US Navy’s newest amphibious assault ship completes CSSQT

The US Navy’s America-class amphibious assault ship USS Tripoli (LHA 7) has completed the ship’s first-ever combat system ship qualification trials (CSSQT).

During the trials, the US Navy team conducted multiple tests to validate the ship’s self-defense systems’ performance, including the ship’s radars tests.

This also included testing of the vessel’s radars and operating the rolling airframe missile (RAM), nato sea sparrow, and close-in weapon system (CIWS).

 “This test is designed to go through all of the things that form the backbone and execution of combat systems,” said Lt. Cmdr. Paul Gillett, Tripoli’s command, control, communications computers, combat systems and interoperability (C5I) officer. 

“This was just one of several at-sea periods where the team not only had to practice, but execute complex events.”

“This is just one of many milestones that LHA 7 has met on the path to becoming a command and control center of capability for Amphibious Ready Groups in the future fight,” said Capt. Cedric McNeal, Program Manager, Amphibious Warfare Programs, Program Executive Office, Ships.

With CSSQT trials now complete, Tripoli will focus on additional certifications and qualifications that will ensure it is a combat-ready and lethal asset to the Navy.

USS Tripoli is the Navy’s newest America-class amphibious assault ship homeported in San Diego.

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The ship is assigned to Amphibious Squadron 7.

Photo: Tripoli (LHA 7) during builder’s sea trials. Photo: Derek Fountain/Huntington Ingalls Industries