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USS Maine (SSBN-741)
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USS Maine (SSBN-741) in the Caribbean Sea approximately 50 nautical miles (93 kilometers) due south of Naval Station Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico.
Namesake: The U.S. state of Maine
Ordered: 5 October 1988
Builder: General Dynamics Electric Boat
Laid down: 3 July 1990
Launched: 16 July 1994
Commissioned: 29 July 1995
Homeport: Bangor, Washington
Motto: Leadership, Peace, Vigilance
Status: in active service, as of 2022
Badge: 741insig.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]
  • MK-48 torpedoes
  • 24 × Trident II D-5 ballistic missiles
  • USS Maine (SSBN-741) is a United States Navy Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine in commission since 1995. She is the fourth U.S. Navy ship authorized, and the third commissioned, to be named in honor of the state of Maine. She has the capability to carry 24 nuclear armed Trident ballistic missiles.

    Construction and commissioning

    The contract to build Maine was awarded to the Electric Boat Division of the General Dynamics Corporation, Groton, Connecticut, on 5 October 1988, and her keel was laid there on 3 July 1990. Maine was launched on 16 July 1994, delivered to the U.S. Navy on 23 June 1995, and commissioned on 29 July 1995 at the Portsmouth Navy Yard, on the shore of its namesake state.

    Service history

    Maine has been homeported at Naval Base Kitsap, Bangor, Washington since 2006. Prior to this, she was homeported at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay from August, 1995 until 2006.

    USS Maine in fiction

    • The fictional U.S. Navy ballistic missile submarine USS Montana featured in the 1989 science-fiction movie The Abyss was depicted as having Maine's hull number, SSBN-741. The movie was released the year before Maine's construction began.
    • The USS Maine plays a major role in Tom Clancy's novel The Sum of All Fears.



    • 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.

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