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US Navy Ohio-class submarine USS Georgia operates in Eastern Mediterranean.

| 2022

According to information published by the U.S. Department of Defense on January 19, 2022, the US Navy Ohio-class submarine USS Georgia (SSGN-729) is currently operating near Limassol, Cyprus, in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Ohio-class submarine USS Georgia (Picture source: U.S. DoD)

USS Georgia (SSBN-729/SSGN-729), an Ohio-class submarine, is the second vessel of the United States Navy to be named for the U.S. state of Georgia.

She was launched on 6 November 1982 and commissioned as a fleet ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) on 11 February 1984. This boat was later converted to a guided missile submarine (SSGN) for carrying guided cruise missiles instead of fleet ballistic missiles in its missile compartment.

After the end of the Cold War, plans called for Ohio to be retired in 2002, followed by three of her sister boats. However, Ohio, Michigan, Florida, and Georgia instead were slated for modification, to remain in service carrying conventionally armed guided missiles, and were redesignated as SSGNs.

The conversion modified 22 of the 24 88-inch (2.2 m) diameter Trident missile tubes to contain large vertical launch systems (VLS), one configuration of which may be a cluster of seven Tomahawk cruise missiles.

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