Video: Navy Fires Tomahawk Cruise Missiles at Syria


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.

George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.

George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.

George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.

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  • blight_qwerty

    Operation Desert Fox all over again. But with F-22’s.

    Better hope the FSA can take the momentum over to their radical foes.

    • Lance

      No such thing as moderate rebels there all Sunni murderers. And now ISIS is grown closer to 50,000+ while FSA is less than 5000. Doubt they will do much for Obama.

      • tiger

        Lovely thoughts from Lance, the great humanitarian.

  • Dfens

    Wow, who saw this coming? I thought Assad was bad and the rebels were good. Now the rebels are bad and, what, Assad is ok? I wonder what our foreign policy will be next week? Maybe we’ll start bombing Spain.

    • Ofens

      Are you questioning the policies and actions of the US government?

  • benny

    SO, we’re using $1,5 mil TLAM’s because (1) it will kill at least 4 ISIL troops and their goats, or possibly (2) keeps Raytheon in business making more $$$$$. Definitely not the way to proceed. When ISIL has a “parade” send in tow ATACMS (250 grenades each) and kill the bots on the ground, then start tearing aoart the ISIL bank accounts. Stop the flow of contraband oil to Turkey, find where the bank and get the cash, and you know we will be the ones to send troops in.

    • robot

      this is more or less for practice for these sailors against potential aggressive super powers like china, notice this cruiser’s name is the USS Philippine Sea , these tomahawks sit in their silos for god know how long, for years, decades. we gave a pacific cruiser some real experience with real munition and killed a group of ISIS leaders in the process sending a message to terrorist and china and russia that America is prepared to fight and will accomplish the mission. a 1.5 mil well spent

  • Andy

    Why Tomahawks and F22’s? what a waste, ISIS have no radars etc… send in 50 DRONES and 20 b52’S AND 10 B1B’S that will do the jobs.

  • Tribulationtime

    How air security is granted? I mean we are putting 1 ton (more or less) fliying things from the gulf they gone cross either Jordan, Kuwait or Iraq and then Syria, even in 3 am local time it could be helicopters or airplanes flying. Are there a protocol?. Other than tiny bullet-big Sky, of course.

    • djnhoney

      Are they operating from the Gulf or the Mediterranean?

      • tiger

        The Burke is in the Red Sea. The Philippine Sea is in the Gulf with the carrier.

  • kal

    Nothing like advertising our capabilities on the internet. Why not just invite our adversaries on board so they can see what we have. Is there no security in our military any more.

    • d. kellogg

      Ah, but don’t you get it?
      Defense contractors are all multinational now.
      What better way to advertise your wares than with an impressive live-fire demonstration?

    • tiger

      After 30 years, Tlams are not exactly a secret nor what they can do……

  • JohnB

    Damn. It is spectacular. The sailors enjoyed coming out and watch it too. Hurray.

  • Drew

    Yeah JohnnyB, a “spectacular” fireworks show, at $1.5M a “pop”. So glad the sailors enjoyed it.

  • USAF

    Well that should be worth 100,000 votes or so in the MidTerms. Much of the public probably thinks a war can be won with 1,000 lb warheads in million dollar missiles.

  • CG-64 Plankowner

    “USS Philippine Sea (CG-8).” Try CG-58 …

  • John Scior

    I like the idea because it shows the commander in chief does not want to expose troops to any unnecessary risk. we don’t want yet another war whereby when its all over, our soldiers start coming home and killing themselves. If it were your children facing war risks , would you really care how much it cost to provide a war strategy that provided optimal security for your beloved fighting soldier. ? By the way, I think I need to remind commentors here that the stated purpose of going after saddam was that he had weapons of mass destruction which later on were acknowledged to not exist.

  • HandCannons

    I agree with robot’s post above. ISIS is no match for the U.S. but I think the reason for the F-22s is to test Syria’s Advanced Air Defense which comes from Russia. By penetrating deep into Syria using F-22s against the Russian Advanced Air Defense, we are able to find out if we can defeat it. So when a war with Russia comes down, we will know what stealth aircraft we can use against them. I also agree that it’s a show of power to China and Russia just to let them know what the U.S. is truly capable of.

    • tiger

      War with Russia? A event we would want because????

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