USS Pennsylvania SSBN-735
The contract to build USS Pennsylvania SSBN-735 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. USS Pennsylvania SSBN-735 was launched on 23 April 1988, sponsored by Mrs. Marilyn Garrett, and commissioned on 9 September 1989, with Captain Richard M. Camp commanding the Blue Crew and Captain Lee Edwards commanding the Gold Crew.
April 23, 1988 USS Pennsylvania (SSBN 735), the second Trident II submarine, was launched during a ceremony at Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics, Groton, CT. Mrs. Marilyn K. Garrett, wife of the Honorable H. Lawrence Garrett III, Under Secretary of the Navy, was the ship’s sponsor.
August 22, 1989 The Pennsylvania was delivered to the U.S. Navy.
September 9, USS Pennsylvania (SSBN 735) was commissioned during a ceremony at New London, Conn.
September 29, USS Pennsylvania ran aground as it entered the channel during its first visit to Port Canaveral, Florida. Tugboats freed the submarine in about two hours. A Navy investigation determined that Pennsylvania was properly positioned in the channel, but the channel had been silted by the recent passing of Hurricane Hugo.
March 11, 1990 The Pennsylvania Gold Crew successfully launched a Trident II (D5) missile during a Demonstration and Shakedown Operation off Cape Canaveral, Fla.
September 26, USS Pennsylvania (Blue) successfully launched a Trident II missile during a Demonstration and Shakedown Operation.
October 13, SSBN 735 completed its strategic loadout at Strategic Weapons Facility, Atlantic, Kings Bay, Ga. First patrol began Oct. 26, 1990.
July 29, 1991 The Blue Crew successfully launched four missiles during a Trident II CINC Evaluation Test on the Eastern Test Range (ETR) off Cape Canaveral.
November 11, USS Pennsylvania Blue Crew successfully launched four missiles during a Trident II CINC Evaluation Test from the ETR off Cape Canaveral.
July 7, 1993 SSBN 735 (Gold) successfully launched two D5 missiles during a Follow-on CINC Evaluation Test.
July 19, 1996 The Pennsylvania successfully launched two Trident II missiles during a Follow-on CINC Evaluation Test.
October 17, 2002 USS Pennsylvania (Gold) arrived at it new homeport of Bangor, Washington, after about 80 days transit from Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga. SSBN 735 is the first Trident submarine to change homeports to Bangor in more than 15 years and the first of two boats to come to Bangor from the East Coast with D-5 capabilities.
July 20, 2005 USS Pennsylvania (Blue), commanded by Cmdr. Michael J. Dobbs, returned to Naval Base Kitsap after completing its 50th Patrol at sea.
July 25, SSBN 735 was recognized as the U.S. Navy’s best Trident submarine when it was presented the 2004 U.S. Strategic Command Omaha Trophy. The annual award is given to three operational units, recognizing their outstanding contributions to USSTRATCOM’s diverse mission of strategic deterrence. The three competitive categories are Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Command, a Submarine Ballistic Missile Command, and the original Strategic Aircraft Command.
September 26, 2008 The blue crew of USS Pennsylvania, commanded by Cmdr. Bradford S. Neff, recently returned from the ship’s 60th Strategic Deterrent Patrol. This historic patrol marked a significant milestone as it was the 500th successful patrol of the Ohio-class submarine Trident II D5 Strategic Weapons System (SWS).
December 3, 2009 USS Pennsylvania entered the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for a three-year Engineered Refueling Overhaul (EROH).
September 10, 2010 Cmdr. Gustavo Gutierrez relieved Cmdr. Theodore H. Schroeder as CO of the Pennsylvania (Green) during a change-of-command ceremony held at Deterrent Park on Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor.
August 5, 2011 SSBN 735 departed dry-dock and will remain pierside at PSNS&IMF.
Sept. 19, 2012 USS Pennsylvania returned to Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor after a six-day sea trials, completing the thirty-three and a half month EROH.
November 17, Cmdr. Gell Tiger L. Pittman, III assumed command of the USS Pennsylvania Gold Crew while Cmdr. Gustavo Gutierrez assumed command of the Blue Crew during a crew split and an assumption of command ceremony at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor’s Delta Pier.
March 28, 2014 Cmdr. John E. Cage relieved Cmdr. Gustavo Gutierrez as CO of the Pennsylvania (Blue) during a change-of-command ceremony at Deterrent Park.
June 14, USS Pennsylvania (Gold) returned to Bangor after a 140-day strategic deterrent patrol, setting a new record for the longest patrol completed by an Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine.
October 16, USS Pennsylvania (Blue) returned to homeport after completing a strategic deterrent patrol.
USS Pennsylvania in fiction
- In Tom Clancy’s 1994 novel Debt of Honor, USS Pennsylvania is one of several submarines sent to deal with a Japanese invasion of the Northern Mariana Islands. She becomes the first U.S. nuclear submarine to sink an enemy warship when she fires a torpedo at a Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force hunter-killer (SSK)-type submarine.
- .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, Washington
- Motto: Virtue, Independence, Liberty
- Honors and awards: Marjorie Sterrett Battleship Fund Award 2001
- Status: in active service, as of 2015
- USS Pennsylvania is a United States Navy Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine which has been in commission since 1989. The Ohio class is a class of nuclear powered submarines used by the United States Navy. The Navy has 18 Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines and guided missile submarines.
This is incredible if you like submarines. Might not have been > around before. This is a very good video production of how the USS Pennsylvania submarine works. It is a nuclear powered submarine powered by a lump of uranium the size of your fist that provides all of the power to navigate and provide power for all of the daily operations. It has been running since 1989 without having to refuel. Ever wonder how they get fresh air under water to last for months? How do they launch a nuclear warhead? How they can make the submarine quiet to avoid detection? This is fascinating.
USS Pennsylvania is a United States Navy Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine which has been in commission since 1989. The Ohio class is a class of nuclear powered submarines used by the United States Navy. The Navy has 18 Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines and guided missile submarines.
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, Washington Motto: Virtue, Independence, Liberty Honors and awards: Marjorie Sterrett Battleship Fund Award 2001 Status: in active service, as of 2015
Badge:General characteristicsClass and type:Ohio-class ballistic missile submarineDisplacement:16,764 metric tons (16,499 long tons) surfaced
18,750 metric tons (18,450 long tons) submergedLength:560 feet (170 m)Beam:42 ft (13 m)Draft:38 feet (12 m)Propulsion:1xS8G PWR nuclear reactor
2x geared turbines
1×325 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)Complement:15 officers
140 enlistedArmament:MK-48 torpedoes
24 × Trident II D-5 ballistic missiles
USS Pennsylvania (SSBN-735) is a United States Navy Ohio-class