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USS Helena (SSN 725)

USS HELENA is the 38th nuclear powered attack submarine in the LOS ANGELES class and the fourth ship in the Navy to bear the name.

General Characteristics:Awarded: April 19, 1982
Keel laid: March 28, 1985
Launched: June 28, 1986
Commissioned: July 11, 1987
Builder: Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation, Groton, Conn.
Propulsion system: one nuclear reactor
Propellers: one
Length: 360 feet (109.73 meters)
Beam: 33 feet (10 meters)
Draft: 32,15 feet (9.8 meters)
Displacement: Surfaced: approx. 6,255 tons     Submerged: approx. 7,102 tons
Speed: Surfaced: approx. 15 knots     Submerged: approx. 32 knots
Armament: Tomahawk missiles from 12 VLS-tubes, four 533 mm torpedo tubes for Mk-48 torpedoes, Harpoon missiles
Cost: approx. $900 million
Homeport: Norfolk, VA
Crew: 12 Officers, 115 Enlisted


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Crew List:

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


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About the Ship’s Name, about the City of Helena:

HELENA is named after the capital of Montana. The town became known in 1864 when gold was found near the present town center.

Today, Helena has a population of 24,600 and is the center of a mining industry area. The town is also a railroad junction.


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Accidents aboard USS HELENA:

DateWhereEvents
May 17, 1989Pacific
USS HELENA is towed nearly 1,000 miles from Midway Island to Pearl Harbor, HI, after its reduction gear fails, rendering its propeller inoperable.


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USS HELENA Patch Gallery

PACSUBICEX 2002


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The photos below were taken by me on August 23, 2010, and show the HELENA undergoing overhaul at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, NH.



The photo below was taken by me on May 6, 2012, and shows the HELENA at Naval Base Norfolk, Va.



The photos below were taken by Michael Jenning and show the HELENA at Naval Base Norfolk, Va., on May 8, 2014.



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