Stunning photo of USS West Virginia (SSSN 736) departing Norfolk Naval Shipyard

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PORTSMOUTH, Va. (Oct. 24, 2013) The Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarine USS West Virginia (SSBN 736) departs Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Va., following an engineering refueling overhaul. West Virginia is permanently homeported in King’s Bay, Ga. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication 2nd Class Ernest R. Scott (Released) 131024-N-ZN152-014

PHOTEX: Trident II D5 launch from USS Nevada (SSBN 773)

110301-N-7237C-009 PACIFIC OCEAN (March 1, 2011) An unarmed Trident II D5 missile launches from the Ohio-class fleet ballistic-missile submarine USS Nevada (SSBN 733) off the coast of Southern California. The test launch was part of the U.S. Navy Strategic Systems Programs demonstration and shakedown operation certification process. The successful launch certified the readiness of an SSBN crew and the operational performance of the submarine’s strategic weapons system before returning to operational availability. The launch was the 135th consecutive successful test flight. (U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Benjamin Crossley/Released)