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Maine (SSBN-741)

Radio Call Sign: November - Victor - Alpha - Charlie

Ohio Class Fleet Ballistic Missile Submarine: Laid down, 3 July 1990, at the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics, Groton, CT.; Launched, 16 July 1994; Commissioned, USS Maine (SSBN-741), 29 July 1995. Maine 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.
Nebraska & Maine109k The bunted Nebraska (SSBN-739) at her launching ceremony, 15 August 1992. The boomer on her left is the Maine (SSBN-741), which would be launched in 1994.
Photo courtesy of Electric Boat.
Maine92kBow on view of the Maine (SSBN-741) on her launching day at the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics, Groton, CT., 16 July 1994.Photo courtesy of Electric Boat.
Maine & Wyoming495kWith the partially built Wyoming (SSBN-742) at their side, the crew of the Maine (SSBN-741) pose on her deck during launching day at the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics, Groton, CT., 16 July 1994. The Wyoming would be launched on 5 July 1995.US Navy photo courtesy of Lanny W. Cusimano, ET1/SS (Retired), SSBN 741 Plankowner.
Maine54kMaine (SSBN-741), during her Alpha sea trials off the New England coast, 11 April 1995.Photo courtesy of Electric Boat. Text info courtesy of Lanny W. Cusimano, ET1/SS (Retired), SSBN 741 Plankowner.
Maine38kMaine (SSBN-741), at sea, probably during her Alpha sea trials off the New England coast, 11 April 1995.US Navy photo courtesy of Federation of American Scientists web site. Text info courtesy of Lanny W. Cusimano, ET1/SS (Retired), SSBN 741 Plankowner.
Maine72kMaine (SSBN-741), at sea, probably during her Alpha sea trials off the New England coast, 11 April 1995.US Navy photo courtesy of Federation of American Scientists web site. Text info courtesy of Lanny W. Cusimano, ET1/SS (Retired), SSBN 741 Plankowner.
Maine99kBow on view of the Maine (SSBN-741) cutting through the Atlantic, probably during her Alpha sea trials off the New England coast, 1995. Official US Navy photo courtesy of Wendell Royce McLaughlin Jr.
Maine47kThe Maine (SSBN-741) passing the old Portsmouth Naval Prison enroute to her commissioning at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, ME in July 1995. US Navy photo courtesy of CHINFO Navy Public Affairs Image Library.
Photo i.d. & text courtesy of Lanny W. Cusimano, ET1/SS (Retired), SSBN 741 Plankowner.
Maine48kMaine (SSBN-741) being tied up at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard for commissioning at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, ME in July 1995. US Navy photo courtesy of CHINFO Navy Public Affairs Image Library.
Photo i.d. & text courtesy of Lanny W. Cusimano, ET1/SS (Retired), SSBN 741 Plankowner.
Maine31kFirst day in commission cover of the Maine (SSBN-741), 29 July 1995. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Maine22k Maine (SSBN-741), invitation to commissioning ceremony, 29 July 1995 at the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics, Groton, CT. Courtesy of Chester O. Morris.
Maine85kMaine (SSBN-741) Commissioning Label Shipyard Ale. Courtesy of Chester O. Morris.
Maine113kMaine (SSBN-741) Commissioning Program signed by the SECNAV. Courtesy of Chester O. Morris.
Maine132kMaine (SSBN-741) Comm Program Back Cover with the ship's history and and data plaques. Courtesy of Chester O. Morris.
Maine31kCommissioning day for the Maine (SSBN-741) NSY Kittery, Maine, 29 July 1995. Courtesy of Chester O. Morris.
Maine120kPlankowner certificate at the commissioning ceremony of the Maine (SSBN-741) NSY Kittery, Maine, 29 July 1995. Courtesy of Chester O. Morris.
Maine134kShip's insignia on the commissioning booklet of the Maine (SSBN-741) NSY Kittery, Maine, 29 July 1995. Courtesy of Chester O. Morris.
Maine122kCommissioning pennant of the Maine (SSBN-741) NSY Kittery, Maine, 29 July 1995. Courtesy of Chester O. Morris.
Maine114k Commeroative plaque of the Maine (SSBN-741) NSY Kittery, Maine, 29 July 1995. Courtesy of Chester O. Morris.
Maine114k Christening of the Maine (SSBN-741) NSY Kittery, Maine, 29 July 1995. Courtesy of Chester O. Morris.
Maine118kCharacteristics of the Maine (SSBN-741) NSY Kittery, Maine, 29 July 1995. Courtesy of Chester O. Morris.
Maine103kLt. Brian Stites, Main Propulsion Assistant aboard Maine (SSBN-741), walks through an area known to submariners as "Sherwood Forest." The missile tubes are painted different hues of brown to prevent vertigo for the crew members. Maine visited her namesake state as part of the 200th anniversary of Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in July 1995.USN photo by Chief Journalist Dave Fliesen, courtesy of Naval Sea Systems Command & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Maine139kThe U.S. Navy's nuclear ballistic submarine Maine (SSBN-741) one of the nations newest Ohio class submarines, conducts surface navigational operations approximately 50 miles due south of Naval Station Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico.US Navy photo # N-8977R-002, by PH1 Class Michael J. Rinaldi. CHINFO Navy Public Affairs Image Library
