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Navy Amphibious Warfare Ship USS Portland Spotted Heading To Sea With New Laser Turret

Wednesday, December 4, 2019   (0 Comments)

By Joseph Trevithick  |  December 3, 2019  |  The Warzone Wire

 

The laser represents a large leap in power output over previous systems and is hardened to operate in the harsh maritime environment.

As expected, the San Antonio class landing platform dock USS Portland has left its homeport in San Diego, California sporting its new high-energy laser directed energy weapon from Northrop Grumman. The War Zone was first to identify that this was the mysterious system that the defense contractor was shipping to San Diego by barge from Redondo Beach back in October.

Twitter account WarshipCam, which scans public webcams around the world for naval vessels, spotted Portland and her newest system heading out from San Diego on the SunDiegoLive.com stream on Dec. 2, 2019. The Navy had first announced its plans to install the laser on this ship as part of the Solid-State Laser Technology Maturation (SSL-TM) program in 2018. At-sea testing was originally scheduled to begin in the fourth quarter of the 2019 Fiscal Year, which ended on Sept. 30, 2019. READ MORE...


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