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Pacific Missile Range Facility, Kauai, Hawaii (Jun 13, 2002) -- The Missile defense Agency (MDA) and the U.S. Navy announced a successful flight test in the continuing development of the Sea-Based Midcourse (SMD) element of the Ballistic Missile Defense System capability.  Flight Mission Three (FM-3) involved the firing of a developmental Standard Missile Three (SM-3) from the Aegis cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG 70) to intercept an Aries ballistic missile target launched for the Pacific Missile Range Facility on the island of Kauai, Hawaii.  U.S. Navy photo.  (RELEASED)

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Photo description

Photo Date
June 13, 2002
Not available
Caption Writer
LCDR P."C" Jensen, Dep. Director, NVNS
Copyright Status
Public domain / free use
Service Branch
US Navy
Primary Equipment
CG 70
Other Visible Equipment
SM-3 Standard Missile, MK-41 VLS
Plane Number
Not available
Not available
Tail Code
Not available
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Night launch, large fire plume, missile just clear of launch tube