USS Desert Ship (LLS-1)

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USS Desert Ship (LLS-1)
Part of Naval Surface Warfare Center
White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico
USS Desert Ship LLS-1.PNG
TypeAboveground facility
Site information
Open to
the public
No
Site history
Built1957-1958
In use1958-Present
Built byU.S. Navy
Garrison information
GarrisonWhite Sands Missile Range, New Mexico
OccupantsNaval Surface Warfare Center
 
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USS Desert Ship (LLS-1)
Part of Naval Surface Warfare Center
White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico
USS Desert Ship LLS-1.PNG
TypeAboveground facility
Site information
Open to
the public
No
Site history
Built1957-1958
In use1958-Present
Built byU.S. Navy
Garrison information
GarrisonWhite Sands Missile Range, New Mexico
OccupantsNaval Surface Warfare Center

USS Desert Ship (LLS-1) is a concrete blockhouse providing assembly and launch facilities simulating shipboard conditions for Navy surface-to-air weapons testing[1] at the Naval Air Warfare Center (NAWC) Weapons Division - White Sands.[2]

Origin[edit]

The beginning of construction of the Desert Ship coincided with the start of testing of the RIM-8 Talos missile. Although there was a mock christening upon completion of the building, the Desert Ship has never been commissioned and special permission from Congress was required to name the building "USS Desert Ship".[3] The designation "LLS" stands for "Land Locked Ship".

History[edit]

Talos missile launch at White Sands.

Desert Ship was originally used to test the Talos missile. Subsequent uses have included testing the Standard Missile,[4] Aegis Weapons System,[5] and, in mid-2008, the Standard Missile 6.[6]

The Desert Ship is one of two "Land-Locked Ships" operated by the U.S. Navy, the other being the USS Rancocas in New Jersey.[7]

Chronology[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x "A Brief History of White Sands Proving Ground 1941-1965". New Mexico State University. Retrieved 2010-08-19. 
  2. ^ "White Sands". Retrieved 2008-06-26. 
  3. ^ George Helfrich (August 2007). "The Navy Blasted Off At Launch Complex 35" (PDF). Hands Across History. White Sands Historical Foundation, White Sands Pioneer Group. pp. 4–7. Retrieved 2008-06-26. 
  4. ^ "The First Forty Years" (PDF). The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. 1983. p. 52. Retrieved 2008-06-26. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Navy Test Confirms Missile Firing Capability of Aegis Open Architecture". Reuters. 2008-01-28. Retrieved 2006-06-26. 
  6. ^ "US Navy Conducts First Test Of Raytheon Standard Missile 6". Farlex, Inc. 2008-06-28. Retrieved 2010-06-05. 
  7. ^ Secret gadgets and strange gizmos Google Books Search Result
  8. ^ a b c "Chronology: Cowboys to V-2s to the Space Shuttle to lasers".