A US warship has reportedly fired a missile off the British coast as tensions with North Korea continue to escalate.
According to RT reports, the USS McFaul ‘successfully test-fired one of its most advanced missile interceptors’, the Standard Missile-6.
Warships from NATO nations are currently gathered around Cape Wrath in the Scottish Highlands for war drills Joint Warrior and Formidable Shield.
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Formidable Shield is concentrated on the Hebrides Range in the Western Isles, according to the BBC, who said it is led by the US 6th Fleet, and will ‘test ballistic missile defence capabilities’.
The 6th Fleet said in a statement:
The U.S. Missile Defense Agency and U.S. Navy sailors aboard USS McFaul (DDG 74) successfully test fired a Standard Missile-6 (SM-6).
That flight test, designated Standard Missile Controlled Test Vehicle (SM CTV)-03, demonstrated the successful performance of an SM-6 launched from an Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense capable DDG and was conducted as part of the system’s flight certification process.
De gegevens stuurde De Ruyter door aan een Amerikaans marineschip, die het doel buiten de dampkring vernietigde met een SM-3 raket. pic.twitter.com/7kOhyZ6HOB
— Koninklijke Marine (@kon_marine) October 15, 2017
RT continued to report the missile could be used to ‘counter the rising threat from the North Korean nuclear and missile programmes’, as the state ‘continues to rapidly advance its ballistic missile technology’.
But according to the Daily Star, Navy commanders said this latest missile launch was ‘not part’ of the arranged drills, but it was a ‘separate show of strength by the US’.
— Zr.Ms. De Ruyter?? (@HNLMS_RUYT) October 15, 2017
Reports said more than 14 ships and 10 aircraft took part in the drills.
The US Navy ‘boasted’ about demonstrating what it called a ‘smart defence’ concept, writes RT.
US Missile Defence Agency Director Lt. Gen. Sam Greaves:
Both the joint exercise and the Navy test launch truly demonstrate the capabilities the US and our allies are developing to defeat complex, cruise and ballistic missile threats.
Last week, North Korea said Donald Trump had lit ‘the wick of war’ and vowed to ‘settle the final score with a hail of fire, not words’.
Foreign minister to Kim Jong-un, Ri Yong-ho, made a lethal threat previously unseen following Trump’s controversial appearance at the United Nations summit last month.
According to the Daily Mail, he said:
With his bellicose and insane statement at the United Nations, Trump, you can say, has lit the wick of a war against us.
We need to settle the final score, only with a hail of fire, not words.
Ri has previously labelled the US president as ‘President Evil’ amidst missile tests undertaken by the rogue nation.
We have almost reached the last point on the journey towards our final goal – to achieve a real balance of power with the United States.
Our principal position is that we will never agree to any talks in which our nuclear weapons will be the subject of negotiations.
— Rob Kramer (@AdmiraalKramer) October 15, 2017
It was revealed last month residents of the US state of Hawaii had been told to prepare for a nuclear attack.
State authorities have warned citizens on the chain of islands they should have the same attitude towards preparing for a tsunami or hurricane as they should with a nuclear missile.
Gene Ward, state representative, said younger Hawaiians were more worried than anyone else as this kind of stark warning has never confronted them before in their life, saying it’s ‘probably more surreal to younger generations.’