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LOS ANGELES — A mysterious 'missile' streaked across the sky off the Southern California coast Monday night and was caught on video by a local CBS News helicopter camera.
KCBS said the contrail was visible from Los Angeles. The helicopter crew described the missile's location as 35 miles out to sea north of Catalina Island.
Originally posted by CastleMadeOfSand
So if somebody decided to up and launch an ICBM at us, is this how our Navy will respond? By finding out by our press after it's already here? Way to go Navy! Good to see you are on the ball!
CBS showed the video to former Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Ellsworth, who speculated that "It could be a test-firing of an intercontinental ballistic missile from a submarine... to demonstrate, mainly to Asia, that we can do that."
By David Kelly, Los Angeles Times
San Nicolas Island, Calif. -- Shrouded in secrecy, San Nicolas Island is a remote spit of land in a vast, shimmering sea. Some of the world's most sophisticated weapons are tested here, sometimes just a few hundred yards from where elephant seals trumpent in lagoons and island foxes trot through chapparal. Tomahawk, Harpoon, Sidewinders, and Sparrow Missiles routinely whiz overhead. Some skim in over the waves at 500 mph to clobber fake Scud launchers or dummy radar sites on shore. Because explosives are not used, workers dig the missiles out of sand dunes and use them again. Most of what happens on the island, about 75 miles southwest of Santa Monica, is top secret. The island, owned by the government since 1933, is a laboratory for the latest generation of weapons.
The testing area around San Nicolas is 36,000 square miles, enough air and ocean to accommodate the most powerful weapons. British, Norwegian, Japanese and Italian armed forces often conduct secret tests in and around the island. San Nicolas is 10 miles long and three miles wide and has a 10,000-foot runway that can handle the largest aircraft. Sophisticated telemetry centers, shaped like enormous golf balls, dot the island, monitoring everything that flies overhead.
A small but heavily armed security force patrols San Nicolas, turning back curious boaters who try to land. The island's weekday population of about 150 military personnel and civilians drops to 30 on weekends. Home for most is Nicktown, a small cluster of low-slung buildings, including dormitories and a mess hall, a small store, a bowling alley and a saloon.
Originally posted by jibeho
The Navy says it wasn't a Navy Missile and yet it appears to have been fired 35 miles off shore. Hmmm....
Not far from Catalina island, an area of multiple sightings of USO's over the years. Just sayin!!