USS Henry M. Jackson (SSBN-730)

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USS Henry M. Jackson (SSBN-730)
USS Henry M. Jackson (SSBN-730)
USS Henry M. Jackson (SSBN-730)
United States
  • Rhode Island (1981–1983)
  • Henry M. Jackson (1983–)
Namesake: U.S. Senator Henry M. Jackson (1912–1983)
Ordered: 6 June 1977
Builder: General Dynamics Electric Boat, Groton, Connecticut
Laid down: 19 January 1981
Launched: 15 October 1983
Sponsored by: Ms. Anna Marie Jackson
Commissioned: 6 October 1984
Homeport: Bangor, Washington
Motto: Defender of Freedom
Status: in active service
Badge: 730insig.png
General characteristics
Class and type: Ohio-class
  • 16,764 long tons (17,033 t) surfaced[1][2]
  • 18,750 long tons (19,050 t) submerged[1]
Length: 560 ft (170 m)
Beam: 42 ft (13 m)[1]
Draft: 38 ft (12 m)
  • 1 × S8G PWR nuclear reactor[1]
  • 2 × geared turbines[1]
  • 1 × 325 hp (242 kW) auxiliary motor
  • 1 × shaft @ 60,000 shp (45,000 kW)[1]
Speed: Greater than 25 knots (46 km/h; 29 mph)[3]
Test depth: Greater than 800 feet (240 m)[3]

USS Henry M. Jackson (SSBN-730), is a United States Navy Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine that has been in commission since 1984. She is the only U.S. Navy ship to have been named for United States Senator Henry M. Jackson (1912–1983) of Washington and the only Ohio-class submarine not named after a U.S. state.

Construction and commissioning[edit]

Henry M. Jackson originally was to have been named Rhode Island. The contract to build Rhode Island was awarded to the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation at Groton, Connecticut, on 6 June 1977 and her keel was laid down there on 19 January 1981. Shortly after Senator Jackson suddenly died in office on 1 September 1983, Rhode Island was renamed Henry M. Jackson, and the original name transferred to another Ohio-class boat, hull number SSBN-740.

Henry M. Jackson was launched on 15 October 1983, at Groton, Connecticut, sponsored by Senator Jackson's daughter, Ms. Anna Marie Jackson, and commissioned on 6 October 1984, with Captain R. Tindal in command of the Blue Crew and Captain M. A. Farmer in command of the Gold Crew.

Service history[edit]

Public affairs[edit]

The crew of Henry M. Jackson is very active in volunteer work, and has adopted a highway and donated time to the Salvation Army, among many other activities.[4][5][6]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Ohio-class SSGN-726". Federation of American Scientists. Retrieved 2018-09-23.
  2. ^ a b c Frost, Peter. "Newport News contract awarded". Daily Press. Retrieved 2011-09-27.[dead link]
  3. ^ a b "Submarine Frequently Asked Questions". Chief of Naval Operations Submarine Warfare Division. Retrieved 2011-09-27.
  4. ^ Northwest Submariners Help with United Day of Caring, retrieved 28 September 2011
  5. ^ USS Henry M. Jackson Adopts a Highway, retrieved 28 September 2011
  6. ^ Sailors Volunteer as 'Victims' for Kitsap County Emergency Management Exercise, retrieved 28 September 2011

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