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US Conducts Successful Test of Trident II Missile, Navy Says

CC BY 2.0 / Flickr / US Navy / MC2 Thomas Gooley / An unarmed Trident II (D5LE) missile launches from Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Maine (SSBN 741) off the coast of San Diego, California, Feb. 12, 2020.
An unarmed Trident II (D5LE) missile launches from Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Maine (SSBN 741) off the coast of San Diego, California, Feb. 12, 2020. - Sputnik International, 1920, 18.09.2021
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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The US Navy on Saturday announced having conducted a successful test of the Trident II missile in the Atlantic Ocean.
"The US Navy conducted a scheduled, two-missile test flight of unarmed life-extended Trident II (D5LE) missiles from USS Wyoming (SSBN-742), an Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine, on the Eastern Test Range off the coast of Cape Canaveral, Florida, Sept. 17," the Navy said in a statement.
The tests is intended to highlight US readiness and capabilities in the context of strategic deterrence within the 21st century, the statement added.
The Trident II strategic weapon system, originally designed with a life span to 2024, recently underwent an extension to keep it operational through the late 2040s, according to the US Navy.
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