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Georgia (SSGN-729)
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Ohio Class Ballistic Missile Submarine: Laid down, 7 April 1979, at the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corp., Groton, CT.; Launched, 6 November 1982; Commissioned, USS Georgia (SSBN 729), 11 February 1984; Georgia is assigned to the US Pacific Fleet and is homeported at Bangor, WA.

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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Ohio29kCut 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.
Ohio Class63kCut out of the Ohio Class (SSBN-743) submarine.Courtesy of Robert Hall.
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.
Ohio187kFlag officers walk along the pier prior to the commissioning of the nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine Ohio (SSBN-726) on 11 Nov 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.
Georgia83k Sponsor Sheila McKinney Watkins is escorted by David S. Lewis, Chairman of the Board at General Dynamics, as they depart after the launching ceremony for the nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine Georgia (SSBN-729). Walking behind her are Admiral James D. Watkins, Chief of Naval Operations, and Maid of Honor Susan Watkins on 6 Nov 1982.
Behind it, under construction, is the Rhode Island (SSBN-730). The boat's name was changed to Henry M. Jackson (SSBN-730) in honor of the late senator who died 1 September 1983, she would be launched on 15 October 1983.
USN photo # DN-ST-83-04507 by PH2 Dana Babin & text from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Georgia718k A view of the nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine Georgia (SSBN-729), during the launch ceremony 6 November 1982. Behind it, under construction, is the Rhode Island (SSBN-730). The boat's name was changed to Henry M. Jackson (SSBN-730) in honor of the late senator who died 1 September 1983, she would be launched on 15 October 1983. USN photo # DN-ST-83-04518 by PH2 Dana Babin & text from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Georgia136kCrewmen monitor consoles at their dive stations in the control room of the nuclear-powered fleet ballistic missile submarine Georgia (SSBN-729) on 1 February 1984. USN photo # DN-ST-88-07365, by Chuck Fiel, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Georgia121kA crewman checks the internal systems of missiles in the missile diagnostic center aboard the nuclear-powered fleet ballistic missile submarine Georgia (SSBN-729). USN photo # DN-ST-88-07384 by Chuck Fiel, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Georgia55kA technician performs maintenance on the exterior systems of missile tubes aboard the nuclear-powered fleet ballistic missile submarine Georgia (SSBN-729). USN photo # DN-ST-88-07363 by Chuck Fiel, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Georgia88k Crewmen monitor consoles in the missile control room of the nuclear-powered fleet ballistic missile submarine Georgia (SSBN-729).USN photo # DN-ST-88-07359 by Chuck Fiel, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Georgia104kGeorgia (SSBN-729) possibly undergoing her sea trials off the coast of New England, circa 1984. US Navy photo submitted by Wendell Royce McLaughlin Jr.
Georgia535k A port bow view of the nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine Georgia (SSBN-729) and the guests attending its commissioning ceremony on 11 February 1984. Official U.S. Navy Photograph photo # DN-ST-84-06071, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Groton 78k The Groton (SSN-694) welcomes the Georgia (SSBN-729) home for the holidays, 25 December 1984. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Georgia145kLieutenant Commander Michael G. Ducan, executive officer (blue crew) of the nuclear-powered fleet ballistic missile submarine Georgia (SSBN-729), plots a route on a navigation chart on board the submarine on 27 March 1985. USN photo # DN-SN-85-07968 by JOC John Johnson & text from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Georgia140kLieutenant Peter F. Reeves (standing) of Augusta, Georgia, and Petty Officer First Class William Cain of Sasser, Georgia tests the underwater fire conterol system, which tracks target movement and controls torpedoes fired from the nuclear-powered fleet ballistic missile submarine Georgia (SSBN-729) on 27 March 1985. USN photo # DN-SN-85-07964 by PH2 Don Koralewski, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Georgia19kCommemorative postal cover issued on the occasion of the first patrol of the Gold crew of the Georgia (SSBN-729), 26 April 1985. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Georgia76kVideo of the loss of the tug Secota (YTB-415) sinking after colliding with the Georgia (SSBN-729), 5 January 1986, at Midway Island. Photo courtesy of Robert Hurst. Video courtesy of Ron Reeves.
