Navy Harpoon anti-ship missile displays capability during military exercise
The U.S Navy successfully fired multiple Harpoon missiles as part of
the joint military exercise, Valiant Shield, demonstrating its effectiveness
against modern day threats. A total of six Harpoon missiles, launched
from F/A-18 and P-3 aircrafts and two surface ships, USS Stethem (DDG
63) and USS Shiloh (CG 67), detected, tracked and engaged their intended
targets, during live fire events, Sept. 15.
Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem (DDG 63) fires a Harpoon
missile during a sinking exercise as part of Valiant Shield 2014. (U.S.
“We are very pleased with the results from
last week's exercise," said Capt. Jaime Engdahl, the Navy's Precision
Strike Weapons program manager. "Having a 40-year plus legacy of
reliability and lethality, the Harpoon performed exactly as we had expected,
again proving our ability to launch from air and surface platforms and
effectively engage maritime targets."
This exercise gave Sailors the opportunity to employ the all-weather,
anti-ship missile and gain real-world proficiency in tactics, targeting
and live firing against surface targets, ultimately enhancing deployed
units’ combat readiness, he added.
Valiant Shield is a biennial event with 18,000 U.S. joint service
members working together over a period of eight days in the Marina
Islands range complex. More than 200 aircraft and 19 surface ships
participated in this year’s exercise focused on the Air-Sea
Battle concept, which addresses the anti-access/area denial military