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December 09, 1985

The first test of a Navy Tomahawk cruise missile on the East Coast ended in failure when a chase plane had to activate the missile's parachute system and send it safely to the ground in a sparsely populated area near Freeport, Fla., the Pentagon announced. A spokesman said investigators had recovered the missile and taken it to Eglin Air Force Base in Florida for investigation to determine what went wrong. Sunday's failure ended a string of 24 successful tests of the Tomahawk in the last 18 months at a range on the West Coast.

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