naval surface fire support


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naval surface fire support

Fire provided by Navy surface gun and missile systems in support of a unit or units. Also called NSFS. See also fire support.
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Based on a media release on the US Navy website, dating from 5th August 2015: "The HVP, combined with the Mk.45, will support various mission areas including naval surface fire support, and has the capacity to expand to a variety of anti-air threats, anti-surface threats, and could expand the navy's engagement options against current and emerging threats."
In December 2005, more than a decade after the Navy and Marine Corps began to formulate requirements, agreement was reached on the capabilities needed for naval surface fire support. However, quantifiable measures are still lacking for volume of fire--the delivery of a large quantity of munitions simultaneously or over a period of time to suppress or destroy a target.
General James Jones stated, "I regret we took them [battleships] out of service before we had actually fixed the naval surface fire support problem." Unfortunately, the purse strings are held by a Navy plagued by a groundless, indeed irrational, prejudice against battleships.
In addition to the MH-60R helicopters primary mission areas of anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare, it also has the capability for secondary missions including search and rescue, vertical replenishment, naval surface fire support, logistics support, personnel transport, medical evacuation, and VHF/UHF/link communication relay.
From World War II until the Persian Gulf War in 1991, the Navy's Iowa class battleships provided Naval Surface Fire Support capabilities with their 16-inch guns.
All major warships have medium calibre gun armaments that can be used for naval surface fire support, but there is now emerging a requirement for a ship whose prime role is to support land forces.
Navy's future destroyer, the DD-X, will change radically the concepts associated with naval surface fire support.

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