01/19/2017: HMAS Melbourne (FFG 05) has conducted a three week Systems Qualification Trail (SQT) off the east coast of Australia.
The SQT, following a period of dry docking and maintenance for much of the year, is a series of measured trails designed to validate the ship’s combat systems.
The successful SQT included an automated Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM) firing, Practise Drop Torpedo (PDT) firing, Close In Weapon System (CIWS) firing and gunnery serials including 76mm and 12.7mm.
Additionally, the ship’s combat survivability was tested with increasingly complex damage control exercises.
Credit: Australian MoD:12/10/16