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U.S. blames operator for missile defense test failure

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U.S. MISSILE DEFENSE AGENCY

An SM-3 Block IIA guided missile interceptor launched from the USS John Paul Jones in a successful test in February off Kauai. The SM-3’s failure in a test in June, also launched from the Pearl Harbor-based destroyer, is being attributed to a sailor’s computer input error, DefenseNews reports.

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U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 1ST CLASS NARDEL GERVACIO/RELEASED

The guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) departs Joint Base Pearl-Harbor-Hickam for a scheduled underway. John Paul Jones replaced USS Lake Erie (CG 70) in Hawaii as the nation’s ballistic missile defense test ship.

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U.S. MISSILE DEFENSE AGENCY

“It was a faulty procedure that will now be adjusted in a new policy procedure that will prevent this” from happening again, said Riki Ellison, chairman of the nonprofit Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance.