WASHINGTON: Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) recognized the 1,000th vertical launch anti-submarine rocket (VLA) (ASROC) missile produced June 30 during a ceremony at Lockheed Martin Integrated Systems, Inc., in Akron, Ohio.
The VLA ASROC is a missile designed to deliver either aMk46 Mod 5A(SW) or a new MK 54 torpedo to an entry point in the water. It is carried by U.S. Navy Aegis-equipped cruisers and destroyers.
“The VLA missile has been deployed on our surface ships since 1992,” said Rear Adm. (sel.) Tom Wears, undersea weapons program manager. “It provides our Sailors with an all-weather, 360-degree quick-reaction antisubmarine capability.”
NAVSEA is committed to increasing fleet readiness within the current budget. Combined, the 52,000 civilian and military personnel in 33 activities located around the world engineer, build, buy and maintain ships, submarines and combat systems for the United States Navy.