My name is Jim Bryan and I served our country on U.S. Navy submarines for 20 years. I want to share something amazing that recently happened for the first time in more than two decades — the launch of a Harpoon cruise missile from a U.S. Navy submarine.
The Harpoon missile, fired from the USS Olympia fast-attack submarine (as well as a P-8 patrol aircraft), hit a target ship during the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) international military exercise. The Harpoon is a reliable, accurate, all-weather anti-ship missile, and it makes a huge difference for American sailors defending the United States and our allies.
The potential return of the Harpoon — the most successful anti-surface missile in the world – to the U.S. submarine fleet is a BIG deal for the U.S. Navy and our allies.
What makes the Harpoon the world’s most successful anti-surface missile?
The Harpoon — an all-weather, versatile and combat-proven missile — represents four decades of technological progress and is a testament to American innovation. The latest Harpoon, the Block II+, gives warfighters the ability to re-target the missile in flight to ensure mission success.
The 21st century battlefield is constantly changing — it’s our job to give our warfighters with the resources they need to protect themselves and our nation.
Director of Cruise Missile Systems
The Boeing Company