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  • Britain's new £31billion Trident submarines will be built with steel coming from FRANCE

    10/05/2016 5:21:33 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    MAILONLINE ^ | 4 October 2016 | JOSEPH CURTIS
    Hulls of the new £31billion Trident submarines will be built with steel provided by a FRENCH firm. BAe Systems, building the subs in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, opted for a French supplier after signing a contract with the UK government. The deal, which The Mirror reports will be worth tens of millions, came after a plan between two British firms to make a joint bid for the work flopped. The Defence Secretary announced work on the new nuclear deterrent will begin today as the first pictures of £31billion Trident submarines were unveiled. Sir Michael Fallon said he will officially mark the start...
  • Navy chiefs face Trident crew shortages – because recruits don’t want to log off Facebook

    07/25/2016 4:07:16 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    Mirror, U.K. ^ | 25 JUL 2016 | KIRSTIE MCCRUM
    The Royal Navy is suffering a recruitment crisis when it comes to staffing Trident submarines - as young people are too addicted to Facebook to go off-tech for weeks at a time. Following a vote to renew the nuclear submarines which passed through Parliament last week, those serving say that a scheme designed to attract new blood has faltered. And a senior source says this is down to the fact that "you cannot Facebook your friends". Last month, the annual report from the Ministry of Defences’s internal watchdog, the Defence Nuclear Safety Regulator, warned of a shortfall of qualified engineers,...
  • Corbyn's Anti-Trident Speech Angers Labour MPs (British nuclear submarines)

    02/27/2016 3:22:16 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Sky News ^ | February 27, 2016 | Jon Craig, Chief Political Correspondent
    Jeremy Corbyn is on collision course with Labour MPs and trade unions for defiantly speaking at an anti-Trident rally and snubbing his party's pro-EU campaign. The Labour leader will address a CND rally in London alongside the SNP's Nicola Sturgeon, Leanne Wood of Plaid Cymru, the Green Party MP Caroline Lucas and veteran left-wing actress Vanessa Redgrave. His decision has infuriated many Labour MPs, who claim he is campaigning against the party's policy on Trident and ignoring its policy to campaign to remain in the EU. Although Mr Corbyn will also attend Labour's Yorkshire and the Humber regional conference, where...
  • Britain to order 4 new Trident nuclear submarines – Cameron

    11/22/2015 10:17:42 PM PST · by Mariner · 33 replies
    Russia Today ^ | November 22nd, 2015 | Unattributed
    Britain will order four new nuclear submarines, Prime Minister David Cameron has announced at the Conservative party conference in Manchester. In a clear message to anti-Trident Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, the PM said four new submarines would be ordered to replace the existing fleet, which will be retired. In his first conference speech since the Tories won a parliamentary majority in May’s general election, Cameron used the occasion to present a strong opposition to Corbyn’s foreign policy stance, highlighting the importance of a strong nuclear deterrent. He told a packed hall that the nuclear deterrent is the country’s “ultimate...
  • US Navy say "light in the West Coast sky" was a Trident II (D5) missile test at sea from the sub....

    11/07/2015 9:59:59 PM PST · by Southack · 243 replies
    Twitter ^ | 11/7/2015
    US Navy say "light in the West Coast sky" was a Trident II (D5) missile test at sea from the submarine "Kentucky"
  • ‘End Austerity Now,’ demand Britons

    06/20/2015 4:35:16 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 24 replies
    The Hindu ^ | 6/21/2015 | Parvathi Menon
    End austerity: it’s cheating us all; Jobs not Trident; No cuts; Defy Tory rule; Cut war not welfare; Stop fracking; a Living Wage for mothers; and, The Pope gets it, why can’t you? With the slogans emblazoned on banners, posters and flags, anti-austerity marchers shouted slogans, sang, and beat drums, as they walked through London in what is being called the biggest protest march that the city has seen. The ‘End Austerity Now’ demonstration saw participation by an estimated crowd of between 70,000 and 250,000, all coming together to protest against cuts imposed due to austerity, the threats to the...
  • Replacing Trident with jets ‘would save £13bn’ (U.K.)

