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USS Maine

Four ships of the United States Navy have borne the name USS Maine, named for the 23rd state.

The first USS Maine, was a second-class armored battleship which destruction by an explosion precipitated the Spanish-American War. The exact cause of the explosion is still debated, but William Randolph Hearst's yellow journalism at the time reported that the Spanish forces had attacked the ship.

The second USS Maine (BB-10) was the lead ship of her class[?] of battleships. She participated in the voyage of the Great White Fleet.

The third ship of this name was to be BB-69, a Montana-class battleship, but she was cancelled before her keel was laid down.

The fourth USS Maine (SSBN 741) authorized (the third commissioned), was an Ohio-class Trident ballistic missile nuclear submarine. The contract to build her was awarded to the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics, Groton, Connecticut, on October 5, 1988, and construction began on July 3, 1990. Maine was launched on July 16, 1994, delivered to the Navy on June 23, 1995, and commissioned on July 29, 1995.

Maine is homeported in Kings Bay, Georgia[?].

General Characteristics

  • Length: 560 feet
  • Beam: 42 feet
  • Draft: 38 feet
  • Displacement: 16600 tons light, 18700 tons full, 2100 tons dead
  • Accommodations: 13 officers, 140 enlisted

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