Nuclear weapons carried on U.S. Navy warships back in 1990 is the focus of the preceeding four posts. Topic caught my interest after a recent tour of the U.S.S. Midway Museum in San Diego, California.
Turns out there were a lot more nukes at sea with the Navy than I realized.
Links to the four posts, totaling just over 3,000 words, are below along with a brief description of each post:
- Nuclear weapons deployed with the U.S. Navy during Cold War. – – Introduction and general discussion of nuclear weapons carried by U.S. Navy while ships were deployed. Two articles point toward more detail. Overview of tally of nukes at sea over previous decades.
- “Nuclear Weapons Afloat”, official tally – – Table of declassified information listing nuclear weapons at sea from 1953 (yes, 1953!) through 1990, with breakout by region (Atlantic, Pacific, Mediterranean) starting in 1961.
- Nuclear warfare capability of U.S. Navy in 1990. – – Listing of nuclear capable aircraft in U.S. Navy and the types of ships which were armed with nukes. Surprisingly, Greenpeace provided extensive detail on the topic, of which I’ve cited some tidbits. There were a lot of tactical nukes at sea.
- Nuclear weapons at sea with the U.S. Navy in 1990 (and earlier). – – Details on the B43, B57, and B61 nuclear warheads at sea with the Navy in 1990. This is probably their loadout for a couple decades earlier.