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