    02/15/2015 5:51:33 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 27 replies
    The Scotsman ^ | 2/15/2015 | ANDREW WHITAKER
    REPLACING Trident with a nuclear deterrent dropped from the air would save up to £13 billion for priority defence equipment spending, a think-tank has claimed in a new report. Trident nuclear submarines at Faslane are an “expensive and excessive” solution to the UK deterrence requirements and would have been ineffective even during the Cold War, CentreForum said in its analysis. Instead, the UK’s forthcoming F-35 Joint Strike Fighters – a stealth aircraft bought for conventional missions – should be adapted to deliver a “minimum nuclear deterrent” based upon a stockpile of 100 British built B61-12 nuclear bombs, the “independent liberal”...
  • Fail: Chrome, Firefox, and IE all crack during hacking competition

    03/11/2013 7:11:28 AM PDT · by Nachum · 52 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 3/11/13 | Meghan Kelly
    Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Firefox all fell to the mercy of the hackers Thursday. That is, in a controlled environment. Security firms Vupen and MWR Labs were able to crack the browsers during a condoned bug-hunt, with one company winning $100,000 for finding a huge hole. The Pwn2Own competition is an event at the CanSecWest conference in Vancouver. The competition was created by HP’s DVLabs as part of its Zero Day Initiative: an attempt to get more people to find and report bugs as opposed to exploiting them for personal gains.
  • About the two Navy SEAL’s killed in Libya: Earn your Trident every day…

    10/28/2012 11:07:35 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 24 replies
    Scott on Cape Cod ^ | October 27, 2012 | Dr. Charles R. Roots, Sr Pastor Former Staff Sergeant, USMC Captain, U.S. Navy Chaplain Corps (Ret)
    About the two Navy SEAL’s killed in Libya: Quite an astounding tribute to the courage and bravery of the two former Navy SEAL’s that went to the aid of Ambassador Stevens and Embassy staff. Courageous! Recently I was teaching a class in my church on the biblical character, Joshua. You remember him – he’s the one who took over for Moses to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land. God made several promises to Joshua in the opening verses of this book of the Bible named after him. Three times God instructs Joshua to “be strong and courageous.” In fact,...
  • Cost of designing new submarines is too high

    06/21/2012 3:20:08 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 14 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 21 June 2012 | Mark Campbell-Roddis
    SIR – In his headlong rush to replace Trident, Philip Hammond, the Defence Secretary, seems to be overlooking the basic question of whether it remains viable for Britain to continue independently developing and maintaining its own nuclear submarines (report, June 18). He should take into account the chronic squeeze on British defence funding, the limited number of hulls it can afford, ever more stringent safety standards, and the long-term erosion of Britain's nuclear expertise. By developing an independent design for the new submarine, the Government is opening itself up to allegations that the Trident replacement programme is just an excuse...
  • £1billion deal paves the way for Trident nuclear deterrent replacement

    06/16/2012 3:36:07 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 19 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | June 16 2012 | Robert Watts and Patrick Hennessy
    Philip Hammond, the Defence Secretary, will reveal the scheme to build a new nuclear deterrent in a move which will cause tensions with the Liberal Democrats. He will announce a deal ordering nuclear reactors for a new class of submarines to replace the current Vanguard fleet, which carries Britain’s Trident nuclear arsenal. The decision is the most public statement yet that the Government is committed to a full-scale replacement of Trident - something opposed by the Lib Dems, who want a cheaper way of maintaining nuclear weapons. Mr Hammond will say that a Rolls-Royce plant at Raynesway, in Derby, will...
  • Trident D5 Missile Reliability Record Reaches 142 Successful Test Flights Since 1989

    06/01/2012 2:40:02 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 9 replies
    Lockheed Martin ^ | 31 May 2012
    SUNNYVALE, Calif., May 31, 2012 – The U.S. Navy conducted successful test flights April 14 and 16 of four Trident II D5 Fleet Ballistic Missiles (FBMs) built by Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT]. The Navy launched two unarmed missiles each day from the submerged submarine USS Maryland (SSBN 738) in the Atlantic Ocean. These tests marked the 139th, 140th, 141st and 142st successful test flights of the Trident II D5 missile since design completion in 1989 – a reliability record unmatched by any other large ballistic missile or space launch vehicle.
  • Trident: plans to buy state-of-the-art reactors

    05/14/2011 9:55:40 PM PDT · by Rabin · 4 replies, ^ | Saturday 14 May 2011 20.28 BST | Daniel Boffey and Toby Helm
    America provided Britain with one nuclear reactor for HMS Dreadnought in the 1960s.. Derived Submarine - New PWR3 (Pressurized Water Reactor 3), propulsion system "based on a US design but using UK reactor technology".. A new form of reactor, using a passive cooling system, was developed for Ohio & Virginia class Trident submarines.
  • Bay Area Priest, Nun, Among Five Peace Demonstrators Sentenced in Washington State

