Trump may have revealed the location of ‘nuclear submarines’ on phone call to Philippine’s Duterte – Business Insider

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President Donald Trump may have disclosed highly sensitive
information on the most secretive part of the US’s nuclear
arsenal to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in a phone call
last month.

“We have a lot of firepower over there,” Trump said in reference
to the Korean peninsula, according to a transcript of the call

obtained by the New York Times
and verified by White House

“We have two submarines — the best in the world. We have two
nuclear submarines, not that we want to use them at all.”

The incident appears to mirror previous allegations that Trump
divulged the most highly classified sort of intelligence to
Russian officials, but it’s not as clear.

While the locations of the US’s nuclear-armed submarines have to
remain a secret to even the highest commanders of the US
military, the US also has nuclear-powered submarines. It’s
unclear which type of “nuclear submarine” Trump was referring to.

Business Insider previously reported
that the nuclear-powered USS Michigan submarine would head to
North Korea’s coast, joining the USS Carl Vinson carrier strike
group. The Michigan has Tomahawk missiles — the same type used in
the April 7 strike on a Syrian air base. It also carries special
forces, and South Korean media has
reported the presence of Navy SEALs
in the region, perhaps
training to take out North Korea’s leadership.

However, at any given time, the US has four to five nuclear-armed
submarines on “hard alert, in their patrol areas, awaiting orders
for launch,” Stephen Schwartz, author of “Atomic Audit: The Costs and
Consequences of U.S. Nuclear Weapons Since 1940
,” told
Business Insider. 

USS Michigan submarine us navy SEALs
and divers from SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team (SDVT) 1 swim back to
the guided-missile submarine USS Michigan (SSGN 727) during an
exercise for certification on SEAL delivery vehicle operations in
the southern Pacific Ocean.

Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kristopher

The submarines make up the most secretive part of the US’s
nuclear deterrent. Essentially, even if an attacker could somehow
neutralize all of the US’s nuclear weapons on land, there’s no
way they’d be able to find the hidden submarines. Only the
captains and crew of the submarines know for sure where they’re
located as a matter of grave national security.

“In fact we don’t even know where they are — they run
silent,” said Schwartz.


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