USS Tennessee (SSBN-734)

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USS Tennessee (SSBN-734)
USS Tennessee (SSBN-734)
USS Tennessee (SSBN-734)
United States
Namesake: The U.S. state of Tennessee
Ordered: 7 January 1982
Builder: General Dynamics Electric Boat, Groton, Connecticut
Laid down: 9 June 1986
Launched: 13 December 1986
Sponsored by: Mrs. Landess Kelso
Commissioned: 17 December 1988
Homeport: Kings Bay, Georgia
Motto: America at Its Best
Status: in active service, as of 2016
Badge: USS Tennessee SSBN 734 COA.png
General characteristics
Class & type: Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine
  • 16,764 metric tons (16,499 long tons) surfaced[1][2]
  • 18,750 metric tons (18,450 long tons) 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 Tennessee (SSBN-734) is a United States Navy Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine that has been in commission since 1988. She is the fourth ship and first submarine of the U.S. Navy to be named for Tennessee the 16th state.a

Construction and commissioning[edit]

Tennessee's construction was authorized in Fiscal year 1980, and the contract to build her was awarded to the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation in Groton, Connecticut, on 7 January 1982. Her keel was laid down there on 9 June 1986. She was launched on 13 December 1986, sponsored by Mrs. Landess Kelso, and commissioned on 17 December 1988, with Captain D. Witzenburg in command of the Blue Crew and Captain Kenneth D. Barker in command of the Gold Crew. She was the first submarine capable of firing the Trident II ballistic missile to be commissioned.

Service history[edit]


^a Two ships of the Confederate States Navy were named CSS Tennessee.

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Ohio-class SSGN-726". Federation of American Scientists. Retrieved 2011-09-27. 
  2. ^ a b c Frost, Peter. "Newport News contract awarded". Daily Press. Retrieved 2011-09-27. (subscription required (help)). 
  3. ^ a b "Submarine Frequently Asked Questions". Chief of Naval Operations Submarine Warfare Division. Retrieved 2011-09-27. 

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