    03/29/2011 9:21:03 AM PDT · by SmithL · 15 replies
    SFist ^ | 3/29/11 | Leanne Maxwell
    Jesuit priest Stephen Kelly, 62, of Oakland, and Sister Anne Montgomery, 84, of Redwood City, were among a group of five senior peace demonstrators who were sentenced to federal prison in Tacoma, Washington, today. The group were all convicted of conspiracy, trespass, and destruction of government property in December and were facing up to ten years in prison for cutting through fences at Bangor Base on November 2, 2009, to get to an area containing ten Ohio-class submarines. The protesters had put up banners near the bunkers, sprinkled blood on the ground, scattered sunflower seeds, and prayed until they were...
  • WikiLeaks cables: US agrees to tell Russia Britain's nuclear secrets

    02/05/2011 7:15:07 AM PST · by Matthew James · 41 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | February 4, 2011 | Matthew Moore
    The US secretly agreed to give the Russians sensitive information on Britain’s nuclear deterrent to persuade them to sign a key treaty, The Daily Telegraph can disclose. Information about every Trident missile the US supplies to Britain will be given to Russia as part of an arms control deal signed by President Barack Obama next week. Defence analysts claim the agreement risks undermining Britain’s policy of refusing to confirm the exact size of its nuclear arsenal.
  • Secret files from 70s reveal Trident strike needed 'to kill 10m Russians'

    12/26/2010 7:45:34 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies ^ | 26 December 2010 | Rob Edwards
    Secret files from 70s reveal Trident strike needed 'to kill 10m Russians' Whitehall documents written in 1970s and marked 'personal and top secret' show logic of British Cold War deterrent Rob Edwards, Sunday 26 December 2010 21.17 GMT The British government opted for the Trident nuclear weapons system because it estimated it could kill up to 10 million Russians and inflict "unacceptable damage" on the former Soviet Union, according to secret Whitehall documents written in the 1970s. The macabre calculations that underpinned the decision in 1980 to replace Polaris nuclear missiles with Trident have been revealed by a Ministry...
  • After 200 years, UK army set to axe Gurkha Regiment

    08/29/2010 7:54:36 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 33 replies
    The Times of India ^ | 29 August, 2010 | The Times of India
    LONDON: The world-famous Gurkha Regiment, part of the British army for almost 200 years, may be among those axed unless the ministry of defence's demands for more money to fund the replacement of Trident nuclear missile submarines are answered. Last night, hopes for extra funding were fading as chief secretary to the treasury Danny Alexander rejected demands for extra money from Tory defence secretary Liam Fox and insisted the £20 billion cost of replacing Trident had to be met fully by the MoD, The Observer reported. Quoting an expert, the report said the increasing costs of running the regiment following...
  • Russian subs stalk Trident in echo of Cold War

    08/27/2010 5:07:35 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies · 1+ views
    Telegraph [UK] ^ | 8/27/10 | Thomas Harding
    A specially upgraded Russian Akula class submarine has been caught trying to record the acoustic signature made by the Vanguard submarines that carry Trident nuclear missiles, according to senior Navy officers. British submariners have also reported that they are experiencing the highest number of "contacts" with Russian submarines since 1987. If the Russians are able to obtain a recording of the unique noise of the boat's propellers it would have serious implications for Britain's nuclear deterrent. Using its sophisticated sonar, the Akula would be able to track Vanguards and potentially sink them before they could launch their Trident D4 missiles....
  • Nuclear subs could be cut from four to three ( UK )

    07/13/2010 10:47:15 PM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies · 1+ views
    scotsman ^ | 14 July 2010
    BRITAIN'S fleet of nuclear submarines could be reduced to save money, but the renewal of the Trident system represented good value for money, said Defence Secretary Liam Fox. Dr Fox said the number of submarines may be cut from four to three if it could be done while maintaining the UK's "continuous at-sea" deterrence, but any decisions on reducing the fleet would not be taken until 2014/15. Nearly three-quarters of opinion formers in Britain think the government should either scrap the country's nuclear weapons or look for a cheaper alternative, according to a poll published yesterday
  • Osama Killer Missile Fails; No Conventional Tridents

