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USS Ohio (SSBN-726/SSGN-726)
The lead boat of her class of nuclear-powered fleet ballistic missile submarines, she was the fourth vessel of the United States Navy to be named for the 17th state. Commissioned with the hull designation of SSBN-726, with her conversion to a guided missile submarine, she was re-designated SSGN-726. In the 1980s, the Ohio was a symbol of deterrence and was supposed to “strike fear in the heart of enemies.” In the 1990s, she continued strategic deterrent patrols. In recent years, the Ohio has remained in service as a conventional missile submarine.

  • Type: Balistic Missile Submarine
  • Length: 560 ft
  • Displacement: 18,750 metric tons - submerged
  • Beam: 42 ft
  • Launched: April 26, 1980