USS KENTUCKY
SSBN 737
  
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The ballistic-missile submarine USS Kentucky is the third U.S. Naval vessel to be named in honor of the Bluegrass state, and the twelfth Trident submarine commissioned.

SSBN 737 was authorized in FY1985; laid down by Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Co., Groton, Conn., October 24, 1987; launched August 11, 1990; sponsored by Mrs. Larry J. Hopkins; and commissioned July 13, 1991 with Capt Michael G. Riegel (Blue); Capt Joseph G. Henry (Gold) in command.

August 31, 1991 USS Kentucky Blue Crew successfully launched a Trident II (D5) missile in support of a Demonstration and Shakedown Operation.

November 4, USS Kentucky (Gold) successfully launched a Trident II missile in support of its Demonstration and Shakedown Operation off Cape Canaveral, Fla.

The Kentucky arrived at Electric Boat shipyard in Groton, Conn., in February for its Post Shakedown Availability (PSA).

June 2, 1992 SSBN 737 (Gold) completed its strategic loadout at Strategic Weapons Facility, Atlantic, Kings Bay, Ga.

July 16, Capt. R. D. Rish relieved Capt. Michael G. Riegel as CO of the USS Kentucky (Blue).

September 3, USS Kentucky (Gold) successfully launched four D5 missiles during a CINC Evaluation Test. The sub departed for first patrol Aug. 2.

December 4, Capt. W. W. Schmidt relieved Capt Joseph G. Henry as commanding officer of SSBN 737 (Gold).

March 30, 1993 USS Kentucky (Gold) returned to Kings Bay after a two-month strategic deterrent patrol.

May 19, The Kentucky is the first Trident submarine to make a port call to the island of Barbados.

July 12, USS Kentucky (Blue) returned to NSB Kings Bay after completing its 4th, two-month, strategic deterrent patrol.

October 11, SSBN 737 (Gold) returned home after a six-week strategic deterrent patrol.

January 26, 2004 USS Kentucky (Blue) returned to homeport after completing its 6th, two-month, strategic deterrent patrol.

May 9, The Kentucky (Gold) returned to Kings Bay after a two-month strategic deterrent patrol.

June 24, Capt. William E. Cook relieved Capt. W. W. Schmidt as CO of the Kentucky (Gold).

August 18, USS Kentucky (Blue) returned to Kings Bay after a nearly two-month patrol.

September 15, Capt. Richard R. Stark relieved Capt. R. D. Rish as CO of SSBN 737 (Blue).

November 26, USS Kentucky (Gold) returned to Kings Bay after completing its 9th, two-month, strategic deterrent patrol.

March 8, 1995 USS Kentucky (Blue) returned to Kings Bay, Ga., after a ten-week strategic deterrent patrol.

June 9, USS Kentucky (Gold) returned to homeport after completing its 11th, two-month, strategic deterrent patrol.

September 11, USS Kentucky (Blue) returned to Kings Bay after an eight-week strategic deterrent patrol.

December 22, SSBN 737 (Gold) returned to Kings Bay after completing its 13th, two-month, strategic deterrent patrol.

March 20, 1996 The Kentucky (Blue) pulled into San Juan, Puerto Rico, for a week-long port call. The sub returned home April 4 after a ten-week strategic deterrent patrol.

July 12, USS Kentucky (Gold) returned to Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay after a six-week strategic deterrent patrol.

October 11, Capt. Timothy M. Giardina relieved Capt. William E. Cook as CO of the Kentucky (Gold).

November 7, USS Kentucky (Blue) returned to Kings Bay after completing its 16th, ten-week, strategic deterrent patrol.

March 2, 1997 The Kentucky (Gold) returned home after two-and-a-half month strategic deterrent patrol.

March 7, Cmdr. Roy H. Harkins relieved Capt. Richard R. Stark as Commanding Officer of the Blue Crew.

June 19, USS Kentucky (Blue) returned to Kings Bay after completing its 18th, two-and-a-half month, strategic deterrent patrol.

October 9, USS Kentucky (Gold) returned to NSB Kings Bay after an 11-week patrol.

November 22, SSBN 737 pulled into San Juan, Puerto Rico, for a week-long port call.

February 3, 1998 USS Kentucky (Blue) returned to Kings Bay after completing its 20th, 12-week, strategic deterrent patrol.

March 19, South of Long Island, New York, USS Kentucky (Gold) collided with San Juan (SSN 751). The Kentucky's rudder was damaged and the San Juan's forward ballast tank was breached, but the ballistic-missile submarine was able to surface and return to port. No personnel suffered any injuries. The two ships were conducting a joint training drill prior to deployment at the time.

May 28, USS Kentucky (Gold) returned to homeport after more than three-month strategic deterrent patrol.

September 11, USS Kentucky (Blue) returned to Kings Bay after completing its 22nd, two-month, strategic deterrent patrol.

December 23, SSBN 737 (Gold) returned to Kings Bay after completing its 23rd, two-month, strategic deterrent patrol.

January 22, 1999 Cmdr. M. W. McKinnon relieved Capt. Timothy M. Giardina as CO of the Kentucky (Gold).

April 17, USS Kentucky (Blue) returned home after an 11-week strategic deterrent patrol.

June 11, Cmdr. P. F. Seidel relieved Cmdr. Roy H. Harkins as CO of the Kentucky (Blue).

August 13, USS Kentucky (Gold) returned to Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay after completing its 25th, two-and-a-half month, strategic deterrent patrol.

November 10, SSBN 737 successfully launched two Trident II missiles during a Follow-on CINC Evaluation Test.

December 6, USS Kentucky (Blue) returned to homeport after a nearly three-month patrol.

