USS Alaska (SSBN-732)
USS Alaska (SSBN-732)
|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 2014[update]|
|Class & type:||Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine|
|Displacement:||16,764 metric tons (16,499 long tons) surfaced
18,750 metric tons (18,450 long tons) submerged
|Length:||560 feet (170 m)|
|Beam:||42 ft (13 m)|
|Draft:||38 feet (12 m)|
|Propulsion:||1xS8G PWR nuclear reactor
2x geared turbines
1x325 hp (242 kW) auxiliary motor
1 shaft @ 60,000 shp (45 MW)
|Speed:||Greater than 25 knots (46 km/h; 29 mph)|
|Test depth:||Greater than 800 feet (240 m)|
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
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.
|This section requires expansion with: History needed for 1986 through the present. (December 2009)|
The Alaska was awarded the 2011 and 2012 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 and 2012 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.
Alaska has been identified as one of the first U.S. submarines to have female officers as part of her crew.
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- This article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register, which, as a U.S. government publication, is in the public domain. The entry can be found here.
- Photo gallery of USS Alaska (SSBN-732) at NavSource Naval History
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