February 20, 2008

San Leandro Sailor May Play Role in Shooting Down Wayward Satellite

Fire Controlman 2nd Class John Whitby, from San Leandro, Calif.
PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb. 16, 2008) Fire Controlman 2nd Class John Whitby, from San Leandro, Calif., operates the radar system control in the combat information center during a ballistic missile defense drill aboard the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG 70). Lake Erie is currently operation off the coast of Hawaii. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Hight. (Source: US Navy)

The USS Lake Erie is set to launch an SM-3 missle to shoot down a classified National Reconnaissance Office spy satellite that lost power shortly after it reached orbit on December 14, 2006.

Posted by Mike Katz-Lacabe at February 20, 2008 12:34 PM | TrackBack
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