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Combat Ship USS Jackson Completes Missile Test Off Southern California Coast

A missile test by Littoral Combat Ship USS Jackson off the coast of Southern California Wednesday was successful, according to the U.S. Navy officials.

The successful test was to demonstrate the self-defense capability of USS Jackson against an aerial target.

According to officials, the ship fired a SeaRAM missile against an aerial drone that was simulating an anti-ship missile. The test was part of a Combat System Ship Qualification Trials (CSSQT).

The crews of the Jackson worked with Naval Surface Warfare Center and Port Hueneme Division personnel. The ship used the 57mm gun against a fast attack craft.

"It's been a long journey, with a lot of training, effort, and dedication," said Comdr. Patrick Keller in a statement. "These events further demonstrate that my team is ready to fight and defend Jackson and that our ship is ready when called."

Keller is the commanding officer of USS Jackson.

The ship was commissioned on Dec. 5, 2015 in Gulfport, Mississippi.

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