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Ohio (SSGN-726)
Keel Laying - Commissioning

Radio Call Sign: November - Lima - Alpha - Tango

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Ohio Class Fleet Ballistic Missile Submarine: Laid down, 10 April 1976, at the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics, Groton, CT.; Launched, 7 April 1979; Commissioned, USS Ohio (SSBN-726), 11 November 1981. Converted to guided missile submarine,(SSGN-726), December 2005. Ohio is assigned to the US Pacific Fleet and is homeported at Bangor, WA.

Specifications: Displacement, Surfaced: 16,764 t., Submerged: 18,750 t.; Length 560'; Beam 42'; Draft 29'; Speed, Surfaced 20+ kts, Submerged 25 kts; Depth limit 800'; Complement 155 (each Blue and Gold crews); Armament, 24 Trident I and II missile tubes, four 21" torpedo tubes, MK-48 torpedoes; Sensor, BQQ-6 Bow mounted sonar, BQR-19 Navigation, BQS-13 Active sonar, TB-16 towed array; Propulsion System, One S8G nuclear reactor core reloaded every nine years, two geared steam turbines, one shaft, output of 60,000 hp.
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Submarine History Profiles: 105kSubmarine History Profiles:
First true submarine: Holland (SS-01) in 1900.
First U.S. Deisel submarine:E-1 (SS-24) in 1911.
First Fleet boat:V-1 (SS-163) in 1922.
First GUPPY: Odax (SS-484) in 1947.
First nuclear powered submarine: Nautilus (SSN-571) in 1954.
First submarine to completely circumnavigate the earth submerged: Triton (SSRN-586) in 1959.
Latest generation of U.S. ballastic submarines: Ohio (SSBN-726), in 1980.
US Navy photo courtesy of Robert Hall. Photo i.d. courtesy of Dave Johnston.
Ohio Class63kCut out of the Ohio Class submarine.
Courtesy of Robert Hall.
Ohio29k Cut out/cross section of the Ohio Class (SSBN-726-743).
US Navy photo courtesy of globalsecurity.org.
Ohio34kCut out/cross section of the Ohio Class (SSBN-726-743)US Navy photo courtesy of globalsecurity.org.
Ohio53k Cut out/cross section of the Ohio Class (SSBN-726-743)
US Navy photo courtesy of globalsecurity.org.
Ohio30kCommemorative post mark on the occasion of the keel laying of the Ohio (SSBN-726) on 10 April 1976, at the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics, Groton, CT.Photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Photo added 07/29/12.
Ohio220kBow & stern view artist's conception of the Ohio (SSBN-726) submerged. USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Photo added 07/29/12.
Ohio54kArtist's conception of the Ohio (SSBN-726) firing a missile submerged.US Navy photo courtesy of globalsecurity.org.
Jacksonville169kLaunching ceremony of the Jacksonville (SSN-699), at the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corp building piers at Groton, CT., November 1978. The Ohio (SSBN-726) is alongside.Courtesy of John Hummel.
Ohio250kCommemorative post mark on the occasion of launching on Ohio (SSBN-726) on 7 April 1979.Photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Photo added 07/29/12.
Ohio94kObverse side of the Launching Medal for the Ohio (SSBN-726). Photo courtesy of SK/3 Tommy Trampp.
Ohio90kReverse side of the Launching Medal for the Ohio (SSBN-726). Photo courtesy of SK/3 Tommy Trampp.
Ohio187kWooden post card of the Ohio (SSBN-726). Photo courtesy of SK/3 Tommy Trampp.
Ohio1.07k Taken 8 December 1979 during the launch of the Phoenix (SSN-702).
Ohio (SSBN-726) is in the water, the Michigan (SSBN-727) is on her starboard side out of the water, and the Florida (SSN-728) is partially visible (starboard/aft) in the large assembly building. The Boston (SSN-703) is barely visible just inside the open bay doors in the small assembly building closest to the starboard side of the Florida (SSBN-728) and the Phoenix is being launched. I believe that the City of Corpus Christi (SSN-705) is barely visible behind the closed bay doors to the port of the Phoenix.
US Navy photo courtesy of globalsecurity.org.
Text courtesy of Bruce McCausland.
Ohio78kNight shot at Electric Boat of Ohio (SSBN-726) being rolled out of Building 260 for the first time in 1979.
US Navy photo courtesy of globalsecurity.org. Text courtesy of Richard Strangman.
Ohio202kCommemorative post mark on the occasion Ohio's (SSBN-726) trials on 20 June 1981.Photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Photo added 07/29/12.
Ohio80kAn aerial port bow view of the nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine Ohio (SSBN-726) underway on 1 Sep 1981. USN photo # DN-ST-82-06926 by PH2 Garlinghouse from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Ohio123kOhio (SSBN-726), probably taken during her alpha sea trials off the coast of New England, circa 1981.
US Navy photo courtesy of globalsecurity.org.
Ohio65kOhio (SSBN-726),probably taken during her alpha sea trials off the coast of New England, circa 1981.US Navy photo courtesy of globalsecurity.org.
Ohio69kStern view of the Ohio (SSBN-726), probably taken during her alpha sea trials off the coast of New England, circa 1981.
