USS MARYLAND
SSBN 738
  
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USS Maryland (SSBN 738) is the 13th of 18 United States Navy Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines and the fourth U.S. Navy ship to be named Maryland.

The contract for the construction of Maryland was awarded March 14, 1986. Her keel was laid down by the Electric Boat Division of the General Dynamics Corporation at Groton, Conn., April 22, 1986. She was christened and launched in a ceremony on August 10, 1991, at the Electric Boat shipyard. The ship’s sponsor was Mrs. Sarah C. Larson. USS Maryland was commissioned June 13, 1992, with Capt. John W. Francis in command of the Blue crew and Capt. Harold E. Marshall in command of the Gold crew.

USS Maryland arrived in King's Bay on June 20 for the first time and immediately started preparation for strategic certification, with the Blue crew achieving a successful test launch on July 29, and starting Trident II missile Demonstration and Shakedown Operations (DASO) on July 7.

September 11, SSBN 738 pulled into Annapolis, Maryland, for a goodwill port visit.

The first exchange of command occurred September 4, with the Gold crew taking charge of the Maryland, and completing their phase of DASO on October 22. The sub successfully launched D5 missile Oct. 19.

The Blue crew relieved the Gold crew January 26, 1993, and continued with preparations for strategic certification. The Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine returned to Groton on Jan. 30 for post-shakedown maintenance prior to assuming responsibility for strategic deterrent patrols. USS Maryland returned to King's Bay on April 9.

USS Maryland completed various weapons and tactical certifications and then returned to King's Bay on May 4 to join Submarine Squadron 20 (SUBRON 20) and commence preparations for the first strategic deterrent patrol.

May 27, 1993 SSBN 738 completed its strategic loadout at Strategic Weapons Facility, Atlantic, Kings Bay, Ga. First patrol began June 22.

August 13, Vice Adm. Emery relieved Vice Adm. Chiles as Commander, Submarine Forces U.S. Atlantic Fleet (COMSUBLANT), during a change-of-command ceremony on board the USS Maryland.

September 24, USS Maryland (Blue), commanded by Capt. Charles A. Schaefer, ran aground at Port Canaveral, Fla., after conducting a medical evacuation of an ill crew member, and returned to King's Bay to inspect for damage. Damage was minimal, and the investigation found that the crew was not responsible. The submarine resumed its second deterrent patrol on the 26th.

October 22, Capt. Harold F. Sheffield relieved Capt. Harold E. Marshall as CO of the SSBN 738 (Gold).

January 20, 1994 USS Maryland successfully launched four Trident II (D5) missiles during a Follow-on CINC Evaluation Test. The sub departed for its 2nd patrol Jan. 28.

June 11, SSBN 738 (Blue) returned to Kings Bay after completing its 4th, two-month, strategic deterrent patrol.

September 20, USS Maryland (Gold) returned to homeport after completing a two-month strategic deterrent patrol.

December 22, USS Maryland (Blue) returned home after completing its 6th, six-week, strategic deterrent patrol.

April 21, 1996 SSBN 738 successfully launched two D5 missiles during a Follow-on CINC Evaluation Test.

March 2, 1998 USS Maryland (Gold), commanded by Cmdr. Christopher C. Hayes, returned to NSB Kings Bay after completing its 17th, two-month, strategic deterrent patrol.

June 26, USS Maryland (Blue), commanded by Cmdr. Keith P. Bowman, returned to homeport after completing a two-and-a-half month strategic deterrent patrol.

October 16, USS Maryland (Gold) returned to Kings Bay after completing its 19th, two-and-a-half month, strategic deterrent patrol.

February 2, 1999 The Maryland successfully launched two Trident II missiles during a Follow-on CINC Evaluation Test.

February 21, USS Maryland (Gold) departed Kings Bay for its 21st strategic deterrent patrol.

April 26, SSBN 738 successfully launched two D5 missiles during a Follow-on CINC Evaluation Test.

December 26, USS Maryland (Gold) returned home after completing its 23rd, two-month, strategic deterrent patrol.

May 18, 2000 USS Maryland (Gold) departed Kings Bay, Ga., for its 25th strategic deterrent patrol.

September 15, Cmdr. Russell H. Smith relieved Cmdr. Christopher C. Hayes as CO of the USS Maryland (Gold).

March 9, 2001 Cmdr. Steven P. Davito relieved Cmdr. Keith P. Bowman as CO of the SSBN 738 (Blue).

March 16, USS Maryland (Gold) returned to Kings Bay after completing an 11-week strategic deterrent patrol.

July 9, USS Maryland (Blue) returned home after completing its 28th, two-and-a-half month, strategic deterrent patrol.

October 16, The Maryland (Gold) joined the USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) Battle Group in an exercise that resulted in the sinking of ex-USS Guam. SSBN 738 fired one Mark 48 torpedo during the exercise, which finally sunk the ship. The sub returned to Kings Bay Oct. 26 after completing a seven-week strategic deterrent patrol.

December 10, USS Maryland (Blue) departed Kings Bay for its 30th strategic deterrent patrol.

May 5, 2002 ETC(SS) LeRoy W. Young died of a heart attack while deployed with the SSBN 738 (Gold).

November 5, 2003 USS Maryland successfully launched two D5 missiles during a Follow-on Commander Evaluation Test.

March 6, 2009 Cmdr. John Newton, Jr., relieved Cmdr. Robert Hudson as CO of the Maryland (Blue) during a change-of-command ceremony at the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base Chapel. The Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine recently completed its 52nd strategic deterrent patrol.

November 24, 2010 Cmdr. Andrew Kimsey relieved Cmdr. Jeffrey M. Grimes as CO of the USS Maryland (Gold) during a change-of-command ceremony at NSB Kings Bay.

January 21, 2012 USS Maryland (Blue), commanded by Cmdr. Gregory R. Kercher, returned home after completing its 60th, two-month, strategic deterrent patrol.

June 1, SSBN 738 (Gold) launched four unarmed Trident II D5 missiles during a Follow-on Commander Evaluation Test, on the Eastern Test Range (ETR) off Cape Canaveral, Fla., on April 14 and 16th, marking the 139th, 140th, 141st and 142nd consecutive successful submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) test flight since December 1989.

August 1, The Maryland (Blue) returned to Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay following routine operations.

September 21, Cmdr. Gregory R. Kercher relieved Cmdr. Andrew Kimsey as CO of the USS Maryland (Green) during a change-of-command and crew combination ceremony at NSB Kings Bay in preparation for a three-year Engineered Refueling Overhaul (EROH) at Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Va.