXTH Fleet destroyer demanded a challenging tactical scenario with precise target specifications. The planning and execution of this project was achieved at very short notice by experts at MOD Hebrides. The range staff supported the exercise over three days in October, culminating in the successful intercept of a QinetiQ CATS (Combined Aerial Targets Service) supplied FireJet.”

Image via Qinetiq.

The LFWAP event allowed the US naval crew to plan, train and execute a safe live firing and serves as a template for real world operational preparation. The crew benefitted from access to the MOD Hebrides range whilst in the UK.

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Jason Holmes

Has anyone told Sturgeon?

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Douglas Newell

ha ha :o)


So they used a SAM?


Looking at the above picture, those target drones are basically V1s. Yes I know they have software that enables them to simulate various attack profiles but they are do look remarkably similar.

Captain P Wash

They are…. and nothing like the latest Chinese/Indian/Russian stuff……..


Yea because these actually work. lol


Nope, nothing like a V1 which was basically a fire and forget, or spry and pay type of aircraft.


Any high Seas firing is a well planned and calculated event. The target is launched and flies on a known flight plan. The engagement is usually fairly straightforward and the target is not doing anything to taxing. The High Seas firing is a system test not a tactical test. You take hard copy and electronic records from start to finish and analyse them, usually with an onboard quick look, followed by a detailed ashore assessment. You will look at everything . Maintenance records and mod states. Missile batch numbers and time on board exposed to vibration etc. temp at launch,… Read more »

Steve Carnes

Wow. Thanks for that detailed information.