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Mk-41 Vertical Launching System (VLS)
 

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The Mk 41 Vertical Launching System / VLS is a modular, below deck, canister missile launching system that was originally designed for the Navy’s Aegis-equipped guided missile cruisers to provide air threat protection for naval battle groups. The Mk 41 VLS is a multi-missile, multi-mission launcher, capable of launching SM-2, SM-3, SM-6, ESSM, Tomahawk, and Vertical Launch ASROC missiles.

Features:
Anti-Air Warfare (AAW)
Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW)
Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD)
Land Attack/Strike

Manufacturer:
Martin Marietta Corp.
Lockheed Martin (since 1995)

Models:
Mk 41 / Mod.0 - Ticonderoga class CG (61 cells forward & aft)
Mk 41 / Mod.1 - Spruance class DD (61 cells forward)
Mk 41 / Mod.2 - Arleigh Burke class DDG / DDG 51-78 (29 cells forward, 61 cells aft)
Mk 41 / Mod.3 - Brandenburg class Frigate / Germany (16 cells)
Mk 41 / Mod.5 - Anzac class Frigate / Australia (8 cells)
Mk 41 / Mod.7 - Arleigh Burke class DDG / DDG 79-91 (31 cells forward, 64 cells aft)
Mk 41 / Mod.8 - Barbaros class Frigate / Turkey (16 cells)
Mk 41 / Mod.10 - Sachsen class Frigate / Germany (32 cells)
Mk 41 / Mod.15 - Arleigh Burke class DDG / DDG 92 and up (31 cells forward, 64 cells aft)
Mk 41 / Mod.16 - Adelaide class Frigate / Australia (8 cells)

Used for:
RIM-67 Standard Missile ER
RIM-161 Standard Missile 3
RIM-174 Standard ERAM
RIM-7 Sea Sparrow
RIM-162 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM)
BGM-109 Tomahawk
RUM-139 VL-ASROC


In use:
Australia: Adelaide class Frigate (8 cells), Anzac class Frigate (8 cells)
Canada: Iroquois class Destroyer (29 cells)
Denmark: Iver Huitfeldt class Frigate (32 cells)
Germany: Sachsen class Frigate (32 cells), Brandenburg class Frigate (16 cells)
Japan: Atago class Destroyer (96 cells), Kongou class Destroyer (96 cells), Hyuga class Helicopter Destroyer (16 cells),
           Murasame class Destroyer (16 cells), Takanami class Destroyer (32 cells), Akizuki class Destroyer (32 cells)
Netherlands: De Zeven Provincien class Frigate (40 cells)
Norway: Fridtjof Nansen class Frigate (8 or 16 cells)
New Zealand: Anzac class Frigate (8 cells)
South Korea: Chungmugong Yi Sun Shin class Destroyer (32 cells), King Sejong the Great class Destroyer (80 cells)
Spain: Alvaro de Bazan class Frigate (48 cells)
Thailand: Naresuan class Frigate (8 cells)
Turkey: Gaziantep class Frigate (8 cells), Barbaros class Frigate (16 cells)
USA: Spruance class Destroyer (61 cells), Arleigh Burke class Destroyer (96 cells), Ticonderoga class Cruiser (122 cells)
  

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forward Mk-41 VLS aboard USS Laboon (DDG 58)

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aft Mk-41 VLS aboard USS Lake Erie (CG 70)

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forward Mk-41 VLS aboard USS McFaul (DDG 74) - own photo

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forward Mk-41 VLS aboard USS McFaul (DDG 74) - own photo


aft Mk-41 VLS aboard USS McFaul (DDG 74) - own photo

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aft Mk-41 VLS aboard USS McFaul (DDG 74) - own photo

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aft Mk-41 VLS aboard USS Mahan (DDG 72) - own photo


forward Mk-41 VLS aboard USS Mahan (DDG 72) - own photo


aft Mk-41 VLS aboard USS Vicksburg (CG 69) - own photo

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aft Mk-41 VLS aboard USS Vicksburg (CG 69) - own photo

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aft Mk-41 VLS aboard USS Hue City (CG 66) - own photo


forward Mk-41 VLS aboard USS San Jacinto (CG 56)


a missile canister was loaded into a Mk-41 VLS aboard USS Benfold (DDG 65)


Mk-41 VLS aboard USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62)


Mk-41 VLS aboard USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62)


Mk-41 VLS aboard USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62)


Mk-41 VLS aboard USS Hue City (CG 66)


forward Mk-41 VLS aboard USS Pinckney (DDG 91)

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32-cell Mk-41 VLS aboard a Japan Maritime Self Defense Force Akizuki class Destroyer

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forward Mk-41 VLS aboard a Japan Maritime Self Defense Force Kongou class DDG

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aft Mk-41 VLS aboard a Japan Maritime Self Defense Force Kongou class DDG

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8-cell Mk-41 VLS aboard a Royal New Zealand Navy Anzac class Frigate

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8-cell Mk-41 VLS aboard a Royal New Zealand Navy Anzac class Frigate

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8-cell Mk-41 VLS aboard a Royal New Zealand Navy Anzac class Frigate

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16-cell Mk-41 VLS aboard a German Navy Brandenburg class Frigate

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16-cell Mk-41 VLS aboard a German Navy Brandenburg class Frigate

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BGM-109 Tomahawk launch from the forward Mk-41 VLS aboard USS Pinckney (DDG 91)

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BGM-109 Tomahawk launch from the forward Mk-41 VLS aboard USS Pinckney (DDG 91)

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BGM-109 Tomahawk launch from the forward Mk-41 VLS aboard USS Farragut (DDG 99)

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RIM-161 Standard Missile SM-3 was launched from the Mk-41 VLS aboard USS Lake Erie (CG 71)

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RIM-161 Standard Missile SM-3 was launched from the Mk-41 VLS aboard USS Lake Erie (CG 71)

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RIM-161 Standard Missile SM-3 was launched from the Mk-41 VLS aboard USS Lake Erie (CG 71)

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a missile canister was installed into the Mk-41 VLS aboard USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81)


a missile canister was loaded on USS Pinckney (DDG 91)


VLS missile canisters were prepared for loading on USS Pinckney (DDG 91)


a missile canister was removed from the Mk-41 VLS aboard USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54)

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a 8-cell module was installed into a Mk-41 VLS aboard USS Bunker Hill (CG 52)

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a 8-cell module was installed into a Mk-41 VLS aboard USS Mobile Bay (CG 53)


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VLS loading crane aboard USS Hopper (DDG 70)


VLS loading crane

 
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