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Commander, Submarine Group 10


USS West Virginia (SSBN 736)
Montani Semper Liberi
"Silent Mountioneer"


 History

USS West Virginia (SSBN-736) is a United States Navy Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine which has been in commission since 1990. She is the third U.S. Navy ship to be named for West Virginia, the 35th state, and the 11th of 18 Ohio-class submarines.

The contract to build West Virginia was awarded to the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation in Groton, Connecticut, on 21 November 1983 and her keel was laid down there on 24 December 1987.[1] She was launched on 14 October 1989, sponsored by Mrs. Erma Byrd, wife of United States Senator Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia, and commissioned on 20 October 1990, with Captain J. R. Harvey in command of the Blue Crew and Captain Donald McDermott in command of the Gold Crew.

 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

 West Virginia Blue Leadership

CDR Adam PalmerCommanding Officer
LCDR Jeff YackerenExecutive Officer
MMCS Donald RileyChief Of The Boat

 West Virginia Gold Leadership

CDR Benjamin ShuppCommanding Officer
LCDR Jason AndersonExecutive Officer
ETCM Matthew SuzorChief Of The Boat

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