Kings Bay Submarine Naval Base, Georgia- The silent sentinels that make up the United States Navy Submarine service recently passed a milestone in submarine history.
The USS Wyoming, one of the nuclear Ohio Class Trident Submarines, recently finished the 1,000 patrol of the Trident Class of Sub. This is a milestone that was reached on February 11th, and the 150-man crew stood at attention at a ceremony in a large shore side hangar to mark the occasion.
United States Secretary of the Navy Donald Winter was there, as were a number of Generals, Admirals and other dignitaries, as the whole crew of the Wyoming was given credit for being one of ?America?s most potent weapons.?
?We have not fired a ballistic nuclear missile in anger yet our Trident fleet is ready if ever called upon to do so, 24 hours a day,? said Secretary Winter from a podium mounted on one of the large 560-foot Submarines docked at the base.
More than 50 percent of the Nation?s strategic nuclear arsenal lay aboard the Ohio class submarines, based at Kings Bay in Georgia and in Bremerton, Washington on the Pacific Coast. The crews go to sea for 11 weeks at a time and once at sea, they are nearly undetectable – other than when they report their position.