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Florida (SSGN-728)

Radio Call Sign: November - Foxtrot - Lima - Oscar

Ohio Class Ballistic Missile Submarine: Laid down, 6 May 1977, at the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corp., Groton, CT.; Launched, 14 November 1981; Commissioned, USS Florida (SSBN-728), 18 June 1983; Converted to guided missile submarine,(SSGN-728), 25 March 2006. Florida is assigned to the US Atlantic Fleet and is homeported at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Georgia.

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).USN photo courtesy of globalsecurity.org.
Ohio34k Cut out/cross section of the Ohio Class (SSBN-726-743).USN photo courtesy of globalsecurity.org.
Ohio53k Cut out/cross section of the Ohio Class (SSBN-726-743).USN photo courtesy of globalsecurity.org.
Ohio129k Taken 8 December 1979 during the launch of the Phoneix (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 in the (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 Phoneix 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 Phoneix. USN 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. USN photo courtesy of globalsecurity.org.
Baltimore & Florida342kA port bow view of the Los Angeles class nuclear-powered attack submarine Baltimore (SSN-704), sliding down the ways at the completion of the launch ceremony, 13 December 1980. The boat under construction on the North Yard building ways is the Florida (SSBN-728). She would be launched at the Electric Boat Company on 14 November 1981.Official USN photo # DN-SC-82-05949 by General Dynamics / Electric Boat, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Corpus Christi290kAn aerial port quarter view of the nuclear-powered attack submarine City of Corpus Christi (SSN-705) sliding into the water at the conclusion of the launching ceremony on 25 April 1981. In the background is the nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine Florida (SSBN-728) under construction. Official USN photo # DN-SN-82-00980 by General Dynamics / Electric Boat, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Florida525kThe crowd of spectators overflow as Florida (SSBN-728) awaits her traditional champagne christening during the ceremonies at the Electric Boat Company 14 November 1981.
The Georgia (SSBN-729) is on the blocks to the right and would be launched in a little less than a year.
USN photo courtesy of General Dynamics / Electric Boat via Dale Hargrave.
Florida67kFlorida (SSBN-728), underway, possibly during her sea trials off the Atlantic Coast, 1982-83.USN photo courtesy of the Federation of American Scientists (fas.org).
Florida127k Crewmen stand at attention on deck during the breaking of the flag at the commissioning ceremony for the nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine Florida (SSBN-728) on 18 June 1983. USN photo # DN-SC-83-10789, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Florida31k Commemorative postal cover marking the Florida's (SSBN-728) commissioning, 18 June 1983. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Florida185k A UGM-93A Trident C-4 missile is launched from the nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine Florida (SSBN-728) during a demonstration and shakedown operation on 21 August 1983. USN photo # DF-SC-84-08112, by Greg White, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Florida35k Commemorative postal cover marking the Florida's (SSBN-728) East - West transit of the Panama Canal, 21 February 1984. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Florida292k A bow view of the nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine Florida (SSBN-728) in the Magnetic Silencing Facility, Bangor WA. on 1 August 1985. USN photo # DN-SC-86-03703, by Greg White, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Florida307k A port bow view of the nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine Florida (SSBN-728) underway at Babob Bay, WA, on 1 August 1985. USN photo # DN-SC-86-03705, by Greg White, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Florida159kA bow view of the nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine Florida (SSBN-728) being assisted into the pier at Naval Air Station Alameda by the large harbor tugs Winnemucca (YTB-785) and Poughkeepsie (YTB-813) on 18 May 1994. It is a rare occasion for a SSBN to tie up at NAS Alameda. USN photo # DN-SC-95-01316 by PH2 Frederick R. Bollinger, JR., from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Florida320kCrewmembers aboard the ballistic missile submarine Florida (SSBN-728) prepare to cast-off from the fleet tug boat Aukele (YTB-814) near the coast of Oahu, Hawaii, 8 May 1997. USN photo # N-0001D-001 by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Diamond, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Florida418k Crewmembers aboard the ballistic missile submarine Florida (SSBN-728) raise the colors before getting underway from Oahu, Hawaii, 8 May 1997. Official USN photo # N-0001D-002, by JO3 Diamond, courtesy of cpf.navy.mil.
Ohio581k A pair of ducks take flight as sea lions nap on the hull of the ballistic missile submarine Ohio (SSBN-726) at Naval Submarine Base Bangor, Washington 7 May 1998. The Florida (SSBN-728) is moored out board. USN photo # N-9637B-003 by Dale W. Barber, courtesy of COMSUBPAC.
