USS Michigan (SSGN 727)
USS Michigan (SSGN
2100 Thresher Avenue
Silverdale, WA 98315
Captain James Horten
Lieutenant Commander Andrew Clark
Chief of the Boat:
Master Chief Victor Smith
Captain Robert James
Lieutenant Commander Matthew Chapman
Chief of the Boat:
Master Chief Randy Pruitt
USS MICHIGAN (SSBN-727) is the second TRIDENT Class Nuclear Powered Fleet
Ballistic Missile Submarine to have been constructed at the Electric Boat
Division of General Dynamics Corporation in Groton, Connecticut. MICHIGAN
was commissioned on 11 September 1982 and is the third United States Navy
vessel to bear the name of the state. MICHIGAN arrived in Bangor on 16
March 1983 and has completed thirty-three Strategic Deterrent Patrols.
In 2003 the USS Michigan entered the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in
Bremerton, WA for conversion from an Fleet
Ballistic Missile Submarine into a Guided Missile Submarine. In June
2007, the new USS Michigan SSGN-727 was returned to service as one of
only 4 SSGN's in the submarine fleet.
FIRST USS MICHIGAN 1843-1922
The USS MICHIGAN renamed the USS WOLVERINE, was the first iron warship
in the U.S. Navy and probably the first iron or steel warship of her size
in the world. She was originally designed as a "three-mast, topsail
schooner" with auxiliary steam power.
The MICHIGAN was on duty on the Great Lakes during the Civil War but
never engaged in battle. In 1905 a new USS MICHIGAN (BB27) was to be
commissioned by the U.S. Navy. The original MICHIGAN was renamed the
WOLVERINE, after the MICHIGAN state animal. About 1910 she was turned
over to the Naval Reserve as a Training Ship and remained active in this
capacity until 1922 when one of her engines broke down.
SECOND USS MICHIGAN (BB27)1910-1922
The second MICHIGAN (BB27) was laid down 17 December 1906 by New York
Shipbuilding Co., Camden, NJ; launched 26 May 1908 and commissioned 4
Assigned to the Atlantic Fleet, MICHIGAN, with sister ship SOUTH
CAROLINA, were the U.S. Navy's first class of dreadnoughts or all big-gun
battleships. The layering of her main armament 12" guns and
placement of all turrets on the centerline was a novel arrangement which
spread as a universal battleship arrangement.
Prior to 1914 the battleship MICHIGAN operated in the North Atlantic,
the Gulf of Mexico, and along the Atlantic Coast. During World War I, the
warship escorted convoys, trained recruits, and engaged in fleet
maneuvers. On 6 August 1919, the MICHIGAN was placed in limited
commission and conducted various training cruises.
MICHIGAN was decommissioned at Philadelphia Navy Yard 11 February 1922
and was stricken from the Navy list 10 November 1923 in accordance with
the treaty limiting naval armaments.