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Tennessee (SSBN-734)


Ohio Class Fleet Ballistic Missile Submarine: Laid down, 9 June 1986, at the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics, Groton, CT.; Launched, 13 December 1986; Commissioned, USS Tennessee (SSBN-734), 17 December 1988. Tennessee is assigned to the US Atlantic Fleet and is homeported at Kings Bay, GA.

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 (SSBN-743) submarine.
Courtesy of Robert Hall.
Alabama & Tennessee182k A port bow view of the nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine Alabama (SSN-731), moored at a pier prior to the beginning of its commissioning ceremony on 25 May 1985. The Tennessee (SSBN-734) might be the boomer being built in the background.
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. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Louisville78k Louisville (SSN-724) slides down the building ways at the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics, Groton, CT., 14 December 1985. The nearly complete boomer in the background is the Tennessee (SSBN-734). The other parts belong to the Pennsylvania (SSBN-735).
Photo courtesy of Federation of Ameican Scientisits / Electric Boat. Text and photo I.D. courtesy of David Johnston (USNR).
Nevada 123k Nevada (SSBN-733) all dressed up for her commissioning at the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corp., Groton, CT; 16 August 1986. The nearly completed Tennessee (SSBN-734) is on the ways next to her. Photo submitted by Dave Schueler.
Ohio Class330kGeneral Dynamics invites you to the launching ceremony of the Tennessee (SSBN-734) to be held on a date later than what is printed on the ticket.
Courtesy of Tommy Trampp.
Tennessee291k A Trident II (D-5X3) ballistic missile is launched from a flat pad at Cape Canaveral during the third developmental test flight of the system on 30 Apr 1987. The missile is designed for submerged firing from the ninth nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine Tennessee (SSBN-734) and all subsequent submarines in its class.
USN photo # DN-ST-87-06503 from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Tennessee51kHoward H. Baker Jr., former U.S. Senator from Tennessee, speaks during the commissioning ceremony for the nuclear-powered fleet ballistic missile submarine Tennessee (SSBN-734). The Tennessee, which is being commissioned at the Naval Underwater Systems Center, is the first submarine equipped to carry the new Trident II D-5 missile, 17 Dec 1988.
US Navy photo # DN-ST-89-03080, by PH2 Duvall, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Tennessee103kTennessee (SSBN-734), sea trials in 1988.
US Navy photo, courtesy of the Federation of American Scientists web site and Scott Blosser Plankowner, USS Tennessee, SSBN - 734 (B).
Tennessee91kThe first watch is set during the commissioning ceremony for the nuclear-powered fleet ballistic missile submarine Tennessee (SSBN-734) on 17 Dec 1988. The Tennessee, which is being commissioned at the Naval Underwater Systems Center, is the first submarine equipped to carry the new Trident II D-5 missile.
USN photo # DN-ST-89-03088 by PH2 Carl Duvall, USN, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Tennessee566kA port bow view of the nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine Tennessee (SSBN-734) arriving in port for the first time, 15 January 1989.
US Navy photo # DN-SC-89-05595, by Russ Underwood, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. & Federation of American Scientists web site and Scott Blosser Plankowner, USS Tennessee, SSBN - 734 (B).
Tennessee68kThe crew of the Tennessee (SSBN-734) at Kings Bay, perhaps after commissioning in early January 1989. This might be a "Coming Home" ceremony as Tennessee pulls into Kings Bay for the very first time; a ceremony that "commissioned" Kings Bay as an active Trident base.
US Navy photo. Photo & text i.d. courtesy of Michael Goodknight, Former FTG2(SS), Plankowner, USS Tennessee SSBN-734 Blue.
Tennessee171k Two Navy officers watch as the nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine Tennessee (SSBN-734) is tied up alongside the pier at its new home port on 15 January 1989.
US Navy photo # DN-SC-89-06536, by Ross Underwood, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Francis Scott Key & Tennessee373k Sailors manning the rails aboard the nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine Francis Scott Key (SSBN-657) and the submarine tender Canopus (AS-34) watch as the nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine Tennessee (SSBN-734) arrives at its new home port for the first time at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Georgia, 15 January 1989.
USN photo # DN-ST-90-03738 by JOSN Oscar Sosa, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Tennessee60kSecretary of the Navy William Ball speaks to members of the crew of the nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine Tennessee (SSBN-734) after the submarine's arrival at its new home port.
US Navy photo # DN-ST-90-03743, by JOSN Oscar Sosa, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Tennessee75k The ship's officers stand at attention during a colors ceremony aboard the nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine Tennessee (SSBN-734) shortly after its arrival at its new home port.
US Navy photo # DN-SC-89-06538 by Ross Underwood, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Tennessee69k Vice Admiral Roger F. Bacon, commander, Submarine Force, US Atlantic Fleet, leans on a railing as he stands atop the sail of the nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine Tennessee (SSBN-734) on 15 January 1989.
