USS McFaul completes live-fire exercise

US Navy drills to improve battle readiness.

USS McFaul completes live-fire exercise during COMPTUEX

The US Navy’s guided-missile destroyer USS McFaul (DDG 74) has successfully completed a live-fire exercise as part of the composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX), together with the USS Theodore Roosevelt carrier strike group (TRCSG).

USS McFaul commanding officer commander Michael Gunther said: “These live-fire exercises are crucial because they force us to get into a tactical mindset, focus on warfighting and improve our battle readiness.”

As part of the exercise, the guided-missile destroyer fired 35 rounds using its MK-45 5in / 54 calibre lightweight gun and deployed floating training targets called ‘killer tomatoes’ at close range, through MK-38 25mm, M2 .50 calibre and M240 machine guns, as well as 20mm close-in weapons system (CIWS).

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