The former ballistic missile boat USS Michigan (SSBN 727) is now the newest guided missile sub in the fleet. The refit Michigan (now SSGN 727) returns after two years in the yard.
Michigan became the third of four ballistic-missile submarines to be converted to a guided-missile platform. With the change, the ship’s mission capabilities are more sophisticated and will be able to perform more tasks than before.
“The difference between an SSBN ballistic missile submarine and an SSGN guided missile submarine is the SSBN goes out to patrol,” said Gale. “One of the SSGN specialties is going out and dropping off special operation forces insertion and support.”
The guided missile submarine program first mentioned on MO at Deuces wild for SSGN conversion
Pic of the new Michigan below.
USS Michigan (SSGN 727) Executive Officer Lt. Cmdr. Christian Williams looks on as his crew boards Michigan toward the end of a return to service ceremony. The ceremony marked the end of Michigan’s conversion process from a ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) to a guided missile submarine (SSGN). U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Scott Dagendesh
Pic from Navy NewsStand.