USS ALASKA
SSBN 732
  
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USS Alaska, an Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine, is the fourth United States Navy ship to bear the name of Territory of Alaska or the State of Alaska.

The keel for SSBN 732 was laid on March 9, 1983. On January 12, 1985, Mrs. Catherine Ann Stevens the wife of Senator Ted Stevens from Alaska, christened the ship during ceremonies held in Groton, Connecticut. The ship was commissioned at the Naval Underwater Systems Center, New London, Connecticut, January 25, 1986.

February 21, 1986 The Alaska (Blue) successfully launched a Trident I (C4) missile in support of the ship’s Demonstration and Shakedown Operation.

October 23, USS Alaska completed her first strategic loadout at Strategic Weapons Facility, Pacific, Bremerton, Wa. First patrol began Dec. 7 and ended Feb. 22, 1987.

August 14, 1987 SSBN 732 successfully launched four Trident I missiles in support of the 27th Trident Follow-on Operational Test.

April 17, 1989 The Alaska completed her ninth deterrent patrol. So far the U.S. Navy completed 119 Trident, 1245 Polaris, 1103 Poseidon, and 233 C4 Backfit patrols.

July 17, 1990 USS Alaska Gold Crew successfully launched two Trident I missiles in support of a Follow-on CINC Operational Test.

February 20, 1997 SSBN 732 successfully launched four C4 missiles during a Follow-on CINC Evaluation Test.

May 1, 2000 USS Alaska commenced backfit to Trident II (D5) configuration at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (PSNS). The backfit completed Nov. 23, 2001.

March 9, 2002 A team from the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard recently returned USS Alaska to the fleet ahead of schedule, after completing a 19-month overhaul at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, for Trident II D5 backfit; an upgrade to the sub's missile system. This overhaul also included the installation of the most technically advanced navigation and fire control systems available.

March 16, SSBN 732 successfully launched a Trident II missile off Port Canaveral. This was the first Demonstration and Shakedown Operation (DASO) conducted following backfit to a D5 configuration.

May 1, USS Alaska completed the first Trident II backfit strategic loadout at Strategic Weapons Facility, Atlantic, Kings Bay, Ga.

June 4, 2004 Cmdr. Robert James III relieved Cmdr. Warren Belt as CO of USS Alaska (Blue).

July 8, 2006 USS Alaska, commanded by Cmdr. Jon Fahs, will change her homeport to Kings Bay, Georgia, to undergo an engineering refueling overhaul in Norfolk, Virginia. During its time at Naval Base Kitsap, the nuclear powered fleet ballistic-missile submarine completed 47 C4 and 12 D5 missile patrols.

March 8, 2009 SSBN 732 finished its 27.5 month Engineered Refueling Overhaul (ERO) at Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY), successfully marking the first East Coast overhaul of a SSBN.

April 1, USS Alaska (Green), commanded by Cmdr. Paul Haebler, arrived for the first time at its new homeport in Kings Bay.

May 29, The two crews of USS Alaska officially split during an assumption of command ceremony held at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, putting the ballistic-missile submarine one step closer to becoming a deployable asset. Cmdr. Cory Jackson took command of the Gold crew and Cmdr. Paul Haebler is now the Blue crew CO.

November 23, Cmdr. Kevin M. Byrne relieved Cmdr. Paul Haebler as CO of the SSBN 732 (Blue) during a change-of-command ceremony at the Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay Chapel.

April 5, 2011 USS Alaska (Blue) returned to homeport after a three-month strategic deterrent patrol.

September 23, Cmdr. Robert E. Wirth relieved Cmdr. Cory Jackson as CO of the Alaska (Gold) during a change-of-command ceremony at NSB Kings Bay.

January 11, 2012 USS Alaska returned to Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay after successfully completing sea trials.

October 5, Cmdr. Todd A. Figanbaum relieved Cmdr. Kevin M. Byrne as CO of the Alaska (Blue) during a change-of-command ceremony at the Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay Chapel.

February 14, 2014 Cmdr. Craig M. Gummer relieved Cmdr. Robert E. Wirth as CO of SSBN 732 (Gold) during a change-of-command ceremony at the NSB Kings Bay Chapel.

May 22, USS Alaska (Blue) returned to NSB Kings Bay after completing a strategic deterrent patrol.

September 19, A commemoration ceremony was held on board the Alaska at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay's Explosive Handling Wharf #1, after the Gold Crew recently completed the 4,000th strategic deterrent patrol for the U.S. Submarine Force since the first patrol of the USS George Washington (SSBN 598) in 1961.

January 7, 2015 USS Alaska (Blue) returned to homeport following a strategic deterrent patrol.

March 27, Cmdr. David S. Forman relieved Cmdr. Todd A. Figanbaum as CO of the Alaska (Blue) during a change-of-command ceremony at the NSB Kings Bay Chapel.

September 24, USS Alaska (Blue) moored at Refit Wharf #2 on Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay following a strategic deterrent patrol.

May 12, 2016 SSBN 732 (Blue) moored at Refit Wharf #3 on NSB Kings Bay after completing a strategic deterrent patrol.

September 30, Cmdr. Eric Cole relieved Cmdr. Craig M. Gummer as CO of the USS Alaska (Gold) during a change-of-command ceremony at the NSB Kings Bay Chapel.