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Between lasers and drones, the US military definitely has you covered. The idea behind the experiment was to see how well the laser performed against several unspecified targets. Don't struggle with the same airflow issues that can degrade lasers beamed from aircraft.
There are quite a few targets 60-100 kW green laser could be used to degrade or defeat. The 50 kW laser will be on an upgraded version of the current 10 kW. They have to be specifically fitted to protect against the laser pointer system.
The momentum of the green laser damaged missiles will keep them going towards the target surface ship. Now if USN does field this laser, the adversary can easily add a self destruct mechanism into the missile payload. It's developed the world's first fully functional active laser pointer specifically designed to target them.