Submarine Weapons: Ballistic Missiles

Attack Center Indicator Panel

To prevent launching a nuclear missile without direct orders from the National Command Authority (the President and Secretary of Defense), command and control safeguards are built into missile-firing procedures. Before departure on patrol, the commanding officer receives a sealed package with required codes and procedures, which are stored in a locked safe until needed. Only after validating the receipt of proper authorization from the President are missiles prepared for launch. The commanding officer inserts his special key in this panel, then turns it to initiate the countdown to launch.

Attack Center Indicator Panel
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