The Ohio-class submarine is a class of nuclear powered submarine currently operated by the United States Navy. It is first featured in the 1998 TriStar Pictures Godzilla film, GODZILLA, in which two submarines, one called the USS Indiana and the other bearing the name USS Utah, confront Godzilla.
After the military failed to trap Godzilla in Central Park and the creature escaped into the Hudson River, three nuclear submarines were deployed to destroy him with torpedoes. Once Godzilla dove into the river, a Los Angeles-class submarine, USS Anchorage, fired its torpedo, which Godzilla simply led back to the sub's hull, destroying it and leaving only the two Ohio-class submarines to oppose him. While Godzilla tried to flee by burrowing away, both submarines locked on and fired their torpedoes at him. Both torpedoes struck Godzilla, who roared as he sank to the riverbed, causing the military to declare him dead, an assumption that was later proven wrong.
When an American Ohio-class submarine mysteriously disappeared off the coast of Guam, the JSDF deployed the research submersible Satsuma to find its wreckage. The Satsuma eventually found the remains of the sub on the sea floor, with what appeared to be huge claw marks in its hull. Suddenly, something large moved past the Satsuma, causing its sister craft to smash into a nearby rock and explode. As the water settled, the Satsuma operator witnessed the huge glowing dorsal fins of a gigantic creature move behind several rocks.
Ohio-class submarines are equipped with an armament of torpedoes and 24 Trident II D-5 ballistic missiles.
- At the time of GODZILLA's release, no submarine in operation with the US Navy bore the name Utah, with the name previously only having been used for USS Utah (BB-31), the second and final ship of the Florida-class of dreadnought battleships in 1909. Coincidentally, the name was later given to the second submarine of the Virginia-class fast-attack submarines.
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