U.S. Navy Tomahawk missile terminated in Choctawhatchee Bay

A U.S. Navy Tactical Tomahawk missile conducting a routine flight test operation near Eglin AFB April 19 terminated in Choctawhatchee Bay before completing its mission.

There were no injuries and no property was damaged at the site.

The inert missile is used exclusively for flight testing and does not carry explosive or radioactive material. The crash site is in Hogtown Bayou in a sparsely populated area.

Navy, Air Force and regional authorities quickly responded to the crash scene, where clean-up of the site is underway.

The Navy was conducting a flight test coordinated by the Navy’s Tomahawk Weapon System program at the Naval Air Systems Command at Patuxent River, Maryland.  The Tomahawk successfully launched from a U.S. Navy submarine off the southern tip of Florida. The missile’s flight path was coordinated with the Federal Aviation Agency to avoid residential and commercial areas.

Navy officials are investigating the cause of flight termination.

The Tomahawk Weapon System is the U.S. Navy’s premier, precision strike stand-off weapon for attack of long range, medium range, and tactical targets. The Tomahawk Weapon System provides the capability to attack inland targets in areas where the United States may or may not have sea or air control. Tomahawk missiles are launched from U. S. Navy surface ships and U.S. Navy and Royal Navy submarines.

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