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Pennsylvania (SSBN-735)

Radio Call Sign: November - Papa - Echo - November

Ohio Class Ballistic Missile Submarine: Laid down, 2 March 1987, at the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corp., Groton, CT; Launched, 23 April 1988; Commissioned, USS Pennsylvania (SSBN-735), 9 September 1989; Pennsylvania is in commission, assigned to the Atlantic Fleet, and homeported at Kings Bay, GA.

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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Ohio Class63kCut out of the Ohio Class submarine.
Courtesy of Robert Hall.
Pennsylvania1.97kEleven page PDF on the Launching & Christening Ceremony of the Pennsylvania (SSBN-735) on 23 April 1988.
US Navy photo, courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
PDF added 09/26/12.
Pennsylvania101kPennsylvania (SSBN-735), under construction at the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corp., Groton, CT. 1988.
Courtesty of globalsecurity.org.
724, 734 & 3578k 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 (SSN-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).
Pennsylvania96kThe officers and crew of the Pennsylvania (SSBN-735) stand on her bow during her after her launching at the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corp., Groton, CT., 23 April 1988. The partly completed West Virginia (SSBN-736) appears on the left.
USN / USNI photo.
Pennsylvania72kPennsylvania (SSBN-735), probably during her alpha sea trials off the Atlantic coast, 1988-89.
A General Dynamics photo now in the US Navy photo archives, courtesy of Federation of American Scientists.
Pennsylvania199k Capt. Norman Cram, chaplain, delivers the invocation during the commissioning ceremony of the nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine Pennsylvania (SSBN-735).
USN photo # DN-ST-90-00145 by PH2 E.E. Crawford, Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Pennsylvania539k Guests depart from the deck of the nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine Pennsylvania (SSBN-735) following the vessel's commissioning ceremony on 9 September 1989. USN photo # DN-ST-90-00150 by PH2 E.E. Crawford, Department of Defense Still Media Collection, Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Pennsylvania73kAcrylic on canvas painting by the artist William H RaVell III entitled "Pennsylvania (SSBN-735)". It is currently hanging in the boat's Ward Room.Photo & text courtesy of subart.net.
Pennsylvania449k A view of an enlisted berthing area aboard the nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine Pennsylvania (SSBN-735), 9 September 1989, at New London, CT. The lower bunk at center has been propped up to show the gear storage space located beneath it.
USN photo # DN-ST-90-00932 by PH2 E.E. Crawford, Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Pennsylvania60kScaffolding surrounds the sail structure of the nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine Pennsylvania (SSBN-735) while the submarine undergoes maintenance at the Trident Refit Facility dry dock at Kings Bay, Georgia on Mar 1992. US Navy photo # N-8921O-003 by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Lorrie Hughes-Smith, courtesy of news.navy.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Pennsylvania509k Crewmen gather on the deck of the nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine Pennsylvania (SSBN-735) as the ship prepares to depart for sea from the Naval Submarine Base.
Note the "Lower all masts and antennas" sign in the nearby facility, November 1995.
USN photo # DN-ST-96-00638 by Larry Smith, Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Pennsylvania246kLow oblique stern view of the nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine Pennsylvania (SSBN-735) departing the Kings Bay Submarine Base under escort of two commercial tugboats.
USN photo # DN-ST-96-00640 by Larry Smith, Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Pennsylvania145k A view of the complexity of the Ballast Control Panel on board the nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine Pennsylvania (SSBN-735).
USN photo # DN-ST-96-00649 by Larry Smith, Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Pennsylvania238k A view taken through the spotting periscope of the nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine Pennsylvania (SSBN-735) showing the ship's stern, November 1995.
USN photo # DN-ST-96-00652 by Larry Smith, Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Pennsylvania322kA view looking forward from the top of the fairweather sail of the nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine Pennsylvania (SSBN-735) as the ship steams off the United States coastline. A lookout uses binoculars to scan the horizon.
USN photo # DN-ST-96-00651 by Larry Smith, Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Pennsylvania436kMembers of the ship's security force of the nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine Pennsylvania (SSBN-735) carry out a security drill. Note all personnel are wearing gas masks.
USN photo # DN-ST-96-00641 by Larry Smith, Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. Text i.d. courtesy of Thomas Gulch.
