Ohio-class nuclear submarines equipped with ICBMs have often been in the spotlight in recent weeks. Recently, the US Department of Defense showed on video the process of supplying the submarine USS Maine (SSBN 741).
What is known
The US Marine Corps resupplyed the submarine using two CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters. For this, the VERTREP operation was performed. At the time of resupply, the submarine was in the Philippine Sea.
Helicopters lowered cargo onto the submarine using winches. The US Department of Defense released a cropped video that does not show how the crew delivered the container to the inside of the missile cruiser. Although this part is the most difficult procedure in the VERTREP operation, since the waves regularly roll on the submarine.
Ohio-class strategic cruisers carry up to 20 Trident II (D5) intercontinental ballistic missiles with a maximum launch range of over 12,000 km. Each missile can be equipped with multiple nuclear warheads.
USS Maine (SSBN-741) is one of 14 Trident-class Ohio-class submarines. The US Navy also operates the USS Louisiana (SSBN-743), USS Wyoming (SSBN-742), USS Rhode Island (SSBN-740), USS Nebraska (SSBN-739), USS Maryland (SSBN-738), USS USS Kentucky (SSBN-737), USS West Virginia (SSBN-736), USS Pennsylvania (SSBN-735), USS Tennessee (SSBN-734), USS Nevada (SSBN-733), USS Alaska (SSBN-732), USS Alabama (SSBN-731) and USS Henry M. Jackson (SSBN-730).