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Michigan (SSGN-727)


Ohio Class Ballistic Missile Submarine: Laid down, 4 April 1977, at the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corp., Groton, CT.; Launched, 26 April 1980; Commissioned, USS Michigan (SSBN 727), 11 September 1982; Michigan is assigned to the US Pacific Fleet and is homeported at Bangor, WA. 12 June 2009converted to SSGN.

Specifications: Displacement, Surfaced: 16, 600 t., Submerged: 18,750 t.; Length 560'; Beam 42'; Draft 38'; Speed, Surfaced/Submerged 20+ kts; Complement 153; Test depth 1,200'; Armament, 24 missile tubes, four 21" torpedo tubes; Propulsion, S8G Nuclear Reactor, two geared turbines at 60,000 shp, one propeller.
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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.
Ohio34k Cut 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.
Michigan47kThe Michigan (SSBN-727) under construction, 7 April 1979.
Courtesy of USNI.
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.
Florida80kPhoto at Electric Boat from the North Yard building ways, Florida (SSBN-728) in the foreground sticking out of the 260 building and Michigan (SSBN-727) in the background, circa 1979.US Navy photo, courtesy of globalsecurity.org
Michigan108kMichigan (SSBN-727), on sea trials off New London CT., April 1980.US Navy photo, courtesy of Dusty Wilson(MMCSS Ret.)
Michigan243kPort quarter view of the nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine Michigan (SSBN-727). The crew stand at the rail, prior to the arrival of the guest speakers and the beginning of the commissioning ceremony on 11 September 1982.
Official U.S. Navy Photograph # DN-ST-82-11274 by General Dynamics Electric Boat, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Michigan163kA view of the 15th demonstration and shakedown operation launch of a Trident submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) from the nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine Michigan (SSBN-727), 21 November 1982. This is the 40th flight of the Trident SLBM.
Official U.S. Navy Photograph # DN-SC-83-04706, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Michigan68kCommemorative post card First Panama Canal transit e-w of the Michigan (SSBN-727), 1 March 1983.
Courtesy of by Paul Petosky.
Michigan418k A port bow view of the nuclear-propelled strategic missile submarine Michigan (SSBN-727) being towed into the Magnetic Silencing Facility, 1 Mar 1983 at Bangor, Washington. Official U.S. Navy Photograph # DN-SC-83-09037 by Gerald W. Grimm, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Michigan489kAn aerial port side view of the nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine Michigan (SSBN-727) underway on 1 Apr 1983.
Official U.S. Navy Photograph # DN-SC-83-06989 by General Dynamics Electric Boat, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.& submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Michigan289kAn aerial port quarter view of the nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine Michigan (SSBN-727) underway on 1 Apr 1983.
Official U.S. Navy Photograph # DN-SC-83-06991 by General Dynamics Electric Boat, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.& submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Michigan510k A starboard bow view of the nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine Michigan (SSBN-727) underway on 16 Jun 1983.
Official U.S. Navy Photograph # DN-SC-83-08824 by General Dynamics Electric Boat, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.& submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Michigan21k Commemorative post mark on the occasion of the first patrol of the Michigan's (SSBN-727) Gold crew, 29 October 1983. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Michigan21k Commemorative post mark on the occasion of the first patrol of the Michigan's (SSBN-727) Blue crew, 5 February 1984. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Michigan200kMichigan (SSBN-727) underway in the channel heading to Pearl Harbor, taken in 1987. Official U.S. Navy Photograph submitted by Robert M. Cieri.
Michigan64kA tug boat helps the Michigan (SSBN-727) through the Hood Canal, 1990.
US Navy photo.
Michigan30kCelebrating the 500th Trident Submarine Strategic Deterrent Patrol is the crew of the ballistic missile submarine Michigan (SSBN-727) display commemorative items on 8 April 1998 at Naval Submarine Base Bangor, Wash. Michigan returned after the 500th Trident Strategic Deterrent Patrol.Official U.S. Navy Photograph # N-6497N-004 by Brian Nokell, courtesy of news.navy.mil.& submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Michigan539k Crew members stand ready on the deck of the ballistic missile submarine Michigan (SSBN-727) for the raising of the colors at Naval Submarine Base Bangor, Wash., 7 May 1998.
U.S. Navy photo by Brian Nokell, courtesy of news.navy.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Michigan36kCommemorative post mark on the occasion of 20 years of Michigan (SSBN-727) keeping the peace, 11 September 2002. Courtesy of by Jack Treutle.
