HMS Vanguard, one of the Royal Navy’s four Trident nuclear weapon-carrying submarines, will shortly conduct the test firing of an unarmed Trident D5 ballistic missile in the Atlantic Ocean.

According to a publicly accessible navigation warning, the launch will take place between the 30th of January and the 4th of February with United States Navy support at the US Eastern Test Range off the coast of Florida.

We have asked the Ministry of Defence for more information.

The main aim of these tests is to assess the readiness of the SSBN’s strategic weapon system and its crew prior to its operational deployment. These test launches, performed regularly, serve to evaluate and maintain the reliability and precision of the strategic weapon system. It is essential to note that the missiles used during tests are not armed. The prime concern remains the safety of the public and the crew involved. The missile’s trajectory during this test will remain entirely over the sea, ensuring no risk to any land areas.

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George has a degree in Cyber Security from Glasgow Caledonian University and has a keen interest in naval and cyber security matters and has appeared on national radio and television to discuss current events. George is on Twitter at @geoallison
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farouk
farouk
2 months ago

When I was based on Ascension Island the US used to test its Trident Missiles nearby, they would declare a no movement zone around the Island, bring in loads of aircraft (C17s, Hawkeyes etc) and then lob their missiles in our direction on a night. We (A gang of us from the mess) would travel up the hill to the BBC bar at Two Boats (Highest bar on the Island, which had a outside veranda which overlooked the entire Island and we would watch the fireworks display. Very much like the clip from Terminator 2 where Sarah Connor sat in… Read more »

Last edited 2 months ago by farouk
Levi Goldsteinberg
Levi Goldsteinberg
2 months ago
Reply to  farouk

That sounds incredible as a thing to watch

Andy reeves
Andy reeves
2 months ago

Love to see it too.

Patrick C
Patrick C
2 months ago
Reply to  Andy reeves

Surprisingly there is a pretty good amount of footage on youtube of these tests- for the best i’ve found search on youtube: ” Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) – MIRV Reentry Compilation | Part I “ there is a part II also which I think is even more impressive as it really shows off the accuracy – some of them impact right in front of where the camera is. Also the test rounds (maybe not all of them?) are fitted with the conventional explosive part of the warhead so you’ll notice some exploding at different distances above the ground. Hopefully those… Read more »

Last edited 2 months ago by Patrick C
Andy reeves
Andy reeves
2 months ago
Reply to  farouk

On ascension island 🏝️? You poor soul. Did you get to play on the golf course and its crushed sand and diesel ‘greens'(called browns)😁😁?

Andy reeves
Andy reeves
2 months ago

Meanwhile the dance of death has begun in the red sea area.And now the u.k carrier group must be deployed

Andy reeves
Andy reeves
2 months ago

We’ll have MORE idea by the end of the year.

P little
P little
1 month ago
Reply to  Andy reeves

Every one announced the test no one seems to know what happened

John Taylor
John Taylor
2 months ago

I friend of mine sent me this I’d though i’d share.Oh dear they really need proper factcheckers. https://twitter.com/NavyLookout/status/17533547378423239
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