Fact Sheet: Trident Submarine & Missile System

Trident submarines serve as the sea based nuclear launch system of the Air, Land, and Sea Nuclear Triad supported by the US government. The U.S. currently has 14 nuclear-powered Trident ballistic-missile (SSBN) submarines.  Trident submarines are 560 feet in length, or nearly two football fields.  Each submarine can carry 24 submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs) designated Trident D5 and each missile can carry up to eight 100 kiloton nuclear warheads (about 30 times the explosive force as the Hiroshima bomb).
The Trident D5 missile stands 44.6 feet high and originally had a range of 4,230 nautical miles with a full load of warheads, and up to 6000+ nautical miles with a reduced load of warheads. Upgrades and Life Extension Programs may have changed some specifications.  Warheads are either Mark-4/W76 or Mark-5/W88.
100:             Number of kilotons on ONE Trident W76 warhead
455:         Number of kilotons on ONE Trident W88 warhead
345,600:  Total number of kilotons deployed on Trident fleet
14:         Number of kilotons on atomic bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima
150,000:  Number of people killed by the atomic bombing of Hiroshima
1,028  minimum; 4,885 maximum:  Number of potential “Hiroshimas” each Trident is capable of destroying
$66,000,000:  Price of ONE Trident II D5 missile
14:          Number of nuclear- armed submarines the Navy wants to deploy through 2042
$60,000,000:  Cost of health insurance for 60,000 children
$10,000,000,000:  Annual cost of providing sanitary water to 2.4 billion people worldwide who now lack it
$59,000,000,000:  Cost of building housing for 6000,000 homeless families in the US
$170,200,000,000 (low estimate):  Total cost of the ENTIRE Trident program through year 2042
Naval Submarine Base Kitsap-Bangor is located 20 miles west of Seattle on the deep waters of Hood Canal in Washington State.  It is the home to the largest single stockpile of nuclear warheads in the U.S. arsenal, housing more than 2,000 nuclear warheads. This is approximately 24% of the entire U.S. arsenal. The Bangor Base presently houses more nuclear warheads than the countries of England, France, China, Israel, India, Pakistan and North Korea combined.
There are eight Tridents based at the Bangor Base; six operate out of Kings Bay, GA.  The Trident submarines at Bangor are likely to be used first in any nuclear attack, either as an isolated tactical assault on a specific site, bunker, or weapons location, or in a larger strategic nuclear attack. The D5 missile is capable of traveling over 1,370 miles in less than 13 minutes, allowing for a US nuclear strike anywhere on planet earth within 15 minutes.

5 Responses

  1. It has been just too long since Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It would be helpful in court, and else where, to have documentries showing the effects of nuclear bombs on people. We are out of touch with reality.
    I demonstrated against nuclear war and stock piling, focused on Kings Bay, in the 1980s. Your Fact Sheet: Trident Sub etc is great. Perhaps I could help spread it around? Best Wishes, Mary

  2. See above

  3. What sources did you use to compile your Fact Sheet on the Trident fleet? Your article has no bibliography. As a journalist I need to be able to fact check statements before quoting them.

  4. […] Like YES! Magazine and Tim Tebow’s desire to do good things – there’s always a nuclear stockpile just next door that tends to render your pretend positions…radioactively moot. […]

  5. As long as Russia and China have them, and are modernizing and expanding their forces, I think we should maintain a large enough arsenal for deterrence and the will to use them if necessary (God forbid). Others such as North Korea and Iran are working towards these capabilities as well. Before we in the USA get rid of our nuclear weapons, I think you should refocus your efforts on getting these other regimes to get rid of theirs. Until that happens….your goals are totally unrealistic and extremely dangerous. You’re proposing we disarm and leave ourselves vulnerable to total annihilation within 30 minutes with no way to strike back. Absolutely crazy, and borderline treasonous.

    There is nothing moral and good about leaving our kids and grandkids defenseless and at the mercy of these nuclear armed despotic regimes.

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