Michigan256k Sailors complete the 200th drydocking maneuver of a Trident submarine at the Intermediate Maintenance Facility (IMF) Delta Pier at Naval Submarine Base, Bangor, Wash. on 14 November 2002. The strategic missile submarine Michigan (SSBN-727) is one of the Trident submarines that IMF has performed maintenance and a substantial level of overhaul work for which they recently celebrated their 20th anniversary. U.S Navy photo # N-6497N-150 by Brian Nokell, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Michigan493k The Ohio class fleet ballistic missile submarine Michigan (SSBN-727) enters into the Puget sound naval shipyard and intermediate maintenance facility at Bremerton, Wash. 2 February 2004 to commence engineered refueling overhaul and eventual conversion from a fleet ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) to a guided missile submarine (SSGN). U.S Navy photo N-1003P-001 courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Michigan510kThe tug Canonchet (823) nudges the Michigan (SSBN-727) into the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PSNS) to commence Engineered Refueling Overhaul and eventual conversion from a Fleet Ballistic Missile submarine (SSBN) to a Guided Missile submarine (SSGN) on 2 February 2004. Since arriving in Bangor in 1983, the submarine has successfully completed 66 strategic deterrent patrols.U.S Navy photo # N-1003P-002 courtesy of news.navy.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Michigan76kColors are lowered on Michigan (SSBN-727) as the sun sets behind the Olympic Mountains. Michigan was moored at the Delta Pier, Naval Submarine Base Bangor, A, date unknown.
Photo by Brian Nokell, courtesy of All Hands Magazine.
Michigan65kMichigan (SSBN-727) steams the Puget Sound at sunset.US Navy photo from the National War College papers, courtesy of Bill Gonyo.
Michigan94kOil on canvas by the artist John Charles Roach entitled "Michigan (SSBN-727), Delta Pier - Bangor". Courtesy of USNI.
Michigan48k Working topside on the submarine are some of the ship's crew and the IMF ship superintendent assigned to the incoming boat. Often, several chief petty officers will also be working on their qualifications as mooring officers. In addition to the crew of the incoming submarine,(Michigan (SSGN-727))CSS-17 sends an additional 20 to 25 Sailors to assist with line handling. On the water, guiding the vessel safely, you'll also find tugboat operators and IMF personnel assisting with small boats known as Log Broncs. Official U.S. Navy Photograph by Katie Eberling, Command Information Officer, Naval Intermediate Maintenance Facility, Bangor, submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Michigan57kThe Michigan (SSGN-727) is guided from the Delta Pier (North) to the Delta Drydock. This move marks the 200th TRIDENT dry-docking at the Intermediate Maintenance Facility, Pacific Northwest Delta Pier. Official U.S. Navy Photograph by Katie Eberling, Command Information Officer, Naval Intermediate Maintenance Facility, Bangor, submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Michigan54k Ceremony attendees check out the launch tubes of the Michigan (SSGN-727) which underwent conversion from a ballistic missile to a guided missile submarine and is ported at Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton. Photograph by Lenna Himmelstein & Kitsap Sun, submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Michigan36kA tuba player for the Navy Band Northwest is reflected in his fellow members instrument Tuesday during a return to service ceremony held at the Delta Pier at Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton. The former ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) was converted into a guided missile submarine (SSGN).
Photograph by Lenna Himmelstein & Kitsap Sun, submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Michigan44kMichigan (SSBN-727), date and place unknown.
US Navy photo, courtesy of the USS Michigan
Michigan104k Michigan (SSGN-727) Executive Officer Lt. Cmdr. Christian Williams looks on as his crew boards Michigan toward the end of a return to service ceremony on 12 June 2009at Bremerton, WA. The ceremony marked the end of Michigan's conversion process from a ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) to a guided missile submarine (SSGN).
Official U.S. Navy Photograph # N-4386D-002 by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Scott Dagendesh, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Trident6.mThe attached file gives about 50 photos and illustrations of a Trident missile submarine and its equipment. It gives you a pretty good idea of the surroundings and "living in a sewer pipe" with unclassified pictures. Richard Scheeder via Ron Reeves, HTC, USNR (ret.)
Michigan396k Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Gary Roughead tours the guided-missile submarine Michigan (SSGN-727) while visiting Yokuska, Japan. Roughead is on an official visit to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility to strengthen global maritime partnerships.U.S. Navy photo # N-8273J-139 by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Tiffini Jones Vanderwyst courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Michigan714kPACIFIC OCEAN(20 February 2012) SEALs and divers from SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team (SDVT) 1 swim back to the guided-missile submarine Michigan (SSGN-727) during an exercise for certification on SEAL delivery vehicle operations in the southern Pacific Ocean. The exercises educate operators and divers on the techniques and procedures related to the delivery vehicle and its operations. U.S. Navy photo # N-ZK869-163 by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kristopher Kirsop courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Photo added 03/12/12.

There is no DANFS History currently available for USS Michigan (SSBN 727) 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
Fleet Reserve Association

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
Official US Navy web site for USS Michigan SSBN-727
FAS - SSBN-726 Ohio Class FBM Submarines
Virtual Tour of USS Springfield (SSN 761) from PBS's Nova web site

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