USS Ramage Hosts VLS Self-Assessment and Groom Training

The Center for Surface Combat Systems (CSCS) conducted a one-week Vertical Launch System (VLS) Self-Assessment and Groom Training (SAGT) pilot course aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ramage (DDG 61).

The pilot was completed March 27.

Development of the VLS SAGT course was an effort between CSCS, Program Executive Officer Integrated Warfare Systems (PEO IWS) 3, Surface Warfare, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA 21) Surface Training Systems (STS) Program Office (PMS 339) and Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Port Hueneme Division (PHD).

CSCS developed Advanced Warfare Training (AWT); a comprehensive curriculum, delivered in three phases and designed to be repeated on an 18-24-month cycle to help fleet Sailors prepare for and defeat the wide range of modern anti-ship and ballistic missiles that are found in today’s theaters of operations.

The proven series of Self-Assessment and Groom Training (SAGT), Phase I of AWT, begun in 2009 for AN/SPY-1 RADAR, Command Control Communications Computers & Intelligence (C41), and Navigation systems. SAGT is now being expanded by type commander (TYCOM) direction to include the Vertical Launch System (VLS) found onboard surface combatants.

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