- USS Kentucky (SSBN-737)
The contract to build her was awarded to the
Electric BoatDivision of General DynamicsCorporation in Groton, Connecticuton 13 August 1985and her keel was laid down on 18 December 1987. She was launched on 11 August 1990sponsored by Mrs. Larry J. Hopkins, and commissioned on 13 July 1991, with Captain Michael G. Riegel commanding the Blue Crew and Captain Joseph Henry commanding the Gold Crew.
19 March 1998south of Long Island, New York, "Kentucky" collided with "San Juan" (SSN-751). The Kentucky's rudder was damaged; the San Juan's forward ballast tank was breached, but the ship was able to surface and return to port. No personnel suffered any injuries. The two submarines were conducting a joint training drill prior to deployment at the time.
SSBN-737 is the third ship named in honor of Kentucky (see USS "Kentucky" for other ships of the same name).
She has a length of 560 feet, hull diameter of 42 feet and draft of 36.2 feet with an 18,700 ton displacement when submerged. Her normal complement consists of 15 officers and 170 enlisted sailors.
Michael G. Riegel, August 1989 - July 1992
Robert D. Rish, July 1992 - September 1994
Richard R. Stark, September 1994 - March 1997
Roy H. Harkins, March 1997 - June 1999
Patrick S. Seidel, June 1999 - February 2001
Ronald W. Malampy, February 2001 - March 2004
Paul A. Skarpness, March 2004 - September 2006
Alan W. Holt II, September 2006 -
Joseph G. Henry, July 1991 - December 1992
William W. Schmidt, December 1992 - June 1994
William E. Cook, June 1994 - October 1996
Timothy M. Giardina, October 1996 - January 1999
Michael W. McKinnon, January 1999 - July 2001
Christopher J. Kelly, July 2001 - June 2004
Jeffrey S. Coran, June 2004 - July 2007
Benjamin J. Pearson III, July 2007 -
Awards and Honours
* She was christened by
Carolyn Pennebaker Hopkinswith a custom blend of Kentucky bourbon, mixed for the occasion, as opposed to the traditional bottle of champagne.
* The 2001 and 2002 Submarine Afloat Galley First place winner in the Atlantic Fleet of the Navy Captain Edward F. Ney Memorial Award for outstanding food service in the Navy was the USS Kentucky (SSBN-737)(Gold). The Gold crew was also awarded a Ney Honorable Mention for 2007.
*In 2005, both the Blue and Gold crews were appointed
Kentucky Colonels by Governor Ernie Fletcher.
*The ship was awarded the
Battle Efor Submarine Squadron 17 for 2006.
* "Welcome Aboard", pamphlet provided to tour visitors.
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