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Royal Navy Faced With Tough Sub Choices If Scotland Leaves U.K.

Royal Navy Faced With Tough Sub Choices If Scotland Leaves U.K.

HMS Vanguard arrives back at HM Naval Base Clyde following a nuclear deterrence patrol. U.K. Royal Navy Photo

HMS Vanguard arrives back at HM Naval Base Clyde following a nuclear deterrence patrol. U.K. Royal Navy Photo

The heart of the United Kingdom’s nuclear submarine enterprise could be cut out if Scotland leaves the U.K. in Thursday’s referendum on Scottish independence, British leaders have warned repeatedly over the last several months.

Scots voting “Yes” for independence say they’re happy to see the subs go. Read More

Navy's Nukes Won't Keep Pace With New Missile Subs

Navy’s Nukes Won’t Keep Pace With New Missile Subs

The 1977 flight test of an early Trident missile. US Air Force Photo

The 1977 flight test of an early Trident missile. US Air Force Photo

When the U.S. Navy’s new SSBN (X) conducts its first patrol in 2031 it will be an entirely new vessel, but the boat will initially rely on life-extended 1990s vintage Trident II D5 submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs) to perform its nuclear deterrence mission. The Navy currently expects to keep the D5 in service into the 2040s, after which it may replace the long-serving weapon with a new missile. Read More