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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.

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)

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

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(Photo: U.S. Navy/Released)

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

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(Photo: U.S. Navy/Released)