Shadow Strike: The SSGN

Carey, Merrick
June 2003
U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings;Jun2003, Vol. 129 Issue 6, p45
Conference Proceeding
This article focuses on the conversion of Trident submarines to the SSGN program in the United States. With the SSGN, deterrence no longer is a solely nuclear decision. This stealthy, nuclear-powered platform, with up to 154 cruise missiles on board, can work as a campaign opener. The SSGN program has the potential to reshuffle the calculus for Navy Tomahawk land-attack missions. SSGN has the flexibility for multiple missions such as launching unmanned underwater vehicles, special operations forces, and various intelligence collectors.


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