Florida66k A 1998 Acrylic on illustration board by the artist Robert Adam Malin, DM2, entitled "Steady as She Goes" during the RIMPAC 98 operation depicts the helmsman and a officer aboard the Florida (SSBN-728). Steady as She Goes,
Robert Adam Malin, Acrylic on illustrationboard, 1998, courtesy of the USNHC, #98-110-B.
Florida70k A 1998 Acrylic on illustration board by the artist Robert Adam Malin, DM2, entitled "Up Periscope" during the RIMPAC 98 operation depicts two officers manning periscopes aboard the Florida (SSBN-728). Up Periscope,
Robert Adam Malin,Acrylic on illustration board, 1998 courtesy of the USNHC, # 98-110-F.
Florida44k A 1998 Acrylic on illustration board by the artist Robert Adam Malin, DM2, entitled "The Constant Reminder" during the RIMPAC 98 operation depicts enlisted men aboard the Florida (SSBN-728) looking at the Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor. The Constant Reminder,
Robert Adam Malin, Acrylic on illustration board, 1998, courtesy of the USNHC, # 98-110-E.
Florida250k Personnel transfer and stores load from a tug aboard the Florida (SSBN-728) in the Straits of Juan de Fuca, circa 1989.
I believe that the Operational Reactor Safeguards Exam Team was departing after an ORSE, but I cannot recall for sure.
Text & photo i.d. courtesy of Errol Calvert.
Photo by Petty officer ET1(SS) Wolfram, courtesy of Rob Wilson.
Florida2.10k Florida (SSBN-728) in the Straits of Juan de Fuca, circa 1989.Text & photo i.d. courtesy of Errol Calvert.
Photo by Petty officer ET1(SS) Wolfram, courtesy of Rob Wilson.
Florida205k Florida (SSBN-728) passing through the Hood Canal bridge as she returns from patrol, March 2000. v/r,.Text & photo i.d. courtesy of Greg Beatty.
Florida2.10kWelcome Aboard the Florida (SSBN-728),(x2), circa 2000, 40 page PDF.USN photos courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Florida133kRear Adm. Albert H. Konetzni answers a question from a member of the Florida (SSBN-728) Gold crew during a pinning ceremony, March 2000. Text i.d. courtesy of Greg Beatty.
Official USN photo by JO3 McClain Shewman, courtesy of cpf.navy.mil.
Florida191k Florida (SSBN-728) Gold crew pulls into Marginal Pier North, Bangor, Wash. 9 May 2001, marking the 3,500th strategic deterrent patrol by a U.S. Navy fleet ballistic missile submarine.Official USN photo by JO3 Kodi Nace, courtesy of cpf.navy.mil.
Florida302kFlorida (SSBN-728), makes its way to it's new homeport at Norfolk on 19 December 2002. USN photo # N-2903K-002 by Journalist 3rd Class B.L. Keller, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Florida76kFlorida (SSBN-728) launches a Tomahawk cruise missile 16 January 2003 during exercise Giant Shadow in the waters off the coast of the Bahamas. Giant Shadow is a Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA)/Naval Submarine Forces experiment to test the capabilities of the Navy's future guided missile submarines. Florida is one of four Ohio Class (SSBN-726-743) ballistic missile submarines (SSBN) being converted to guided missile submarines (SSGN). Giant Shadow is the first experiment under the "Sea Trial" initiative of the Chief of Naval Operations' Sea Power 21 vision and the first in a series of experiments before converting and overhauling the four SSBNs to SSGNs. The SSGNs will have the capability to support and launch up to 154 Tomahawk missiles, a significant increase in capacity as compared to other platforms. USN photo courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Florida286k A starboard side stern view of the US Navy Ohio Class (SSBN-726-743) Strategic Missile Submarine, Florida (SSBN-728), showing Sailors on deck as the ship is underway off the coast of the Bahamas, during exercise Giant Shadow on 22 January 2003. USN photo by Chief Journalist David Nagle, courtesy of Bernard A. Cardali.
Text courtesy of the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Florida985kA Trident's World, 8 page PDF featuring the Florida (SSBN-728).USN photos courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Life as a SSGN
Florida94kThe ballistic missile submarine Florida (SSBN-728) undergoing a change of life during her conversion process from SSBN to SSGN. USN photo courtesy of sublant.navy.mil.
