2,000 Tomahawks Fired in Anger

So on Aug. 5 the Navy is going officially celebrate the 2,000th combat launch of the venerable Tomahawk cruise missile. The actual launch happened aboard the destroyer USS Barry off the coast of Libya on March 19 as part of Operation Odyssey Dawn aimed at taking out Gadhafi. The missile was one of more than 200 Tomahawks the Navy has fired to date in operations against Gadhafi, according to Navy spokeswoman Jamie Cosgrove.

As many of you know, the Tomahawk has been around for decades. The latest version — dubbed the Tactical Tomahawk Land Attack Missile, Block IV — uses internal GPS, a video camera and a satellite data-link to allow commanders to reroute the weapon in-flight; allowing it to take pictures of potential targets, change targets and even hit moving ones. The missiles fly low-to-the ground at nearly the speed of sound for up to 900-miles to reach their targets.

More than 140 Navy ships can fire the missiles from Aegis radar-equipped DDG-51 class destroyers and Ticonderoga class cruisers to attack submarines and the newly converted fleet of four ex-Ohio class ballistic missile subs, now known as SSGNs, that carry cruise missiles and special operators. One of these reconfigured subs, the USS Florida, was the first SSGN to fire a cruise missile in anger when it participated in the operations against Gadhafi in March.

At roughly $607,000 apiece (in FY-99 dollars) according to a factsheet sent by Cosgrove, the Navy has fired off more than $121,400,000 worth of cruise missiles with the 200-plus TLAM strikes in Libya.

The Royal Navy’s submarine force is the world’s only other Tomahawk user.

Here’s some famous footage of the World War II battleship USS Missouri firing Tomahawks at Iraqi forces some 20-years ago during Operation Desert Storm.

16 Comments on "2,000 Tomahawks Fired in Anger"

  1. O-peration I-ndependent L-ibya… woohoo!

  2. "venerable Tomahawk cruise missile" Why is that?

  3. Missouri needs more action than being being mothballed. It's a great ship.

  4. Just and observation. Firing cruise missiles into Libya seems to indicate that there are some hostilities occurring in Libya. Therefore, the President should have obtained Congress' approval under the War Powers Act and the Constitution.

  5. ALL the missiles and airstrikes and Qaddafi is still in power in Tripoli. Waste of time and money this op was in the first place.

  6. In a way, the Tomahawk cruise missile is the world's first UCAV as you can fly these things as a first strike over hostile territory even dangerous for a stealth fighter and because these are computer controlled, there no human pilot to put at risk and it's reason why 2,000 have been used by the US military.

  7. Libya is not a WAR, it's not a CONFLICT, it's not even HOSTILITIES,

    this is a POLICE ACTION, according to the guy in the WH, hence no need to get war powers act approval, no need to talk to Congress, no need to explain to the American people why we just spent $121 MILLION dollars on cruise missiles alone, no need to explain anything to anyone because he is the prez and he can do anything he wants, he is SUPER CZAR, among many czars.

  8. Typical BS, we are not even fighting a conflict in contested skies, so why in the hell or we wasting money on a T-LAM strike when a much cheaper JDAM would suffice???

  9. Just what is going on in Libya? Let's dump another $121 Million (not to mention all the other aircraft and ships involved) into this farce

  10. What's up with DDG-51 Class? We don't say Arleigh Burke any more?

  11. For a guy with a Nobel peace prize, Obama does seem to kill allot of people around the world.

  12. ALL THE TOMAHAWKS,ALL THE PLANES,ALL THE SHIPS,ALL THE FUEL,FOR ONE PIECE OF CRAP WHEN ONE BIG FAT BOMB WOULD HAVE DONE THE JOB AND THEY COULD ALL BE HOME,THIS IS HOW THE SPEND MONEY AND NOW THEY WANT TO TAKE IT AWAY FROM OUR MILITARY….I THINK WE NEED SOMEONE THERE WITH SOME BRAINS ON THE COST OF THIS ACTION……

  13. Only way this nut president would win reelction would be to end both wars (and the police action in Libya), bring EVERYONE home NOW, announce there is NO
    strategic interestes in those friggin' countries, and get the budget under control.
    ONLY way he has a snow ball's chance in hades. Concentrate job growth programs
    on those domestic issues at home that need fixing. Realign the military from overseas to the Mexican and Canadian border.

  14. Old Artillerly Guy | August 8, 2011 at 9:26 am | Reply

    Another classic waste at $1.2 Million apiece…whatever the strategic value of Libya to the US might be its not worth a single dollar let alone US lives.

  15. Folks, study your scripture, especially Ezekiel and Revelation, this is the setup for the end times. Get ready for it boys, you have about 18 months left, maybe.

  16. Missouri class battleships and cruise missiles. Why doesn't the Navy remove the 18" guns and turn them into missile carrying ships. I imagine they would be able to carry more missile than the boomers. They can even change out some of the 5" guns for the new gun rail system in development.

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