    04/28/2010 8:38:28 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 16 replies · 620+ views
    DoD Buzz ^ | 4/27/2010 | Colin Clark
    Cruise missiles are highly accurate but they have to be fired from a distance and they take a fair amount of time to get where they are going. So they are great for fixed targets, but their limitations have left the Pentagon scratching its head for half a decade trying to find something that can be launched and hit its target anywhere in the world within an hour or so. One of the key drivers behind this effort has been to develop a weapon that could kill a terrorist like Osama bin Laden anywhere in the world without having to...
  • Trident: Is there a cheap alternative?(British nukes)

    04/27/2010 4:35:22 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies · 328+ views
    BBC News ^ | 04/23/2010 | Caroline Wyatt
    Trident: Is there a cheap alternative? By Caroline Wyatt Defence correspondent, BBC News Welcome to Reality Check. Today I'm asking whether there is a cheaper alternative to the UK's Trident nuclear system. The Liberal Democrat suggestion that Britain could find a "cheaper and better" alternative to Trident is one of the issues dividing the three main parties. It provoked on Thursday with leader Nick Clegg coming under attack from his rivals over plans to include Trident in the strategic defence review, which all three parties have promised to hold after the election. is certainly controversial and expensive - but could...
  • US test-fires Trident missile in drill with Saudis

    04/01/2010 10:22:47 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 230+ views
    AP ^ | 3/31/2010 | Salah Nasrawi
    The United States test-fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile capable of carrying nuclear warheads during a joint military exercise Wednesday with Saudi Arabia, a Western military official said. The Trident missile launch was carried out in the kingdom, the official said, but he would not give a precise location. He spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue. The U.S. has been strengthening missile defenses in allied Arab nations in the Gulf to help counter any potential missile strike from Iran. Like its nuclear work, Iran's missile program is of top concern to Washington and Arab nations...
  • US test-fires Trident missile in drill with Saudis (Test 1 .. 2 Hear me now, Iminadinnajacket?)

    03/31/2010 9:02:22 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 32 replies · 871+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/31/10 | Salah Nasrawi - ap
    CAIRO – A Western military official says the United States has test-fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile capable of carrying nuclear warheads during a joint military exercise with Saudi Arabia. The official said the Trident missile launch was carried out Wednesday in the kingdom but would not give a precise location. He spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue. The U.S. has been strengthening missile defenses in the Gulf to help counter any possible missile strike from Iran.
  • Woman smuggled into Trident base

    03/22/2010 8:27:51 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 20 replies · 610+ views
    BBC ^ | 3/21/2010 | BBC
    A Marine is facing disciplinary action after smuggling a woman into the home of Britain's Trident submarine fleet in the boot of his car. It is understood that he was caught with the woman as he escorted her out of the high-security base at Faslane. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) said the Marine had been interviewed following "a potential breach of security" at HM Naval Base Clyde on 12 March. A spokesman said the matter was now subject to an internal investigation. "We can confirm a member of the naval service was interviewed by MoD police following a report of...
  • Trident II D5 Missile Achieves Record 129 Successful Test Flights In A Row

    10/26/2009 12:07:51 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 14 replies · 983+ views
    Space War ^ | Oct 26, 2009 | Staff Writers
    The U.S. Navy conducted successful test flights Sept. 3 and 4 of two Trident II D5 Fleet Ballistic Missiles (FBMs) built by Lockheed Martin. The Navy launched the unarmed missiles from the submerged submarine USS West Virginia (SSBN 736) in the Atlantic Ocean. The Trident II D5 missile now has achieved 129 consecutive successful test flights since 1989 - a record unmatched by any other large ballistic missile or space launch vehicle. "These successful missile tests again demonstrate the readiness and reliability of the entire Trident II D5 Strategic Weapon System," said Melanie A. Sloane, vice president of Fleet Ballistic...
  • Our Aging Deterrent

    08/12/2009 5:53:40 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies · 648+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 12, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Defense: President Obama dreams of a world without nuclear weapons. Unless testing and maintenance of our nuclear deterrent is resumed, it will be a world without American nuclear weapons.In his Prague speech this spring, the president spoke of "America's commitment to seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons," ignoring the fact that before 1945 we lived in such a world and it was neither peaceful nor secure. We recently observed the anniversaries of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, actions that brought an abrupt end to the carnage of World War II and arguably...
  • Britain Must Not Sacrifice Trident To Please Obama

