Navy test expands America’s missile shield | Tom Roeder – Colorado Springs Gazette

The Pentagon showed it can shoot down enemy missiles from the sea with a successful test of an interceptor launched from a destroyer.

The Nov. 16 test in the Pacific Ocean saw the USS John Finn launch a type of missile once used to shoot down enemy planes to strike an intercontinental ballistic missile fired from Kwajalein Atoll. It was a public demonstration of a capability the Navy has long claimed and its a signal to American rivals that their nuclear missiles and new weapons aimed at taking out American aircraft carriers may be outdated.

“This was an incredible accomplishment and critical milestone,” Vice Adm. Jon Hill, who heads the Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency, said in a statement.