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US Navy Test Fires Trident II SLBM

On February 9, the U.S. Navy flight tested an unarmed Trident II submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) from waters off the Florida coast. According to an official notice to mariners, the missile was scheduled to fly over 8,000 km to a designated area in the South Atlantic Ocean. The U.S. Navy released no official details concerning...

US Navy Test Fires Trident II SLBM

On February 16, the U.S. Navy successfully test fired an unarmed Trident II (D5LE) submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) off the coast of San Diego, California. The test quickly follows an earlier Trident II launch on February 12. According to the Navy, the test “validated performance expectations of the life-extended Trident II” and “gathered additional data...

US Navy Test Fires Trident II SLBM

On February 12, the U.S. Navy successfully test fired an unarmed Trident II (D5LE) submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) off the coast of San Diego, California. Designated DASO-30, the test demonstrated “the readiness of the SSBN’s strategic weapon system and crew before operational deployment” and marked the 177th successful test of the Trident II weapon system....

Pentagon Confirms Low-yield SLBM Deployment

On February 4, the U.S. Department of Defense said it had deployed the W76-2 low-yield nuclear warhead on a Trident submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM). The statement confirms an earlier report that the USS Tennessee (SSBN-734) had deployed with the warhead in late 2019. According to the Pentagon, the W76-2 “strengthens deterrence and provides the United...

US Navy Test Fires Trident II SLBM

Between September 4-6, the U.S. Navy test fired four Trident II D5 submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs) off the coast of California. The tests validated the performance of the life-extended Trident II missile, which was originally designed with a lifespan to 2024. The life-extended missile is expected to be operational through the late 2040s. Entering service...

Columbia-Class Submarine Missile Tubes Left With Single Supplier

A major supplier of missile tubes for the U.S. Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine has mulled cancelling future production, according to a USNI News report. In a conference call on August 6, BWX Technologies CEO Rex Geveden cited labor shortages as reason for the move, which would pivot BWX’s business to nuclear reactor manufacturing after completing...

US Navy Test Fires Trident II SLBM

On May 9, the USS Rhode Island (SSBN-740), an Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarine, successfully test fired a Trident II D5 sub-launched ballistic missile (SLBM). Conducted as part of a general refueling overhaul of the weapons system, the launch marks the missile’s 172nd successful test since its introduction in 1989. Related Links: USS Rhode Island Successfully Tests...

US Navy Tests Trident II SLBM

On March 26, the U.S. Navy successfully test fired two unarmed Trident II D5 nuclear missiles. The test, known as Demonstration and Shakedown Operation (DASO) 28, took place off the coast of Southern California from the USS Nebraska (SSBN 739). “In addition to certifying the submarine and crew for patrol, the test launch collected valuable...

May Pledges £600 Million Boost for Nuclear Submarines

On March 28, U.K. prime minister Theresa May announced a £600 million ($843.4 million) increase in the Ministry of Defence’s budget for 2018-2019 to fund Britain’s next generation of nuclear submarines. The United Kingdom’s Dreadnought submarine program carries Trident submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs), which serve as its sole nuclear deterrent. “Today’s announcement will ensure that...

US Trident II Tests Successful

Last Thursday, the United States Navy announced that it had successfully carried out four Trident II D5 sub-launched ballistic missile test flights launched from an Ohio-class submarine over the course of a three-day exercise. The tests were conducted to evaluate the missile’s reliability and performance in a normal operating environment.  While the Navy claims the tests...