The Navy reported that the submarine USS Louisiana efficiently launched a nuclear-capable Trident II D5 intercontinental ballistic missile whereas submerged within the Pacific Ocean off the coast of San Diego.
The launch, which was the 191st profitable launch of a Trident II since 1989, got here at 2:10 p.m. on Sept. 27, the Navy stated.
The missile was unarmed, however usually would have 4 independently targetable nuclear warheads.
Trident IIs are carried by 14 U.S. Ohio-class submarines and 4 British Vanguard-class submarines. The U.S. submarines usually have 20 of the missiles, which have a variety of over 7,500 miles. The make up sea-based a part of the U.S. strategic weapons triad.
Vice Adm. Johnny Wolfe Jr., director of strategic methods packages, referred to as the check flight a “historic milestone” for the weapons system.
He stated the Navy plans to “maintain this unmatched weapons system whereas creating the subsequent technology strategic weapons system to make sure our nation’s sea-based strategic deterrence functionality via 2084.”