By lex, on July 22nd, 2011
Navy’s newest operational concept had a little test cruise:*
King’s Bay Naval Base, Georgia: as the huge, 560-foot submarine cut through the channel bound for its mooring, crowds of people along the shore cheered and waved flags.
The 15-month deployment of the U.S.S. Florida was coming to an end.
But, the story of its latest mission was just beginning to be told.
The Florida fired more than 90 Tomahawk cruise missiles beginning March 19, striking military targets associated with Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi. More missiles were fired from The USS Florida, than from any other vessel involved in Operation Odyssey Dawn.
“I knew on the first night that we were being battle tested,” says Capt. Tom Calabrese, who led more than 160 crew members carrying out a massive attack ordered by President Barack Obama.
It’s believed to be the first time the Florida has fired missiles in conflict. And, Calabrese says it helps prove the usefulness of the Florida, which underwent a major transformation to become a new kind of weapon that’s virtually invisible to enemies.
A 15-month deployment?
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