The missile defence drill was conducted from the Arleigh Burke-class USS John Paul Jones, state the statement issue by US Missile Defence Agency (MDA) on Wednesday.
The missile test comes amid rising tensions between the USA and North Korea after Pyongyang conducted several missile tests in recent months.
Gen. Sam Greaves said in a statement that the missile defense test was a "key milestone" for the military's Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System, because it gives the naval component of the system an enhanced ability to intercept missiles in their terminal phase. A missile was launched from the Reagan Test Site on Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands and it was picked up by the ground-based system and fired an intercepting missile from the California base and destroyed the target missile.
Deployed on U.S. Navy ships, SM-6 delivers a proven over-the-horizon offensive and defensive capability by leveraging the time-tested Standard Missile airframe and propulsion system.
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The target missile was launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauaʻi. It's the only missile that supports anti-air warfare, anti-surface warfare and sea-based terminal ballistic missile defense in one solution-and it's enabling the USA and its allies to cost-effectively increase the offensive might of surface forces.
The "complex" test flight of the the Standard Missile-6 Block IA marked the third successful intercept for the latest variant, and it was the second involving a medium-range ballistic missile target.
North Korea's most recent missile test early Tuesday local time prompted the Japanese government to tell residents to take cover.