Georgia50kGeorgia (SSBN-729) in Dabob Bay, Hood Canal Washington, off Subbase Bangor, probably in 1986 or 87. The Hood Canal/Dabob Bay is 600+ feet deep in places, less than a mile from shore. US Navy photo from the National War College papers, courtesy of Bill Gonyo. Photo i.d. courtesy of Allen J Keyser MMCS/SS, USN, Ret.
Georgia118kGeorgia (SSBN-729) in Dabob Bay, Hood Canal Washington, off Subbase Bangor, probably in 1986 or 87. This picture was actually taken in the early morning. It was to be the ships "Official" photograph. The color is actually due to a error in the developing process. Basicly, its a mistake. It was taken was a gray winter day, very overcast, with no real sun. In the 80's, this picture was known around Subbase bangor as "On Golden Pond".US Navy photo. Photo i.d. courtesy of Allen J Keyser MMCS/SS, USN, Ret.
Finback199kCapt Robert Hugh “Rocky” English was born 26 January 1945, to Charles Hugh English and Mildred Jolly English of Anderson, S.C. Rocky entered the U.S. Naval Academy after graduation from George Washington High School in Danville, Va. After graduating from the Academy in 1967, he completed Naval Postgraduate School, graduating with a MBA in 1973. He served on the Daniel Webster (SSBN-626), Puffer (SSN-652), Glenard P. Lipscomb (SSN-685), and served as the Director Officer Training Department at the Naval Submarine School. He served as the Captain of two nuclear submarines, the Finback (SSN-670) (27 July 1983 to 10 January 1987) and the Georgia SSBN-729 (26 June 1987 to 28 July 1989). Rocky was authorized to wear the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit with 3 gold stars, and the Meritorious Service Medal, among others. Upon retiring from active service with the U.S. Navy, Rocky was a consultant for Booz, Allen, and Hamilton and a V.P. of Raytheon Technical Services Division in Norfolk, Va. Biography from Naval Submarine League.
Photo courtesy of DN-SN-83-09518 from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. via Bill Gonyo.
Photo added 02/17/14.
Georgia234k A wide-angle view of the control center on the nuclear-powered fleet ballistic missile submarine Georgia (SSBN-729) as seen through a fish-eye lens on 1 January 1988. USN photo # DN-ST-88-07358, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Georgia477k The nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine Georgia (SSBN-729) and, directly behind it, the frigate Rathburne (FF-1057) lie tied up at the naval station on 1 November 1989. USN photo # DN-SC-92-04504 by OS2 John Bouvia & text from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Georgia19kCommemorative postal cover issued on the occasion of the first missle shot of the Gold crew of the Georgia (SSBN-729), 17 May 1994. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Georgia332k Port quarter stern view of the Georgia (SSBN-729), underway in the Hood Canal, Bangor, Washington on 1 January 1997. USN photo # DN-SD-04-09771 by OS2 John Bouvia & text from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Georgia65kA fire fighting team aboard the fleet ballistic missile submarine Georgia (SSBN-729), undergoes a drill. US Navy photo courtesy of dcfp.navy.mil.
Georgia55kGeorgia (SSBN-729), loading MK-48 torpedoes at Bangor, WA., date unknown.US Navy photo, courtesy of the Federation of American Scientists.
729 1.92k Thirty five page PDF Welcome Aboard the Georgia (SSBN-729), circa 2000. USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
PDF added 02/17/14.
Georgia62k MT3(SS) Ray Bourge makes a log entry while on watch in the missile compartment of Georgia (SSBN-729). US Navy photo by Wendy Hallmark - All Hands Magazine October 2001, courtesy of Bill Gonyo.
Georgia508kThe Ohio Class submarine Georgia (SSBN-729) is towed past the amphibious assault ship Bataan (LHD-5) as it enter Naval Station Norfolk, Norfolk, Va. 11 November 2004. Georgia is the fourth Ohio Class ballistic missile submarine to undergo conversion to a guided missile submarine.US Navy photo # N-2820Z-004, by Journalist 3rd Class Andy Zask, courtesy of news.navy.mil.

There is no DANFS History currently available for USS Georgia (SSBN 729) at the Haze Gray & Underway 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 s of Interest
Official US Navy for USS Georgia SSBN 729
USS Georgia (SSBN 729)
FAS - SSBN-726 Ohio Class FBM Submarines
Virtual Tour of USS Springfield (SSN 761) from PBS's Nova

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