Chairman Meets USS Alaska Sub Crew During Kings Bay Visit
Chairman Meets USS Alaska
Sub Crew During Kings Bay Visit
By Jim Garamone, DoD News,
Defense Media Activity.
Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Georgia — (DoD
News) — May 20, 2016 — “I hope we don’t ever need them, but if we do, these
guys are ready,” the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said after meeting
with sailors from the Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Alaska here
The Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Alaska
prepares to moor at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga., April 5, 2011. The
Alaska returned to its homeport after a three-month patrol at sea. Marine Corps
Gen. Joe Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, met with some of
the Alaska’s sailors during his visit to Kings Bay, May 20, 2016.
Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford said he was impressed by the
sailors and Marines he met at the base on the Florida-Georgia border. The Senior
Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army Command Sgt.
Maj. John W. Troxell, accompanied the chairman during his visit.
Dunford said he wanted to “further his education” about the
strategic nuclear triad. The USS Alaska is a nuclear powered ballistic missile
submarine that carries 24 Trident D-5 nuclear-tipped missiles. It is, as one
sailor said, “floating deterrence.”
A crew of 155 live in and around the various bits of
machinery and weapons aboard the Alaska, which in Navy parlance is called a
boat, like other submarines. It is a big boat, measuring 560 feet long and 42
feet wide. Blue and Gold crews take turns manning the boat to optimize the time
it is on patrol. It is one of six ballistic missile submarines and two
guided-missile submarines based at Kings Bay as part of Submarine Group 10.
Trident Training Facility
Dunford met with officers and enlisted personnel, and visited
the Trident submarine training facility here. This is a 500,000-square-foot
facility, where sailors can train up even as the submarine is being sailed by
The training facility -- one of the largest buildings in
Georgia -- allows sailors to simulate the jobs they would perform on the boat.
This includes everything from patching leaks and fighting fires to rehearsing
the launching procedure for Trident missiles and loading and firing torpedoes.
Dunford boarded the Alaska, which was floating inside a huge
building the sailors call “the barn.” Security was extremely tight, as it should
be when nuclear weapons are in the mix. The general observed sailors conducting
a drill aboard the boat and then toured it.
The chairman will visit bases housing the other two legs of
the strategic nuclear triad -- strategic bombers and intercontinental ballistic
missiles -- in the coming months. He has already visited U.S. Strategic Command
at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, and the Joint Interagency Space Center in
Colorado Springs, Colorado.
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Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford
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