Sub Test Fires Cruise Missile Over North Florida

An unarmed Tomahawk cruise missile completed a successful test flight over north Florida and the Gulf of Mexico Tuesday.

At the end of its low level flight it was lowered by parachute at Eglin Air Force Base near Ft. Walton Beach in Okaloosa County.

The nuclear powered submarine USS Minneapolis-St. Paul launched the missile from a torpedo tube while submerged off Jacksonville. The flight covered 825 nautical miles.

It was the latest in a series of Tomahawk tests that have ended at Eglin.

The Navy launched 750 of the missiles during the war in Iraq.

The Tomahawk can fly just a couple of hundred feet high over hundreds of miles and strike a target.