Here Is the Missile That Caused A UFO Panic Along The Coast Of California

By Attila Nagy on at

The U.S. Navy and the U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) both have released a photo of the actual Trident II D-5 ballistic missile which was secretly launched from the Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine, the USS Kentucky, on the 7th of November, causing fear and panic among thousands of West Coasters, some of whom cried alien invasion.

The launch was an unannounced night-time test at the Pacific Test Range and as Tyler over at Foxtrot Alpha explained: “most people go about their lives in Los Angeles with no idea that some of the world’s premier military operating areas lay not far off of their coast”. Photos and posts with the hashtag #UFO flooded all the social media platforms on Saturday night, and it took quite a long time for the Navy to come out with a statement about the “scheduled Trident II (D5) missile test flight”. (No wonder that Washington Post asked: Why test-fire a missile within sight of the nation’s second-largest city, terrifying thousands?)

Anyhow, thanks to the event, we have seen dozens of amazing photos and footage (which keeps coming) of the beautiful glowing blue trail of the missile:

So actually, the 156th successful test flight of an unarmed Trident II D5 missile, was part of a Demonstration and Shakedown Operation (DASO) in the Pacific Test Range to validate the readiness and effectiveness of an ballistic missile submarine’s crew and weapon system. As USSTRATCOM said later:

Strategic weapons tests, along with exercises and operations, demonstrate the readiness of the nation’s nuclear triad, assuring America’s allies and deterring potential adversaries. One of nine DoD unified combatant commands, USSTRATCOM has global strategic missions, assigned through the Unified Command Plan, which include strategic deterrence; space operations; cyberspace operations; joint electronic warfare; global strike; missile defense; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; combating weapons of mass destruction; and analysis and targeting.

Here Is the Missile That Caused A UFO Panic Along The Coast Of California

Commander, U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM), Adm. Cecil D. Haney watches a video recording of the 156th successful test flight of an unarmed Trident II D5 missile, Nov. 7, 2015. Haney and several congressional members boarded the Kentucky to observe the event. (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Byron C. Linder/U.S. Navy/Released)

Here is the photo released by USSTRATCOM, in which I enhanced the middle part so the missile can be more visible:

Here Is the Missile That Caused A UFO Panic Along The Coast Of California

(Photo: U.S. Navy/Released)

And this is what a Trident II D-5 daytime launch looks like:

Here Is the Missile That Caused A UFO Panic Along The Coast Of California

(Photo: U.S. Navy/Released)