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Commanding Officer, Crew Members from USS Kentucky (SSBN 737) Visit MTTC

Russ Bentley (L), Director of the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division, Louisville Detachment (NSWC PHD-L), presents Commander Christopher Kelly (U.S. Navy), commanding officer of the Trident-class fleet ballistic submarine USS Kentucky with a memento as Brigadier General Bud Berthold, contract administrator for the McConnell Technology & Training Center (MTTC) looks on. Commander Kelly and three members of the USS Kentucky’s "Gold" crew were in Louisville as part of their goodwill visit to the state of Kentucky to thank the citizens, schools and businesses of the Commonwealth for their support of troops during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The McConnell Technology & Training Center (MTTC) received a visit today from the Commanding Officer and several senior crew members from the USS Kentucky (SSBN 737), a Trident-class fleet ballistic missile submarine.

Commander Christopher Kelly, Senior Chief Mark Crittendon (Chief of the Boat), Chief Petty Officer David Tomar, and Chief Petty Officer David Blankenship visited MTTC as part of their goodwill tour of their sub’s namesake state.

USS KENTUCKY is the third U.S. Naval vessel to be named in honor of the Bluegrass state, and the twelfth Trident-class fleet ballistic submarine commissioned.

General Characteristics:

Keel Laid:   December 18, 1987
Launched:   August 11, 1990
Commissioned:   July 13, 1991
Builder:   General Dynamics Electric Boat Division, Groton, Conn.
Propulsion  system:   one nuclear reactor
Propellers:   one
Length:   560 feet (171 meters)
Beam:   42 feet (12.8 meters)
Draft:   36,5 feet (11.1 meters)
Displacement:   Surfaced: approx. 16,765 tons Submerged: approx. 18,750 tons
Speed:   20+ knots
Armament:   24 tubes for Trident I and II, Mk-48 torpedoes, four torpedo tubes
Homeport:   Bangor, Wash.
Crew:   17 Officers, 15 Chief Petty Officers and 122 Enlisted

Photo of USS Kentucky (U.S. Navy Photo)