The military intercepted a ballistic missile in the first such sea-based test since a Navy cruiser shot down an errant satellite this year. The military fired the target, a Scud-like missile with a range of a few hundred miles, from a decommissioned amphibious assault ship near Kauai. The guided-missile cruiser Lake Erie, based at Pearl Harbor, fired two interceptor missiles that shot down the target in its final seconds of flight about 12 miles above the Pacific Ocean. The test showed Navy ships are capable of shooting down short-range targets in their last phase of flight using modified missiles on hand, the military said.