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    USS John P. Murtha Underway for NASA's Orion Mission

    SAN DIEGO, CA, UNITED STATES

    10.30.2018

    Courtesy Story

    Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet           

    SAN DIEGO - San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS John P. Murtha (LPD 26) is underway to conduct Underway Recovery Test (URT) 7 in conjunction with NASA off the coast of Southern California.

    URT is part of a U.S. government interagency effort to safely practice and evaluate recovery processes, procedures, hardware and personnel in an open ocean environment that will be used to recover the Orion spacecraft upon its return to Earth.

    This will be the first time John P. Murtha will conduct a URT mission with NASA. Throughout the history of the program, a variety of San Antonio-class LPD ships have been utilized to train and prepare NASA and the Navy, utilizing a Boiler Plate Test Article (BTA). The BTA is a mock capsule, designed to roughly the same size, shape, and center of gravity as the Crew Module which will be used for Orion.

    NASA and Navy teams have taken lessons learned from previous recovery tests to improve operations and ensure the ability to safely and successfully recover the Orion capsule when it returns to Earth following Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1) in December 2019.

    EM-1 will be an uncrewed flight, whose successful completion hopes to pave the way for future crewed missions and enable future missions to the Moon, Mars, and beyond.

    During URT-7, John P. Murtha will conduct restricted maneuvering operations. Small boats carrying Navy and NASA divers will deploy alongside the BTA to rig tending lines, guiding the capsule to Anchorage as the ship safely operates on station.

    Conducting both daytime and nighttime recovery operations, NASA crew members will work alongside the Navy to manage how the capsule is brought in, set down and safely stored.

    NASA plans to conduct two more URT missions before EM-1 takes place.

    John P. Murtha is homeported in San Diego and is part of Naval Surface Forces and U.S. 3rd Fleet.

    Commander, U.S. Third Fleet leads naval forces in the Pacific and provides realistic, relevant training necessary for an effective global Navy. They coordinate with Commander, U.S. Seventh Fleet to plan and execute missions based on their complementary strengths to promote ongoing peace, security, and stability.
    For more news from Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet, visit www.navy.mil/local/c3f/.
    For more news from USS John P. Murtha (LPD 26), visit https://www.public.navy.mil/surfor/lpd26/

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    Date Taken: 10.30.2018
    Date Posted: 10.30.2018 15:20
    Story ID: 298260
    Location: SAN DIEGO, CA, US 

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