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Florida (SSGN-728)
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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).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.
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. 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.
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 U.S. Navy Photograph # 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 U.S. Navy Photograph # 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.
US Navy 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.US Navy 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.
Florida226kFlorida (SSBN-728), commissioning day, 18 June 1983, at Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corp., Groton, CT.Electric Boat Division photo.
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. U.S. Navy 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. U.S. Navy 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 U.S. Navy 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. U.S. Navy 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.
Photo added 11/24/13.
Florida2.10kWelcome Aboard the Florida (SSBN-728),(x2), circa 2000, 40 page PDF.USN photos courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
PDF added 11/24/13.
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 U.S. Navy 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 U.S. Navy 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. US Navy 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. US Navy 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. US Navy 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.
PDF added 11/24/13.

There is no DANFS History currently available for USS Florida (SSBN 728) 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 Florida SSBN 728
USS Florida (SSBN 728)
FAS - SSBN-726 Ohio Class FBM Submarines
Virtual Tour of USS Springfield (SSN 761) from PBS's Nova web site

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