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A Marine gunner on the tube-launched optically-tracked, wire-guided (TOW) weapons system aims in on a target. The TOW is a heavy anti-tank weapon and is a part of the 1ST Battalion, 6th Marines

Midshipmen from many colleges receive a briefing on the operation of the tube-launched, optically-tracked, wire-guided (TOW) missile at Gun Position 7. The midshipmen are on their Navy Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) spring break and are touring Camp Pendleton. The TOW is an anti-tank, ground-to-ground and air-to-air guided weapons system used by the infantry

A fire control technician G (Gun Fire Control) works on components of the Phalanx Mark 15 (3X1) weapons system. The 3,000 rounds-per-minute 20mm gun is slated to be installed on 64 U.S. Navy ships

A rear view of the 3,000 rounds-per-minute Mark 15 (3X1) Phalanx weapons system. The 20mm Gattling gun hangs below the fire control radar/servo assembly (in white structure). Some 64 U.S. Navy ships will be armed with the weapons system

Fire control technicians G (Gun Fire Control) aboard the guided missile cruiser USS JOUETT (CG-29) unload dummy 20mm rounds and load the special Phalanx ammunition into the weapons system. The 3,000 rounds-per-minute Mark 15 (3X1) is expected to be installed on 64 U.S. Navy ships

Secretary of the Navy John F. Lehman Jr. views one of the Mark 7 16-inch/50-caliber guns of the battleship NEW JERSEY (BB-62). Lehman is present for the test firing of the battleship's weapons system while the ship undergoes sea trials

Secretary of the Navy John F. Lehman Jr. poses in front of the Mark 7 16-inch/50-caliber guns on the stern section of the battleship NEW JERSEY (BB-62). Lehman is present for the test firing of the battleship's weapons system while the ship undergoes sea trials

Secretary of the Navy John F. Lehman Jr., standing in front of the Mark 7 16-inch/50-caliber guns, tours the stern section of the battleship NEW JERSEY (BB-62). Lehman is present for the test firing of the battleship's weapons system while the ship undergoes sea trials

A view of the Vulcan Phalanx Mark 15 20mm close-in weapons system aboard the battleship NEW JERSEY (BB-62). After recently completing renovations and modernization, the NEW JERSEY is undergoing sea trials and is scheduled to be reactivated in January of 1983

A view of the mainmast of the destroyer USS CARON (DD-970). The large radar antenna to the right of the mast is the SPS-40B, and to the right just aft of the forward stack is the SLQ-32 (V)2 antenna. Partially visible aft of the mast is a Mark 15 Phalanx close-in weapons system (CIWS)

A view of the foremast of the destroyer USS CARON (DD-970). Above the bridge is a Mark 15 Phalanx close-in weapons system (CIWS) and a satellite receiving antenna. On the first platform is an SPQ-9A radar antenna (dome shaped) and above that is an SPQ-60 radar antenna. Near the top of the mast is the small SPS-55 radar antenna

A view of the foremast of the guided missile cruiser USS TICONDEROGA (CG-47) with an SPS-49 radar antenna (domed shaped). Forward of that atop the bridge is a Mark 99 missile director and to the left is a Mark 15 Phalanx close-in weapons system (CIWS)

A view from port aft of the upper works of the guided missile destroyer USS KIDD (DD 993), showing the radar array and one of the Phalanx 20 mm close-in weapons system (CIWS)

An aerial starboard bow view of the Knox class frigate USS BREWTON (FF 1086) underway. Note the Phalanx Close-In Weapons System (CIWS) on the stern

Weapons aboard the battleship USS NEW JERSEY (BB-62) include, from left to right, a Mark 16 Phalanx close-in weapons system, Mark 141 Harpoon surface-to-surface missile canisters and Mark 143 Tomahawk missile armored box launchers

A gunner's mate loads ammunition into the Phalanx Mark 15 close-in weapons system aboard the battleship USS IOWA (BB 61)

The setting sun is framed by a Mark 16 Phalanx close-in weapons system aboard the battleship USS IOWA (BB-61)

Central Mediterranean Sea. CHIEF Warrant Officer Paul L. Hart makes a time check between test firings of the Mark 16 Phalanx close-in weapons system aboard the aircraft carrier USS CORAL SEA (CV 43) during operations near Libya

The Mark 16 Phalanx close-in weapons system aboard the guided missile frigate USS SAMUEL B. ROBERTS (FFG 58)

Crew members man the rails aboard the battleship USS MISSOURI (BB 63) during a recommissioning rehearsal. In the background is a Mark 16 Phalanx 20 mm close in weapons system

