Navy honors USS Barry crew for firing nation's 2,000th Tomahawk cruise missile

The Navy is honoring the crew of the Norfolk-based USS Barry for firing the nation's 2,000th Tomahawk cruise missile.

The guided missile destroyer reached the milestone in March when it fired against an air defense target in Libya during Operation Odyssey Dawn.

Crewmembers were recognized for their role in the launch during a ceremony on Friday. For many young crew members, Operation Odyssey Dawn was their first time firing a missile.

Tomahawk missiles have been used in every major U.S. combat operation since Operation Desert Storm in 1991. The missile is capable of being launched from more than 140 U.S. Navy ships and submarines.

[Source: Daily Journal, AP, Norfolk, Va, 05Aug11]

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