Maine369k The U.S. Navy's nuclear ballistic submarine Maine (SSBN-741), one of the nations newest Ohio class submarines, conducts surface navigational operations approximately 50 miles due south of Naval Station Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, on 14 Nov 1999. USN photo # DN-SD-00-03124 by PH1 Michael J. Rinaldi, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil
Maine203k The Maine (SSBN-741) takes a turn as she conducts surface navigational operations approximately 50 miles due south of Naval Station Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, on 14 Nov 1999. USN photo # DN-SD-00-03123 by PH1 Michael J. Rinaldi, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil
Maine156kSubmarine Centennial Day Proclaimation, 11 April 2000, signed by the Governor of the State of Maine in honoring the State's namesake,Maine (SSBN-741). USN photo courtesy of chinfo.navy.mil., submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Maine23kCommemorative postal cover marking the 5th anniversary of Maine's (SSBN-741) commissioning, 29 July 2000. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Maine156k Seaman Franklin posing in the Maine's (SSBN-741) mess in port, Kings Bay, Georgia, 4 May 2003. There are ten 4-man tables. Crew's eating area considered large by submarine standards. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Maine28kTwo SEAL combat RIB boats maneuver into position for the first-ever TRIDENT submarine snag-and-tow operation with SEAL forces. They are pictured alongside the Maine (SSBN-741), Summer 2003. US Navy photo by TM2(SS) Frank K. Carnegie, CHINFO Navy Public Affairs Image Library.
Maine171kThe terrorists attacks on September 11th affected the elusive submarine fleet as well. Now, when surfaced, subamrines have armed lookouts positioned in the sail of the boat to thwart any would-be surface-borne attackers from agressing the boat. All Hands magazine photo # N-2653P-048 by Journalist 1st Class (SCW/SS) James G. Pinsky, June 2004,pg. 36. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Maine164k Emergancy deep! Members of the Maine (SSBN-741) Blue crew react to an emergancy deep drill generated by the ship's commanding offcier, Cmdr. Robert Palisin. Periscope depth is a very dangerous evolution for a submarine because all of the submarine, minus the tip of a persicope remains underwater so oncoming ships can't see the boat. All Hands magazine photo # N-2653P-037 by Journalist 1st Class (SCW/SS) James G. Pinsky, June 2004,pg. 31. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Maine67kSurface transits and periscope operations are some of the most dangerous evolutions a submarine completes. The control room, pictured here, is the busiest place on the boat with both periscopes manned and the ship's control party. All Hands magazine photo # N-2653P-036 by Journalist 1st Class (SCW/SS) James G. Pinsky, June 2004,pg. 35. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Maine80k Watertight hatches seperate the forward compartment from the missile compartment. Here, oncoming watch standers wait their turn for lunch. All Hands magazine photo # N-2653P-047 by Journalist 1st Class (SCW/SS) James G. Pinsky, June 2004,pg. 36. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Maine34kCommander William J. Breitfelder enlisted in the Navy Nuclear Power Program in 1982. Upon completion of the Enlisted Nuclear Training pipeline, CDR Breitfelder was selected to the Nuclear Enlisted Commissioning Program and graduated from the University of Washington with a B.S. in Engineering. CDR Breitfelder received his commission from Officer Candidate School in Newport, RI in 1988. Upon completion of the Officer Nuclear Training pipeline, he was assigned to Springfield (SSN-761) based in Groton, CT, where he was a member of the New Construction and Commissioning crew. CDR Breitfelder attended the Submarine Officer's Advanced Course and was subsequently assigned as Combat Systems Officer onboard Bremerton (SSN-698) in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, where he completed a Western Pacific deployment and homeport change to San Diego, California.
Upon completion of his Department Head Tour, CDR Breitfelder was assigned as the Operations Officer at Commander, Submarine Squadron Eleven in San Diego, California. Following his Shore Tour, CDR Breitfelder was assigned as Executive Officer, Henry M. Jackson, (SSBN-730) based in Bangor, Washington, where he completed three Strategic Deterrent Patrols. Subsequent to his Executive Officer Tour, CDR Breitfelder attended the Naval War College where he was awarded a M.A. in National Strategic Studies. Upon graduation, CDR Breitfelder was assigned as a Strike Planner at US Strategic Command in Omaha, Nebraska. Commander Breitfelder assumed command of the Gold Crew Maine (SSBN-741) on 9 November 2007.
U.S. Navy photo submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Maine164kSailors tend mooring lines as the ballistic-missile submarine Maine (SSBN-741) Blue crew returns from a regularly scheduled patrol at Bangor, Wash. 21 October 2008. USN photo # N-9204H-107 by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Eric Harrison, 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.)

There is no DANFS History currently available for Maine (SSBN-741) 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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