Republic of Korea
The Ohio-class guided-missile submarine USS Michigan (SSGN 727)
arrived in Busan April 30, as part of its deployment to the Western
"Michigan is forward deployed, bringing
tremendous capabilities to the theater in support of our friends and
allies. It is a pleasure to have the opportunity to visit the
Republic of Korea and continue our relationship with one of our
closest allies," said Capt. Phil McLaughlin, Michigan's commanding
With a crew of approximately 155, Michigan will conduct a multitude
of missions and showcase the latest capabilities of the submarine
"The crew has worked extremely hard sustaining our ship at sea. It
is a welcome break to visit Busan,” said Chief of the Boat Bill
Mast. “We look forward to some well deserved rest while learning
about the rich culture of such a close ally."
For many of the crew members, this is their first time visiting
"While in Busan, I am looking forward to visiting various cultural
sites, eating the local cuisine, enjoying Haeundea Beach and
shopping at the various markets," said Sonar Technician (Submarines)
3rd Class Michael Jordan.
Michigan is capable of supporting missions that include
anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, strike, intelligence,
surveillance and reconnaissance, and naval special warfare utilizing
special operations forces.
Measuring more than 560 feet long and weighing more than 18,800 tons
when submerged, Michigan dominates the undersea battle space with a
combination of Tomahawk cruise missiles, special forces
capabilities, and heavy weight torpedoes.
In addition to having the ability to deploy 154 tactical missiles,
the sub can also be configured to support dedicated accommodations
for significant numbers of special operations forces and their
This is all supported by a nuclear power plant that provides station
keeping time that is unmatched by conventionally powered ships.
Michigan's homeport is Bangor, Washington, yet it will spend 14 of
its remaining 20-plus operational years forward deployed. Michigan
is one of two SSGNs currently operating in the 7th Fleet area of