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USS Ohio, 1st Guided-Missile Platform, Rejoins Fleet

USS Ohio, 1st Guided-Missile Platform, Rejoins Fleet

By Journalist 1st Class (SW) Michael S. Howlett, Commander, Submarine Group 9.

Silverdale, Washington -- (NNS) -- The first of four Ohio-class Trident missile submarines being converted to carry guided missiles and Special Operations Forces (SOF) rejoined the fleet in a return to service ceremony at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor Feb. 7.

The guided missile submarine USS Ohio (SSGN 726) prepares to stop for a personnel transfer in Puget Sound, Washington. Media were transported to Ohio to see the new capabilities that the submarine now brings to the joint warfighter. Ohio is the first ballistic missile submarine to complete conversion to the new class of guided missile submarines (SSGN). Three other submarines are undergoing the SSGN conversion process including USS Michigan (SSGN 727), Florida (SSGN 727) and Georgia (SSGN 729).

Puget Sound, Washington -- (Jan. 29, 2006) – The guided missile submarine USS Ohio (SSGN 726) prepares to stop for a personnel transfer in Puget Sound, Washington. Media were transported to Ohio to see the new capabilities that the submarine now brings to the joint warfighter. Ohio is the first ballistic missile submarine to complete conversion to the new class of guided missile submarines (SSGN). Three other submarines are undergoing the SSGN conversion process including USS Michigan (SSGN 727), Florida (SSGN 727) and Georgia (SSGN 729). U.S. Navy photo by Chief Journalist Dave Fliesen.

U.S. Navy photo by Chief Journalist Dave Fliesen

In December, USS Ohio (SSGN 726) completed conversion to a guided-missile submarine capable of carrying more than 150 Tomahawk cruise missiles and more than 60 SOF members for extended periods. This conversion is a major step forward in the Navy’s ability to fight the global war on terrorism.

During the ceremony, guest speaker Adm. Edmund P. Giambastiani, vice chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke of the new role Ohio will have as it steers towards danger, rather than away from it.

“As it became clear our deterrence goals had been met, our Congress authorized the conversion of these four boats to support SOF strikes. This platform has truly been a case study in transforming our military capabilities to meet the future needs of our joint forces. In doing so, the Ohio has proven our concepts are validated as the SSGN prepares for our uncertain future by being on station and providing a forward deployed presence, adaptability and modularity that are exactly the kind of capabilities our Quadrennial Defense Review calls for,” he said.

Annie Glenn, the ship’s sponsor, presented the crew a ship’s patch worn by Sen. John Glenn on his return to space in 1998. The patch was autographed by all seven astronauts aboard the shuttle and will now be displayed in the wardroom.

USS Michigan (SSGN 727), USS Florida (SSGN 728), and USS Georgia (SSGN 729) are also undergoing conversion to SSGN and are scheduled to return to service over the next two years.


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