Crewmen stand by prior to the recommissioning of the battleship USS MISSOURI (BB 63). Above the Mark 28 5-inch/38-caliber gun mount is a Mark 16 Phalanx 20 mm close-in weapons system

An officer aboard the Australian guided missile frigate HMAS SYDNEY (FFG-03) photographs activities taking place during an underway replenishment exercise with the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70). Behind him is the ship's Mark 16 Phalanx close in weapons system

Crew members stand by aboard the Australian guided missile frigate HMAS SYDNEY (FFG-03) during an underway replenishment exercise with the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70). Behind him is the ship's Mark 16 Phalanx close in weapons system

An officer aboard the Australian guided missile frigate HMAS SYDNEY (FFG-03) observes activities taking place during an underway replenishment exercise with the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70). Behind him is the ship's Mark 16 Phalanx close in weapons system

A Mark 16 20mm/76-caliber Phalanx close in weapons system on the 05 level deck area of the battleship USS IOWA (BB-61)

The starboard mount No. 51 Mark 28 5-inch/38-caliber gun and the mount No. 21 Mark 16 20mm/76-caliber Phalanx close in weapons system on the battleship USS IOWA (BB-61)

The mount No. 23 Mark 16 20mm/76-caliber Phalanx close in weapons system on the 05 level deck area of the battleship USS IOWA (BB-61)

An officer aboard the Australian guided missile frigate HMAS SYDNEY (FFG 03) photographs activities taking place during an underway replenishment exercise with the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70). Behind him is the ship's Mark 16 Phalanx close-in weapons system

Crew members haul on a line aboard the Australian guided missile frigate HMAS SYDNEY (FFG-03) during an underway replenishment exercise with the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70). Behind him is the ship's Mark 16 Phalanx close in weapons system

Crew members clean the barrels of a Phalanx Mark 16 20 mm/76-cal. close in weapons system after a general quarters drill aboard the battleship USS MISSOURI (BB 63). The ship is on an around the world shakedown cruise

A side view of a Phalanx Mark 16 20 mm/76-cal. close in weapons system being fired during anti-aircraft gunnery training aboard the battleship USS MISSOURI (BB 63). The ship is on an around the world shakedown cruise

A gunner's mate cleans one of the barrels of a Phalanx Mark 16 20 mm/76-cal. close in weapons system after a general quarters drill aboard the battleship USS MISSOURI (BB 63). The ship is on an around the world shakedown cruise

A Mark 16 Phalanx 20 mm close in weapons system is fired during gunnery training aboard the battleship USS MISSOURI (BB 63). The ship is on an around-the-world shakedown cruise

One of two Mark 15 Mod 2 20mm Phalanx close-in weapons system mounted amidships on the guided missile cruiser USS ANTIETAM (CG-54)

A Mark 16 20mm Phalanx close-in weapons system is fired from the stern of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69)

Crew members stand by as a Mark 16 20mm Phalanx close-in weapons system is fired aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69)

A Mark 16 20mm Phalanx close-in weapons system is fired from the stern of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69)

A Mark 16 20 mm Phalanx close-in weapons system is test fired aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69)

A Mark 16 20 mm Phalanx close-in weapons system aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69)

A Mark 16 20 mm Phalanx close-in weapons system is test fired aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT DE. EISENHOWER (CVN 69)

A Mark 16 20mm Phalanx close-in weapons system is test fired aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69)

The Mount 22 Mark 16 20mm Phalanx close-in weapons system (CIWS) is tested fired aboard the battleship USS MISSOURI (BB-63) as the vessel operates in the Gulf of Oman

A fire control technician performs routine maintenance on the servo drive unit of a Mark 16 20mm Phalanx close-in weapons system (CIWS) aboard the battleship USS MISSOURI (BB-63) as the vessel operates in the Gulf of Oman. Exact Date Shot Unknown

Crewmen watch as a Mark 16 Phalanx close-in weapons system (CIWS) is fired during gunnery practice on the battleship USS MISSOURI (BB-63)

Persian Gulf. Crew members services the ammunition feed mechanism on a Mark 15 20 mm Phalanx close-in weapons system aboard the dock landing ship USS MOUNT VERNON (LSD 39)

A fire controlman checks the environmental condition of the Mark 15 Phalanx close-in weapons system aboard the guided missile frigate USS FORD (FFG 54)

Persian Gulf. Crew members service the ammunition feed mechanism on a Mark 15 20 mm Phalanx close-in weapons system aboard the dock landing ship USS MOUNT VERNON (LSD 39)

