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Alabama (SSBN-731)


Ohio Class Fleet Ballistic Missile Submarine: Laid down, 27 August 1981, at the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics, Groton, CT.; Launched, 15 May 1984; Commissioned, USS Alabama (SSBN-731), 25 May 1985. Alabama is assigned to the US Pacific Fleet and is homeported at Bangor, WA.

Specifications: Displacement, Surfaced: 16,764 t., Submerged: 18,750 t.; Length 560'; Beam 42'; Draft 29'; Speed, Surfaced 20+ kts, Submerged 25 kts; Depth limit 800'; Complement 155 (each Blue and Gold crews); Armament, 24 Trident I and II missile tubes, four 21" torpedo tubes, MK-48 torpedoes; Sensor, BQQ-6 Bow mounted sonar, BQR-19 Navigation, BQS-13 Active sonar, TB-16 towed array; Propulsion System, One S8G nuclear reactor core reloaded every nine years, two geared steam turbines, one shaft, output of 60,000 hp.
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Ohio Class63kCut out of the Ohio Class submarine.Courtesy of Robert Hall.
Alabama403kAn aerial port bow view of the Ohio Class nuclear-propelled strategic missile submarine Alabama (SSBN-731) taken during sea trials conducted by General Dynamics, the ship's builder on 1 Apr 1985.Official U.S. Navy Photograph by General Dynamics Electric Boat.
Alabama92k A port bow view of the nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine Alabama (SSBN-731) moored at a pier prior to the beginning of its commissioning ceremony on 25 May 1985. The nearly complete Alaska (SSBN-732) is on the building ways on the left.Official U.S. Navy Photograph # DN-SC-85-08051, by PH3 Kathy Keil, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Alabama74kAn overall view of the ship and the pier during the commissioning ceremony for the nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine Alabama (SSBN-731). Official U.S. Navy Photograph # DN-SC-85-08071, by PH3 Kathy Keil, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Alabama55kCommemorative post mark on the occasion of Alabama's (SSBN-731) commissioning, 25 May 1985. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Alabama74k An officer and three enlisted men share a table on the mess deck of the nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine Alabama (SSBN-731) during the 100th Trident ballistic missile submarine patrol on 1 Sep 1988. Official U.S. Navy Photograph # DN-ST-89-08522, by PH1 Mussi, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Alabama359k Crewmen stand on the deck of the nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine Alabama (SSBN-731), as the vessel returns to port after completing the 100th Trident ballistic missile submarine patrol at Bangor, Washington. Official U.S. Navy Photograph # DN-ST-89-03368, by PH1 Mussi, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Alabama72k Electronics Technician 1st Class David Schlessinger checks a navigational fix provided by the Global Positioning System (GPS) aboard the nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine Alabama (SSBN-731) on 21 Jun 1989. Official U.S. Navy Photograph # DN-ST-89-08475, by PH1 Mussi, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Alabama77k The nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine Alabama (SSBN-731) approaches Naval Station, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on 1 Mar 1990.Official U.S. Navy Photograph # DN-SC-92-04500, by OS2 John Bouvia, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Alabama & San Francisco258k The nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine Alabama (SSBN-731), left, and the nuclear-powered attack submarine San Francisco (SSN-711) are moored together at a pier in front of the guided missile cruiser Chosin (CG-65) during the change of command ceremony for the commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet on 1 February 1991. Official U.S. Navy Photograph # DN-SC-92-08698, by OS2 John Bouvia, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Alabama548k The ballistic missile submarine Alabama (SSBN-731) moves to the Explosives Handling Wharf as the crew stands at attention for the raising of the colors, 7 May 1998 at Naval Submarine Base Bangor, Wash. US Navy photo # N-6497N-001, by Brian Nokell courtesy of the US Navy Chinfo Photo Gallery.
Alabama492k Bows on view of the ballistic missile submarine Alabama (SSBN-731), as she moves to the Explosives Handling Wharf as the crew stands at attention for the raising of the colors, 7 May 1998. US Navy photo # N-6497N-002, by Brian Nokell courtesy of the US Navy Chinfo Photo Gallery.
Alabama55kAlabama (SSBN-731) crewmembers spell out "'BAMA 50," signifying the completion of the ballistic missile submarine's 50th deterrent patrol, 25 May 2000. US Navy photo # N-7878C-003, by PH1 Mark A. Correa USN, courtesy of the US Navy Chinfo Photo Gallery.
Alabama309k The Alabama (SSBN-731) passes Cabrillo National Monument as it heads for the Naval Submarine Base Point Loma, California, 16 Sep 2000. US Navy photo # DN-SC-04-08803 by PH1 Mark A Correa, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil, Defense Visual Information Center and submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Alabama75kAlabama (SSBN-731), loading MK-48 torpedoes, date and place unknown.US Navy photo, courtesy of the Federation of American Scientists.
