USS Kentucky (SSBN 737)

Submarine Squadron 17

Bangor, WA
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USS Kentucky (SSBN 737)

USS Kentucky (SSBN 737) is the 12th submarine of the Ohio class of ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs), and the third U.S. Navy ship to bear the name.

The keel of Kentucky was laid on Dec. 18, 1987, and she was christened on Aug. 11, 1990 by Mrs. Carolyn Pennebaker Hopkins, wife of U.S. Rep. Larry J. Hopkins. Kentucky was commissioned on July 13, 1991 at Groton, Conn., with Capt. Michael G. Riegel (Blue Crew) and Capt. Joseph Henry (Gold Crew) in command.

Originally assigned to Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga., Kentucky shifted her homeport to Naval Submarine Base Bangor, Wash. in November 2002.

Kentucky was honored by U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM) in 2009 as the recipient of the Omaha Trophy for excellence in strategic deterrence. She also received the Battle Efficiency Award (Battle "E") for Submarine Squadron (SUBRON) 17.

In April 2015, Kentucky completed a 39-month engineered refueling overhaul at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility, successfully finishing sea trials on April 16, 2015.

Boat Characteristics

Class Ohio-class ballistic missile
Displacement 16,764 metric tons surfaced
18,750 metric tons submerged
Length 560 ft (170 m)
Beam 42 ft (13 m)
Draft 38 ft (12 m)
Propulsion 1 x S8G PWR nuclear reactor
2 x geared turbines
1 x 325 hp (242 kW) auxiliary motor
1 x shaft @ 60,000 shp (45,000 kW)
Speed Greater than 25 knots (46 km/h; 29 mph)
Test depth Greater than 800 feet (240 m)
Complement 15 officers, 140 enlisted
Armament MK-48 torpedoes
Up to 20 Trident II D-5 ballistic missiles