LF-04, Vandenberg AFB CA
09:10:00Z, 05 Sep 2016
Vandenberg - Kwajalein Atoll, 4200 miles.
MALMSTROM TESTS MINUTEMAN III MISSILE WITH LAUNCH FROM VANDENBERG
BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. – A team of Air Force Global Strike Command Airmen from the 341st Missile Wing at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana, launched an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile equipped with a test reentry vehicle Sept. 5 at 2:10 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time from Vandenberg Air Force Base, 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.
“I can’t say enough great things about the partners I share this mission set with,” Col. Craig Ramsey, 576th Flight Test Squadron commander, said. “The men and women from the 341st Missile Wing Task Force, the Airmen from my squadron, and our host unit here at Vandenberg made this look easy, but it was anything but that. To put all of this together for an on-time launch following an enormous reconfiguration of range assets that took six months to complete...it’s simply a testament to the dedication and professionalism of these proud organizations. I’m proud to play a small part in it.”
Malmstrom 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.
“I’m extremely proud of the 21 maintainers and operators from the 341st Missile Wing Task Force who worked flawlessly alongside the professionals from the 576 FLTS to make this mission a success,” Lt. Col. Ron Clough, Task Force commander, said. “An effort on this scale, and the enormous insights it gives to force readiness, continue to showcase the Minuteman III as the world's premier deterrence and assurance capability.”
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.
An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launches during an operational test at 2:10 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time Monday, Sept. 5, 2016, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. (U.S. Air Force photo by Michael Peterson)
NAVAREA XII 294/16
1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS 0631Z TO 1333Z DAILY
04 THRU 07 SEP IN AREAS BOUND BY:
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34-59N 122-06W, 34-41N 122-04W.
B. 32-47N 136-38W, 33-00N 136-42W,
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2. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS 0631Z TO 1428Z DAILY
04 THRU 07 SEP IN AREA BOUND BY
15-49N 175-55E, 16-59N 178-19E,
15-55N 178-51E, 14-47N 176-27E.
3. CANCEL THIS MSG 071528Z SEP 16.//
Authority: WESTERN RANGE OP W8739 251926Z AUG 16.
Date: 300856Z AUG 16
Cancel: 07152800 Sep 16
1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS 040601Z TO 041401Z SEP,
ALTERNATE 050601Z TO 051401Z SEP
IN AREAS BOUND BY:
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09-36N 167-26E, 09-56N 167-59E,
10-17N 168-38E, 09-41N 168-58E,
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B. 15-00N 11-30N AND 171-00E 174-00E.
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Authority: USAKA KWAJALEIN OP 367-1 291625Z AUG 16.
Date: 301135Z AUG 16
Cancel: 05150100 Sep 16