Vandenberg Missile Test Seen in Northern California

A Ground-based Interceptor launches from Vandenberg Space Force Base on Dec. 11, 2023, at 6:38 a.m. (U.S. Space Force photo by Senior Airman Kadielle Shaw)

A missile test from Vandenberg Space Force Base was seen along the Northern California coast on Monday morning.

U.S. Missile Defense Agency launched a flight test of a Ground-based Interceptor missile at 6:38 a.m. from the Lompoc base.

A Ground-based Interceptor, an element of the overall Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system, launched from the Lompoc base at 6:38 a.m. by Space Launch Delta 30 Guardians, Airmen and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency.

(U.S. Space Force photo by Senior Airman Kadielle Shaw)

“The test demonstrated the ability of the GMD’s capability to engage threats faster and provides the commander of USNORTHCOM the capability to engage and destroy intermediate- and long-range ballistic missile threats to the U.S. homeland,” Vandenberg base stated.

The launch produced a white “squiggle” throughout the sky that could be for nearly an hour up to  300 miles away in San Francisco.

(U.S. Space Force photo by Senior Airman Kadielle Shaw)

Col. Bryan Titus, Space Launch Delta 30 vice commander, was the launch decision authority.

“Our dedicated guardians and airmen take pride in supporting these crucial national security missions,” said Titus. “It is an honor for us to contribute to the safeguarding of our nation’s security.”

Edhat Staff

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