Persian Gulf. Crew members service the ammunition feed mechanism on a Mark 15 20 mm Phalanx close-in weapons system aboard the dock landing ship USS MOUNT VERNON (LSD 39)

A fire controlman checks the environmental condition of the Mark 15 Phalanx close-in weapons system aboard the guided missile frigate USS FORD (FFG 54)

GUNNER's mates inspect linked belts of Mark 149 Mod 2 20mm ammunition before loading it into the magazine of a Mark 16 Phalanx close-in weapons system aboard the battleship USS MISSOURI (BB-63)

A lookout posted beneath the Mark 15 Phalanx 20 mm close-in weapons system uses binoculars to scan the horizon during a general quarters inspection aboard the guided missile cruiser USS WAINWRIGHT (CG 28). The ship is underway off the coast of Charleston, South Carolina

An ordnanceman aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69) uses an 11/16-inch open-ended wrench to adjust a component of a weapons system from an A-7E Corsair II aircraft

Crewmen service a Mark 15 Phalanx close-in weapons system aboard the guided missile frigate USS SIMPSON (FFG 56) in the Persian Gulf

A view of the Mark 15 20mm Phalanx close-in weapons system (CIWS) on the stern section of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV 62)

A view forward on the amphibious transport dock USS NASHVILLE (LPD 13), showing the bridge, the Phalanx Mark 15 close-in weapons system (CIWS) and a twin mount of Mark 33 3-inch, 50-caliber guns

A Mark 15 20 mm Phalanx close-in weapons system (CIWS) is test fired aboard the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV 62)

A Mark 15 20 mm Phalanx close-in weapons system (CIWS) is test fired aboard the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV 62)

A Mark 15 20 mm Phalanx close-in weapons system (CIWS) is test fired aboard the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV 62)

A Mark 15 20 mm Phalanx close-in weapons system (CIWS) is test fired aboard the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV 62)

A Mark 15 20 mm Phalanx close-in weapons system (CIWS) is test fired aboard the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV 62)

A Mark 15 20 mm Phalanx close-in weapons system (CIWS) is test fired aboard the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV 62)

A Mark 15 20 mm Phalanx close-in weapons system (CIWS) is test fired aboard the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV 62)

A close-up view of the Mark 15 20mm Phalanx close-in weapons system (CIWS) on the superstructure of a U.S. Navy ship being overtaken to starboard by the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) during a seapower demonstration for military officials from the People's Republic of China visiting aboard the NIMITZ

A close-up view of the Mark 15 20mm Phalanx Close-In Weapons System (CIWS) on the superstructure of a U.S. Navy ship being overtaken to starboard by the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) during a seapower demonstration for military officials from the People's Republic of China visiting aboard the NIMITZ

A Mark 16 Phalanx close-in weapons system (CIWS) on the port bow sponson of the aircraft carrier USS FORRESTAL (CV 59). The frigate USS JESSE L. BROWN (FF 1089) is tied up behind the FORRESTAL

A Mark 16 Phalanx close-in weapons system (CIWS) mounted on the port quarter sponson of the aircraft carrier USS FORRESTAL (CV 59)

With the Phalanx Close In Weapons System (CIWS) looming behind them, an American officer points out features of his ship to Soviet navy personnel and other citizens. The Aegis guided missile cruiser USS THOMAS S. GATES (CG-51) and the guided missile frigate USS KAUFFMAN (FFG-59) are making the second goodwill visit to a Soviet port by American warships since World War II

Fire Control Technician 3rd Class Richard Watson performs maintenance on the Mark 15 Phalanx Close-in Weapons System (CIWS) aboard the guided missile cruiser USS BELKNAP (CG 26)

A Mark 15 Phalanx close-in weapons system is fired from the aircraft carrier USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV-67) at sea

A Mark 16 20mm Phalanx Close-In Weapons System (CIWS) is fired aboard the battleship USS MISSOURI (BB-63) during the multinational Exercise RIMPAC '90

A close-up view of the superstructure of the guided missile destroyer USS KIDD (DDG-993). Radar units on the mast include the SPQ-9A fire control radar, SPS-49 air search antenna and SPS-55 surface search radar. An SPG-51D radar antenna is atop the bridge. A Mark 16 Phalanx close-in weapons system is to the right of the bridge while a Mark 26 missile launcher is on the main deck. The KIDD is departing the roadstead for the Persian Gulf

A close-up view of a Mark 16 Phalanx close-in weapons system (CIWS)aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72)

A close-up view of a Mark 16 Phalanx close-in weapons system (CIWS) aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72)

A Mark 16 Phalanx close-in weapons system (CIWS) is test fired from Mount 24 aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72)

