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Navy Moving Two Additional BMD Destroyers To Japan

Navy Moving Two Additional BMD Destroyers To Japan

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USS Benfold (DD 65) is at anchor off Koror, Republic of Palau in 2012. US Navy Photo

USS Benfold (DD 65) is at anchor off Koror, Republic of Palau in 2012. US Navy Photo

Two guided missile destroyers with the U.S. Navy’s latest ballistic missile defense (BMD) systems will be added to the service’s forward deployed forces in Japan by 2017, U.S. Pacific Fleet announced late Thursday. Read More

Former U.S. Commander in Korea: North Korea Could Use More Than Missiles to Deploy Nuclear Weapons

Former U.S. Commander in Korea: North Korea Could Use More Than Missiles to Deploy Nuclear Weapons

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2012 North Korean missile test.

2012 North Korean missile test.

While the United States, Republic of Korea and Japan speak often about the nuclear missile threat posed by North Korea to all three nations, the former commander of the combined forces on the Korean peninsula said the allies may be missing a very real, but less thought about dangers. “The best way to deliver a nuclear weapon to Seoul” could be “a rickety old wooden airplane,” or a drone or a ship pulling into a nearby harbor. Read More

Destroyer Donald Cook Completes First Eventful Forward Patrol

Destroyer Donald Cook Completes First Eventful Forward Patrol

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Cmdr. Scott Jones, commanding officer of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) waves to the Romanian navy frigate ROS Marasesti (F 111) on April 23, 2014. US Navy Photo

Cmdr. Scott Jones, commanding officer of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) waves to the Romanian navy frigate ROS Marasesti (F 111) on April 23, 2014. US Navy Photo

USS Donald Cook(DDG-75) has returned to Naval Station Rota, Spain ending the first patrol for a quartet of forward deployed guided missile destroyers, the Navy said on Friday. Read More

Destroyer Shoots Down Missile in Successful Joint Ballistic Missile Defense Test

Destroyer Shoots Down Missile in Successful Joint Ballistic Missile Defense Test

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An Aegis interceptor is launched from the USS Lake Erie (CG-70) during a Missile Defense Agency and Navy test in the mid-Pacific. US Navy Photo

An Aegis interceptor is launched from the USS Lake Erie (CG-70) during a Missile Defense Agency and Navy test in the mid-Pacific. US Navy Photo

A Navy guided missile destroyer (DDG) successfully shot down a ballistic missile target in a joint exercise with the U.S. Army simulated a two-missile ballistic missile raid, according to a Tuesday statement from the Missile Defense Agency (MDA).

The test combined the Navy’s Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense system with the Army’s ground-based Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) weapon system to, “defeat a raid of two near-simultaneous ballistic missile targets,” near the U.S. Army Kwajalein Atoll/Reagan Test Site in the South Pacific, according to the MDA. Read More

Report: New Iranian Missile Launchers Could Overwhelm Israeli Defenses

Report: New Iranian Missile Launchers Could Overwhelm Israeli Defenses

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Iranian missile launchers in a May, 26 2013 display. Iranian Ministry of Defense Photo

Iranian missile launchers in a May, 26 2013 display. Iranian Ministry of Defense Photo

Iran could have enough launchers to send a salvo of medium range ballistic missiles that would overwhelm Israeli ballistic missile defense systems, according to a Wednesday report from IHS Jane’s.

A May, 26 broadcast on Iranian television showcased a collection of transporter erector launchers (TELs) capable of launching the Iranian Shahab-3 guided ballistic missiles. Read More