Nuclear submarine USS Florida (SSGN-728)

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Classification

Submarine class:
Type:
Submarine: Cruise missile submarine

Basic information

Namesake:
U.S. state of Florida
Country of build:
Builder:
builder: General Dynamics Electric Boat
Operator:
Ordered:
Laid down:
Launched:
Commissioned:
Status:

Measurements

Surface displacement:
16764 t
Submerge displacement:
18750 t
Length:
170 m
Beam:
13 m
Draft:
12 m

Machine

Propulsion:
  • 1 * S8G PWR nuclear reactor
  • 2 * geared turbines; 60,000 shp (45 MW)
  • 1 * Fairbanks Morse auxiliary diesel
  • 1 * 325 hp (242 kW) auxiliary motor
  • 1 * shaft with seven-bladed screw
Surface speed:
12 knots
Submerge speed:
25 knots
Surface range:
Unlimited
Test depth:
240 m

Crew

Complement:
155

Combat assets

Electronics:
  • BQQ-6 passive bow-mounted array sonar (which includes BQS-13 array sonar)
  • BQR-23 conformal array sonar
  • BQR-15 towed array sonar
  • BQR-19 navigation sonar
  • BQS-15 under-ice/mine avoidance, target detection and tracking sonar
  • BPS-15A radar (BPS-16 for three latest sudmarines SSBN 741—743)
  • WLR-10 threat warning system
  • WLR-8 receiver emulation
  • WLY-1 acoustic threat intercept system
Armament:
  • 22 * tubes, each with 7 Tomahawk cruise missiles, totaling 154
  • 4 * 21 inch (533 mm) Mark 48 torpedo tubes (Forward Compartment 4th level)

USS Florida (SSBN-728/SSGN-728), an Ohio-class cruise missile submarine, is the sixth ship of the United States Navy to be named for the 27th state. She was commissioned with the hull designation of SSBN-728; with her conversion to a cruise missile submarine, from a ballistic missile submarine, she was re-designated SSGN-728.

The contract to build her was awarded to the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation in Groton, Connecticut, on 28 February 1975 and her keel was laid down on the bicentennial of the United States independence, 4 July 1976. The boat was unnamed at the keel-laying ceremony.

The initial ship's crew formed the precommissioning unit on 8 July 1980. The first shipboard watches were stationed on 14 February 1981 to support the operational control transfer of engineering systems to ship's force control. The Secretary of the Navy finally named her on 19 January 1981.

Florida was launched on 14 November 1981 sponsored by Mrs. Marcia M. Carlucci, wife of then Deputy Secretary of Defense Frank Carlucci. The reactor was initially taken critical on 13 November 1982; the ship went into service and the crew moved onboard on 21 January 1983. Florida commenced initial builders' sea trials on 21 February 1983 and was subsequently delivered to the Navy on 17 May 1983, 43 days ahead of schedule. She was commissioned on 18 June 1983, with Captain William L. Powell in command of the Blue Crew and Captain George R. Sterner in command of the Gold Crew.

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