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United States Navy U.S.S. Florida SSBN-728 Ceramic or Porcelain Submarine Advertising Coffee Cup
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The picture below shows three larger views around this United States Navy U.S.S. Florida SSBN-728 Ceramic or Porcelain Submarine Advertising Coffee Cup. There is only one coffee cup being offered here. The U.S.S. Florida submarine is pictured as well as, the sub's insignia, stars, and a short ship History. The black cup is imprinted in gold and white. Besides the ship History, it is marked as follows:

USS FLORIDA (SSBN 728)
STRATEGIC DETERRENT
USS FLORIDA (SSBN 728)

The cup or mug measures about 4-1/2'' tall. It appears to be in mint unused condition as pictured.

Below here, for reference, is some information about the U.S.S. Florida SSBN-728:

U.S.S. Florida (SSBM-728 & SSGN-728)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

History
United States
Namesake: U.S. state of Florida
Ordered: 28 February 1975
Builder: General Dynamics Electric Boat
Laid down: 4 July 1976
Launched: 14 November 1981
Commissioned: 18 June 1983
Homeport: Kings Bay, Georgia
Motto: Fortes Fortuna Adiuvat “Fortune Favors the Brave”
Status: in active service
General characteristics
Class and type: Ohio class submarine
Displacement: 16,764 metric tons (16,499 long tons) surfaced, 18,750 metric tons (18,450 long tons) submerged
Length: 560 feet (170 m)
Beam: 42 feet (13 m)
Draft: 38 feet (12 m)
Propulsion: 1 - S8G PWR nuclear reactor, 2 geared turbines, 1 - 325 hp (242 kW) auxiliary motor, 1 shaft 60,000 shp (45,000 kW)
Speed: 25+ knots (46 km/h; 29 mph)
Test depth: 800+ feet (240 m)
Complement: 15 officers and 140 enlisted
Armament: 4 - 21 in (533 mm) torpedo tubes, 154 BGM-109 Tomahawks in 22 groups of seven

The U.S.S. Florida (SSBN-728 / SSGN-728), an Ohio class cruise missile submarine, is the sixth ship of the United States Navy to be named for the 27th state. She was commissioned with the hull designation of SSBN-728; with her conversion to a cruise missile submarine, from a ballistic missile submarine, she was redesignated SSGN-728.

Construction and commissioning
The contract to build her was awarded to the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation in Groton, Connecticut, on 28 February 1975 and her keel was laid down on the bicentennial of the United States independence, 4 July 1976. The boat was unnamed at the keel laying ceremony. The initial ship's crew formed the precommissioning unit on 8 July 1980. The first shipboard watches were stationed on 14 February 1981 to support the operational control transfer of engineering systems to ship's force control. The Secretary of the Navy finally named her on 19 January 1981. Florida was launched on 14 November 1981 sponsored by Mrs. Marcia M. Carlucci, wife of then Deputy Secretary of Defense Frank Carlucci. The reactor was initially taken critical on 13 November 1982; the ship went into service and the crew moved onboard on 21 January 1983. Florida commenced initial builders' sea trials on 21 February 1983 and was subsequently delivered to the Navy on 17 May 1983, 43 days ahead of schedule. She was commissioned on 18 June 1983, with Captain William L. Powell in command of the Blue Crew and Captain George R. Sterner in command of the Gold Crew.

Operational history
Both crews successfully completed the demonstration and shakedown operations, each culminated by the successful launch of a Trident C-4 missile. Florida transited the Panama Canal in February and arrived in Bangor, Washington on 25 March 1984. She completed her first strategic deterrent patrol on 25 July 1984.

As of November 2002, Florida had successfully completed 61 strategic deterrent patrols. She won the “Battle E” in 1989, 1991, 1994, 1999, and 2002. In 1991, she won the “Marjorie Sterrett Battleship Fund Award”. In 1997, Florida's skipper, Commander Michael J. Alfonso, was relieved of command “because he had been unable to foster an effective command team so necessary to the success of the U.S. submarine force”. Florida's command history for 1997 states: “...Concerned about Commander Alfonso's leadership style and the low morale displayed by his crew, Rear Admiral Sullivan (Commander, Submarine Group Nine) took the extraordinary step of relieving the Blue crew captain of his command. On 12 August, Commander Gregory M. Billy, USN, assumed command of Florida (Blue) in a brief ceremony.”

Conversion to SSGN
The U.S.S. Florida entered Norfolk Naval Shipyard in July 2003 to undergo a refueling and conversion from an SSBN to an SSGN. Florida completed her conversion in April 2006 and is home ported in Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Georgia. On 25 May 2006 she had a return to service ceremony at Naval Station Mayport, Florida. Ms. Carlucci was the ship's sponsor for her recommissioning in Mayport, Florida in May 2006.

Operation Odyssey Dawn
On 19 March 2011, in conjunction with other U.S. Navy and Royal Navy warships and submarines, Florida fired scores of Tomahawk missiles at Libyan air defense targets as part of Operation Odyssey Dawn. The Tomahawk missile strikes allowed British, French, and allied warplanes to begin enforcing a no fly zone over Libya, preventing Muammar Gaddafi from using his air force to attack rebels in his country. This was the first combat action for the Florida or any other Ohio class submarine. During Operation Odyssey Dawn, Florida launched 93 Tomahawk missiles, with 90 effective, out of her total magazine of about 160 missiles.

Of the four Ohio class SSGNs in the U.S. Navy, Florida was the only one that was available for use in Operation Odyssey Dawn since she was the only one that had been assigned to cruise the Mediterranean Sea. Some other Tomahawk missiles were fired by American surface ships and by a few Royal Navy nuclear submarines.

On 28 June 2010, Florida was one of three Ohio class submarines involved in a U.S. response to Chinese missile testing in the contested East China Sea. Florida, Ohio, and Michigan all surfaced simultaneously in the waters of the British Indian Ocean Territory, the Philippines, and the Republic of Korea respectively.

Awards
On 15 February 2013, Florida's crew was awarded the Navy Unit Commendation having “distinguished itself in action against the enemy” during Operation Odyssey Dawn in 2011.

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United States Navy U.S.S. Florida SSBN-728 Ceramic or Porcelain Submarine Advertising Coffee Cup


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