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Are or have nuclear weapons stores been maintained at Sunny Point?

Jason Gonzales

A bus unloads people prior to the dedication ceremony for two new cranes at Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point on Oct. 3, 2012. Star News photo by Matt Born

We will likely never know the answer to this question.

It is U.S. policy not to deploy nuclear weapons aboard surface ships, attack submarines, and naval aircraft. However, the U.S. also does not discuss the presence or absence of nuclear weapons aboard specific ships, submarines, or aircraft, according to Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point spokesman Mitch Chandron.


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One Response to “ Are or have nuclear weapons stores been maintained at Sunny Point?”

  1. On March 10, 2015 at 12:14 am Ralph Shepherd wrote:

    The good news is there are no longer any nuclear weapons at Sunny Point. Components and unfused tactical nuclear weapons that were designed to be fired from Army artillery weapons did pass through Sunny Point during the Cold War era. Many were returned from Europe after the end of the Cold War and entered the US at Sunny Point circa early 1990s.

    Artillery shells and rockets containing Nerve agents (VX) and chemical weapons such as mustard gas (HD) were also stored and moved back and forth overseas from Sunny Point During the Cold War as well.

    Sadly, many decades ago in the 1960s and 1970s chemical weapons such as mustard gas were regularly dumped at sea to dispose of them and Sunny Point was one of the locations where ships were loaded to do this. Many now declassified government documents are online about this subject matter.

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