From the U.S. Missile Defense Agency. USS Ralph Johnson is an Aegis Combat System Arleigh Burke-class destroyer equipped not only for the Standard Missile-6 Dual IIs used today but also for the Standard Missile-3 IIBs currently land-based in Romania and to be stationed in Poland. Four other Arleigh Burke-class destroyers (soon to be raised to six) are based at the Naval Station Rota in Spain. Four others – USS Donald Cook , USS Porter, USS Laboon and USS Ross – have been deployed to the Black Sea this year.
The U.S. Missile Defense Agency, in cooperation with the U.S. Navy, conducted Flight Test Aegis Weapon System 33 in the broad ocean area northwest of Hawaii, July 24.
The objective of FTM-33 was to intercept a raid of two Short Range Ballistic Missile targets with four Standard Missile-6 Dual II missiles.
The firing ship for the test was the USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114).
The SM-6 Dual II missile is designed for use in the terminal phase of a short- to- medium-range ballistic missile trajectory.