The U.S. Navy successfully test launched an unarmed Trident II D5 missile just hours afte North Korea launched two short-range missiles.
The Pentagon confirmed the launch on Thursday from the USS Rhode Island which located off the coast of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
The test launch was conducted as a part of a Demonstration and Shakedown Operation to showcase military readiness of its nuclear-powered submarines (SSBN’s).
Officials claim the missiles range is classified but likely flew around 7,000 miles from the launch site.
The test launch came just hours after North Korea launched two short range missiles within a five-day period.
USS Rhode Island (SSBN-740), a ballistic missile submarine, launched (unarmed) Trident II D5 nuclear missile earlier today off Cape Canaveral, Fla. Missile flew ~7,000 miles, officials say. Test comes same day North Korea and US Air Force tested missiles. (Photo: US Navy) pic.twitter.com/jhMqNPOfpj
— Lucas Tomlinson (@LucasFoxNews) May 9, 2019
U.S. officials have since confirmed one missile flew 260 miles into the sea, and the other flew 167 miles.
The U.S. military regularly tests its weapons systems to ensure readiness in case of an emergency.
The Trident II D5 has been successfully tested 172 times since being introduced to the fleet back in 1989.