March 20, 2000 USS Kentucky (Gold) returned to Kings Bay after completing its 27th, ten-week, strategic deterrent patrol.

July 12, The Kentucky (Blue) returned to Kings Bay after completing its 28th, 11-week, strategic deterrent patrol.

September 15, USS Kentucky is the first Trident submarine to pulled into Rota, Spain, for a five-day port call.

October 28, SSBN 737 (Gold) returned to homeport after more than two-month strategic deterrent patrol.

February 17, 2001 USS Kentucky (Blue) returned to Kings Bay after completing its 30th, two-month, strategic deterrent patrol.

May 14, The Kentucky successfully launched a D5 missile during a Follow-on CINC Evaluation Test.

June 10, USS Kentucky (Gold) returned to Kings Bay after two-and-a-half month strategic deterrent patrol.

July 27, Cmdr. C. J. Kelly relieved Cmdr. M. W. McKinnon as CO of the Kentucky (Gold).

September 29, USS Kentucky (Blue) returned to Kings Bay after completing its 32nd, ten-week, strategic deterrent patrol.

November 9, Cmdr. Ronald W. Melampy relieved Cmdr. P. F. Seidel as CO of the SSBN 737 (Blue).

January 24, 2002 USS Kentucky (Gold) returned to Kings Bay after a two-month strategic deterrent patrol.

May 9, USS Kentucky (Blue) returned to Kings Bay after completing a two-month patrol.

November 22, USS Kentucky (Blue) arrived at its new homeport of Bangor, Washington, for the first time after completing the 36th, three-month, strategic deterrent patrol. She is the second Ohio-class sub to change the homeport from Kings Bay, Georgia, after U.S. Navy decided to convert the first four ships to new, guided missile submarine (SSGN), class.

March 12, 2003 USS Kentucky (Gold) returned to Bangor after a ten-week strategic deterrent patrol.

June 30, SSBN 737 (Blue) returned to Bangor, Wash., after completing its 38th, two-and-a-half month, patrol.

October 24, The Kentucky (Gold) returned to homeport after two-and-a-half month strategic deterrent patrol.

February 13, 2004 USS Kentucky (Blue) returned to Bangor after completing its 40th, two-and-a-half month, strategic deterrent patrol.

March 19, Cmdr. Paul A. Skarpness relieved Cmdr. Ronald W. Melampy as CO of the USS Kentucky (Blue) during a change-of-command ceremony at Naval Undersea Warfare Museum, Keyport, Wash.

June 3, USS Kentucky (Gold) returned to Bangor after a six-week strategic deterrent patrol.

June 18, Cmdr. J. S. Coran relieved Cmdr. C. J. Kelly as CO of the SSBN 737 (Gold).

September 26, USS Kentucky (Blue) returned to Bangor after completing its 42nd, two-month, strategic deterrent patrol.

November 1, USS Kentucky (Gold) departed homeport for its 43rd strategic deterrent patrol.

August 21, 2008 USS Kentucky completed a drydocking for emergent maintenance at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PSNSY&IMF), returning to the fleet three days earlier than scheduled.

March 20, 2009 Cmdr. Eduardo R. Fernandez relieved Cmdr. Alan W. Holt, II as CO of the Kentucky (Blue) during a change-of-command ceremony at the Squadron Headquarters Building Pavilion in Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor.

February 19, 2010 Cmdr. Joseph A. Noose relieved Cmdr. Benjamin Pearson, III as CO of the Kentucky (Gold) during a change-of-command ceremony at Naval Base Kitsap.

August 8, 2011 USS Kentucky (Gold) returned to homeport after a 95-day strategic deterrent patrol.

August 12, Cmdr. Joseph Noose relieved Cmdr. Eduardo R. Fernandez as CO of the Kentucky (Green) during a change-of-command ceremony at the Keyport Undersea Museum. The approximate 300 Sailors assigned to the two crews merge into one crew of about 110 sailors during the three-year Engineered Refueling Overhaul (ERO), which will be done at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Wash.

October 19, Capt. Paul A. Skarpness, Commander, Submarine Squadron (SUBRON) 17, relieved Cmdr. Joseph A. Nosse due to "a loss of confidence in his ability to command." Cmdr. Gerhard Somlai assumed temporary command.

December ?, Cmdr. Jeffery S. Smith relieved Cmdr. Gerhard Somlai as CO of the SSBN 737 (Green).

April 16, 2015 USS Kentucky returned to Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor after a week-long underway for sea trials, following a 39-month ERO.

April 21, Cmdr. John W. Hale relieved Cmdr. Jeffery S. Smith as CO of the Kentucky (Green) during a change-of-command ceremony at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor chapel.

June 9, Cmdr. Brian G. Freck assumed command of the USS Kentucky (Gold Crew) while Cmdr. John Hale assumed command of the Blue Crew during a crew split and an assumption of command ceremony at Deterrent Park on Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor.

July 8, The Kentucky arrived in Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, for a routine port call.

September 3, SSBN 737 (Blue) departed Naval Base Point Loma in San Diego, Calif., after a routine port call.

November 7, The Kentucky made a brief stop off Naval Base Point Loma to embark the VIP guests.

November 7, USS Kentucky (Blue) successfully launched an unarmed Trident II missile, at around 6 p.m. local time, during a Demonstration and Shakedown Operation (DASO) at the Pacific Missile Test Range off the coast of Port Hueneme, California; Brief stop at NB Point Loma again on Nov. 9.

November 9, The Kentucky launched another Trident II (D5) missile, marking the 157th consecutive successful submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) test flight since 1989.

April 11, 2016 USS Kentucky (Blue) returned to Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor following a 29-day strategic deterrent patrol.

September 28, USS Kentucky (Gold) returned to homeport after completing a strategic deterrent patrol.