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USS Maine Successfully Tests Trident II D5LE Missile
An unarmed Trident II (D5LE) missile launches from the Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Maine (SSBN 741) off the coast of San Diego, California, Feb. 12, 2020. The test launch was part of the U.S. Navy Strategic Systems Programs’ demonstration and shakedown operation certification process. The successful launch demonstrated the readiness of the SSBN’s strategic weapon system and crew following the submarine’s engineered refueling overhaul. This launch marks 177 successful missile launches of the Trident II (D5 & D5LE) strategic weapon system.
Feb. 13, 2020 - The U.S. Navy conducted a scheduled, one-missile test flight of an unarmed life-extended Trident II (D5LE) missile from USS Maine (SSBN-741), an Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine, on the Western Test Range off the coast of San Diego, California, today.

Nuclear forces simultaneous operations demonstrate global strike capabilities
A B-52H Stratofortress prepares for takeoff from the flightline at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, Feb. 1, 2020, as part of a bomber task force mission. U.S. Strategic Command bomber forces regularly conduct combined theater security cooperation engagements with allies and partners, demonstrating the U.S. capability to command, control and conduct bomber missions across the globe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caleb Kimmell)
Feb. 11, 2020 - February got off to a busy start for Air Force Global Strike Command, with a Bomber Task Force

The Year of the Defender Improved Career Field Capabilities
Security Forces Airmen from Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, pose in front of a B-2 Spirit Bomber at Naval Air Station Keflavik, Iceland, August 28, 2019, during a hot-pit refueling. Hot-pit refueling is a method of refueling an aircraft without shutting down the engines. This is the B-2s first time landing in Iceland. Forward locations like Iceland enhance the collective defense capabilities of both the U.S. and NATO allies.
Feb. 11, 2020 - As we move forward into the New Year, I’d like to reflect upon the past, “Year of the Defender” and how this critical initiative equipped our Defenders to be more lethal and more ready. The increased investment in training, resourcing and equipment provided the career field with a spark that will continue to deliver capabilities to our Defenders for years to come.

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