    07/10/2009 8:01:42 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 10 replies · 536+ views
    Telegraph(UK) ^ | July 10th 2009
    Britain Must Not Sacrifice Trident To Please Obama By Nile Gardiner July 10th, 2009 Currying favour with Obama could leave Britain vulnerable As the Telegraph has reported, President Obama has called for a 30-nation summit in Washington next March to discuss nuclear non-proliferation. This follows a reckless preliminary agreement between Obama and Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev in Moscow to cut America’s nuclear stockpile and delivery systems by up to a third, a deal which is stunningly good for the Russians but hugely damaging for America’s interests. In the wake of the Moscow summit, Gordon Brown has hinted he may include...
  • David Cameron is right to look beyond Trident (UK nukes)

    05/02/2009 9:51:33 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies · 333+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 01 May 2009 | Sean Rayment
    David Cameron is right to look beyond Trident Britain can remain a nuclear power without this costly white elephant, says Sean Rayment. By Sean Rayment David Cameron is right to consider the future of Trident programme, which will cost Britain £21billion over the next 20-years. Britain can remain a nuclear power without this costly white elephant. Other alternatives include air and submarine-launched cruise missiles, which, one imagines, would leave a potential adversary thinking twice about launching a nuclear strike against the UK. Just as Labour turned away from CND and stuck with Trident, the Tories should not slavishly follow what...
  • Tight-knit Trident Submariners Conduct Strategic Deterrence Missions

    02/25/2009 3:43:29 PM PST · by SandRat · 7 replies · 442+ views
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 25, 2009 – Somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean last week, sailors aboard the Trident strategic missile submarine USS Maryland prepared to start a series of underwater practice maneuvers known as “angles and dangles.” The USS Maryland’s “Gold” crew executive officer, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Louis J. Springer, takes a look through the vessel’s periscope, Feb. 17, 2009. DoD photo by Gerry J. Gilmore  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The Maryland’s captain, Navy Cmdr. Jeffrey M. Grimes, and his chief of the boat and senior enlisted leader, Master Chief Petty Officer Michael C. McLauchlan, intently observed the actions...
  • U.S. Seeks Successor to Trident Submarine

    02/20/2009 3:15:29 PM PST · by SandRat · 12 replies · 723+ views
    NAVAL SUBMARINE BASE KING’S BAY, Ga., Feb. 20, 2009 – The U.S. Navy has started the process to find a 21st-century successor to the Trident strategic missile submarine, senior Defense Department officials said here yesterday. Left to right, Marine Corps Gen. James E. Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Secretary of the Navy Donald C. Winter; Navy Adm. Gary Roughead, chief of Naval Operations; and Air Force Gen. Kevin P. Chilton, commander of U.S. Strategic Command, meet with reporters at Naval Submarine Base King’s Bay, Ga., Feb. 19, 2009. The USS Rhode Island, a Trident strategic...
  • King’s Bay Training Facility Prepares Trident Submariners

    02/19/2009 3:28:36 PM PST · by SandRat · 9 replies · 409+ views
    NAVAL SUBMARINE BASE KING’S BAY, Ga., Feb. 19, 2009 – The officers and enlisted members who serve aboard the U.S. Navy’s Trident strategic missile and guided-missile submarines are elite sailors requiring specialized training and skills. Navy Lt. j.g. Walter McDuffie, assistant operations officer assigned to the Trident ballistic-missile submarine USS Maryland’s “Blue” crew, uses a computerized virtual training program to “direct” his surfaced vessel during a training session at the Trident training facility at Naval Submarine Base King’s Bay at St. Mary’s, Ga., Feb. 18, 2009. DoD photo by Gerry J. Gilmore   (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available....
  • UK: Three retired military commanders call for Trident to be scrapped

    01/16/2009 8:29:42 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 21 replies · 982+ views
    The Times ^ | 1/16/2008 | Michael Evans
    Three retired military commanders are urging the Government to scrap the plan to replace the Trident nuclear deterrent. In a letter published in The Times today, they said that Britain’s independent deterrent has become “virtually irrelevant”, and they call on Gordon Brown to spend the money saved on cancelling the Trident replacement by providing more funds for the Armed Forces to meet their current operational commitments. Field Marshal Lord Bramall, a former Chief of the Defence Staff, General Lord Ramsbotham, a former Adjutant-General, and General Sir Hugh Beach, former Master General of the Ordinance, said: “Should this country ever become...
  • Arrested Fidayeen reveal terror route, LeT hand

