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Trident Submarine: Sea Trials 1987 by zulumike Trident Submarine: Sea Trials 1987 by zulumike
It was a cold winter day when I saw a Trident leaving Groton Naval Base as it moved slowly out the mouth of the Thames River and headed east into the Atlantic Ocean for its sea trials. It was a beautiful site, ominous, powerful and pride came over me.

I had the privilege of working at Electric Boat, General Dynamics and with the U.S. Navy on building these great submarines. The men that crew these boats are a different breed. This artwork is dedicated to the men and women that build these submarines.

The Ohio-class/Trident ballistic missile submarines provide the sea-based "leg" of the triad of U.S. strategic offensive forces. By the turn of the century, the 18 Trident SSBNs (each carrying 24 missiles), will carry 50 percent of the total U.S. strategic warheads. Although the missiles have no pre-set targets when the submarine goes on patrol, the SSBNs are capable of rapidly targeting their missiles should the need arise, using secure and constant at-sea communications links

The U.S Navy’s fleet ballistic missile submarines, often referred to as “Boomers”, serve as an undetectable launch platform for intercontinental missiles. They are designed specifically for stealth and the precision delivery of nuclear warheads.

Ohio class SSBNs can carry up to 24 submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs) with multiple independently-targeted warheads. The SSBN’s strategic weapon is the Trident II D5 missile, which provides increased range and accuracy over the now out-of-service Trident I C4 missile.

Ref is from a personal photo taken Oct., 1987 standing on the coast of Harkness Park, CT.
Sea Stallion is from a U.S. Navy data base photo library.
Sky is from Mayyang.com
Sea from from my personal and previos painted oceans.

Thanks for Looking. Cheers, Mike
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mthomps016 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2017
1987? That makes this the TENNESSEE (SSBN-734) by date, as NEVADA was in commission by this point, and my old PENNSYLVANIA was yet to be launched.
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morbiusx33 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful!
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zulumike Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You, it was a beautiful day.
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Saranacweasel Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Wow What a Rendering !!!!!!

It really grabs me - I was fortunate to lead a Construction Design Team for the S8G Trident Land - Based prototype for Electric Boat (eventually the Ohio Class ... back in the mid-70's. You can be assured that the experience that I gained on that project became the foundation of my technical career.
Thank You for sharing your work and your background.
Howard
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zulumike Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad to hear from a co-worker. I was always amazed of the dedicated work force and the pride and teamwork between the Navy and EB.
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warrior1944 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
Awesome work! :D
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zulumike Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank so much. I appreciate the feedback.
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CIODemolitions Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013
I had the privilege of serving aboard a boomer. Her name was the USS Henry M. Jackson (SSBN-730). It was one of the greatest experiences in my life. Thank you for this tribute.
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zulumike Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for serving, you should be proud.

The boomers are an engineering marvel and the crews are the best. Cheers.
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Tank50us Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
this has a bit of a Hunt for Red October feel... granted the ship in question is a LA Class sub (USS Dallas), and not an Ohio class... but still... The whole scene was well made in the film...

Nice work on the picture btw :)
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zulumike Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's a trident sub. Not sure why you think its the USS Dallas, 688class sub.

I worked on both classes of subs so I am familiar with the structures of the subs.

Anyways I will describe why its a Trident and not a 688
class in laymens terms.

From the aft of the sail to the dorsal fin is a steel superstructure with a flat top that houses the top areas of the (24) Trident missles. Also, note the dark line along the mid-port side of the hull, this is edge part of the protective superstructure that covers the balistic missle bay area. This is not feature ob the 688 class since it does carry the trident missles.

Also, note that the rake or angle of the top hull from the forward sail to the bowl of the Trident, it is a sharp break angle. The 688 hull is rounder from bow to stern.

Also, the sail on a 688 set back almost amidship while the trident sets closer toward the bow.
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Tank50us Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I know the differences, I was just saying that with the presence of the CH53, it had the same feel as that scene from Hunt for Red October (where they take Ryan to the Dallas, and... literally... drop him off)

My Ol'Man served on the Richard B. Russel (fast attack), and Ulysses S. Grant (Polaris SSBN), so, in effect, I know my boats (sort of).

Sorry for the mix up ^^;
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zulumike Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was debating whether or not to put the CH 53 in the scene.

The Hunt for Red October book is my favorite book.

Hats off to your dad.

Appreciate the feedback. Cheers.
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Tank50us Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
why not have a CH53, I mean, during a missile test it would make sense to have a helo on station in case something happens and the crew have to get off in a hurry (and they have injuries... which require immediate evacuation)
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zulumike Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good Point, thanks for the feedback.
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blanket86 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This is so amazing! Beautiful colours and details! Congratulations!
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zulumike Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You. Much appreciated.
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SoulcolorsArt Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this, great colors and very interesting to look at, great story too.
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zulumike Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You.

These subs are sleek and beautiful but so lethal. Cheers.
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Super6-4 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow this is great, thanks for submitting it to All-Military!

Don't forget that the Navy has converted some of these SSBNs to SSGNs, replacing the *useless* nukes with cruise missiles that can actually be used without starting a nuclear war ;)
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zulumike Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You.

In the aftermath of the START-II arms control treaty, SOME of the USA’s nuclear-powered Ohio class SSBN nuclear missile submarines were converted to become long range conventional strike and special operations SSGN “Tactical Tridents.” Four ultra-stealthy Ohio-class SSBNs had their 24 Trident D-5 nuclear ballistic missiles removed. They were replaced with up to 154 Tomahawk cruise missiles.

Ohio class SSBN submarines -- also referred to as "Boomers" or "Trident" subs -- carry intercontinental ballistic missiles designed to be launched at targets from a great distance. Their major armament consists of 24 Trident II D5 missiles -- SLBM's, or submarine-launched ballistic missiles, that are launched while the submarine is still submerged. Each missile has multiple warheads that can be targeted individually. The missiles have a range of approximately 4,600 miles.

SSGN's carry a complement of up to 154 Tomahawk missiles. These missiles are subsonic, long-range and low-altitude cruise missiles for land attack. They can carry either nuclear or conventional payloads. This can consist of either a single, large warhead or many smaller "bomblets." The range of an individual missile varies based on the payload, but is typically between 800 to 1,500 miles.

Difference in missions:

SSBN's serve as a part of the nuclear deterrence force. The submarines stay submerged and hidden for long periods of time. Their purpose is to provide an undetectable retaliatory nuclear response to an attack on the United States. This is often called a strategic mission.

SSGN's are intended to provide attack strikes and close special forces support. These capabilities, combined with their advanced communications ability, make the mission of an SSGN more tactical in nature.
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btomimatsu Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
dude this is amazing!!
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zulumike Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You. I appreciate it.
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Hula121 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Very nice!

Greetings from Washington State, where the Pacific Fleet's Trident boomers live.
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zulumike Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You.

Bangor Naval Base, Washington. Pacific Fleet

King's Bay, Georgia. Atlantic Fleet.
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Cameron-Hurd Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Student General Artist
EPIC!
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zulumike Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You, I can still smell the salt water and coldness that day. Cheers.
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Cameron-Hurd Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Student General Artist
No problem :)
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