Naval Weapons

USN begins loading first Trident II D5 LE missiles into SSBNs

20 February 2017

Key Points

  • The USN tested two Trident II D5 missiles on 14 and 16 February
  • SSP to begin looking at follow-on to Trident II D5

The US Navy (USN) has concluded testing of its submarine launched Trident II D5 missile, conducted over a three-day period in the Pacific Missile Range off the coast of California.

An Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine assigned to Submarine Group 9 completed the Follow-on Commander's Evaluation Test (FCET) on 16 February. FCET is a US Strategic Command directed test and the goal is to obtain, under operationally representative conditions, valid reliability, accuracy, and performance of the missile system, according to the USN.

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