Crew members aboard the guided missile frigate USS DOYLE (FFG-39) stand by for transfer of the refueling hose from the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72) during underway replenishment operations between the LINCOLN and the DOYLE. The crew members are standing near a Mark 16 Phalanx close-in weapons system (CIWS)

A Tomahawk BGM-109 land attack missile (TLAM) is fired from a Mark 143 launcher aboard the battleship USS MISSOURI (BB-63) on the first day of the Operation Desert Storm offensive against Iraq. A Phalanx Mark 15 close-in weapons system (CIWS) stands in the foreground

A Tomahawk BGM-109 land attack missile (TLAM) is readied for firing from a Mark 143 launcher aboard the battleship USS MISSOURI (BB-63) on the first day of the Operation Desert Storm offensive against Iraq. A Phalanx Mark 15 close-in weapons system (CIWS) stands in the foreground

A Mark 15 Phalanx close-in weapons system stands above a banner displayed from the nuclear-powered guided missile cruiser USS BAINBRIDGE (CGN-25) to welcome the crew of the nuclear-powered guided missile cruiser USS SOUTH CAROLINA (CGN-37). The SOUTH CAROLINA has just arrived, along with other ships of the aircraft carrier USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV-67) battle group, after being deployed in the Persian Gulf area during Operation Desert Storm

Crew members stand near a Mark 15 Phalanx close-in weapons system as they wave to loved ones from the railing of the amphibious assault ship USS OKINAWA (LPH-3). The vessel is returning from service in the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm

A Phalanx close-in weapons system (CIWS) displaying its ammunition belt of 20mm rounds stands on the Mall as part of a static display of aircraft, armor and weaponry. The display is part of the National Victory Celebration which is being held in honor of the Allied forces' liberation of Kuwait during Operation Desert Storm

Crew members perform routine maintenance on a Mark 15 Phalanx close-in weapons system (CIWS) on the stern of the amphibious command ship USS BLUE RIDGE (LCC-19). The BLUE RIDGE is in the area to take part in exercise Valiant Blitz '91

A crew member monitors computerized controls of the Phalanx close-in weapons system (CIWS) during a general quarters drill aboard the aircraft carrier USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV-67)

The Turkish flag is raised on the stern of the former frigate USS REASONER (FF-1063) following the vessel's decommissioning from U.S. naval service and its transfer to the Turkish navy as the frigate TCG KOCATEPE (F-252). The frigate has a 20mm Mark 15 Phalanx close-in weapons system mounted on the stern

A night time test firing of the Phalanx Mark 15 Close In Weapons System (CIWS) located on the port side forward on board the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). In the background can be seen the tracer fire from the port stern CIWS

Test firing of a Phalanx Mark 15 close in weapons system (CIWS) on board the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). The LINCOLN is on the homeward bound leg of a six month deployment for WestPac '93

Fire Control Technician First Class (FC1) Jim Begalla performs preventative maintenance checks on the Mark 15 Phalanx Close-in weapons System (CIWS) on board the guided missile destroyer USS JOHN PAUL JONES (DDG-53)

Members of the 75th Combat Munitions Unit, Munitions Flight, 23rd Maintenance Squadron, feed 30mm rounds into the GAU-8 weapons system of an A-10A Thunderbolt II of the 75th Fighter Squadron

MASTER SGT. Bud Schiwart and STAFF SGT. Dale DeAngee, both from the 152nd Tactical Reconnaissance Group, Reno, Nevada, place tubes connected with the weapons system on the aircraft into Styrofoam cases at Roswell Industrial Air Center

Front gate sign of Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, home station of the 9th Bomb Squadron, and site of the launch and recovery of a pair of B-1B Lancer bombers during exercise CORONET BAT. This mission is a non-stop around the world flight to demonstrate global power and global reach of this weapons system

The Weapons System Training building, completed April 1996, maintains the same construction style as the older buildings dating to the 1930's

Fire Control Technicians Third Class Ben Mitchell and John Rhodes performing preventitive maintenance on USS TARAWA's (LHA 1) MK 15 Phalanx Close In Weapons System (CIWS) while on patrol off Southern California in support of Exercise KERNEL BLITZ '97. KERNEL BLITZ is designed to enhance the training of Sailors and Marines in the complexities of brigade-size amphibious assault operations

Air Force CPT Tracy Patton (right), Deputy Missle Combat Crew Commander watches as CPT Gary Stevens (left), Missle Combat Crew Commander, monitors the Rapid Execution and Combat Targeting (REACT) weapons system during the joint military exercise GLOBAL GUARDIAN '98. The REACT, located within the Missle Alert Facility, is manned by a two man, 24-hour, alert duty team and provides essential communication and control for specific missile sites

Woodworkers Earl Teer (foreground) and Robert Denyer (background) measure cutaways for protective wooden walls with access doors to cover surgical cuts in a B-52H Stratofortress. Analysis shows that the B-52H's life span can be extended beyond the year 2045, possibly makind the aircraft the first "century" weapons system. To do that, parts and substructures from B-53G's are needed for the H Models. This image was used in the April 2000 AIRMAN Magazine article "Phoenix Rising."

