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West Virginia (SSBN-736)


Ohio Class Ballistic Missile Submarine: Laid down, 18 December 1987, at the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corp., Groton, CT.; Launched, 14 October 1989; Commissioned, USS West Virginia (SSBN-736), 20 October 1990; West Virginia 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.
Pennsylvania96kThe officers and crew of the Pennsylvania (SSBN-735) stand on her bow 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.
West Virginia57kWest Virginia (SSBN-736), probably during her alpha sea trials off the Atlantic coast, 1989.USN photo archives, courtesy of the Federation of American Scientists.
West Virginia39kCommemorative post mark on the launching of the West Virginia (SSBN-736), 14 October 1989.Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
West Virginia387kFront cover of the West Virginia's (SSBN-736) commissioning ceremony on 20 October 1990.Photo courtesy of John A. McDonald.
West Virginia114kThe Kentucky (SSBN-737) is under construction to the starboard side of the West Virginia (SSBN-736) following her commissioning on 20 October 1990. USN photo courtesy of Robert Hall.
West Virginia182kThe nuclear-powered fleet ballistic missile submarine West Virginia (SSBN-736) lies in a covered dry dock on the day of its commissioning ceremony at Kings Bay, Georgia on 2 October 1990. USN photo # DN-ST-91-01585, by PH3 Hughes-Smith, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
West Virginia92kSenator Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia, principal speaker, displays a gift presented to him at the commissioning ceremony of the nuclear-powered fleet ballistic missile submarine West Virginia (SSBN-736). Standing with Byrd are, from left: CAPT James R. Harvey, commanding officer of the West Virginia's blue crew, Mrs. Erma Byrd and VADM Roger F. Bacon, commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet. USN photo # DN-ST-91-01586, by PH3 Hughes-Smith, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
West Virginia151kCrew members of the nuclear-powered fleet ballistic missile submarine West Virginia (SSBN-736) stand on the vessel's deck during its commissioning ceremony on 20 October 1990. USN photo # DN-ST-91-01589, by PH3 Lorrie Hughes-Smith from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
West Virginia167kStern view of the nuclear-powered fleet ballistic missile submarine West Virginia (SSBN-736) as it lies in a covered dry dock on the day of its commissioning ceremony. USN photo # DN-ST-91-01584, by PH3 Hughes-Smith, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
West Virginia31kCommemorative post mark on the commissioning of the West Virginia (SSBN-736), 20 October 1990.Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
West Virginia202kFourth and fifth grade honor students from the Matilda Harris Elementary School pose for a photograph on deck with gold crew members of the nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine West Virginia (SSBN-736), 18 September 1991. The students are being treated to an hour-long tour of the vessel. USN photo DN-SN-92-04151 courtesy of chinfo.navy.mil. submitted by Bill Gonyo.
West Virginia170k Students explore the torpedo room aboard the nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine West Virginia (SSBN-736) during their hour-long tour of the vessel on 18 September 1991. The children are fourth and fifth grade honor students at Matilda Harris Elementary School. USN photo # DN-SN-92-04150, by Julie Irwin, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
West Virginia120kA starboard bow view of the nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine West Virginia (SSBN-736) tied up at a pier at Port Everglades, Florida on 4 May 1994. USN photo # DN-SC-94-02478, by OS2 John Bouvia, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
West Virginia189kA stern-on view of the ballistic missile submarine West Virginia (SSBN-736) located inside the Magnetic Silencing Facility at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay on 1 November 1994. The facility is used to determine a submarine's magnetic signature in order to minimize the possibility of detection. USN photo # DN-SN-95-01504, by Julie Irwin from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
West Virginia191k A starboard bow view of the nuclear-powered ballastic missile submarine West Virginia (SSBN-736) passing through the Magnetic Silencing Facility at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, November 1994. The facility is used to determine a submarine's magnetic signature in order to minimize the possibility of detection USN photo # N-0000X-001 / DN-SC-95-01502 courtesy of chinfo.navy.mil. submitted by Bill Gonyo.
West Virginia67kQuartermaster First Class (QM1) Alexis, on board the nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine West Virginia (SSBN-736), carefully plots a course as the ship departs the Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Georgia on 1 June 1995. USN photo # DN-SN-96-00024, by Julie Irwin, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
West Virginia1.15kNineteen page Welcome Aborad PDF of the West Virginia (SSBN-736), circa 1998.Photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
PDF added 12/03/16.
West Virginia39kSubmarine Centennial Day Proclaimation, 11 April 2000, signed by the Governor of the State of West Virginia in honoring the State's namesake, West Virginia (SSBN-736). USN photo courtesy of chinfo.navy.mil. submitted by Bill Gonyo.
West Virginia38kCommemorative post mark on the 11th year of the commissioning of the West Virginia (SSBN-736), 20 October 2001.Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
West Virginia18kCommemorative post mark on the 15th year of the commissioning of the West Virginia (SSBN-736), 20 October 2005.Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
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.)
West Virginia202kWest Virginia (SSBN-736) transits the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway as it returns to Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga. from a patrol mission on 30 June 2009. USN photo # N-1841C-015 by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Kimberly Clifford.
West Virginia487kWest Virginia (SSBN-736) underway on 3 June 2010: Midshipmen learn to pilot the submarine by training in the duties of the helm and planesman while underway aboard the West Virginia. The Midshipmen are embarked with the crew as part of Career Orientation and Training for Midshipmen (CORTRAMID), a summer program that gives future naval officers experience in the fleet.US Navy photo # 100603-N-0000X-053 courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Photo added 12/03/16.
West Virginia605kThe West Virginia (SSBN-736) departs Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Va., following an engineering refueling overhaul on 24 October 2013. US Navy photo # 131024-N-ZN152-014 by Mass Communication 2nd Class Ernest R. Scott, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Photo added 12/03/16.
West Virginia605k A trident II D-5 ballistic missile is launched from the West Virginia (SSBN-736) during a missile test at the Atlantic Missile Range, 2 June 2014. The test flights were part of a demonstration and shakedown operation, which the Navy uses to certify a submarine for deployment after a major overhaul. The missiles were converted into test configurations with kits containing range safety devices and flight telemetry instrumentation.US Navy photo # 140602-N-ZZ999-203 courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Photo added 12/03/16.

There is no DANFS History currently available for West Virginia (SSBN-736) at the Haze Gray & Underway Web Site, the main archive for the DANFS Online Project.
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