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Kentucky (SSBN-737)


Ohio Class Fleet Ballistic Missile Submarine: Laid down, 18 December 1987, at the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics, Groton, CT.; Launched, 11 August 1990; Commissioned, USS Kentucky (SSBN-737), 13 July 1991. Kentucky is assigned to the US Atlantic Fleet and is homeported at Kings Bay, GA.

Specifications: Displacement, Surfaced: 16,764 t., Submerged: 18,750 t.; Length 560'; Beam 42'; Draft 29'; Speed, Surfaced 20+ kts, Submerged 25 kts; Depth limit 800'; Complement 155 9each Blue and Gold crews); Armament, 24 Trident I and II missile tubes, four 21" torpedo tubes, MK-48 torpedoes; Sensor, BQQ-6 Bow mounted sonar, BQR-19 Navigation, BQS-13 Active sonar, TB-16 towed array; Propulsion System, One S8G nuclear reactor core reloaded every nine years, two geared steam turbines, one shaft, output of 60,000 hp.
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Ohio Class63kCut out of the Ohio Class submarine.
Courtesy of Robert Hall.
Kentucky38k Commemorative postal cover marking the Kentucky (SSBN-737) at commissioning, 11 August 1990.

Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Kentucky69kKentucky (SSBN-737) at commissioning, 11 August 1990.

