U.S Navy Ballistic Missile Submarine USS Maryland Arrives at HMNB Clyde, Scotland

The U.S. Navy Ohio-class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine USS Maryland (SSBN-738) arrives at Her Majesty’s Naval Base (HMNB) Clyde located in Faslane, Scotland, on March 16, 2018.

The U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) said in a statement that the port visit strengthens cooperation between the United States and the United Kingdom, and demonstrates US capability, flexibility, and continuing commitment to NATO allies.

Maryland is homeported at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Georgia. It is currently part of both United States Fleet Forces Command Submarine Squadron 20 and the United States Strategic Command.

SSBN is an undetectable launch platform for intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM), providing the United States with its most survivable leg of the nuclear triad. Each Ohio-class SSBN is armed with up to 24 Trident II submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBM).

USS Maryland (SSBN-738)

USS Maryland (SSBN-738) is a United States Navy Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine. Maryland is the 13th of 18 of the Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines, and has been in commission since 1992.

The Ohio-class boats are the largest submarines ever built for the U.S. Navy.

Maryland is the fourth United States Navy vessel to be named after the U.S. state of Maryland. Her mission is to provide the United States government with an undetectable and unattackable nuclear launch platform in support of the national strategy of strategic deterrence.

The contract for the construction of the Maryland was awarded on 14 March 1986. Her keel was laid down by the Electric Boat Division of the General Dynamics Corporation at Groton, Connecticut, on 22 April 1986.

Maryland was christened and launched in a ceremony on 10 August 1991 at the Electric Boat shipyard. On 13 June 1992, Maryland was formally commissioned into U.S. Naval service as USS Maryland, with Captain John W. Francis in command of the Blue crew and Captain Harold E. Marshall in command of the Gold crew.

Maryland has been involved in several Follow-on Commander’s Evaluation Tests (FCET) of its Trident D-5 submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) system. The FCET launches a specially modified missile without a nuclear payload, and is used to test the performance of the Trident missile system.

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