USS FLORIDA "God Bless America"

In Washington, Navy Vice Adm. William E. Gortney told reporters the cruise missiles were fired from several American destroyers and submarines and one British sub. He said they hit more than 20 air defense sites along the Mediterranean coast, many in the western half of the country that is Gadhafi’s stronghold. He said the success of the mission was not immediately clear, adding that additional attacks were planned.
The U.S. vessels involved in launching the Tomahawks were two destroyers — USS Barry and USS Stout — and three submarines — USS Providence, USS Scranton and USS Florida. One British sub, the Westminster, also launched missiles.

I helped build the USS FLORIDA so powerful and deadly!
"This is your Worst Nightmare"


USS FLORIDA is the third ship in the TRIDENT class. She is the first submarine and the sixth U.S. Naval vessel to bear the name of the state and on January 14, 2003, the FLORIDA became the first OHIO -class submarine to launch a Tomahawk cruise missile.

In April 2004, conversion started to modify the USS FLORIDA to carry 154 conventional cruise missiles instead of 24 Trident missiles. After completion of the conversion, the FLORIDA is now designated SSGN 728. As an SSGN, the FLORIDA is also able to support operations of up to 66 Special Forces Personnel for up to 90 days. The submarine reentered service on May 25, 2006.
General Characteristics:
Keel Laid: July4, 1976
Launched: November 14, 1981
Commissioned: June 18, 1983
Builder: General Dynamics Electric Boat Division, Groton, Conn.
Propulsion system: one nuclear reactor
Propellers: one
Length: 560 feet (171 meters)
Beam: 42 feet (12.8 meters)
Draft: 36,5 feet (11.1 meters)
Displacement: Surfaced: approx. 16,765 tons Submerged: approx. 18,750 tons
Speed: 20+ knots
Armament: Tomahawk missiles, Mk-48 torpedoes, four torpedo tubes
Homeport: Kings Bay, Ga.
Crew: 17 Officers, 15 Chief Petty Officers and 122 Enlisted (2 crews)

Trident submarines are VERY serious platforms. I was in the Gator Navy out of Little Creek Va, had a good friend in boot camp who went to the nuclear fleet. They are amazing ships.

Three cheers for the royal bloody navy!

GodSpeed and Kick a ss brave Men and Women.

Let those who prayed and were told they would have “No Hope and No Mercy”…well, give 'em some.

A dead Enemy is a peacful enemy-Blessed be the peacemakers

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John E. Mullarkey,

Thank you so much, it brought tears to my eyes. :slight_smile:

As a former sailor on the USS West Virginia SSBN 736, it must be very cool to be involved in some action. Great link John

Amen, God keep them all safe and bring them back whole.