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USS Rafael Peralta completes Sea of Japan exercises

The guided-missile destroyer USS Rafael Peralta concluded a five-day multi-domain maritime presence operation in the Sea of Japan this week. Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy
The guided-missile destroyer USS Rafael Peralta concluded a five-day multi-domain maritime presence operation in the Sea of Japan this week. Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy

June 16 (UPI) -- A five-day multi-domain exercise by the guided-missile destroyer USS Rafael Peralta in the Sea of Japan was a success, the U.S. Navy said on Wednesday.

The Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, which was forward-deployed to join the Navy's 7th Fleet in the Sea of Japan in February, conducted a live-fire gunnery exercise, maritime strike operations, flight operations, Tomahawk Land Attack Missile training, and visit, board, search and seizure training.

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The ship's Tomahawk strike team conducted a training exercise demonstrating the ship's ability to track, target, and engage threats from the sea, air or land, the Navy said in a press release.

Sailors also conducted a high-caliber live-fire exercise using the 5-inch/54 caliber gun, close-in weapons system rail gun and Mk 38 25mm chain-fed machine gun.

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The ship participated in a fleet-level training exercise a month ago, conducting a Tomahawk Land Attack Missile strike scenario.

TLAM is a long range, subsonic cruise missile used for deep land attack warfare, launches from U.S. surface ships and submarines.

Tomahawk strike teams routinely conduct fleet-level training scenarios to maintain tactical and technical proficiency and integrate updated fleet tactics, in order to safely employ Tomahawk cruise missiles in support of theater operations.

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The USS Rafael Peralta can also deploy with two MH-60 variant helicopters, and has ballistic missile defense, anti-air and surface warfare capabilities.

"Rafael Peralta is one of the newest, most capable ships in the Navy," Capt. Steven H. DeMoss, commodore of Destroyer Squadron Fifteen, said in a statement in February, when the vessel arrived at Fleet Activities Yokusuka, Japan, from San Diego.

"With our security treaties and mutual defense treaties across the Indo-Pacific, it is imperative that we meet those requirements with the most capable platforms," DeMoss said.

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