The guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey is on its way to the areas of the 5th and 6th fleet, which includes Europe and the Middle East.
The Monterey, a destroyer with ballistic-missile-defence capabilities, deployed Monday “on a previously unscheduled deployment to the 5th and 6th Fleet areas to conduct maritime security operations,” Lt. Cmdr. Courtney Hillson told Navy Times.
Here are the armaments the Monterey is bringing.
The USS Monterey, which measures about 567 feet long and 55 feet wide, was christened in October 1988 and commissioned in June 1990.
Its primary defence against airborne threats is the Standard Missile 2, the world's most advanced supersonic homing missile.
It's also armed with a Harpoon Quad-Canister Launcher, seen below, behind the sailors folding the American flag. It can fire Harpoon missiles as far as 67 miles away.
It's outfitted with MK36 MOD2 Super-Rapid-Blooming Chaff decoy systems to thwart incoming missiles, which can seen below aboard the Japanese JS Fuyuzuki destroyer.
The Monterey is equipped with a number of other weapons systems too, including the Phalanx Close-In Weapons System seen below.
It also has the MK-45 5-inch/.54-calibre lightweight gun, which is designed to hit surface and air targets and provide naval surface-fire support for expeditionary operations.
Its MK 38 MOD II 25 mm machine gun can fire 180 rounds a minute with an effective range of 2,500 yards.
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