Damnation--I even flagged this four months ago.
So MTC, why does the DPRK feel the need to hurry up and conclude the tests of its new missile at this time?
Because she's coming...
Image courtesy CNN.com
U.S. Navy test intercepts warhead
Friday, June 23, 2006; Posted: 12:39 p.m. EDT (16:39 GMT) WASHINGTON -- A U.S. warship has successfully knocked down a short-range missile fired from Hawaii, the Pentagon has said, amid global concerns about a possible North Korea missile test.
An interceptor rocket fired from the cruiser USS Shiloh knocked down the warhead from a target missile about 250 miles off Kauai shortly after noon (6 p.m. ET), the Defense Department's missile defense agency reported on Thursday.
The U.S. missile defense agency said Thursday's test had been scheduled for months and was not prompted by indications that North Korea was planning to test launch a long-range missile, AP reported.
The latest test of the U.S. missile defense program is the seventh time in eight attempts the military has successfully shot down a target with a ship-based interceptor, the Pentagon said.
A Japanese warship took part in the exercise, using its radar to track the test missile, the Pentagon said.
It is the first time a U.S. ally has taken part in a sea-based missile defense test after Tokyo agreed to develop missile defense technology with America last year.
On August 14, 2006 the crew of the USS Shiloh (CG 67) will walk off their ship. In a hull swap, the Japan-based crew of the USS Chancellorsville will take over the ship, rename it the Chancellorsville, and deliver it to Japan for the start of a 10-year deployment.
The USS Shiloh has been the launch platform for the U.S. Navy's SM-3 anti-ballistic missile test series for the last two years. It is one of only three ships in the world with the capability of shooting down ballistic missiles. The others are the USS Lake Erie (CG 70) and USS Port Royal (CG 73), both of which are homeported in Hawaii.
Did I recently say I was an idiot?
Well, this just about proves it.
Then again, who would of guessed that anyone in the DPRK watches CNN instead of Fox News?