USS Nevada (SSBN 733) is a United States Navy Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine and the fourth ship of the U.S. Navy to be named for Nevada, the 36th state.
The contract to build Nevada was awarded to the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation in Groton, Conn., on January 7, 1981, and her keel was laid down there on August 8, 1983. She was launched on September 14, 1985, sponsored by Mrs. Carol Laxalt, the wife of United States Senator Paul Laxalt of Nevada, and commissioned on August 16, 1986, with Capt. F.W. Rohm in command of the Blue Crew and Capt. William Stone in command of the Gold Crew.
September 30, 1986 USS Nevada (Blue) successfully launched a Trident I (C4) missile in support of the ship’s Demonstration and Shakedown Operation.
February 19, 1987 SSBN 733 commenced a seven-week Post Shakedown Availability (PSA) at Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport News, Va.
February 24, 1988 The Nevada successfully launched four missiles during the 29th Trident I (C4) Follow-on Operational Test.
August 11, USS Nevada completed her first strategic loadout at Strategic Weapons Facility, Pacific, Bremerton, Wash. First patrol began Sept. 28. This completed the employment of the Trident SSBN force in the Pacific.
April 29, 1993 USS Nevada successfully launched two Trident I missiles during a Follow-on CINC Evaluation Test.
February 10, 1998 SSBN 733 successfully launched four C4 missiles during a Follow-on CINC Evaluation Test.
February 1, 2001 USS Nevada began backfit to a Trident II (D5) configuration at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (PSNS) in Bremerton, Wash. The work is completed Aug. 8, 2002.
December 11, 2002 The Nevada successfully launched a Trident II missile during a Demonstration and Shakedown Operation (DASO). This event marked the 100th successful launch in the D5 Fleet Ballistic Missile (FBM) Test Program.
November 4, 2004 SSBN 733 successfully launched two Trident II missiles during a Follow-on Commander Evaluation Test. This mission was the first flight test of a D5 missile at the Pacific Range and the first Fleet Ballistic Missile mission at the Pacific Range since Pacific Test Operations were terminated in 1983.
During the night of August 1-2, 2006, USS Nevada was operating at periscope depth in the Strait of Juan de Fuca when she snagged and broke the towline between the tug Phyllis Dunlap and one of two barges Phyllis Dunlap was towing from Honolulu, Hawaii, to Seattle, Wash. Fiberglass portions of Nevada's sail were damaged, and a second tug had to recover the drifting barge.
November 22, Cmdr. Mark D. Behning relieved Cmdr. Stanley M. Robertson, III as CO of the SSBN 733 (Gold) during a change-of-command ceremony at the Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor chapel.
July 12, 2010 Cmdr. Peter W. Hudson, Jr., assumed command of the Nevada (Gold) and Cmdr. Edward A. Schrader assumed command of Blue Crew during a crew split and assumption of command ceremony at Marginal Pier at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor. USS Nevada entered the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility Bremerton for a regularly scheduled engineering refueling overhaul in February 2008. Schrader commanded Nevada (Green), made up of the Sailors from both the Blue and Gold crews, during part of it's time in the shipyard. The ship's next challenge is an upcoming underway where the crews will become proficient in operating the 18,750-ton submarine followed by a demonstration and shakedown operation (DASO) required to certify the weapons system and commence strategic missions.
March 1, 2011 USS Nevada launched an unarmed Trident II D5 missile, off the coast of southern California, marking the 135th consecutive successful submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) test flight since December 1989.
July 3, USS Nevada (Blue) returned to Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor after a 56-day strategic deterrent patrol.
February 4, 2012 The Nevada (Blue) returned to homeport after completing the strategic deterrent patrol.
July 8, USS Nevada (Gold) returned to Bangor after completing the strategic deterrent patrol.
October 28, SSBN 733 (Blue) returned to Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor following a strategic deterrent patrol.
February 28, 2013 Cmdr. Chad F. Hennings relieved Cmdr. Peter W. Hudson, Jr., as CO of the Nevada (Gold) during a change-of-command ceremony at the Naval Undersea Warfare Museum in Keyport, Wash.
June 5, USS Nevada (Blue) returned to Bangor following a strategic deterrent patrol.
June 21, Cmdr. James R. McIver relieved Cmdr. Edward A. Schrader as CO of the Nevada (Blue) during a change-of-command ceremony at Deterrent Park on Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor.
March 4, 2014 USS Nevada (Blue) returned to homeport after completing the strategic deterrent patrol.
January 14, 2015 USS Nevada (Blue) returned to Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor following a strategic deterrent patrol.
March 24, SSBN 733 (Gold) returned to Bangor following a strategic deterrent patrol.
December 7, USS Nevada (Gold) returned to homeport after completing the strategic deterrent patrol.
December 18, Cmdr. Gene G. Severtson, II relieved Cmdr. Chad F. Hennings as CO of the USS Nevada (Gold) during a change-of-command ceremony at the Naval Undersea Warfare Museum.
March 11, 2016 Cmdr. Ryan J. Heilman relieved Cmdr. James R. McIver as CO of the USS Nevada (Blue) during a change-of-command ceremony at the Naval Undersea Warfare Museum. During McIver leadership, the crew conducted four strategic deterrent patrols with a total of 11 months at sea and two dry-dock refits.