AOL Defense: Virginia-Class Subs Could Bolster Cruise Missile Fleet, but Where’s the Money?

18.10.11

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by DAVID AXE

The nuclear-powered submarine USS Florida was lying in wait, quietly submerged off the Libyan coast, when the order came from then-Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to launch its cruise missiles.

It was the evening of March 19. Two days before, the U.N. Security Council had unanimously voted to approve Resolution 1973, authorizing a no-fly zone over Libya aimed at protecting civilians against the forces of Moammar Gadhafi’s repressive regime. To clear the way for the no-fly zone, the U.S. Navy and Royal Navy prepared a barrage of more than 100 precision-guided Tomahawk cruise missiles.

With a capacity of 154 Tomahawks, the Florida — a former ballistic-missile boat converted to non-nuclear missiles in 2006 — was by far the most powerful Tomahawk shooter off Libya. The night of March 19 she fired no fewer than 90 Tomahawks, with deadly accuracy. “I could see their professionalism and determination in their faces,” Chief Fire Control Technician Lee Taylor, from Florida‘s strike fire control division, said of his sailors. They hunched over their consoles, carefully managing the underwater missile launches over a period of hours.

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One Response to “AOL Defense: Virginia-Class Subs Could Bolster Cruise Missile Fleet, but Where’s the Money?”

  1. Johnny B Goode says:

    OOOOH RAAAHHHH Virginia Class sends it regards to another dictator! Good Riddens Mohamar Khaddafi.

    I saw you on TV on your way to HELL! You look like bloody hell to steal a phrase from our cousins!

    Message to you other dictators….Don’t fool yourself
    you will loose and there is a place in hell for you too
    if you are stupid enough to think you can win against the
    U.S. will earn youself a place in hell quicker than you are capable of thinking!

    Goodbye and Godspeed to Hell!

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