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Watch the US Navy fire a Tomahawk land attack missile

A Tomahawk missile is fired from the USS Laboon in April 2018. (DVIDS)
May 31, 2018

The U.S. military recently released video footage of the guided-missile destroyer USS Laboon (DDG 58) firing a Tomahawk land attack missile on April 14.

The USS Laboon is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of maritime security operations, to reassure allies and partners and preserve the freedom of navigation and the free flow of commerce in the region.

Watch the video footage:

Tomahawk missiles are “modern, mature, powerful” and can “can circle for hours, shift course instantly on command and beam a picture of its target to controllers halfway around the world before striking with pinpoint accuracy,” according to manufacturer Raytheon.

U.S. and allied militaries have deployed the missiles more than 2,000 times in combat “to conduct precise strikes on high-value targets with minimal collateral damage.”

Their use was confirmed in the April 14 strike by the Defense Department.