Alabama56kCommand section of the Alabama (SSBN-731), date and location unknown. U.S. Navy photo courtesy of globalsecurity.org.
Alabama79k Periscope drill aboard the Alabama (SSBN-731), date unknown. US Navy photo courtesy of (Naval Sea Systems Command) dcfp.navy.mil.
Alabama95k Submarine firefighting, personal protection equipment drill (PPE) aboard the Alabama (SSBN-731), date unknown. US Navy photo courtesy of (Naval Sea Systems Command) dcfp.navy.mil.
Alabama86k Submarine Firefighting team with hose aboard the Alabama (SSBN-731), date unknown. US Navy photo courtesy of (Naval Sea Systems Command) dcfp.navy.mil.
Alabama40k The Alabama (SSBN-731) with the state flag. Photo i.d. courtesy of Cornelius W. Giles, CDR COMPACFLT MOC 302.
US Navy photo courtesy of Bill Gonyo.
Alabama450kCmdr. Jonathan Dowell, center, out going commanding officer of the Alabama (SSBN-731) (G), salutes Capt. Robert E. Schuetz, (left), commodore of Commander Submarine Squadron 17, as Cmdr. Melvin Lee, (right), stands by to report as the new commanding officer of the Alabama (G) during the change of command ceremony at the Naval Undersea Warfare Museum on 21 November 2003. US Navy photo by JO2 Mary Popejoy, courtesy of Subase Bangor Public Affairs and submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Alabama33kPrior to command, RADM. Thomas Wears sea tours included various division officer assignments aboard Henry Clay (SSBN-625) (Gold), engineer officer aboard Ray (SSN-653), and executive officer aboard Groton (SSN-693). Ashore he served at Submarine Squadron 18 in Charleston, S.C., CINCLANTFLT Nuclear Propulsion Examining Board in Norfolk, Va., and on staff of the Chief of Naval Personnel (N133) in Washington, D.C. as the Nuclear Enlisted Community manager. In February 2001, Wears assumed command of Alabama (SSBN-731) (Blue) where he served until July 2003. Following command Wears served as the deputy commander of Submarine Squadron 17 and Submarine Squadron 19 where he worked with Naval Special Warfare to develop and implement SSGN/SOF operating concepts.US Navy photo courtesy of Bill Gonyo.
Alabama55kCommemorative post mark of the Alabama (SSBN-731) on the occasion of her 20th commissioning anniversary, 25 May 2005. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Alabama329k Officer of the Deck Lt.j.g. Neil Cayabyab logs the current heading of the Ohio-class fleet ballistic missile submarine Alabama (SSBN-731) using a grease pencil on the bridge windscreen, 19 July 2005. Alabama is conducting operations off the coast of Southern California in support of the summer Career Orientation and Training for Midshipmen (CORTRAMID) program. US Navy photo # N-7949W-001 by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Daniel N. Woods, courtesy of news.navy.mil. & Jack Treutle.
Alabama161k The Ohio-class nuclear powered ballistic missile submarine Alabama (SSBN-731) is being moved "dead-stick" in the sound by a flotilla of tug boats with Mount Rainer in background near Puget Sound, Wash. 4 January 2006. US Navy photo # N-0000M-001 by Mr. Anthony Madina, courtesy of news.navy.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.)
Alabama119kCommander James Edward Crosley graduated from Virginia Tech in 1990, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics. After commissioning at Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island and completion of the submarine officer training pipeline, he reported to his initial sea duty assignment, the Miami (SSN-755) in 1992. His first Department Head tour began in September of 1998 as Engineer on the James K. Polk (SSN-645). Commander Crosley joined the James K. Polk on her last deployment and completed his tour through the ship's decommissioning in July of 1999. He then reported to the Albany (SSN-753) in Norfolk, Virginia as the Navigation and Operations Department Head. On the Albany he completed his third Mediterranean deployment, this time with the George Washington Battle Group. From May, 2004 to February, 2006, LCDR Crosley served as Executive Officer on the Nevada (SSBN-733) (BLUE). While assigned, the Nevada completed three strategic deterrent patrols and earned the Submarine Squadron Nineteen Battle E for 2005. Commander Crosley assumed command of the Alabama (SSBN-731)(Gold) in October 2008.Official U.S. Navy portrait courtesy of Bill Gonyo.
Photo added 01/22/12.
Alabama374k The ballistic missile submarine Alabama (SSBN-731) cycles it's missile hatches during the ships return from a deterrent patrol while the tugs Catahecassa and Mitchell Herbert guide the submarine to be moored at the Delta Pier on board Naval Base Kitsap on 31 July 2009.US Navy photo # N-1325N-001 by Ray Narimatsu, courtesy of news.navy.mil.

There is no DANFS History currently available for Alabama (SSBN-731) 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 Navy for USS Alabama SSBN-731
USS Alabama (SSBN 731)
FAS - SSBN-726 Ohio-Class FBM Submarines
US Navy CHINFO Navy Fact File - Fleet Ballistic Missile Submarines - SSBN
Virtual Tour of USS Springfield (SSN 761) from PBS's Nova

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