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USS Wyoming (SSBN-742)
USS Wyoming (SSBN-742)
USS Wyoming (SSBN-742) approaches Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga.; 9 January 2009.
Career (US)
Namesake: The U.S. state of Wyoming
Ordered: 18 October 1989
Builder: General Dynamics Electric Boat, Groton, Connecticut
Laid down: 8 August 1991
Launched: 15 July 1995
Sponsored by: Mrs. Monika B. Owens
Commissioned: 13 July 1996
Homeport: Kings Bay, Georgia
Motto: Cedant Arma Toga
("Force must yield to law")
Status: in active service, as of 2021
Badge: 742insig.png
General characteristics
Class & type: Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine
Displacement:
  • 16,764 metric tons (16,499 long tons) surfaced[1][2]
  • 18,750 metric tons (18,450 long tons) submerged[1]
Length: 560 ft (170 m)
Beam: 42 ft (13 m)[1]
Draft: 38 ft (12 m)
Propulsion:
  • 1 × S8G PWR nuclear reactor[1]
  • 2 × geared turbines[1]
  • 1 × 325 hp (242 kW) auxiliary motor
  • 1 × shaft @ 60,000 shp (45,000 kW)[1]
Speed: Greater than 25 knots (46 km/h; 29 mph)[3]
Test depth: Greater than 800 feet (240 m)[3]
Complement:
Armament:
  • MK-48 torpedoes
  • 24 × Trident II D-5 ballistic missiles
  • USS Wyoming (SSBN-742) is a United States Navy Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine which has been in commission since 1996. She is the fourth U.S. Navy ship to be named USS Wyoming, although it was only the third named after the state of Wyoming.

    Construction and commissioning[edit | edit source]

    The contract to build Wyoming was awarded to the Electric Boat Division of the General Dynamics Corporation in Groton, Connecticut, on 18 October 1989 and her keel was laid down there on 8 August 1991. She was launched on 15 July 1995, sponsored by Mrs. Monika B. Owens, and commissioned on 13 July 1996, with Captain Randall D. Preston in command of the Blue Crew and Commander Seth F. Paradise in command of the Gold Crew.

    Service history[edit | edit source]

    USS Wyoming (SSBN 742) transits the Intracoastal Waterway; 11 February 2009

    On 26 July 1996, Wyoming arrived at Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base, Georgia, becoming the ninth submarine to be home-ported there.

    In 2011, the Wyoming became one of the first four submarines to allow female officers. On 6 June 2012, Wyoming participated in a historic medevac exercise with a Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey making a 12,000 nautical mile flight to collect a stretcher from the submarine.[4]

    References[edit | edit source]

    • 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.

    External links[edit | edit source]

    Eight hours of interviews and footage captured by C-SPAN cameras during 24 hours spent on Wyoming:


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