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A Standard Missile 3 (SM-3) Block 1A launches from the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer JS Kirishima (DD 174) Oct. 30, 2010, while under way in the Pacific Ocean. The missile successfully intercepted a ballistic missile target launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility at Barking Sands in Kauai, Hawaii. The test was conducted as part of a U.S. and Japanese exercise with participation from the U.S. Navy Aegis-class guided missile cruisers USS Lake Erie (CG 70) and USS Russell (DDG 59). (U.S. Navy courtesy photo/Released)

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Taken on October 27, 2009