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Florida (SSGN-728)
Conversion to SSGN

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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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Florida94kThe ballistic missile submarine Florida (SSBN-728) undergoing a change of life during her conversion process from SSBN to SSGN. U.S. Navy 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. U.S. Navy 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.
U.S. Navy 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. U.S. Navy 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. U.S. Navy 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. U.S. Navy 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. U.S. Navy 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. U.S. Navy 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. U.S. Navy 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. U.S. Navy 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. U.S. Navy 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. U.S. Navy 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). U.S. Navy 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). U.S. Navy 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). U.S. Navy 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. U.S. Navy 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. U.S. Navy 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. U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Bill Gonyo.
Florida64kStepping on one of these thing will most likely be an uplifting experience. U.S. Navy 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. U.S. Navy photo by STSCS(SS) Robert Carlin.
Florida59kThe business end of the Florida (SSGN-728). U.S. Navy 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. U.S. Navy 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. U.S. Navy 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. U.S. Navy photo # N-1841C-045 by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kimberly Clifford, courtesy of news.navy.mil. via Bill Gonyo.
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.)
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. U.S. Navy 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. U.S. Navy photo # N-1401J-001 by Mass Communication Seaman Christopher Johnson, courtesy of news.navy.mil.

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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