|USS Tennessee (SSBN-734)|
USS Tennessee (SSBN-734)
|Namesake:||The U.S. state of Tennessee|
|Ordered:||7 January 1982|
|Builder:||General Dynamics Electric Boat, Groton, Connecticut|
|Laid down:||9 June 1986|
|Launched:||13 December 1986|
|Sponsored by:||Mrs. Landess Kelso|
|Commissioned:||17 December 1988|
|Homeport:||Kings Bay, Georgia|
|Motto:||America at Its Best|
|Status:||in active service, as of 2021[update]|
|Class & type:||Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine|
|Length:||560 ft (170 m)|
|Beam:||42 ft (13 m)|
|Draft:||38 ft (12 m)|
|Speed:||Greater than 25 knots (46 km/h; 29 mph)|
|Test depth:||Greater than 800 feet (240 m)|
USS Tennessee (SSBN-734) is a United States Navy Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine that has been in commission since 1988. She is the fourth ship and first submarine of the U.S. Navy to be named for Tennessee the 16th state.a
Construction and commissioning[edit | edit source]
Tennessee's construction was authorized in Fiscal year 1980, and the contract to build her was awarded to the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation in Groton, Connecticut, on 7 January 1982. Her keel was laid down there on 9 June 1986. She was launched on 13 December 1986, sponsored by Mrs. Landess Kelso, and commissioned on 17 December 1988, with Captain D. Witzenburg in command of the Blue Crew and Captain Kenneth D. Barker in command of the Gold Crew. She was the first submarine capable of firing the Trident II ballistic missile to be commissioned.
Service history[edit | edit source]
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References and notes[edit | edit source]
- "Ohio-class SSGN-726". http://www.fas.org/programs/ssp/man/uswpns/navy/submarines/ssgn726_ohio.html. Retrieved 2011-09-27.
- Frost, Peter. "Newport News contract awarded". http://www.dailypress.com/news/dp-local_subs_0424apr24,0,5810806.story. Retrieved 2011-09-27.
- "Submarine Frequently Asked Questions". http://www.navy.mil/navydata/cno/n87/faq.html. Retrieved 2011-09-27.
- Photo gallery of USS Tennessee at NavSource Naval History
- This article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register, which, as a U.S. government publication, is in the public domain. The entry can be found here.
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