Video: Navy Fires Tomahawk Cruise Missiles at Syria

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The U.S. Navy has released two new videos showing the service launching Tomahawk cruise missiles against Islamic State targets in Syria.

The first shows Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles, or TLAMs as they're known in military parlance, being fired from the guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG-51).

The second shows the long-range, low-altitude Tomahawks being launched from the guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG-8). The latter footage apparently comes from a sailor who was on the bridge and who used multiple cameras, including a GoPro.

Each of the missiles measure about 20 feet long, weigh nearly 3,000 pounds and cost more than $1.5 million. The weapon is made by Raytheon Co.

The Tomahawk strikes are part of an overall wave of U.S.-led attacks that included the first-ever combat strikes launched by the Air Force's F-22 Raptor stealth fighter jet.

The sea service has also released some cool nighttime photos showing the F/A-18C Hornet and F/A-18E Super Hornet fighter jets and EA-6B Prowler electronic attack plane preparing to take off from the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush in the Persian Gulf.

The guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) launches Tomahawk Land-Attack Missiles (TLAM) against ISIL targets. (U.S. Navy)

 

 

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