Rocket Contrail, South of Monterey, California [ Trident II Test]

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U.S. Navy Official John M. McDaniels told KRON4 that the Navy Strategic Systems Programs were conducting scheduled Trident II (D5) missile test flights off the Coast of California.

“This morning, there were two missiles launched,” McDaniels said. “Flight tests are conducted on a frequent, recurring basis to ensure the continued reliability of the system. Each test activity provides valuable information about our systems, thus contributing to assurance in our capabilities.”
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Here's a very similar thing that I happened to catch early AM back on Oct 21, 2015. Taken from Carmel Valley (near Monterey) looking southeast, in the same direction where we see the occasional Vandenberg launch... but none of those ever looked like this. At the time I speculated maybe some fighter pilots had been getting sporty over Hunter-Liggett, but I never reached any satisfactory conclusion about what it actually was.