US Air Force, Navy conduct ICBM test

The U.S. Air Force and Navy on Wednesday morning conducted a test launch

of an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile in California


The weapon, which contained a test reentry vehicle

 Airborne Launch Control System in a Navy E-6B Mercury aircraft

Airmen from the 625th Strategic Operations Squadron

from Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska 

and Navy aircrew were aboard the E-6. Airmen from the 341st Missile

Wing at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana 

Strategic deterrence is the most critical mission

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