U.S. Navy photo courtesy of USNI.
West Virginia114kThe Kentucky (SSBN-737) is under construction to the starboard side of the West Virginia (SSBN-736) following her commissioning on 20 October 1990. USN photo courtesy of Robert Hall.
Kentucky36kKentucky (SSBN-737), underway during her alpha sea trials off the coast of New England, 1990-91.
US Navy photo courtesy of General Dynamics and Electric Boat Corporations.
Kentucky133kThe Kentucky (SSBN-737) underway possibly during her alpha sea trials off the coast of New England, 1990-91.
US Navy photo.
Kentucky96kKentucky (SSBN-737) underway possibly during her alpha sea trials off the coast of New England, 1990-91.
US Navy photo.
Kentucky61kKentucky (SSBN-737) underway possibly during her alpha sea trials off the coast of New England, 1990-91.
US Navy photo courtesy of the Federation of American Scientists (fas.org)
Kentucky171kThe nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine Kentucky (SSBN-737) is moored to a pier at the Navy Underwater Systems Center at New London, CT., following commissioning on 14 Jul 1991.
Official U.S. Navy Photograph # DN-ST-92-04189, by Don S. Montgomery, USN (RET.) from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.& submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Kentucky194kA bow view of the U.S.nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine, Kentucky (SSBN-737) underway, 1 January 1992.
Official U.S. Navy Photograph # DN-SC-92-06258, by F.E. Zimmerman, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Kentucky226k An aerial view showing the sail structure of the U.S. Navy's nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine, Kentucky (SSBN-737) on 1 January 1992.
Official U.S. Navy Photograph # DN-SC-92-06256 by F.E. Zimmerman, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Kentucky271k Port bow view of the U.S. Navy's nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine, Kentucky (SSBN-737) underway, on 1 January 1992. Official U.S. Navy photo # DN-SC-92-06239, by F.E. Zimmerman, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Kentucky458k An aerial view showing the starboard side of the sail structure of the U.S. Navy's nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine, Kentucky (SSBN-737), underway. Official U.S. Navy photo # DN-SC-92-06242, by F.E. Zimmerman, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Kentucky83k Atlantic Ocean....Crew members of the U. S. Navy's nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine, Kentucky (SSBN-737), conduct look-out watch from the boats sail structure, 1992. Official U.S. Navy photo, # DN-SC-92-06248, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Kentucky237kAn aerial view showing the sail structure of the U.S. Navy's nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine, Kentucky (SSBN-737), underway, circa 1991-2. Official U.S. Navy photo, # DN-SC-92-06237, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Kentucky270k A port quarter view of the Kentucky (SSBN-737), underway, circa 1991-2. Official U.S. Navy photo, # DN-SC-92-06240, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Kentucky209kA starboard bow view of the nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine Kentucky (SSBN-737) underway departing the port of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on 1 October 1994. The sub is being assisted by two civilian tugboats. Official U.S. Navy Photograph # DN-SC-95-00385, by OS2 John Bouvia, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Kentucky148kA starboard quarter view of the nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine Kentucky (SSBN-737) shortly after departing from Port Everglades, Fla. into heavy shipping traffic off the coast on 11 October 1994. Official U.S. Navy Photograph # DN-SC-95-01283, by OS2 John Bouvia, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.& submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Kentucky27kKentucky (SSBN-737), receiving visitors somewhere in the Atlantic, 22 January 1997. Courtesy of Frank McGee (MMC/SS).
Kentucky64k Raising the colors aboard the Ohio class strategic missile submarine Kentucky (SSBN-737) are Yeoman Seaman Apprentice Shaun R. Ispas and Electricianís Mate 3rd Class Aric A. Cowett. The remainder of the crew is mooring the boat for the first time at their new homeport of Naval Submarine Base, Bangor, in Washington State, 22 November 2002. U.S. Navy photo # N-6497N-008 by Brian Nokell. courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Kentucky73k Submariners of the Ohio class strategic missile submarine Kentucky (SSBN-737) arrive pierside at their new homeport for the first time as the boat is guided in at Naval Submarine Base Bangor, 22 November 2002. Pictured from left are: Electronics Technician 1st Class Timothy T. Jordan, Lt. j.g. Jok'tan A. Smoot, Commanding Officer Commander Ronald W. Melampy, and Machinistís Mate 2nd Class Joseph N. Verhalen. U.S. Navy photo # N-6477M-005 by Brian Nokell, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Kentucky149k The crew of the Kentucky (SSBN-737) arrives at their new homeport, Naval Submarine Base, Bangor Wash. for the first time 22 November 2002 as the boat is guided in to the Delta Pier. U.S. Navy photo # N-6477M-006 by Brian Nokell, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Kentucky109k Personnel aboard the Ohio class strategic missile submarine Kentucky (SSBN-737) await a transport boat while transiting the Strait of Juan De Fuca, 8 August 2003. U.S. Navy photo # N-6477M-252 by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Eli J. Medellin, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Kentucky139k U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Cutty Hunk (WPB 1322) escorts the Ohio class strategic missile submarine Kentucky (SSBN-737) through the strait of Juan De Fuca, 8 August 2003. U.S. Navy photo # N-6477M-213 by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Eli J. Medellin, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Who Am I?185kAn american submarine (Trident) leaving Pearl Harbor for commencement in RIMPAC 2004 . The naval assets for RIMPAC 2004 included four U.S. Pacific Fleet nuclear-powered attack submarines, Key West (SSN-722), Louisville (SSN-724), Charlotte (SSN-766), and Olympia (SSN-717). There are forward 5-inch countermeasures and no rear 6-inch countermeasures. If my knowledge is correct, the west coast boats had been converted to 6-inch prior to 2004 (or at least for the most part) which means that this picture is most likely of a prior east coast boat.......being either the Pennsylvania (SSBN-735) or the Kentucky (SSBN-737). Also, the location of the aft draft reading typical of the east coast boats, the west coast ones usually have theirs a little more forward. Photo # 000-169-804_0155, courtesy of defence.gov.au/rimpac04. Text i.d. courtesy of Johns.
Kentucky96k A starboard bow view of the US Navy Ohio class Strategic Missile Submarine Kentucky (SSBN-737) underway in Puget Sound as it arrives at its homeport at USN Submarine Base at Bangor, Washington on 16 Apr 2005. Official U.S. Navy Photograph # DN-SD-07-01139, by Ray F. Longaker Jr, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.& submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Kentucky81k Storekeeper 2nd Class Mark Mckibbin assigned to fleet ballistic missile submarine Kentucky (SSBN-737) browses through books during his leisure time at the resource center on 23 February 2007. The resource center provides books, internet, magazines, movies, Morale Welfare and Recreation (MWR) tickets, tours, and travel information for all active service members and their families. U.S. Navy photo # N-2143T-002 by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Maebel Tinoko, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Kentucky197kNot often do you find a boomer parked among trees. Cmdr. Jeffrey S. Coran, outgoing commanding officer Kentucky (SSBN-737), gives a speech during his change of command ceremony at Naval Base Kitsap Bangor Deterrent Park on 6 July 2007. U.S. Navy photo # N-7656R-002 by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eric J. Rowley, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Kentucky364kMachinist's Mate 2nd Class Benjamin Allbaugh, an auxillaryman assigned to the ballistic missile submarine Kentucky (SSBN-737) (Gold), is presented the Navy Achievement Medal by former Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. (Ret) Thomas B. Hayward on 27 June 2008.
Allbaugh discovered rising refrigerant levels in the boat's combined atmospheric monitoring system, and due to his immediate response, the boat was able to recover from the rising levels, ensuring the safety of the crew.
Official U.S. Navy Photograph # N-3275P-001, by Missile Technician 1st Class Christopher Peek, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Trident6.mThe attached file gives about 50 photos and illustrations of a Trident missile submarine and its equipment. It gives you a pretty good idea of the surroundings and "living in a sewer pipe" with unclassified pictures. Richard Scheeder via Ron Reeves, HTC, USNR (ret.)
Kentucky170kNaval Base Kitsap 29 September 2010 - Strategic Command Consultation Committee Member, Mr. Joe Moglia congratulates Sailors assigned to the blue and gold crews of Kentucky (SSBN-737) for their achievement of excellence before presenting the prestigious Omaha Trophy to the boat during a ceremony on Delta Pier at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, Wash.,29 September The Omaha Trophy, sponsored by U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM) and the U.S. Strategic Command Consultation Committee, is given annually to the best ballistic missile submarine as well as units with intercontinental ballistic missiles, strategic aircraft and strategic space and information operations. U.S. Navy photo # N-8119A-112 by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Gretchen Albrecht, courtesy of news.navy.mil. via Bill Gonyo.
Photo added 01/22/12.

There is no DANFS History currently available for Kentucky (SSBN-737) at the Haze Gray & Underway Web Site, the main archive for the DANFS Online Project.
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation
Fleet Reserve Association

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
USS Kentucky (SSBN-737)
FAS - SSBN-726 Ohio-Class FBM Submarines
US Navy CHINFO Navy Fact File - Fleet Ballistic Missile Submarines - SSBN

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