USN photo # DN-ST-90-03740 by John Oscar Sosa, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Tennessee429kA D-5 Trident II missile spins out of control after being launched from the nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine Tennessee (SSBN-734), 21 Mar 1989.
US Navy photo # DN-SC-89-06614, by TGS Technology, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Tennessee308kA Trident II D-5 intercontinental ballistic missile lifts off from the water after being launched from the submerged nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine Tennessee (SSBN-734) at Cape Canaveral, Florida on 4 Dec 1989. This is the fourth submerged launch of the Trident II test series.
US Navy photo # DN-SC-93-04642, by PH2 PHCM David Campbell, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Tennessee288kBreaking through clouds off the coast of Florida, the sun spotlights a flotilla of ships monitoring the launch of a Trident II (D-5) performance evaluation missile by the nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine Tennessee (SSBN-734), 15 Dec 1989.
US Navy photo # DN-SC-90-03725, by PHCM David Campbell, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Tennessee560k A Trident D-5 missile launched from the nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine Tennessee (SSBN-734) ascends from the ocean surface, beneath the exhaust plume of a Trident launched 15 seconds earlier. The Tennessee is conducting missile test PEM-9/DASO-1 off the coast of Florida, 12 February 1990.
US Navy photo # DN-ST-90-05746, by PH2 Susan Marie Carl, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Tennessee822k Commercial tugs escort the nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine Tennessee (SSBN-734) as the vessel departs from Kings Bay. The tug on the submarine's port side is underway in reverse, 24 Mar 1990.
US Navy photo # DN-ST-90-07269, by PH2 Witham, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Tennessee322k Country singer Lee Greenwood stands on the sail of the nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine Tennessee (SSBN-734). Greenwood will be spending a night aboard the vessel as part of his visit to Naval Submarine Base, Kings Bay, Georgia, 1 October 1991.
US Navy photo # DN-SN-92-03684, by PH3 Lorrie Hughes-Smith, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Tennessee497k Podium guests, include VADM Roger Bacon, Assistant Chief or Naval Operations (Undersea Warfare), left, and GEN Colin L. Powell, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, second from left, salute during the national anthem at the beginning of a ceremony in front of the strategic missile submarine Tennessee (SSBN-734). The occasion of the ceremony is the Tennessee's completion of the U.S. Navy's 3,000th strategic deterrent patrol, 25 Apr 1992 at Kings Bay, Georgia.
US Navy photo # DN-SC-92-08567, by PH3 Lorrie Hughes-Smith, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Tennessee60kTennessee (SSBN-734), date and place unknown.
US Navy photo, courtesy of the Federation of American Scientists web site and Scott Blosser Plankowner, USS Tennessee, SSBN - 734 (B).
Tennessee178k Submarine Centennial Day Proclaimation, 9 May 2000, signed by the Governor of the State of Tennessee in honoring the State's namesake, Tennessee (SSBN-734).
USN photo courtesy of chinfo.navy.mil., submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Tennessee150k Country music legend Charlie Daniels borrows a dixie cup for a group photo with crew members of the Ohio-class submarine Tennessee (SSBN-734). Tennessee crew members were in town as part of a name-sake visit in conjunction with Navy Week Nashville, 7 June 2006. Daniels hosted a private concert for his fans as part of the Country Music Assosciation's Music Festival.
USN photo # N-2908O-002 by Journalist 1st Class Steve Owsley, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Tennessee37kElectrician's Mate 3rd Class Gary Wright assigned to the ballistic missile submarine Tennessee (SSBN-734) assist with an arts and crafts project with a young child at the Douglas Headstart Program by Porter Leath Children's Center 28 September 2006. Wright is one of eight crew members from Tennessee that came to Memphis to support NAVCO and NRD Nashville's Memphis Navy Week. Twenty-six such weeks are planned in cities throughout the U.S., arranged by the Navy Office of Community Outreach (NAVCO). NAVCO is a unit tasked with enhancing the Navy's brand image in areas with limited exposure to the Navy.
USN photo # N-2908O-001 by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Steve Owsley, courtesy of news.navy.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Tennessee160kThe ballistic missile submarine Tennessee (SSBN-734) Gold Crew approach Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay on 22 May 2008.
USN photo # N-9610C-001 by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Dmitry Chepusov, 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.)
Tennessee637kThe ballistic missile submarine Tennessee (SSBN-734) returns to homeport at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay on 23 November 2011 after a three-month deployment.USN photo # N-FG395-062 by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class James Kimber, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Photo added 12/10/11.

There is no DANFS History currently available for Tennessee (SSN-734) 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
FAS - SSBN-726 Ohio-Class FBM Submarines
US Navy CHINFO Navy Fact File - Fleet Ballistic Missile Submarines - SSBN


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