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Georgia (SSBN-729)
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Life as a SSBN


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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Georgia48k Cmdr. Rodney E. Hutton, right, relieves Cmdr. John W. Tammen, Jr. as Commanding Officer, Georgia (SSBN-729), at a ceremony held at DeVary Hall, Naval Station Norfolk, Va. 20 December 2004. Hutton was previously assigned as Executive Officer, Honolulu (SSN-718). During his tour, Tammen was responsible for transitioning Georgia from the top SSBN in the Pacific Fleet to its new designation as a guided-missile submarine (SSGN). Tammen's next assignment is as Executive Assistant to the Director, Submarine Warfare Division (N77).
US Navy photo # N-3312P-001, by Chief Journalist Mark O. Piggott, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Georgia514kThe fleet ballistic missile submarine Georgia (SSBN-729), passes downtown Norfolk, Va., 1 February 2005 as it heads to Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, VA. Georgia, is the fourth Ohio-class submarine to undergo conversion from a ballistic missile submarine to a guided missile submarine. Guided missile submarines will be able to carry an impressive payload, including up to 154 Tomahawk cruise missiles or 66 Special Operations Forces. Georgia joins Florida (SSGN-728) at Norfolk Naval Shipyard for the conversion.
US Navy photo # N-XXXXB-001, by Bill Black, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Georgia301k The Ohio Class (SSBN-726-743) guided missile submarine Georgia (SSGN-729) rests pierside at Naval Station Norfolk on 11 December 2007. Georgia made a brief stop at NS Norfolk while conducting sea trials after leaving Norfolk Naval Shipyards 29 November 2007, following the ship's conversion from a ballistic missile to a guided missile submarine. Georgia is the last of four submarines to be converted to SSGN.
USN photo # N-9588L-003, by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Dean Lohmeyer, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Georgia55kCommanding officer Rodney E. Hutton of the Georgia (SSGN-729) watches closely as Jack Davis draws a caricature of him at the top of a print that Davis drew to commemorate the return to service of the Georgia in the wardroom.
Known for his distinctive, one-of-a-kind cartoons, Davis, 82, began his career in high school. After serving in the Navy during World War II, he attended the University of Georgia on the GI Bill. He helped launch Mad magazine, and his cartoons have graced the covers of Time, TV Guide, Reader's Digest and Sports Illustrated. In 2005, he was inducted into the Comic Book Hall of Fame.
US Navy photo courtesy of tribune-georgian.com via thesubreport.com.
Georgia226kCapt. Brian McIlvaine salutes the sideboys as he departs the change of command ceremony for Georgia (SSBN-729) at the base chapel 11 January 2008. McIlvaine became the new commanding officer of the converted Ohio-class submarine during the ceremony,
USN photo # N-1841C-061 by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kimberly Clifford courtesy of Bill Gonyo.
Georgia33kGeorgia (SSGN-729) Commanding Officer Capt. Brian McIlvaine and Executive Officer Lt. Cmdr. Noel Gonzales have faced several challenges in route to getting the Georgia ready for operations on 27 March 2008. McIlvaine said after being in the Norfolk Naval Shipyard for the past few years, bringing the boat and crew to a new base means establishing new working relationships with the major commands on base like Trident Refit Facility (TRF) and Squadron 16/20. Photo by By MCSN Dmitry Chepusov courtesy of Kings Bay Periscope & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Georgia29kThe crew of the U.S. Navy's nuclear-powered submarine Georgia (SSGN-729) stand at attention on the stern of the sub during a return to service ceremony in Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base, Ga. 28 March 2008. AP Photo/Stephen Morton courtesy of news.yahoo.com.
Georgia296kCrew members of the guided-missile submarine Georgia (SSGN-729) run to "bring the ship to life" during a return to service ceremony after the boat's conversion from a ballistic-missile submarine to a guided-missile submarine at Kings Bay, Ga. 28 March 2008. US Navy photo # N-3285B-044 by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Regina L. Brown, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Georgia211kThe guided-missile submarine Georgia (SSGN-729) (Blue) transits the Atlantic Intercoastal Waterway to Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga. on 24 November 2008. The sub is returning from pre-deployment testing.
USN photo # N-1841C-042 by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kimberly Clifford, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Georgia182kAn aft view of the guided-missile submarine Georgia (SSGN-729) underway in the Atlantic Ocean on 23 July 2009. USN photo # N-1255R-032 by Lt. Rebecca Rebarich, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Georgia184kYeoman 2nd Class James Garrard, assigned to the Blue crew of the guided-missile submarine Georgia (SSGN-729), rigs the bridge after surfacing. USN photo # N-1255R-035 by Lt. Rebecca Rebarich, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Georgia174k Sailors aboard the guided-missile submarine Georgia (SSGN-729) wait for a storm to pass on 5 August 2009 as the submarine prepares to get underway from Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga. for the first time since conversion from a ballistic missile submarine to a guided-missile submarine in 2008. USN photo # N-1841C-014 by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Kimberly Clifford, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Georgia332kThe guided-missile submarine Georgia (SSGN-729) begins to submerge after a port visit to Naples, Italy. USN photo # N-2911P-005 by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class William Parker, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Georgia460kThe guided-missile submarine Georgia (SSGN-729) arrives for a routine port visit to Souda Bay on 25 August 2009. USN photo # N-9063M-001 by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class John Martinez, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.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.)
Trident856kThe guided-missile submarine Georgia (SSGN-729) prepares to moor outboard of the submarine tender Emory S. Land (AS-39) in Diego Garcia on 5 September 2011. USN photo # N-JH293-063 by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Chris Williamson via navy.news.mil.
Photo added 09/23/11.
Trident620k The guided-missile submarine Georgia (SSGN-729) moors outboard of the submarine tender Emory S. Land (AS-39) to undergo a continuous maintenance availability and crew exchange. USN photo # N-WG146-115 by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Elizabeth Fra via navy.news.mil.
Photo added 09/23/11.

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
Fleet Reserve Association

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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