Florida595k The guided missile submarine Florida (SSGN-728) departs Norfolk Naval Shipyard on 25 March 2006 en route to sea trials following conversion from SSBN to SSGN at Norfolk Naval Shipyard. Florida is scheduled to return to service in May 2006. As the second of four submarines to be converted to SSGN, the nuclear-powered submarine will have the capability to launch up to 154 Tomahawk cruise missiles, conduct sustained special forces operations, support up to 102 special operations forces (SOF) personnel for short durations or 66 SOF personnel for sustained operations and provide 67 percent operational availability forward deployed in support of combatant mission requirements. USN photo # N-0000M-001 by Mr. Steve Milner, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Florida669kThe Lightship Portsmouth, formerly Lightship #101 was built in 1915 and was first stationed off Cape Charles, VA at the Charles light station. She served there until 1924, when she was moved to the Obverfalls lightstation off the Delaware Bay. She served at that station from 1925 until 1951, when she was moved to several stations in New England until her retirement in 1964. She was later moved to Portsmouth, VA, and made into a landlocked museum. She was renamed the Portsmouth as is the custom to take on the name of the station where "standing duty", even though there has never been an actual Portsmouth aids to navigation lightstation.
In this capacity she bears witness to the guided missile submarine Florida (SSGN-728) as she departs Norfolk Naval Shipyard on 25 March 2006 en route to sea trials following conversion from SSBN to SSGN.
USN photo #N-0000B-002 by Mr. Steve Milner, courtesy of news.navy.mil. Partial text courtesy of cheslights.org.
Florida353k The Nimitz class aircraft carriers Theodore Roosevelt (CV-71) & George Washington (CV-73) appear in the background as the guided-missile submarine Florida (SSGN-728) arrives at Naval Station Norfolk, 31 March 2006, to make a brief stop during sea trials off the coast of Virginia. USN photo # N-1464F-007 by Chief Journalist Dave Fliesen, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Florida244k The guided-missile submarine Florida (SSGN-728) transits through downtown Norfolk toward her new homeport of Naval Submarine Base King's Bay, Ga. on 8 April 2006. USN photo # N-4014G-230 by Photographer's Mate Airman Apprentice Patrick Gearhiser, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Florida365k The guided-missile submarine Florida (SSGN-728) departs Norfolk Naval Shipyard and en-route her new homeport of Naval Submarine Base King's Bay, Ga. USN photo # N-4014G-111 by Photographer's Mate Airman Apprentice Patrick Gearhiser, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Florida308k The Z-Drive Navy tugboats Marci Moran & Traci Moran from Moran Towing Corporation of Greenwich, Conn. escort the guided-missile submarine Florida (SSGN-728) as she departs Norfolk Naval Shipyard and en-route her new homeport of Naval Submarine Base King's Bay, Ga. USN photo # N-4014G-130 by Photographer's Mate Airman Apprentice Patrick Gearhiser, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Florida374k The guided missile submarine Florida (SSGN-728) makes her way through Cumberland Sound to Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, 11 April 2006. Florida will be officially welcomed to her new home in Kings Bay with a return to service ceremony scheduled for 25 May 2006 in Mayport, Fla. USN photo # N-1810F-001 by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Lynn Friant, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Florida302kElectronics Technician Third Class (ET3) Steven Norena (foreground) checks a radar display while an unidentified Sailor (background) studies a chart inside the control room of the Guided Missile Submarine Florida (SSGN-728) during operations in the Atlantic Ocean on 17 May 2006. USN photo # N-6027E-001 by JOC Kevin Elliott, USN, courtesy of news.navy.mil.& submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Florida33kSenior Chief Torpedoman's Mate Jefferey Davidson loosens a clamp for the flip-up chuck as the Ohio-class guided missile submarine Florida (SSGN-728) approaches Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga., 11 April 2006. USN photo # N-7092S-286 by Journalist Seaman Brandon Shelander, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Florida538kMachinist Mate 3rd Class Daren L. Solomon operates the broad-band sonar aboard the Ohio-class guided missile submarine Florida (SSGN-728), 12 April 2006 at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga. USN photo # N-7092S-078 by Journalist Seaman Brandon Shelander, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Florida523k Lt. Cmdr. Sam Adams stands Officer of the Deck watch from the bridge of the Ohio-class guided-missile submarine Florida (SSGN-728), 17 May 2006. Florida will be officially welcomed to her new home in Kings Bay with a return to service ceremony scheduled for 25 May 2006 in Mayport, Fla. USN photo # N-6027E-003 by Chief Journalist Kevin Elliott, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Florida576k Members of the media film inside a lock out chamber aboard the submarine Florida (SSGN-728). USN photo # N-6027E-004 by Chief Journalist Kevin Elliott, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Florida665k Senior Chief Electronics Technician Andrew Mochrie, seated center, mans the diving officer of the watch in the control room aboard the submarine Florida (SSGN-728). USN photo # N-6027E-006 by Chief Journalist Kevin Elliott, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Florida630k Electronics Technician 3rd Class Nicholas Martin carries an oxygen breathing apparatuses (OBA) during a battle stations drill aboard the Florida (SSGN-728). USN photo # N-6027E-007 by Chief Journalist Kevin Elliott, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Florida310k Sailors aboard the Ohio-class guided missile submarine Florida (SSGN-728) "bring her to life" during a return to service ceremony, at Mayport, Fla. 25 May 2006. USN photo # N-1126D-006 by Photographer's Mate 3rd class Clarck Desire, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Florida265k Sailors aboard the Ohio-class guided missile submarine Florida (SSGN-728) "bring her to life" during a return to service ceremony, at Mayport, Fla. 25 May 2006. USN photo # N-1126D-003 by Photographer's Mate 3rd class Clarck Desire, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Charlotte67kA native of Wakefield, New Jersey, CDR Gregory M. Ott joined the Navy in 1985 after graduating from Lehigh University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He has served on Francis Scott Key (SSBN-657) (Blue) and the Providence (SSN-719) in 1993. In 1999 he reported aboard the Charlotte (SSN-766) as the submarine's executive officer. Commander Ott served as the commanding officer of the Florida (SSGN-728) from 16 April 2004 to 6 October 2006. Commander Ott holds a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration. USN photo courtesy of Bill Gonyo.
