US Navy ballistic-missile submarine USS Alabama completes 100th patrol
The U.S. Navy has announced that its Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarine USS Alabama (SSBN 731) recently returned to Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor after completing its 100th patrol.
According to a recent Navy news release, the patrol was completed by Alabama Blue Crew who departed early May.
Alabama joined a select group, alongside USS Alaska (SSBN 732) and USS Henry M. Jackson (SSBN 730), as the third Ohio-class submarine to reach this milestone.
“100 Patrols speaks to its longevity and the success of the fleet. 100 Patrol is pretty uncommon,” said Chief Electronics Technician (Navigation) Josh Jones, assistant navigator.
“Submarining is the ultimate team sport. The eye-watering efforts to get the crew certified, the ship buttoned up for sea, and the ability to stay at sea for an unusually arduous patrol are a testament to the caliber of Sailor who volunteers for Submarine duty. Answering the call repeatedly to man the Nation’s watch bill would not be possible without the dedication of each and every Sailor onboard,” said Alabama Blue Crew Commanding Officer Cmdr. Brian Murphy.
While underway, the ship hosted more than 480 Midshipmen from various schools and programs such as the Professional Training of Midshipmen, Career Orientation for Midshipmen, and Submarine Pacific Training Midshipmen Development.