The study gathered data that will provide insight into the daily and seasonal movements, abundance, group structure, diving and other behaviors, habitat characteristics and response to human-made noise of sperm whales in the northern Gulf of Mexico. "Virginia-class submarines provide a brand new, flexible, stealthy platform for employment of the Tomahawk weapon system, while the Tomahawk provides the platform with a long-range, accurate and flexible strike capability to support the Navy's warfighting roles," said Capt. Rick McQueen, program manager for the Navy's Naval Air Systems Command's Tomahawk Program Office.
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