The U.S. Navy’s Strategic Systems Programs recently oversaw a missile test flight of an unarmed life-extended Trident II (D5LE) missile from the USS Louisiana (SSBN-743), an Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine.
These tests are not reactions to current global events, nor are they displays of power. They are planned well in advance.
This test, which took place on the Western Test Range off San Diego, California, was undertaken around 2:10 p.m. yesterday.
Director of Strategic Systems Programs, VADM Johnny Wolfe, Jr., was quoted by the U.S. Navy as saying. “The completion of DASO-32 marks an historic milestone in the life of the Trident II D5 weapons system. It provides the SSP team with a tangible reminder of the great responsibility before us.”
The recent test was a component of the Demonstration and Shakedown Operation, labeled DASO-32. This specific DASO is the concluding one for an Ohio-class SSBN post an Engineering Refuel Overhaul (ERO).
The main aim of a DASO 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 remained entirely over the sea, ensuring no risk to any land areas.
America’s strategic nuclear deterrent Triad consists of sea-based, air, and land components. The sea-based leg, which the Trident II belongs to, constitutes about 70% of the U.S.’s deployed strategic nuclear deterrent.