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USS Georgia (SSGN 729)

- formerly SSBN 729 -



USS GEORGIA is the fourth OHIO - class submarine and the third ship to bear the name of this grand state, one of the thirteen original states of the Union.

In October 2005, conversion started to modify the USS GEORGIA to carry 154 conventional cruise missiles instead of 24 Trident missiles. After completion of the conversion, the GEORGIA will be redesignated SSGN 729. As an SSGN, the GEORGIA will also able to support operations of up to 66 Special Forces Personnel for up to 90 days.

General Characteristics:Keel Laid: April 7, 1979
Launched: November 5, 1982
Commissioned: February 11, 1984
Builder: General Dynamics Electric Boat Division, Groton, Conn.
Propulsion system: one nuclear reactor
Propellers: one
Length: 560 feet (171 meters)
Beam: 42 feet (12.8 meters)
Draft: 36,5 feet (11.1 meters)
Displacement: Surfaced: approx. 16,765 tons
Submerged: approx. 18,750 tons
Speed: 20+ knots
Armament: Tomahawk missiles, Mk-48 torpedoes, four torpedo tubes
Homeport: Norfolk, Va.
Crew: 17 Officers, 15 Chief Petty Officers and 122 Enlisted


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Crew List:

This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS GEORGIA. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.


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Short History of USS GEORGIA:

The keel laying ceremony was presided over by First Lady Rosalyn Carter, wife of President Jimmy Carter, both Georgia natives. The ceremony took place the same day that the USS OHIO, the lead ship of the class, was launched. Mrs. Carter's initials can still be seen on the ship's keel.

On November 5th, 1982, GEORGIA was launched and christened by Mrs. Sheila Watkins, wife of Admiral J.D. Watkins, USN, Chief of Naval Operations.

On 11 February, 1984, USS GEORGIA was commissioned at Naval Underwater Sound Center. Commissioning Officer was Admiral James D. Watkins, Chief of Naval Operations.

The following major events have marked the ship's history:


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Accidents aboard USS GEORGIA:

DateWhereEvents
March 22, 1986off Midway Island, Pacific
USS SECOTA (YTM 415) loses power and collides with the stern planes of USS GEORGIA and sinks just after completing a personnel transfer. Ten crew are rescued, but two drown. GEORGIA is undamaged.


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