SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67) participated in the successful execution of Flight Test Mission (FTM)-10 off the coast of Hawaii June 22.
The test was the seventh intercept in eight program flight tests by the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense system. This maritime capability is designed to intercept short- to medium-range ballistic missile threats in the midcourse phase of flight.
During the Joint Missile Defense Agency/U.S. Navy ballistic missile flight test, Shiloh launched a Standard SM-3 missile. Two minutes later, the SM-3 intercepted a separating ballistic missile threat target, launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Barking Sands, Kauai, Hawaii.
"FTM 10 was more than just a great success for Shiloh; it was a great success for the Navy, and in a larger sense, for the nation," said Shiloh's Commanding Officer, Capt. Kevin S. J. Eyer. "The ability to intercept a ballistic missile target, in space, at unbelievable speeds, is another step closer to being a routine fleet capability."
After the successful mission, Shiloh was visited by Commander, Carrier Strike Group 9, Rear Adm. John W. Goodwin, and Commander and Program Director of Ballistic Missile Defense, Rear Adm. Alan B. Hicks, who praised the crew on their hard work and success.
Shiloh returned to San Diego July 5.
Shiloh is the 21st ship of the Ticonderoga (CG 47) class.
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