Nuclear submarine USS Louisiana (SSBN-743)

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Classification

Submarine class:
Type:
Submarine: Ballistic missile submarine

Basic information

Namesake:
State of louisiana
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-16 radar
  • WLR-10 threat warning system
  • WLR-8 receiver emulation
  • WLY-1 acoustic threat intercept system
Armament:
  • 24 * Trident II D5 SLBM with up to 12 MIRVed W76 or W88 (300–475 ktTNT) nuclear warheads each, range 6,100 nmi (11,300 km; 7,000 mi)
  • 4 * 21 inch (533 mm) Mark 48 torpedo tubes (Forward Compartment 4th level)

USS Louisiana (SSBN-743) is the 18th and last ship of the United States Navy's Ohio class of nuclear-powered fleet ballistic missile submarines. She carries Trident ballistic missiles and has been in commission since 1997. She is the fourth commissioned ship to bear the name of the U.S. state of Louisiana.

On Thursday August 18, 2016, USS Louisiana (SSBN 743) collided with the offshore support vessel USNS Eagleview (T-AGSE-3) while conducting normal operations in the Strait of Juan De Fuca. Both vessels returned to their respective home ports under their own power. Damage to the USS Louisiana was limited to her forward starboard hull.

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