Pennsylvania417kQuartermaster Second Class (QM2) Warrick checks the navigational chart at the plotting table in the ship's control center of the nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine Pennsylvania (SSBN-735).
USN photo # DN-ST-96-00642 by Larry Smith, Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Pennsylvania527kPersonnel are shown manning their post at the Fire Control Station of the nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine Pennsylvania (SSBN-735).
USN photo # DN-ST-96-00643 by Larry Smith, Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Pennsylvania385kA torpedoman is checking the fire control console in the torpedo room of the nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine Pennsylvania (SSBN-735).
USN photo # DN-ST-96-00644 by Larry Smith, Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Pennsylvania354kA torpedoman is checking the number two torpedo tube on board the nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine Pennsylvania (SSBN-735).
USN photo # DN-ST-96-00645 by Larry Smith, Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Pennsylvania392kSailors man the periscopes on board the nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine Pennsylvania (SSBN-735). One is the spotting scope and the other is the shoot scope.
USN photo # DN-ST-96-00647 by Larry Smith, Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Pennsylvania317kA sailor mans the main conole of the ships Ballast Control Panel on board the nuclear-powered ballistic submarine Pennsylvania (SSBN-735), November 1995.
USN photo # N-8982D-010 by Larry Smith, courtesy of chinfo.navy.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Pennsylvania308k A view looking aft from the fairweather sail of the nuclear-powered ballistic submarine Pennsylvania (SSBN-735) as the ship cruises off the coast of Georgia. The American flag is shown flying from the bridge staff, November 1995.
USN photo # N-0000S-006 by Larry Smith, courtesy of chinfo.navy.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Pennsylvania411k Port side view of the fore section of the nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine Pennsylvania (SSBN-735) underway off the coast of Georgia, November 1995.
USN photo # N-0000X-002 by Larry Smith, courtesy of chinfo.navy.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Pennsylvania335k An aerial starboard bow view of the nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine Pennsylvania (SSBN-735) underway, November 1995.
USN photo # N-0000X-004 by Larry Smith, courtesy of chinfo.navy.mil.& submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Pennsylvania1.54kTwenty one page PDF on the Change of Command Ceremony of the Pennsylvania (SSBN-735) on 25 June 1998.
US Navy photo, courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
PDF added 09/26/12.
Pennsylvania2.61kEighteen page Welcome Aboard PDF for the Pennsylvania (SSBN-735). US Navy photo, courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
PDF added 09/26/12.
Pennsylvania166k Submarine Centennial Day Proclamation, 11 April 2000, signed by the Governor of the State of Pennsylvania in honoring the State's namesake, Pennsylvania (SSBN-735). USN photo courtesy of chinfo.navy.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Pennsylvania350k The Ohio class ballistic missile submarine Pennsylvania (SSBN-735) arrives at its new homeport, Naval Submarine Base, Bangor, Wash. on 17 October 2002, after transiting from the Navy's submarine base in Kings Bay, Ga. Strategic deterrence has been the sole mission of the fleet ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) since its inception in 1960. The SSBN provides the nation's most survivable and enduring nuclear strike capability.
US Navy photo # N-6497N-002 by Brian Nokell, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Pennsylvania51kPennsylvania (SSBN-735) coal theme card / commemorative post mark on the occasion of Pennsylvania's 15th year on station, 9 September 2004.
Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Pennsylvania38kThe Naval Intermediate Maintenance Facility (IMF), Bangor completed its 500th TRIDENT refit on 4 June 2004, for the Pennsylvania (SSBN-735) at Naval Submarine Base, Bangor.
This important milestone consisted of more than 36,000 production man-hours and 600 jobs performed on the submarine to accomplish planned incremental overhaul and repairs. The four-week long TRIDENT submarine refits have been accomplished at Bangor ever since the arrival of the Ohio (SSBN-726) in July 1982. IMF (formerly the TRIDENT Refit Facility) was built specifically for the purpose of maintaining the fleet at Bangor and was the model used for TRIDENT Refit Facility, Kings Bay, Georgia.
IMF has expertise in hull, mechanical, electrical, electronics, and weapons systems repair and continually responds to meet the fleet's maintenance and repair needs with on-time, cost-effective and quality service.
"It's an honor to be here at IMF as we celebrate the 500th Trident refit at Bangor." said CAPT Thomas H. Barge II, commanding officer of IMF. "Even as we mark this special event, we should remember that we got here by more than twenty years of quiet excellence, IMF civilian employees and Fleet Sailors working day-in and day-out to keep the TRIDENT Fleet ready for operations at sea."

