by Geoff Ziezulewicz
Washington (UPI) Nov 3, 2016
The USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier conducted a live-fire test of several weapons systems Wednesday, the sea service said.
The exercise involved live-fire testing of the carrier's RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile, or RAM, and Phalanx Close-In Weapons System, the Navy said in a statement.
Crews fired at two drones using the ship's RAM launcher and fired the Phalanx system as part of a pre-aim calibration firing evolution during a carrier strike group exercise.
The firing tested the strike group's entire self-defense capability, and verified the carrier's abilities to track and engage threats.
The Phalanx firing allowed sailors to perform maintenance and ready mounts for situations involving a rogue drone.
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