LF-09, Vandenberg AFB CA
07:34:02Z, 21 Feb 2016
Vandenberg - Kwajalein, 4200 miles.
MINOT TESTS MINUTEMAN III MISSILE WITH LAUNCH FROM VANDENBERG
Air Force Global Strike Command Public Affairs / Published February 21, 2016
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --
A team of Air Force Global Strike Command Airmen from the 91st Missile Wing at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, and the 625th Strategic Operations Squadron at Offutt AFB, Nebraska, aboard the Airborne Launch Control System, launched an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile equipped with a test reentry vehicle at 11:34 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, Feb. 20, from Vandenberg AFB, California.
The ICBM's reentry vehicle, which contained a telemetry package used for operational testing, traveled approximately 4,200 miles to the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands. Test launches verify the accuracy and reliability of the ICBM weapon system, providing valuable data to ensure a continued safe, secure and effective nuclear deterrent. All MMIII test launches are supported by a team from the 576th Flight Test Squadron at Vandenberg AFB.
"The flight test program demonstrates one part of the operational capability if the ICBM weapon system,” said Col. Craig Ramsey, 576th FLTS commander. “When coupled with the other facets of our test program, we get a complete picture of the weapon system's reliability. But perhaps most importantly, this visible message of national security serves to assure our partners and dissuade potential aggressors."
Minot AFB is one of three missile bases with crew members standing alert 24 hours a day, year-round, overseeing the nation’s ICBM alert forces.
"It has been an amazing experience for the operations and maintenance members of Team Minot to partner with the professionals from the 576th FLTS, 30th SW and 625th STOS,” said Maj. Keith Schneider, 91st MW Task Force Director of Operations. “Everyone involved has worked hard and dedicated themselves to the mission.”
The ICBM community, including the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy, and U.S. Strategic Command uses data collected from test launches for continuing force development evaluation. The ICBM test launch program demonstrates the operational credibility of the Minuteman III and ensures the United States’ ability to maintain a strong, credible nuclear deterrent as a key element of U.S. national security and the security of U.S. allies and partners.
NAVAREA XII 46/16
1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS 0631Z TO 1334Z DAILY
21 THRU 23 FEB IN AREAS BOUND BY:
A. 34-19N 124-35W, 34-42N 124-38W,
34-57N 121-57W, 34-35N 121-54W.
B. 32-41N 136-32W, 33-00N 136-37W,
33-09N 135-46W, 32-51N 135-41W.
2. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS 0631Z TO 1428Z DAILY
21 THRU 23 FEB IN AREA BOUND BY
16-58N 179-32E, 16-22N 176-13E,
14-19N 176-38E, 14-54N 179-55E,
3. CANCEL THIS MSG 231528Z FEB 16.//
Authority: WESTERN RANGE OP W8424 040137Z FEB 16.
Date: 160940Z FEB 16
Cancel: 23152800 Feb 16
1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS 210700Z TO 211401Z FEB,
ALTERNATE 220700Z TO 221401Z FEB IN:
A. AREA BOUND BY
09-17N 167-23E, 09-23N 167-33E,
09-31N 167-29E, 09-35N 167-36E,
09-40N 167-33E, 09-57N 168-00E,
10-18N 168-39E, 09-39N 169-00E,
09-18N 168-21E, 09-06N 167-52E,
B. AREA BETWEEN
11-30N 14-30N AND 171-00E 174-00E.
2. CANCEL HYDROPAC 429/16.
3. CANCEL THIS MSG 221501Z FEB 16.//
Authority: USAKA KWAJALEIN OP 365-1 172236Z FEB 16.
Date: 172302Z FEB 16
Cancel: 22150100 Feb 16