Navy tests two Trident II D5 missiles

The U.S. Navy has conducted 155 successful test flights of the Trident II missile since 1989. | Courtesy of the U.S. Navy Strategic Systems Programs

The U.S. Navy’s Strategic Systems Programs (SSP) recently launched two test flights of the Trident II D5 missile.

The missiles, which were unarmed, were part of a Follow-on Commander Evaluation Test (FCET) and were launched in the Pacific Missile Range. The SSP has conducted 155 successful test flights of the Trident II since 1989.

The D5 missile is used on the U.S. Navy’s Ohio-class submarines and were first used in 1990. They can travel 4,000 miles to strike targets. The focus of these tests is to extend the life of the D5 missile up until the year 2040.

“A credible, effective nuclear deterrent is essential to our national security and the security of U.S. allies and friends,” Adm. Cecil Haney, commander of U.S. Strategic Command, said. “Strategic weapons tests such as these are a visible demonstration for assuring our allies and deterring our adversaries that our nation’s strategic triad is safe, secure and effective.”

The U.S. Navy's SSP oversees the Trident II D5 missile program. In addition, the Navy has managed the Fleet Ballistic Missile program for nearly 60 years.

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