US Navy photo & text courtesy of Katie Eberling, courtesy of chinfo.navy.mil.
Who Am I?185kAn american submarine (Trident) leaving Pearl Harbor for commencement in Exercise RIMPAC 2004. The naval assets for RIMPAC 2004 included four U.S. Pacific Fleet nuclear-powered attack submarines, Key West (SSN-722), Louisville (SSN-724), Charlotte (SSN-766), and Olympia (SSN-717).
There are forward 5-inch countermeasures and no rear 6-inch countermeasures. If my knowledge is correct, the west coast boats had been converted to 6-inch prior to 2004 (or at least for the most part) which means that this picture is most likely of a prior east coast boat.......being either the Pennsylvania (SSBN-735) or the Kentucky (SSN-737). Also, the location of the aft draft reading typical of the east coast boats, the west coast ones usually have theirs a little more forward.
Photo # 000-169-804_0155, courtesy of defence.gov.au/rimpac04. Text i.d. courtesy of Johns.
Pennsylvania719kOverhead view of the Ohio class ballistic missile submarine Pennsylvania (SSBN-735), with sailors spelling out the word "Fifty" as they return to Naval Base Kitsap, Navy Region Northwest on Whidbey Island, WA. 20 July 2005.
Pennsylvania has just completed its 50th Patrol at sea and a significant moment in history for the submarine.
US Navy photo # N-8921O-001 by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Chris Otsen, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Pennsylvania280k Gen. James Cartwright, Commander, U.S. Strategic Command; Cmdr. Dave Knapp, Commanding Officer, Pennsylvania (SSBN-735) (Gold); John Whisler, Jr. - CEO of Leo Daly architectural firm located in Omaha, Neb.; Cmdr. Michael Dobbs, Commanding Officer, Pennsylvania (Blue); Rear Adm. Frank M. Drennan, Commander, Submarine Group 9 and Captain Scott B. Bawden, Commander, Submarine Squadron 17 stand with crewmembers of Pennsylvania and the Olympic mountains in the background during the presentation of the Omaha Trophy at Silverdale, WA, 25 July 2005. The trophy was given to Pennsylvania for being the "best of the best" Trident submarine in 2004.
US Navy photo by Brian Nokell, courtesy of csp.navy.mil.
Pennsylvania847kChief Culinary Specialist Bryan Syster, culinary specialist division leading chief petty officer of the ballistic missile submarine Pennsylvania (SSBN-735) Gold crew, takes a 40-pound odor barrier bag of plastic saved during the most recent patrol to shore for disposal on 12 May 2008. Pennsylvania is the first ballistic missile submarine to go underway with the new zero plastic waste discharge instruction and successfully saved nearly 2000 pounds of plastic.
US Navy photo # N-7656R-002 by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eric J. Rowley, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Trident6.00kThe 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.)
Pennsylvania2.61kThe Pennsylvania (SSBN-735) returns to its homeport of Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor following sea trials on 19 September 2012. US Navy photo # N-LP168-027 by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Ahron Arendes courtesy of navy.news.mil.
Photo added 09/26/12.

There is no DANFS History currently available for Pennsylvania (SSBN-735) at the Haze Gray & Underway the main archive for the DANFS Online Project.
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