The USS ALABAMA (SSBN-731), an Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine, was commissioned on 25 MAY 1985. USS ALABAMA serves her country from her homeport of
The USS ALABAMA (SSBN-731) deployment history and significant events of her service career follow:
SSBN-731 General Specifications
Class: Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine
Named for: U.S. state of Alabama
Complement: 15 Officers and 140 Enlisted
Displacement: 16764 tons
Length: 560 feet.
Beam: 42 feet
Flank Speed: 25+ knots
USS ALABAMA (SSBN-731)
fourth Alabama (SSBN-731) was laid down on 14 October 1980 at Groton, Conn., by
the Electric Boat Division of the General Dynamics Corp.; launched on 19 May 1984;
sponsored by Mrs.
Barbara E. Dickinson; and commissioned at the Submarine Base, New London, on 25 May 1985, Capt. Wade
H. Taylor (Blue Crew) and Capt. Malcolm S.
Wright (Gold Crew) in command.
nuclear-powered fleet ballistic missile submarine (FBM) departed the Connecticut
coast three days later to conduct her shakedown cruise off the coast of Florida. The
Blue Crew completed
its shakedown training late in July, and the warship stopped at Port
Canaveral, Fla., on the 22d for the Gold Crew to take over for its cruise. At the conclusion of the
Gold Crew's shakedown training
late in October, the Blue Crew came on board
again at New London on the 20th to take Alabama back to the yard at
Electric Boat for post-shakedown availability. Those repairs occupied the warship until mid-December
when she completed sea trials in
Alabama enjoyed a brief holiday standdown from 22 to 31 December and then got
underway on New Year's Day 1986 for sound trials in the Bahamas. She completed that
assignment on 30
January and shaped a course for her namesake state. The ballistic missile
submarine visited Mobile, Ala., between 2 and 11 February before heading for the Panama Canal.
She passed through
the canal on the 17th and arrived in Bangor, Wash., on 6 March. The warship
remained at Bangor, where she exchanged crews, until 13 April when she put to sea for
independent ship's exercises. Alabama operated out of Bangor until mid-May when she embarked upon her
first deterrent patrol. Operating from the Pacific Northwest, the ballistic missile submarine carried out four deterrent patrols during the last seven
months of 1986. As of the beginning
of 1987, however, she was undergoing refit at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
[Note: The above USS ALABAMA (SSBN-731) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS ALABAMA (SSBN-731), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]