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Navy Builds Underground Nuclear Weapons Storage Facility; Seattle Busses Carry Warning

Seattle busses warn of largest nuclear weapons base. Click image to see full size. By Hans M. Kristensen The US Navy has quietly built a new $294 million underground nuclear weapons storage complex at the Strategic Weapons Facility Pacific (SWFPAC), a high-security base in Washington that stores and maintains the Trident II ballistic missiles and their nuclear warheads for the strategic submarine fleet operating in the Pacific Ocean. The SWFPAC and the eight Ohio-class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs) homeported at the adjacent Bangor Submarine Base are located only 20 miles (32 kilometers) from downtown Seattle. The SWFPAC and submarines are thought to store more than 1,300 nuclear warheads with a combined explosive power equivalent to more than 14,000 Hiroshima bombs. A similar base with six SSBNs is located at Kings Bay in Georgia on the US east coas...

Full article: http://fas.org/blogs/security/2016/06/pacific-ssbn-base/

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