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Subject: Splash One! USS Paul Hamilton DDG60
RockyMTNClimber    11/3/2008 12:16:49 PM
This is the first test run by the fleet ran a test/training exercise. Is this a new Navy program to train CG/DDG crews in counter ballistic missile warfare? Pretty cool I think. HONOLULU - U.S. Navy officials say one of two short-range ballistic missiles shot from a military facility in Hawaii in a defense system test was hit by an interceptor missile fired from a Navy ship. Vice Adm. Samuel J. Locklear says Saturday's trial marked the first time that the Navy - rather than the Pentagon's Missile Defense Agency - oversaw the firing of a so-called Standard Missile-3 interceptor against a ballistic missile target. The San Diego-based U.S. Third Fleet had command and control of the mission, in which two target missiles were fired from the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai island. An SM-3 fired from the USS Paul Hamilton directly hit the first target missile. Another ship, the USS Hopper, failed to intercept the second target missile that was fired.
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RockyMTNClimber    USN: Putting warheads on foreheads since 1775   11/3/2008 12:22:26 PM
In this image provided by the US Navy a Standard Missile - 3 (SM-3) is launched" width="213" />
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HERALD1357    Past OPeval into fleet eval?   11/3/2008 8:09:54 PM
Looks like final quals before general deployment.
LOOOOOOOOOOONG time coming. Maybe just in the nick of time?

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