Navy to Start Testing Tomahawk Missiles in Gulf of Mexico

United Press International

The Navy will begin launching Tomahawk cruise missiles from the Gulf of Mexico in September with the opening of an East Coast test range for Atlantic Fleet vessels that will carry the weapons, the Pentagon said Thursday.

Test firings of the missiles over parts of California, Utah and Nevada have been conducted from submarines and ships in the Pacific since the late 1970s. The Tomahawk has a maximum 1,500-mile range.

Missiles launched from vessels in the gulf will fly over parts of Florida and Alabama before they land at the Eglin Air Force Base test range in the Florida panhandle.