Strategic Submarine Progress

Polmar, Norman
October 2005
U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings;Oct2005, Vol. 131 Issue 10, p85
Conference Proceeding
The article informs that though controversy abounds in the U.S. Navy's attack submarine program, the Trident ballistic missile submarine force is being updated. Today the Trident submarine force, which contributes some 2,000 warheads or one-half of the warheads of the nation's strategic offensive forces consists of 14 ballistic missile submarines that can carry 336 submarine-launched ballistic missiles. Rear Admiral Charles B. Young, Director of Strategic Systems Programs, recently said that such a missile could deliver 1,250 pounds of conventional explosives to a range of 1,500 nautical miles.


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