Ballistic-Missile Submarine USS Rhode Island Launches Missile Off Port Canaveral
By Space Coast Daily // May 10, 2019
part of a Demonstration and Shakedown Operation
BREVARD COUNTY • PORT CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – The U.S. Navy launched an unarmed ballistic missile off the coast of Port Canaveral on Thursday hours after North Korea fired two short-range missiles, its second weapons launch in five days.
The USS Rhode Island is a United States Navy Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine which has been in commission since 1994.
Pentagon spokeswoman Laura Seal confirmed in a statement that the Navy’s Strategic Systems Programs launched an unarmed Trident II (D5) missile from the USS Rhode Island off the coast of Cape Canaveral, Fla., as a part of a Demonstration and Shakedown Operation.
While the exact range of the missiles is classified, it’s likely that it flew 7,000 miles, officials told Fox News.
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