    11/28/2008 12:41:57 AM PST · by MyTwoCopperCoins · 57 replies · 3,434+ views
    Rediff ^ | 28 Nov., 2008 | Rediff
    The arrest of three Pakistani nationals hailing from Multan in connection with Mumbai siege has once again revealed the role of Lashkar-e-Tayiba in terror strikes in India after the Akshardham attack in 2002. Police and central security personnel have arrested at least three Pakistanis, including Ajmal Amir Kamal, a resident of Faridkot near Multan in Pakistan's Punjab province. All the three belong to the suicide squad of Lashkar-e-Tayiba. The terrorists told interrogators that 12 of them had left in a merchant vessel from the port city of Karachi, which was on its way to Vietnam, from which they got down...
  • Dive bombers(Britain's Trident nuclear submarines)

    01/20/2008 3:46:27 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies · 939+ views
    The Sunday Times ^ | January 20, 2008 | Michael Bilton
    Dive bombers They can wipe out entire nations, and the British government plans to build even more. Are our Trident nuclear submarines essential for peacekeeping, or are they just expensive relics of the cold war? Michael Bilton meets the men with their fingers on the trigger. Photographs by Simon Norfolk Gordon Brown had been prime minister for only a few days when he learnt what it is to be the only person who can order the launch of Britain’s nuclear weapons. He sat down to write a personal letter to the commanders of the Royal Navy’s four Trident missile-carrying submarines....
  • Microsoft reveals US Navy secrets

    09/04/2007 5:04:10 PM PDT · by Doohickey · 48 replies · 2,836+ views
    vnunet ^ | 09/04/2007 | Iain Thompson
    A sharp-eyed user of Microsoft's Virtual Earth has found images of classified US Navy technology. The image shows an Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine being pulled out of the water at the Trident Submarine Base in Bangor, Maine and displays its propeller in full view. Submarine propellers are highly classified and are usually hidden when submarines go into dry dock. Dan Twohig, a deck officer on the Washington state ferry service, found the image when he was searching for a new house. He also writes a blog about shipping called Monster Maritime, on which he broke the news of the discovery....
  • Lockheed Martin-Built Trident II D5 Successfully Launched in Two-Missile U.S. Navy Test...

    05/16/2007 2:49:00 PM PDT · by SmithL · 17 replies · 913+ views
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., May 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The U.S. Navy conducted a successful test launch yesterday, May 15, of two Trident II D5 Fleet Ballistic Missiles (FBMs) built by Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT - News). The Navy launched the unarmed missiles from USS Tennessee (SSBN 734) in the Eastern Range in the Atlantic Ocean. With this two-missile Follow-on Commander Evaluation Test, the Trident II D5 missile has achieved 119 consecutive successful test launches since 1989 -- a record unmatched by any other large ballistic missile or space launch vehicle. The launches are part of a continuing series of operational system...
  • HASC Panel Targets Missile Defense, Milspace

    05/03/2007 10:10:42 AM PDT · by Freeport · 10 replies · 448+ views
    The House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee is recommending Congress cut the boost-phase Airborne Laser missile defense effort by $400 million, re-evaluate nuclear weapons policy while slowing the Reliable Replacement Warhead, (RRW) and bar the Pentagon from deploying Trident nuclear intercontinental ballistic missiles as converted, conventional prompt global strike weapons. The panel, which marked up a still-changeable portion of the fiscal 2008 defense authorization bill May 2, also proposes an undetermined funding cut for the proposed European site under the U.S. ballistic missile defense system (BMDS). But the panel did not require NATO participation in the ongoing bilateral negotiations between...
  • UK BISHOP: I believe in Trident, and using it if necessary

    03/04/2007 7:24:46 AM PST · by MadIvan · 15 replies · 686+ views
    The Sunday Telegraph ^ | March 4, 2007 | Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali
    Once again the General Synod of the Church of England has been wrong-footed by passing a last-minute motion declaring the renewal of Trident to be unethical. The original motion had been carefully thought-out and was supported by documents setting out the situation facing the United Kingdom and asking probing and intelligent questions about the Government's intentions. Instead, the Church has now been left in a position which can be seen as mere moralising and trying to dictate defence policy.All of this is extremely unfortunate because the Churches in general, and the Church of England in particular, have a legitimate role...
  • Blair Relying On Tories To Pass Trident Bill

