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|
|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|
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.
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.
Accidents aboard USS HELENA:
|May 17, 1989||Pacific|
USS HELENA is towed nearly 1,000 miles from Midway Island to Pearl Harbor, HI, after its reduction gear fails, rendering its propeller inoperable.
USS HELENA Patch Gallery
USS HELENA Image Gallery
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.