The guided missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67) fires a Standard Missile Three (SM-3) during a joint Missile Defense Agency / U.S. Navy ballistic missile intercept flight test. The maritime capability is designed to intercept short to medium-range ballistic missile threats in the midcourse phase of flight.
The US Navy will deploy 18 warships in the Ballistic Missile Defense role in 2009.
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