The Navy announced last week that it had fired its first long-range
rocket at sea. From the carrier Midway, somewhere off Bermuda, a German
V-2 roared out, veered sideways, exploded six miles away. Navy
spokesmen blamed a defective steering gyro for the erratic flight. The
shipboard launching, they said, was successful. Success or not, it
officially opened a new era of naval warfare.
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