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Validating Sea Based Strategic Deterrence

KINGS BAY, Ga. (March 20, 2013) The Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Rhode Island (SSBN 740) returns to Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay after three months at sea. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class James Kimber/Released)

By Rear Adm. Charles A. “Chas” Richard Director, Undersea Warfare Division (N97) I’m an Alabama alum. I recognize that the director of Undersea Warfare advocating for strategic deterrence on Navy Live is a lot like going to Tuscaloosa and yelling “Roll Tide!” –You’re not going to find many people to …

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50+ years and counting!: Anniversary of first SSBN patrol

KINGS BAY, Ga. (June 28, 2014) The Ohio-class ballistic missle submarine USS Wyoming (SSBN 742) returns to Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay following routine operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Rex Nelson/Released)

By Rear Adm. Joseph E. Tofalo Director, Undersea Warfare Division (N97) This weekend, we celebrated the anniversary of the first SSBN patrol. For the uninitiated, SSBN means Ship Submersible Ballistic (Nuclear) with the “Nuclear” referring to the ship’s propulsive power (not the ballistic missiles with nuclear warheads).  The United States’ first nuclear …

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Facts We Can Agree Upon About Design of Ohio Replacement SSBN

The Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarine USS Pennsylvania (SSBN 735) returns to its homeport of Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor following sea trials, Sept. 19, 2012

By Rear Adm. Richard Breckenridge Director, Undersea Warfare, OPNAV N97   Over the last five years, the Navy – working with U.S. Strategic Command, the Joint Staff and the Office of the Secretary of Defense – has formally examined various options to replace the Ohio ballistic missile submarines as they retire …

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Navy Responds to Debate Over the Size of the SSBN Force

The Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Rhode Island (SSBN 740) returns to Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay after three months at sea, March 20, 2013. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class James Kimber/Released)

By Rear Adm. Richard Breckenridge Director, Undersea Warfare, OPNAV N97 There has been a good deal of conversation recently debating the size of the Navy’s ballistic missile submarine force and need for a nuclear deterrent. Some of the information used in this reporting references SSBN patrol data available to the …

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Ohio Replacement Class SSBNs an Essential Investment

By Rear Adm. Barry L. Bruner Director, Undersea Warfare Division (N97) As our nation debates future defense spending, a healthy dialogue concerning future capabilities, size and value of the nation’s nuclear weapons and the Navy’s ballistic missile submarine force continues to grow. As long as nuclear weapons remain in the hands …

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Ohio Replacement Class – a Collaborative Effort

In his previous blog concerning the Ohio Replacement program, Rear Adm. Barry Bruner, Director of Undersea Warfare, discussed the need for continued sea-based deterrence, how the Ohio Replacement SSBN will meet this need, how we are going to build an Ohio Replacement at the most responsible cost, and the basis …

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Next Generation Ohio-Class

  This blog was written by Rear Adm. Barry Bruner, Director, Undersea Warfare, in advance of this week’s Joint Undersea Warfare Technology Fall Conference at Naval Submarine Base New London.  This week’s Joint Undersea Warfare Technology conference will be a great opportunity to study and discuss the submarine force’s capabilities as …

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