On January 26, 1993, a presentation was held at the Navy Museum (now National Museum of the Navy) on the acceptance of a Tomahawk missile for display purposes. Those in attendance were Dr. Dean Allard, Director of the Naval Historical Center (now Naval History and Heritage Command), and Mrs. Claudia Pennington, Acting Director of the Navy Museum.
Tomahawk Land Attack Missile
The Tomahawk long-range cruise missile was one of the most outstanding and well-known weapons of the Persian Gulf War. Tomahawks flew the most dangerous missions, enabling manned aircraft to avoid the strongest Iraqi air defenses. The missile could strike any target when weather conditions restricted other precision munitions, and could bomb Baghdad in daylight without endangering pilots.
With the Navy deploying some 477 Tomahawks in the Persian Gulf and the Red Sea, Desert Storm became the weapon’s first combat test. The cruiser USS San Jacinto (CG-56) fired the first Tomahawks of the war against Iraq’s large “Tall King” air defense radars. Attacks were then launched against the Iraqi electric power system. Surface ships fired a total of 285, and submarines USS Louisville (SSN-724) and USS Pittsburgh (SSN-720), launched another 12. Nearly 90 percent of the missiles completed their missions.
McDonnell Douglas fabricated this Tomahawk from spare parts. The guidance system and warhead have been removed.
||2,650 pounds and 550-pound booster
||18 feet, 2 inches, plus a 2-foot booster
||8 feet, 8 inches
||1,200 nautical miles
||1,000 pound Bullpup or 650 pounds of bomblets