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Navy test fires Trident missiles

A U.S.Navy submarine has test fired three Trident ICBMs.
By Richard Tomkins   |   March 17, 2016 at 1:51 PM
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WASHINGTON, March 17 (UPI) -- Three Trident II D5 missiles were launched by a U.S. Navy ballistic missile submarine to validate their accuracy and performance.

The unarmed missiles were fired over a three-day period by an Ohio-class vessel at sea, flew over the sea and landed in the sea, the Navy said, completing a Follow-on Commander's Evaluation Test.

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"A credible, effective nuclear deterrent is essential to our national security and the security of U.S. allies and friends," the Navy said. "Strategic weapons tests, exercises and operations such as FCET-52 demonstrate the readiness of the submarine launched Trident II missile. As the most survivable leg of our strategic deterrent Triad, it provides the national command authority with assured second-strike capability."

Trident is a key part of the U.S. strategic deterrent. It is a submarine-launched ballistic missile with multiple, independently targetable re-entry vehicles with thermonuclear warheads.

The test firings were the 158th, 159th, and 160th successful test flights of the Trident II D5 missile.

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