Straight on medium shot as USAF Technical Sergeant Richard Stover (in background driving loader) raises an AGM-154A Joint Stand-off Weapon (JSOW), as MASTER Sergeant Bradly Haynie (left) and STAFF Sergeant Frank Furtado (right) guide it to a weapons upload training aircraft at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina. The 20th Fighter Wing at Shaw Air Force Base, is the first Air Force F-16 unit to implement the Joint Stand-off Weapon ( JSOW), system. The three-person weapons loading team from the 20th Operations Group Weapons Standardization section, are being certified to upload the new weapons system

A profile medium close-up shot from a high angle looking down as USAF STAFF Sergeant Frank Furtado (left) and MASTER Sergeant Bradly Haynie (right) upload an AGM-154A Joint Stand-off Weapon (JSOW), on the pylon of an F-16CJ fighter aircraft at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina. The 20th Fighter Wing at Shaw Air Force Base, is the first Air Force F-16 unit to implement the Joint Stand-off Weapon (JSOW), system. The weapons loading team at the 20th Operations Group, Weapons Standardization section are currently being certified to upload the new weapons system

Right side rear view medium shot as USAF Technical Sergeant Richard Stover (left), raises an AGM-154A Joint Stand-off Weapon (JSOW), as MASTER Sergeant Bradly Haynie and STAFF Sergeant Frank Furtado, guide it into place on the pylon of an F-16CJ fighter aircraft at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina. The 20th Fighter Wing at Shaw Air Force Base, is the first Air Force F-16 unit to implement the Joint Stand-off Weapon (JSOW), system. The three-person weapons loading team from the 20th Operations Group Weapons Standardization section, are being certified to upload the new weapons system

Rear view medium close-up shot as US Air Force SENIOR AIRMAN Tracy Medford (right) transports an AGM-154A Joint Stand-off Weapon (JSOW), after downloading it into its storage container with SENIOR AIRMAN David Campbell from the pylon of an F-16CJ fighter aircraft at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina. SRA Medford and SRA Campbell are both Armament Sytems specialists assigned to the 20th Operations Group Weapons Standardization section, Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina. The 20th Fighter Wing at Shaw Air Force Base, is the first Air Force F-16 unit to implement the Joint Stand-off Weapon (JSOW) system. The Weapons Standardization section loading teams are currently being certified to ...

Straight on medium close-up shot as US Air Force STAFF Sergeant Scott Lodge connects a weapons test set to an AGM-154A Joint Stand-off Weapon (JSOW). SSGT Lodge is a Munitions System specialists assigned to the 20th Equipment Maintenance Squadron, at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina. The 20th Fighter Wing at Shaw Air Force Base, is the first Air Force F-16 unit to implement the Joint Stand-off Weapon (JSOW) system. Munition system personnel at Shaw Air Force Base, are currently being certified on the new weapons system

Left side rear view, medium close-up shot from a high angle, looking down as US Air Force Technical Sergeant Daniel McLean (left) and STAFF Sergeant Scott Lodge demonstrate programming and testing of the AGM-154A Joint Stand-off Weapon (JSOW), while the weapon is still inside the storage container. According to SSGT McLean, the ability to test and program the weapon while stored inside the sealed containers will prevent corrosion and damage as well as saving many hours of maintenance time. SSGT McLean and SSGT Lodge are both Munitions System specialists assigned to the 20th Equipment Maintenance Squadron at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina. The 20th Fighter Wing at Shaw Air Force Base...

Right side profile medium close-up shot as US Air Force SENIOR AIRMAN Richard Riggins (foreground) demonstrates programming and testing of an AGM-154A Joint Stand-off Weapon (JSOW), as Technical Sergeant Daniel McLean checks procedures in the technical data. SRA Riggins and TSGT McLean are both Munitions System specialists assigned to the 20th Equipment Maintenance Squadron at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina. The 20th Fighter Wing at Shaw Air Force Base, is the first Air Force F-16 unit to implement the Joint Stand-off Weapon (JSOW) system. Munition system personnel at Shaw Air Force Base, are currently being certified on the new weapons system