When our country needed us, this time it wasnt about taking a pirate vessel or thankfully a rescue mission for people in need.  This time it was congress asking CNO (Chief of Naval Operations) Hey Admiral what NAVY assets do we have that can take this satellite out for us.  I garantee this was a Chief (E-7) and his very best Fire Controlman probably a First Class with a couple of young sailors (FC rating as well) in tow for training.  This is why a young person joins the Navy, in the hopes that someday they can fire the missile to destroy a satellite in service to country.  These stories make me proud to say I am a Navyman.  I am envious,  it took a few days to plan and I bet every FC on that ship was there crammed in the fire control room just listening, hoping they were the one that could push the button.  I know someone at work that knows a bunch of folks on the L.E this is huge for the Sailor that got to say..Fire One or words to that effect.  I love this Navy,  the pride those Sailors must feel onboard right now makes me envious…just a quick thought for today

Missile Strikes a Spy Satellite Falling From Its Orbit

U.S. Navy handout via Associated Press

The missile launching from the Lake Erie, an Aegis-class cruiser, on Wednesday night.

Published: February 21, 2008
WASHINGTON — A missile interceptor launched from a Navy warship has struck a dying American spy satellite orbiting 130 miles over the Pacific Ocean, the Pentagon announced late Wednesday.

U.S. Navy

Completing a mission in which an interceptor designed for missile defense was used for the first time to attack a satellite, the Lake Erie, an Aegis-class cruiser, fired a single missile on Wednesday night.

Officials cautioned that while early information indicated that the interceptor’s “kill vehicle” had hit the satellite, it would be 24 hours before it could be determined whether the fuel tank with 1,000 pounds of toxic hydrazine had been destroyed as planned.

Even so, one official who received a late-night briefing on the mission expressed confidence that the impact had been so powerful that the fuel tank probably had been ruptured.

Completing a mission in which an interceptor designed for missile defense was used for the first time to attack a satellite, the Lake Erie, an Aegis-class cruiser, fired a single missile just before 10:30 p.m. Eastern time, and the missile hit the satellite as it traveled at more than 17,000 miles per hour, the Pentagon said in its official announcement.

“A network of land-, air-, sea- and spaced-based sensors confirms that the U.S. military intercepted a nonfunctioning National Reconnaissance Office satellite which was in its final orbits before entering the Earth’s atmosphere,” the statement said.

By early Wednesday, three Navy warships were in position in the Pacific Ocean to launch the interceptors and to track the mission.

Radar and other tracking equipment, both in space and on the ground, were monitored at Vandenberg Air Force Base, in California, and at a space command headquarters in Colorado Springs, with control of the operation managed by the Strategic Command in Omaha, Neb.

Although the satellite circles the globe every 90 minutes, analysts pinpointed a single overhead pass each day that would offer the best chance of striking the satellite and then having half of the debris fall into the atmosphere in the next three orbits over water or less-populated areas of the Earth.

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10 thoughts on “PRIDE

  1. capt tee-shirt

    teeshirt here i found youll glad to see that pretty picture of the lady it the other person youll cool pictures youll feel good

  2. Mom

    Stephen I knew the Navy is almost as good as the Army. If you want I can send you some snow. Glad you enjoyed your visit with the kids. Remember to Keep SMILEING

  3. highway


  4. JustMe

    Ya Liz, run now; run while you can. The McD clan will pull you in and never let you go. RUN for you life…. It’s too late for the current wives, but you still have a chance. RUN!!!!

  5. highway

    hey just you dont like being part of la familia sounds like you got issues lady liz marrying papichulo el grande

  6. highway

    oh yeah z-man wheres pic of zeus hes the best

  7. JustMe

    Ha Ha. A sense of humor is a wonderful thing. Everyone should have one. Don’t you agree Shantyman?

  8. JustMe

    I have no complaints about being married into this family. They are great to me. Was just kidding..

  9. highway

    lisa got ya i love breaking chops you ok in my book i think yall love lady liz

  10. bryanne

    I’m jealous too, wish i could be on the boat that gets to do something cool like that…i want my hand on the red button…choose your rate, choose your fate, huh?

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