The first of these Ohio-class submarines, Tennessee, was already on alert in the Atlantic Ocean.
The U.S. military has begun equipping Trident II (D5) intercontinental ballistic missiles, which are in service with strategic nuclear-powered submarines (PLARB), with new nuclear warheads of low-power W76-2. This was announced the day before by the Federation of American Scientists (FAS), citing sources in the U.S. government. It was on alert in the Atlantic from the Kings Bay Strategic Submarine Base.
According to experts, it is expected that the W76-2 warheads will be equipped with one or two of the 20 Trident II (D5) missiles in service with each of the 14 American PLARBs. At the same time, such a missile will carry one or more warheads.
The power of each warhead is about 5-6 kilotons, a third of the power of the American bomb dropped on Hiroshima.
The remaining 18 missiles on each PLARB will continue to be equipped with 90 kiloton and W88 warheads with 455 kilotons. Each of these missiles can carry up to eight warheads as standard.
Recall, in January 2019, the media reported that the U.S. began production of the first batch of nuclear warheads of low power W76-2. It was noted at the time that the first batch of such warheads was planned to be handed over to the Navy in the autumn.