US Navy photo courtesy of globalsecurity.org.
Ohio61kOhio (SSBN-726), probably taken during her alpha sea trials off the coast of New England, circa 1981.
US Navy photo courtesy of Federation of American Scientists
Ohio29kOhio (SSBN-726), probably taken during her alpha sea trials off the coast of New England, circa 1981.
US Navy photo courtesy of Federation of American Scientists
Ohio580k A crewman uses exercise equipment on the missile deck of the nuclear-powered fleet ballistic missile submarine Ohio (SSBN-726) on 20 March 1981. USN photo # DF-SN-82-03835 by PH1 James Preston, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Ohio575k Looking forward-closeup of Ohio (SSBN-726) missile hatches opening during precommissioning activities.--This picture was shot at Electric Boat at what is (or was) known as the wet dock. In the background you can see the cranes for graving dock #1 & #2 and the big green building is the south yard building ways where the Nautilus (SSN-571) was launched. Also note the other Trident tied up at the North wing wall is probably Michigan (SSBN-727).
US Navy photo # DN-ST-82-01336. Text courtesy of Richard Strangman.
Ohio690kCAPT Alton K. Thompson, center, commanding officer (blue crew), gives ADM Hyman G. Rickover, left, deputy assistant secretary for naval reactors, Department of Energy, and Vice President George H. W. Bush a tour of the nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine Ohio (SSBN-726) following the commissioning ceremony on 11 November 1981. US Navy photo # DN-ST-82-01336 by LT Carl Begy, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Ohio28kCommemorative postal cover issued on the occasion of the Ohio's (SSBN-726) commissioning at the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics, Groton, CT., 11 November 1981.Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Ohio357k A silhouetted port side view of the nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine Ohio (SSBN-726) off the coast of Groton, Conn., before commissioning on 1 November 1981. USN photo # DN-ST-82-01368 by PH1 Dale L. Anderson, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Ohio658k Missile Technician 1st Class (Submarines) (MT1) (SS) Bruce Gelinas sits at a control room console and participates in a simulated missile firing aboard the nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine Ohio (SSBN-726) on 1 November 1981. The submarine built by General Dynamics Corp., carries Trident C-4 (UGM-96) submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBM). USN photo # DN-ST-82-01346 by PH1 Dale L. Anderson, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Ohio602kElectronics Technicians 2nd Class (Submarines) (ET2) (SS) Steven W. Lockhart Jr., using the telephone, and James R. Fackler man their stations during a precommissioning exercise aboard the nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine Ohio (SSBN-726). USN photo # DN-ST-82-01373 by PH1 Dale L. Anderson, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Ohio59k Four crew members participate in a simulated missile firing in the control room during precommissioning activities aboard the nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine Ohio (SSBN-726). The participants are, from left, MT2 (SS) G. Lindquist, FTB2 (SS) Brian Douglass, FTB3 (SS) Brian King and FTB1 (SS) David Starnes. USN photo # DN-ST-82-01374 by PH1 Dale L. Anderson, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Ohio187kFlag officers walk along the pier prior to the commissioning of the nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine Ohio (SSBN-726) on 11 November 1981. The Georgia (SSBN-729), to their right would be launched 6 November 1982. They are, front to back: ADM Hyman G. Rickover, in civilian clothes; ADM Harry Train II, front; VADM Steven A. White, middle; and ADM Thomas B. Hayward. The submarine was built by General Dynamics Corp. USN photo # DN-SN-82-01597 by PH2 Robert Hamilton, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Ohio187k A port bow view of the nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine Ohio (SSBN-726) secured in the water during its commissioning. The partially-constructed nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine Georgia (SSBN-729) is nearby displaying a "Good Luck Ohio" banner. USN photo # DN-SN-82-01603 by PH2 Robert Hamilton, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.

There is no DANFS History currently available for Ohio (SSBN-726) at the Haze Gray & Underway Web Site, the main archive for the DANFS Online Project.
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation
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Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
FAS - SSBN-726 Ohio-Class FBM Submarines
US Navy CHINFO Navy Fact File - Fleet Ballistic Missile Submarines - SSBN
Virtual Tour of USS Springfield (SSN 761) from PBS's Nova web site

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