|(Source: US Navy; issued Oct. 8, 2008)
Stennis First with New ESSM
Story Number: NNS081008-08
Release Date: 10/8/2008 5:27:00 PM
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Elliott J. Fabrizio, USS John C. Stennis Public Affairs
USS JOHN C. STENNIS, At Sea (NNS) -- USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) claimed the first successful hit and kill with the Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM) during a Combat System Ship's Qualification Trials (CSSQT) off the coast of Southern California Oct. 7.
Stennis' Tactical Action Officer Ens. Clay Cunningham said, "This is the first successful ESSM kill from an aircraft carrier."
Combat systems department launched the new missiles, the RIM-162 D-1, during a live-fire exercise by engaging drones inbound to Stennis.
"The evaluation team from Port Hueneme [California] said Stennis' combat systems team performed at the top of the fleet," said Combat Systems Officer Cmdr. Greg Gaskey.
The ESSM has advantages in range, agility and advanced technology over the RIM-7.
A short-range missile, the ESSM is designed to provide self defense for surface ships. The new missile is launched from the existing NATO Sea Sparrow Launcher.
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More information on the RIM-162 ESSM can be found here: http://www.designation-systems.net/dusrm/m-162.html
...and here: http://www.raytheon.com/capabilities/products/essm/