The U.S. Navy NAVSUP FLC Norfolk SUPSHIP Groton staff is offering transportation administration for the motion of elements of the Strategic Weapons System to the UK. In response to Transportation Supervisor Melanie Foreman, the primary elements in assist of the NAVSEA Columbia Class program have arrived within the UK. Total, the staff is chargeable for the cargo of 48 outfitted missile tubes from the US to the UK. The missile tube are shared between the American USS Columbia class submarine and the UK’s HMS Dreadnought class underneath the Widespread Missile Compartment (CMC) program. She added that the UK intends to purchase 4 ship units of outfitted missile tube, with every submarine having 12 tubes.

Foreman mentioned the method additionally gives hazardous materials certifications, truck inspections and retains all stakeholders knowledgeable on the standing of the shipments of those giant elements throughout the Atlantic. Cooperation of this kind between the 2 nations dates again to the Nineteen Sixties and the Polaris Gross sales settlement. These missile tubes have been designed so the UK can construct and combine them into their new submarines. Foreman says the supply of the CMC took years of preparations and the missile tubes required for the primary Dreadnought hull have been delivered to the UK earlier this 12 months.


The Dreadnought class is the long run alternative for the Vanguard class of ballistic missile submarines. Like their predecessors they’ll carry Trident II D-5 missiles. The Vanguard submarines entered service in the UK within the Nineties with an supposed service lifetime of 25 years. Their alternative is critical if the Royal Navy is to take care of a steady at-sea deterrent (CASD), the precept of operation behind the Trident system. Provisionally named “Successor” (being the successor to the Vanguard class SSBNs), it was formally introduced in 2016 that the primary of sophistication can be named Dreadnought, and that the category can be the Dreadnought class.

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The NAVSUP FLC Norfolk Groton staff is offering transportation administration for the motion of elements of the Strategic Weapons System to the UK. (Photograph by Thomas Kreidel/NAVSUP FLC Norfolk)