The U.S. Navy’s Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarine, USS Louisiana (SSBN-743) has returned to its homeport, Naval Base Kitsap, after completing a strategic deterrent patrol, the Strategic Command (STRATCOM) announced.
Louisiana is one of eight ballistic-missile submarines stationed at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor providing the most survivable leg of the strategic deterrence triad for the United States.
USS Louisiana (SSBN-743) is the 18th and last ship of the United States Navy‘s Ohio class of nuclear-powered fleet ballistic missile submarines. She is the fourth commissioned ship to bear the name of the U.S. state of Louisiana.
She carries UGM-133A Trident II (Trident D5) submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBM) and has been in commission since 1997.
The contract for the construction of Louisiana was awarded on 19 December 1990 and her keel was laid down at the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics in Groton, Connecticut, on 23 October 1992.
She was launched on 27 July 1996, sponsored by Patricia O’Keefe, and commissioned on 6 September 1997 at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay at Kings Bay, Georgia .