Florida64kStepping on one of these thing will most likely be an uplifting experience. USN photo by STSCS(SS) Robert Carlin.
Florida446kOne of the results from the overhaul is evident by looking at Florida's (SSGN-728) missile deck; it was expanded wider to accept two ASDS or SDV units. USN photo by STSCS(SS) Robert Carlin.
Florida59kThe business end of the Florida (SSGN-728). USN photo by STSCS(SS) Robert Carlin.
Florida190k Off Key West Florida on 27 July 2007, a Navy diver stands by to assist a special operator, both from SEAL Delivery Team (SDV) 2, with SDV operations with the nuclear-powered submarine Florida (SSGN-728) for material certification. Material certification allows operators to perform real-world operations anytime, anywhere. USN photo # N-3093M-018 by Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist Andrew McKaskle, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Topeka 76kCaptain John J. Litherland commanded Topeka (SSN-754) from December 2000 through June 2003, leading her through a Western Pacific deployment, a 15-month Depot Modernization Period at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, and the post-overhaul operational recertification and change of homeport to San Diego, California. Captain Litherland then assumed command of the Pre-Commissioning Unit for Texas (SSN-775) in November 2003 and oversaw her construction, testing and initial sea trials, culminating in her commissioning in 2006. From November 2006 to November 2008 Captain Litherland served as Commanding Officer of Florida (SSGN-728) (GOLD), completing her post conversion Strike and Special Warfare certifications and conducting the maiden SSGN deployment to the Indian Ocean in support of the Global War on Terror. USN photo via Bill Gonyo.
Florida200kThe guided-missile submarine Florida (SSGN-728) departs Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay 26 April 2008 for its first operational deployment after undergoing conversion from a ballistic-missile capable submarine (SSBN) to a guided-missile submarine (SSGN). The normal patrol for an SSBN is about three months; however, as an SSGN, Florida will be deployed for approximately 12 months. Florida departed with her blue crew, led by Capt. William Traub. The blue crew will rotate duties every three months with the gold crew, led by Capt. John Litherland, during the deployment. The use of two crews allows Florida to have a greater forward presence and the conversion from ballistic missiles to guided missiles allows for greater payload capacity and mission flexibility. USN photo # N-1841C-045 by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kimberly Clifford, courtesy of news.navy.mil. via Bill Gonyo.
Trident5.38kThe 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.)
Florida187kThe crew of the guided-missile submarine Florida (SSGN-728) makes last-minute preparations to get under way after a routine port visit 21 April 2009, in Souda Bay, Greece. Florida is returning to its homeport of Kings Bay, Ga., after completing a one-year deployment to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility. USN photo # N-9063M-002 by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman John Martinez, courtesy of news.navy.mil. via Bill Gonyo.
Florida679kThe guided-missile submarine Florida (SSGN-728) conducts a fast cruise in Diego Garcia following a remote crew exchange and the first voyage repair period of her second deployment on 28 June 2010. USN photo # N-1401J-001 by Mass Communication Seaman Christopher Johnson, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Florida1.45kThe Florida (SSGN-728) approaches Souda harbor for a port visit on the island of Crete on 18 June 2012.U.S. Navy photo # 120618-N-MO201-053 by Mr. Paul Farley, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Photo added 12/03/16.
Florida1.16kThe Florida (SSGN-728) moored to the pier in Souda Bay, Greece, 5 April 2016. Florida, homeported in Kings Bay, Ga., is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa.U.S. Navy photo # 160405-N-IL474-338 by Heather Judkins, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Photo added 12/03/16.

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