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The United States Navy formed the Weapon System Explosives Safety Review Board (WSESRB) in 1968 as a result of the tragic fire on the USS Forrestal (CV-59). The subsequent investigation recommended an independent review process be established. The report highlighted the need to ensure explosives safety requirements are met for all munitions introduced to the Fleet.

As a result, the WSESRB was established.[1] WSESRB participate in numerous weapons system safety-related meetings, technical reviews, and working groups.

The US Air Force and US Army have parallel boards to the Navy's WSESRB: the AF Nonnuclear Munitions Safety Board (NNMSB) and the Army Weapon Systems Safety Review Board (AWSSRB)

Areas reviewed by weapon boards include[]

Safety and suitability for use in the system's predicted logistic and operational environments

  • Hazard Classification
  • Insensitive Munitions
  • Final (Type) Qualification of Energetics
  • Lithium Battery Certification
  • Human Systems Integration [2]


  1. Naval Sea Systems Command Instruction 8020.6D, Navy Weapon System Safety Program, of 15 January 1997

DODI 5000.69. DoD Joint Services Weapon and Laser System Safety Review Processes, Nov 2011.

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