• Nov 30, 2010
It seems that the nation's stockpile of W76 nuclear warheads is due for a tune up. According to The Kitsap Sun, the Navy is moving 1,600 and 1,800 of the warheads from their home at the Kitsap-Bangor Naval Base in Washington State to the Texas panhandle for updating. The 100-kiloton are between 23 and 32 years old, and as such, require updates to their aiming, firing and fusing systems. In order to get those updates, the warheads will have to travel by road in special, unmarked tractor trailers. For obvious reasons, the Navy isn't into sharing the travel itinerary for the warheads, but according to The Kitsap Sun, specially-trained federal agents are tasked with transporting the weapons.

The trucks are forbidden from driving in foul weather, and a host of secure shelters along the way will house the big rigs should the skies turn cloudy. Likewise, the drivers aren't allowed to go for more than 32 hours without sleeping in a real bed, despite the fact that the tractor cabs are sleepers. In addition, the trailers themselves are protected in the event of an accident.

Still, the knowledge that large numbers of nuclear weapons are coursing through the country's interstate system should give us all pause before cutting off that tractor trailer in traffic.

[Source: The Kitsap Sun]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Safer than flying them over the US...
      • 4 Years Ago
      HMMM... i'm thinking this has to do with North Korea.

      According to wikileaks, China thinks they are a brat too. I'm thinking these provacations may lead to N. Korea lookin' like a crater soon. Been a long time since we touched these nukes.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Guess it's not so secret anymore now huh?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Saw a special on this on the Discovery Channel...about 6 or 7 years ago.

      Same thing they do with nuclear fuel rods. They use average looking trucks and have top secret schedules.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not nearly as threatening as a soccer mom in an SUV.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sounds good! It's not as though we have recent articles of folks tasked with transporting our nuclear bits involved in drunken bar brawls etc.
      • 4 Years Ago
      hmm this article reminds me of the movie "the peacemaker"...although i think that was a nuclear warhead in a train, not a semi...
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      So how many points does one get for causing a thermal nuclear accident ?
        • 4 Years Ago
        "There is definitely an achievement unlock for that." LMFAO!

        My mom just gave me a rundown on FEMA slave camps and thousands of coffins already prepped for millions of deaths from a biological attack, etc.. Now, she's going to never let up on me!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ah, the old Amarillo "soap plant" (as it was called back when its nuclear works were an secret...well what they were doing was secret, that they weren't making soap wasn't).
      • 4 Years Ago
      First thing that came to mind?

      Falken.

      That is all
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oops!

      "Federal agents drunk while transporting nukes"

      http://www.capitolhillblue.com/node/35647
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