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.
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.”
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.