Commander, Submarine Group 10

USS Tennessee (SSBN 734)
"America at its Best"


Ohio Class Fleet Ballistic Missile Submarine: Laid down, 9 June 1986, at the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics, Groton, CT.; Launched, 13 December 1986; Commissioned, USS Tennessee (SSBN-734), 17 December 1988. Tennessee is assigned to the US Atlantic Fleet and is homeported at Kings Bay, GA.

USS Tennessee (SSBN-734), an Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine, was the fourth ship and first submarine of the United States Navy to be named for the 16th state. There had also previously been two ships of the Confederate States Navy to bear the name.

Authorized in FY1980, the contract to build her was awarded to the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation in Groton, Connecticut on 7 January 1982 and her keel was laid down on 9 June 1986. She was launched on 13 December 1986 sponsored by Mrs. Landess Kelso, and commissioned on 17 December 1988, with Captain D. Witzenburg in command of the Blue Crew and Captain Kenneth D. Barker in command of the Gold Crew.

SSBN-734 was the first Trident II missile submarine to be commissioned

 Facts and Figures

Builders: Electric Boat Division, General Dynamics Corp., Groton, Ct. Powerplant: One nuclear reactor, one shaft Length: 560 feet (109.73 meters) Beam: 42 feet Displacement: Approx. 18,750 tons (17,010 metric tons) submerged Speed: 20+ knots (23+ MPH; 36,8+ KPH) Crew: 13 officers, 121 enlisted Armament: 24 Missile tubes, 4 Torpedo tubes

 Tennessee Blue Leadership

CDR John HowreyCommanding Officer
LCDR Brian ChristiansonExecutive Officer
STSCM Stacy HammannChief Of The Boat

 Tennessee Gold Leadership

CDR Chris BohnerCommanding Officer
LCDR Nate MurrayExecutive Officer
STSCM Michael JohnsonChief Of The Boat

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