March 13, 1999 |
The Navy says it will seek private-sector bids for the bulk of its weapons-handling operations nationwide, raising the prospect that outside firms would load and inventory Tomahawk missiles, torpedoes and other powerful ammunition. The bidding effort is still in its early stages at a half-dozen bases, including the sprawling Naval Weapons Station in Seal Beach, which is the busiest munitions depot on the West Coast.
November 19, 1998 |
With a thunderous explosion followed by a ceremonial cutting of cake, the world's most exclusive missile club welcomed its second member Wednesday. The British submarine Splendid became the first non-U.S. Navy ship to fire a fully armed Tomahawk cruise missile. From a position 500 miles to the west, the test scored a direct hit on a warehouse-sized structure on this barren island off San Diego and missed its predicted impact point by only three inches. "Good show, very vivid," said Adm.
August 30, 1998 |
Demolition experts in Pakistan's army on Saturday destroyed a second unexploded U.S. Tomahawk cruise missile that fell in southwestern Pakistan after being fired at Afghanistan last week, the official APP news agency reported. It quoted official sources as saying the missile, one of several fired Aug. 20 on suspected Islamic terrorist targets in Afghanistan and Sudan, was found in the remote Hoshab sub-district of the Mekran coastal area, off the Arabian Sea.
August 21, 1998 |
In unleashing a barrage of cruise missiles, the U.S. military on Thursday turned once again to a weapon that, despite limited punch, has become a favorite of Pentagon planners for its speed, stealth and low risk. The Tomahawk cruise missile, at a price tag of $1.2 million each, can be programmed to hit targets 1,000 miles away without jeopardizing the safety of pilots or aircraft. "With the Tomahawks, there's no risk," said Army Col.
September 4, 1996
President Clinton ordered the initial airstrikes after Saddam Hussein reportedly ignored demands to cease an attack against Kurds in northern Iraq and withdraw his troops. Expanding a "no-fly" zone over southern Iraq will further limit the reach of Hussein's army. THE FIRST ROUND A total of 27 missiles were fired from aircraft and ships. Navy ships in the Persian Gulf launched 14 Tomahawk missiles against the sites in southern Iraq. Two B-52s flying from Guam launched 13 cruise missiles.
September 11, 1995 |
Stepping up pressure on the defiant Bosnian Serbs, a U.S. Navy warship launched a battery of sophisticated Tomahawk cruise missiles late Sunday against the rebels' antiaircraft installations in northern Bosnia, NATO officials said. Thirteen Tomahawks--expensive and precise weapons that are said to defy bad weather--were fired from the guided-missile cruiser Normandy in the Adriatic Sea toward the Bosnian Serb-held city of Banja Luka.