USS William P. Lawrence sailors ace USWEX

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The crew of the U.S. Navy’s guided-missile destroyer USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110) completed the first Undersea Warfare Exercise (USWEX) of the calendar year, February 1.

The anti-submarine warfare (ASW) team practiced fathometer, a sonic depth finder, familiarization and submarine detection exercises, while bridge watchstanders implemented submarine tracking and torpedo evasion techniques.

Researchers from the Applied Research Laboratories at the University of Texas (ARL-UT) in Austin observed the ASW team throughout the exercises and conducted advanced sonar analysis.

Sonar Technician 1st Class Milton Muralles said: “USWEX was challenging, but the Combat Acoustic Division feels confident that this exercise has fully prepared us to track any challenging threats.”

Providing a combat-ready force to protect collective maritime interests, USS William P. Lawrence, in conjunction with the John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group, is operating as part of the Great Green Fleet on a regularly scheduled Western Pacific Deployment. Commissioned June 4, 2011, Lawrence is named after Vice Adm. William P. Lawrence, a naval aviator, former Vietnam prisoner of war and former commander of U.S. 3rd Fleet. The ship is home ported in San Diego, USA.

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