A New and Controversial U.S. Nuclear Weapon Goes to Sea?

Somewhere in the depths of the Atlantic Ocean the USS Tennessee is carrying out a mission it’s carried out dozens of times: deter adversaries from launching a surprise attack on the U.S. But this time it’s carrying a new type nuclear weapon, one designed to prove that Washington can retaliate against a tactical nuclear attack by launching one of its own. The weapon is the W76-2 nuclear warhead. Normally, ballistic missile submarines such as the USS Tennessee go to sea with 20 Trident II D-5 submarine-launched missiles, each carrying 4-5 W76 or W-88 warheads. Each W76 warhead has an explosive yield of 90 kilotons, or 90,000 tons of TNT. That’s enough to flatten a city or industrial target: by comparison, the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima was just 16 kilotons. Other D-5s carry the more powerful 455 kiloton W-88 warhead.

NOTE: Its quite obvious that nuclear war makes no sense whatever with a horrendous war that nobody wins. What would governments gain by eradicating a populace and its infrastructure of any adversary? Our path to follow is definitely a path of peace and in seeking methods of solving governmental, economic and religious differences. Who’s for “open dialogue?”

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