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Sailing Past 30 for the Ohio Class Boomers

The Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarine USS Henry M. Jackson (SSBN 740) returns home to Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor following a strategic deterrent patrol, Jan. 28, 2014. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Ahron Arendes/Released)

By Rear Adm. Dave Kriete Commander, Submarine Group 9 Today marks an important milestone for our Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) force – the 30th anniversary of the commissioning of USS Henry M. Jackson (SSBN 730). The ship, its crew and the ship’s sponsor, Anna Marie Laurence, are hosting a …

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Boomers on Patrol for 50+ Years Complete 4,000 Patrols

The Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Rhode Island (SSBN 740) returns to Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay after three months at sea, March 20, 2013. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class James Kimber/Released)

By Adm. Cecil D. Haney Commander, U.S. Strategic CommandToday, the nation commemorates the 4,000th strategic deterrent submarine patrol with dual ceremonies at SUBASE Kings Bay, GA and SUBASE Bangor, WA. While all U.S. submarines have nuclear propulsion, the SSBNs (Ship Submersible Ballistic Nuclear), nicknamed “Boomers,” are capable of carrying ballistic missiles …

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The Value of Sea Based Strategic Deterrence


By Rear Adm. Joseph Tofalo Director, Undersea Warfare Division (OPNAV N97) In response to the recent release of the Navy’s 30-year ship building plan, there have been a number of articles in the media highlighting the impact of procuring the Ohio Replacement (OR) SSBN on other Navy shipbuilding programs. These articles …

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Taking a Hard Look at Navy Diving

Navy Diver 3rd Class Marcus Yensick, assigned to Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) 2, stands by for a training dive aboard the Military Sealift Command rescue and salvage ship USNS Grapple (T-ARS-53).

By Capt. Fuzz Harrison Deputy for Diving and Sub Rescue, OPNAV N97 Navy diving operations are an integral part of the Navy and personnel safety is the primary consideration in all Navy diving operations. As the Deputy for Diving on the Navy Staff, I recently served as the co-lead for the …

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Timing The Opening Of A New Maritime Crossroad: The Arctic

Ship's Serviceman Seaman Recruit Jamal Powell, left, and Seaman Recruit Stephen Harmon stand forward lookout watch aboard guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG 60) as the ship navigates an ice field north of Iceland.

By Rear Adm. Jon White Oceanographer & Navigator of the Navy, Director Task Force Climate Change   The loss of seasonal sea ice in the Arctic will have ramifications for the U.S. Navy in terms of future missions, force structure, training and investments. To get a better handle on planning …

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