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USS Pennsylvania (SSBN-735)
USS Pennsylvania (SSBN-735) in November 1995
USS Pennsylvania (SSBN-735) in November 1995.
Career (US)
Namesake: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Ordered: 29 November 1982
Builder: General Dynamics Electric Boat, Groton, Connecticut
Launched: 23 April 1988
Commissioned: 9 September 1989
Homeport: Bangor WA
Motto: Virtue, Independence, Liberty
Honors and
Marjorie Sterrett Battleship Fund Award 2001
Status: in active service, as of 2022
Badge: 735insig.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 Pennsylvania (SSBN-735) is a United States Navy Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine which has been in commission since 1989. She is the fourth ship of the United States Navy to be named for Pennsylvania, the second state. It is the largest military submarine in the United States.

    Construction and commissioning

    The contract to build Pennsylvania was awarded to the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation in Groton, Connecticut, on 29 November 1982 and her keel was laid down there on 10 January 1984. She was launched on 23 April 1988, sponsored by Mrs. Marilyn Garrett, and commissioned on 9 September 1989, with Captain Richard M. Camp commanding the Gold Crew and Captain Lee Edwards commanding the Blue Crew.

    Service history

    On 29 September 1989, Pennsylvania ran aground as she entered the channel during her first visit to Port Canaveral, Florida. Tugboats freed her in about two hours. A U.S. Navy investigation determined that Pennsylvania was properly positioned in the channel, but the channel had been silted by the recent passing of Hurricane Hugo. In 2001, Pennsylvania won the Marjorie Sterrett Battleship Fund Award for the United States Atlantic Fleet. In 2012, Pennsylvania completed a mid-life 2-1/2 year Engineered Refueling Overhaul (ERO) at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard where her reactor was refueled for an estimated 25 more years of service.

    USS Pennsylvania in fiction


    • 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.

    External links

    • Photo gallery of Pennsylvania (SSBN-735) at NavSource Naval History

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