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This Day in Georgia History

September 06, 1997

Last Trident Launched at Kings Bay

At Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base, U.S. Secretary of the Navy John Dalton and sponsor Patricia O’Keefe, were joined by 5,000 guests for official commissioning ceremonies of the U.S.S. Louisiana. The 18th and final vessel in the nation’s fleet of Trident nuclear missile submarines, the Louisiana was given the motto “They saved he best for last” by its crew. Weighing 18,750 tons, the Louisiana is 560 feet from bow to stern - almost the length of two football fields - making it the largest of all Tridents. It is also packs the most power - with 24 Trident II D-5 missiles, each able to carry eight nuclear warheads.