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The Royal Australian Navy Adelaide class frigate HMAS Melbourne has successfully fired two medium-range missiles as part of a training exercise.

Earlier this month the Evolved Sea Sparrow  missiles were fired from the vessel at two unmanned aerial targets - launched from the Beecroft Range at Jervis Bay off the coast of New South Wales.

The ship is currently undergoing her operational training programme. A MK-41 Vertical Launch System was used to deploy the missiles and controlled them in flight. 

According to a statement released by the Australian Defence Force, Navy ships conduct similar training throughout the year to prepare for operational duties.

Commanding Officer Melbourne, Commander Bill Waters, said the firing confirmed the potency of the frigate's combat systems.

"We do extensive simulation, but by conducting a live missile firing we validate this training and prove the accuracy and precision of our combat systems," he added.

The Evolved Sea Sparrow is a "semi-active homing missile". It relies on a radar to make flight corrections and complete midcourse data uplinks. It has the capability to be used either surface-to-air or surface-to-surface. 

HMAS Melbourne will leave for the Middle East later this year, as apart of Operation MANITOU, where she will help with efforts to fight terrorism and the trade of narcotics.

MANITOU is the Australian Defence Force's maritime security effort to the global effort to fight the security threat in the Middle East region.

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