    03/01/2007 4:56:48 PM PST · by blam · 4 replies · 289+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3-1-2007 | George Jones
    Blair relying on Tories to pass Trident bill By George Jones, Political Editor Last Updated: 4:48pm GMT 01/03/2007 Tony Blair is increasingly likely to have to rely on Conservative votes to secure parliamentary backing to replace the Trident nuclear missile system. HMS Vanguard: A new submarine fleet would carry Trident and its nuclear warheads into the middle of the 21st century The Prime Minister is facing a growing revolt by Labour backbenchers over his attempt to rush through a decision on updating Trident before he leaves Downing Street this summer. Jack Straw, Leader of the Commons, announced today that MPs...
  • Living on the nuclear front line-British Trident submarines

    02/23/2007 10:55:28 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies · 734+ views
    BBC News ^ | 22 February 2007 | James Shaw
    Living on the nuclear front line By James Shaw BBC News at Faslane Naval Base The BBC is given a glimpse inside a Trident submarine ahead of the future of the fleet being put to the vote in Westminster. Climbing down the shaft of a Trident submarine's escape tower into the body of the vessel is like entering another world. One of narrow, low passages, cramped living quarters and working areas which are a dazzling array of computer screens and control panels. During a routine 90-day patrol, the interior of the sub is the only world the crew know. Just...
  • UN Nuclear Watchdog Calls Trident Hypocritical (UK)

    02/19/2007 7:41:08 PM PST · by blam · 15 replies · 445+ views
    The Telegraph (uk) ^ | 2-20-2007 | David Blair
    UN nuclear watchdog calls Trident hypocritical By David Blair, Diplomatic Correspondent Last Updated: 2:34am GMT 20/02/2007 Britain cannot expect other countries to refrain from acquiring nuclear weapons if it upgrades the Trident deterrent, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency said yesterday. Mohammed ElBaradei, who has led the United Nations' nuclear watchdog for 10 years, cast doubt on his own moral authority in seeking to curb the ambitions of countries like Iran, suspected of seeking nuclear weapons. "They are told nuclear weapons are counter-productive because they do not protect your security," said Mr ElBaradei in a lecture at the...
  • Lockheed Martin Receives $654.9 million Contract for Trident II D5 Missile

    01/11/2007 10:10:17 PM PST · by Srirangan · 9 replies · 801+ views
    The U.S. Navy is awarding Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) a contract valued at $654.9 million for fiscal year 2007 production and deployed system support for the Trident II D5 Fleet Ballistic Missile (FBM) program. Work under the contract will include D5 production support, including reentry system hardware, and operations and maintenance to support the readiness and reliability of missile systems, both deployed aboard FBM submarines and at on-shore facilities. “Our work in the coming years will span research and development, design, production, testing, operations and maintenance on this important Navy program,” said Tory Bruno, vice president of Strategic Missile Programs,...
  • Williams Attacks Blair Plans For Trident Fleet (UK)

    12/03/2006 7:40:49 PM PST · by blam · 10 replies · 489+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 12-4-2006 | Jonathan Petre
    Williams attacks Blair plans for Trident fleet By Jonathan Petre, Religion Correspondent Last Updated: 1:32am GMT 04/12/2006 The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, is today expected to launch an attack on plans to replace Britain's nuclear deterrent. Dr Williams, whose opposition to the Iraq war infuriated Downing Street, is to respond to the long-awaited White Paper on the future of Trident. He is also preparing a new year statement exploring the morality of nuclear weapons that will reflect the concerns of 19 bishops who warned Tony Blair in July that the possession of Trident was "evil". The Prime Minister...
  • Trident plan to scrap dozens of warheads

    12/01/2006 6:28:16 AM PST · by Mrs Ivan · 3 replies · 451+ views
    The Daily Mail ^ | 1st December 2006
    Dozens of Britain’s nuclear warheads will be scrapped under plans to replace Trident. Tony Blair is expected to announce the move when the Government unveils a white paper on the UK’s nuclear deterrent on Monday. The reduction will be seen as an attempt to win over Labour MPs opposed to spending up to £20 billion on a new nuclear weapons system. Labour reduced the number of warheads to below 200 when it came to power in 1997 and the latest cut is expected to be significant, in the dozens, but not halving the stockpile. However, Labour backbenchers are predicting up...
  • Nuke secrets stolen [Britain's Trident Nuclear Deterrent Plans Stolen]

