080220-N-XXXXX-025 PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb 20, 2008) At a single modified tactical Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) launches from the U.S. Navy AEGIS cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG 70), successfully impacting a non-functioning National Reconnaissance Office satellite approximately 247 kilometers (133 nautical miles) over the Pacific Ocean, as it traveled in space at more than 17,000 mph. President George W. Bush decided to bring down the satellite because of the likelihood that the satellite could release hydrazine fuel upon impact, possibly in populated areas. U.S. Navy photo (Released)
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I know those guys are excited. BZ to all the folks that made this happen.
I wonder what our Far Eastern friends think…
UPDATE: I found this cool video on the Phibian’s website.
I must say, I think this is great that we are showing this to the world. I know China shot down a satellite last year, but we did this from a ship at sea.
And no matter what anyone thinks, if we really want to, our ships can still show up unannounced on someone’s front doorstep…