US Trident II Tests Successful

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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 “were not conducted in response to any ongoing world events,” the tests follow a North Korean KN-11 test and the Russian deployment of a ground-launched cruise missile system in violation of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty last week.

Related Links:

Navy flight-tests sub-launched Trident II ballistic missiles – UPI
U.S. Navy test fires Trident missile as tensions heat up with Russia and North Korea – Military Times

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Missile Defense Project, "US Trident II Tests Successful," Missile Threat, Center for Strategic and International Studies, February 21, 2017, last modified June 15, 2018,