USS Alaska (SSBN-732)

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For USS Alaskan, see USS Alaskan (ID-4542).
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USS Alaska (SSBN-732)
USS Alaska (SSBN-732)
USS Alaska (SSBN-732)
Career (US)
Namesake: The U.S. state of Alaska
Ordered: 27 February 1978
Builder: General Dynamics Electric Boat
Laid down: 9 March 1983
Launched: 12 January 1985
Sponsored by: Mrs. Catherine Stevens
Commissioned: 25 January 1986
Homeport: Kings Bay, Georgia
Motto: Alert, Confident, Able
Status: in active service, as of 2015
General characteristics
Class and type: Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine
Displacement: 16,764 metric tons (16,499 long tons) surfaced[1][2]
18,750 metric tons (18,450 long tons) submerged[1]
Length: 560 feet (170 m)
Beam: 42 ft (13 m)[1]
Draft: 38 feet (12 m)
Propulsion: 1xS8G PWR nuclear reactor[1]
2x geared turbines[1]
1x325 hp (242 kW) auxiliary motor
1 shaft @ 60,000 shp (45 MW)[1]
Speed: Greater than 25 knots (46 km/h; 29 mph)[3]
Test depth: Greater than 800 feet (240 m)[3]
Complement: 15 officers[1][2]
140 enlisted[1][2]
Armament: MK-48 torpedoes
24 × Trident II D-5 ballistic missiles

USS Alaska (SSBN-732), is a United States Navy Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine which has been in commission since 1986. She is the fourth U.S. Navy ship to be named for the Territory or State of Alaska.

Construction and commissioning[edit]

The contract to build Alaska was awarded to the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation in Groton, Connecticut, on 27 February 1978 and her keel was laid down there on 9 March 1983. She was launched on 12 January 1985, sponsored by Mrs. Catherine Stevens, and commissioned on 25 January 1986, with Captain Paul L. Callahan in command of the Blue Crew and Captain Charles J. Chotvacs in command of the Gold Crew.

Service history[edit]

Alaska‍ '​s original home port was Bangor, Washington.

In April 2009, Alaska moved her home port to Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Georgia.[4]

The Alaska was awarded the 2011, 2012, and 2014 Navy Battle Effectiveness "E" ("Battle E") award for being the most valuable strategic asset based out of Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay. She also received the Commander, United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) Omaha Trophy for both 2011, 2012, and 2014 for being the best SSBN throughout the fleet. The Omaha Trophy reflects the command's primary missions, emphasis on strategic deterrence, and evolving role in global operations.[5][6][7][8]


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  2. ^ a b c Frost, Peter. "Newport News contract awarded". Daily Press. Retrieved 2011-09-27. (subscription required)
  3. ^ a b "Submarine Frequently Asked Questions". Chief of Naval Operations Submarine Warfare Division. Retrieved 2011-09-27. 
  4. ^ "USS Alaska Returns to the Fleet, Changes Homeport". US Navy. Retrieved 9 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "SUBLANT Announces Battle 'E' Winners". US Navy. Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "SUBLANT Announces 2012 Battle 'E' Winners". US Navy. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "Omaha Trophy winners announced". U.S. Strategic Command. Retrieved 27 April 2012. 
  8. ^ "USSTRATCOM Announces Omaha Trophy Winners". U.S. Strategic Command. Retrieved 5 April 2013.