It looks like the Navy is fielding operational laser weapons. As Glenn Reynolds would say, "this is the 21st century."
"We've tested it in the lab we've tested it operationally at sea. Now, we are not testing it anymore. This is operational," said Rear Adm. Matthew L. Klunder, chief of naval research at the Office of Naval Research. "They are using it every day."That's cool, and I'm sure that the sailors on watch will put this new tool to use.
If a small or large attack boat, missile or aircraft launched an attack upon the USS Ponce, sailors are equipped to destroy an approaching threat in seconds with the new laser weapon.
I'd say Go Navy, but this weekend is the Army-Navy game, and I'm a soldier, after all. I hope the cadets beat the midshipmen like yard-dogs.