U.S. Navy Lamps Operations Report 740817

The light airborne multipurpose system (LAMPS) is a destroyer/helicopter system designed to extend the antisubmarine warfare and surveillance capabilities of destroyer class ships beyond the horizon. The LAMPS program consists of two principal elements: the MK I system using modified H-2 helicopters aboard modified DASH ships, which has been operational since 1971; and the follow-on MK III system, with greatly increased capability, which is in full-scale development. The LAMPS concept has been proved and fully accepted by the fleet. All new surface combatants will have the capability of operating helicopters.


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