DID has a FOCUS Article covering the strike and special operations SSGN “Tactical Trident” submarines. Four ultra-stealthy Ohio-class SSBNs are having their ballistic missiles removed and replaced with up to 154 Tomahawk cruise missiles – as well as accomodation for 66-102 special forces troops, SEAL delivery vehicle (SDV) “mini-subs,” and a mission control center. In future, they may also carry UUV robotic vehicles, even as the soldiers on board launch UAVs.
These modifications provide the USA with an impressive and impressively flexible set of conventional firepower, in a survivable and virtually undetectable platform that can remain on station for very long periods.
Our DID Focus article for the SSGN program discusses the origins of these conversions, the key players, the timeline, and some of the technologies involved. DID also offers comprehensive coverage of the announced contracts and key milestones to date under this $1.4 billion refurbishment and conversion program, and even includes a section with a number of ancillary contracts and programs. Recent additions include sea trial information, more detailed dates, and additional pictures of the subs during and after conversion. Read “SSGN “Tactical Trident” Subs: Special Forces and Super Strike.”