USS West Virginia (SSBN-736)

USS West Virginia (SSBN-736)

USS "West Virginia" (SSBN-736), an "Ohio"-class ballistic missile submarine, was the third ship of the United States Navy to be named for the 35th state.

The contract to build her was awarded to the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation in Groton, Connecticut on 21 November 1983 and her keel was laid down on 24 October 1987. She was launched on 14 October 1989 sponsored by Mrs. Robert C. Byrd, 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.

USS "West Virginia" in popular culture

*In Tom Clancy's novel "Debt of Honor", the "West Virginia" is one of several submarines sent to deal with the Japanese invasion of the Marianas. She is used as a "slow-attack" sub, relying on her stealthiness and her torpedo tubes.


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