09/21/2013: A RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) is launched from the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) during a missile firing exercise.
Boxer is underway off the coast of Southern California conducting a composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX).
RAM is the fruit of a very successful US-German arms collaboration built around a core missile developed by Hughes aircraft, and now Raytheon.
It is in use by the American, German, South Korean, Greek, Turkish, Saudi and Egyptian navies.
COMPTUEX is a scenario-driven exercise aimed at integrating the ships of the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group through a series of live training events.
Credit:Defense Imagery Management Operations Center:7/18/13