    10/31/2006 7:22:07 AM PST · by conservativecorner · 27 replies · 1,067+ views
    Sunday Express ^ | Oct. 29, 2006 | Gordon Thomas
    THE secrets of Britain's Trident nuclear deterrent are feared stolen, the Sunday Express can reveal. It is claimed they disappeared from a high-security base in the US. CIA and FBI agents launched an inquiry after top-secret material was found under a mattress in a caravan near the base during a drugs raid. Security services fear the material includes details of Britain's Trident submarine-launched missiles, as well as other nuclear weapons. Under a pact negotiated during the Cold War, British secrets are kept at the base. The caravan was used by a known dealer who sold drugs to staff at the...
  • MPs get 'veto' over new Trident

    07/20/2006 3:13:53 PM PDT · by Jack2006 · 26 replies · 567+ views
    BBC ^ | 20 July 2006,
    MPs will be given the chance to veto replacing the Trident nuclear weapons system, says Commons Leader Jack Straw. Tony Blair has previously promised a full debate on the issue but stopped short of pledging a vote. But Mr Straw said it was "important" MPs had a say and said they would get a substantive yes or no vote - meaning they could in theory reject the plan. It would be "inconceivable" ministers could press ahead with renewing Trident if MPs rejected it, Mr Straw argued. Questioned by reporters, Mr Straw declined to say when the vote would take place....
  • Do UK nukes make military sense?

    06/22/2006 9:35:05 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 46 replies · 865+ views
    BBC News ^ | Thursday, 22 June 2006, 14:12 GMT 15:12 UK | By Rob Watson
    Do UK nukes make military sense? By Rob Watson Defence and security correspondent, BBC News There is no doubt Chancellor Gordon Brown has set off a major ideological debate within his own, once avowedly, anti-nuclear Labour Party. But what are the military arguments for and against Britain retaining an independent nuclear deterrent? Nuclear submarines are based at Faslane on the Clyde Perhaps the first question to consider is why this is an issue now. At the moment Britain has 16 Trident missiles, based on four nuclear submarines, providing a total of 200 warheads. The problem is that the missiles will...
  • Brown in favour of updating British Trident

    06/21/2006 8:02:27 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies · 705+ views
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 22/06/2006 | By George Jones, Political Editor
    Brown in favour of updating Trident By George Jones, Political Editor (Filed: 22/06/2006) Gordon Brown promised last night to approve the updating of Britain's Trident nuclear deterrent in an attempt to show that a Labour government led by him would not swing back to the Left or be "soft" on defence. In a move that will anger Left-wing MPs, the Chancellor told business leaders and financiers that as Prime Minister he would be "strong" in fighting terrorism, supporting the Armed Forces and "retaining our independent nuclear deterrent". Treasury sources said Mr Brown, who in the past has been criticised for...
  • Giambastiani: Conventional Trident Missiles Will Aid Terror War

    06/08/2006 4:39:06 PM PDT · by SandRat · 20 replies · 507+ views
    ALEXANDRIA, Va., June 8, 2006 – Arming submarines with nonnuclear intercontinental ballistic missiles will give America a necessary quick-strike weapon in the war on terror, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here yesterday. The proposal, part of the Defense Department's 2007 budget request, aims to remove two nuclear missiles from each of the Navy's 14 ballistic missile submarines, or SSBNs, and replace them with two conventionally armed Trident missiles, said Navy Adm. Edmund P. Giambastiani at the Naval Submarine League's annual symposium. The move would put about 22 such missiles into operational deployment, he said. "It's...
  • USS Alabama Offloads Last of C4 Trident Missiles

    11/05/2005 5:06:34 PM PST · by SandRat · 23 replies · 1,149+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | Nov 5, 2005 | Journalist 1st Class Mary Popejoy
    SILVERDALE, Wash. (NNS) -- Distinguished visitors and the crew of USS Alabama (SSBN 731) came together to witness the decommissioning of the C4 Trident I Weapons System at the Explosive Handling Wharf on Naval Base Kitsap in late October. The crew of Alabama had just completed offloading the final 24 rounds of Trident I C4 missiles to go to sea, the last ever. "Your outstanding work during the last two weeks of offload, and the four weeks of preparation preceding it, exemplifies your contribution to the deterrence of war," said Cmdr. Mel Lee, commanding officer, USS Alabama (Gold). "This is...