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|
|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|
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.
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:
Accidents aboard USS GEORGIA:
|March 22, 1986||off 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 receives light damage and proceeds to Pearl Harbor, Hi., for repairs. A video of the accident can be found on YouTube.
USS GEORGIA Image Gallery: