USS Nebraska tests four Trident II D5 missiles

September 6, 2019 – The U.S. Navy conducted four scheduled missile test flights of unarmed Trident II (D5) missiles from USS Nebraska (SSBN 739), an Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine, off the coast of Southern California this week. The first two launches took place Sept. 4, and the last two were Sept. 6. All occurred before sunrise. These test flights were part of a Commander Evaluation Test (CET) whose primary goal was to validate performance expectations of the life-extended Trident II (D5) strategic weapon system. These launches mark 176 successful flights…

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FCET Success SSBN Launches Fleet Ballistic Missiles

February 16, 2017 – An Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine assigned to Submarine Group 9 completed a Follow-on Commander’s Evaluation Test (FCET) Feb. 16, resulting in four successful test flights of Trident II D5 missiles. Designated FCET-53, the operation spanned a three-day period. The primary objective of an FCET is to obtain, under operationally representative conditions, valid reliability, accuracy, and performance of the missile system for use by Commander, Strategic Command and the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  Safety of the public was paramount throughout the mission. The missiles were unarmed and…

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