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Document: Report to Congress On the Ohio Replacement Program

An undated artist's rendering of the Ohio Replacement. Naval Sea Systems Command Image

An undated artist’s rendering of the Ohio Replacement. Naval Sea Systems Command Image

The following is the July 18, 2014 Congressional Research Service report, Navy Ohio Replacement (SSBN[X]) Ballistic Missile Submarine Program: Background and Issues for Congress.

  • vincedc

    The U.S. is in negotiations to reduce the stockpile to 1550 warheads. Seven MIRV warheads per missile, 16 missiles per submarine….12 submarines. Makes you wonder what the Air Force is going to do. Also, there does not seem to be a plan to build new SSGNs. Does that mission go away or do they give it to the Air Force which is currently working on its B-52H replacement.

    • Secundius

      @ vincedc.

      Because, the plan is to convert existing OHIO class Boomers too SSGN Boats.

      • wegodown

        NO, remaining OHIOs will NOT be converted to SSGNs. VIRGINIAs with added payload (VPM) will fill the hole. USS North Dakota will undergo sea trials this year with first VPM.
        AND you can’t just MIRV the S*** out of every missile. It doesn’t work like that

    • NavySubNuke

      so you realize we have a signed and ratified treaty to reduce the number of deployed warheads to 1550 right? In fact the US recently announced the final force structure: 400 MMIII each with a single warhead , ~60 nuclear capable bombers (each of which counts as 1 warhead) and the remainder of the warheads will be on SSBNs.

  • J_kies

    The USAF didn’t budget for Re-cap of the ICBM force, they voted with their manning, budgets and promotions to return to their roots as an unscheduled airborne delivery service. ICBM recap is unaffordable anyway so we can return to the original intent of a redundant (not doubly redundant) nuclear deterrent via subs and bombers (only).