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USS Kentucky (SSBN-737)
United States Navy
Strength
Submarine
Type
Sub-Surface Vessel
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Members Who Served in This Unit

Adams, Brett, PO1
Status
USN Active
Service Years
2001 - 2007
MOS
9563-Deep Submergence Vehicle Crewmember
Primary Unit
USS Providence (SSN-719)
Home State
Connecticut
Home Town
Not Specified
Aiken, Eric, ET1
Status
USN Veteran
Service Years
1986 - 1997
MOS
ET-14RM-Former RM (SS)
Primary Unit
USS West Virginia (SSBN-736)
Home State
Florida
Home Town
Not Specified
Alley, Jeremy, LT
Status
USN Active
Service Years
1997 - 2100
MOS
112X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Submarine Warfare
Primary Unit
USS Kentucky (SSBN-737)
Home State
Georgia
Home Town
Not Specified
Alston, Guy, MMC
Status
USN Active
Service Years
0 - 0
MOS
MM-3356-Submarine Nuclear Propulsion Plant - Engr. Laboratory Technician
Primary Unit
Nuclear Power Training Command (Faculty Staff), Naval Nuclear Power Training Command (NNPTC)
Home State
Not Specified
Home Town
Not Specified
Amaden, Christopher, CDR
Status
USN Retired
Service Years
1989 - 2009
MOS
112X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Submarine Warfare
Primary Unit
COMCARSTRKGRU ELEVEN (CCSG-11), Commander, Naval Surface Force, Pacific (COMNAVSURFPAC)
Home State
California
Home Town
Not Specified
Amelsberg, Brad, LT
Status
USN Active
Service Years
2001 - 2100
MOS
628X-Limited Duty Officer - Electronics - Submarine
Primary Unit
COMSUBLANT, COMNAVSUBFOR
Home State
Virginia
Home Town
Not Specified

Unit Description

The first KENTUCKY, a confederate transport, was captured by the union Navy in June, 1862; the name KENTUCKY was retained. She was assigned to the Mississippi squadron in support of union forces performing various transport duties on the Mississippi River and its tributaries. KENTUCKY sank in June, 1865, by accident with great loss of life, while operating on the Red River. Among those who died were some thirty paroled confederate soldiers.


The career of the second KENTUCKY (BB-6), a turn-of-the-century battleship, lasted for twenty years. About the size of a World War II destroyer, she was one of the most advanced warships of her day and the first American battleship to make extensive use of electricity and to provide ventilation below decks. Launched in March, 1898 and commissioned in May, 1900, the battleship sailed to Hong Kong in 1901 and became the flagship of the Asiatic Fleet, watching over American interests in the Far East.


Upon her return to the United States in 1904, KENTUCKY was involved in tactics and maneuvers off the Atlantic coast with the North Atlantic Fleet. In the fall of 1906, she transported marines to Havana and offered support to forces ashore during the Cuban insurrection. In 1907 she returned to Hampton Roads, Virginia, to join the "Great White Fleet" of sixteen battleships on a fourteen-month cruise around the globe. The voyage was widely acclaimed for the honor it brought to the United States Navy and for its demonstration to the world of America's strength.


Following the successful cruise, she was decommissioned, though she was recommissioned in June, 1915 as a training vessel. Later that year she sailed to the coast of Mexico to protect American interests during the period following the Mexican Revolution. During World War I, KENTUCKY served as a training ship for thousands of recruits along the Atlantic Coast. She was finally decommissioned in May, 1920. Construction was begun on a third KENTUCKY (BB-66), an lowa-class battleship, but was never completed. Her keel was laid in December, 1944, but construction was suspended in 1947 when the vessel was 70 percent complete.


Technology has dramatically changed the size and capabilities of naval warships since the battleship KENTUCKY was commissioned in 1900, but the mission of the United States Navy has not significantly changed. That mission is to protect the vital interests of the United States of America. KENTUCKY (SSBN 737) is uniquely suited to this task.The submarine USS KENTUCKY (SSBN 737) is the third U.S. Naval vessel to be named in honor of the Bluegrass state, and the twelfth Trident submarine commissioned.


Kentucky Governor William O. Bradley's statement, made after witnessing the launching of the battleship KENTUCKY in 1898, is equally applicable today:


There is no better ship; there could be no better name.


Commisioned July 13, 1991

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