USS Alabama (SSBN 731)
USS Alabama (SSBN 731) is the sixth submarine of the Ohio class of ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs), and the fifth U.S. Navy ship to bear the name.
The keel of Alabama was laid on Oct. 14, 1980, and the first crew was formed in July 1983. Alabama was christened on May 19, 1984 at Groton, Conn., by Mrs. Barbara Dickinson, wife of U.S. Rep. William L. Dickinson.
Following successful sea trials in April 1985, USS Alabama was commissioned on May 25, 1985, at Naval Underwater Systems Center in New London, Conn., by Vice Adm. B.M. Kauderer. Guest speakers at the ceremony were Rep. Dickinson, U.S. Sen. Jeremiah Denton, Adm. Kinnaird McKee, and Adm. (ret.) Thomas H. Moorer, former Chief of Naval Operations and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Originally equipped with the Trident C4 ballistic missile, Alabama was later converted to carry the Trident II D5 missile.
On Sept. 1, 1988, Alabama completed its ninth strategic deterrent patrol, which also marked the 100th deterrent patrol by a Trident submarine. An official ceremony commemorating the event was held pierside, with a greeting party led by Under Secretary of the Navy J. Lawrence Garrett III.
Commanding Officer: Cmdr. Paul Reinhardt
Chief of the Boat: Master Chief Steven Bosco
Commanding Officer: Cmdr. Brody Frailey
Chief of the Boat: Master Chief Jason Burkett