USS Nebraska (SSBN 739)

Submarine Squadron 17

Bangor, WA
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About USS Nebraska (SSBN 739)

USS Nebraska (SSBN 739) is the 14th submarine of the Ohio class of ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs), and the second U.S. Navy ship to bear the name.

The keel of Nebraska was laid on July 6, 1987, and she was christened on Aug. 15, 1992 by Mrs. Patricia Exon, wife of U.S. Sen. J. James Exon. Nebraska was commissioned on July 10, 1993 at Groton, Conn., and assigned to Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga.

While stationed on the East Coast, Nebraska completed her first strategic deterrent patrol in August 1994 and became the first Ohio-class submarine to visit Europe and Halifax, Nova Scotia. In 1996, Nebraska was honored by U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM) as the SSBN recipient of the Omaha Trophy for excellence in strategic deterrence.

As part of an effort to balance the nation's strategic assets, Nebraska shifted her homeport to Naval Submarine Base Bangor, Wash., in October 200. Since then, Nebraska has continued her tradition of excellence, receiving the Battle Efficiency Award (Battle "E") in 2010 and 2011.

Boat Characteristics

Class Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine
Displacement 16,764 metric tons surfaced
18,750 metric tons submerged
Length 560 ft (170 m)
Beam 42 ft (13 m)
Propulsion 1 x S8G PWR nuclear reactor
2 x geared turbines
1 x 325 hp (242 kW) auxiliary motor
1 x shaft @ 60,000 shp (45,000 kW)
Speed Greater than 25 knots (46 km/h; 29 mph)
Test depth +800 ft (240 m)
Crew 15 officers, 140 enlisted
Sensors and processing systems BQQ-6 Bow mounted Sonar
BQR-19 Navigation
BQS-13 Active Sonar
TB-16 towed array
Armament MK-48 torpedoes
Up to 20 Trident II D-5 ballistic missiles