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Photos: Sailors aboard USS Harry S. Truman conduct live fire test

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Posted at 3:06 PM, Jul 26, 2012
and last updated 2012-07-26 16:39:52-04

ATLANTIC OCEAN – Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman  conducted live fire 40mm saluting battery tests on July 23.

This was Truman’s first time testing the mounts using live rounds since completing its docking planned incremental availability (DPIA) July 15.

During DPIA, Truman Sailors tested the mounts using dummy rounds.

According to Senior Chief Gunner’sMate Daniel Britt, the weapons department’s G-2 division officer, Sailors fired 10 live rounds during the test to ensure the mounts were functioning well.

“Shooting live rounds as opposed to dummy rounds gives us a better idea on how the guns are operating,” said Britt. “We we pleased with success of the evolution and to see the guns were operating normally.”

Saluting battery is performed when rendering honors to distinguished visitors, senior officers, at a change of command, or other naval vessels, said Britt.

Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class Jorge Mendez, assigned to G-2 division of weapons department, said he is proud to be a part of a Navy tradition.

“Truman is known to go above and beyond in everything we do,” said Mendez. “We are looking to exceed the normal standards during testing and continue to represent Truman.”