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Thu Jan 30, 2020, 07:46 AM

OK, Boomer? New warhead deployed on US ballistic missile subs.

From https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jan/29/us-submarine-trident-nuclear-warhead-patrols-atlantic-ocean


Deployment of new US nuclear warhead on submarine a dangerous step, critics say

First submarine to go on patrol armed with the W76-2 warhead makes a nuclear launch more likely, arm control advocates warn

Julian Borger in Washington

Wed 29 Jan 2020 12.53 EST
Last modified on Wed 29 Jan 2020 13.24 EST


The USS Tennessee at sea.

The US has deployed its first low-yield Trident nuclear warhead on a submarine that is currently patrolling the Atlantic Ocean, it has been reported, in what arms control advocates warn is a dangerous step towards making a nuclear launch more likely.

According to the Federation of American Scientists, the USS Tennessee – which left port in Georgia at the end of last year – is the first submarine to go on patrol armed with the W76-2 warhead, commissioned by Donald Trump two years ago.

It has an explosive yield of five kilotons, a third of the power of the “Little Boy” bomb dropped on Hiroshima and considerably lower than the 90- and 455-kiloton warheads on other US submarine-launched ballistic missiles.

The Trump administration’s nuclear posture review (NPR) in February 2018, portrays this warhead as a counter to a perceived Russian threat to use its own “tactical” nuclear weapons to win a quick victory on the battlefield.

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Reply OK, Boomer? New warhead deployed on US ballistic missile subs. (Original post)
sl8 Jan 30 OP
Blues Heron Jan 30 #1
ProfessorGAC Jan 30 #2
HAB911 Jan 30 #3
brush Jan 30 #4
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Response to sl8 (Original post)

Thu Jan 30, 2020, 07:51 AM

1. How did this planet get so violent?

We're not going to last long if we keep up with the idea that we can drop bombs on other people whenever we feel like it. We've been doing it daily in the middle east for twenty years now and nobody really cares too much. We act like it will never ever ever happen to us. Like we're god's gift with a total impunity card.

This is just plain stupid and provocative.

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Response to sl8 (Original post)

Thu Jan 30, 2020, 07:53 AM

2. I Guess There Are Still Fools...

...who think one side can win a nuclear war.
Of course, this expensive and pointless weapon was green lighted under Dolt45's tenure.

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Response to sl8 (Original post)

Thu Jan 30, 2020, 08:36 AM

3. We are chimpanzees with nukes


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Response to sl8 (Original post)

Thu Jan 30, 2020, 09:46 AM

4. Ok, Boomer? What does that mean?

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Response to brush (Reply #4)

Thu Jan 30, 2020, 10:05 AM

5. Substandard wordplay.

US ballistic submarines are called "boomers".

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Response to sl8 (Original post)

Thu Jan 30, 2020, 11:58 AM

6. "We estimate 1or2 of the 20 missiles on the Ohio class subs will be armed with the W76-2"

Of course our enemies wouldn't be able to tell if its a tactical nuke or a full scale city buster that was launched so they would respond with a full scale counter attack anyway

Theres no way back when the mushroom clouds start blooming

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