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PSYOP or display of force?
By Gary Franchi
LOS ANGELES — Saturday was the first time the Navy has tested the Trident 11 D5 missile, a 44-foot-long weapon deployed from an Ohio-class submarine that has a range of 4,000 nautical miles.
The Trident II is a three-stage rocket, meaning that the missile’s engine separates three times during flight. Daniels said the reflected sunlight was particularly pronounced during each engine separation, giving the rocket a mysterious glow from certain vantage points on the ground.
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