About USS Louisiana (SSBN 743)
USS Lousiana (SSBN 743) is the 18th and last submarine of the Ohio class of ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs), and the fourth U.S. Navy ship to bear the name.
The keel of Louisiana was laid on Oct. 23, 1992, and she was christened on July 27, 1996 by Mrs. Patricia O'Keefe. Lousiana was commissioned on Sept. 6, 1997 at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga.
Originally assigned to Kings Bay, Louisiana shifted her homeport to Naval Submarine Base Bangor, Wash., in October 2005.
Lousiana was honored by U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM) as the recipient of the 2006 Omaha Trophy for excellence in strategic deterrence. The next year, 2007, Lousiana received both the Battle Efficiency Award (Battle "E") and the Meritorious Unit Commendation.